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Studio Artist

Surrounded by a constant supply of flotsam and jetsam as a source of materials for her artworks and oceans of inspiration, studio artist and owner of The Big Barge Art Centre, Emma Washer cannot be more at home. Growing up on the islands and passionate about art and community art practice Emma is committed to the running of the centre and it’s development as a vibrant arts space.

Washer’s inspiration for her works stem from the natural beauty of the islands. Its natural patterns and formations, colours, marine creatures and sometimes its quirky remote island life. Flotsam and jetsam that has travelled across the oceans from far away lands and washed up onto the islands shorelines is used in a number of original and imaginative ways. Creating highly textured and colourful mixed media works, stretched screen prints, canvases, jewellery and more.

Washers latest collection of works include 100% recycled thong jewellery, mixed media humphead maori wrasse, funky sweetlip stretched screen prints, photo artblocks and new works that are made of thousands of thongs cut up into squares and reworked to create images portraying local natural patterns.

These works are all available for sale through the gallery and here online. Mixed media screen prints can be ordered in a wide range of colours and individual works can also be commissioned.

Funky Sweetlips (20 x 40)

Medium: Mixed media stretched canvas screenprint.

Dimensions: 20 x 40cm

Price AUD: $150

Description: Screenprint is created from a stamp of a whole fish, which has then been overlaid with textured scale patterns. Scale patterns come from stamps cut from the soles of ocean drift thongs washed up on the beach. Small squares of cut up thongs are added to represent the islands vibrant colours and textures.

Colours available: Purple/Olive/Bright Apple Green/Navy/Bright Tuna Blue/Lime Green/Yellow/Brown/Light Purple/Aquamarine/Teal Blue

(Fabric paints for screenprint are white, aqua or bright blue)

All works available here online.

Funky Sweetlips (30 x 40)

Medium: Mixed media stretched canvas screenprint.

Dimensions: 30 x 40cm

Price AUD: $180

Description: Screenprint is created from a stamp of a whole fish, which has then been overlaid with textured scale patterns. Scale patterns come from stamps cut from the soles of ocean drift thongs washed up on the beach. Small squares of cut up thongs are added to represent the islands vibrant colours and textures.

Colours available: Purple/Olive/Bright Apple Green/Navy/Bright Tuna Blue/Lime Green/Yellow/Brown/Light Purple/Aquamarine/Teal Blue

(Fabric paints for screenprint are white, aqua or bright blue)

All works available here online.

Blue Lagoon

Medium: Mixed Media

Dimensions: 10 x 10cm

Price AUD: $50.00

Description: Ocean drift thongs found washed up onto beach are cut into squares and arranged to represent the colours in the inner tropical lagoon.

All works available here online.

Artblocks

Medium: Block mounted photos

Dimensions: 9 x 9cm

Price AUD: $25.00

Description: A collection of unique local images of environmental artworks, island patterns, driftwood, flotsam and jetsam, boat details and many more are block mounted onto 1cm thick timber blocks. Block edge trim is painted in crisp white to finish and hanging device is routed into back of block ready to hang.

All works available here online.

Humphead Maori Wrasse

Medium: Mixed Media

Dimensions: 90 x 36cm

Commission Price AUD: $1300.00

Description: The Humphead Maori Wrasse is crafted from 12mm timber and detail in the face and fins is painted with vibrant, high quality acrylic paints. Textured scale detail has been created by cutting up ocean drift thongs, found washed up on the beach. 3D fin in is made using copper and acrylics. A low sheen gloss coat is applied to paint finish and hangings are fitted into back of artwork.

All works available here online.

Blue Holes

Medium: Mixed Media

Dimensions: 3 sizes available- 30 x 30 cm / 40 x 40cm/ 55 x55 cm

Commission Price AUD: 30 x 30 cm $350/ 40 x 40cm $700/ 55 x 55cm $1400

Description: Ocean drift thongs found washed up on the beach are cut into squares and arranged to represent the magnificent colours and natural blue hole formations found in our tropical lagoon. Colours and textures on thong squares are untouched and used as found on the beach, making each work original and unique. Artwork is inlayed into white timber frame and all hangings are fitted.

All works available here online.

Wahoo

Medium: Mixed Media

Dimensions: 100 x 100cm

Commission Price AUD: $3200

Descriptions: ‘Wahoo’ is crafted using 19mm exterior ply and painted with high quality exterior acrylic paints. Ocean drift thongs found washed up on the beach are cut up and used to create amazing detail in body of fish. Thongs are used untouched, with colour and textures remaining as found when collected. 3D Fin is made from recycled copper and painted finish. The work has been finished in a gloss two-pack finish for appeal and protection. Hanging fittings are installed.

All works available here online.

Studio Artist Gallery
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Artblocks

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Blue Holes

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Blue Lagoon

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Funky Sweetlips (20 x 40)

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Funky Sweetlips (30 x 40)

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Funky Sweetlips Cushion

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Humphead Maori Wrasse

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Seahorse

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Tree of Life

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Wahoo

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Wave & Gull

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