Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gift Ideas

Yesterday I wrote about how to be prepared for emergency gift giving, well I thought today I'd continue the theme with some small gifts ideas that I like to do and give:

1. Create a gift basket/bag/box. Once for a friend of mine I hand painted a calico bag and went to the local health food store and bought a selection of yummy treats to fill it with. Not only are the contents useful, but he proclaimed he was a staving musician and so at least he could eat the goodies and keep a bag that will be useful for when he did have the cash to go shopping. You can also do the same with beauty products, small toys, homemade muffins ect. The best thing is that you can easily work within a any budget.

I would love to receive some yummy blue berry muffins in one of these stamped paper bags from Poppies for Grace

2. Think outside the box or inside the box or around the box, give a gift that is quirky, functional and has a unique style about it. No, I'm not talking about going out and buying a BBQ Apron with some funny saying on it. Something more design focused. Browse the net, visit your local gallery shops and other quirky places. You can pick up some amazing things in all price ranges.

These Ceramic Crinkle Cups originally designed by Rob Brandt are one of my many favorites. Available at A plus R Store
So many riffs these days on the Dixie and other throwaway table ware, but these ceramic cups were the first and are still the best. Netherlands ceramicist Rob Brandt introduced them in 1975, and three decades later the crinkle effect only underscores the ingenious statement they make on our disposable culture. Fill the tall with wine or water; the mini is ideal for shots of espresso, sake or other spirit. Gift a set for use or a single as an objet de pop art. - A plus R Store
3. ART! Okay so I paint and this is a pretty much a given and something that isn't much of a challenge for me, but for those who want to buy a little creative piece for someone there are plenty of stores that you can visit in person or online at varies prices. Art is a personal thing and can be little hard to get just the right piece, so I offer to paint a painting for them but you can give them a gift voucher.

Lately I've been getting into screen prints and letter press prints. So it's no surprise I'm thinking that Grenade By Jacob Arden McClure available at Keep Calm Gallery would make a wonderful gift for myself.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Art Work Sale - Clearing Space to be More Creative

Lately I've been doing a bit of a tidy up of my creative space and well... I've some old paintings lying around that I'm about to create into something new, however before I do I thought I'd give people to opportunity to buy them.

- Send me an email nicole_a_tattersall[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au
- Give me your best offer above $20
- Plus P&H around $15 per painting (Australia)
- If by 20th of September you've the best offer I'll email you for payment which must be made within 5 days.
- It will be sent

Please if you've any questions feel free to email me. I can arrange for viewings and pick up however this is not ideal do also remember I'm Melbourne based with limited free time.

01 - Umbrella & Rain Birds
Slightly Damaged

02 - Lights, Camera, Action Bam

03 - Trial and Error

04 - Autumn Breeze

05 - Dawn Patrol Black & White

Gift Prepared

I know Christmas is over 3 months away but there are always happy birthdays, births, weddings, farewells, thank yous and more that if your anything like me love to give a small gift for. There are several things I do to make sure I'm prepared for that emergency small gift giving situation:
  1. Have a largish sized boxed or a shelf in a cupboard to store all the things required
  2. Stock up on ribbon, tape, boxes, blank cards, themed cards, gift bags, wine tags, scissors and tissue paper (most of which you can re-use from previous gifts you've received or make yourself or pick up on sale)
  3. Have a small selection of bits and pieces such as scratchies, sample size beauty products, pieces of jewelry and anything else you spot in your trips to the shop that might make a great small gift.
For wine bottle tags I just adore Popp Tags

You can pick up some great wrapping paper and other gift giving accessories online at kikki.K

If you want that hand made look without the painful hours of sticking everything together yourself Heather's Handmade Creations has just the cards for you in her Etsy Store.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Calling all artists, calling all artists...

Phone Booth Gallery are currently looking for artist submissions for a new online exhibition they have coming up in October 'Artwork & No Play an art show dedicated to... The Shining' if you are interested in submitting your work check out their website for further details at

Sketch in the City @ Sketch City

This is just a quick reminder for Sunday the 7th of of September... if your in Melbourne come down and check it out. All the info is on the flyer, you can also check out their My Space page too. Don't forgett Sketch City Melbourne is run the 1st Sunday of each month.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Quick Trip Away...

