Friday, May 31, 2013

May Round Up

A Beautiful Case 
I'm amazed at how quickly this year has flown by, already it's the end of Autumn. Things have been busy, especially with painting, university and life in general.

If like me you too have have been super busy here are some of my most popular posts from May you might of missed...

A Moment To Pause

Title: Untitled
Photographer: Alba Soler Photography


In Essence - Lavender Oil
There are three essential oils I make sure are always within reach somewhere in the house - Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. I love using Lavender oil to relieve tired muscles, for skin care and to create a lovely relaxing smell throughout the house by putting a few drops in an oil burner.

I also believe in using  non-synthetic oils and one Australian brand that stocks Lavender as a pure essential oil is In Esssence.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Torn On Anna Wintour

Torn Off by Nicole Tattersall

Recently for the FanBoy vs ArtBoy: Ladies Night exhibition I created two stencil artworks, one titled 'To see what the sea turtle sees' which ties back to Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon and the other 'Torn off' which explores how I feel about famed Vogue editor Anna Wintour. 

For me I didn't want to create just another portrait of a female icon, I wanted it to have some meaning. I was thinking about how I felt in regards to the females I look up to. One person who I do look up to but also struggle with liking is Anna Wintour. Whilst I admire her for all of her achievements it's her love of fur that I dislike. So this portrait of her represents how torn I am on liking her and my dislike of her love for fur. 

This stencil of Anna Wintour is also one of my few stencils of a person. I'm overall quite pleased with the end result and how the painting turned out.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Getting To Know You

Charlotte Walking by Tom Kemp

So that I can get to know you a little better I've five quick easy questions for you...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hints + Tips - DIY Gold Leaf Pots

I recently came across this gorgeous DIY tutorial over at Miss Renaissance which takes sprucing up a plain terracotta pot to a whole new level. To check out out the tutorial head to

Monday, May 27, 2013

Everfresh Open Studio

Everfresh Open Studio
Everfresh Studio
Everfresh Studio
The issue with having a studio at home, like I do, is that it's a little impracticable to have an open studio day. I don't really want strangers walking around my home. But I do love the idea of inviting people to come and have a look at where the magic happens.

For the first time ever on Sunday 9 June, 12-5pm the gents at Everfresh are opening their studio doors to the public. It's your chance to meet the artists behind the works you have seen on the streets of Melbourne and your chance to purchase works directly from the artists too.

So who makes up Everfresh? Fred Fowler, Meggs, Makatron, Tom Civil, Tooth, Rone, Mayonaise, Stabs, Wonderlust and more.

If you want the chance to peak inside the Everfresh studio register here.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Introducing 3...

Free People iPhone Case
Here are three iPhone apps I'm loving at the moment...

Evernote: I've Evernote on my laptop and iPhone and have found it very handy when studying for exams, keeping track of ideas 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 can also tag your notes and save them into different note books.

Any Do: This 'to-do' app has become part of my daily life, reminding me when I have things to do. I think the main reason I like is that is simple in design, all you do is type in what you need to do and cross it off where your done.

Feedly: Whilst I love using Flipboard to find new and exciting articles of interest, Feedly helps me keep track of all the blogs and websites that I love on the go. It allows me to save the posts I want to read latter too. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Moment To Pause

Title: Seagulls At Sunset
Photographer: Nicole Tattersall


Recently I shared with the lovely ladies at Expression how I started surfing, the stories behind my custom painted surfboards and about how I started to get into stenciling.

Check it out at

Thursday, May 23, 2013

GIVEAWAY: From Dangerfork

Cheetah Flow by Nicole Tattersall
Recently I teamed up with Dangerfork in Melbourne, Australia to create a limited edition series of screen-prints featuring my drip animals. With the first animal to be featured in the series a cheetah.

The original piece was titled ‘Cheetah Flow’, it was created using watercolour and spray-paint on a canvas. These drip animals represent that if we do not look after the environment and those that live in it, creatures such as the cheetah may just simply fade away. It is only fitting then that the prints are printed on 100% recycled art paper.

To celebrate that I'm the first female artist that Dangerfork has worked with, CURVY are giving away one of my artist proofs of “Cheetah Flow”. For more details on how to enter visit the CURVY website.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Illustration Friday - Liquid

Illustration Friday, is where a topic is posted each and every Friday, then participants have a week to come up with their own interpretation for the topic or find something they've already created that fits. Even if I don't get the time to create or find something, I enjoy flicking through those that have.

