I am Kay Whitmarsh, an artist living and working in Adelaide’s southern suburbs on the edge of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Living by the sea for many years has been a great inspiration. Much of my work inspired by my love of the natural environment.
Currently I have several outlets around Adelaide which sell my unique creations. I also participate in joint and individual exhibitions and teach mosaic and other creative workshops.
I have a Diploma in commercial art and I am a qualified bookbinder and finisher. By teaching I can share my skills. This began when I was actively involved in various art and craft projects whilst living on South Australia’s West Coast. My passion as an artist has continued since moving to the Fleurieu Peninsula. This has allowed me to expand into other mediums like fused glass. I continue sharing my skills through teaching mosaic workshops
What do I do?
Working predominantly with glass and I also have a strong interest in mosaics, printmaking, paper making, and fabric crafts. I regularly use these mediums for different projects.
This allows me to create unusual, individual and unique pieces, making them ideal as gifts. A selection of jewellery, sun-catchers and bowls are listed in the shop. I try to make mostly useful and functional items.
Fused glass is made by a variety of techniques. These include screen printing and stencilling. Many items are fired several times in a kiln. This creates many effects, including moonscape and puddle glass. Because I work with powdered glass as well as sheet glass I can vary my designs, with colour and texture. Every firing of the kiln is an experiment to see what will come out. I am pleased to say there have been many happy surprises. But they are usually impossible to replicate which adds to my philosophy of creating unique art.
Also for sale is a small selection of lino prints. These prints are all hand printed originals from my own designs. I have hand coloured many of them to make them truly unique artworks.
Recently I was a lead artist in the McLaren Vale mosaic project. I worked with local community groups to construct this amazing piece of mosaic art. Pictures Mclaren Vale mosaic project.
What Inspires me?
My favourite kind of art is inspired by nature, especially Australian Flora and Fauna. I am always experimenting and teaching myself new skills and creating new designs. Glass is an amazing medium to work with as you are never quite sure of the exact result until you take each piece out of the kiln. This adds to my philosophy of creating unique and individual pieces.
I am an experimental artist who usually accepts the challenge if someone says that you can’t do something. Usually I can find a way to make it work so am constantly teaching myself new skills. I like to share my skills with others in finding different ways to do low cost craft activities. In teaching I try to teach people to have a go at something new, even if it doesn’t always work what you learn along the way will be invaluable.
When I am not creating something new and amazing I also enjoy cooking, entertaining and reading.
Life is an experiment, see where it leads!
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