Saturday, February 28, 2009

Giveaway


I'm so sorry to report that this week there will be no giveaway this week.

However if your interested in being apart of a giveaway and supplying a giveaway feel free to email me at nicole_a_tattersall@yahoo.com.au and I'll happily send you all the info.

Kit Design Award 2009

Following the success of the Kit Design Award 2008, they are once again putting the call out to Australian (and international) design students for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design product packaging for Kit's upcoming Kit Design Award 2009 limited edition product range.

Be quick and visit www.kitcosmetics.com/blog/Calling-all-design-students-Kit-Design-Award-2009.aspx for all the info you require to enter, entries close 5:00pm EST on Friday 20 March, 2009.

Nicole Tattersall - Giveaway - WINNER!


Congratulations to Jo who has won one set of 3 badges: large hand painted illustration original bilby valued, medium printed animal spray of a bat and a small 1inch pin back featuring my teddy bear sketch, valued at a total of $20.

Friday, February 27, 2009

My work is now at Bamakko

Today I finally did it, I dropped of some paintings off at Bamakko in North Melbourne. There are now 5 spray animals that are housed there until someone decides to take one home to hang on their wall.

If your in the area, stop by and say hi to wonderful people there, it is at 358 Victoria St, North Melbourne. Also feel free to check out their website www.bambakko.com.au

Pause


Photographer: Andrea Klarin
Webiste: www.andreaklarin.com

Pop the Question

"Pop music can be flippant, political, sexy, ironic, reactionary, or romantic. But the best pop songs are those that demand answers... which is why bold graphic artists from Sydney, New York, Los Angeles and London have taken their favourite pop question and re-worked it into a piece of graphic art.

POP THE QUESTION, at China Heights Gallery on Crown Street from Friday February 27, has been selected in the official 2009 Mardi Gras Festival.

Curator Michael Wilton says, “Pop music runs through my blood. I am a pop fanatic, and I’m thrilled this exhibition allows some of the most exciting graphic artists from around the world to visually remix, re-master and re-package some big pop questions.”

Wilton adds: “Since the exhibition has attracted an array of designers with different specialties, the range of work is insanely eclectic. What ties them all together, however, is that they are bold, lurid and thoroughly poptastic!”

For Moby’s 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?', Graeme Offord (New York) has designed a hot pink Atari-inspired computer game screen where the core of a heart is eroded by hungry space invaders; Andrew Georgiou (Sydney) has re-invented 'How Deep Is Your Love?' as a sexed up leather scene; and Wayne Moraghan (London) has immortalised Dolly Parton as a cartoon showgirl who asks the deliciously insulting 'Why’d You Come In Here Looking Like That?'

Other pop questions in the exhibition include iconic titles such as 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?', 'What Have You Done For Me Lately?', 'Where’s Your Head At?', 'What Time Is Love?', 'Why Can’t I Be You?', 'What’s Love Got To Do With It?', 'Is There Something I Should Know?', 'Who’s That Girl?', 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?', 'What Have I Done To Deserve This?', 'How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?', and of course, 'Why?' " - Pop The Question
Artists include:
• Andrew Georgiou (Sydney)
• Wayne Moraghan (London)
• Graeme Offord (New York)
• Brendan Seery (Sydney)
• Michael-James Tyerman (Sydney)
• Jorg Schulz Gerchow (London)
• Andrew Gourlay (London)
• Matt Greig (London)
• Derek Billings (Los Angeles)
• Eric Tate (London)
• Dan Krause (Sydney)
• Wendy Klaassen (Sydney)
• Michaela Sanders (Sydney)
• Yvette Paxinos (Sydney)

Sydney
China Heights Gallery
257 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Opening Night: Friday 27 February 6.30-9pm
Exhibition: Friday 27 February - Wednesday 11 March
Website: www.chinaheights.com

Thursday, February 26, 2009

She - Loves Life

I've some very exciting news to share... last Friday I received an email which advised I had been chosen to be part of 'She - Loves Life' a contemporary art exhibition to be held at Smart Artz Gallery in South Melbourne for submission of "Face & Fringe Azure" 30.5" x 24" (see above)

There will be a celebration function held on Thursday the 12 of March (I'll post more details when I get them) and the show will be exhibited 1 - 15 March.

