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Foolsandtrolls Design and Print Your Own T-Shirt Workshop Fringe Event

“Come to the Glenelg foreshore Saturday afternoons during Fringe and print your own T-shirt design. Bring along a simple drawing or sketch one on the day and paint a screen to print on a T-shirt. Bring along your own light coloured shirt or plain shirts will be available to purchase.

Dave Court is an Adelaide based artist – ‘I paint, illustrate and screen print tshirts’ Browse my shirts and such at http://www.foolsandtrolls.bigcartel.com

foolsandtrolls is a small, Adelaide based label. All tees are printed on ethically manufactured shirts made in Melbourne, all designs are created by Dave and screenprinted with water based inks. Pocket tees are hand painted with screenprinting ink and hand sewn.

Dave strives to make top quality garments in a way that is environmentally and ethically responsible as is possible. Each printed tee is numbered to its edition and pocket tees are one of a kind.”

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get to know DAVE COURT

What do you do?

I paint and screen print mainly; and I do t-shirts as well. ‘Fools and Trolls’ is the name of the (T-shirt) brand, and I’ll be, yeah, hopefully devoting more time to that next year, but working on both still.

What inspires you?

I think, on that sort of thing, I like the Chuck Close quote you know the “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” I think inspiration is rare and not very sustainable

Do you have a favourite piece?

Uuh, I don’t know; they’re like children, they’re all special in their own way; but not a single favourite.

When do you find yourself being most creative?

I try to work even if I don’t feel creative. But I guess I have different phases of working. Like I’ll do a lot of screen printing work, which is you know very precise and clean, and very time consuming, and tidy. And then I’ll be sick of that and want to do some messy painting and make a mess; and then I’ll be painting for months and months and then be sick of that and do like a pencil drawing. Yeah, I just go through cycles I guess.

What are you working on right now?

The screen printing a lot and I’ve just finished all of the honours stuff which is pretty exhausting. So just screen printing at the moment, mainly. And I’m hoping to start painting regularly next year again, even though I don’t have anything in particular that I’m working towards, like I don’t have a show coming up or anything, but I’ll keep working on stuff.

What kinds of comments do you get from audiences and family and friends?

It’s all really different. I talked about this in my exegesis as well, I had a thing, it was for SALA. I got given this shipping container at Mosley  Square to have an exhibition in. And the comments from that were interesting… A lot of people have always said about my work “ooh my kids would love that” because I guess I have that kind of look, even though I’m not trying to produce ‘kids arts’, I guess that’s what people see it as [laughs]. Well, parents say that. But then there are people like me, who aren’t parents, and are like “I love that” and it’s good. But yeah, the most interesting comment is, yeah “my kids will love that”.

What do you think appeals to people about your work?

I try not to focus on what other people like about it because then I’ll get stuck making for other people, which is a bad place to be. So I try making things that I like and I want to see. So, I guess I draw it from all kinds of different places and things that I find interesting. And a balance of different things, like a balance of the detail and the messiness, and flatness, and texture, and all that.

How long will you sit with a piece until it’s finished?

Depends, really. The two pieces that were in the (SASA gallery graduate) exhibition, I worked on bits and pieces all year; but some others I would do in like an afternoon or a week or something, it really varies a lot. That’s the tricky thing, deciding when to stop, and I think that affects my work more because of the way that I work. There’s a lot of layering. I guess I would just keep going, and that’s what decides the stop, the fact that it’s due. I just keep going as far as I can, keep trying to make it better and better.

Do you think that’s going to inhibit you when you stop studying?

I hope not. I would do it in different ways, I’ll have some that are like long term pieces; then others that I’ll do until I like the look of them, and then not look at them again.

Describe your creative process.

I guess it’s the same process for all of the pieces. I’ll read stuff and look at stuff and absorb everything that I think is interesting or that I like the look of or that grabs me, and I’ll kind of vomit it back onto the canvas and then play with it and pull it around, mess with it until it looks good.

Do the images that you combine together relate to each other in some sense or is it more the aesthetic collation that appeals to you?

A bit of both. They’ll generally be from something that I’m interested in in that moment, or if I’m researching in a particular area. Like, these ones here were influenced by propaganda posters and books that was a phase I went through. Sometimes they’re related, sometimes they’re contrasting.

Do you have a piece/type of piece that seems to get more attention than others?

I guess the ones that are colourful and have pretty girl faces [laughs]. That old chestnut.

Do you think that that aesthetic appeal, “colour, and pretty girl faces” delivers the same appeal over all the various media you use?

Yeah, I guess that was kind of my idea with the skateboards. Will it get the same reaction? That was a thing as well because a lot of people would come to the exhibition I had on and would be like “yeah skateboards!” and that’s what drew the person in, so I guess it’s like a different  entry point to looking at art.

What tools do you use?

Everything. All sorts: paintbrushes; scrapers; knives; I’ll set fire to stuff.

