This week I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Claire Ishino’s latest exhibition, Metaflora, as part of SALA (South Australian Living Artists Festival).

Claire’s exhibition is being held at Brick and Mortar Creative, an exciting new venue and shopfront in Norwood.    In their own words, “Brick and Mortar Creative is a creative retail hub for local designers, artists, makers and independent retailers.  We offer ‘capsule stores’, co-located in a design-oriented environment with a café, a space to hold workshops and events, a gallery wall, and a creative art and reading space for children”

Co-Creative Directors, Elizabeth Donaldson and Brigid Dighton have created a beautiful space that showcases the various retailers who currently have residencies, and I cannot think of a more appropriate venue for Claire’s second solo SALA exhibition.

Metaflora is an “exhibition of colourful paintings, exploring flowers as visual metaphors to express thoughts and ideas and to convey positive messages”, and with Adelaide currently in the middle of one of the coldest winters I can remember, Claire’s paintings give us all hope that spring will soon be upon us.

Claire trained and practised as a jewellery designer and maker for many years, and her precision and detail flow through her intricate paintings which are mostly executed in gouache, with larger pieces in acrylics.
Claire has curated the Metaflora exhibition with pieces that reflect an evolution of her previous floral paintings, which had a definite ‘pop’ influence.  Whilst staying true to her exquisitely detailed floral style, the Metaflora series is overwhelmingly presented in a softer colour palette which, for me, evokes memories of walking through orchards of blossoming fruit trees.  
My immediate response to the exhibition was just how sophisticated and contemporary the paintings were, and how much warmth and joy they would bring to any space.

Claire will be in residence at Brick and Mortar Creative with a capsule store, alongside her exhibition, from Wednesday 5 August 2015, for one month.  I encourage you to pop in and see this joyful exhibition and say hello to Claire.  All pieces are for sale, and prints and cards are available from the capsule store.


Brick and Mortar Creative’s opening hours are as follows:

Wednesday to Saturday (Thursday nights to  9pm):  

Coffee shop brews from 8am – 4.30pm
Design stores open from 10am – 4pm

Sundays - 11am to 3pm