FIND­ING PRINTS CHARM­ING

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

IT is lit­tle sur­prise Margie Old­field’s pas­sion for nat­u­ral history has trans­posed to im­ages of fish and rep­tiles in her art work.

The artist stud­ied botany and zo­ol­ogy at UWA, work­ing in Broome, Queens­land, Africa and Eng­land be­fore set­tling back in Perth to raise her three chil­dren.

It was then she turned her cre­ative en­ergy to art, most re­cently the an­cient Ja­panese print­ing art form of Gy­otaku.

“I think my art has evolved en­tirely as a re­sult of my love of nat­u­ral history,” Old­field said.

“Gy­otaku was orig­i­nally used for peo­ple to bring back ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ments of the fish they caught be­fore it dried up.

“Be­fore pho­tog­ra­phy it was a way to keep a record of their catch and has evolved over the years to be con­sid­ered as a gen­uine art form.”

Old­field said she had been un­suc­cess­ful in per­fect­ing her Gy­otaku tech­nique on her own, so ap­plied for a grant and trav­elled to Ja­pan in 2013 to study with a Ja­panese Gy­otaku mas­ter.

She will hold her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion in a decade, aptly named Lit­tle Crea­tures at Lit­tle Crea­tures, show­ing at Lit­tle Crea­tures Brew­ery in Fre­man­tle from De­cem­ber 5 to Jan­uary 6, 2016.

“I sent them an email with some of my im­ages and asked if they’d be in­ter­ested in the ex­hi­bi­tion,” Old­field said.

“They are fan­tas­tic at sup­port­ing lo­cal artists and emailed me straight back say­ing it would be a per­fect fit.”

Tanya MacNaughton

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d446580

Margie Old­field with some of the works to be shown at her up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion.

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