Unusual art from the road

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bec Singh

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.”

Pic­ture: Bec Singh

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.

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