Melbourne
Smart Artz Gallery
2 Alfred Place, South Melbourne
Exhibition Function: Thursday 12 March, 2009
Exhibition: Sunday 1 - Sunday 15 March, 2009

Lost Lines by Ears

Ears is one of the most active Sydney based artists I know who's works just keep getting better and better. 'Lost Lines' is a collection that he has been busy working on that represents the words and antics that one is subjected to whilst riding public transport through a vibrant city.

A few months ago I also did an interview with Ears, to read it visit
www.nicoletattersall.blogspot.com/2008/09/interesting-or-not-so-interesting-with_10.html

Melbourne
Unpretentiously Underground
Studio 7A - 238 Brunswick Street. Fitzroy
(First right down laneway behind Black Cat)
Exhibition Opening: Sunday 1 March 2009, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Sunday 1 - Tuesday 31 March 2009
Opening Times: Wednesday - Saturday 1pm - 5pm

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Design for Humanity

Billabong's Design for Humanity is supporting SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organisation with a focus on improving the health and wellbeing of people living in isolated regions through community-based health programs.

Design for Humanity is Billabong Girls' charitable division and the Billabong philosophy of 'Be the change you want in the world' underpins the initiative. It lets Billabong promote awareness of environmental and humanitarian issues and challenges us all to make a difference and lead by example.

The held an event recently in Sydney at The Forum on Wednesday 18 February 2009. The worlds of fashion, music and art collided in a unique celebration of creativity which also raised much-needed funds for SurfAid International.

Find out more about the Design for Humanity at www.designforhumanity.com

Interesting Or Not So Interesting With Nickala of Acid Mousse


Q. Nickala, a little while ago you had a giveaway on my blog and now I would I love to interview you for my blog? As the title is 'Interesting or not so Interesting with...', it is only fitting I ask which category do you think you fall into? Why?
A. Hmm, interesting. So people read on.

Q. Your unique pieces of Jewelry are all created from things found in sheds, hangers, your mums sewing stash as well as your pops vast collection of tit bits. What has been one of the unique finds you've come across?
A. Millions of copper rings, that I haven't had time to create anything with. There are so many shades amongst them, and they all had a use once upon a time. They remind me of fish scales.

Q. What is it that draws you to wanting to use as much recycled bits and pieces as possible in your jewelery?
A. The uniqueness of the shapes and colours, the challenge of actually making a piece fit into a design, and the fact that they are mostly free. I also hate to see things wasted, so giving them a new purpose is great.

Q. In your hunt for objects, I'm sure you've seen piles of unwanted stuff. What is your perception on the amount and quality of things, we as people throw out?
A. I think that too many things are disposable, and if things were built and made with more care and using better quality materials it could change. some of the best quality pieces I have, furniture and clothing, have come from op shops and are at least 20 years old, and the comparisons of quality between then and now is huge.

Q. If you could design a piece for anyone who would it be, why? What would the piece look like?
A. I don't know about a single person.... for people who are earthy and natural.

Q. You juggle quite a few things school, work, carft and more, how is it that you stay organised?
A. Urgh, half the time I don't! I think that keeping things tidy is the key to organisation!

Q. As someone of generation Y, what do you think is the general thoughts of your peers on consumption? What is the one thing you think that would make them more aware of the effect of consumerism on the environment?
A. If they looked at every item of clothing they owned, and asked themselves how many times have I worn this, how many times will I wear it again, has it stretched, how much water/chemicals/greenhouse gases/land had to be cleared, used, and made just to make and transport a t-shirt that will be out of fashion or out of shape within a month, and then become landfill.

Q. Any new projects or events planed for the near future?
A. Well I just moved so I think I have to get over the excitment of that first! Then I think a revamp of my etsy store is in order. Plus mountain biking and rock climbing.

