This new collection is inspired by outback desert landscapes seen from the air, the scattering of vegetation is a combination of paint and embroidery.
The Australian outback is a rich tapestry of changing colours and patterns. Tiny dots of vegetation, wild flowers and shrubs, come and go or alter in shade with the seasons.
Ideal Homes recently selected their pick of home decor trends for 2020. One of my favourites was 'Global Essence' as it matches in so beautifully with my current colour palette. Rich tones and rugged textures, earthy natural pigments mixed with lots of pattern and prints. The key colours - terracotta, umber and spiced red. Pictured above a selection of paints from Dulux.
Classic blue is the colour for 2020, according to Pantone. Blue and white never goes out of style and I have to say I'm a big fan of the combination. In fact you might think blue is my favourite colour - after all I created blue artwork almost exclusively for over 5years! (My favourite colour is actually turquoise.) Still, blue is such a lovely shade to work with for art and always popular.
Chinoiserie is also set to be a 2020 trend, another aesthetic I've enjoyed playing with in recent years. So there is plenty to choose from in the online shop right now to keep you on trend for 2020 interior design! Wall art prints and original paintings in beautiful blue tones.
It's been an age since I last did a mood board, it's something I used to do all the time as a designer and I do miss it. So I thought I might have a go at a few combining my art and some interior decor inspiration. This one - boho meets beach, meets botanical gorgeousness! Soft blues and pops of green with plenty of rattan.
From the top: Riviera Water Hyacinth Frame Wall mirror $115 from Living Styles, Hanging Fern Basket $15 from Kmart, beach house via decoratifo, Rattan Basket Planter $149 from Temple and Webster, Woven Monstera print by Jennifer Bell, Tropical cushion by KOO $20 from Spotlight, Santa Monica beach vibe home via Apartment Therapy, Mico Armchair $289 from Castlery.
Very excited to announce that I am a finalist in the 2019 Global Etsy Design Awards #theEtsies with my woven painting 'Unearthed'.
The Etsy Design Awards are Etsy’s first-ever global award program. Honouring the work of sellers from around the world and across multiple categories. My unique woven painting has been selected for the Inventive Decor category.
You can check out my etsy store at www.jenniferbellfineart.etsy.com
The original art material, paper has long been a staple for practising artists. It is often the first thing artists reach for when they want to create. However paper’s usefulness goes beyond a surface to draw on. In Play with paper, artists exploit paper to push the medium to its limits. Through tearing, moulding, folding, marking and assembling, the works will present new ways of seeing and thinking about working with paper.
I liked this statement from the exhibition which I think explains quite well why I enjoy working with paper so much: Paper makes the world go round. The backbone of the modern world, paper holds knowledge in the form of books, stimulates economies through currency and communicates ideas between people. A blank sheet of paper can be a terrifying concept but it also presents a world of possibilities. Paper's versatility makes it the perfect medium for artists wanting to experiment by cutting, folding, tearing, burning, crumpling, gluing and assemblage.
You can find two of my works at the exhibition, 'Coral Forms' a small work using cut cardboard and acrylic, and 'Waterfall' a photograph woven with strips of recycled paper. I particularly liked these two works:
Play with Paper is showing from 14 June 10 17 August 2019 at Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Unit 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine 4500.
'Constructed' has been selected for the 2019 Milburn Art Prize. With the theme Landscape as a space of creative discovery this piece continues my abstract landscape work looking at the patterns left on the land through human action. The woven painted paper painting is made entirely from recycled paper pieces including some wallpaper offcuts. The very structured weaving is suggestive of mining or urbanisation seen from an aerial view.
You can see 'Constructed' from 3rd – 15th May at the Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art, 41 Grafton Street, Windsor.
A big thanks to Paper Bou for a lovely article on their blog this week. You can read the interview here.
According to a recent article from Domino, toile is on the verge of a comeback.
"The pattern, known more formally as toile de Jouy, first found popularity in late 18th-century France. Inspired by traditional Chinese porcelain designs and prints, the pattern is identifiable by its landscape scenes and floral motifs frequently rendered in either blue or red hues. Since its origin, it’s enjoyed waves of popularity, notably in colonial time, the 1970s, and the early aughts. It’s a traditional pattern, typically partnered with more traditional furnishings. But given its slow trickle back into fashion, it may be gearing up for an upgrade."
I began creating toile inspired artwork in 2017, mixing photography with chintz lace patterns and weaving them together. My 'Comforts of Home' series explored what home means to me through the use of different floral and bird motifs. Using antique illustrations as a starting point I recreated the flowers and birds from blue security envelope lining, grouping them together to form a chintz 'fabric' toile pattern. These elements then formed the base for a paper patchwork and the patterns to decorate ceramic plates.
Limited edition prints and a handful of original pieces are still available:
Jennifer is a contemporary Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Know for her highly decorative paintings and unique paper weavings, she explores pattern and visual perception, often highlighting the beauty in the ordinary.