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Illustration and Puppets

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Artist in Residence

I was approached by Yolla District School to do something different for Book Week 2021 – a wall frieze in collage, based on this year’s theme “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”. It was my third year at Yolla for Book Week. I have previously done design games, flying puppets, and given talks about what I do. I like to inspire kids to create, to teach them new things, to encourage them to make things by hand, and to show them that creativity can be a career.

The wall frieze is now on permanent display in the school. What a great opportunity for the kids to be part of something special, a legacy that they can be proud of. Collage is my favourite medium to work in, especially 3D collage, but I hadn’t worked on something this big before – an enormous 1.2 x 2.4 metres!

It took weeks of preparation! I needed to design something suitable for the different age groups to work on. I spent many nights tearing up bits of fabric and colour washing papers, which I then dried in front of the fireplace, for the collage background. Then many more hours choosing paper colours and preparing kits for each child in the younger years.

Year 1/2 worked on the background, the foundation of the piece, and they were terrific! They listened carefully to my instructions and lay the pieces down within all the right areas. Year 4/5 made collaged “Other World” characters to fly around the sky in the background in pastel colours. Year 5/6 made collaged “New World” items such as buildings, appliances, and such, in bright papers and prints.

The older students, from Y7 to Y9, spent more time outside Book Week in several afternoon sessions to learn 3D collage, and produced spectacular “Old World” pieces. They learnt how to colour papers to give an old world feel, as well as how to make things “pop”. They also learnt to work together in the same colour palette to achieve a cohesive look. I’m thrilled with the results, and with their enthusiasm!

I remember Book Week as a child. One year I won both the book poster competition and the book parade! I was dressed as Dr Who, with my neighbour as a Dalek – in a cardboard washing machine box sprayed with silver, a plastic dome on the top, and a sink plunger sticking out the front! My poster was a painting of cherry blossom tree branches as the theme was “Branching out with Books”. It was so exciting winning a prize and getting to choose a brand new book. I chose a book on model making which I treasured for years! The fact that my memory of the event is so strong shows me what a positive impact Book Week can have on children. I hope the Yolla children also have fond memories of Book Week when they grow up.

The Somerset Xmas Parade

The day of the Christmas Parade at Somerset was cold and windy, but it didn’t dampen everyone’s enthusiasm! We had a wonderful time!IMG_4596IMG_4603IMG_4606

Book Week 2019

I had a fantastic Book Week at Yolla District School. There were animals on display in the school hall; a sheep and her lambs, chickens and rabbits!

I was positioned amongst all the wonderful book week exhibits, and got to watch the book parade too. I did workshops with Kindy and Grades 3, 4, 6,7 and 8.

Shortlisted for the Premier’s History Awards

I can now reveal that ‘Message In a Sock’ has been shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s History Award in the ‘Young People’s History Prize’! I am so excited! We get these lovely silver stickers on our books now too! Congratulations on all those shortlisted!

 

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Narelda_joy.jpg At the awards night State Library of NSW – courtesy of photographer Joy Lai.

Puppet Show at Morven Gardens

In August I had a wonderful time working on a puppet show with the residents from Morven Gardens. I held several puppet workshops and we made the puppets together and performed the show to students from Blackheath Public School!

Read the article at https://baptistcare.org.au/about-baptistcare/news/puppets-delight-students-at-baptistcare-morven-gardens/

A big thank you to BANC (Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre) for funding the project.

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Pirates and Pirate Bikies!

Ahoy me mateys!

In September I was Captain for our CBCA Blue Mountains Sub-branch Talk like a Pirate Day at Katoomba Library!

I held a pirate finger puppet workshop with our budding little pirates!narelda-joy

And I also became a Pirate Bikey…well temporarily when Biblio Turismo arrived for their library visit!   See more of them at http://biblio-turismo.blogspot.com.au

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Kinross Wollaroi School Talk

In October I had the most beautiful and inspirational day at Kinross Wollaroi School in Orange talking to kids from Kindergarten to Year 6 about design and illustration. We had enormous fun designing characters and I was greatly impressed with the talent I saw.

Definitely some future illustrators in the making!

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Bridging the Generations

I’ve had a wonderful experience working with the children from Blackheath Public School.

Sheryl Cootes, the Assistant Principal, and Jo Davies from the Blackheath Community Centre, and I worked together on a play version of Wilfred Gorgon Patrick Mcdonald. In the book version the little boy helps an old lady find her memory.

Thirteen kids performed it on the 27th May to the residents at Morven Gardens – an aged care facility in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

Both young and old had a wonderful time and many memories were shared. Later in the year I’ll work with the residents and we will perform a reciprocal play for the children!

Here are some photos of  rehearsals in the school hall.

The children learnt how to walk and act like old people!

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Rehearsals 

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Practising their dance for after the play!

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Performing the play at Morven Gardens

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Talking to the residents

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Sharing the joy and fun

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The residents all received a play program

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Linking young and old!

At the moment I am working in a beautiful collaboration between Sheryl -the Assistant Principal from Blackheath Public School, the lovely Jo from Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, and Nellie the lifestyle coordinator from Morven Gardens (an aged care facility at Leura).

13 amazing children were chosen from Blackheath Public School (from over 30 wanting to be involved!) to perform a play for the residents at Morven Gardens. We chose a book to perform as a play for the residents. So far, we have had 4 rehearsals and a costume making day, and the play is coming together nicely.

I held a workshop last week making the chicken costume with a group of 6 of the students. You can see the fabulous results in the photo attached!

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Going Batty!

Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland ordered 20 of my flying fox bat puppets for their Bat Trailer! I hope you will support them if you see them at an event! My bat puppets are also available at the Craft Nook on Leura Mall at Leura, and The Blackheath Arts and Craft Hub on Govett’s Leap Road at Blackheath.

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