Where can we find your stuff?




instagram: @dave_foolsandtrolls

You can contact Dave Court via:

email: davecourtfoolsandtrolls@gmail.com

Dave Court has also been selected to showcase his work at the Helpmann graduate exhibition, so be sure to check out his work there; and the work of many other talented South Australian artists. February 14 to March 9 2014.


Dave Court is also hosting a ‘Design and Print Your Own T-Shirt’ workshop Saturday afternoons during Fringe. Make sure you mosey on down and get creative.


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get to know LAUREN ABINERI

What do you do? 

I guess at the moment I’m making sculptures. I’ve just finished my honours year at the South Australian School of Art. I make sculpture with materials that I feel a strong aesthetic attraction to. And I’m really interested in particularly kind of feminist and girly and feminine aesthetic tropes that I like to work with in the work but I’m more interested in their gestural possibilities in a sculptural format.

What inspires you?

Umm, pop culture, definitely. There’s a cartoon from the 80’s (called Jem) that I started watching sort of at the start of my honours year and it slowly filtered its way into my final paper and body of work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jem_(TV_series). There’s an interesting cyber-punk element to the tv show amongst all these girly themes. So I was really interested in those kind of collapses between girly and feminine topics…and stuff, and things that could be feminist. Which then draw me to different materials that I feel could be plucked out of those kinds of TV shows and tropes. Probably, as derivative as it sounds, grabbing holographic material after watching a TV show that’s exclusively about holograms [laughs]; so, you know grab that, and pink, and glittery plastic.


Do you have a favourite piece?

There was one piece from my third year I really liked. It was called…well I’ll get to that. It consisted of a porcelain vagina that I sculpted from a picture from a pornographic magazine, and I was playing around with it and I turned it upside down, and realised that the hood became quite a nice turret I suppose, like a balcony almost. And, I had this broken glitter globe that had a little fairy in it, only about a cm tall, but there was this little fairy just hands on her hips sitting in her little kingdom and with a little stick, I knocked her off, and glued her to the turret, put the vagina straight on the wall and put a round frame over the top and then I called it, Kingdom..


What was the creative process behind Kingdom?

So from lots of different pictures and drawings I would eventually make a hand built sculpture of a vagina and fire it and then I would fire it again with a little clear glaze on the lips to attempt a kind of realism and then put it in contrast with something that’s not real, like a fairy and something that’s so small and not to scale at all. It was lucky, the vaginas in the fire ended up shrinking to almost life size, so that was a fun happy accident. I remember purposely making them 10 to 20 percent bigger so that when they did shrink it could almost not dwarf it, not make it look like a caricature because I was trying to attempt that realism that I had been searching for, I just didn’t make an effort to [laughs] until I realised, maybe it is important that it actually does look like a real vagina because I’m going to be putting it with other objects and turning it upside down, so it’s a little bit unrecognisable again. So, I was also interested in also looking at the vagina as not just a didactic image, and that it could be represented in different ways. Which sort of gave way to my more sculptural practice this year.

Is that a common theme that you find in your work?

Maybe it’s more so other people that are familiar with my work, they’ll say ‘is this one a vagina, Lauren?’, you know, and sometimes I say ‘well yes, it could be’ because there are obvious vaginal connotations in some of these works, the way that they fold or the way that they’re wet looking, or they might be pink, but, you know, uber pink, or uber shiny, or uber wet. These kinds of almost camp images of the vagina or a hyper femininity that I like to play with.

When do you find yourself being most creative?

I think when I’m buying my materials, or looking at materials, or playing with materials, like I find it very difficult to sit down and plan an art work. I feel like I’m a bit more open to planning ideas or open to sitting down and thinking about it once I have materials that are really like ‘BAM’, I want that one that one’s really gorgeous and, I need that. Whilst they’re all different materials, I like them to read as one object. I’m interested in a lot of abstract paintings and the idea of composition and problem solving and balancing. So, I think of that when I’m making sculpture, it’s almost like a painting than a sculpture.

What do you hope happens in the next year?

I’d like to have another exhibition, do some volunteering maybe hang out with some high school kids and help out, and I’d like get a studio space.

What tools do you use?

Textile materials, forms of plastic, porcelain, clay, random objects: figurines, plaster animals, and toys, cases and frames, and bells jars, and more…

What constitutes as your first piece?

I feel like this piece that we’re standing before is one of my first pieces, I’ve called it Only the Beginning so I guess that’s appropriate; and Kingdom was almost the pre-cursor, so I’ve sort of fine-tuned what I was looking at. I’ve called it Only the Beginning after a Jem song because it’s the first Jem song I’d ever heard, and my favourite Jem song.

Only The Beginning

Where can we find your stuff?

The SASA gallery which is in the Kaurna building at the UniSA City West campus, until the 18th of December.

You can contact Lauren Abineri via:

Email: lauren.abineri@hotmail.com

Instagram: laurenabineri