Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Interview with Artist Emma Kidd (Benconservato) about her 'World of Beasts' Exhibition

Join us for the official exhibition opening
Saturday 2pm, 14th March 2015
We had a chat with Emma about her up coming show at Sweets Workshop, which will run from 11th March until 14th April. Discover a world of strange and peculiar creatures created by Emma Kidd, full of imaginary places and animals that aren’t quite what they seem.
Tell us a bit about your show, what can we expect to find in a world of beasts?
My show is a new collection of articulated creatures, some that interact with each other. All are unique and are ready to make your mind wander. 

Where do you get the inspiration for your beastly characters?
Inspiration comes from... real life animals I think. And a healthy dose of Henson movies and shows as a child, and perhaps some more questionable psychedelia, such as "Tommy".
Who’s art/illustration work are you admiring and enjoying?
Work I admire at the moment, I'm not sure actually. I like to see all types of creatives at work. I like the drive to work more impressive at the moment. The walls that people hurdle to be able to do the things they love.

What materials do you use, do you have a process that you particularly enjoy when you are creating your characters?
I do love watercolour paper, that is around 300gsm. I like ink and gouache. They have become my favourite materials. 

Has having a little human beast at home inspired your work and changed the way you create?
The small beastie in my house definitely changed my way of working. He made me value time tremendously. He has made me realise I am very much a mortal being and time is something to be valued. It is amazing to see him grow and learn. So yes, he probably inspires me.

Your show at Sweets Workshop has been featured in The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now in partnership with ANZ, can you tell us a bit about Spectrum Now?
Spectrum Now is a Sydney-wide Festival from March 11 - 29 with all types of exciting events, exhibitions, and one off happenings. Should be good. Excited to be a part of it.

On Sunday 29th March you will be hosting a ‘Create Your Own Beast’ workshop at Sweets Workshop, what will be be creating?
During my workshops, I either, encourage people create their own animal, person or creature or I provide a variety of templates or already cut out animals, such as horses or giraffes. From there, the sky is the limit. I like people to explore their inner creative, without being too frightened to do so. 

WORKSHOP: Make Your Own Hinged Beast
Emma Kidd (Benconservato) will host a workshop on creating your very own hinged beast. Cut, paint, colour and hinge your own creation to take home. Great fun for children and adults.
Date: 10am, Sunday 29th March.
Cost: The workshop costs $15 and includes all materials.
Time: The length of the class is approx 1-2hrs.
Bookings: Limited positions available, bookings required, contact Sweets Workshop on info@sweetsworkshop.com
Where: Sweets Workshop, Shop 4, 58-60 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill 2130. (Just opposite Summer Hill train station)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sweets Workshop featured in SMH Spectrum

A couple of weeks ago our shop received a lovely write-up in the Sydney Morning Herald's Spectrum! Just in case you missed the Mystery Shopper article, here it is to check out.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Upcoming Exhibitions at Sweets Workshop

Our exhibition season will be off to a flying start this March for art month. There are creative events all over Sydney for you to check out some diverse artistic talent.

14th March until 14th April 2015
A World of Beasts by Benconservato

We will be hosting a new exhibition, A World of Beasts by Benconservato (a.k.a Emma Kidd) for Spectrum Now. Spectrum Now is 'dedicated to bringing the broad-ranging and vibrant cultural and artistic life of Sydney to the streets'.

Emma has been drawing and crafting hand-painted creatures and beasties for many years, her show  creates a believable world of fantasy for everyone to dwell in and take home.

Sunday 29th April 2015
Create Your Own Beast Workshop with Benconservato

On Sunday 29th Emma Kidd will be running a small workshop at Sweets Workshop where you can create your own Hinged Beast, details will be announced in February for bookings. This is a special event for the MOST Event (Marrickville Open Studio Trail). Our gallery will be open on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of March to welcome people on the arts trail.

18th April until 12th May
Last Light by Marilyn Walters

In April Marilyn Walters will turning the sun down on Sweets Workshop. Her exhibition 'Last Light' will use the motif of the setting sun to explore the playful interaction of light on different surfaces and objects.

We will be interviewing both Emma Kidd and Marilyn Walters a little closer to their exhibitions, where we will show you a little more about their processes and concepts.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Now open for 2015

We are now open for the new year after a fresh coat of paint and a shop rejig. We are looking forward to announcing our first exhibitions for 2015, stay tuned to our website, we'll be spilling the beans at the end of January.

