Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Creativity Cluster - Week 13

Bec Reid

Hello, I'm Bec and welcome to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined In the Groove in 2020. This week, the theme has been favourite things and we're joined by Nancy D Lane from The Creativity Cluster. Nancy, how are you?

Nancy D Lane

Fine, thanks.

Bec Reid

Speaking of favourite things, what is your favourite medium to use to create your artworks?

Nancy D Lane

My favourite medium is trash that I find on the street and it is a strange favourite. How - what got me started was I saw on the street a long, thin piece of wire and I didn't know what it was. Started picking them up and I finally found out it was a bristle from a street cleaner being dispersed along the streets. Quite ironically and, once I started picking those up, I started finding screws and nails. I picked those up as a public service but I find such wonderful junk on the street that I can make into quite unusual kinds of art.

Bec Reid

And, Nancy, how long have you been discovering these items to make incredible artworks with?

Nancy D Lane

I've been doing this for about 3 years, Prior to that, I had a more normal professional job but I always dabbled in art and I had done some jewellery making. I'd done some weaving. I'd done some painting. Basically, though, this is what I decided was worth doing full time as my second career after my normal life career.

Bec Reid

Nancy, can you tell us how the Creativity Cluster came about?

Nancy D Lane

I had started doing full-time art once I retired and was very excited about it. So, I thought I'd teach a U3A class for other people who might be trying to do the same thing and, from that U3A class, there got to be a group of nine women who decided we wanted to work together and it started from there and it's still going strong.

Bec Reid

And, Nancy, all of the women in the collective work across really varied mediums. Can you tell us a little bit about some of the mediums that the artists use?

Nancy D Lane

Penny Sharples has used acrylic to simulate the Japanese concept of wabi sabi or impermanence. Pat Duncan has painted with alcohol ink on glass shards. Lindsay Hussey recreated metro train maps using textile collage. Deirdre Ogilvie has painted a wide range of images that all show some sort of decomposition. Luna Cameron-Parrish has incorporated found objects and polymer clay into her mosaic works. Marina Chamberlain has created collages that include parts of the Flinders Street Station from vintage books and posters. Mardie Whitla creates hand built ceramics that were influenced by her many, many travels in Italy. Carolyn Morwood has digitally manipulated her photos to create a sense of - of transience. I use found objects to build sculptures and make jewellery.

Bec Reid

De-construction/Re-construction. Can you tell us about the current exhibition that the Creativity Cluster have?

Nancy D Lane

This is our fourth exhibition and this one happens to be online, mainly because when it was to be in the flesh, so to speak, it got postponed but, essentially, it's going to be in the underpass near Flinders Street Station and, as many of your viewers may know, metropolitan Melbourne is going through huge changes as the new train loop is being developed and so that's why we chose that theme,
De-construction/Re-construction because all around the venue, there is so much building, tearing down that's going on to create a new Melbourne.

Bec Reid

Nancy, can you share with us the sensibility and philosophy amongst the Creativity Cluster members?

Nancy D Lane

I think the reason we came together is that we were all focused on trying to bring art to the community in as many ways as possible because we ourselves loved it so much. We all work in different mediums and so we all come from our unusual perspectives but we try to choose for each of our exhibitions a common theme and we're really gobsmacked to see how differently each of us interprets the theme but also how cohesively it works. It's wonderful to work with women who want to share their art with the community as well as want to basically enjoy using a particular medium.

Bec Reid

I love the spirit of collectivity that you really have a momentum amongst each other. Do you affect each other's practice at all?

Nancy D Lane

When we're teaching classes, some of us will often choose to enrol in - enrol in the classes the other is teaching. We also often attend each other's artist talks and so on. So, we're always learning from each other in many different ways.

Bec Reid

Can you share with us some highlights of the Creativity Cluster in action in the community?

Nancy D Lane

Recently, we were at the Louis Joel Gallery in Altona and we ran a series of artists talks. We also ran some workshops. What I found is that it's so enjoyable to see what people think of the exhibition. What appeals to them. For example, I was quite amazed because I work in street trash and find lots of nuts and bolts. It was the men who sort of gravitated towards mine, whereas the women tended to gravitate to the much more beautifully intricate sorts of paintings. The locals all went to the photography of the local community which Carolyn Morwood did. Different people are attracted to different parts of our group but that's wonderful because we can all gain from making our works available to a much wider community.

Bec Reid

Beautiful, Nancy. Thank you so much for sharing the favourite things in the life of the Creativity Cluster.

Rebecca Barnard

Strange things from the street can be favourites.

Bec Reid

Just like us, Nancy. So good!

 

 

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Nancy D Lane’s artistic career began in her 70s, when she began collecting discarded junk from the streets. Initially she picked up random wire and metal out of a mixture of curiosity about its origins and concern it could puncture a cyclist’s tyre, but it didn’t take long before the found items began to mount up.

