Sunday, November 29, 2009

Introducing 3...

Looking for some inspiration of what to give this Christmas? Here are three things to get you thinking...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hints + Tips - Hone Your Artist Statement

Recently I've been busy with several exhibitions which means that I've been writing all types of information for different reasons, one of which has been my artist statements.

Over at Art Biz there is an article titled Art Marketing Action: Hone Your Artist Statement. Which I think is helpful to other artists out there also doing the same thing, or are about to and need a helping hand in writing their own artist statements.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Once Upon - Leeloo Exhibition - Round-up

Sadly I couldn't be in Sydney for the opening of 'Once Upon' but I have heard that there was well over 300 people who made it to aMBUSH last Thursday night and that a great night was had by all, which is amazing. Congratulations to Angela and Renne for doing such a great job!

I was delighted to find out that two of my pieces had sold. It's such a nice feeling when you've spent time working on something and to have someone think so highly of it that they wish to purchase it and hang it on their wall.
If you didn't make it to the exhibition you can check out all the works on the 'Once Upon' blog at and should you also wish to hang one on your wall you'll be able to purchase them too!
The pieces I created for 'Once Upon' which are below are from the style/theme that I like to call 'is it Jack or is it Jill' which about two children Jack (named after my grandfather) and Jill. Rather than watch TV and play computer games use their wild imaginations and high skill level of tearing apart their mothers sheet and table clothes to make wonderous things.
On a rainy winters day they are putting on a puppet show about one of their favorite Brothers Grim's story 'the Golden Goose' for their favorite aunt who has come to visit for the weekend from far far away.

Each piece was created with ink and watercolour on some very beautiful watercolour paper.
“The Golden Goose 1″ :: original, framed :: $130

“The Golden Goose 2″ :: sold

“The Golden Goose 3″ :: original, framed :: $130

“The Golden Goose 4″ :: sold

P.S Artist Maddelynn Holmes has already posted some pictures of the opening on her blog, as has Dawn Tan.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Petits Travaux at Retrospect Galleries

Retrospect Galleries’ annual affordable art show features a wide selection of miniature works by are large variety of artists. Each artist was asked to produce 9 works that relate to each other that are 10" x 10".

This year features... Alle Scott, Andrew Helminsky, Charly Wrencher, Cornelia Burless, Craig Martin, Dolores Cupcake, Donna Malone, Fawn Gehweiler, Fiona Kennedy Altoft, Grant Macintyre, Hilary Herrmann, James McMillan, Jan Rae, Jan Van Dijk, Jez Mead, John Cottrell, Johnny Romeo, Karrem Rizk, Kareena Zerefos, Karyn Fendley, Kate McCarthy, Katka Admas, Lei Lei Joy, Lisa Lee, Luke Taaffe, Luke Hallam, Nicole Tattersall, Nikki Morgan-Smith, Oliver Searle, Paisley Wightman, Rodney Black, Simon Degroot, Snatchez, Snick, Troy Archer and more..

I feel so flattered to of been invited to be apart of this exhibition and to have my works hanging side by side with other works by some of Australia's best contemporary artists. My 9 works have a stencil of an animal/bird that represents the connection that each creature has to the land in which they roam. Bringing to light the importance of a balanced ecosystem for a healthy planet.

If you can't make it along to the exhibition visit where you can view all the works and if your heart so disers even purchase one or two to call your very own or give to someone special.

Byron Bay

Retrospect Galleries, 52 Jonson St, Byron Bay, NSW
Opening Night: Friday 27 November
When: Friday 27 November - Sunday 12 December

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What To Wear?

I've been reading about how excited all the artists are who are in Once Upon, about the opening tonight, some are even posting about what they plan to wear.

Sadly for me I'll not be able to make it as I still have works to complete for a few exhibitions I've coming up. Tonight in particular I'll be putting the wiring on the back of my pieces for Petits Travaux to be placed in the post tomorrow. So for me, this is what I'll be wearing tonight whilst putting the finishing touches on. Very different to the pretty outfits that the artists attending Once Upon tonight will be wearing.

