Unusual art from the road
CREATIVE duo, Jana Iriyadi and her partner Darryl Ely have found inspiration for their art through their years of travel.
Jana creates jewellery from different bits and pieces and said it was a great way to reuse things around the house.
“I will find inspiration from different things I see when I take the dog for a walk. I once created something from used bottle caps. Basically anything I can find,” she said.
“My partner and I create not to sell. It is more of a lifestyle for us.”
Jana has branched out her art knowledge by finding inspiration from classes hosted by Mareeba artist Elaine Seary.
“Water colours are really difficult to master but I am seeing progress in my pieces,” she said.
“Mrs Seary is so patient in her teaching. I have found my inspiration from her to create different paintings.”
Darryl works as a metal worker and creates sculptures and furniture.
He said there is a psychology behind art to sell it to people and finding the right person to appreciate the piece.
“You have to create something different and eye-catching,” he said.
“Art depends on the economy. When people have money there is a good turn over but when people don’t, art is the first thing to go.”
The pair have travelled to different parts of Australia and have used their inspiration to create many different designs.
“When we travel, we will create a sculpture out of what we find and leave it there. Making the work a bit more beautiful,” Jana said.
“We both love art, we are both very creative.”
Metal worker Darryl Ely and artist Jana Iriyadi display some of their designs created from found objects such as a necklace made of desert gum nuts and a sculpture containing a rock found while fishing at Chillagoe.