Q. What are the best sites for people to visit to find out more about you and about Acid Mouse?
A. www.acidmousse.etsy.com

Q. Thank you so v. much Nickala, hope you've enjoyed this short Q&A?
A. Yes! Thank you very much for the chance!

Height of Elegance - Thomas Jeppe

"Thomas Jeppe's first Melbourne solo exhibition will consist a series of large-scale colour paintings on canvas supported by monochrome paintings on paper and a major sculptural work." - Utopian Slumps
Melbourne
Utopian Slumps
25 Easey Street
Collingwood
Exhibition: Saturday 28 February - Saturday 21 March, 2009
Opening Times: Thursday - Saturday 12p - 6pm
Website: www.utopianslumps.org

Adam Murray Exhibition at Oh Really

Sydney
Oh Really Gallery
55 Enmore Road, Newtown
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 26 February 2009, 6pm onwards
Exhibition: Thursday 26 February - Wednesday 4 March 2009
Website: www.ohreallymagazine.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Go Font Yourself

Sydney
Peer Gallery
153 Bridge Road, Glebe
Opening Night: Wednesday 25 February, 6.30pm

Melbourne
Don't Come Gallery
314 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Opening Night: Wednesday 4 March, 6.30pm

Website: www.gofonturself.com.au

Street Art for Ashes

We now have a flyer and the website site is up too, not yet fully in action but up none the less www.streetartforashes.org

Also we are still welcoming donations of artworks for the auction if you would like more info about donating one of your pieces feel free to email me at nicole_a_tattersall[at]yahoo.com.au

Hints + Tips - Blogging



1. Have a theme

What will your blog be about? You, your art, your passion for fashion, how to look after dogs? This is the first thing you must think about. It will give your frame work to proceed with everything else and stick with it as consistency is they key feature in a great blog.

2. Who is your audience?
Will it be your friends and family, clients, people with a similar interest? What age group are they? This is so very important as it relates highly to where you advertise/promote as well as your layout and content.
An example would be if your writing a blog about activities for elderly people you would have a nice simple typeface of a generous point size so that it is easy to read. Promotion wouldn't be on a blog/site about hot pants, it would be on a recipe blog/site and you wouldn't post about the hottest trendy night spot in town for under 18's.

3. Layout
If I go into a blog and the layout is not user friendly I click out of there faster than I clicked in, yet if it's really good I stay for a while.
Be careful of flaring of the text, use colours that go together and the layout should be straight forward and easy to navigate.
Visit other blogs, what do you like and not like about the layout? Don't copy but be inspired.
Blogs with layouts I really like:
www.swiss-miss.com
www.mintdesignblog.com
www.honorbowden.blogspot.com
See what your blog looks like on different computers too. Ask a honest friend to review your blog and tell you what they think.

4. Who is visiting you?
Set up a site meter, I use sitemeter (www.sitemeter.com) but there are plenty of other options out there, so do your research and pick one that's right for you.
It tells me lots of useful information such as how many hits per day, what time they visited, how they found my blog, what country they are from and more. This will give you a better understanding of who your readers are and show your progress.
If you've recently handed out a pile of business cards, added your blog to blog lists ect. you can see how much of an impact it's had with the amount of visitors.

5. Spread the word
Now you've done all the hard work you've got to tell people about your blog. Here are some way to do so:
• Have a link in the signature of your emails
• Place a link for your blog on blog list sites that are relevant to your theme
• If you're on a social networking site eg Facebook, Myspace, Twitter? Then have a link from your profile
• Your blog should be on your business card if it's relevant or get a separate card made up
• Talk to people about it

Frankie Magazine

What a nice surprise, Rocket at Stay Human was interviewed for I Love My Shop in the latest Frankie magazine. When asked Newiest? He replied about mine and Floh's work.

