unwrapping artworks

There was great excitement here today as we unwrapped the parcels of artworks from Warlukurlangu Aboriginal Artists Corporation. Two huge rolls of carefully kraftpapered and bubblewrapped paintings arrived safely from Australia and were very gently opened and laid flat on our biggest table.

The works are breathtakingly beautiful – photos just can’t convey how much light and movement and colour leaps out of them. Next stage is getting the stretchers ready to gallery wrap the canvases and put them on the walls. Stay tuned!

 

Counterweave Arts opening exhibition

Counterweave Arts is proud to invite you to our opening exhibition, featuring etchings by Australian printmakers Lisa Sewards and Trudy Rice and paintings and textiles from the Ampilatwatja and Warlukurlangu artists of Central Australia. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 27 June at 6.30pm and will be open by appointment from 28 June until Saturday 15 July. If you can’t get to the gallery please email us at [email protected] and we’ll send you a pdf catalogue.

Lisa Sewards, Little Parachute Pigeon 1/8, Etching (solar plate), plate size 9.5×20.5cm, paper 21x28cm, edition of 8, unframed, 2017 POA

Based in Melbourne, Trudy and Lisa have complementary approaches to printmaking and draw on a range of contemporary and traditional techniques including intaglio, etching, linocut, solar plate etching and digital technology.

Lisa Sewards is an award-winning Melbourne based artist with her work represented in collections throughout Australia. Lisa explores themes of memory, safety, silence, hope and strength through recurring images of parachutes and carrier pigeons, and the roles they played during World War II.  The parachute object is the source for her imagery, continually creating storytelling in the absence of text.  Find out more about Lisa here.

Trudy Rice, Red dragonfly with 4 seed pods and green cotton lavender etching (solar plate) 38 x 57 cm, unframed, POA

Trudy Rice is well-known for her sensitive artistic response to the natural world – her work features exquisitely observed and rendered depiction of birds, native plants, insects and sealife.  Much of her inspiration is collected quite close to home, from her garden and around the coastal landscape of Lorne on Victoria’s picturesque Great Ocean Road. Her studio is filled with specimens collected from the bush and sea. Find out more about Trudy here.

The work of Ampilatwatja and Warlukurlangu artists reflects their deep connection to country – we will be featuring different artists from both communities on the blog over the next few weeks. This post highlights the work of Lorraine Napangardi Wheeler of the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation and Joycie Pitjarra Morton of Artists of Ampilatwatja.

Lorraine Napangardi Wheeler,  Lukarrara Jukurrpa (Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming) (30 x 30 cm) POA

Lorraine Napangardi Wheeler’s painting is of  the Lukarrara Jukurrpa, which Jukurrpa belongs to women of the Nakamarra/Napurrurla subsections and to Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men. This Dreaming is associated with a place called Jaralypari, north of Yuendumu. Find out more about Lorraine’s painting here.

Joycie Pitjarra Morton, My Country 61 x 51 cm Acrylic on Linen POA

Joycie Pitjarra Morton paints with Artists of Ampilatwatja.  Joycie’s husband is from Ampilatwatja and she has lived here for many years, however her country is “out Rum Jungle Way.” about 100 kms south of Darwin. In 1952 the Australian Government funded the setting up of a mine and treatment plant to provide uranium oxide concentrate to the UK-US. Although the Rum Jungle mine closed in 1971, one of the main environmental impacts of uranium mining is the creation of large volumes of radioactive mine waste (tailings) which are left behind on the site. Joycie’s land is still recovering from the damage that was done. This painting of Joycie’s depicts a happier time, when she remembers the land from which she came. Find out more about Joycie here.

 

 

 

 

 

new work from Australia

 

Joy Nangala Brown

Yumari Jukurrpa (Yumari Dreaming)

91 x 46 cm

Our first shipments of art from Aboriginal communities in Central Australia have arrived in Italy.  Paintings from the Warlukurlangu Aboriginal Artists Corporation, and paintings and art textiles (handpainted silks scarves and wraps) from Artists of Ampilatwatja will soon be available in the Counterweave Gallery. For information on pricing and to receive a pdf catalogue please contact us at [email protected]

 

Daisy Kemarre Turner

My Mothers Country

30 x 30 cm

Learn more about Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation and Artists of Ampilatwatja on the Counterweave artists page.

 

New Reiki wearable art in the Counterweave Etsy shop!

  Handwoven, Reiki-infused talismans by Felicity Griffin Clark have been added to the Counterweave Etsy shop.

I carefully handweave each talisman, and include decorative and significant elements as I go. The process of making these talismans is meditative and I am guided by the energy of the talisman to make knots in the cords, add crystals and feathers. Once completed, I infuse the talisman with positive, healing Reiki energy.

The talisman is securely attached to a hemp cord and can be worn as a unique piece of wearable art, or hung on the wall.  Custom orders are very welcome – contact Felicity here at [email protected]

As well as being a well-established textile and mixed media artist, Felicity is an experienced Reiki practitioner, attuned to Master level in the Usui tradition. Felicity is available for in-person sessions at the Counterweave in Rome, or Distance Reiki sessions with feedback via Skype or email. Book now through the Counterweave Anima website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counterweave wearable art

Free shipping for Mother’s Day in the Counterweave Etsy shop!

eco-dyed, indigo dipped silk scarf

Sunday 14 May is Mother’s Day and we have your perfect Mother’s Day present in the Counterweave Etsy shop.

embroidered knot brooches

Free shipping on all our handmade wearable art, and unique artworks until Friday 12 May, using the MOTHERSDAY17 code at the checkout.

eco-dyed, indigo dipped silk scarf

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Counterweave in Rome

We have now settled into Rome and have a permanent base in the ancient quarter of Monti. The last couple of months have been spent out and about looking for the right space for the Counterweave Arte gallery and workshop, visiting galleries and meeting curators, artists and people in the art world.

Felicity was very pleased to be able to participate in the World Interfaith Harmony Week exhibition “Lo spirituale nell’arte” which concludes tomorrow and was held in the Spazio Museale Centro Islamico Culturale d’Italia, part of the Grand Mosque of Rome.

As the Counterweave project picks up momentum we are looking forward to showcasing some wonderful contemporary Australian art, and to welcoming Aboriginal community organisations and artists to Counterweave. Later this month we will begin a regular series of posts highlighting our artists.  We are also looking forward to launching Counterweave Anima – the Reiki and counselling part of the project: for the moment you can find out more about Counterweave Anima and book a distance Reiki session by visiting our Counterweave Anima Facebook page – click here.

Introducing Counterweave!

Trace Willans Fragments 1aWelcome to the Counterweave website!

Counterweave Arts gallery and workshop will be opening in Rome, Italy early in 2017 selling and exhibiting work by a range of Australian artists.

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We are an ethical, fair trade company proud to be working in partnership with a number of Aboriginal art organisations representing Aboriginal artists and communities across Australia. We are members of the Indigenous Art Code whose logo you will see across the website – we encourage you to click on the links and find out more about the Code and ethical and respectful trading with Aboriginal artists.

Over the next few months we will be introducing the wonderful Australian artists whose work we will be selling and exhibiting. In the meantime have a look around and enjoy!

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