Artistic touch

Bonnie Coad
Bonnie Coad

Community causes can be helped through art and Renwick artist Bonnie Coad has made a tiny collage to raise money and awareness for Amnesty International.

Amnesty is worldwide movement campaigning for every person on Earth to be protected by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it invited artists to submit works for its 2014 Matchbox Art Auction, "Strike - Chasing the Dream".

Bonnie says she respects the work of Amnesty International and agreed to make a matchbox-sized piece of art, measuring 7cm x 5cm. That was the canvas of choice: small, simple and holding a match that lights the Amnesty candle, she says.

Bonnie identifies herself as a "self-taught artist" but received two scholarships and is doing level 6 with honours toward an art and creativity degree through TLC, The Learning Connection in Wellington. TLC assignments are juggled with full-time work at a Blenheim vineyard and her own art projects.

They include a collection of acrylic-collage animals she is making to exhibit later this year. A Fly on the Wall is the matchbox work she made for "Strike" and it is a miniature collage, representing Amnesty International's political "eye on the wall" activities.

Tiny, printed text surrounds her sketched fly, the words snipped from sewing patterns she bought at second-hand shops.

Retro sewing patterns are Bonnie's favourite and she especially likes those with instructions in four or five different languages. Limited space made her stick to English words around the fly, though, and she tried to keep them fun.

"There's nothing deep and meaningful, they're just playful."

Strike - Chasing the Dream was exhibited in an Auckland gallery earlier this month, moved to the Waikato Museum, Hamilton on Wednesday and will be hung at Matchbox Studio, Cuba St, Wellington from March 24. The exhibition can also be viewed on line and bids for works made until April 1.

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