Catching up with Megan Weston

Thursday, August 25, 2016

On a studio visit to Barwon Heads we check in with Megan Weston while she has been creating her highly anticipated new collection. Megan has been exhibiting with Fenton & Fenton since 2014 and this year will be featuring in the PRISM exhibition.
Working predominantly with ink and resin on timber, we chat to Megan about her change in look for the upcoming exhibition and get to know a little more about the renowned Australian artist.


Photo: Styling - Julia Green, Photo - Armelle Habib

Who are your art inspirations? Do you look to other artists or movements for support or inspiration during your process?

I adore Miranda Scozeck and the minimalist works of Rothko at the moment. I don't tend to look to any other artists for my own work but as an art lover first and foremost, I am able to appreciate the creativity of my friends and contemporaries.

Who do you follow on Instagram? Apart from artists are there any digital influencers you admire?

I love the fun of American photographer Gray Malin and sculptor Chris LaBrooy at the moment.

Many of your works are named after incredible places around the world. Have you travelled to these places, where in the world have you travelled that has been the most inspiring for your work?
Rather than specific places, I feel that my work is often inspired by the feeling that stays with me after I leave and comes through in my work. That said, New York City is always a favourite. The sensory overload there always triggers inspiration and creativity. It's the energy that stays with you and I try to harness when I work.


Photo:Nikole Ramsay featured in InsideOut magazine   

You live on the beautiful Bellerine Peninsula, what is the sense of community and lifestyle like in Barwon Heads?
It's a very village like atmosphere with great beaches, walking tracks and fab for kids to grow up. Cute little shops and a ten-minute walk down the Main Street for coffee is more like a social event than a chore which is nice.
 
What are your thoughts on the art community in Australia? Do emerging artists in Australia get the support they need?
I think the art community is in disarray, I don't see the talented artists getting the recognition they deserve unfortunately. I definitely think there has to be more education involved. it's too easy for people to call themselves an artist and it can devalue the time, cost and commitment to produce. There is such talent and diversity in our industry currently so that is very exciting for the future.
 
You are known mostly for your ink and resin artwork, when did you start this style and why were you compelled to make “ink bleed”?
I started over 15 years ago with resin and ink, and what a turn of events that whole 'resin art' movement has been. I wanted the ink to travel and experience movement across the canvas surface. There is obviously a lot of new players in the game now adopting these techniques as well so the popularity of this style was somewhat of a double edged sword. With this in mind, I've evolved my techniques and the new PRISM exhibition is the first release of this evolution into the world!

Do you find yourself experimenting with mediums? Why resin and ink?
Yes I work with any medium.. In fact a lot of my early works were painted in oils always abstract though. Resin and ink translates particularly well for me and my storytelling so it has become my go-to medium.
 
Where has been the most incredible place you have seen one of your artworks?
Too many to say! Jen Hawkins home, Megan Gales and The Block have all been highlights. In all honestly, I get a thrill when I see my work hanging in any client's home and that I have found a place in their lives. It's very special to me.


Photo: Images styled by Heather Nette King,  Haymes Paint. Photography by Armelle Habib.

What is your main inspiration behind your pieces for ‘Prism’?
Crystals, lots of crystals. True to my topographical style, I dived into the depths of our planet in search of the beauty hidden beneath and beyond. Rocks, minerals and the natural elements that form our planet are the inspiration behind the latest colourful body of works. Optical density and a play on light are interpreted through different forms and signature to this beautiful PRISM collection.