We are closed this Saturday 24th January but from next week, we are back to our normal shop hours, Tues, Wed and Fri 10am until 5.30pm and Saturday from 10am until 4pm. Pop in to enjoy some cool art during the summer heat.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year!

We are taking a little time to give the gallery a fresh coat of paint for the new year. We will re-open on the 17th January with our regular hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am - 5.30pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm.

We hope you had a fabulous break and we look forward to revealing our upcoming exhibitions and events for 2015 soon.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Extended December Christmas Opening Hours

Well, it's that time of the year again and we've beefed up the Sweets Workshop opening hours to help you get your Christmas shopping done.  
Throughout December our opening hours will be: 
Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Christmas Eve till Midday

Friday, October 3, 2014

An interview with Emma Simmons about her new exhibition 'Best Inner West'

  An exhibition of local landscapes by Emma Simmons
Opens 11th Oct - 3rd Nov

About you
I'm Emma Simmons, I am a Sydney based illustrator who enjoys drawing landscapes and suburban scenes. Sydney has a real mixture of architectural styles, offering plenty of inspiration to draw from and a few challenges as well.

I've have also had some fantastic opportunities to illustrate people's own homes, which has been a great challenge and given me quite a few different architectural styles to play with.

How long have you been drawing landscapes?
I started back in 2008, when I was working in Balmain. As Balmain is one of the oldest suburbs of Sydney, many of the buildings had a crumbly charm or 'character' if you like. I was always and am still collecting fabrics, laces and paper textures... and just started thinking about fabric patterns in the way I was thinking about the texture in the buildings.

Since then I have been drawing buildings that I love with their little quirks and buildings that have been a part of the history and lives of people in the inner west. 

How would you describe your style?
My drawing style is fairly loose. My line work is drawn freehand with ink, I add water colour which can create some lovely effects and textures. I then digitally add different textures and fabric patterns that I think might represent a surface well. The end result is a texture rich digital collage.

Along side my digital collages, I have created some small Gocco prints
for this show, hand finished in watercolour and metallic ink.

What interests you in the old inner west?
To be honest I'm interested in the signs of age that visually show a buildings history, whether it be the architectural style or the deteriorating condition. The way that we use these buildings is constantly changing along with the needs of the community and the population and often they are gutted and re-purposed, the suburban landscape is always shifting. 

What can people expect to see at your show?
The show features some of my favourite scenes and buildings of the Inner West. Looking at all of the pieces in the show as a collection, you might say that I have a fascination for recording older buildings, in some cases documenting them before they disappear.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

'Best Inner West', An Exhibition of Local Landscapes by Emma Simmons

Opens 11th Oct until 3rd Nov

Sweets Workshop's Emma Simmons will be opening her second exhibition of landscapes of the Inner West.

With a huge amount of inspiration in the local area, drawing scenes of Sydney's Inner West has become a little bit of an obsession for Emma. The show will feature some iconic landmarks and show off some of her favourite local private commissions of people's homes. Emma's works are created from ink, watercolour an fabric textures.

'Best Inner West' opens over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of October and closes on the 3rd November. The official opening is at 2.00pm on Saturday 11th October at Sweets Workshop
. The exhibition will also be open on Sunday 12th October as part of the  festivities for Summer Hill's Neighbourhood Feast.

Sneak Peak of 'The Rio Milkbar'

Friday, June 13, 2014

What a Weekend! Sweets Workshop at the Sydney Finders Keepers Market

Our thanks go out to the
Finders Keepers team for having us as part of the Sydney Market last weekend. As always it was a fabulous, fun event, with loads of tempting goodies created by very talented people, to see and buy

It was great to see many familiar faces over the weekend, thank you for swinging by to say hello and spend some time with us. We'd also like to say a thank you to all who took home a little piece of Sweets Workshop with them, we hope you enjoy what we have made.

Head over to our Facebook page to check out some more pics of our weekend at the Sydney Finders Keepers Market.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Sydney Finders Keepers Market

This Friday and Saturday Sweets Workshop will be closed as we are packing up and moving in to the Finders Keepers Markets. We will be launching some of our new illustration works and groovy record bags exclusively for the Sydney Market. The market will be open at 6pm on Friday 6th of June and close at 5pm Saturday 7th June at the Australian Technology Park.

There will be loads of talented designers, musicians and delicious treats to keep you busy and entertained over the long weekend.

