If you're like me... a day, a week or a month can fly past without making time to create! It is really easy to get caught up in the busyness of life in our crazy modern age!!! So I've come up with 3 Easy Steps to help you to increase your Creative Productivity... these are some of the things that I do to avoid distractions and keep myself on track… I hope you find them useful:
1. Have a REASON to create: your 'reason' may be to create an artwork each month based on the Powertex inspiration agenda, so that by the end of the year you have 12 completed artworks! How AWESOME would that be!!!
2. SCHEDULE some time in your daily/weekly or monthly routine to create. The amount of time you allocate for your creativity is up to you... you may only want to allocate 1 day per month... whatever you decide stick to it!!! Write it in your calendar so that you are committed to that time... if something comes up be sure to re-allocate that creative time somewhere else in your schedule. Imagine how good it will feel to set some time aside for yourself!
3. CHALLENGE yourself: book into a workshop to learn something new or try a new product and see what you can do with it! You'll be amazed at your creativity!!!
If you struggle to find a creative space why don't you try implementing these simple strategies for 12 weeks in the next quarter of our Inspiration Calendar... use the Inspiration Calendar as your reason to create, schedule some time and challenge yourself to try some new approaches... I hope it makes a difference!!! Let me know how you go!!! Don't forget to join the Powertex Australia Group on Facebook so that you can share your creations, click here... to join the community today!
I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and that you’re continuing to get some relaxation with your family and friends over the holiday season... BUT, perhaps, like me, you are already looking toward the New Year and planning those 2017 goals of yours! If finding more time to create - or getting creative in 2017 - is one of your goals... Powertex Australia has created an Inspiration Agenda to get your creative juices flowing! Here's a sneak peak for Jan-March... you may like to work along with us on the themes... we'll be providing you with FREE information along the way... so stay tuned for that!!!
"Luminous" - created with Powertex - will be on show this week (18th-22nd May) at the Perth Convention Centre as part of the Craft & Quilt Fair... So if you're going to the show be sure to find the Common Threads Wearable Art Stand.... Ashley Bowley will be there to chat with you about the possibilities of Powertex and to answer your questions regarding the techniques used in her garment.
"Luminous" is just one of eight incredible garments on display, created by some very talented designers... so why not take this opportunity to talk with the artists and discover what's behind the pieces... I hope to see you there!
Above: "Luminous" by Ashley Bowley pictured in the Common Threads Wearable Art Showcase 2016, presented by Act Belong Commit.
Shout -out!!! The Stretch Festival in Mandurah has begun and next Saturday night (7th May) promises to be a great evening... Garments from around Australia & overseas will be featured in the Common Threads Wearable Art Showcase, presented by Act-Belong-Commit at MPAC!!! This has become one of Perth's premier events in the Arts and is a "must see"... so if you are in WA get your tickets and come along... it just keeps getting better & better each year!!!! Click here for tickets or here for more information about the Showcase...
A few of the designers have used Powertex in their pieces including Rosie Chalken's "Pillar of Salt" - which is an amazing piece created with recycled cardboard & hundreds of toilet rolls formed into the most beautiful paper tulle; Deb Hiller & Cathie Creswell's "Cog-nitive Beauty" - with a Steam-punk feel and Ashley Bowley's (aka me!) "Luminous" which is very linear and all about light & shadows dancing on the ground... Julie Smith also used Powerprint for the image transfers on her gorgeous garment "Hope Lights the Way".
There will also be a Designers Corner in the Foyer of MPAC for the weekend of 7th-8th May 10am-4pm where you will be able to meet some of the artists. I will be there with my wearable art garment from 2014 and will be demonstrating some of the techniques used in my 2016 entry… as well as a few other textural explorations with Powertex... so if you're curious or need a bit of inspiration... come down & have a chat!!! I hope to see you there! Below is a pic of my garment "Luminous"... (photographed by Travis Hayto)
Last weekend I had the pleasure of running workshops in Geraldton with Tara, Suzanne & Susannah (from 2Wards Polymer Clay)... it was a fabulous weekend of fun, food, wine & creativity!!! The workshop location on Suzanne & Peter's farm at Yetna was superb and their hospitality was incredible... I'm returning this weekend to conduct Powertex & Mixed Media on Saturday & Powerprint & Mixed Media on Sunday... please contact me if you would like to attend. Pictured below are some of the artworks...