Visit Nancy's website: https://nancydeesculptures.com.au/

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Creativity Cluster - Week 13

Bec Reid

Hello, I'm Bec and welcome to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined In the Groove in 2020. This week, the theme has been favourite things and we're joined by Nancy D Lane from The Creativity Cluster. Nancy, how are you?

Nancy D Lane

Fine, thanks.

Bec Reid

Speaking of favourite things, what is your favourite medium to use to create your artworks?

Nancy D Lane

My favourite medium is trash that I find on the street and it is a strange favourite. How - what got me started was I saw on the street a long, thin piece of wire and I didn't know what it was. Started picking them up and I finally found out it was a bristle from a street cleaner being dispersed along the streets. Quite ironically and, once I started picking those up, I started finding screws and nails. I picked those up as a public service but I find such wonderful junk on the street that I can make into quite unusual kinds of art.

Bec Reid

And, Nancy, how long have you been discovering these items to make incredible artworks with?

Nancy D Lane

I've been doing this for about 3 years, Prior to that, I had a more normal professional job but I always dabbled in art and I had done some jewellery making. I'd done some weaving. I'd done some painting. Basically, though, this is what I decided was worth doing full time as my second career after my normal life career.

Bec Reid

Nancy, can you tell us how the Creativity Cluster came about?

Nancy D Lane

I had started doing full-time art once I retired and was very excited about it. So, I thought I'd teach a U3A class for other people who might be trying to do the same thing and, from that U3A class, there got to be a group of nine women who decided we wanted to work together and it started from there and it's still going strong.

Bec Reid

And, Nancy, all of the women in the collective work across really varied mediums. Can you tell us a little bit about some of the mediums that the artists use?

Nancy D Lane

Penny Sharples has used acrylic to simulate the Japanese concept of wabi sabi or impermanence. Pat Duncan has painted with alcohol ink on glass shards. Lindsay Hussey recreated metro train maps using textile collage. Deirdre Ogilvie has painted a wide range of images that all show some sort of decomposition. Luna Cameron-Parrish has incorporated found objects and polymer clay into her mosaic works. Marina Chamberlain has created collages that include parts of the Flinders Street Station from vintage books and posters. Mardie Whitla creates hand built ceramics that were influenced by her many, many travels in Italy. Carolyn Morwood has digitally manipulated her photos to create a sense of - of transience. I use found objects to build sculptures and make jewellery.

Bec Reid

De-construction/Re-construction. Can you tell us about the current exhibition that the Creativity Cluster have?

Nancy D Lane

This is our fourth exhibition and this one happens to be online, mainly because when it was to be in the flesh, so to speak, it got postponed but, essentially, it's going to be in the underpass near Flinders Street Station and, as many of your viewers may know, metropolitan Melbourne is going through huge changes as the new train loop is being developed and so that's why we chose that theme,
De-construction/Re-construction because all around the venue, there is so much building, tearing down that's going on to create a new Melbourne.

Bec Reid

Nancy, can you share with us the sensibility and philosophy amongst the Creativity Cluster members?

Nancy D Lane

I think the reason we came together is that we were all focused on trying to bring art to the community in as many ways as possible because we ourselves loved it so much. We all work in different mediums and so we all come from our unusual perspectives but we try to choose for each of our exhibitions a common theme and we're really gobsmacked to see how differently each of us interprets the theme but also how cohesively it works. It's wonderful to work with women who want to share their art with the community as well as want to basically enjoy using a particular medium.

Bec Reid

I love the spirit of collectivity that you really have a momentum amongst each other. Do you affect each other's practice at all?

Nancy D Lane

When we're teaching classes, some of us will often choose to enrol in - enrol in the classes the other is teaching. We also often attend each other's artist talks and so on. So, we're always learning from each other in many different ways.

Bec Reid

Can you share with us some highlights of the Creativity Cluster in action in the community?

Nancy D Lane

Recently, we were at the Louis Joel Gallery in Altona and we ran a series of artists talks. We also ran some workshops. What I found is that it's so enjoyable to see what people think of the exhibition. What appeals to them. For example, I was quite amazed because I work in street trash and find lots of nuts and bolts. It was the men who sort of gravitated towards mine, whereas the women tended to gravitate to the much more beautifully intricate sorts of paintings. The locals all went to the photography of the local community which Carolyn Morwood did. Different people are attracted to different parts of our group but that's wonderful because we can all gain from making our works available to a much wider community.

Bec Reid

Beautiful, Nancy. Thank you so much for sharing the favourite things in the life of the Creativity Cluster.

Rebecca Barnard

Strange things from the street can be favourites.

Bec Reid

Just like us, Nancy. So good!