Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Never Work With...

I'm currently working on some new stencils for a few up and coming pieces. I thought who better to use for talent than the animals that I'm surrounded with... oh so I thought. Turns out that after chasing these two around the house for over half an hour, I did get the shots I wanted. Next step a bit of tweaking, printing, cutting and painting!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hints + Tips - A Tidy Desk

One of my earlier Hints + Tips was "Keeping A Desk Clean and Tidy" and today after spending some time working on my own desk space at home, I was inspired to re-visit this topic. Here are 6 useful tips that I hope will help me keep my desk space tidy.

1. Have a rubbish bin and a recycling basket next to the desk
Correspondence or printouts that has been dealt with should go either into a file for long-term storage, the rubbish bin or the recycling basket. Make sure you empty the rubbish bin and recycling basket on a regular occasion.

2. Store everything in drawers
My desk has 6 decent draws. In these I store stationery, calculators, note pads and anything that I can fit in them that I don't need on the desk or doesn't go into the bookcase. I also have some nifty shelves under the top of my desk that fits my lap top when it's not in use.

3. Additional storage spaces
If the built-in drawers in your own desk don’t offer enough storage space, you can get separate drawer sets or cupboards. Things that you don’t use on a daily basis can go into these additional spaces, leaving your desk clear for the things you have to do everyday, like work, paint, ect.
I have boxes and for my art supplies a huge cupboard in the hall that stocks everything from paint to fabric.

4. Only one pile
If you must leave documents visibly on your desk in case you forget to deal with them, leave them all in one pile. Some people like stacked trays which allow you three little piles, one on top of another, for “In”, “Pending” and “Out”. There should be only one vertical stack of items you need to deal with on a daily basis. Me? Well.... I'm a constant lover of lots and lots of piles when I'm working. Though in my bookcase I have three trays for different types of things and a noticeboard for anything urgent.

5. Work on one thing at a time
Once an item or project is done, all the associated documents and materials should be either stored or discarded before pulling out the next item and its related bits and pieces. This not only keeps your desk clear, but gives a wonderful sense of accomplishment and a strong sense of moving through your day quickly and effectively.

6. Tidy up when completed
The last task of the day should also be put away even if not yet completed. Store everything in a “to do” drawer or tray, and take it out again the next morning or time you visit your desk. Tidying up before leaving gives a nice sense of ‘going home’ and allows you to start the next day fresh and feeling in control when you see your neat desk.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Type It

The Designer Series gift cards are pure typography goodness, which I just adore! The cards are based off some of the creators favorite and not so favorite fonts. They have a playful take on words and meanings while creating visual interest with typography. What a perfect way to say 'goodluck' or 'hello' to any font savant, designer or typoholic.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Introducing 3...

Lately I've been looking around for some pretty autumn inspiration, I would like to share with you three pictures that I recently come across that are inspiring me...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Get Stuffed...

I've got a little confession to make... I love stuff toys I'm a proud owner of a range of stuffed animals from Pingu the penguin to a well worn and loved platypus. I'm generally not a fan of felt stuffed toys, but these ones made by Girl Savage are just too cute to miss.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Remember Me!

I just simply adore these custom business cards by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co! The portraits are fun and what a great way to personalise them! Also if that wasn't good enough they are also available as flat correspondence cards.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Farewell - Per Square Meter!

"On May 31st 2010, Per Square Metre will close its doors for the last time.
Due to forseen circumstances with dodgy landlords and the general
gentrification of Collingwood, Per Square Metre is shutting up shop until
a new suitable premises can be found to continue bringing you some light
love and liquor.
Dont cry! Alas, we knew the time would come when the mothership that is
Per Square Metre, would drop and send off her ‘pods’ to spread the love
and grow new projects here in Melbourne, around Australia and the world.

Stay tuned kids…." - Per Square Meter

Yes, the above is sadly true, however I believe that with every ending their is a begining and in the case of all the artists who reside at Per Square Meter, I've been assured that this is the case. Per Square Meter was the first "street art" gallery I ever went too to see an exhibition and last Friday was the last time I went there for one.

Now if you had of of told me when I was there for my first ever Per Square Meter experience that I would have works there, I would of said 'yeah right!', then if you told me that I would do a colab with Sear 'I would of asked what you had been drinking'. Since then I've had a few pieces grace the walls at this Collingwood space and recently by fluke Sear and I have done a piece together "Trial Ridding" which is up in "Last Call* - DVATE & Sear". If you can get down and check out the show out before this gallery does their final bow on the 31st May.

