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Artist in Residence: Kezz Brett

You may have seen the exciting and energetic artworks of Kezz Brett adorning the walls of Jumbled - some of you may have been lucky enough to get your hands on one of her pieces...they never seem to last very long. 

Kezz has been working with colour and design all her life so to give more time to painting seems a given. In recent years she has really notched up the 'brush mileage' to supply fabulous fresh abstracts to Jumbled.

What makes your paintings different to others around?

A true love of colour, painting with no rules and just an innate quality of what works and what people want. Most of my work can be hung any which way - and that's why I don't sign the front. You can always make them fit your space!

How would you describe your artwork?

Each painting is a happy accident, which goes with the flow. I add and subtract as the painting develops and often I am surprised with the outcome. Colours and shapes are determined by whim.

Each painting is made up of multiple layers which add all the depth and definition, vim and vigour!

Do you have a favourite artist?

Yes, Van Gogh for his colour and vision - he painted under such dire circumstances. And Brett Whitely for his fluidity of stroke. 

Who or what are you most inspired by at the moment?

Everything! I love flowers, lighting in nature, perfume from Paris, Marimekko fabrics...the list is never ending! I love the soft mint green and turquoise which looks amazing with pinks and oranges, lime and mauve. I love using house paints (the Dulux dog and I are great mates!) The bigger the tin, the bigger the brush, the bigger the canvas, and the bigger my involvement. I love using clashing colours and pushing the paint around the canvas.

How do you fit in your painting with your life?

I don't have to make time because I simply let everything else slip back a notch or two. Housework, ironing, paying bills etc don't seem to have priority when it comes to anything artistic. 

Yes, I do get 'writer's block' and just have to ride it out (without resorting to drugs!) It's frustrating but unavoidable in a creative line of work - or in the pursuit of happiness. Paintings can take from 4 days to 4 weeks to complete and they can never duplicated (one of the main reasons I don't take on commissions.)

Describe your studio and your painting process.

I've got a huge studio at the back of my shop, where I stop and start depending on the flow of customers. I often help customers with paint up to my elbows and mint green in splatters on my shoes. It's a juggle but fun (and much better than book work) I'm lucky enough to have a light filled studio at home too so I can paint to my heart's content. 

Your favourite place in the world?

This would have to be India and that is simply because of the colour – my heart beats the whole time I am travelling around India. The oranges, reds, saffron and hot pinks are so stunning and vibrant and I am moved when I travel there.

Orange’s best kept secret

I'm not telling! But we all love Orange for so many reasons!

 

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A Weekend Away (and where to stay) in Orange

We are often asked in store, and via social media, where we would recommend visitors stay when visiting Orange. And now that we are offering monthly Jumbled Workshops, we are keen to help people from afar to make the best out of their weekend.

We are in a fortunate situation because there are literally hundreds of accommodation options. But rather than be bamboozled with all of those, we thought we'd make it a bit easy and select a few options for you - both in and around town.

Of course staying in town allows you the choice of walking or driving to some of the local highlights - including restaurants and fabulous shops (like ours!) But then staying outside of town gives you the taste of country life and perhaps the peace and quiet that you  have been craving.

Whatever your preference, we are sure you will have the most fabulous stay in Orange. So here are our picks, and make sure you pop in and say hello in store!

In town:

Apartments on the Park:  Surrounding Orange’s Cook Park, these apartments offer position and quality within walking distance of the CBD.

35 Kite Street

Orange NSW 2800

 

De Russie Suites:  Boutique self-contained apartment combining urban style with a sprinkling of Tuscany.

72 Hill Street

Orange NSW 2800

Phone 02 6360 0973

 

Duntryleague Guesthouse:  An historic house set in the botanical gardens of an 18 hole championship golf course.

Woodward Street

Orange NSW 2800

Phone 026362 3466

 

Cottage 79:  Centrally located renovated 1880’s accommodation with modern facilities and the charm of yesteryear.

79 Hill Street

Orange NSW 2800

Phone 0487 445 578

 

Clifton Gardens Bed and Breakfast:  Enjoy the season of Orange in a quiet and picturesque rural setting, just minutes from the CBD.

4 Templer Place

Orange NSW 2800

Phone 026365 1044

 

A little out of town:

 The Old Convent:  This gorgeous little cottage is quaint and is located near a gorgeous café that is only open Sundays.

Convent Lane

Borenore NSW 2800

Phone 02 6365 2420

 

Redagape Guesthouse:  A delightful & quirky guesthouse situated in historic Millthorpe.

4 Blake Street

Millthorpe NSW 2798

Phone 0448 626 391

 

Turner’s Vineyard:  A motel set within the magnificent rolling countryside of the Central Tablelands and only minutes from town.

4929 Mitchell Highway

Orange NSW 2800

Phone 02 6369 1045

 

Millthorpe Motel:  Situated 15 minutes from Orange in the nearby village of Millthorpe, this boutique motel offers convenience and a quite place to relax.

26 Victoria Street

Millthorpe NSW 2798

Phone 026366 3653

 

Black Sheep Inn:  A 100-year-old iconic shearing shed, converted into unique and modern accommodation.

91 Heifer Station Lane

Borenore via Orange NSW 2800

Phone 026369 0662

 

For more information about the Orange district, and tourist tips, hop over to Taste Orange here or feel free to let us know about a great accommodation experience you have had in the Orange region. Email shop@jumbledonline.com

 

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In Store at Jumbled

Last week we received lots of deliveries of new stock. We have been busy unpacking and stocking the shelves both in store and online.

We have lots of new books, bedding, ottomans, faux flowers, art and furniture.

If you are looking for something in particular or see it in store but not online, please contact us. We would be more than happy to send it to you. You can contact us in store by phoning (02) 6361 4447 or contact us via our contact form.

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