custom brush roll created by BHO bags and purses
Amazing things can happen when you put out feelers into the handmade world. As a creator of handmade and someone who spends a lot of time supporting handmade artists and creators, I have of course been giving handmade gifts for a long time, but the only times I’ve ever given handmade to my Dad was when I created it myself. Honestly, it is hard to give for my Dad who at 81 isn’t terribly interested in shopping and doesn’t think he needs anything. But this year I put out a request to my handmade community on madeit asking for help to find a handmade gift for Dad – specifying that he does not wear jewellery (not even a wedding ring), is an artist, doesn’t have hanging space on his walls or shelves as he has too many of his own works to display, doesn’t need any kind of gadget or tech accessory, and is not a metrosexual guy. Within minutes, Rebecca of BHO bags and purses had replied offering to create a custom designed, personalised, leather brush roll and I was thrilled!
I was already very familiar with Rebecca’s work, as she is a fellow Western Australian designer and makes beautiful leather bags, purses, and wallets and here she was offering to create something a bit different from her norm but eager and willing. I can also say that it was so easy to work with Rebecca and once I measured out Dad’s brush sizes (in a top secret mission) and provided some simple information I was able to choose from Rebecca’s design options and was provided progress pictures along the way. A totally delightful and easy experience.
So this is what my father, artist Arthur Raston, and member of the Water Colour Society of Western Australia will be receiving for Christmas in 21013 – a thing of beauty isn’t it!
I can’t help but share a few of BHO’s other offerings because, well, they are spectacular and will make beautiful, long lasting gifts for the folks on your gift list.
Thank you so much Rebecca, you are my handmade hero (heroine!) your generosity in your time and your loving handmade work really touches my heart and I hope Dad will proudly brag about his handmade brush roll – we will be sure to recommend BHO always.
Not long ago my father asked me to come out to his studio and photograph his latest completed painting, and I was happy to come and help out, and very excited when I saw that his painting included some native flowers I had only just photographed independently. I hadn’t seen his work in progress and he hadn’t seen my photos. In case you are wondering his painting includes bottle brush, banksia and eucalyptus macrocarpa (my photographs are solely of the mottlecah aka eucalyptus marcrocarpa) Here is a look at the art of Arthur Raston, and my photographs together…
art by Arthur Raston
by Arthur Raston
left edge detail
a finished piece by Arthur Raston
I figured I’d probably post some scenic beach photographs today to celebrate Australia Day, as you can see, I changed my mind. During the day I’ve been thinking about Australian pride – and what it means to truly appreciate the life and environment we experience here in Oz. Nobody taught me more about Australia, has taken the time to show me as much of this great land, and demonstrated a greater love for it than my dad, Arthur Raston, award winning pastel, acryclic, and water colour artist and member of the Watercolour Society of Western Australia.
Not only have I enjoyed travelling so far and wide across Australia with my parents, but have a home filled with beautiful paintings so that I always have a window into the great land we call home. Dad has many friends from the art world – we love and admire them all – but there is one thing that makes Dad stand apart from them… he has only ever painted Australian scenes. Many of his friends take trips around the world, and at exhibitions we see many beautiful replications of scenes from these travels, especially their European vacations, but Dad just looks at the paintings and smiles. He sees what is great in them, the work, the tasteful selection of colours, the emotions they evoke… but personally he has all the inspiration he needs right here in Australia.
Dad has been a city dweller all his life, but that has not stopped him from gaining the reputation of painting outstanding rural Australian landscapes, and many people over the years has sworn black and blue to his face that he has to have been a farmer at some time in his life. No. But you’ve worked with horses? No. You’ve driven sheep? No. You’ve milked a cow? No.
So talent and imagination, hard work, and dedication can transform your dreams into masterpieces. What are you going to create using yours?
I spent this afternoon taking photographs in my Dad’s creative space. Dad is more commonly known as Arthur Raston, a member of the Water Colour Society of Western Australia, award winning artist, and former teacher and mentor for beginning artists.
No, I don’t paint… sorry to disappoint! Is photography, jewelry making, decorating, and writing not enough? I have learned to wear my handmade jewelry to art functions to help divert attention away from the dreaded, ten most common questions the art community love to ask me!