Last weekend I made it a long weekend by taking off the Friday and Monday for a much needed trip away. We headed down the Great Ocean Road to Port Fairy for 2 nights in a wonderful B&B.
I believe that people should just explore what is around them and go down the unknown paths, as you never know what may lay at the end. Which is why our trip wasn't very planned at all.
With many times 'do you want to drive down there' been uttered in the car and some mileage on our shoes we discovered some wonderful natural and non-natural things. Fresh from my camera are some shots for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


The other weekend I got a little excited about my new toys. I had recently bought myself a staple gun (yes everyone needs one) and a paper cutter thing that does more than just cuts paper (doesn't make coffee though).

This paper cutter thing inspired me to to paint some of my stencils onto cards, hence for your own delight are some below. They are available at my Etsy store

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Gorker Gallery Presents The Sneaky 6

Collaboration with ‘NIOR’

“The Sneaky 6” is an exhibition that will be held at Gorker Street Gallery by Santha King, who is best described as a creative and diverse Melbourne based shoe artist.
The Sneaky 6 series will feature collaborative limited sets of original hand made sneakers with 5 of Melbourne’s leading emerging street and illustrative artists.
King’s goal is to support and create exposure for local and up and coming artists whilst taking art originally born from the streets and giving it a new audience amongst the fashion and art industries. - Gorker Street Gallery
Featuring collaborations with Melbourne artists NIOR, SNUF, NATE HOLMES TRAPNELL and TIMBA & TWOONE


Gorker Gallery

395 Gore Street, Fitzroy

Opening Night - Thursday 28 August, 6pm-9pm

Exhibition - Thursday 28 August to Sunday 14 September 2008

Open - Wednesday - Friday 3pm - 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 7pm
Cost - This is a free event
Website - or

Monday, August 25, 2008

Exhibitions in Pictures

Just a handful of pictures from previous exhibitions that I've been in that I felt like sharing... enjoy!

Just a handful of pictures from previous exhibitions that felt like sharing... enjoy!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Red Bubble Spring Clean

A little while ago I did a post on how I was about to embark on my Spring Clean of my Red Bubble Profile (to view it visit

I've started by:
- deleting a few images that don't have the comments or views that I would of hoped for
- loading up some fresh new pics
- re-doing my profile information
- updating a few of the tags

Still have a bit to do but I'm getting there.

To visit and see whats new check out

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Do you have...?

From Lost & Found an Exhibition I was In October 2007 in Sydney

Do you have an event, exhibition or any thing else that people can go along to visit that you would like to have promoted on here? If so please email me at nicole_a_tattersall {at} yahoo {dot} com {dot} au.

I will need all the general info like where and when, along with something with what it is about, a website to direct people to and a flyer or some pictures. Otherwise it is very hard to do a little write up about it.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Spoonfed Photoshop

Well it kinda says it all... Spoonfed Photoshop (Photoshop Tutorials)

I came across by total accident by googling blogs for Melbourne Street Art and was a little bit gob smacked by a couple of the articles and thinking uh? what? you for real? I delved a little further into this site and well... it's worth checking out with some great inspiration and advice.

Please visit it at

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tag On... Tag Off...

WTF?... This piece of adverting I came across whilst cruising though the world of Flickr I found it in the Photstream of Pantone 801, feel free to check out more of her flicks at

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Oops! Graffiti Squad Swabs Art Show

One day this was going to happen and make the news headlines...
The title of a street graphic design exhibition named 'Eye Saw' has been taken literally by over-zealous City of Sydney "graffiti police", who this week hosed down the outdoor exhibition, ruining one-off artworks. - SMH
To read more about this article please visit

If your interested in catching something that is still exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum please visit

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Future Shock - Logan Hicks, Ha Ha and Vexta

Future Shock features 2 Melbourne based stencil artists who inspired me to take on stencil art Vexta and Ha Ha, sadly though I'll not be in Melbourne for the opening, though I do plan to visit and check it out as soon as i get back into Melbourne.
I look forward to also seeing pieces created by Logan Hicks, as I've seen so very much on the web that just blows me away.

