Friday, July 28, 2017

Artist Life: giant bookstacks, my creative space and pop-up prints

The artist life is feast or famine. You work away quietly on different things in solitude and then all of a sudden, everything happens at once. It's been a pretty exciting week. For starters, this happened:

Blarney Books & Art, Port Fairy, Victoria

I was commissioned by Blarney Books & Art in beautiful Port Fairy to paint bookstacks to adorn the exterior of the shop. Painting the colourful stacks was so much fun and an absolute joy - especially knowing where they were going to end up!

Thanks to bookshop owner extraordinaire Jo Canham for having this incredible idea and for giving me the opportunity to make it a reality. Also thanks goes out to Liz Gannon whose know-how and skills helped to transform the original watercolours into an impressive wall installation. If you ever find yourself in Port Fairy stop by and visit this remarkable bookshop, which is just off the main drag but well worth seeking out.

The next thing that happened was that I was interviewed by Jenni Mazaraki from Local Story Space about my creative space and art practice. We had a lovely chat and the resulting feature was really beautiful. You can even see me working on one of the Blarney bookstacks in some of the photos!
Jodi Wiley - Photo by Jenni Mazaraki

And lastly, the response to my pop-up prints shop has been overwhelming. This was an experiment of sorts - and so far it's been a very happy success!

I do want to open the shop again at some point but I'm not sure when and which prints will remain as next time I will make space for other work to be available. So if you're interested in any prints, you have until this Monday 31st July, 8pm (AEST) to place an order! Following that I will be printing (which I outsource to a local Fine Art printer), hand-signing, packaging and shipping all orders as quickly as I can!

Jodi Wiley - Fine Art Giclée prints of Now Write! in A3 and Classics Collection in A4

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in so many ways, from buying a print, to sharing the news of the pop-up shop, to sending me a supportive message or even just reading this blog! Thank you. As an artist, all I really want is to connect with people and the fact that you're here means a lot.