We hope to see you there.
(please note, the shop at Summer Hill will be closed on the 6th and 7th June)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Interview with artist Jackie Case

An Exhibition by Jackie Case
26th April - 17th June
You are a Melbourne based artist, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Jackie Case was born and raised in the very ‘Zone One’ suburb of North Balwyn in a Dental Surgery. Yes, the distinct smell of disinfectant and toothpaste feels just like home. Jackie was equal middle child in a large family of six siblings. In such chaos, retreating upstairs with a pad of paper and a handful of pencils Jackie could find peace and relaxation within her own imagination. Drawing was a very private and internal past time, showing others her work made her feel very embarrassed and vulnerable. She would always make her friends hold her folio at the tram stop because she didn’t like people knowing she ‘thought’ she could draw. At sixteen Jackie decided the best way to support herself financially was to get her B.A in Graphic Design, which she later did at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (R.M.I.T). Always with the hope of pursuing a fine art Jackie travelled extensively going to every major Art Museum and Gallery as humanly possible. Finally around 2003 Jackie put down the computer mouse and picked up a pencil... Jackie’s work can now be found in private collections all over the world including representation by Rebecca Hossack Gallery London. 
 Woolly Mammoth

What is the concept behind your upcoming exhibition at Sweets Workshop, what can people expect to find?
The concept for the Sweets Workshop exhibition is small but detailed quirky little slices of life. A mixture of complicated technique with often simple but endearing images. Expect to find anything from ‘Straw Sucking Gold Fish’, to extraordinary detailed trees, if Jackie finds the subject interesting maybe someone else will too. Jackie’s artist style was first inspired by the technique of etchings. The warmth of shading juxtaposed against the beautiful strength of line and intricate detail. Today Jackie focuses heavily on the line work in an effort of produce ever increasing detail.

What materials do you like to work with?

Jackie uses simple pencil and eraser as well as some ink on paper to create her drawings. Her technique has been perfected over many years and countless hours of drawing. Her fine drawing ingenuity she attributes to her Father (the Dental Surgeon) with steady hands she too inherited. 
Couldface Woodface

What inspires your work?
Everything inspires Jackie’s work. She has ‘lifetimes’ of ideas and even if she revisits an idea again she finds there are so many directions they can go. At the start of each drawing session Jackie simply doesn’t know what drawings she will produce. “It’s exciting to just wait and see what comes. To stare at a blank piece of paper and not know what to draw lasts only for a second. These are often my best drawings as I have no preconceived ideas.”

Do you have any advice for emerging artists?
“My advice to emerging artists is show your work as often as possible. I started out in my local Cafe. It’s a great place to learn what sells and what works for your audience. The costs are minimal and your out lay is basically your time. Learning to get ‘over myself’ was probably the most difficult first step. Another great piece of advice I go was from a dear friend; “Just because a work doesn’t sell doesn’t mean it’s not good. You just haven’t found your right audience”. I’m really excited about showing at Sweets Workshop. It’s the wonderful mixture of small and quirky, with real heart and soul...” just like Jackie Case’s drawings.     

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Interview with artist Nic Dalton

Nic Dalton kicks off our exhibition season for 2014 
with his show opening 15th Feb until 11th March 2014.

Nic has worked in the music industry for many years. He's a musician with his own label and has played in numerous bands including the Lemonheads and Ratcat, he also DJ's regularly around Sydney. Something you might not know about Nic is that he is an artist at heart. In this interview Nic talks about returning to his first passion and working on his 'first ever' painting exhibition.

Tell us a bit about you and your background, you are not just an artist...
 When I left school in the early 80s, my parents wanted me to go to art school in Sydney like my eldest sister did.  I thought that if I went to art school, I’d start a band with fellow students and we’d all fight over who got to design the record covers.  So I went and started a band instead. When I would run into old school friends, they couldn’t believe I wasn’t doing art.  I did feel like I had left my true love (art) and taken up with that wild and crazy girl (music). But over the last thirty years of being a musician and songwriter, I have done so much art, not just for all the bands I’ve been in, but for my record label Half A Cow and the bookshop of the same name. I have sold paintings online to friends and fans over the years but this is my first exhibition of my artwork.

This is your first solo art exhibition though you've been creating art for many years, have you enjoyed putting the show together? What have been some of the challenges you have faced? 
 I started working on new work for this exhibition in the middle of 2012 and thought I’d be ready around six months ago. How wrong I was! Even though I pretty much had every day available to paint, life (in the form of two young children and late nights djing or playing shows) got in the way. Since this is my first public display, I really felt I had to lift my game and challenge myself with some new ideas. A local gypsy jazz band called the Spyglass Gypsies inspired me to do some paintings of them and I have found these to be a lot more work that I anticipated!


