The Seam is a Melbourne-based artists collaboration that creates site specific and participative installations. Drawing on a multi-disciplinary art practice, we explore the space between shared experience and invite others to pause, notice and be immersed in a quiet visual world. Our work is informed by creative arts inquiry processes, having studied together at the Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy. We collaborate with others, respond to themes and share our arts based research in a myriad of forms, offering emergent, multi-modal and experiential outcomes.
Liz Francis is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work integrates personal arts inquiry, collaborative art making and community development. She is most interested in exploring the interrelation between people, space and play, creating both visual and participative artwork that seeks to enliven and explore the richness of lived experience and her (and our shared) connection to people and place.
Actively involved in building nourishing gardens, local food security and vibrant community events, Liz weaves together her passions of creative connection and practical resilience , in addition to her own painting and sculptural arts practice. Liz holds a Graduate Diploma in Creative and Experiential Arts Practice (MIECAT), after studies in Visual Arts, Horticulture and Permaculture. She spends a lot of time growing and eating and making in her neighbourhood.
Alicia Stafford works across a range of media including textile installation, painting and film. She is drawn to the process of collaborative creation and using multi-modal arts to bring attention to the intersubjective space between participants in a shared environment. Her individual work explores themes of hidden worlds and altered natural forms.
Alicia has extensive experience in art department roles for film and television. She has studied contemporary visual art, holds a BA in Media Studies (RMIT) and a Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy (MIECAT).
Nikita is a visual artist working across installation, sculpture and drawing. Her process oriented practice is often introspective, referencing lived experiences and remembered actions. She is interested in slowing down the relationship we have with our environments, and representing the intangible, the felt, and the invisible.
As an artist for Kids Own Publishing, and a Creative Arts Practitioner within the mental health field, Nikita is led by co-inquiry and collaborative art making processes which offer gentle, emergent ways of knowing, caring and being in the world.
Mardi is a creative-arts practitioner, with over ten years experience working with young people. She uses art as a way of connecting, creating, teaching and facilitating expression and growth.
A graduate of Monash University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Mardi is a skilled photographer who features in various arts and music publications. Mardi’s interest in art as a means of creative expression and as a way of working with people, has inspired her post graduate exploration at The Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Arts Therapies (Masters).
photo by Joanna Francis