Parents it is not just your genes responsible for your child’s brain.... you are their brain architect too!
In the first few years of life, more than 1 billion new neural connections form per second. 🧠
So talk, read and play with your child... you are laying some serious foundations!
We were playing with the train today at the state library and then Miss S decided that she wanted to make a train so we went and made one and then played again.
I love that at the state library gives the children the creative freedom to make and play. Everything is so simple yet so imaginative! I love it! #tripout#statelibraryqld#imagination#trainplay#crafts#upcycling#playpost
This dishevelled little owl was oh-so-close to finishing a section of her novel EXCEPT for the fact that her last few paragraphs were hiding somewhere between her imagination and the page and they wouldn’t (in the least bit) come out. And so she left the hush of the John Oxley Library for the bustle of the State Library Cafe where the waitress-with-the-Carolina accent appeared (just like magic.) “This is for you!” (said the waitress.) She put a coffee-with-a-heart-in-it on the table. “Next time, it’ll be...” (she did a little dance “...like THIS!” (And she drew a sweeping heart-in-the-air with her hands.) The dishevelled little owl smiled (at the waitress-with-the-Carolina-accent) and sipped. After that (when all her sipping was done) there was a rustling as all the little owl’s paragraphs left their hiding places and declared their positions precisely. The little owl used her feathers like fingers and captured them all. She sorted. She picked and placed. Then she fixed them all in a row. #owl#thelittleowl#coffee#crema#coffeeheart#writingprompts#writing#statelibrary#statelibraryqld#waitress#statelibraryofqueensland#cafe#magictricks
I ask myself all the time, how can I create a meaningful life? I believe it starts with what I am doing for myself first. I need to help myself have a good life and then that can ripple outward, what am I doing to help my family, then what am I doing in my community? ✴
It doesn't need to be anything big to make a difference, you are already valuable as a person without even lifting a finger, but when you do act you have increadible power to impact life for the better. Think about what you do that you are passionate about and love to do and keep doing it because the world needs more of that, more passion and vibrancy and because it makes you happy.
There will be times that life will be hard and dark and painful, that's why it's important to do things that are meaningful and not just necessary. It's the meaning that will get us through the dark times.
I really believe that it is meaning that keeps us passionate and passion that allows us to be a change for the better in the world. So do something each day for yourself, it's not selfish it's nurturing, it's changing the world.
Born in Maryborough in 1921 and educated to matriculation standard at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, #AudreyGibbs (1921-2015) loved drawing from an early age and received private tutoring during her school years.
In her late teens she worked in a commercial art studio in Brisbane. She married soon after World War II and produced and reared six children. Her husband was a doctor who became a Federal Member of Parliament.
When her fifth child was two, Audrey’s husband encouraged her to again take up her art, and it was her first encounter with oil painting when she attended life classes with #MelvilleHaysom at the Brisbane Central Technical College once a week for a year.
In 1978 she studied drawing and water colours at Seven Hills College of Art. She joined the Pastel Society in 1980, and in 1983 the #RoyalQueenslandArtSociety and the #HalfDozenGroupofArtists . She held solo exhibitions at the Ardrossan Gallery in 1986 and 1988, at the Riverhouse Gallery in 1993 and 1995, and at the Gladstone Art Gallery and the RQAS in 1998. She was a finalist in the NSW Wynne Prize for landscape in 1990 and 1991. In later years she exhibited in her Chelmer home with her paintings dotted lovingly around her living room, adding to the charm and appeal of each work. Most of these shows were sell outs. In 2003 she was made a fellow of the RQAS. In 2009 there was a major retrospective of her work from the 1960s to the 2000s. Her favourite subjects expressed the joy of youth, life, and the security of the home. Her chief fascination was for figures in interiors, and in any medium.
Gibbs’ work is held in private collections around Australia and the US, and in public collections such as the Gladstone Art Gallery and the RQAS. This watercolour "Girl with Fan" was painted in about 1995 and is 27 by 21cm and beautifully framed. It is one of three works by Audrey we are delighted to be selling on behalf of a client and is $600.
More from Jen's Japanese paper conservation learnings. She writes: "Round blades are personal, according to the size of each person's hand. Seen by the way we hold the knife while cutting feather thin Japanese tissue. The blades and handles are hand crafted and personalised with the makers mark. Imagine sharpening this knife every day for the finest cut!" #slqconservation#paperconservation#alwayslearning#handsatwork#statelibraryqld
Had the honor of being Bridesmaid for my little sister Petrina yesterday and I got to enjoy bridesmaid duties with my other sister Andrea. Lovely ceremony to celebrate Petrina and Andrews wedding full of laughter and dancing. #anpgethitched#jadoreevening#statelibraryqld @hetherington.andrea @endorphinhair
So much fun with @helenkassila today as she patiently took my latest author photos @statelibraryqld . So pleased Helen reminded me she wasn’t a magician when I asked if she could make my arms thinner and open my 👀 more. Hilarious. Grateful to be able to work with and support a local Brisbane sista/artist. #photographer#photoshoot#authorpics#statelibraryqld
Charles Henry Lancaster (1886-1959) was born in Melbourne where he studied under #FrederickMcCubbin at the #NationalGallerySchool before coming to Queensland in 1914 when he first exhibited with the QAS. His early career was in stained glass and he exhibited designs for windows in the Society’s Annual Exhibition in 1916. He managed the stained glass department of RS Exton & Co for many years when #WilliamBustard was the chief designer and gave several lectures on its production to the QAS. A key figure in the #RoyalQueenslandArtSociety from 1915 to 1952, he was its President from 1925 to 1927 and from 1934 to 1935, and Vice President on many occasions. He was also a member of the #RoyalArtSocietyNSW and is known to have exhibited there at least in 1924 and 1926. He was a trustee of the QAG from 1939 until his death 20 years later.
