Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hints + Tips - Bloggers working with PRs

Yesterday Liss Winnel of Daydream Lily tweeted a link to a very useful post about how bloggers should work with PRs and their brands written by Nikki Parkinson of Styling For You. As someone who sits on both sides of the fence this was an interesting read from not only a bloggers perspective but as someone who at times calls upon bloggers to help promote and brand or product. I love that Nikki keeps bringing the point back to what it is about your blog makes your blog your blog and that you don't need to feel like you have to say yes.

To read the article head to www.stylingyou.com.au/2012/05/prs-and-bloggers.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Auctioning Off Some Artwork

In my studio I've some pieces which have never quite found loving homes. To create some more space in my studio and allow more room for creativity I've recently put some up on Ebay. Bidding closes latter today - to see all the artworks I've on Ebay and to start bidding click here.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Illustration Friday - Faded

I'm thinking that maybe 'Indian Muntjac Connection' is a far stretch for this weeks Illustration Friday topic faded. However this painting represents the connection that the Indian Muntjact has to the land in which it roams. If we don't preserve this connectedness then slowly these creatures and their habitat will fade away.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Semi-Permanent Sydney Re-cap

I finally made it through my pages and pages of notes I took at Semi-Permanent in Sydney. It was quite a task. Why I take so many notes? I've no idea, but it does mean that I've a good solid amount of information to refer to. My posts summarising each day are now up on the CURVY website - Day 1 is here and for Day 2 go here.

It was wonderful being able to go along to Semi-Permanent on behalf of CURVY. I highly recommend for anyone who hasn't yet been to a Semi-Permanent conference, to try to get to one. There are some speakers who you may not find all that interesting to listen to, but there are just as many who have you glued to your seat and provide you with a wealth of advice.

For me I really enjoyed hearing from Where There's Smoke, Gmunk, Meggs and of coarse the talented lady herself Bec Winnel.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hints + Tips - Give Back

Earlier today I volunteered my time to assist with agIdeas Next. It was where 1000 of Melbourne’s primary school children worked alongside 100 designers to create their vision of an innovative product. Resulting in a huge puzzle like installation comprising of many ideas.

I'm a huge advocate for volunteering, philanthropy and helping out which was partly why a put my hand up, the other reason was that currently not having regular work I had a bit of spare time on my hands, so why not. You know what I'm glad I did. Not only did I get to meet other like minded people and people in the design industry, I got to be a kid again and remember what it was like when you're imagination runs wild.

I worked with a group of 10 children on how to brain storm, where to draw inspiration from, how to sort through their ideas and expand on them, I taught them techniques in collage and also got to discuss their wild ideas with them. Unknowingly they taught me how to think like a kid again.

It really was a great experience and I would recommend to any creative to donate some of their time to helping out with an event or group in their creative field, because you can really learn something about yourself whilst doing so.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hints + Tips - A Useful Website

I recently came across a very useful website for artists and collectors. It's called Art Business and is chock full of information on how to go about making limited edition digital prints, signing your artwork, dealing with galleries and even how to act at your own exhibition opening. If you're interested in visiting the website go to www.artbusiness.com.

Everyone Loves Stickers

It's nothing but one exciting thing after another for me over the past few weeks. As of today I've sticker packs available in my MadeIt shopfront.

In a pack there are 12 gorgeous stickers, which have been printed on thick, durable vinyl with a glossy finish. On each perforated sheet there are four stickers, so you can tear and share one or more at a time. Each sticker is 38mm in diameter and features one of my artworks.

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Gift Cards

I love getting parcels in the post especially when it's new stock fresh from the printers. After what seems like quite while between new cards I have 12 new designs available. If you're looking at them thinking "geez I've seen these before", you are right. The designs on this latest batch of gift cards all come from the artwork that I've in my 2012 calendar.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more you can do so via my Made It shopfront.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Introducing 3...

As today is Mothers Day it's only fitting to share with you three things I love about my mum.

1. She gets just as if not more excited about my exhibitions than I do. She sees them as a great opportunity for a girls night out.

2. My mum will come to visit me, driving 45min to an hour just to sit and have coffee in a cafe or at our home.

3.  She's the best example of someone who embraces DIY and craft who makes and creates things that are useful. She can pull out a bathroom, paint a ceiling and make a pretty dress.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Painting Live at CURVY

I was asked if I could paint live at the CURVY 8 launch and exhibition alongside the lovely Kaff-eine and Rebecca Murphy. I'll be honest, about a few hours before I got really nervous. We we're expecting 1,500 people from Sydney to be there. Also the boards we got were bigger than any canvas I've ever painted. Earlier I had posted a photo just of the spine of some of the books of the CURVY fan page and it got over 100 likes in about half an hour - I think that's what sent me off the edge.

I used some of the stencils I brought up from Melbourne with me, though I couldn't use spray paint and had to wait between layers for the paint to dry. Between interviews, selling books and artworks, plus general event stuff throughout the launch, I managed to get my piece finished.

Overall I feel pretty happy with the end result. The experience of painting live at such an event and on such a scale pushed me out of my comfort zone. I feel like I stepped up and met the challenge. If anyone is interested in the final piece it's currently at aMBUSH Gallery, and will be added to their stockroom. It was just that little too big to fit in my suitcase.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hints + Tips - Hanging Glass Jar

I've been seeing tutorials on how to make hanging jars using string and wire every where. I wanted to share one with you but I couldn't find any that I thought were suitable. So instead I've made one myself and will take you through how I did it.

You can use these for a variety of things, though I personally like the idea of using them to create a hanging garden. Though you could use them with tea lights, herbs, for storage of small things... the list goes on.

Get all your supplies together - pliers, wire/string and of coarse some clean jars to use. I've used some wire I had laying around in my study.

Do one loop  around the jar and twist the ends together using the pliers, make sure one end is long enough to create the handle.

Now take the long over the jar and looping it thru the loop of wire you created around the jar, creating the handle, this can be as long or as short as you like. Twist the end back onto the handle using the pliers. Trim off the ends on each side so you don't have long bits of wire sticking out.

There you have it, you've yourself a hanging glass jar.



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