Art has the ability to bring a community together and strengthen the connection between its members. Art crosses all boundaries be they age, gender or nationality and provides a common ground where together we explore our creative expression and our diverse cultural backgrounds. Jill is available to consult on community projects so reach out and make contact so we can discuss your requirements.
Faberge Easter Egg
Creating our version of the luxurious Faberge Egg with its own hidden secrets within. After dark, moving shadow play of Australian native animals come alive. Installed at the Albany Entertainment Centre in collaboration with Serena McLauchlan, Dark Horse Projects and Albany Men's Shed, Easter 2021. Timber, painted textiles and light projection.
Jackson the Octopus
Jackson is my contribution to the Albany Australia Day Festival, 26 Jan 2021. Recreated from materials used in a previous Jackson Pollock inspired "Blue Poles" installation in Fremantle, crochet, baling twine and textiles. In collaboration with Serena McLauchlan and with appreciation to the Albany Men's Shed for creating Jackson's giant chair.
Laneway installation for the 2020 Albany Christmas Festival. Crocheted yarn webs are woven and entwined within the narrow thoroughfare space of the laneway. The draped and taught webs aim to activate the laneway with colour, curiosity and playfulness. An immersive space to mingle with family and friends.
A Dark Horse Projects collaboration. Jill O'Meehan and Serena McLauchlan joined forces to create 'Glitterati Parti' a lane way installation for the 2020 Albany Christmas Festival. Twenty-four hand made Chandeliers from recycled and reclaimed materials adorn the otherwise unused lane way. These pieces aim to activate the space with joy and imbue festive spirit in movement and wonder.
The Artcade Projects
Make A Scene Artists Collective reimagined Albany's York Street arcades for creative and community development, with window installations, pop-up stores, wall murals and art workshops. Nov 2020 and Jan 2021.
Activating tired community spaces, my contributions came in the form of an Urban Garden mural, 'Fire Fern Fiesta' window installation, framed blind drawings and crochet works, as well as a smack of suspended jellyfish inviting arcade goers to imagine themselves immersed in their marine environment.
Melville City Council 2017 Merge Festival was billed as "A one off collision of art, stories, street performance, music, food, markets and spectacle". I was invited to work with local primary school students to create a swarm of Swan River Jellyfish made from recycled materials, these were then suspended in the courtyard of the Civic Square.
Scribblers is an annual festival of literature and arts for young people brought to life by cultural non-profit FORM and the Town of Claremont. The festival is about sparking imagination, fostering curiosity and nurturing our next generation of creatives.
Jill and Holly O’Meehan as The Golden Wattle Hookers facilitated hands on crochet and textiles experiences for children and their families where each person could make and contribute their piece to the evolving coral reef installation. Held over the Scribblers Festival Family Weekend, 11 & 12 May 2019 at The Goods Shed in Claremont.