Per Square Meter Gallery
191-193 Johnston Street, Collingwood
Opening Night - Friday 22 August, 6pm-9pm
Exhibition - Wednesday 20 August to Wednesday 26 July 2008
Cost - Free Admission

Monday, August 18, 2008

Side Wayz Art Exhibition 2008

Sidewayz is a charity exhibition with the proceeds from the sale of the art works going to the CHILL Program in Australia.

With over 60 Artists from all over Australia and O/S contributing works on Snowboards & Skateboards along with industry photographers contributing shots, this years Sidewayz exhibition is set to be MASSIVE!

The Sidewayz Art Exhibition 2008 will be open to the public from 21st August - 27th August at MTV Galleries.

This year we will introduce a week long ONLINE-BIDDING system that will allow anyone from anywhere the chance to take away any number of these awesome art works. - Sidewayz 08
With such a great line up of artists I wish I could be in Sydney for this exhibition and to see what I expect to be some amazing works.

Snowboard art works will be completed by:
Beastman, Ben Frost, Jae Copp, Jeremyville, Luke Taaffe, Meggs, Nior, Numskull, Reka, Yok,
Bret Walker, Dave Kaziro, Dina Saulo, Jimmy Neilly, Lucas McGrath, R-J Williams, Will Lynes

Skateboard art works will be completed by:
Adrian Knott, Ant Keogh, ApeSeven, Arnie Arnold, Barrett, Brett Chan, Bridge, Caitlin Rigby, Casual B, Creon, Cultural Urge, Dyzla (UK), Ears, Gimiks, Ghostpatrol, Haw, Hawaii's RDH (USA), Itch, James Cooper, Kareena Zerefos, Kid9, Kid Zoom, Koan, Loveariel, Luke Feldman, Marty Baptist, Max Berry, Michael Cain, Mini Graff, Nathan Cooper, Nathan Duffield, Nelio (France), Nick Deakin (UK), Ozzie Wright, Plump Oyster, Roach, Ryan Heywood, Sam Smith, Side Project, Simon Degroot, SMC[3], Steve Rocks, Steve Tierney, Teazer, Timba, Trent Whitehead, Vars, WeBuyYourKids, XX'Zilla, Zoe Young

Photographs will be exhibited by:
Rome Torti, Andrew Fawcett, Dan Himbrechts

The partners in making this wonderful event occur are:
- MTV Galleries
- Tooheys Extra Dry
- [weAREtheIMAGEmakers]
- Burton Snowboards
- FBI Radio
- Australian NZ Snowboard Magazines THE HUB

To register you attendance please visit: and for more info take the time to check out the Face Book page

Sunday, August 17, 2008

For the Love of… online exhibition at Phone Booth Gallery

Beginning August 16 you will be able to pre-order “For the Love of…” a book full of tattoo related photography by LLP. To get you hands on a copy of what looks like to be an it bok to have on your shelf please visit
Phone Booth Gallery steps forward to display the book to the masses in the form of an artistic exhibition. The book will be pre-sold on the website, along with some framed prints, and other miscellaneous cool stuff.
The online pre-sale will be followed with an official book release and opening party to be announced, this will occur at some place in Long Beach, CA, USA
The dynamic blend of photographs encapsulates the viewer into a world of beauty and light. The compositions and an impeccable display of chiaroscuro provide an in depth look into the birth of tattoo creation. LLP aims at all areas of tattoo related culture in an attempt to provide a fresh perspective on a truly traditional form of art. - Phone Booth Gallery

Saturday, August 16, 2008

End of an Era

Sad to report that you will no longer be able to purchase or view my art work at 696, 696 Sydney rd, Brunswick. I've made the choice to remove myself from their space. I thank everyone who has visited my work there, don't forget there are still a number of places around that you can take the time to visit.

16 August - 5 Featured Etsy Sellers

On the 1st of each month I like to feature Etsy sellers who I feel are worth the time to visit. Now I know it only the 16 of August but there has just been so many great items I've come across I couldn't resist not sharing.

While your at Etsy don’t forget to drop by my store to check out new original artwork pieces and other goodies.