Lancaster was awarded the RQAS Jubilee Medal and the King George VI Coronation Medal in 1937, and a British Empire Medal for his contribution to the #BritishEmpireExhibition1938 in Glasgow. In 1939 Lancaster, Bustard, #StanhopeHobday and #MelvilleHaysom were each commissioned to paint a mural for the new development of Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane.
As an exhibiting artist, Lancaster was one of the Society’s stalwarts, contributing to its Annual Exhibitions for more than 40 years, and he held other joint and solo exhibitions. He was included in the 1951 “Exhibition of Queensland Art” at the QAG, and the exhibitions of “Queensland Artists of Fame and Promise” in 1952 and from 1957 to 1959.
Lancaster’s work was traditionally based and focussed on the landscape of Brisbane and its outer suburbs, but he occasionally travelled to the Southport area in his search for more suitable subjects. His rural landscapes were said to manifest a “quiet toned mellow serenity”, but his paintings of the city had a quiet modernist edge. He is represented in the #QueenslandArtGallery , the #UQArtMuseum , the #QUTArtMuseum and the #ToowoombaArtGallery This unsigned oil of the Brisbane River is 31 x 39cm and is $850.
State Library Conservator Jennifer is headed to Japan to attend the International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper, in Tokyo. She was one of ten successful applicants worldwide to be invited to attend in 2018. This area is of particular interest to paper conservators, as we use many Japanese tools, brushes, materials and techniques in our conservation practice.
Jennifer grew up in the Unites States and has undertaken conservation training in Hawaii, South Korea, and Melbourne. She now makes Brisbane home.
With the final week theme of #qmm2018 being ‘grow’, we are wishing Jennifer well on her professional development trip to Japan.
Swipe across to see how we use Japanese paper and brushes for State Library exhibitions:
Photo #1 Pasting Japanese paper hinges for Tongan tapa cloth
Photo #2 Lifting Tongan tapa cloth with its paper hanging system attached
Photo #3 Tapa on display in previous Tradition Now exhibition
We will do our best to share some photos about Jennifer's Japanese paper learnings over the coming weeks.
Lilian Pedersen (1898-1983) was born in Leicester, England, where she designed for fabric printers in Lancashire. After arriving in Brisbane in 1936, she studied art and pottery at the Brisbane Central Technical College under #FJMartynRoberts and #LJHarvey . Her subsequent creative activities were a mixture of art and craft in the 1940s, were then dominated by painting in the 1950s, before returning predominantly to craft in the 1960s and 1970s.
Pedersen’s significance for Queensland art does not lie simply in the artwork she created. She also promoted the annual exhibitions of the #HalfDozenGroupofArtists , and in 1951 established the LJ Harvey Memorial Prize for Drawing at the QAG. In 1975 she endowed the Andrew and Lilian Pedersen Memorial Prizes for Printmaking, Small Sculpture and Drawing at the QAG. She is represented in the NGA, Technical College (now QUT Art Museum) and the UQ Art Museum. This well-framed still life watercolour is signed “E Lilian Pedersen 1952” and is in good condition. 28 x 38 cm and the frame 51 x 61 cm, it is for sale for $600. #lilianpedersen#earlyqueenslandartist#queenslandartgallery#uqartmuseum#qldmuseum#statelibraryqld#qutartmuseum#museumofbrisbane#australianwatercolour#australianpainting#australianart#museumofbrisbane
@statelibraryqld's 'Lifestyle: a sunshine state of mind' exhibition explores how Queenslanders live and play across the state.
A great hands-on exhibition that explores the myriad of ideas and identities that are quintessentially Queensland.
// INBOX DELIGHT // .
I hope you had a lovely weekend.
So...Steve and I have received our wedding photos and we wanted to share a couple with you...when we say a couple we mean heaps because we love so many of them :) As you will see from the photos, you really did capture the real us as there were so many laughs and lots of tears. We can not thank you enough for telling our story and being part of our special day.
I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.
Marty and Steve xxx
Am enjoying and will continue to enjoy forever more. Thanks, @martiniqueaprile and @stevefa for letting me share in your incredible day.
Styled by @thestyleco
Images by @erinandtara
FREE every night this week on the exterior of Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery: the Q ANZAC 100 Projection tells a beautiful and moving story of Queenslanders during the First World War. Come and sit with our friends from @statelibraryqld in the BRAG park ⭐️ 🌳 anytime from 7pm – 9pm. #regionalartgalleries#anzac#qanzac100#statelibraryqld
The baton relay reaches Brisbane this weekend 🏃🏻♀️ 🏃🏻... AND it's the design we're really interested in!
This year's baton is made from natural fibres and plastic collected from Gold Coast beaches.
The entire design process is unpacked in @statelibraryqld's new exhibition: Bright Bold Boundless. It features videos of the design process as well as rare past batons!
It's on until 12 August!