BY JEMMA SCOTT
Have you ever wondered what spurs a creative? The process and inspiration behind their work? Well, a glimpse inside their humble abode and working studio is a pretty good place to start.
The Freo Artwalk, first spontaneously held by a small group of established Fremantle artists in 2014, is now into its third year, becoming a renowned biennial event. The walk offers the public an insight into the homes and studios of professional WA artists living locally in Fremantle and White Gum Valley. The whole creative process is generally one done in a solitary, unbeknown manner, and it is truly fascinating to see where the magic happens.
The Freo Art Walk was held on the 27-28th of May and featured seven different artists with special guests. The official event website aforementioned the walk should take approximately an hour or so. However, if you really want to delve into the thoughts and creative process, gawk over the beautifully designed interiors and even have a good old coffee and a chat with the artist themselves, prepare for a tad longer- I struggled to pull it off in three! A weekend that is definitely worth saving the date for.
The seven artists included Annette Seeman and John Teschendorff (drawing, print & photo), Eveline Kotai (paint, scissor, stitch), Ian de Souza (drawing & paint), Trevor Richards (paint & sculpture), Penny Bovell (paint & prints), Jo Darbyshire (paint) and Michael Knight (paint).
It is evident to see how the use of space, colour, light and simple design can create such an inspiring environment for creativity and essentially productivity. Good design is known to affect your general wellbeing and happiness; from the complementary colour palette of walls to the smooth edges of furniture- when everything comes together it influences how we feel and perform, both consciously and subconsciously. So it’s no surprise that these home studios are immaculate in their aesthetic appeasement and modernist design.
Ian De Souza’s house- an open living space that intertwines the outdoors with the in, lush green palms and a pop of colour on the walls made for a harmonious entryway. The bathroom was complete with glazed concrete floors and a rustic use of furniture; the bathtub lying against a jutting limestone rock wall. A home that is enviable to say the least.
Each artist uses their space in a different way, whether it’s prioritising the position of the record player and the plethora of vinyl collections, or surrounding themselves with nature’s beauty; everything comes together to evoke comfort and inspire the creative process.
The Art Walk Fremantle, a must do event for any creative so make sure to keep an eye out for the next one in 2019.