Get In Touch (Part 1) Artist residency with Little Company
by BRÆR Studio·
Collaboration is at the core of everything we make at Braer - collaboration between nature and humans, the artist and the materials, the environment in which the installation will slowly change and eventually decompose. Braer notices the beauty in the unexpected.
Cobra lilies in the garden & a sketch by Yaz Ward
Borrowing natural elements from the bush surrounding Casa Warrandyte Braer was commissioned to create a nature installation in the Little Company Collingwood space.
Yaz & I took a deep exhale and enjoyed the late rising sun. Melbourne made us sleepy, so we surrendered to it, read our books and lit the fire.
We wandered around the property, situated close the the Yarra River and took long walks exploring the landscape. The mediative rhythms of the days moving slower than usual.
Acacia was growing in abundance in the area and was bursting into colour. We snipped fragrant yellow pom-poms from the trees growing on the verge to make a giant fluffy garland to float in the LTCO space.
A feminine, voluptuous camellia bush within the property grounds covered in buds was just asking to be picked. We paired the camellia with Japonica blossom that quite literally ‘caught my eye’. The beautiful & spiky branches tanged in a brambled-mess proved dangerous to harvest slapping me in the face when I was too eager.
Sketches of narcissus & calendula from the garden by Yaz Ward, Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration (always), Ikebana by Norman Sparnon with japonica
A special branch reminded me of an arrangement in one of my favourite books by the Australian Ikebana master Norman Sparnon - Arranging flowers.
Braer installations in the LTCO Collingwood space
"The act of rest in itself is a rebellion against capitalism. Spending time with flowers and plants soothe the soul. The gratitude we feel for natures gifts is something that continues to grow deeper. Without moments to pause we can’t possibly see the gifts that we receive everyday."
Braer is planning part 2 of the residency with LTCO in late July in Byron Bay using locally foraged materials to reflect the species abundant on Bundjalung Country.
Photos By Yaz Ward
Words by Azzmin Frances.