Sunday, November 30, 2008

Grow Wild

"GROW WILD will present the work of eight contemporary Australian artists and one American. Nine artists working in completely different mediums and with wildly varying approaches, GROW WILD is an exhibition that revels in the growing and the grown, an enveloping and welcoming space, a campsite in a gallery in the middle of a city, a mushrooming of the outside, inside. Work ranges through photography, sculpture, installation, animation, printmaking, painting and textiles, creating a unique environment, rich with possibilities, cross-pollinating in a frenzy of life. More specifically; a huge photographic window into an ancient wilderness, a furry life-size child, raised by wolves, patches of delicate papery grass emerging from cracks and corners and a place in the woods to listen and ponder morphing and growing fungus, flickering fire and ever-growing wild, woolly hair."
The following artists are these involved in what looks like a unique exhibition:
Michelle Arcila
Adam Cruickshank
Penelope Durston
Natasha Frisch

Nathan Gray

David Keating
Simon MacEwan

Niels Oeltjen

Dell Stewart


Melbourne
Utopian Slumps
25 Easey Street
Collingwood
Exhibition Opening: Friday 5 December 2008
Exhibition: Friday 5 - Sunday 21 December 2008
Cost: This is a Free Event
Website: www.utopianslumps.org

Recent Illustrations by Kelly Thompson

"I was always discouraged during life drawing classes and received terrible marks as I constantly wanted to clean up my page instead of leaving scribbles and scribbling over them... the mess drove me crazy and my marks were sacrificed for the pure joy of my eraser and a sharp pencil.

My drawings are not necessarily the fruit of a highly intensive research project, as was taught a necessity at university, and previously my works have purely been inspired by models I have worked with who express a strong presence or whom capture me with their stare.

My earlier magazine fashion pages are usually a product of a simple brief such as "we want liquid eyeliner", or "a blonde, brunette and red head please"... and the majority of the time I just feel the urge to draw something so sit down and do just that.

"Recent Works" is a collection of images that I am viewing as work in progress. It is a step away from my previous works that involved areas of block colours and had more graphic appeal, and is very much pulled back and cleaned out... I'm further investigating the idea of female sexuality after having highly varied and often surprising reactions to the first image "Lilli"..." - Kelly's Artist Statement Via Pixel Ink Gallery Website
Wellington, NZ
Pixel Ink Gallery
12 Constable Street, Newtown, NZ
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 3 December 2008, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Exhibition: Wednesday 3 to Sunday 14 December 2008
Website: www.pixelink.co.nz

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kill Audio - Claudio Sanchez

Claudia Sanchez, signer and comic book author will be doing an in-store signing at the offical pre-release of his fresh new toy, Kill Audio at Playlounge in London, early December.

London, UK
Playlounge
19 Beak Street, London
When: Wednesday 3 December, 2008 12.30pm - 2:30pm
Website: www.playlounge.co.uk

Oh Calendar How I...

Lately it seems that everyone is bringing out a wall calendar in some sort of form for 2009. Generally I don’t really buy them, though I did a little while back when at the Melbourne exhibition ‘Some Type of Wonderful’. Who could resist, it’s black foil on black paper, crisp white sheets featuring a different type of typography for each month and it just looks stunning

Is there a trend happening that people feel they must grace their walls with these useful pieces of design? I honestly don’t know. However there have been a few calendars that recently caught my eye and even had me contemplating covering an entire wall with them... ummm...


Early Bird Creations - Giveaway

Welcome, to the first of what I hope will be many more giveaways to come, the plan is to have one on the last Saturday of each month. If you/your company would like to offer something feel free to email me at nicole_a_tattersall[at]yahoo.com.au.

This first offer comes thanks to Kylie (NSW, Australia) at Early Bird Creations whose obsession with beads started about 15 years ago when she was a angst-filled teenager looking for an outlet.
All her designs are all about texture and colour, resulting in fun and unique wearable pieces of art. You can find out more by visiting www.earlybirdbiz.blogspot.com or www.earlybirdcreations.etsy.com

She has kindly offered this beautiful necklace valued at $40, for you to WIN.

Here's how you can enter:
- Visit Early Bird Creations at www.earlybirdcreations.etsy.com
- Send me an email (nicole_a_tattersall[at]yahoo.com.au with the answer to...
Which piece from Early Bird Creations would you buy as a holiday gift to give and why?
- All entries are to be received by Friday 5 December 2008, 10pm
- It will be drawn via random.org

Introducing 3...


I raise my hand with shame and say I'm guilty of buying high quality prints and not getting them framed (which I think is one of my worse habits). So until I get the ones I already have framed, on the wall and some extra funds, it's window shopping for now. Though it's okay to do a little window shopping every now and then, right? Here are three websites that sell such wonderful prints that they have me itching to get my wallet.


Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Bamakko!

Happy 1st Birthday Bamakko!
'Oh my how the time flies, it seems like only yesterday that little Bamakko was gently rocking in it’s cradle, fascinated and entranced by the gentle spinning of the space-ship mobile hovering over its head... But Bamakko is a big kid now! And to celebrate, we’re having our first birthday sale!' - Bamakko
To help celebrate their 1st Birthday they are offering everyone 20% off all Keec products, and 10% off everything else!* However be quick as the birthday sale ends 3pm Sunday 7th December! *Sale excludes custom orders and layby

Bamakko is located at 358 Victoria St, North Melbourne or you can check them out on the web at www.bamakko.blogspot.com Everything at Bamakko is handmade by local designers and artisans.

Video from Ladies Sketch City

This a short video of the 'Ladies' Sketch City that was in early November courtesy of the gorgeous people at We Make Stuff Good (www.wemakestuffgood.com), so quickly get a small bowl of pop corn, a small coke and pull up a comfy chair!

P.S There is also one of just me that will be available soon, so stay tuned!

Fresh Treads at Outereef

Scott and Paul at Outereef, have recently updated their website to show off their fresh new collection of clothing for the new season. Having of seen a sneak peak several months ago I’ve been anticipating these new threads hitting the shelves.

Not only do they stock clothing, but if your looking for a new or second hand surfboard for Summer, they produce a wide range of surfboards, catering for an elite surfer after a high end performance board, to a beginner who is just starting out. Their aim is to assess the surfers ability and requirements in order to supply them with the most suited board available, making sure they are as comfortable as they can be in the water, allowing them to surf the best waves of their lives.
My last 2 surfboards have been shaped by Scott and have been a total pleasure to ride as well as being shaped to suit my requirements.

Outereef is located at 73 Phillip Island Rd, San Remo, just before you get to Phillip Island. Don’t forget to check out the recently updated website first www.outereef.com.au

Here is a small sample of some the new stock, enjoy!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hat Pattern Launch at Brunswick Business Incubator

Nicole Mallalieu Design has a Hat Pattern Launch at Brunswick Business Incubator this coming Sunday. They are launching their new Hat Patterns with a little meet-and-greet pre-Xmas shindig. Where you can try on the hats, touch-and-feel and see inside the bags, meet other bag-addicts and crafty people, Have a coffee and yummy snacks, snap up some bargains and WIN prizes.

Melbourne
Victoria Room, Brunswick Business Incubator
420 Victoria St Brunswick
When: Sunday 30 November 2008, 10am - 3:30pm
Website: www.nicolemdesign.blogspot.com

The Factory - T-shirt

Recently I completed the above t-shirt design for the gorgeous people at the Factory (www.thefactorysc.com) a one stop surf shop in San Clemente CA, USA.

The brief was to have a simple 2 layer screen print of a surfer getting some air. This would be printed over screen prints of their logo (which they already have).

I was stoaked with the 'drips' as they turned out not looking looking too fluid like or like spray paint, the thought was to combine 2 of the the things that inspire me most, paint and salt water.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sisters' Market

I went to the last Sister’s Market and enjoyed checking out all the little stalls. My plan so far is to check out the one on this Saturday as well.

Melbourne
Brunswick Town Hal
233 Sydney Road, Brunswick
When: Saturday 29 November 2008, 10am-4pm
Website: www.sistersmarket.com.au

Interesting Or Not So Interesting With Meggs

With plenty of fresh new projects on the go and on the end of No Comply, Own Worst Enemy and various other exhibitions Melbourne base artist Meggs found the time to complete some questions about his own work and inspirations, where he sees street art heading both locally and internationally as well as explaining why he is interesting.

Q. Meggs, your a very prolific Melbourne based street artist and would love for you to be the next interviewee with interesting or not so interesting people for my blog. Are you up for it? Which category do you think you fall into interesting or not so interesting? Why?
A. Ha, I'd like to think of myself as interesting. Why? I guess because I live a not-so-ordinary life with no boss, no job security and I'm involved in different art related projects that keeps me in constant contact with a variety of people all doing a lot of creative stuff as well. I think being a part of a unique studio like everfresh and a growing Melbourne street art scene makes life pretty interesting for me anyway.

Q. If a tourist came up to you in the street and asked where in Melbourne they could check out some of the best street art Melbourne has to offer, where would you recommend?
A. I guess the default reaction would be Hosier Lane, Caledonian Lane and several other alleys in the city as well just exploring areas like Fitzroy, Collingwood and Brunswick is a good start. I'm kind of loathe to name specific spots that are heavily hit because some of the best stuff can be in the most random places. If you like more traditional graffiti, then our train lines are a good place to look.

