Sunday, September 30, 2012

Introducing 3...

As a visual person I like to use Instagram to share what it is I'm working on, what inspires me and things that are happening in my life. I also like Instagram because it allows me to connect visually with other creative people.

Here are three creative people I enjoy connecting with on Instagram...

 
@mike372

@mariarozaliafinna

@poizehkc

Saturday, September 29, 2012

FanBoy vs ArtBoy: Videogames EB Games EXPO

Mrs Pac Man - Nicole Tattersall

Pac Man - Nicole Tattersall 

ArtBoy Gallery and Game Informer Australia have joined forces and are putting on a huge Fan Art Competition that will be showcased at this year's EB Games Expo in Sydney.

As part of Team ArtBoy how could I not put something together for this exhibition.

As the last pieces I created for a gaming themed FanBoy vs ArtBoy was of snake, I thought I'd stick with the arcade theme. I have gone with the beloved Pac Man and given both him and Mrs Pac Man a patchworked twist.

For this exhibition there is an initial shortlisting of works at ArtBoy Gallery in Melbourne with finalist artworks being exhibited in the Game Informer booth at EB Games Expo.

Finalists have the chance to have their artwork seen by thousands of people and the gaming industry at large. Plus there is a great prize pool for the 4 best in show works and the opportunity for artworks to published in Game Informer magazine. 

FanBoy vs ArtBoy: Videogames EB Games EXPO SYDNEY 2012
Presented By: ArtBoy Gallery
Where: Game Informer booth, EB Games Expo 2012, Sydney Olympic Park
When: Friday 5 - Sunday 7 October
Website: ArtBoy website and Facebook Event Page

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hints + Tips - Twitter For Artists


I've been on twitter for quite a few years now and have run twitter accounts for various organisations. Over the years twitter has gone through some minor changes but the fundamentals of twitter have stayed the same. You've a limited amount of characters to use, you can follow and unfollow people, oh and you can direct message people who follow you.

For my own account (@nictatt) I've a few things I do to ensure that I'm not just blasting out stuff without thought to whether or not it will be read. Here are some of things that I keep in mind when tweeting...

• I did have my facebook page and twitter account linked at one point, though I found somethings posted on facebook didn't translate well in the world of twitter. Hence it wasn't long for me to unlink the accounts.

• Not every tweet has to be about you and what your doing, tweet about things that you find interesting and inspiring. Retweet tweets that you think you followers might be interested in. Twitter gives artists a great opportunity to not just give updates, but to show more of what goes on in their lives.

• Every so often go through who you are following, have a bit of tidy up. There might be some people you're following who you've never read a tweet from, or maybe you're no longer interested in their product. Remember who you are seen to be following represents you or your brand.

• I love a good hashtag (#), it's a great way to categorise a tweet or can be used as a punchline or feature of a tweet. Though do be mindful of too many hashtags in a tweet, try to limit yourself to two relevant hashtags. Avoid obscure phrases for a hashtag too.

• This might seem like a given and I might just be telling you to suck eggs, but here goes. Use your own artwork and designs to create your twitter backgrounds. It's a great way to show off what it is you create.

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Moment To Pause

Photographer: Nicole Tattersall
Website: www.nicoletattersall.com

CURVY Melbourne Event Re-cap

Last week as part of Semi-Permanent 2012 Melbourne was the CURVY 8 event at Frankie & Swiss. It was great working with the girls at Frankie & Swiss and being able to use such unique space for the event.

This is my forth CURVY event I've helped plan and organise, my third in Melbourne. Each one has always been different and a different experience which is what I love about it.

We had quite a few artists who were in CURVY 8 in attendance on the night. Giving the opportunity for CURVY fans to meet the ladies behind the works. As well for the artists to meet each other.
Oh and it wasn’t just the CURVY artist who got to show off their work, we also had a drawing table where anyone could draw a little something and show off their creativity. So many amazing little and big sketches were created.

You can check out all the photos from the night on the CURVY facebook page – don’t forget to tag yourself in the pics if you were there.

A night like this wouldn’t be possible without CURVY's wonderful supporters. A big thank you to Frankie & Swiss, Semi-Permanent, Peroni, Roland DG , X-Mini and Red Bull.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hint + Tips - DIY Dipped Painted Pinecones

I love to have a little bit of nature around the home, it's natural, real and organic. As I'm writing this post, I've a bundle of feathers sitting on my desk. Hence it comes as no surprise I'm loving this DIY Dipped Painted Pinecones tutorial over at Factory Direct Craft by Jessica Christman.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Art de la Roo

Art de la Roo is an outdoor exhibition that will share the exploding Australian street art scene with the city of Toronto, Canada through long distance pasting.