The current topic is Liquid and this recent piece, 'Seeing what the sea turtle sees', I completed for the FanBoy vs ArtBoy: Ladies Night exhibition is a nice fit. The painting is inspired by Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hints + Tips - The Fine Line Of Self Promotion

Recently on Twitter I tweeted, "I believe in self-promotion but there are some people who do it in a way which I think does more damage than good." To which I was asked if I had any tips for fellow bloggers in walking the fine line of good self promotion .

I've since had a look at what others are saying in regards to self-promotion and some of the things that are out there have my jaw dropping to the ground.

However I do like how Nathan Hangen over on Copy Blogger defines it "... self-promotion is the art of spreading ideas, concepts, and a greater vision. Self-adulation is just the promotion of accomplishments, deeds that have already been done."

I think you need to have a balance of both, whilst it's great to share your achievements you need to ensure you're not just creating a list of things you've done.

Some quick tips: 
  • Think about the target audience, who is looking at or hearing what you're saying.
  • Don't be afraid to share links to your website, social platforms, emails ect. 
  • Have business cards on hand, whilst we are in a digital age people still love to be given a business card. It's a non-in-your-face way of sharing your blog. 
  • Create a press section for your blog, it allows those that want to see where articles about you are written without throwing it in their face.  
  • Maybe even follow Decor8 Holly Becker's lead and write one post a week that captures all the "good news things" going on in your life. 
  • Depending on the medium it can be more about self-adulation, such as an online portfolio, where of course it's going to be about the work you've done. 
  • Have a think about those who you think do self-promotion well and look at what they're doing, see if maybe you can do those things too. 
So what promoted my tweet? I wish I could say, but I'm a little too nice for that.

Do you have any tips when it comes to self-promotion? 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Love Hurts

Love Hurts by Melanie Chernock
Traditionally a first-aid kit is used for when you've injured yourself physically but Melanie Chernock has given the first-aid kit a new purpose with Love Hurts. Beautifully packaged and designed, with a generous dash of humor this kit aims to help mend a broken heart.

All the essentials to help one through a difficult time are included, there is dark chocolate, vodka, a candle with matches, bubble bath, candy hearts with fitting words, a mix CD, and just in case a pack of tissues.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Billabong and Pukas Get Together

Billabong and Pukas have teamed up to create a limited edition collection of surfwear for guys and girls. This unique collection consists of a range of tees, bikinis, boardshorts and walkshorts, all designed and produced in Europe.

"The collection draws on the expertise, passion and core brand values of both Billabong and Pukas"

I love the feel of this collection, when looking through the look book I get the same feeling I get when flicking through the stash of old surfing magazines I have. The collection has a look about it which reflects the combination of creativity, nature, craftsmanship and surfing.

The collection will be available from May 2013 in all Billabong and Pukas stores around Europe. I wonder if it will be available in Australia anytime soon.

Introducing 3...

Nothing says being organised quite like Tax time. With the end of the financial year fast upon us here are three things to help you stay organised...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

'Cheetah Flow' for Dangerfork

I'm really excited to of recently teamed up with the folks at Dangerfork in Melbourne, Australia to create a series of limited edition screen-prints featuring my drip animals. Especially when they've worked with the likes of DVATE, Makatron, PRIZM, Stabs and Unwell Bunny.

The first animal to be featured in the series is a cheetah. The original piece was titled ‘Cheetah Flow’, it was created using watercolour and spray-paint on a canvas. It was exhibited in a duo exhibition I did with Megan Dell titled 'Split Personalities' in 2010.

The drip animals represent that if we do not look after the environment and those that live in it, creatures such as the cheetah may just simply fade away. Which is why I'm also stoaked that the prints are printed on 100% recycled art paper.

The cheetah is the first of three animals that will make up the series and you best be quick and head over to Dangerfork to get your hands on one as there are only 25 in the edition .

To celebrate the fact that I'm the first female artist that Dangerfork has worked with, CURVY are giving away one of my artist proofs featuring the piece 'Cheetah Flow'.

The Dead Daisies

If you're into hard rock music you may have heard of a band called The Dead Daises, which includes David Lowy, Jon Stevens (Noiseworks frontman), Richard Fortus (Thin Lizzy and Guns N’Roses), drummer Charlie Drayton (Keith Richard’s X-pensive Winos, Divinyls, Cold Chisel), bass player Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) and keyboard player Clayton Doley (Harry Manx, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Silverchair). 

