Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November Round Up

Christmas is getting closer and closer. For those already immersed in the Christmas fan fare here are some posts from November you may have missed...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hints + Tips - How to make a beach bag

Between work, study, art and blogging I also spend a far amount at the beach. I'm just loving this DIY on Home Life about how to make your very own beach bag . The perfect thing to make when the surf isn't all that good and the weather isn't all that nice. Now which colours?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Retrospect Galleries is celebrating its first year in the Broadbeach gallery and its fourth year in their Byron Bay gallery with the opening of Petits Travaux '11, an exhibition of miniature works from a mix of established and emerging artists. Each artist is exhibiting nine individual works that are 25cm x 25cm in size.

I've sent a selection of my animal stencil works up to both galleries. It's the first time I'm showing at Retrospect Galleries QLD gallery and the first time I think I've shown work in QLD, so I'm pretty excited! I've also sent up a few new stencils which is always nice too.

Retrospect Galleries
52 Jonson St Byron Bay, NSW
Opening: Friday 2 December, 6pm onwards
Exhibition: Friday 2 December - Wednesday 21 December

Retrospect Galleries
Cnr Elizabeth Ave & Oracle Blvd (Under the Green Fins), Broadbeach QLD
Opening: Friday 2 December, 6pm onwards
Exhibition: Friday 2 December - Wednesday 21 December

Monday, November 21, 2011

FanBoy VS ArtBoy: Sci-Fi

 Nicole Tattersall - Rabbit Tales (Spray 7 of 10)

Art Boy are at it again, with the next round of FanBoy vs ArtBoy, this time it's Sci-Fi. I had some grand plans for my piece for this exhibition however the deadline very quickly crept up on me and I had to think fast. One of my favourite Sci-Fi movies is "The Hitchhickers Guide to the Galaxy" and with my stencil of Nickel with a book, I thought it made an interesting combination.

On Sunday I planned to finish and drop off this piece, though as fate would have it Nickel had to be taken to emergency at the vet. Meaning that alternative arrangements had to be made in dropping off the work. Nickel is okay she had an operation today on her teeth, spent last night and is spending tonight at the vet.

Now back to the topic... other artists in the exhibition include artists include: Heesco, Mike Adey, Matthew Dunn, Josh Lord, Pierre Lloga, Kareem Rizk, ADi, Rebecca Murphy, Frederic Truteau (Fr), Lisa C. (Fr), Jack Douglas and many more.

Plus Art Boy are giving punters the opportunity to decided the theme for the next FanBoy vs ArtBoy. Cast your vote on opening night and determine which theme they will kick off 2012 with!

FanBoy vs ArtBoy - Sci-Fi
Artboy Gallery
99 Greville St, Prahran, VIC

Exhibition Opening: Friday 25 November, 6pm - late
Exhibition: Friday 25 November - Sunday 4 December
Facebook Event

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hints + Tips - Blog Etiquette

One of my most favourite blogs to flick through on a regular basis is Creature Comforts. Lately I've noticed they've complied their posts about how to be a better blogger into one nice neat and tidy series. Whilst going through it one post that caught my eye was Blog Etiquette.

It's aimed at both writers and readers. Even though it doesn't quite cover everything it covers the basic need to know and understand stuff. Whether your a reader or a writer I recommend having a read.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Moment To Pause

Photographer: Shelby Tanner
Title: untitled

Being Outdoors with Style

Besides being practical with a Small Blade, Scissors, Nail File with Screwdriver Tip, Toothpick, Tweezers and a Key Ring, these Swiss Army knives are just so stylish. Thinking one might go on my Christmas Wish list!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hints + Tips - PR Tips To Make Note Of

Between writing for my blog, for CURVY, my time at We Make Stuff Good and various other places, I've realised that there are some key things that make those who are good at what they do stand out even more when it comes to PR. These are just a few things that make my job so much easier when wanting to write about someone and make that person fantastic to work with.

• A press release shouldn't be longer than 1 page and no more than 1MB in size if emailing. Try to really reduce it down to the facts, add a quote and some content. I'm not kidding when I say this; I receive press releases for group exhibitions without the full list of artists, gallery address or even relevant websites such as the facebook event page and yet they'll be 3 pages long.

• Give people a chance to write about the event, sending a press release with less than a week until the event increases the chances greatly of you not having it published. When leading up to a big event, I send out a different press release about the same event about 3 months prior, another at the 1 month to go mark and the last one at at the 2 weeks to go mark. This ensures that no matter the medium they've the opportunity to write about it.

• Be timely, if someone contacts you about wanting to do an interview or featuring you work. Try to reply within 48hrs not 48days. I've found that those at the top of their field are the quickest to reply. While those who want to be at the top of their field are by far the slowest. There are deadlines even in the world of blogging, you'd hate to miss out on a feature because you were too slow to reply.

• This is more of a tip than a what to avoid doing. Keep a folder in an easy to find location on your computer with current photos of you, your studio, lifestyle like shots and your work, in different sizes. This will make it much easier for you to respond to requests for images.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Red Bull MOBILE Scout Update

Over the last month I was sharing my Red Bull MOBILE experiences on the Red Bull MOBILE Scout website. From going to the X-fighters in Sydney, being at Semi-Permanent, heading to the Moto GP at Phillip Island and much, much more. All 8 Scouts were competing for the chance to go to the Formula 1 in Melbourne. Sadly I didn't win though I'm very happy that Craig from Perth did, as he was very much deserving of it!

The whole experience was amazing and they only thing I wish is that it went for a little bit longer, a month of exciting stuff simply isn't long enough. Though I've been making my own fun and pushing my own limits - going surfing, heading to new events and just checking out stuff!

To read my posts visit my Red Bull MOBILE Scout page. Also check out the posts by the other scouts throughout Australia while your there too.

If you're interested in finding out more about Red Bull MOBILE visit their website, like them on facebook or follow them on twitter.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hints + Tips - Be Found

Recently when looking for creative people to contact about projects or to feature them I've noticed about 60 - 75% of people I come across are impossible to contact or make it very hard to contact them. I wonder how many opportunities that they've missed out because people can't contact them.

Here are a few things that I wish people did to make it easier for me to show their wonderful work to the world:
• Wherever you are on the internet eg. The Loop, Etsy, Red Bubble, MadeIt, make sure that people know about your website.
• Have your email address accessible to the general public.
• If your on twitter, have a facebook fan page or use any other social media, where appropriate list them too.
• Get a friend to check out your sites ect. to give you feedback on how accessible your information is.
• Make it easy for people to contact you, though do keep in mind that you do have have to be safe on the net. Don't put up a whole pile of private contact information out there eg. home address
• On your website or blog have a contact page where you list all your relevant contact information. This is something I recently did myself.



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