Thursday, June 30, 2011

June Round Up

The top five posts people were reading throughout June on my blog...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Running Out Of Air

My artwork is going on a country retreat for the month of July. I've a selection of works heading to Mad Gallery in Lancefield to be in a duo exhibition with Georgia Laughton.

'Running out of Air' is based on the oceans and how it lures humans in, often we are all drawn to it - unable to explain its pull, to explain what draws us to it. Yet, despite this passion and love for the ocean, our lifestyles are contributing to the destruction of the oceans - overfishing, pollution and client change leading to the rising temperature in the oceans and the acidification of them. The oceans are our planets lungs, and yet we are killing them at a rapid rate, and yet are people willing to change their lifestyles or cultures?

Georgia recently went to Taiji, Japan in March 2011. Witnessing and unable to do anything as dolphins are herded into the killing cove, where they are slaughtered so the people of Japan can eat mercury tainted meat. Other dolphins are captured and taken to lead a shortened life in capitivity to make us humans laugh. These works are an exploration and an expression of her frustration towards a spiral of cruelty that humans are placing on the world, using oil and acrilics and rocks collected at the time of her visit to the Cove.

Reoccurring themes in my work are animal rights and the protection of the environment, heavily influenced by my time spent at various beaches, surfing, her family, trips away, Melbourne's urban jungle and world news. The pieces I'll in 'Running out of air' are a representation of the surfing culture, the fight of native animals vs introduced species and the overall appreciation for creatures in general.

I would love to see you at the opening on Sunday 10 July, 2-5pm. 

Running out of Air 
Mad Gallery, 19 High Street, Lancefield
Exhibition Opening: Sunday 10 July, 2-5pm
Exhibition: Monday 4 - Thursday 21 July
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Illustration Friday - Midsummer Night

I get so excitted when an Illustration Friday email arrives in my inbox telling me what the weeks topic is. Sometimes I have nothing and sometime I have something. The current topic is Midsummer Night and I think "All Pitched Up" is a perfect fit.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

20% Off Sale

It's nearing the end of the financial year and for once I'm getting ontop of all my paperwork early. My accounting system is very similar to that of Bernard Black's in the first episode of Black Books and hence why this is such an achievement for me. To celebrate the fact that I've everything nicely laid out in excelspread sheets and a folder of neatly stuffed envelopes I'm taking 20% off the sale price of items in my Made It shopfront. Gift cards are now just $4.80, handpainted brooches $48.00 and stickers just $2.40.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Body Canvas

A few weeks ago I participated in painting for a promo video (above) for this years Body Canvas event which is to be held in September at the Flemington Racecourse. I had a great time, though sadly due to prior commitments I only had half an hour to paint my model and had to leave her half done. I'm really looking forward to the event latter this year.

Body Canvas is Australia's most colourful charity event! This years events in its unique fashion it incorporates a spectacular body painting competition with a three course, sit-down gala dinner. Featuring Australia's finest artists and models in one spectacular extravaganza showcasing top class entertainment, catwalk displays and a fashion art competition.

In 2011, Body Canvas continuing its charitable partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). This year's event will be a special one, with all profits from the ticket sales donated to the NBCF in support of their valuable initiatives and research.

This year’s Body Canvas competition will be divided into five categories:
            1) Brush / Sponge - Theme: Passions of Paradise
            2) Special Effects / Air-brush - Theme: The Beauty Within
            3) Graffiti - Theme: Uncoventional Wisdom
            4) Fashion Art - Theme: Futuristic Vogue
            5) Celebrity Special - Theme: The Gift of Giving

If your a model or artist and want to take part in the amazing event or just want to find out more check out their website.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Works In The Pipeline

So many big shows I've been working towards have come to an open and an end. So what's next? Well other than a show coming up at Mad Gallery with the talented Georgia I don't know. But after a weeks rest and the first semester of Uni exams behind me I'm on the hunt for a generous dose of inspiration and above is a sneaky look at things that have been inspiring me.
I'm thinking some vintage, animal rights (as always) and of coarse a dash of storybook like fun!