Farewell and I thank you - everyone at Per Square Meter!
"Trial Ridding" - Sear and Nicole Tattersall

PER SQUARE METRE - LAST CALL from Joske Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hints + Tips - Product Styling and Photo Taking

Taking photos of art and products is something I personally struggle with, so much so that the first stencil festival I applied to I didn't get into. A few years after applying I gave one of the paintings to one of the selectors as a gift. They told me it was good, I told them they had knocked it back, with which they replied to with 'You should of taken a better photo'.

I recently came across some useful posts on the Making It Lovely website that are full of handy hints and tips:
• Product Photography Part 1
• Product Photography Part 2

Monday, May 17, 2010

You - Just To Annoy You

Well it's not long now until the Just To Annoy You exhibition 'You' opens it's doors. On the weekended I finished the first of the paintings that I'll be placing into the exhibition. Here is a little sneak peak of it...
First Site Gallery RMIT Union Building, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 8 June, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Exhibition: Thursday 8 - Sunday 19 June 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Introducing 3...

Okay so, this one is a bit on the look at me side of things. Here are three of my works that you can find on Redbubble and buy as a print or card. Flow Cheetah is the most recent addition and was one of the works I had in 'Split Personalities' earlier this year.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hints + Tips - Tissue Paper Flower Center Piece

I just adore flowers and lately I've been having some on my desk at work for no special reason other than that they make me smile in the morning. Which is why I'm sharing with you this lovely tutorial that I found over at Once Wed on how to make a Tissue Paper Flower Center Piece which I think is divine.

Ralf Kempken - Filter

Ralf Kempken has been cutting and spraying multi layered stencils for years. From portraiture, iconic Melbourne cafes and modernist architecture. The underlying concept of his works has always been that we filter all we see through past experiences and memories.

Ralf Kempken has over the years made the stencil it self the artwork rather than the tool used to create it. If you have seen his works in the flesh you'll know what I mean when I say that they are true optical illusions. From one point it seems like a pile of messy lines, until you take a step and it all comes into focus and you see an image.

The exciting news is that Ralf Kempken is presenting a new solo exhibition at Ochre Gallery in Collingwood, of hand cut stencils and screens. Drawing on personal and vintage photographs and film stills cut into paper, canvas, card and timber.

Ochre Gallery
32 - 34 Wellington Street, Collingwood
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 15 May, 6pm onwards
Exhibition: Saturday 15 May - Sunday 13 June

Monday, May 10, 2010

I Made It!

Having of not been on Etsy for a while, I think almost a year, I've decided to give it another go, This time, I'm not on Etsy though but I now have a storefront on the Australian website Made It.
I preferred their method and the way in which they conduct themselves.

Next your in the neighbourhood stop on by

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Introducing 3...

With diamonds and shoes aside I think it is safe to say that bags are a girls best friend, hand bags that is. Here are three quirky ones that have caught my eye of late...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

What Next?

Series 3 Badges

Series 4 Badges

Series 1 Gift Cards

Series 2 Gift Cards

So far to date I've come out with the above series of gift cards/badges featuring my artworks. Now I'm looking at doing another series. This time round I'm taking requests, is there any of my works that you've seen that you would like see placed onto a card or badge?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Want Mail?

I've just completed and sent out my April newsletter. Yes, I know it's a little on the late side, by a week or so. If you have not received it but would like to simply send me an email at nicole_a_tattersall[at] with your request and I'll make sure you receive my monthly e-letter full of bits and pieces in the future and send you the one for April too!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


The OBSESSION project is proudly being launched on Thursday 6 May at the East Brunswick Club!

In a massive session of two hours of music, all the songs on the album will be performed live by the same artists that are featured on the album. The artists will also be performing over a dozen additional original songs with a six-piece backing band!This is the result of months of rehearsals and preparation.

To listen to the whole album for FREE and hear some of the songs that will be performed live, check out the project page at

The East Brunswick Club
280 Lygon St, Brunswick East
When: Thursday 6 May, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Cost: Tickets are $15 or $20 with a copy of the album.
Facebook Event:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hints + Tips - Twig Push-Pins And Wall Hooks

Whilst doing my every so often flick through the pages of Design*Sponge I came across this DIY project that was just too cute not to share. It's how to make little twig push-pins and the great news is they take under an hour to make. Enjoy!

Monday, May 3, 2010

You To Can Be At Large

Looking for a gallery in Melbourne to put a show on at? At Large Gallery in Northcote are looking for talented artists to grace their walls with their works.

At Large Gallery is a small interment space which has a big dose of street art flavour to it. It's the prefect place to put on a solo show without needing to fill a huge space. I'm toying with doing a show with them some time in the near future, Just have to catch-up on a few projects first.

For further info visit

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The L Word

Melbourne's own talented Laura McKellar is having a sale at her online shop. Be quick to visit as it ends midnight Wednesday 5 May.



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