Behind closed doors


‘The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.’

– Émile Zola (1840-1902)


Portrait of Émile Zola by Edouard Manet


Previously I have posted about my studio in the Mercator Building at the Abbotsford Convent.

In this post I thought I would give you a glimpse inside the studios of my talented and industrious neighbours.


Studio MG1 is the workshop of Phoebe Porter, a creator of stylish contemporary jewellery.


Phoebe Porter in her studio


When I dropped in to see Phoebe she was completing work on a pair of commissioned wedding rings.

You can see the finished result on Phoebe’s facebook page.


Phoebe Porter at work


Studio MG5a is the workspace of Pip Davey, who creates evocative pictures in oil paint and encaustic.


Pip Davey in her studio


When I visited Pip she was working on a series of encaustic paintings inspired by recent travels.

Pip is also organising a group exhibition that will take place during August and September 2012 at the Abbotsford Convent. The show will include paintings by Pip, jewellery by Phoebe and prints by myself, as well as work by other artists from the Mercator Studios. I will let you know more about the event in future.


Pip Davey at work


To finish here is what was happening in my studio on this day.


Rona Green's studio 17/04/2012


I spent the day hand colouring a linocut edition for an Australian + USA print exchange folio and exhibition project organised by artists and lecturers, Melanie Yazzie (University of Colorado, USA) and Rodney Forbes (Monash University, AUS).


Rona Green works in progress 17/04/2012


If you have a particular interest in artists studios and listening to artists talk about their work I highly recommend the PBS documentary series Art21.


Studio views


Mercator Studios at the Abbotsford Convent


The space I create my work in is part of Mercator Studios located within the grounds of the historic Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. There are ten studios in the building inhabited by jewellers, designers, ceramicists and artists. Restoration of the Mercator building took place during 2009 and it was officially opened in 2010.


Studio pre-renovation


Studio post renovation


Studio today


On occasion the tenants of Mercator open their studios for the public to visit. If you are interested in receiving information about open studio events please join my mailing list.