Can you tell us about the concept and ideas explored in your show, what can people expect to see? 
Most of the art is from the last year and a half but I have also included one or two older ones that I wanted to be a part of the exhibition. Like my music, there is a bit of variety but I have a few themes I have always liked to paint. These are homely tea pot scenes, my ‘alien’ characters (an indigenous tribe of world travelers) and pop art collage pieces that I have been refining since school days. Bright and poppy, just like a Monkees song.


Can you tell us a bit about your artistic processes?
I use acrylic paints (from years of touring, the paintings can be packed away in a jiffy as they dry so quickly!) and collage. I have a large supply of old magazines, record covers from the 50s and 60s and a huge box of those colour test strips from packaging that seems to make its way onto most of my artwork!

What inspires your work? 
Sport. No, only joking. As far as other artists go, I am inspired by so much great art of the Twentieth Century (Marc Chagall, Martin Sharp, Albert Tucker, Warhol, Sydney Long, Sonia Delaunay, Mondrian, Charles Blackman, the Art Deco movement and architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh) and the art and spirit of the original Australians. Music and books also inspire my subject matter as does a good cup of tea and a lie down.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Hours

We'll be open right up until Christmas Eve this year.
Sunday 11am – 2pm
Monday 9am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 9am – 12pm

We hope you have a great festive season, we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
Sweet Workshop will re-open for 2014 in mid January.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Showcase

Over the Christmas season we'll be showcasing some of our favourite artists. We would also like to welcome a handful of new artists to the gallery including inner-west locals Eli Gallwey, Filippa Buttitta,  as well as Bricks & Paper. To find out more about these artists visit out Featured Artists page. 

We're looking forward to taking part in the Summer Sydney Finders Keepers Market opening on Friday 6th - Saturday 7th December. We'll be selling our new Christmas decorations 'Speech baubles' as well as our Christmas Card range. Of course Sweets Workshop will be bringing along our own brand of tea towel designs, poster and art prints, zines and stationery. We'll be happy to see familiar faces, so if you  are checking out the market, pop by and say hi! 

OPENING SUNDAYS:  To help fight the Christmas rush, from the 10th December Sweets Workshop will also be opening on Sundays from 11am - 2pm, right up until Christmas Eve. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Food Fight - The Festive Feast Artists & writers revealed

Our 4th annual Food Fight exhibition and calendar launch is on this Sunday 13th Oct for the Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast, which is part of Sydney's Good Food Month

The fabulous artists and writers to check out in this 2013's Food Fight event are:

John D-C
I am a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Toy Customiser. I use a mix of traditional hand-generated techniques along with digital processes to achieve a look that is new but that also has a very vintage commercial illustrative feel to it. I like to fill my creative work with colourful references to popular culture taken from my many hobbies and interests which usually include a healthy combination of comic books, 1980’s cinema, rock and roll music, vintage action figures, 1950’s movie posters and Saturday morning cartoons.

Emmajane Illustration
Emma Simmons is an illustrator and graphic designer. As a compulsive collector of shapes, textures, patterns and fabrics, I have a huge source of inspiration to draw from – but I need a bigger cupboard. Much of my work is collage based, I relish getting away from the computer and doing things by hand. 

Bev Malzard
Bev Malzard is a woman of significant age. For decades, even before the new millennium, she has worked as a journo, mainly in travel writing. In her journeys she has always been on the lookout for great food. She eats it, photographs it and writes about it. Sweet and savoury: but sweet wins her heart every time – she thinks there should be a little sugar in everyone’s life.

Bonnie Boogaard
Bonnie Boogaard is a Perth based artist whose love for food inspires her watercolour paintings and sculpture work. She likes to create fun and happy artwork that can be enjoyed by a large audience. Bonnie gained her Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University in 2010, studied her honours in Paris in 2011 and has been creating food based art ever since.

Carmen Hui
An illustrator from Sydney’s Inner West, Carmen is very much inspired by animals and nature. Often working with mixed media, her work is very much influenced by early botanical and anatomical drawings. When she is not drawing, you will very likely find her either crafting like a crazy nanna or sharing milky tea with her cat Miso.