It is a very odd feeling to be miles away whilst your works will be on display infront of lots and lots of people, this is something that I've started to grow use to, on the night of the openings I can't make, I'll have a glass of wine to celebrate all the hard work... I think tonight a glass of bubbly is in order.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

No Vacancy Christmas Art Market

After the incredible success and attention received by the first Art Market that No Vacancy Gallery hosted they are at it again, and just in time for Christmas. This time round there will be an enormous tent full of art and design goodness in QV Square were items such as artworks, prints, cards, badges, jewelry and clothing will be available for you to buy for someone special or even just for yourself.

I'll be sharing a stall with photographer Kate Brownlees who was in Random Collective which I organised earlier this year. I've been busy preparing cards, postcards, badges, smaller works and some other odds and ends to fill the stall with.

Other stall holders you can expect to see at the No Vacancy Christmas Art Market are:
Jeremy Ley
We Make Stuff Good
• Black Panda Designs
Wah Wah Wears
• Nicholas Jones (the one and only Bibliopath)
• Marcos Davidson Jewellery
• James Widdowson Monocles
Karla Way
Natalia M.P
• We Heart Books
• Nicole Tattersall and Kate Brownlees
• First Morning Textiles
• McKelly and Friends
• CSerpent
• Rosa Maria Gonzaga
• Jasmin Bardel
• ADiArt
• Eveline Tarunadjaja

No Vacancy Gallery Christmas Art Market

QV Square, QV Building, Melbourne
When: Friday 4 - Sunday 6 December from 10am - 6pm (except Friday where it's until late)
Facebook Event:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hints + Tips - Ways to Save Money on Art and Craft

I'm in the middle of trying to save some money, time and space in relation to my art supplies, here are 5 simple and easy tips that I find very handy in doing just that.

1. Have a look at what you have

Before going out and buying a pile of new supplies have a look at what you've already got. You might find that you have what you need, or that even though your not going to be using red paint for your next project that you need more.
By being organised and doing fewer trips to the store means that not only will you save money but also time.

2. Ask for craft supplies as gifts
When it comes to Birthdays and Christmas and I'm asked what I would like, I tell them if I need something in particular such as some acrylic paints. Make sure you also tell them what brand you use as this will make it easier for the person buying the gift.

3. Trade with friends
Most creatives know other creatives, and most creatives have bought or have craft supplies they no longer use or need. Swapping is a great way to get rid of some unused supplies and to get something that you will use or need.

4. Share/Borrow/Lend
When I need to photograph my works and use lighting I borrow lights from friends of mine who already have them. I only need to use these lights once every 6 months if that, this not only saves me money but space as well.

5. Discounts
Almost every store these days has some sort of store card to offer and art stores are no different. Also join their mailing lists as they will notify you of when they have a sale or discounts on certain stock. Some brands/stores may also have a factory outlet.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Once Upon - Leeloo Exhibition - Reminder

This coming Thursday is the long anticipated opening of Once Upon by Leeloo at aMBUSH Gallery. Sadly I weren't be in Sydney for the opening however if you do go along do say hello to my illustrations.

To read my original post about Once Upon head to

aMBUSH Gallery
2A James Street, Waterloo, NSW
Opening Night: Thursday 19 November, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 November
Website: or
Facebook Event:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

One Night Stand - Art Auction - Reminder

Just a quick reminder for those in Melbourne; One Night Stand art auction is this Wednesday at Dazzleland Studios (Sketch City) in Northcote. It will feature works by artists such as Rachee Renaee, Ben Howe, Sirendoll, Mishap, Megan Dell, Guz, Gadzee and plenty of others. I also have a few pieces going up for auction too.