The project will feature paste-ups created by Australian artists including Asio, Be Free, Blomtrog, Burg, Celeste Potter, Claude, Erin Greer, Ero, Facter, Fezwitch, I and The Others, Joshua Smith, Kitty Art, Klara, Lifetime Stickyfingers, Lucy Lucy, Makatron, Phoenix, QWUX, Rebecca Murphy, Ruskidd, Suki and The Doctor.

Oh... and did I mention I'll have some works as well. Paste-ups aren't one of my regular mediums of choice to display my work. Though I do like the fact that you can craft something that will then been weathered and worked away by the elements. I raised my hand and said "will you have me?" and they said "yes".
As the exhibition is in Toronto, Canada I wanted to create some works that would be relevant to the location and yet Australian. So... I've enlarged my Orca (aka Killer Whale) stencils and used my large seal stencil to create three paste-ups.

I'm very excited to be apart of such an event and even more so as it's the first time my work will be exhibited overseas.

The temporary works of art will be sent from Melbourne to Toronto and pasted-up in surprise locations around the city. The paste-ups will be placed in places suited to they work and will vary from old warehouses, alleys to city walls.

The work will be installed to coincide with the massive contemporary art event, Nuit Blanch.

Art de la Roo
Where: Toronto, Canada
When: From Friday 28 September
Website: Facebook event and website

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hints + Tips - Paper Flowers

I'm a sucker for pretty DIY art and craft projects and this one on how to make paper flowers over on Wedding Chicks is no exception. Now if only I had the time and the occasion to make them.

To find out more on how to make your very own paper flowers visit www.weddingchicks.com/2012/02/08/how-to-make-paper-flowers.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

CURVY is coming to Melbourne

On Wednesday 12 September CURVY will be celebrating the latest edition, number 8, with an exciting group exhibition at Frankie & Swiss as part of Semi-Permanent 2012.

If you haven't yet had a flick through the book, CURVY 8 introduces the latest wave of exciting female visual artists. In a new hard cover format, building on the momentum of previous years with a new batch of creative boundary breakers.

I was honored to of been offered the role as editor for CURVY 8. Now I'm really excited about having a big event for it in my home city of Melbourne. Also as a little extra treat I was asked if I'd like to put a piece into the Melbourne exhibition.
The 2012 Melbourne exhibition will feature work from a selection of artists in this year’s book plus a special collection by Miss Van. A range of works from over 25 artists will be available for purchase exclusively at this one night only event.

Exhibiting artists include...
Alice Amsel, Alyson Pearson, Andy McCready, Brett Manning, Bridge Stehli, Candy Yan Yan Ng, Carli Hyland, Carmen Hui, Deb, Erin Flannery, Faith 47, Hayley O'Connor, Kaff-Eine, Kathryn Renowden, Lady Poise, Lara Marshall, Lilly Piri, Lucy Hardie, Maria Rozalia Finna, Melissa Contreras, Miss Van, Nat Carroll, Nicole Tattersall, Nom Kinnear-King, Rena Happens, Tiffany Rysdale and Venetia Cussen.

Copies of the latest CURVY book will be available for purchase at the show for $40. An amazing range of artworks are also available. Cash, eftpos and credit cards accepted.

The CURVY show kicks off Semi-Permanent Melbourne 2012 and is not to be missed.

CURVY Melbourne Event
Where: Frankie & Swiss, Studio 8, 199 Toorak Road South Yarra, Victoria, (Entrance around back via Claremont Street)
Event: Wednesday 12 September, 6pm - 9pm
Website: Facebook Event Page and the CURVY website

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Introducing 3...

A few weeks ago I had my solo exhibition, I also finished up my two month contract as an online Community Manager at realestate.com.au and completed a freelance job for Red Bull. So now what? Well here are three things I'll be doing on to keep me busy...

Planning the Melbourne CURVY event and organising all the artworks to be put on show.

Starting work at a little a patisserie boulangerie café in South Melbourne in a communications role. Can't wait to tell you more about this.

Putting some time aside to maintain and update my website, online shop and online communications. 

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