If we where to get into your headspace and try and paint like Megan Weston, when would we paint and what music would we be listening to?
I usually paint at my studio, early in the morning or mid afternoon, this is when I'm at my best. My playlist really depends what mood I’m in but if I was to list my top ti, it would be:

1. Dime Store Diamond- Gossip
2. Blood on the Leaves - Kanye
3. MTV Nirvana Unplugged Album- Nirvana
4. Blank Face - Schoolboy Q (this is on repeat for the table tennis tournaments that are happening in break times…)
5. Desperado - Rhianna

Megan’s artworks will be featured in the upcoming exhibition PRISM.
Opening night will be held in store on Thursday September 1 and the exhibition will then continue in store until the September 15. For more information and to RSVP visit our event page.
#Artists #megan weston

Behind the scenes with Jai Vasicek

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jai Vasicek is renowned for his vibrant colour, layers of pattern and exotic adornments. Recently inspired by facets, stones, flaura and fauna from Northern Australia, we are thrilled that Jai is featuring in Fenton & Fenton’s latest exhibition PRISM. We sat down with Jai and asked him what music keeps him going at 3am, who have been his artistic inspirations and his future creative aspirations.

Behind The Scenes With Jai Vasicek from Fenton and Fenton on Vimeo.


 
What is your main inspiration behind your pieces for ‘Prism’?
I have been inspired by endless journeys to the far north east coast of Australia with my father. My abstract work is an interpretation of the fascinating Australian landscape, as the light changes from day to night and back from night to day. My time spent trekking uncharted terrain, exploring hidden caves and sailing to Australia’s indigenous lands between the Daintree and Cape Flattery is elegantly and abstractly brought to life in my colourful collection.



Tell us about your painting process. When do you do it and what are you listening to when creating your masterpieces?
I work best at night and it’s the time that I enjoy to paint the most. At night is when I feel the world is at rest, I don’t hear traffic near my studio and it’s often quiet, so I paint. I generally will paint after dinner and sometimes until 2am or I will get up at 3am and paint till 10am. It’s amazing what you can get done in those obscure hours of the day. When I’m painting, I will pump the music up crazy in my earphones. Typically, I would be listening to;

-Moby- Hotel Ambient (if I need to calm down, detach from the day, get into a meditative state and paint for hours)
-Portishead (For something old school. Her voice inspires me and has an effect on how I get in touch with my emotions to express into the artworks)
Beyoncé - Lemonade (the occasional guilty pleasure. If I’m feeling down, she always gets me back up. Listening to her makes me think I have to work as hard as her. That lemonade album gets me painting quick!)
- SIA – (Her older albums. They make me feel nostalgic and remind me of my high school days)
-Adele – (For when I’m feeling heartbroken.. haha) 


Who are your art inspirations? Do you look to other artists or movements for support or inspiration during your process?
I generally don’t look for inspirations, I rather admire. I like to experiment and take on my own angle in my work to stay true to myself. I appreciate all the masters like Picasso and Matisse, however I’m also a huge fan of Miranda Skoczek, Craig Ruddy and Laura Jones. I have been loving Laura Jones lately, the way she captures light with her "still lifes" and her colours are out of this world. I’m a sucker for botanical art.



Who do you follow on Instagram? Apart from artists are there any digital influencers you admire?
I love following Sibella Court and Lisa Messenger from The Collective, she is very inspiring for anyone embarking on entrepreneurship. Everyday I follow her daily reflections and I can identify with her path.

You have an incredible tale of spending your childhood upon your family’s boat Malachi. What was the longest you spent at sea, and what places did you travel to?
I think the longest sail was 4 days at sea.... my favourite stretch is in wintertime from the Whitsundays to Lizard Island! Amazing.
 
Your vibrant, colourful and bold works exude the brightness of some of the places you have travelled. Have there been any communities around the world you have admired or been inspired by in particular?
Although everywhere I have travelled to is reflected in my work, I think Brazil would be one of the most amazing colourful and vibrant places I have been!



You live in beautiful Byron Bay, what is the sense of community and lifestyle like there?
In Byron, everyone embraces everyone and that’s why I love it here. No matter what you are doing people are very open about expressing what their vision or path in life is.

