diptych paintings

Series called:

Designed to make Harry’s “Red” couches stand out.

Panel A, Panel B

Designed to make Harry's "red" couches stand out. Diptych painting series painted by Kassandra Bowers Lakazdi spray paint drips bold colour primary black blue yellow multiple

Designed to make Harry's "red" couches stand out. Diptych painting series painted by Kassandra Bowers Lakazdi spray paint drips bold colour primary black blue yellow multiple

Detail

 

These were commissioned by Harry to fill a few prerequisites:

  • could not be too big in the room but big enough to fill a full wall
  • had to create contrast in his lounge with red-brown-maroon colour palette
  • could be versatile enough to be changed at will – not a static diptych
  • modern and interesting
  • simple
  • blur the lines between art and design

Each panel is a 50 x 90 cm pre-made canvas. The relationship between colours employees Fibonacci numbers for balance. Due to using this number set each panel is balanced and when adding the panels to each other in any formation continued the number set.

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Gold Coast Big Day Out 2011 – sign design

I worked at the Gold Coast Big Day Out – making signs.

To start my job I did inventory:

 

Inventory of signs at Gold Coast Big Day Out

Inventory of signs at Gold Coast Big Day Out

 

The biggest job was 10 new signs that said “Surf the ocean not the crowd” below is a visual of how this job was done:

 

Big Day Out Surf the Ocean not the crowd

Big Day Out Surf the Ocean not the crowd

 

I worked on some other signs too:

 

Big Day Out Other signs Gold Coast 2011

Other signs made at Gold Coast Big Day Out 2011

 

While I was at the festival I tried to hunt down the signs that I made – I walked through a different entrance to the ones that I made signs for and as we were locked in I unfortunately did not get to take photographs of all my signs in situ. I did however find these three in situ:

 

Gold Coast Big Day Out 2011 - Signs in situ

Signs in situ at Gold Coast Big Day Out 2011

I had a great time working with the set up crew and it was great to see this festival come together over the three days that I worked on the set up.

 


The Dreaming

The Dreaming was amazing. (The Dreaming is “Australia’s international indigenous festival”. It is held at Woodfordia by the Queensland Folk Federation – the same people who organise Woodford Folk Festival and The Planting.) This year The Dreaming was the 11-14th of June (in the middle of winter which is a change from the summer festivals).

I have already mentioned that I was making signs for The Dreaming festival.

Being a part of the set up crew for a festival is amazing. The “family” atmosphere is much more profound.  It was amazing seeing how everyone in the set up crew had their small job to do over the week and by the end of the week there is a festival site ready to go and then the patrons arrive and it is festival time. Being a part of that inspired awe. It was most enjoyable getting fed three meals a day for a week – in exchange for our hard work (apart from most of the set up crew are not morning people and breakfast at 6:30-7:30am is a little too early for us).

So in the “signology” department – the department who make the signs – we um, make signs. Different departments ask for a sign and we do the lettering and paint them. As boring as it is painting between the lines it is still such a great feeling painting all day every day for a week with other like-minded people (sitting near a gas heater was a bonus – you see the heater is for the paint to dry). We all had a blast – it hardly seemed like work at all. I did enjoy myself but I find the Visual Arts (VisArts) department more creatively stimulating. I am still glad that I got to experience Signology.

Below are two types of signs that are created – general/traffic signs and (very large – 6 to 8 foot long) venue signs. In the images I have explained what I did for the signs – I ended up just doing lettering on some signs and other people (namely Jen) painted the letters. There are other signs where I was allowed to be a little creative (with glitter as well) and others where I had full creative freedom to make what I wanted.

General/traffic signs for The Dreaming festival held by Queensland Folk Federation (Woodford Folk Festival) signed lettered and painted by Kassandra

The Dreaming: General/Traffic signs

Venue signs for The Dreaming festival held by Queensland Folk Federation (Woodford Folk Festival) signs are lettered, designed and painted by Kassandra. Paint, festival, Woodford, WFF, Industry tent, art gallery, elders' tea room, venue tent. Watermarked for KassandraDesigns blog - Kassandra Designs.

The Dreaming - Venue signs

Something that was instilled in me at university was documenting my work as I went. I understand the merit of this – those first few steps in creating something will be lost forever if you do not document them. The image below is some photographs taken while I was creating the signs.

working images for all the signs I created for The Dreaming festival 2010 held by Queensland Folk Federation (Woodford Folk Festival) signs are lettered, designed and painted by Kassandra. Paint, festival, Woodford, Woodfordia, WFF, Industry tent, art gallery, elders' tea room, venue tent. Watermarked for KassandraDesigns blog - Kassandra Designs.

The Dreaming - Working images

Overall the experience inspired awe. There was an amazing atmosphere around the festival that I have never experienced before and you must experience it for yourself. The opening ceremony was amazing – I felt so privileged to watch so many indigenous groups perform for us. The other experience I have not had at either Woodford Folk Festival or The Planting festival was – I spent more time with my new friends at camp sites than I did in the festival. It was go great to catch up with everyone I have met at the other festivals. My shameful moment was running around to all the galleries as they were shutting – I made two of the gallery’s signs and didn’t look at the art over the four days – better late then never I guess. The last night, as per the tradition, I donned my red frock and went for a pub crawl, albeit alone, it was still a fun tradition to be a part of.

Until next Dreaming…


Painting for Harry

Harry asked me to paint, well some paintings, for the living room in his new townhouse. Upon spending a few evenings in this living room I realised that the red couches in this room seemed to appear very brown due to all the brown furniture. Harry said he would prefer two panels minimum and that the should be able to work however he needed them to on the wall – he even said “at crazy diagonals if I choose to”.

I started to plan. I realised I wanted yellow and blue/cyan to be the main two colours across the two panels. This is so the red couches stand out a little more as they (paintings and couches) form the primary colours (when painting). The other thing I looked into was using fibonacci numbers so that the panels would be pleasing to the eye. I wanted to experiment with spraypainting and creating drip work on canvass (something I have not done yet).

The two panels are called:

Designed to make Harry’s “red” couches stand out – Panel A and
Designed to make Harry’s “red” couches stand out – Panel B

Before I gave these to Harry I decided to photograph them (of course) but mostly in order to show how many ways the panels really can be placed on a wall – and I only spent two minutes thinking of ways while photographing…

painting by Kassandra Bowers for Harry

Designed to make Harry's "red" couches stand out

I noticed how easy this would be to do with any colour that someone required (favourite colours, sports team colours, go with interior decoration etc) and once I started to show these to people they agreed at how well this custom art/design would sell for – if you are interested in having me paint you a set leave a comment and I will contact you.