To read my original post about the Sketch City Art Auction head to

Dazzleland Studios (Sketch City)
25 Eastment Street, Northcote
When: Wednesday 18 November, 7pm - 11pm
Facebook Event:

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Moment To Pause

Photographer: Kay Vee
Title: Summer Time

Retrospect Galleries

One of the many things that I've been busy working on of late is 9 new works for the up and coming Petits Travaux at Retrospect Galleries (opens 27 November) in Byron. All the works are now finished and can be previewed online at Retrospect Galleries website.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Recycle Your Old Boardshorts For a Good Cause

Volcom series presents 'Recycle Your Old Boardshorts For a Good Cause' which is where they are sending their surf team off to take all boardshorts that are donated throughout Australia and New Zealand to the people in disaster effected zones of Samoa and Sumatra.

All you need to do is to drop off your old boardies off at a participating store and they will take care of the rest. If receiving warm and fuzzies for doing a good thing for a fellow man doesn't get you sorting through your draws full of boardies from summers gone by, you will also be entered to win the grand prize of being V.Co-Logically outfitted for a year!

So where can you drop your once loved shorts off at? Visit for participating stores in Australia and New Zealand.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Ultimate Iced Mocha Coffee

With the weather getting a bit warmer here in Melbourne I thought it suitable to share My Ultimate Iced Mocha Coffee recipe for to also enjoy!

• 6 teaspoons of instant coffee
• 4 teaspoons of chocolate powder
• 1 1/2 - 2 cups of milk
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 6 ice cubes
• 4 generous scoops of vanilla ice cream

• Blender
• Tall glass(es)
• Straws

1. Place all ingredients with only 3 generous scoops of ice cream into the blender, blend until smooth.
2. Pour the contents of the blender into each glass.
3. Place a small scoop of ice cream in each glass.
4. Garnish with a dusting of chocolate powder and had a straw to serve.

Depending on size of glasses makes 2 - 4 servings

• Dissolve coffee and sugar in a small cup of hot and add as the last ingredient to the blender.
• Rather than vanilla ice cream use coffee or chocolate flavoured.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hints + Tips - Finding Inspiration In Films

Recently I've been going to see a few movies and just the other week I saw one that made me think about my creative process from another perspective. This got me thinking about other films and how they've also inspired me in different ways.

I believe that there a certain categories in which a film can inspire you however most fall into more than one:
Purpose/Reason: you may be working on a piece about a certain story line or time in history and you watch films about it as part of your research.
Style: the way a film is styled, shot (composed) or the general feel of it and the impact it has on your own style.
Information: the look and feel of the film isn't what inspires you it's the content and information that is offered in the film, this is generally documentary films however this can apply to fictional films too.
Other: pretty much the category that doesn't fit into any of the above

Some films that I've seen of late that fit into these categories are:
Purpose/Reason: 1985 Alice In Wonderland/Alice Through The Looking Glass
I was working on some illustrations for some fabric yardage (which has now been put aside)based on Alice in Wonderland. I was cross referencing the notes I took from original Lewis Carroll story with the film to help highlight key parts of the novel.

Style: James and the Giant Peach
I get told often that my watercolours and characters of 'is it Jack or is it Jill?' remind them of a cross between Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss. Honestly I can say that this is not on purpose but is quite possibly an accident as I love both their styles and even though Tim Burton only produced 'James and the Giant Peach' it is one of the closest films I've come across should of Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss made a film together. Which isn't why I watched it, but more why I like the style of it.

Information: It Might Get Loud
This is the film I was talking about that made me think about my creative process from another perspective. Listening to Jack White, Jimmy Page and The Edge talk about their creative process to their guitar playing and how they create what they do, over come lows and enjoy the highs, made me contemplate my own creative process and approach.

Other: Pan's Labyrinth
I highly enjoy the orginal contex of fairytales with their happy endings and gore, this is a spanish fairytale and they have not sugar coated it at all. There is something about the creatures, storyline, time in history, general feel and the darkness that makes me want to grab for a pencil and paper every time I watch it.

