I first met Steve Weis some years ago. Piercing blue eyes, in his overalls as if ever ready for work, and with an easy gait; he struck me as someone who’d searched deeply in himself to find meaning  in his life – and come out the other side a better person for it and with something to say.
I knew he was a blacksmith, and he’d mentioned to me something about the sound pieces in his garden, but I didn’t think much more about him until late last year when driving through Kin Kin with my partner. Looking out the window to my left I noticed this amazing array of … well, things dotted across the lush green pasture. It was then I realised this was his place.  
We pulled over into their drive, and Steve and his parter, Janka, came out to met us. We were invited inside and offered drinks – though apparently we weren’t the first visitors who’d stopped in that day out of curiosity. I asked Steve to tell me what the story was with his garden and next thing Steve was leading me around to all these large, and somewhat wonderful metal configurations with a violin bow in hand.
Before each piece  he’d pause, look upon it with eyes of  affection, then he’d play; a symphony of dulcet plinks and plonks, rusted whorls and eerie scratchy screams. It was alchemical. It was mysterious. Never serious, though slightly unsettling.
Next week I was back, microphone in hand and camera at the ready.
This blog is homage to my meetings with Steve, his work, his outlook on life, and the terrestrial – and extra terrestrial – world of the blacksmith.
This work was supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional Arts Development Fund:
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Sunshine Coast Council partnership to support local arts and culture.


For futher information visit:
Yen Chan’s work @: http://www.flickr.com/people/8167613@N08/

5 responses to “About

  1. Steve Weis ⋅

    Thanks Hamish. Whenever there’s time, I enjoy showing people my gallery gardens of art explorations. The best part is always watching people’s surprise at the sounds the sculptures make. Many people experience a sense of discovery of their own, accompanied by amusement and delight especially for kids.

    I guess there’s a bit of surprise factor. as well, just being on the roadside at Kin Kin, back up the headwaters of the Noosa River.

    The valley’s just so gorgeous and an inspiring place for a blacksmith to extend his craft into the territory of soundscape.

    Thanks Hamish and Yen for seeing the magic and mystery in my creations. You’ve given me another view of my art and the journey that’s carried me here.

  2. Thank you Steve for sharing your amazing gift and passion…..may they always be entwined.

  3. Steve Weis ⋅

    Thanks Jodie. Hopefully my gifts and passion are just getting the platform they have needed to blossom. The new dedicated soundroom is almost ready for setting up. We’ll have recording facilities and plenty of fine tools and toys for sound exploration. Thanks also for the hospitality you have brought to our events. Always a treat!

  4. Coooeee, Steve … I will always remember the state of meditation and bliss your sounds took me to … visually stunning – yourself included (laughter!) … always absolutely delighted to spend time with you and Janka and absorb the wonderful energy your space has. Much love, peace and Light, Beth Dancing Free

  5. Steve Weis ⋅

    Many thanks Beth, and it is the reflection and inspiration from visitors like you that keep me inspired to play with creative potential for all to share. We look forward to your next visit. Much love as always, Steve.

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