What are your thoughts on the art community in Australia? Do emerging artists in Australia get the support they need?
All eyes are on Australia because we are an emerging country and pushing boundaries as such a creative nation. With technological advances and so many social platforms, emerging artists haven’t been restricted by borders and have been able to become globally recognised easier than before.

You experiment with many mediums and techniques is anything you are drawn back to or want to work with you haven’t got your hands on already?
It’s an aspiration of mine to work with fashion and art, I will get there one day..



Where has been the most incredible place you have seen one of your artworks?
At Fenton & Fenton of course. But also one of my friends has an incredible home in Sydney and it hangs with pride in their entrance way. I’m just amazed they chose my work to sit on that very predominant wall!

Jai's artworks will be featured in the upcoming exhibition PRISM.
Opening night will be held in store on Thursday September 1 and the exhibition will then continue in store until the September 15. For more information and to RSVP visit our event page.

#Artists #Jai Vasicek

Join The Team

Monday, August 15, 2016

FENTON & FENTON MAINTENANCE TEAM MEMBER


We are looking for a skilled Maintenance Team Member to jump on board and participate in our warehouse and in store operations in a full time position.

Maintenance Team Member responsibilities include but are not limited to, supporting the warehouse day-to-day operations, furniture maintenance and repair, supporting the merchandising team with in-store installations of furniture and artwork and customer deliveries.
      
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

-Prepare and complete orders for delivery or pick up according to schedule
-Receive and process warehouse stock products (unload, label, store)
-Assist in the overall maintenance of the store space
-Operate and maintain warehouse vehicles and equipment
-Assist in store change-overs and installations of art work
-Assist with Hire and Consultation installations on request
-Follow quality service standards and comply with procedures, rules and regulations at all times

THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL HAVE:

-Great organisational and time management skills
-Ability to assist in heavy lifting
-Familiarity with common warehouse practices
-1 year proven experience in a maintenance/warehouse team member roll.
-Experience in painting, art installation, and furniture repair will be highly regarded but not essential

APPLICATION PROCESS

If you think you fit the bill apply now info@fentonandfenton.com.au.

Thanks for your interest

F&F


Join The Team

Friday, August 05, 2016

FENTON & FENTON FULL TIME SALES CONSULTANT


Calling all enthusiastic and determined sales gurus. We are looking for a full time sales consultant to join our team. The ideal candidate for this role has a proven history in sales, ideally in the homewares and furniture industry. You thrive in a fast paced environment, with the ability to quickly establish client relationships and have a genuine eye for interior decoration. If you want to inspire people to express themselves through their homes then this is the job for you.

THE LOW DOWN

Fenton & Fenton is home to a colourful and decorative collection of home wares and furniture, offering a unique shopping experience both in-store and online. With an eye for the bright, the beautiful and the exotic, we love to think outside the box and inspire others to do the same. 8 years on, we are committed to doing things that stand out and giving our customers fresh home wares, decorating ideas and brand experiences.

We are home to a dynamic, creative and collaborative bunch. We work hard to ensure our liaisons are as much about the experience as the purchase. As our business expands and takes us in all sorts of directions, we are looking for a full time Sales Consultant for our High Street Prahran store. 
      
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

-Delivering a professional and unique standard of customer experience
-Coordinating the sales process as part of a team from initial enquiry to delivery
-Prioritising clients and collaborating with team members to reach store targets and deliver the best instore experience
-Ensuring visual merchandising standards are met to continue sales growth
-Administration including quoting and processing orders.

THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL HAVE:

-The ability to multi task and problem solve
-Proven sales experience preferably in the furniture and homewares industry 
-Excellent communication skills
-Strong attention to detail
-Computer literacy in particular with Mac operating systems, with experience in the use of Adobe CS an advantage.
-An interest interior design and decoration 
-An energetic, motivated and proactive approach to their work.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Successful applicants must include a CV, summary of achievements relating to this job description and a cover letter.

Please email Ciarra at ciarra@fentonandfenton.com.au 

Thanks for your interest

F&F




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