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Belinda Smith, artist & designer

Belinda Smith
Artist and Designer

What is your professional or training background?
I studied 3D/product Design at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane and graduated in 2004. After graduating I worked in the Urban Design and Public Art sectors gaining experience in concept development, design, project management and overseeing fabrication and installation of large and small scale public art projects. During this period had the opportunity to develop and design several public art projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hong Kong. I also worked with some of Australia’s best known artists to assist them to realise their artworks for the public realm.

What do you make, create or do?
Since 2009 I have worked as an independent artist receiving commissions for public art projects and developing my own art practice. Through my public artworks I seek to form connections with the artworks context both environmentally and socially. The result is site and project specific responses to architecture, landscape and history through observations of the natural and domestic environment.

At the end of 2010 I had my first solo show at the Tweed River Art Gallery. Artwork from this show is going to be included in an exhibition in New York in this year. Ceramics and a long interest in textiles underpin my art practice and I am currently drawing inspiration from domestic life and domestic work.

What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
My work is pretty diverse so sometimes everything seems like a side project. I am currently working on a small side project with some friends called ‘Clothes Peg Collective’. We are a small group of mum’s making clothes from salvaged, recycled and natural fabrics for children. At the moment we are enjoying developing our ideas and sourcing the fabrics. Soon to be seen in an online store.

What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
My enthusiasm for public art and my experience in developing and delivering artworks that are connected with the sites social and environmental contexts are a great start. I really enjoy encouraging other artist to see the possibilities in their art practice from a public art perspective. It’s exciting to see a small idea become a sculpture or feature in public space.

My art practice can always do with more and new skills and I am currently working on developing my skills and knowledge in the area of textiles.

List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
Textile Arts Centre and Oak Knit Studio and Gallery: Textile studio and gallery in Brooklyn. They run workshops in textile skills from dying and weaving to mending your clothes. It is also where I will have one of my artworks exhibited in an exhibition called ‘Good Work’ at the end of April 2011.

The Design Files: A daily dose of what is happening in the ‘cosmopolitan’ world. I live in regional northern
New South Wales and love stay connected to the creative energy of Australia’s big cities.

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane: The best part about GOMA is its architecture, internal spaces and river frontage. It also has exhibitions that rival national and international galleries.

Urban Art Projects: This is my old work place before launching into motherhood and my new journey as a practicing artist. I continue to do commissions and some contract design work for them. This company is inspiring in its ability turn any idea into reality.

Mel Robson: While living and working in Brisbane I had the pleasure of meeting up with this talented
artist. Mel has inspired me for many years with her delicate and feminine ceramics.

Just to name a few!

Contact Belinda via smithplummer/at/

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