FanBoy vs ArtBoy: Comics - Facebook Comp

ArtBoy Gallery are now calling for people to cast their votes for their favourite artworks from the recent FanBoy vs ArtBoy: COMIC exhibition. You can vote for as many pieces you want by "Liking" the pictures in an online gallery on Facebook. At the end of June they will award 3 prize packs courtesy of Madman to the top 3.

I would be delighted if you would 'Like' my V pieces, though with so many other other talented artists I don't blame you if you vote for some other works instead.

To vote click here!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Everyone Loves Getting Mail

Nicole Tattersall - Rabbit Tales

There are so many ways to keep up to date with what I'm up to in the art world from following me on twitter, liking me on facebook and keeping track of my blog. Though if your like me and love receiving monthly newsletters in your inbox, you can also sign up to receive my monthly newsletter.  I generally send them out at the start of each month and sometimes if there are too many new things going on I'll also send a mid month email too.

If you would like to sign up to receive my monthly newsletter chock full of arty goodness simply sign up below. Also if you have a monthly newsletter let me know too as I would love to check it out.

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Artwork Catalogue - June 2011

After the popularity of my May Art Catalogue I've decided to now make it a monthly thing. This time round for my June 2011 Art Catalogue I've added some pieces that I have in stock that weren't in the May edition and also works that are at housed at galleries I deal with. It features pieces from some recent exhibitions such as 'FanBoy vs ArtBoy: Comics', 'For Walls 1st Birthday' 'Drip', 'This Little Tea Pot' and 'Ladie Killerz #4'.

Should you be interested in purchasing any of the pieces from the June 2011 Art Catalogue or if you are a gallery interested in stocking my work, feel free to email me at nicole_a_tattersall[at]

Hints + Tips - Connecting

Something I was thinking about over the weekend whilst typing together a long list of what I do regarding social networking was whether the small things I do in connecting with people is what others do. I'd love to hear your feedback on these small little things that I believe help put the social back into social networking:
• every few weeks I see via analytics who has linked to my blog and visit theirs to see what they've posted and if if its something I really like, support ect. then I'll either follow, bookmark or leave a comment or sometimes all three!
• once a week I go through my recent followers on twitter and se if their is someone whoes following me that I should be following an isn't
• on twitter I'll sometimes thank recent followers and mention them in a tweet
• i also on twitter promote people who I think are amazing and have just started
• if someone offers me advice, comments or just connects with me on my blog, facebook, twitter ect. I'll acknowledge them
• when possible i love meeting with people who i connect with online in the real world whether it be at events, exhibitions or even over a cup of coffee

Monday, June 13, 2011

To Like Or Not To Like

Another way to keep up date with what I'm up to art wise besides reading my blog in liking my fan page on facebook. By liking my fan page you get to be invited to events and exhibitions, view photos of artworks and others things, see what others are saying and stay up to date on the things I don't blog about.

If you have a fan page let me know as I would love to check it out! 

Small Works - At Large

Northern Exposure hits High Street, Northcote this Friday night and At Large gallery are holding their annual group show to coincide with the event. I've put in a few pieces for the exhibition which will be shown alongside works by Rebecca Murphy, Rachee Renee, Ryan McGennisken, Fletcher Andersen, Emily Hasselhoof, Jacqueline Gwynne, Ishi, Sully, Ruskid, Enix, Hollie M Kelley, Muchacho, Mia Grant, Dilly, Aubrey Rhodes, Mia Grant, Mishap, Bon, Bengamin, Sim Two, Alchemist and Kalin Thompson.  