As I'm doing a bit of an overhaul of my artwork and where it currently is stocked I'd pulled everything out. But don't fear I'm dropping off a new piece this week. 'Face + Fringe Virescent Rose'. This will be the first time one of my paintings featuring this stencil will be available to purchase in Melbourne. It is about 1m wide and 1.2m high.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Bye Bye Etsy

Just a quick little note, I've shut up shop at Etsy. It was great to meet such wonderful people through, however I've made the decision to focus on other things, even thinking of starting my own online shop.

Cut Throat

'Cut Throat' is a collaborative exhibition by photographer Kirsten Cox and stylist Lenya Jones.

Sydney
blank_space Gallery
374 Crown Street
Surry Hills
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 26 February 2009, 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition: Thursday 26 February - Wednesday 4 March, 2009
Opening Times: Daily 11am - 6pm
Website: www.blankspace.com.au

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Magnetic Chalkboard Mirror

Design Sponge have a tutorial on how to make your very own magnetic chalkboard mirror courtesy of Christina. I just love how it combines several ways of keeping organised, in one elegant frame.

Visit www.designspongeonline.com to find out how to make one yourself.

Introducing 3...


I would like to share with you three galleries in Sydney that if you've not yet been to do visit or next time your Sydney make time to check each one out.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Calendar Is Up!


As discussed in a recent post, I was looking into putting together a calendar of events to complement my posts about all the up and coming exhibitions and other exciting things.

It's all done! To check it out click here

Nicole Tattersall - Giveaway


There is one set of 3 badges: large hand painted illustration original bilby valued, medium printed animal spray of a bat and a small 1inch pin back featuring my teddy bear sketch, for you to WIN, valued at a total of $20.

Here's how you can enter:
- Simply sign up to my mailing list using the small form on the left at the top of the page
- All entries are to be received by Friday 27 February 2009, 10pm
- It will be drawn via random.org

Nicole Tattersall - Giveaway - WINNER!


Congratulations to Adam who has won a set of 3 1.25 inch badges, each one featuring one of my Spray Animals (Bat, Chicken and Cat) for you to WIN. The Spray Animals were originally created in early 2008 whilst at a live painting in regional Victoria.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Pause


Photographer: Yanick Dery
Fashion Editor: Annie Gignac
Hair & Make-Up: Paco Puertas (Giovanni)
Model: Marie-Hélène (Giovanni)
Webiste: www.yanickdery.com

How To Hang A 1974 Lamborghini

As someone who paints and also curates exhibitions I've had some odd pieces to work out how to hang. Now after seeing how they hanged a 1974 Lamborghini, it makes everything else seem like a walk in the park

To view more pictures and to read the article visit www.latimes.com/classified/automotive/highway1

Blog Revamp


As you could probably tell with the recent surprise giveaway survey and the polls of late I'm looking into improving the content of my blog. Taking on board what people have suggested and said they would like to see, these are the weekly features you can expect to see. Some are good ol oldies and some are sparkling new:

Tuesday:
• Hints & Tips - 5 hints and tips of a related theme

Wednesday:
• Interesting or Not So Interesting with... - interview

Friday:
• Pause - fashion photo/image that's caught my attention

Saturday:
• Giveaway - announcement of the weekly giveaway
• Giveaway Winner - winner of the recent giveaway

Sunday: Introducing Three - three links of a related theme

Other things that are in the pipeline are:
• Event Calendar
• Links Page

Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Smart Artz - Bush Fire Appeal Function

Smart Artz Gallery are putting on a feast of fun and fabulous music to raise funds for the Bush Fire Appeal. It will feature some of the best of Melbourne ’s musical talent and fashion such as Kane Alexander, Dr Donna Coleman, Carmel Shayne, Chris and BOP DELUXE, Montarsa Jones Trio, Susan Salum and Tim Buckland from Piano Time and what promises a beautiful fashion parade.

For further information feel free to give the wonderful people at Smart Artz a call on 03 9690 8872 or contact them via their website www.smartartzgallery.com.au

Melbourne
Smart Artz Gallery
Alfred Place, South Melbourne
When: Thursday 26 February 2009, 7pm - 9pm
Cost: $50.00pp (includes wine and finger food)

New York Times - The Moment

The New York Times have a wonderful section called The Moment. It features a wide selection of photos that are just that... moments.

