Deck the Main Street!
The lovely Debbie Crothers and I always jump at the chance to work together. We have a similar work ethic, sense of humour and excitable nature. So when the City of Greater Geraldton put out the call to create 10 Christmas Craypot Decorations for Marine Terrace, we got cracking with some serious brainstorming and sketching. We put together an expression of interest pitching four Aussie themed concepts, thinking we might get lucky with one or two…
We were shocked and thrilled to be notified we had been successful with ALL FOUR concepts! Not only that, but the City of Geraldton wanted TWO OF EACH!!! So we now had the job to create eight Christmas Craypot Decorations in total – a much larger job than we initially anticipated, but we never back down from a challenge! Artist Jason Stacey was also successful with his star themed concept, creating the final two decorations for CGG.
Due to size and practicality, we decided to take four craypots each home and work together on them in our respective studio spaces. We took it in turns to travel across town, with all our materials and goodies packed to successfully achieve the days goal. We continued with this process until all eight were finished, with solar fairy lights festively completing the Craypot Christmas Decorations. Ironlak was our paint of choice – an Australian brand with high quality products and the most gorgeous range of colours to choose from.
The iconically Australian “plugger” (or thong) takes pride of place on these Christmas wreaths. Spray painted in gorgeous Ironlak colours, we glitter coated all of the straps for a magical festive touch. Starfish are scattered decoratively amongst the thongs like sparkling oceanic Christmas stars.
A Very Aussie Christmas Wreaths
Celebrating all things iconically Australian, rebelling against the stereotypical American white Christmas that continues to be inflicted upon us. Sharks, redback spiders, koala’s, kangaroos, Vegemite, Milo, snaggers on the barbie, fairy bread and much more adorn these proudly Aussie decorations.
Crayfishing Industry Wreaths
Iconically Geraldton, the Crayfishing industry plays a big part in our coastal city. We decorated these craypots with floats and ropes, with added found natural materials such as driftwood, shells, starfish, sponges, sea glass and more. We carried over the same gorgeous Ironlak colours as used in the plugger wreath palettes.
Chrissy Pavlova Wreaths
What’s an Aussie Christmas without the pav?! The basis of the pavlova forms were created using expandable foam. Painted white and top with berries and glitter, our pavs are visually delicious!
Christmas on the Terrace
The Craypot Christmas Decorations are currently installed in Marine Terrace, Geraldton Western Australia. Take a look while you’re out and about Christmas shopping this festive season! You can also spot my Flying Fish and OctoPuss bollards in the same vicinity.
Thank you to Debbie Crothers for being a wonderful collaborative partner, great friend and creative genius. A big thank you to the City of Greater Geraldton for the opportunity to be involved in another awesome art project and their continuing efforts to further enhance the city centre. Thank you to Francesca Mann of the Geraldton Guardian for covering the story.
Rachel continues to actively and passionately participate in a range of exhibitions, prizes, collaborations and community projects. She resides in her hometown of Geraldton, Western Australia with her partner, two dogs, two cats and carnivorous plant collection.