CREATE BY MOVEMENT: Billy can art created by Nicole Voevodin-Cash during her daily walks.
CREATE BY MOVEMENT: Billy can art created by Nicole Voevodin-Cash during her daily walks. Shannon Hardy

Billy cans instead of paint brushes

EVERYONE has an inner artist, sometimes they just need a hand to find their muse.

The Billycan Project is being overseen by the Dalby Welcoming Community and run by Sunshine Coast artist Nicole Voevodin-Cash.

Mrs Voevodin-Cash has been an artist her whole life, having gone from high school to art school and then onto arts-based employments.

For the past 20 years she has been self-supported by her artistic endeavours.

When Mrs Voevodin-Cash found she needed to get more active, she started walking more.

"I don't like exercise on any level and I don't see walking as exercise, I see it as a means to an end,” MrsVoevodin-Cash said.

"You're going somewhere, you're doing something, you're active.

"So I thought, 'How can I actually make that work for me?'

"I downloaded a couple of apps on the phone and I was tracking myself, checking my calories and thinking 'this is doing my head in, I don't want to know'.

"I want to make it fun and I want to make it enjoyable for me and make me want to do it again. None of that was making me want to do it again.

"I thought if I carried something and me moving it would actually document that, it would track it, and so I had to come up with something that would do that and I came up with the billy can.”

Mrs Voevodin-Cash's billy cans have a round piece of paper at the bottom where the art is created.

A lead-weighted pen is then hung from the lid using a length of string and enclosed in the billy can.

These will be given to all the seniors who participate in the project and as they walk the pen's movement inside the can will create the art.

Each artwork is completely original depending on the variations of that day.

The artist might choose a different-coloured pen, a gel pen instead of a biro, they might try elastic instead of string.

The individual artist's movements also play a large part in how that art turns out.

Mrs Voevodin-Cash said her billy can became her diary.

"When I carried it, even though I might look a bit strange walking down the street with my new fashion accessory, I knew that it was going to capture whatever I was doing on that day.”

Mrs Voevodin-Cash walks in Anderson Park from Monday to Thursday at 7am and invites Billycan Project participants to join her.

Each billy can artist will be paired up with a school student to retell the story behind their works.

These stories will be displayed alongside the art in an exhibition.

The completed project will be displayed at Gallery 107 in August.

For more information or to get involved, phone Beth Wood on 0419645671 or Nicole Voevodin-Cash on 0415976699.


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