Q. What impact do you think street art has on tourism in Melbourne?
A. I think its had a significant and positive impact, especially in the last few years. People do travel to this city for its art culture which includes street art and we're now attracting recognised artists from OS and events like No Comply are only getting bigger. Traditionally Melbourne takes pride in its European Laneway culture and street art/graffiti is undeniably a part of that. (Even if conservative narrow minded politicians like to say otherwise). Whenever I've been part of a group, or even on my own, painting in a recognised spot like Hosier Lane etc, we have a lot of people stopping to watch, taking pics and generally giving us positive feedback on what we're contributing.

Q. You've been part of the scene for quite a long time, what are some of the major differences that you've seen from when you started out to today?
A. I think a major difference is the growth in particular artists who've kept the passion for their art and become well-recognised as both street and exhibiting artists. I think the scene has achieved more wide-spread acknowledgment, which has had both positive and negative effects. The positive being more people supporting exhibitions, the down side being a growing hypocrisy in council laws and how they treat the culture which I feel now they cant ignore. For me it started as a creative escape which has grown into my life path and a great network of people and opportunities.

Q. Where do you see street art heading in the next 5 years or so?
A. I hope that the Melbourne scene only gets stronger and attracts more attention from Overseas, especially from artists in more well recognised cities such as London, New York, San Fran, Berlin etc. I think internationally its probably grown into a movement which is a part of art history now, and I think in the next 5 years key artists will grow and it will become a more instrumental part of 'high art' culture. It also looks like scenes will get much stronger in places like China and South East Asia which are still quite young at the moment.

Q. Which artists did you look up to when you started out? Who do you look up to today? Have they changed much throughout the years?
A. When I started out I looked up to guys like Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Banksy, WK interact, Dface and several more big names. I still look up to these original guys but I think as I've grown my taste is more refined.
I've also realised that our local scene is just as strong as anywhere else. So I appreciate a lot of the local talent such as my Everfresh bros, GhostPatrol, HaHa, Lister and many more. As well as internationals such as Dave Kinsey, SheOne, Conor Harrington and others whome I feel more of a visual connection with their execution and subject.

Q. You already use a wide variety of mediums and techniques, what is your artistic weapon of choice? Is there another medium you plan to work with in the near future or expand upon?
A. Right now my weapon of choice is a combination of acrylics and aerosol, especially developing my techniques with acrylics and creating layered colours and textures. I made some plaster casts for my last exhibition so I think molding and casting is something I'd like to explore more in future.

Q. What's next for Meggs? Any new projects or exhibitions on the way?
A. I've got a few projects on right now, including a trip to Singapore to do some paintings for a club there. Next is the drawing machine exhibition and a new 'themed' Everfresh show early next year.
In 2009 if everything goes to plan I'll be exhibiting in Sydney, London and possibly LA, but things have a way of changing and you never know what opportunities may arise along the way.

Q. Where can people find out more about you and check out your art work? Any websites you want to plug?
A. They can check out my goings on at my blog site: www.houseofmeggs.com
And photos of all my work on flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/--meggs--

Other sites people should check out are:
www.everfreshstudio.com
www.niceproduce.com

Q. Thank you Meggs, hope you've enjoyed this short Q&A?
A. No probs, its been a blast :) cheers

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tim Likes To Draw

Timothy Evans will bring to you in 'Tim Likes To Draw' an exhibition at China Heights a collection of recent drawings from his desk.

Sydney
China Heights
257 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Exhibition Opening: Friday 28 November 2008, 7pm till late
Cost: This Is A Free Event
Website: www.chinaheights.com

Behance - Graham Hill

Behance is one of those online magazines that I love to check out every few weeks as they always have a fresh new article that I just adore. This time I spotted one about Graham Hill (a designer with a concious) and being Fearless. To read is visit www.behancemag.com and whilst your there check out some other great articles on design.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thank you!

A big THANK YOU to those who voted for me for season 2 at the Bubble! I came in ranked 19. Not too bad since it goes for 2 months and I only put my submission in with less than 2 weeks left.

To view the submission visit www.generalpants.com.au/The-Bubble

Kris Kringle Night Market

Plants, Baby, Clothing Jewllery, Badgs, Toys, Fashion and more, the Kris Kringle Night Market will be held at the Northcote Town Hall on 4 separate Thursday nights.

