Patchwork Wildlife

Perth (Australia) 2019

Ateliervivo (Independent)

The process of mural painting can present many of the typical aspects of designing and building; interpreting plans, use of materials and tools, finding efficiencies, teamwork, improvisation, joy and frustration..

A mural painted on a residential carport in Perth’s suburbs over a series of weekend sessions by a group of non-professional artists examined the potential for social and educational outcomes within the mural painting process.

The use of grid-based patterns allows for painting to be undertaken without a requirement for artistic abilities. The local wetland wildlife designs were adapted and inspired by Margaret Rolfe patchwork quilt patterns.

The process of translating the designs onto the wall and consideration of aesthetic and compositional qualities offers a comfortable level of difficulty for participants while also presenting a number of challenges to navigate through prompting many new ideas and discussions. The up-scaling of patterns offers forgiveness in layout accuracy allowing for sharp designs to be easily created.

The experience presented an approach to collaborative mural painting where the process and outcome that can be readily understood by all involved and tasks such as designing, layout and application can be efficiently divided amongst participants.

Client: private individual

Tutor: Michael Phillips
Students: Camilo Andres Idarraga, José Araujo, Shaun Banner, Jenny de Bruyn, Rachael Carter, Tom Drummond, Alexandra Mackenzie, Alain Nejad, Christian Oshiro, Rose Phillips, Peter Phillips, Sing Yee

Research Question: The potential for social and educational outcomes within the mural painting process

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+, 11-50, Architecture, Ateliervivo, Australia, Client-funded, Days, Extra-curricular, Initiated by institution, Permanent, Students with tutor