Dianne Conlon
I’ve loved arts and crafts forever, my playroom is overflowing with stuff ready for whatever inspiration comes to mind. New materials to experiment with is my guilty pleasure but the traditional crafts should not be ignored either. Practice, practice, practice and have fun is the best advice ever given.

Emma Kidd (Benconservato)
Emma Kidd works in a room of black painted paper, paint, metal brads & disjointed limbs. Full pieces of paper & scraps litter most surfaces in her flat (she even finds paper pieces in bed). She carefully creates each body, feather and expression, then pieces them together to create creatures that wriggle & dance.

Glenn Harvey
Glenn has 17 years’ experience producing unique designs that give clients a point of difference. Glenn has produced work for Disney, Mattel, Virgin and a number of small businesses. In Beaster Egg, his two great loves - chocolate and design, have finally come together.

Julie Mia Holmes
Julie is a printmaker and artist who lives on the South Coast of NSW.   When she’s not pecking about her studio making feathered and furry work she earns her feed moonlighting as a bookseller & wholefoods retailer.

Kate Allan
Vegetarian. Animal lover. Baker. Sewer. When she’s not being Mrs Sprout of Sprout & Bean catering, she’s fighting the dogs for the couch, the cats for the bed, chasing the chickens and making treats for her husband. She can be found teapot in hand, looking after all of them in a rust coloured cottage on top of a mountain. If she’s not in the garden growing beans, she’s wielding a knife in the kitchen murdering carrots.

Meredith Walker-Harding
Part time puppeteer, tour organiser & ukelele player; full time tea drinker, pineapple enthusiast, crafter and sweet treat baker for Sprout & Bean catering.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


13th October - 6th November 2013

At Sweets Workshop we love art, not to mention food. Our annual Food Fight event combines these two passions by inviting artists and writers to submit pieces around a specified food theme during Sydney's Good Food Month

This is our 4th collaborative Food Fight exhibition and accompanying calendar produced by Sweets Workshop. Food Fight is all about food, pitting image against text, recipe against illustration, photograph against story. In the ring this year – FESTIVE FEAST!! 

The official exhibition opening and calendar launch will take place on the 13th October to co-inside with the Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast and Sydney's Good Food Month. The exhibition will run from Sunday, 13th of October until Wednesday, 6th November 2013. The calendar is a limited edition print run, printed on 100% recycled paper and will be available from Sweets Workshop while stocks last.

Date: Launch day - Sunday 13th Oct 2013 for the Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast
Exhibition runs from 13th October - 6th November 2013
Where: Sweets Workshop, Shop 4, 58-60 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill 2130 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Interview with stencil artist Maria Harding

Stencil Portraits on reclaimed wood by Maria Harding

What is the concept behind ‘Chasing Rainbows’ and what can people expect to see in your exhibition?
Since starting Stencil Portraits in 2011, I’ve absolutely loved creating custom portraits of children, capturing a moment in time and making it into something that can be treasured for years to come as an artwork.  But with all my portraits, I’ve had to part with them as they’ve been commissions for other people. So I thought it would be really nice to create some of my own personal portraits and have a bit of fun with them by adding whimsical and imaginative aspects to them and giving myself the freedom of doing my own thing.

People can expect to see joyful paintings of kids all engaged in fun nostalgic activities all painted on variety of wooden pieces.

Can you tell us a bit about the artistic processes you use to create your work? 
It starts with an idea in my head, a memory from my childhood or often an idea sparked from something my 3 year old has said or done. Then I’ll take photos of my son and his friends playing and work out which of these can be interpreted into my idea. I start out in photoshop, working with initially a filter, then redrawing and reworking elements to get the desired two tone effect. Then I print it out and hand cut the stencils, before painting with acrylic paints. I should say this is also a bit of a team effort as my husband has helped me in cutting, sanding and sticking together the planks of reclaimed wood ready for me to paint on. I can’t saw in a straight line so without him, I think I would have had to stick with canvases!

What lead you to work with reclaimed materials, what do you enjoy about it?
I love the idea of taking something that has been discarded and destined for landfill and turning it into something beautiful, and wood has so much potential for this. I often see offcuts/ old furniture thrown out on roadsides in my neighbourhood and one day picked one up and thought it would make a great little ‘canvas’. Painting on wood, especially if its got alot of natural grain or is rough cut has its challenges but I also find it so much more rewarding than painting on canvas and enjoy working with the texture, I feel it adds more depth and character to a painting.