To announce their arrival onto the International rock circuit The Dead Daisies have released a short film which gives fans a interactive experience. It accompanies their heavy hitting debut single 'Lock 'N' Load' which was co-written by Slash and features the man of rock himself.

Whilst the 'Lock 'N' Load' short film tells a wrenching post-apocalyptic story, what I find interesting about the film is the use of a concept that maximises the interactive capabilities of the YouTube platform. There is a split ending to the film which allows the viewer to dictate the fate of the story’s lead character in a style that might just remind you of a 'choose your own adventure' novel. The most popular ending selected by fans will then be used in the Official TV release of the video, making 'Lock 'N' Load' a truly interactive experience for fans.

Check out the official 'Lock 'N' Load' Trailer over on YouTube. Which ending will you choose?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Red Bull Collective Art Melbourne Event

You may remember a little while ago I took part in the Red Bull Collective Art project.

For those those wondering "What was that?" well it was the chance for people of all levels to be apart of a single giant work of art, making the world’s largest single, continuous piece. It was a global project that brought the principle of ‘Cadavre exquís’ into the digital world. Artists were free to choose if they want to paint, draw or scribble their work or just to create it digitally with design software.
The piece I submitted for the project was a combination of my stencil work, watercolour and digital skills. Using Photoshop, I made a few alterations to one of my sea turtle stencil pieces, to make it flow on from the piece before it. You can check it out here.

There has been various Red Bull Collective Art events occurring all around the globe and now it's Australia's turn. With the only Red Bull Collective Art exhibition in Australia being held in Melbourne. The project is being moved from the digital world into the real world with all Australian entrants plus a selection of the best International entrants, being exhibited as part of this event.
I'm delighted to apart of such a great project.

If you can't make it to the Melbourne event make sure you check out to see how this amazing project wrapped up. 

Red Bull Collective Art exhibition
Where: Just Another Agency Project Space, 153 Greville Street, Prahran 
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 23 May, 6pm - 9pm

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Beautiful Case

With mobile phones being such a prominent accessory these days, I feel that a cover is a necessity. Not just to protect your phone but to also inject a little bit of personality and individuality into your everyday.

Recently I've fallen in love with the iPhone cases by Rifle Paper Co. Featuring original designs, the cases come in two types, Slim and Inlay. Not only do the cases look stylish but they also have a protective coating that prevents the design from wearing off and looking shabby.

The Rifle Paper Co. iPhone cases are sold exclusively through NoteMaker in Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hints + Tips - Blog For The Long Haul

With Google Reader coming to an end very shortly I synced all the feeds I follow to Feedly. At the same time I did a bit of a "spring clean" of what feeds I'm following. There were several things I couldn't help but notice whilst doing so... about three out of every five bloggers I was following hadn't posted in over a year and one out of every five hadn't posted in over two months. I removed myself from following these not so frequently updated blogs.

Some had just simply stopped posting with no rhyme or reason, others had changed sites (letting their readers know) and some announced they were calling it quits.

This got me wondering I know why some blogs/website change domain names, but the other two types got me thinking who just stops and who makes a big announcement but doesn't delete the site? And Why? Some are artists who were also just cracking the scene too.

I've the feeling that more than one blog post is going to answer these questions, though some reasons that do come to mind are...
  • Other commitments, life just got in the way
  • Expecting too much too soon
  • Couldn't see what they were getting in return was worth the effort they were putting in
  • No longer passionate about what they were writing about
  • Stopped making what it was they were writing about, especially artists
I think about why almost 6 years latter I'm still blogging and creating art. I think in part it comes down to the fact that I never expected to be the next big thing over night, and I still don't. I'm in it for the long haul and though I may at times be inconsistent with my output, I'm still there hanging on.

What are your thoughts? Are you into what you're doing for the long haul? What keeps you motivated?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Lagerfeld’s ‘Once Upon A Time…'

Have you seen Karl Lagerfeld’s-directed short film ‘Once Upon A Time…’ for Chanel yet? It was released earlier this month, presented the night before the showing of Chanel’s cruise collection  in Singapore.

The film is about the opening of the first Chanel boutique, which opened in Deauville, Normandy 100 years ago. Shot in black-and-white the short film stars British Hollywood stars Keira Knightley as a young Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Along with models Stella Tennant and Brad Kroenig, Brad’s son Hudson, and actress Tallula Harlech.

The film gives a small insight into the life of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, making you feel as if  you were a fly on the wall for such a momentous moment in fashion history. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013


I'm very excited... a little video I created of me painting my latest surfboard has been included in an article on BOARDGIRL. The article looks into how to customise your own surfboard.