Melbourne
Northcote Town Hall
189 High Street, Northcote
When: Thursday 27 November, 4, 11 & 18 December 2008, 5:30pm - 10pm
Website: www.northcotetownhall.com.au

"Object Exhibition" At Paperhorse Studios

Paperhorse Studios next exhibition is on the way and promises to be more exciting than ever. Objects will be an insight into a range of different artists impressions on objects and the concepts behind them.

Resident Artists that are exhibiting are:
Dan Withey
Danica Wellsheitman (aka Nickas)
Lauren Sutter
James Dean
Egija Mittenberga
Stasi Kotaris
Suzanne Karagiannis
Lisa King

With special guest, Julian Ishere with some remarkable sculptural works.

Adelaide
Paperhorse Studios
Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall
Adelaide
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 27 November 2008 7pm-10pm, one night only event.

Suzuki Night Market at the Queen Victoria Market

This coming Wednesday marks the start of the 11th Suzuki Night Market at the beautiful Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. It will run every Wednesday night 5.30pm to 10.00pm from 26 November 2008 and until 25 February 2009, except 24 & 31 December 2008.

I've some wonderful fond memories of the Night Market, one of which is sitting back enjoying some Ethiopian food with my friend Courtney whilst listening to some fabulous live music. Very much looking forward to this years array of music, shopping, food and more!

For more information check out the Queen Victoria Market Website www.qvm.com.au

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Vote...


Less than 9 hours to go! If you've a spare moment I would love for you to drop me vote!

Thank you in advance, Nicole x

Visit www.generalpants.com.au/The-Bubble to show your support!

We Must Be Dreaming

Caitlin Street presents glicee prints of digitally enhanced aerial photographs which use the colours of the Papunya Tula ‘dreamtime language’ to consider the power of our current zeitgeists.

Melbourne
Famous When Dead
207 Victoria Street
West Melbourne
Exhibition: Wednesday 26 - Sunday 30 November 2008
Cost: This is a Free Event
Website: www.famouswhendead.com.au

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Surf Report

My grand plan for this weekend was to go surfing, as last weekend I didn’t because it was too small... well this weekend it’s BIG and messy thanks to 20 - 30 knot southly winds. Fun? Maybe... Enjoyable? Maybe... but no thanks. So I think it’s a weekend to be spent catching up on stuff, painting and maybe even watching the weather as according to all reports Melbourne is in for a month worth of rain in one weekend.

Also I fully believe that is a little wise not to go when the surf reports on Swellnet (www.swellnet.com.au) look a little like this:

Phillip Island
Updated: Sat Nov 22nd, 7:58am
Surf: stormy 3ft
Wind: strong S
Weather: a few showers
Dawn Patrol: Swell is very wind blown and yet to build which it should through the day. Cold with showers - a day for the tele or to decide whether you want bevelled edges and may be chanells in that new Xmas kneeboard. Hope you came up with some nice art work? Can always get the kids to help. H 728, L 117 & S 15kts. DeKnee.

Western Port Daily Surf Report
Updated: Sat Nov 22nd, 12:14pm
Surf: sloppy 3-4ft
Wind: very strong SSW
Weather: very cold
Dawn Patrol: pretty much a write off day for surfing, the ocean doesnt look inviting at all. 30-35 knot SSW winds. late chance for a wave in westernport but it will have to be in one of the more protected corners as the wind is destroying most surf breaks today.

Igat Hope

Photograph images and an installation by Peter Fenoglio.

On Peter’s recent trip to Papua New Guinea this year, the women, children and men living with HIV/AIDS revealed their hope in life through their smiles, laughter and generosity. This exhibition attempts to portary how these people live from day to day.

Sydney
Jugglers Art Space Inc.
103 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley
Exhibition Opening: Friday 28 November 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Tuesday 25 November - Sunday 7 December 2008
Cost: This is a Free Event
Website: www.jugglers.org.au

Introducing 3...


I just love reading other blogs, and looking at ones I've never seen before and just falling in love with them. Most of the ones that I adore are about design and style. I've come across some amazing ones of late. Here are three I would like to share with you. Don't forget to grab that coffee/tea and a biscuit to enjoy whilst reading.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Dreams to Dreams at the Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum in association with Dacosta of Chocolate Soop bring you the first custom vinyl toy show in a museum to be held at the Japanese American National Museum in LA, USA.

LA, USA
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street, Los Angeles California
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 6 December, 2008, 1pm-4pm
Exhibition: Monday 1 December, 2008 - Sunday 4 January, 2009
Website: www.janm.org

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Meet Me At Mikes Xmas Shindig


Melbourne
Meet Me At Mikes
63 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Event: Tuesday 2 December 2008, 6pm
RSVP: meetmeatmikes[at]gmail.com
Website: www.meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com

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