Anita Larkin has a special interest in the narrative associations that can be conjured from assembling together found objects. Small-scale sculpture provides an opportunity to gather a viewer close to an artwork, providing an intimate personal experience, drawing attention to small surface details of an objects history. This workshop will explore various simple mechanical methods of joining found objects together and the skills needed in working with very diverse materials. Basic assemblage techniques, drilling, screwing, riveting, and using fillers to model shapes as well as to join objects are included. A workshop of creating alchemy, of animating the inanimate, of creating story and sculpture from discarded objects.
Anita Larkin has been making sculptural forms in felt for 20 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of The Arts in 1993, and has since exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. She is represented by Defiance Gallery, Sydney. Larkin’s felt forms have been exhibited in Australia, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Mexico and the UK. In 2011 she won the Salon for Textile Art Object at the 6th International World Textile Art Biennial of Contemporary Art in Mexico. Sculpting in bronze and collected objects as well as in felt, she has developed an innovative approach to this ancient textile. Teaching felt making and sculpture, since 1994, she gently encourages her students to create something wondrous and quite unexpected.