What inspires your work? 
I’m inspired by alot of different things and people. My little boy is hugely inspiring with his abundant energy and enthusiasm for life, and I find kids in general inspiring as they remind me of my childhood and all the imagined worlds and games I would play in. Artistically, I’m inspired by street art, abstract art, interior design and expressive portraiture. I’m a big fan of colour, and get inspired when I see nice colour schemes, in nature or otherwise. At the moment with it being winter, I”m loving the sunsets we get around Marrickville - there are some awe-inspiring colours out there.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Artist call out for Food Fight 2013

Food Fight is a yearly collaborative exhibition and accompanying calendar produced by Sweets Workshop. Food Fight is all about food, pitting image against text, recipe against illustration, photograph against story. In the ring this year – FESTIVE FEAST!!

We’re calling for submissions from artists and writers to contribute to the exhibition and calendar. What we’re looking for are illustrations, design, photography, recipes, stories, poems and so on, that focus on the theme FESTIVE FEAST. For example, it could be about party food or a festivity!

The official exhibition opening and calendar launch will taking place on the 13th October to co-inside with the Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast and Good Food Month. The exhibition will run from Sunday, 13th of October until Wednesday, 13th November 2013.  The calendar will be a limited edition print run and will be available while stocks last. Check out what was on offer in the previous 3 editions of Food FightSnack Attack, The Pack a Picnic Edition and The Sweet Tooth Edition.

If your artwork/written piece is selected it may feature in the calendar and/or the exhibition. Any written piece or artwork chosen to be included in the Food Fight calendar or exhibition will receive a free copy of the calendar. There will also be one arts prize and one writer’s prize awarded for Food Fight. The arts prize winner will receive a solo exhibition at Sweets Workshop in 2014. The winning writer will receive a Sweets Workshop gift voucher.

 Submissions close on the 25th of August 2013. Email us your entry as a low res electronic file (pdf or jpg) to info@sweetsworkshop.com. If your work is chosen, we will contact you for high res files, which we will require by the 1st September 2013. If working digitally please make sure you work to 300dpi, and if working by hand we can organise high res scans. Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think might be interested in contributing. 

For those of you who don’t know about Sweets Workshop we are a retail art gallery which exhibits and stocks art, decorative objects, giftware and independent publications with a strong focus on locally handmade items. Located in Summer Hill, our aim is to offer the community something original, sweet and within reach. We have a dedicated exhibition space, which can feature one particular artist/designer, object, artistic process or theme at a time. The exhibitions change regularly to incorporate as many artists and designers as possible. For information about us please visit our website www.sweetsworkshop.com

The selection criteria for Food Fight will be at the discretion of Sweets Workshop. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Interview with felt artist Meredith Walker-Harding

We've finally tracked down the mysterious master felt forger Meredith Walker-Harding from the underground to tell us a bit about her show 'Felt Forgeries'. 
The show is now extended until the 13th August.

Can you tell us about the concept for your show ‘Felt Forgeries’? What can people expect to see?
Well, the title of my exhibition says it all really - the concept was to rip off famous works of art and re-create them in felt! The idea sprung up as a joke whilst brainstorming what the heck I could do, and stuck. As someone who dreams of making a living by making things, the possibility of this ever becoming a reality grows more remote, naive and desperate with each passing year. So what else was I to do but turn to art forgery to make ends meet?! 

People can expect to see very lumpy copies of masterpieces from Monet, Picasso, Mondrian, Miro, Matisse and Nolan.

Your creations are quite intricate, can you describe your processes?  
After I chose which piece to forge, I simplified the work down to it’s basic lines, colours and composition. Using this, I made a stylised template, cut out each felt piece and then stitched like crazy! The stitching really made each piece come to life - I was able to emulate brush strokes, add details and depth to the flat block colours of the felt.

What were some of the challenges you faced in putting together your pieces for the show?
The biggest challenge was choosing which pieces to copy. Each work needed to be instantly recognisable, but also able to be translated into felt and still look good! I learnt quickly to stay away from people after an attempt to copy ‘The Mona Lisa’ resulted in a weird disfigured pink blob! Finishing off and framing each work was also tricky and involved lots of cardboard and double sided tape! I began to lose confidence in my idea, abilities and work the closer the exhibition opening got, but fortunately for me, my very kind and encouraging husband and friends pulled me out of my artists’ funk and got me to the finish line in one piece!

To View photos of the exhibition opening, click here