Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August Round Up

Well that was Winter and with Spring ahead there is alot to look forward to. Though before we get all busy with Summer and Christmas plans why not take a break and read a few blog posts! Incase you've missed them here are the five most read posts from August...

Monday, August 29, 2011

September Art Catalogue

My September 2011 Art Catalogue is now up online ready to view just in time for Spring. It features a selection of recent and older works. Should you be interested in purchasing any of the pieces from my September 2011 Art Catalogue or if you are a gallery interested in stocking my work, feel free to email me.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

2012 Calendars are Available for Pre-order

Each year I like to create a calendar and 2012 is no different. If your keen on hanging one on your wall or giving one as a gift you'd be best be quick and pre-order today. My 2012 Calendar are not a limited edition, though I only plan to have a small print run. Which is why the best way to ensure you get your copy is to pre-order. All pre-ordered 2012 Calendars will be posted out in the second week of October 2011 and comes with a little special treat.

The 2012 calendar is A5 in size, printed on 250gsm FSC Certified, made with Elemental Chlorine Free pulps (ECF), ISO 14001 Environmental Management System stock and features a selection of my artworks, all bound using a bulldog clip which is re-useable and is packaged in recyclable materials. Making it very environmentally friendly.

You can pre-order my 2012 calendar via my MadeIt Shop front or feel free to email me.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hints + Tips - Optimum Productivity for Freelances


Recently as you may know I have become unemployed and am looking for part-time work in either Events Management, Social Media, Graphic Design, PR, Marketing or Fundraising. I've had a variety of different roles in the past and for some odd reason as much as they look like they don't go together they do. Whilst I've been looking for a new job I've managed to become a freelancer. This was not planned and it just happened, which I'm very grateful for, as I think sitting at home working on my own projects day in day out whilst looking for work, might just send me batty. The good thing for me is that I'am quite self driven and that's kept me stay on top of all the things that make up my life.

Recently whilst over at Freelance Folder I came across a useful article about squeezing the most out of your day as a freelancer, which can also be modified to suit any work situation I think. My favourite point is number 8 which is about striving for a work life balance. Often I hear other freelancers whinging that they have to work public holidays, that they have no weekend ect. I think it's all a state of mind and if they really wanted to create time to go to the beach they could.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hints + Tips - Apps To Help You Be Organised


I've only had a iPhone for just over 6 months and I've found it a very useful tool with all it's apps in helping me stay organised and keep track of things. With iPhone owners having of downloaded an average of 83 apps to their phones and with over 425,000 apps in the App Store there are plenty to choose from.(source)

So what three apps have worked best for me?
Evernote: I've Evernote also on my laptop and found it very handy when studying for exams, looking for a new job and for just general day to day stuff. It syncs via the internet and allows to also take photos, video, voice recording and map locations. You tag your notes and save them into different note books.
Automilez: helps me keep a log of all the km's I do in my to and from galleries. It means no having to find a pen to jot down the km's, it's on something I'll generally have on me most the time anyways. I use the free version however if you use the paid version you've greater usage of the app.
Hootsuite: Another one I also have on my laptop too. Hootsuite if your not familiar with allows you to take control of multiple social profiles from one dashboard so you don’t have to log into each one separately. Mostly I pull in my Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, but you can also link in many other social networks.

What apps have you found really handy? 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bird Feeder

Whilst gardening and cleaning up the yard over the past month I've been keeping my eyes open for three branches about the same size to create a free standing bird feeder. With the sun being out on Sunday in Melbourne, I couldn't help myself and finally made it.

I used a saucer that I had ear marked for going to the local op shop for the dish and some twine to hold it all together and suspend the dish. What I love most about it is that other than the twine everything else is recycled. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Moment To Pause

Photographer: Unknown

It's a bit Frankie and a bit Swiss

Yesterday I went into the lovely Frankie and Swiss studio to chat and talk collaboration ideas. After several cups of peppermint tea and watching the printer do it's thing. Out came various artworks of mine on a length of organic cotton. It's always exciting seeing things come off a printer.

The girls gave me the sample to do what I please with it. Though I will be honest I didn't have the foggiest idea. However after uni last night I decided to make a cushion using one of the printed artworks "Orca Passing" (Spray 2 of 10). Having not used a sewing machine for a good 6 months I was little rusty but got there in the end. The fabric I used for the back was some that I bought at a garage sale a few months ago.
The cushions are currently not for sale as they are just samples, however if you are interested in them do let me know and I'll see what I can arrange. Feel free to email me.

