nareldajoy

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.

Book Week 2021

This year was my third consecutive year visiting Yolla District School for Book Week.

I ran four workshops from Year 1 to Year 9, working towards a school artwork (more about that later!)

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

Parade with Yolla District School

In November and December I had a wonderful time working with the staff and kids from Yolla District High School on a theme for the Sommerset Christmas Parade -it was decided to celebrate 50 years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I designed the parade layout, and made a giant caterpillar puppet with the kids. Kindergarten stamped the design on the fabric with stamps and blocks. Year 6 and Year 7 helped sew it together, and under the guidance of Mrs JLK painted beautiful caterpillar foods, and a giant butterfly.

Library Workshop

Two wonderful workshops at Penrith Library.

Fox and Moonbeam movable puppet workshop and Storyboard Collage Workshop.

 

 

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My hats find a home!

My Madhatter’s Tea Party hat and giant Cappuccino Hat have found a permanent and loving home at Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum and Tearooms at Leura.

These hats received considerable media coverage at The Melbourne Cup and at Randwick Racecourse, also winning the Crazy Hat Competition.

The museum is well worth a visit when you are in the area with some stunning examples of Teapots and relevant paraphernalia.

You can find more information about the museum at http://www.bygonebeautys.com.au.

I’m pictured with Maurice Cooper OAM who is the owner of the museum.

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Premier’s Reading Challenge List 2018!

I just heard some amazing news! Fox and Moonbeam has been selected for the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2018! I hope children everywhere enjoy reading it for the Premier’s Challenge!

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Scenic World Shopping Night

The inaugural Scenic World Shopping Night occurred on November 10th in Katoomba. I was so excited to see the new Mountains Made display of my puppets and illustrations. I even made the Blue Mountains Gazette, pictured with the lovely Kelly Heylen, the Creative Industries Cluster Manager for Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE).

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Photo courtesy of: https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/4298062/photo-gallery-scenic-world-shopping-night/?cs=2062

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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Scenic World !

What an opportunity!

I am blessed to be one of 14 local artisans to be selected to have their work sold in the new Mountains Made section of Scenic World at Katoomba.

Scenic World have chosen my Australian Animal Puppet, Print and Card Ranges for display and sale in their new store opening in June 2016.

Over 850,000 people visit Scenic World ever year. It’s worth a visit if you’re ever in the Blue Mountains of Australia. The views are spectacular.

Here are some of my designs:IMG_7014