Red Leaf Bath and Body
Red Leaf Bath and Body products are made with ingredients you'll probably recognize using essential and fragrance oil blends for fresh, long lasting scents. Everything is packaged in reusable containers designed to look good and be functional. Lastly, they price it and ship it at a cost that wont make your jaw drop and they'll keep you updated from purchase to shipping.
To view more of these gorgeous products visit:


.:mu Urban Jewelry
The creator behind this amazing jewelry is an Industrial Design student who really enjoys designing and making these jewels with their own hands. I just adore the simple and elegant lines of these pieces.
To view more check out:


Zazi Baby Customizable Baby Carriers

Zazi Baby carriers are a Mei Tei design, with the added ability to customize and change the look without spending a fortune on a whole new wrap! She has designed what she calls a sleeve to go over the body of the wrap to give you a whole new look whenever you choose! Each sleeve is reversible with coordinating fabrics on the front and back, you choose which side you want to show off! You can even wear the carrier without the sleeve if you want a plain look. Offering black, white, chocolate brown and khaki carriers and you can coordinate the sleeves however you’d like.

For more information please visit the following website:


The Scrappy Shack
They can design just about any paper project you can dream up. Some things they have done for customers are wall words, baby announcements, shower invitations, Christmas cards, and memory collages for display in the home. Also offering a great selection of wonderful embellishments that you can use on your own projects and a reasonable price.
For more information please visit the following websites:


My Charlie Girl
Bec Winnel is the Melbourne, Australia based artist who is behind My Charlie Girl and is just as sweet as her illustrations. She has been featured in a number of magazines and books.
"Welcome to my little shop where you will find had drawn illustrations and digital collages. I enjoy creating portraits that portray beauty, of the physical and of the intangible!"- Bec Winnel
For more information please visit the following websites:

Stay tuned for another 5 featured artists that are sellers on Etsy on September 1.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Calling All Creative - Holiday Hotness Bazaar Wants Vendors & Promos

On Sunday November 8th, 2008 will be the 1st annual Holiday Hotness Bazaar. The hours are from 11 am - 7 pm at the GAM Art Center, located in the heart of Los Angeles. It promises to be a unique shopping experience, showcasing some of the best and brightest designers from the independent community. Featuring a variety of artist, modern crafters and DIY'ers.

Admission will be $2 and free for children 7 and under.

Currently they are looking for some additional vendors.

Also if you can't make it there will be 100 HHB gift bags given to the first 100 patrons. If you are an indie business and would like to get some your promos into the bags please send an email to the organisers at: holidayhotness[at]

Make sure that you sign up for their newsletter for reminders. For more info visit

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Red Bubble Spring Clean

Image from Maraich on Red Bubble

In the near future I'm going to go through and do a huge Spring Clean of my Red Bubble account. I'll be removing some of my images so should there be one you love and have been thinking about getting, either let me know or be quick.
This Spring Clean will allow me to manage it a little bit better, create better consistency, offer larger prints for purchase, and load up some fresh new images.

To view my Red Bubble account please visit

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Behind the Scenes with Local Designers at the Thread Den

If you looking for a place filled with local Melbourne designs, vintage treasures and a sewing lounge Thread Den in North Melbourne is the place. Here you will also find the sewing lounge that holds numerous classes from beginner to advanced, run by local designers, and is open for
hourly drop in hire with free assistance.

Rather than curling up at home infront of the heater why not go behind the scenes to meet the designers, watch them work on their spring/summer ranges and discover what it takes to become part of the Melbourne fashion scene.

While you are there you I recommend checking out the two week long exhibition that displays refashioned vintage garments by Australian musicians. This show showcases garments, accessories and textiles by up and coming designer labels including Leonard St, Mintslice Afternoons, Fine Cloth, Oh Bluebird and Ishee. You also have the opportunity to choose your favorite piece and vote in the people's choice awards for your own chance to win a Janome Sewing Machine
donated by Janome and Statewide Sewing Centers.

Thread Den
Lvl 1 16 Errol Street upstairs via Webbs Lane, North Melbourne
Exhibition Opening - Friday 15 August at 6:00pm
Open - Friday 15 August till Sunday 31 August 2008, Open Tuesday & Wednesday 12:00pm - 6:00pm Thursday and Friday 12:00pm - 7:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Cost - This is a free event
Website -



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