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

my ephemeral art challenge 2016 ~ january

March 2nd, 2016

I’ve decided this year while on my morning walks to create an ephemeral art piece using only natural found objects and share it on instagram.

Ephemeral, is such a beautiful word. I find the definition matches the word itself, its meaning being: lasting a very short time, short-lived, transitory. It does give a whole new purpose to the art being created.

Inspired from a Collaborations with Nature workshop I took part in November last year with Australian Ephemeral artist Shona Wilson. I’ve decided to take on my own daily collaborations with nature. One a day ephemeral art piece. Only found objects. <1hr. 365 days (actually 366 days its a leap year).

It’s part of my everyday creative practise of using my imagination, curiously playing and exploring… Looking up, down, around me in my travels. Exploring the present moment & what nature and life has to offer.

It allows me to make a link between the transitioning stages between life and death within nature. It is this shifting state which contributes to the overall message that I’m trying to share.

As you can see Photography plays a crucial role in my ephemeral art making. With each piece of art I attempt to capture it at its most aesthetic angle allowing it to shine in its own uniqueness! Time/Weather is either on my side or against…Some lasting for as little as 1 second to months on end….but it’s just all part of the ephemeral process. I approach it with mindfulness, and to me its my own personal “creative meditation” I start my day with, and each piece so far has a story to tell.

I hope you also will enjoy my journey! The images above are what I created in January.

Please feel free to follow my progress on instagram 🙂 the hashtag I use for every piece is #curiosityplays


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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palm inflorescence workshop

May 13th, 2015

Had a great time teaching the “Palm Inflorescence home decor ball workshop” last night! Thought I’d post a few pics. Thanks everyone who braved the freezing cold Melb temps… & special thanks to Laneway Learning St Kilda for inviting me to run these workshops. The “sculpturers” even added there own flair to the mix! Thanks Finn cafe for that delicious salted caramel brownie!


If anyone is interested in participating in a “palm inflorescence home decor ball workshop”…please get in touch 🙂


light darkness and colours

May 15th, 2013


How fascinating and unexpected! A very deep, but interesting documentary about Goethe’s Theory of Colours! Naturally common-sense to some! But still makes you think in a different perspective.

The ear is mute, the lips deaf. But the eye senses and speaks. In it the world is reflected from without, and man from within. ~ Johann Wolfgang con Goethe

the effect rain has on a creative person

November 14th, 2012

I dont know about you, but I love listening to the sound of rain when Im creating. This probably sounds weird. But this probably stems from my childhood growing up in the country of New Zealand, where it rained for days straight, with nothing better to do, but be mesmerised by the sound of the rain tapping on the tin roof, which got my imagination/daydreaming going, which lead to wonderful creations. I find myself drawn to this feeling as an adult when I’m creating also. I find it really relaxing and also rather meditative, calming … also it allows me to not think i’d rather be outside enjoying the sunshine, at the beach etc. But safe, warm and comfy inside making, crafting, creating or designing.

A friend of mine just recently sent me this website link to “rainymood.com“, which got me onto this topic, now I can choose when its raining and when its not.. (In terms of my creative process – I’m thinking my creating days are going to be even more powerful than before”) I will let you know how I go!

In the mean time if your like me and enjoy the sound of rain tapping against your window while you work have a look and listen to rainymood.com (I really think they are onto something here), a really simple, yet fab idea!

You can also suggest tunes to play with the rain also! Another lovely idea! Im really into Bon Iver at the moment and think it works perfectly. Have a listen!

Enjoy the rain tapping against your window (computer monitor) while you create!


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