ephemeral art – February, March #curiosityplays

May 16th, 2016

::a daily CREATIVE meditation through February and March 2016 – I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoyed making them.

If meditation is not usually your thing, or you find 999 other things which are more important than 20 minutes of stillness, have you considered a CREATIVE meditation? Like ephemeral art making?

Ephemeral Art? Whats that you ask?

A number of art forms can be considered ephemeral because of their temporary nature. Early land art and all sand sculptures, ice sculptures and chalk drawings on footpaths are examples of ephemeral art. Ephemerality is the concept of things being transitory, existing only briefly. Typically the term ephemeral is used to describe objects found in nature, although it can describe a wide range of things.

To get me in the mood for my ephemeral art creative meditation, I usually head off for a walk in nature: to the beach, the park, or around the block …sometimes just a visit to my garden is all I need to get my creative juices flowing.

It’s about mindfully taking the time to switch off to the pressures of daily life and to help get in the “mood” I encourage you to take a closer look at your surroundings – whether it be a bird on a branch above your head, or the dried seedpods and leaves beneath your feet – get closer – be curious – to find and enjoy the intricate details of nature. We are all connected you know!

By taking just 5 mins to tune out and create everyday… you’ll be amazed how your creativity will lead you on an amazing journey and could just change your life in wonderful ways you never thought it ever could.

Ephemeral artist Shona Wilson has made up a Ephemeral Art making recipe. Why don’t you give it a try? You can see I have above these are my creations from February and March 2016 and you can see Januarys here.

:: Shona Wilson’s Ephemeral Art recipe ::

• one a day ephemeral art

• using only natural found objects on site

• no tools

• rain or shine

• tired or inspired

• 5-50mins

• a daily practice

Enjoy…and if you do give it a try, I’d be delighted to hear how you go. If you like you can tag me on instagramI find it’s the best tool for collecting and sharing my daily creative meditations. I use #curiosityplays for all my ephemeral creations.

If you enjoyed this you might like my previous blog post on my ephemeral art making journey January

new collaboration with Mulbury

March 13th, 2016

Without further ado…..I’m delighted to finally share my excitement with you all of my new collaboration with Mulbury the leading eco furniture manufacturers in Melbourne, Australia. Specialising in recycled industrial furniture, rescued timber picture frames & unique home wares.
To us both, “recycling materials is one of the purest forms of maintaining the earth and we’re absolutely dedicated on leaving this planet in a better condition than when we found it.”
Mulbury’s enthusiasm for the planet and beautiful creations …combined with mine are just a match made in heaven! Well thats what I think anyway!

My first discovery in finding the Mulbury store….I thought I was in a rustic industrial home interiors / styling heaven. If you haven’t been – be sure to pop along next time your in Melbourne. Its AWESOME!

Mulbury with its amazing products (and a few of mine, like these vine ball pendant lights) will be at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show this week coming from Wednesday 16th – Sunday 20th March. Mulbury is also running a competition to win 2x tickets to the show so pop on over to their FB feed check them out

onefourfour 2015 exhibition

June 1st, 2015

So honoured & grateful to be asked to be apart of the 2015 Onefourfour group exhibition (twelve artists | twelve months | twelve themes onefourfour artworks) run by the very talented artist Ilona B Nelson … (follow and/or head over to Onefourfour to learn more about it.

Along with 12 other artists each month of 2015 I will be creating an art piece for this online exhibition along with being interviewed. In 2016 an actual exhibition will take place where the original artwork will be up for sale.

JANUARY = Dreamworld (watercolour and ink)

MARCH = Connection – Cascading Pearls (watercolour)

APRIL = Transform (giclee art print of original watercolour)

MAY = Obsession (watercolour collage) – As you can see I have a slight “obsession with fallen leaves”

Enjoy! I will be posting more pics throughout the rest of the year.


May 25th, 2015

A bit of show and tell for a Monday! I finished this last night! As you’ll see from my instagram feed (@sherylcole) its been a “slow” process. Very meditative & relaxing tho…. and exciting seeing it all come together….its so nice to finally have it finished and on my table to enjoy.
I still have to think of a name… Any suggestions welcome?
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Technique: Coiling weave from outside in
Materials: Wisteria vines, Bungalow Palm Inflorescence, Waxed linen thread

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great balls of wire sculptures

March 18th, 2015

So I’ve just recently been back to New Zealand and while I was there I made these “Giant Wire Ball Sculptures” …and I thought i’d share the outcome with you guys!

I was pleasantly surprised how I managed to “make them work” Im guessing my basic Basketry random weave skills paid off. I’m pretty happy with the outcome! The biggest one measures 1.2m diameter, the smallest 57cm diameter…middle sized is halfway in between (as I forgot to measure it)!