Check it out at

Apocalypse Wow

What do the Philippines, Francis Ford Coppola and surfing have in common? To find out, you’ll have to see Apocalypse Wow, the latest exhibition by Mike Chavez. It’s been two years since his last Melbourne solo show and Chavez returns with all guns blazing in a visual mash-up that’s part surf culture, part social commentary, and all Hollywood.

"Apocalypse Wow is a perfect storm of ideas gathered over many years. I remember as a child being transfixed by movie posters of Coppola’s movie Apocalypse Now. As a film student I was mesmerized by its powerful narrative and haunting imagery. More recently as a fine artist I became fascinated by the movie as a metaphor for failed U.S. military ambitions and the fact that it was filmed in my native Philippines – itself a former U.S. territory."
In 2009 Chavez moved back to the Philippines, where he learned two things…

"How to surf, and a little known fact that surfing was first introduced to the Philippines over 30 years ago via the movie Apocalypse Now. Surfboards from the movie were given to local villagers after production wrapped, spawning the first generation of Philippine surfers. The surreal sequence in the film showing marines surfing in a war zone perfectly mirrored the madness of life in the Philippines."
Two years later Mike Chavez came back to and Australia started to create a new body of work that would merge these experiences - the developed and developing world, mass consumption, colonialism, surfing culture and Hollywood.

This coming Friday you can check out what Mike has been busy working on at Gallery Smith in North Melbourne. Seeing for yourself that Charlie does indeed surf.

Apocalypse Wow - Mike Chavez 
Where: Gallerysmith, 170-174 Abbotsford St, 
North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Exhibition Opening: Friday 17 May 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Thursday 16 May – Sunday 16 June
Websites: and

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review: This Ain't California

I went along to the Melbourne screening of This Ain't California, which is part of the Audi Festival of German Films the other night, the screening had a Q&A session with the director Martin Persiel too. 

I've been along to many surf and snow film festivals and have seen a bevy of films in what I guess is best described as an action sports genre. There are those that are documentaries, those that are a story and those that are a mash of both. This film is the latter, based on true tales, images and footage from the 80's and 90's in East Germany during the times of the GDR. With Martin Persiel whilst staying close to the truth, has taken some creative license and re-shot, re-created and combined the characters of the era. There is a nice mix of super-8 films, animations, re-enactments and archival footage.

So what is this film about? Well... This Ain’t California follows three friends growing up in East Germany from their impressionable teenage years through to the present, with a passion for skateboarding and the freedom which it brings. All set against a punk soundtrack, that ties it all together nicely - that's if you can call punk nice.

One of my favourite moments that captures the situation is when it is described that there is a big wall between them and the nearest skate-shop. This Ain't California is not your typical skateboarding film nor is it your typical film about East Germany during the 80's and 90's.

If you are interested in comparing the film with another similar one but based in California I recommend checking out Lords of Dogtown, which follows the surf and skateboarding culture in Venice, California during the 70's.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Loop's New Look

Nicole Tattersall The Loop
Nicole Tattersall The Loop
I've been using The Loop for a few years now to showcase projects I've worked on and my own work. I know I should update it more than what I actually do, but inspired by the recent changes to The Loop I've done just that - added some new projects and refreshed some old ones.  If you would like to check out my recently updated profile and portfolio head over to

Are you on The Loop? What do you think of the recent changes?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hints + Tips - What I Learned At agIdeas

agIdeas 2013
Last week I was invited to go along to the agIdeas 2013 international design forum in Melbourne.
The forum is spread over 3 days, during which 40 internationally acclaimed designers share their insights and experiences. The event aims to create an open dialogue about design and open up minds to new creative possibilities.

I attended most of day 2 and 3, during which I took plenty of notes and absorbed a wealth of information. There were several themes that kept coming through in the presentations, no matter the background of the speaker, whether they be a fashion designer or a graphic artist. Here are some of those key themes:
  • Practice - learn, practice and expand upon the skills you need for your chosen field of design. 
  • Show your soul - there should be some element of yourself which shows through in your work, whether it is the type of font, the colour scheme or the overall style.
  • Collaborate - work with others, one of John Barratt's points was "Taking risks with people builds intense work".
  • Experiment and explore - try new ways of doing things, maybe it might be using a material that is not typically associated with the particular craft you work in.
  • Showing that it's handmade - in the work you create the imperfections that come with making things handmade is what can make it what it is. Simon Rippingdale refereed to it as
    "The beautiful mistakes you get with hand made".



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