Since opening its doors three years ago At Large have each year been involved in the annual Northern Exposure event (run by Darebin Council, Northcote Business Association). The event aims to highlight and promote the area as a Creative Hub for Artists and Art lovers. This year, Northern Exposure includes 'Small Works in Small Spaces', 'High Views' (Art in Shop Windows) and of coarse the opening night for galleries in the area. All bringing art to the facade of High Street itself.

The team at At Large are increasing their participation with 'Street Art' being being this years theme, besides organising their annual group show they are also painting murals around High Street in Northcote and holding a clothes and record sale with live DJ's in the gallery space.

Northern Exposure Group Exhibition - At Large Gallery
At Large Gallery
208 High St, Northcote, Victoria
Exhibition Opening: Friday 17 June, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Friday 17 June - Thursday 7 July
Facebook Event

BSG Small Works 2011

I'll be exhibiting at the Brunswick Street Gallery for the first time ever this coming Friday. I've entered three pieces into the BSG Small Works 2011 which opens on Friday 17 June. It was a hard task going through my woks and working out which ones fitted into the size limit and then which three went well together. In the end after much thought I went with "Worn Echidna", "Bat" and "Worn Octopus".
BSG Small Works 2011
BSG - Brunswick Street Gallery
322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Exhibition Opening: Friday 17 June, 6pm - late
Exhibition: Tuesday 14 - Thursday 30 June

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Introducing 3...

So my first semester of uni exams have come to an end and before I embark on my next set of subjects there are three things that I'm currently working on which I've put on hold, until now that it is. I plan to have completed and done in the next few weeks...
1. My June catalogue featuring all my artworks that are in stock, I hope to bring it out at the end of this week
2. Arrange a meeting with my local member of parliament to talk about my concerns regarding live export
3. Complie some useful social networking tips for creatives for other sites

If you're also like me and have finished your semester 1 uni or even school subjects, what are three things you've got planned until you go back?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

FanBoy VS ArtBoy: Comics - Recap

Last night was the much anticipated opening of "FanBoy vs. ArtBoy: Comics". So many familiar faces and people I haven't seen in such a long time. It was also lovely to hear such great feedback regarding my pieces based on the graphic novel 'V for Vendetta' (above). 

There were people complementing me on going bigger with my canvas size and creating works that are a bit darker. Lately I've been trying to work on a larger scale and with having the space to store bigger stencils and create bigger works I'm sure that I'll be creating more larger pieces in the near future. In regards to the darkness of the pieces, well that goes hand in hand with 'V for Vendetta' though who knows maybe my works might take a turn towards some darker and deeper under tones.

All my pieces except for the rose 'Do you really want a rose' are one off sprays and will not be reproduced. It's somewhat nice creating one-off pieces that are stencil works, there is some sense of completion when the stencil goes into the recycling bin. It also makes the process of the stencil cutting more organic as I don't have to think about ensuring that the stencil will last its required life span, I know it will be sprayed once and once only.

The exhibition is being held over this Queens Birthday long weekend 11 -13 June at ArtBoy Gallery in Prahran. If you didn't make it to the opening there is still time to check it out and see works by the likes of Bruyn, Matthew Dunn, Mike Adey, Allain de Leon, Brett Willis, Heesco, Jennie Rosenbaum, Nick Abdilla, ADi, Ishi, Fletcher Andersen, Beanz, Pierre Llago, Ed Bechervaise, Ex-Robot, Rickie Swain, Garry Byrne, Ralph Rosa, Satta van Daal, Raz Solo, DEEJ, James Camilleri, Joe Villanti, Duraan Reid and others. 

FanBoy vs ArtBoy - Comics
Artboy Gallery
99 Greville St, Prahran, Vic
Exhibition Opening: Friday 10 June, 6pm - late
Exhibition: Friday 10 - Monday 13 June
Facebook Event

Thursday, June 9, 2011

FanBoy VS ArtBoy: Comics

After the success of Round 1:Videogames, ArtBoy Gallery called out “FANBOYS ASSEMBLE!” For the sake of the planet and all mankind, FanBoys from around the country got busy painting up their favourite comic book superheroes and villains for "FanBoy vs. ArtBoy: Comics", Me included.