I think that inspiraton is everywhere and with today's wide access to information I think it is a fair call that no matter who you are films can be inspiring. If people can blame them for shootings and the like why not give them credit for giving artists and other creatives inspiration.

What films inspire your works/style and why?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pennant Rubber Stamp Roller - Cath Holden

Recently I've been getting into using stamps for some of my own projects. Since I spotted this Pennant Rubber Stamp Roller project on Just Something I Made, I've been dying to find the time to buy the products and make one myself, though sadly I haven't yet.

If you happen to have the time or are interested in making one for yourself head on over to for instructions.

Interfiliere - Intimates, Swim & Beach: Spring & Summer 2011

I just adore well put together trend reports and for intimates and swimwear for 2011 Interfiliere presents a beautiful trend report that works for a range of applications and categories. They have not only given information but presented in such a way that one can imagine how it all comes together in the real world to create an overall feel and look.

To see more pictures from the trend report and to read an over view head over to

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Introducing 3...

Last Tuesday for Hints + Tips I gave advice on how to be involved in online and local arts & crafts communities, which is why I bring to you 3 places you can do so in Melbourne....

Saturday, November 7, 2009

For Sale

Right now I'm in the middle of moving house and as I have less space than what I do now, I'm going to be doing a huge clear out of stuff. I'll be taking some of the items to the Keysborough Animal Shelter Op-Shop but before I do that there are some things that I'm putting up on E-bay which I'm adding to with each day that goes by.

Here are some of the item's I've already put up....

Wild In The Parks Tour 2009/10 Poster

Every so often I come across a poster that makes me all giddy with delight, this just so happens to be one of them. I love the colours, the context, the style and the overall feel of it. Men in wife beaters eating hot dogs, whilst wearing animal suits and standing on skateboards, and then you notice that it's a poster/ad for Volcom Stone's Wild In The Parks Tour 2009/10.

I can't seem to find out who the artist is, if anyone knows please tell me.

If you want more info about the skateboarding tour head to

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Moment To Pause

Photographer: Erica Hoffman
Title: Walking With A Ghost

Creative Women’s Circle

The last Creative Women’s Circle event for 2009 will be held at Guildford Lane Gallery and will feature up-and-coming designer Stephanie Carello, creator of chic Melbourne label alabakov.

Stephanie has been enthralled in fashion for as long as she can remember. After graduating a clothing production and manufacturing course at RMIT, Stephanie worked within the fashion industry for a few years before her stylish label, alabakov was born. The vision of alabakov is to deliver timeless, classic and beautiful fashion pieces and each piece is designed and hand made by Stephanie! For more information head to

Creative Women’s Circle happens roughly once every two months in various gallery spaces around Melbourne and is only open to women to attend. Seating is limited so if you are planning to attend, please RSVP as early as possible.

Guildford Lane Gallery
20 Guildford Lane, Melbourne
Event: Saturday 14 November, 10am - 12 midday
RSVP to tess[at]

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Softies For Mirabel - 2009 Crafting For Charity Project

Do you make softies or have you ever wanted to but never had the reason to? Well... Meet Me At Mike's is for their third year collecting softies for the Mirabel Foundation Toy Drive.

There is no real deadline but if you want your piece in the window display or to be sent out as part of the Christmas Appeal you must have them in by Thursday 10 December 2009.

For more information head on over to

Human Roll - Jacob Ogden Smith, Gian Manik and Clare Wohlnick

This Friday night is the opening of Human Roll, a group exhibition featuring Jacob Ogden Smith, Gian Manik and Clare Wohlnick to be held at China Heights in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

China Heights Gallery
257 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Opening Night: Friday 6 November 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Friday 6 - Wednesday 11 November

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One Night Stand - Art Auction - Change Of Date

The up an coming One Night Stand art auction to be held at Dazzleland (aka Sketch City) has been moved from the Wednesday 11 November to Wednesday 18 November. To see the original post with the new flyer and dates already updated head to



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