In particular I would like to point you in the direction of scenes taken by photographer Eric Ray Davidson's as part of his exclusive fashion week diary of New York Fashion Week visit www.themoment.blogs.nytimes.com to see more wonderful images.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Interesting Or Not So Interesting With Seamstress/Designer Margeaux


Q. Margeaux, I would love to interview you for my blog? The title is 'Interesting or not so Interesting with...', and it is only fitting that I ask which category do you think you fall into? Also why you think so?
A. This is a toughie. Should I be self-depreciating or claim to be aware of my own interesting-ness? I know...read the interview and you decide ;)

Q. What's is it that you love abut being a seamstress/designer?
A. I love that I get to be both a linear and creative thinker. I get to go crazy designing wonderful things, then sit down and cut out patterns, sew and press seams---all those little steps which aren't very creative but really help bring balance to my creative process.

Q. For the past seven years you've been creating garments for dolls and people, what have been the major changes in your designs throughout that time?
A. For the first 4 or so years of my sewing experience, my work did not change much. Then I started taking sewing classes and I opened my Etsy shop, and that put everything in warp drive. I've really become a much more professional seamstress as a result of my shop, and I think my products reflect my personal taste much more than they used to. When you spend a lot of time in your shop, looking at your products, photographing them, marketing them, it really makes you think about who they're for and how you want them to look.
Q. Your pieces have such a retro feel about them are there any particular designers or people from that era that inspire you pieces?
A. If I could live in any era, it would be either the 1950s or the 1960s. I wouldn't say there's a particular designer or person from those eras I'm inspired by, more by movies, books, sewing patterns, and magazines from that time.

Q. In making you own designs what has been one of the biggest things you've learnt?
A. Make a plan! Before you start a new project or creation, sit down and sketch out what you have in mind. Write out key words. Browse the internet, magazines, or books for inspiration, and try to develop a fully formulated picture of your item and it's purposes in your mind before you make it. In the end, you'll end up with a design/product that'll you'll like better (and you won't waste expensive materials).

Q. What are you thoughts on the current fashion trends of today?
A. Mixed. I really like what some designers are doing (Issac Mizrahi, Kate Spade, See by Chloe) but I'm not a fan of the overall shift of fashion towards unwearable, unattractive garments that seem to have no connection to 'people on the street'.

Q. Do you think that with the current recession that people will start to make and repair their own clothing? If so, where do think it is best for them to get advice on how to do so?
A. Possibly. I would hope that people start making clothing out of recycled materials (if you buy all your notions and fabric at a retail fabric store, it ends up costing more than ready-to-wear clothing). My suggestion for people who want to make their own clothes is to find clothes at a thrift store that you can make over. I do this a lot. As for repairing, I think that's definitely smart econmically. Buy a basic sewing book (or find an online tutorial), a needle and thread, and fix that rip or missing button!

Q. What's in store for your in the next 6 or so months?
A. I'm considering doing a spring product line. My modus operandi has been to make one-of-a-kind products, or only 2 or 3 of a product, but I want to try making a cohesive collection of 4-8 outfits/garments and making 5-10 of each piece/outfit. I also am planning on making more girls' costumes since my Rags Cinderella costume has proven popular. And definitely expect more Blythe fashions. I just got my doll, so I'm planning and prototyping a bunch of designs, and as soon as I'm through this stage I'll have a larger body of Blythe merchandise.

Q. What are the best sites for people to visit to find out more about you and about your designs?
1) My Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5248033
2) My Blog: www.themuxstopshere.blogspot.com
3) My Flickr Photostream: www.flickr.com/photos/33524500@N04

Q. Thank you so v. much Margeaux, hope you've enjoyed this short Q&A?
A. Definitely! I enjoy reading interviews in blogs and magazines, so it's fun to be on the other end of the spectrum :)

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