I posted these on Instagram and I’ve had a few people curious how I created my Giant Wire Ball creations, which were purely my “Curiosity & Creativity Playing” I was inspired by something not the same, but similar….and was keen to create my own style/version! Seriously just using my hands and body at times, my intuitive guess work, my knowledge of beginning a basic basket & random weave. I set out with a pair of wire cutters and some of my Dad’s fencing wire (not knowing it was his good fencing wire at the time – whoops)! I randomly tangled the wire (& myself at times) together… keeping in mind I wanted a sphere shape. I discovered using new wire helped keep the sphere shape. As, originally I wanted to create an up-cycled barbed wire ball using old rusty barbed wire off an old fence…but due to not enough old wire for the sized ball I wanted to create my first were created with new wire.

These”Wire Balls” are now a lovely sculpture at my Mum and Dads farm, as they were a bit to “big” to bring back on the plane.

I am now creating some more, which I’d love to somehow exhibit or make custom ones for people . I think these Wire Sculptures would look fabulous at a Vineyard, Winery, Parklands, Botanical Garden setting. If your interested, please get in touch! Also get in touch if anyone has or knows anyone wanting to get rid of some rusty barbed wire in Melbourne Victoria, Australia Ta x


creative challenges

April 7th, 2014

As a creative I think its important to learn new things. Practise new methods of achieving different results…to curiously play with new techniques/challenges. This helps us to learn, develop and grow!

For about a year now I’ve been setting myself little creative challenges, sometimes they are daily, weekly or monthly…sometimes just with myself and sometimes these challenges are between another creative friend and I. These creative challenges I’m setting myself are more about exploring other avenues of creativity that we or I haven’t experienced before or have a keen interest to further develop a particular area. I’ve actually found these creative challenges really satisfying! I’ve even got my mum on board so she can curiously explore her own inner creative self abit more!

Do you set yourself creative challenges? even just little ones?

So to name a few of my own personal challenges:

• A letter a day challenge with instagram (please see images in a earlier blog post)
• Shibori dying fabric – playing with the indigo ink, resists with different types of fabrics
• Screen printing cushions – playing with emulsion and stencil techniques.
• A butterfly a day challenge – a daily challenge drawing a different butterfly a day with ink and watercolour (please see images below)
• Calligraphy – on going playing with different brushes, pens, strokes (earlier blog post)

• One challenge I had with a friend of mine was we both sent each other mini canvas’s, each person had to pick a word for the canvas to be based on. they had 1 month to complete it…and send it back to the other person.
• Crochet Rocks – Is the creative challenge between my mum and I ….She’s a fab crocheter but has only just started again after about a 20 year gap… and me well I had no idea how… so we crochet a rock using differenet stitches and send them to each other..me learning the stitch she has just re-learnt for herself. We are both getting a beautiful collection of crochet rocks!

….There are lots more but thats just a few to get the gist.

So I’ve decided to start sharing some of my challenges on here with you all. You can also see what I’m up to on instragram (i’m a little addicted to uploading my creative challenges there and I seem to be better at posting more regularly to instagram apposed to here on my blog).

So below are 3 of my favourite watercolour and ink splattered butterflies. These were part of my weekly challenge of a butterfly a day challenge I set with myself a few weeks back. I had a fair bit of interest from these so have had a few reproduced as art prints and have them for sale in my etsy shop.

So for now enjoy until my next post…would love to hear if you’ve sent yourself creative challenges? and have you discovered any new desire within yourself to create more? Has it become an exciting little addiction to learn a new skill, or delve furthermore into it to create something bigger??? Look forward to hearing your comments! 🙂

my new collection & etsy store

January 23rd, 2014

Last year (2013) i decided to take a break from the full-time designer routine to a more part-time freelance routine and in those 2 days a week – return to the freedom of exploring and experimenting without a specific project or outcome in mind. Delving into new exciting things, getting back to basics and rediscovering being creative with new mediums to play and work with has been a wonderful experience. My curiosity has defiantly “played” as you’ll be able to see from my instagram feed

….So the last few months just before christmas I’ve been busy creating my new online etsy store. (sherylcoleart.etsy.com). selling art prints of some of my newly created Illustrations.

My style is influenced by growing up in the country. Even now when I’m not out curiously exploring the outdoors, I’m inside recreating that experience in my drawings. It’s little wonder my illustrations reflect a playful, childlike (curiosity) imagination featuring faeries and pixies mixed with elements of the natural world of flora and fungi. My pieces are mixed medium, comprising of pencil or ink and watercolour. It just seems to be what has come out while I’m not working on all my corporate design work. A great balance I say!


Here are a few out of my collection for your to enjoy: (please view the rest of my collection here)


Like what you see?…then head over  to my online shop to view the rest of my collection. Feel free to share the love with family and friends too! Commissions and comments welcome 🙂 Ta! Enjoy!

afternoon deLIGHT

May 15th, 2013

I went for a little walk around the block on Sunday! (as ya do) took my view master “camera” (as ya do). Gosh absolutely loved the afternoon deLIGHT on some of the little houses I was walking by. Thought I’d share a few snap shots. Enjoy!

You can view some more of my snapshots on my Instagram feed

metal ruler bracelet im such a #designgeek

November 2nd, 2012

I know I know, Im such a designgeek but how cool is this bracelet I made out of a Metal Ruler! I just had to share with you all!

X Shez

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