If you are interested in checking out Frankie and Swiss, Shelley from Shelley Panton Ceramic is talking at the next CWC (Creative Women's Circle) on Saturday 3 September, the event will be hosted at the Frankie and Swiss studio.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hints + Tips - A beginner's guide to using Twitter

Tess over at the Creative Womens Circle has put together 15 tips to form a quick and easy to follow beginners guide to using twitter.

My favourite is...

13. The hash (#) symbol before a word is called a hashtag, and are used as a way to categorise a tweet. You can click on a hashtag to view tweets by anyone, anywhere who has used that same hashtag in their tweet.

Hey everyone, @_cwc has announced a new Creative Women’s Circle #event! (Note that if there is a space or punctuation mark in a hashtag, it will break the hashtag's link)

But sometimes, a hashtag is used as a punchline or feature of a tweet. It might catch on, it might not! E.g.

Hey everyone, @_cwc has announced a new Creative Women’s Circle event! #cwceventsareawesome
The only thing that I would add is not to worry if  you loose a few followers it's when you loose 50 in a few minutes you should worry. The more you use twitter the more you'll see people come and go.

Monday, August 8, 2011

BSG Art Prize 2011

Girl With Fringe, Textile Edition - Woven Tapestry by Leanna Edwards and Nicole Tattersall
I've some pretty exciting news! The collaborative piece I did with Melbourne textile artist Leanna Edwards was accepted as one of the 50 pieces chosen for the Brunswick Street Gallery 2011 Art Prize. From what I've been told there were around 300 artists submit who submitted over 900 works. 

The opening night is this coming Friday and if you happen to spot me in the crowd do say hi, but I'm sure you'll spot the glamorous Leanna Edwards from Urban Textile first though (she was recently featured in The Age M Magazine).
BSG - Brunswick Street Gallery
322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Exhibition Opening: Friday 12 August, 6pm - late
Exhibition: Friday 12 - Thursday 25 August

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August Art Catalogue

My August 2011 Art Catalogue is now up online ready to view. It features works from some recent exhibitions and new works not even exhibited yet. Should you be interested in purchasing any of the pieces from my August 2011 Art Catalogue or if you are a gallery interested in stocking my work, feel free to email me.

August E-Newsletter

Around lunch time yesterday I hit the big red send button on my latest monthly e-newsletter. There is a recap of what I've been up to in July, a look at the window I painted for Kids In Berlin and even a sneaky bit about an exciting exhibition I have coming up in 2012.

If you wish to receive my monthly e-newsletter in your inbox don't forget to sign up here.

A Short Trip

Sealion Pup at Seal Bay

If you follow me on twitter you may have caught my tweet "Haven't tweeted in 3 - 4 days and yet I've more followers???". That in it self isn't so exciting but the reason why I hadn't tweeted in 3 - 4 days was. We'd taken a 3 night trip to Kangaroo Island located just off the coast of South Australia. We were treated with glorious weather each day. With the cool yet sunny weather we got see lots of different types of Australian wildlife.

Snake Lagoon Hike

I seriously can't remember when I last did so much walking and climbing over rocks. There are so many hikes and walks you can do throughout the island. We did a short walk around Cape Du Couedic, the Snake Lagoon Hike, the start to Platypus Waterholes Walk, the Curly Creek Walk and some smaller walks around the island. The one I recommend most is the Snake Lagoon Hike, it's a moderate hike and took us about 2 hrs but was well worth it. You walk alongside rapids and falls which lead towards the beach. Sometimes you can see water-dragons, but sadly we did not.


The wildlife on the island is what got me more excited than anything. Though I think I pointed at more rocks, little waves and small bushes saying it was some sort of animal than actually pointing out an actual animal. So much so that when I spotted a pod of about 20 bottlenosed dolphins making their way along the coast no one believed me, until they were in closer range to actually see them properly.
We saw Little Penguins, Koalas, Western Grey and Kangroo Island Kangaroos, Echidnas, Dolphins, Sealions, NZ Fur Seals, Wallabies, Black Swans, Gallahs, Black Cockatoos, Geckos, Geese and other Australian native birds.

Ligurian Bees

Agriculture on Kangaroo Island is much different to on the mainland, there are tiny specialized farms, which explore new ways of producing small crops of both traditional and unusual products, such as lavender, olive oil, eucalyptus oil and much more. In addition to agriculture, there are small-scale sheep farming, dairy farming, marron (crayfish) farming, and beekeeping which have thrived there, as have a handful of wineries. On our trip we sampled some local produce and bought back with us to Melbourne half a dozen bottles of wine, eucalyptus oil, variety of sauces and honey.

I feel all inspired from the trip and am looking forward to creating some new works inspired by what I did and saw on Kangaroo Island. Oh and so why didn't I tweet for 3 - 4 days? There is no mobile phone reception in the South of the island, which actually was quite nice.



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