Kate celebrates ‘hippie movement’

GAWLER artist Kate Ahlfors has revived the era of tie-dyed T-shirts and Woodstock, creating a fun and colourful exhibition for the month-long South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.

Ahlfors, who is also known as That Mosaic Chick, officially launched her exhibition ‘Retro Revival’ on Friday at Barossa Brewing Company, as part of the festival.

The SALA Festival is held annually and aims to promote and celebrate the many talented visual artists in SA.

Ahlfors’ 13-piece collection includes colourful mosaic hanging items that feature glass and recycled objects that help depict the hippie culture.

“I am, kind of, a bit of a hippie at heart, so everything I do is a little bit from back in the 1960s and 1970s era,” Ahlfors said.

“I also own a Kombi and so I really wanted to do a couple of those.

“I always try and include recycled items in my work as well, so there are things like CDs and records.

“I think people will like how fun they are and the bright colours – that’s the feedback that I always get.”

Ahlfors said the SALA Festival creates a real buzz in the local region and she would encourage lots of people to get out and enjoy the work that is on display.

“I have always explained that SALA is like Christmas time for artists, because it is that one time of the year that everyone gets excited and creative,” she said.

“It is really fun to get a group together, get the book out and circle the exhibitions that you want to check out, because there are some really cool artists out there.”

Retro Revival will be on display for the month of August.

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Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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