Looking more like the Hall Of Justice, this exhibition at ArtBoy Gallery will be held over this Queens Birthday long weekend 11 -13 June. Opening night is Friday 10 June from 6pm-9pm so come for a drink and see the  work from over 30 local and interstate artists. I'll be exhibiting 4 pieces alongside works by Bruyn, Matthew Dunn, Mike Adey, Allain de Leon, Brett Willis, Heesco, Jennie Rosenbaum, Nick Abdilla, ADi, Ishi, Fletcher Andersen, Beanz, Pierre Llago, Ed Bechervaise, Ex-Robot, Rickie Swain, Garry Byrne, Ralph Rosa, Satta van Daal, Raz Solo, DEEJ, James Camilleri, Joe Villanti, Duraan Reid and others.

FanBoy vs ArtBoy - Comics
Artboy Gallery
99 Greville St, Prahran
Exhibition Opening: Friday 10 June, 6pm - late
Exhibition: Friday 10 - Monday 13 June
Facebook Event

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hints + Tips - SEO's

Recently I've been chatting a bit about SEO's and about creating relative content to other creatives, those I work with and people in general. After reading a recent post on Pro Blogger 'Traffic: Stop Thinking in Numbers, Start Thinking in Words' I got thinking a bit more on my take regarding search engine optimisation. It partly reinforces my theory 'that by doing what you do and writing about what it is you do, in the end the right people will find you.' You just have to give them reason to hang around, look at other posts/products/pages and ideally make them want to come back!

The same goes when labeling products on sites like Etsy and MadeIt or photos on Flickr. If I'm looking for something with a rabbit on it and I come across a product with a rabbit on it and its what I like, then yes, I will click and maybe even take a look around. Once I make that click its up to you with what content you have to encourage me to stay there and have me wanting to come back. In turn if I'm searching for something with a cat on it, I want to see to see something with a cat on it, not something that is obscurely related in a round about way to a cat. In my mind I see this as a type of spam.

You need to think about your target audience and who it is that reads your blog, buys your products, comments on your photos, replies to your tweets. Theses are the types of people you want to attract. At the end of the day you can have 50,000 blog followers but if no-one is commenting and no-one is engaging it's all just numbers.

Here are some quick bits of advice in general for improving quality views of what ever it is you do:
• regularly update, add new stock to your online shop weekly, blog daily, tweet when ever ect. 
• mix it up, if you have the same description for every product in your online shop then you could be missing out on possible visitors, though don't forget your keys words. Its good to have a handful of key words which directly relate to what it is you do to increase your relativity to the search.
• if you don't have hours to work out SEO's don't worry, just do what comes natural, write relative and consistent content and the right people will find you.
• avoid the 'what ifs' just because someone might one day search cats but could come across your tuna earrings and love them doesn't mean using cat as a key words is going to be effective. Your much better off putting in saltwater fish which is more relative to the searches done by people who will be interested in your earrings.
• don't get bogged down in what your call the product, I write content for a charity that likes to always use the words Opportunity Shop rather than the other variations. This is used in headings and in the first few paragraphs, but then it will ease off and become Op Shop ect. It's still relevant and allows for people who use the phrase Op Shop rather than Opportunity Shop to find the site. 
• use your feeback from Google Analytics when compiling your key words, it will give you an idea of what people searched to find you and how long they stayed when they did. 

I do hope that you've found the above helpful and should you have any other tid bits of advice relating to SEO's I'd love to hear them! So please do comment below. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Handpainted Brooches On MadeIt

Recently I've been creating some new hand painted found wood brooches featuring Australian Animals and Birds. I started painting these as a way to make my art and illustrations wearable and to start conversations about Australian Birds and Animals. You can find them on my MadeIt online Shopfront



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