Renee & I had the pleasure of attending the opening of "Uncorked", an exhibition of artworks by Honor Lovis, Mary Crawford & Roger Reading @ Houghtons Winery last weekend. If you get a chance go along & have a look before it finishes... the diversity and colour is incredible... and Honor Lovis has created some awesome artworks with Powertex... you won't be disappointed! Open daily 10am-4pm until 30th September. Check it out!!!
Kerin Thorne was the lucky winner of our $250 Prize draw at the WA Craft Show... She first came across Powertex in May at the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair... then she came to a Fairy Workshop at Powertex Australia & following this, organised an Arty Party with some friends... This is the first time someone has won the draw that has been to my workshops... which is fabulous! Kerin was keen to put the prize towards workshops (instead of products) and is now a Certified Powertex Trainer... so watch this space as she'll be running Powertex workshops in the Thornlie area soon!
Do you ever have days that you've set aside as an 'art day' and you find it difficult to get started??? Why not begin the day with something easy... kick start your art day with a photo transfer using Powerprint, the versatile photo transfer medium from Powertex! It's easy to do... just prepare your photos (laser print or photocopy) and surfaces the day before so that you can walk into the studio & just begin... print onto any surface including fabric, canvas, metal, etc... and be astounded by the quality of the print!!! Need a demonstration... click here... Have fun...it's awesome!!!
Rowena from Seaforth was the lucky winner of $250 Powertex Products at the Sydney Stitches & Craft Show (permit#LTP5/15/01613)... who will win at the Brisbane Show? Enter at stand B06... we hope to see you there Thur 19th-Sun 22nd March!!!
You will be able to book at the Craft and Quilt Fair at the Exhibition Centre in Melbourne at the end of June, for the following workshops in Victoria.
Rhonda Hunt, from "Faeries with Attitude" will be at theses locations for workshops and the Certified Powertex Trainer Course:
Workshops at Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park
Sunday, 10th August - Sitting/Standing Sculpture workshop
Sunday, 31st August - PowerPrint and Mixed Media workshop
Sunday, 19th October - Sitting/Standing Sculpture worksho
Sunday 16th November - PowerPrint and Mixed Media workshop
Workshops at Daylesford Neighbourhood House
Saturday, 12th July - Sitting or Standing Sculpture workshop
Sunday, 13th July - PowerPrint and Mixed Media
Workshops at Rosewall Neighbourhood House, Corio
Saturday, 20th September - Sitting or Standing Sculpture
Sunday, 21st September - PowerPrint and Mixed Media
Workshops, "Arty Parties", and the Certified Powertex Trainer Course are available most days at the Churchill studio, by appointment only.
New Certified Powertex Trainer Course dates are:
Level 1 & 2
Monday, 7th and Tuesday 8th July - Churchill Studio
Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th July - Wyreena Community Arts Centre, Croydon
Saturday, 26th and Sunday, 27thJuly - Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre Corio
Saturday, 23rd and Sunday 24th August -Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
Level 3 & 4:
Wednesday, 9th and Thursday 10th July - Churchill Studio
Saturday 13th and Sunday, 14th September - Wyreena Community Arts Centre
Saturday, 25th and Sunday, 26th October - Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
Saturday, 8th and Sunday, 9th November - Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre, Corio
Ashley Bowley is the owner of Powertex Australia and the Importer for Powertex Fabric Hardener, in Australia. Ashley has become a great advocate for this amazing product and wishes to share her excitement about the versatility of Powertex with others.