Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy Australia Day

Kangaroo (native) and Deer (introduced) getting along just fine.

For me Australia Day is about celebrating the things that make me proud to be an Australian. Including the freedom the we have to be creative and express ourselves freely. The wonderful flora and fauna that live in Australia. As well as the gorgeous beaches we have and can enjoy. Happy Australia Day!

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Moment To Pause

Title: We All Have Secrets
Photographer: Martinak15
Website: www.flickr.com/photos/martinaphotography

Become A Beauty Activist

It's no secret that I have a soft spot for helping out people and all creatures great and small in need. Another thing I like very much is to indulge myself with gorgeous beauty products. So when I heard that one of my favourite brands The Body Shop is giving it's shoppers not only the opportunity to look good, feel good and do good, but to chose where 100% of the profits from the sale of The Body Shop Dragon Fruit Lip Butter goes to, I was delighted.

So how does one become a beauty activist? 
• Pop in-store or online to The Body Shop from 21 January to 4 February 2013.
• Whilst you're there treat yourself by purchasing The Body Shop Dragon Fruit Lip Butter (RRP $9.95).
• You'll be given a token from the purchase of your Dragon Fruit Lip Butter that you can place into the voting box to support your selected charity.
• 100% of the profits will go towards one of three charitable organisations; All Together Now, Foundation for Australia's Most Endangered Species, and Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

Other than just doing good, its said that the Dragon Fruit Lip Butter is a superbly moisturising, zesty and delicious lip butter that leaves lips super soft and super hydrated. As someone who spends quite a bit of time outdoors in the sun, sand and surf, I'm keen to try it out. Thanks to the lovely people at The Body Shop I've a sample coming my way - I promise to let you know what it's like too.

To find out more about The Body Shop Foundation visit their website.

Painting My Surfboard

Customising my own surfboards is what got me interested in stencil art. My first group exhibition in fact was Artsticks 2 in 2006 at the Surfing World Museum in Torquay, where painted on a broken surfboard. Since then I've exhibited a stack of broken surfboards that I've painted.

My latest surfboard shaped by Scott Peberdy at Outereef also required a little personalisation. I wanted something simple. After much ummming and ahhhing I decided to go with my Orca Passing stencil. The stencil originates from a photo I took of the Orcas at San Diego Sea World several years ago.

If you're wondering, yes, it's a fine board to ride too. I took it out last week and was in the water for around 3 hours catching wave after wave - it was one of my best surfs in a while.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Spray Stone



What creates these structures that are reminiscent of an underwater place? A robot that mixes soil with a solidifier component and then sprays it on surfaces. Through the use of scripts it is able to also produce predetermined designs - pretty neat uh?

 Stone Spray is a research project by architects Petr Novikov, Inder Shergill and Anna Kulik under the supervision of Marta Male-Alemany, Jordi Portell and Miquel Lloveras in the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

The goal of the research project was to propose a new eco-friendly, efficient and interesting system to print architecture in 3d in the field of additive manufacturing in architecture.

I'm already imagining the artistic possibilities that could achieved by using Stone Spray.

For more information on the project visit www.stonespray.com.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Espionage Gallery Anniversary Exhibition


Espionage Gallery are turning two and to celebrate its 2 year anniversary they are hosting one of its best exhibitions to date. The anniversary exhibition will set the bar for what can be expected at Espionage Gallery in 2013 as well as being one huge art party. Wonder if there will be cake? 

During 2012 I exhibited in a selection of exhibitions at Espionage Gallery and 2013 is going to be no different. I've already a list of exhibitions that they are planning for that I need to create work for, which is very exciting. 
 
One of the exhibitions on the list is also the anniversary exhibition, which I've already sent over Orca Passing (Spray 1 of 10) and Orca Watching (Spray 1 of 10) for.


Also partaking in the exhibition is Caitlin Millard, Tiff Rysdale, Petar Prodanovic, Lindsay Bryant, Cameron Brideoake, Marie Larkin, Fletch, Donovan Christie, Katie Johnson, Claire Wee, Sequoia Tsounis, Ali Harmony Brown, Cherie Strong, Jelena V, James Dean, Nic Bic, Alphamanta, Nino Trentinella, Imee Luz, Sally Co Cook, Michael Carney, Elena Maslarov, Backyard Jesus, Alyshia Eming, Polina Knyazeva, Barek, Margaret Lloyd, Michael Duncan, Kate Kowald, Kaitlin Beckett, Sam Tipler, Steve O'Connor, Andrew Humphreys, Dan Mansutti, Gary Seaman, Reb Rowe, Peter Fong, Lilian Choo, Mustachio, No Hoper, Jenny Allnutt, 23rd Key, Neen Harris and Trent Lambert.

If you are in Adelaide make sure you pop in to see it! 
 
Espionage Gallery Anniversary Exhibition
Espionage Gallery, Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA
Opening: Thursday 24 January, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition: Thursday
24 January – TBA
Website
Facebook Event

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hints + Tips - Instagram

As most of you are probably aware Instagram have made changes to their privacy policy and terms of service which will be taking effect on January 19, 2013. They've changed the original proposed policy and terms as in response to the public outrage they caused.

You can read Instagram's blog post that highlights some of the key updates.

The good news is that these updates don't change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and their privacy controls work just as they did before.

I've read recently the most up-to-date version of their proposed privacy policy and terms of service, and I'm happy to agree to them.

However if unlike me you don't agree and want to close your Instagram account here is what you can do.

How to close your Instagram account and keep your photos:
• Download all your Instagram images using Instaport.
Delete your account, which will clear out your account of all information and details and close your account.
• If you're after an alternative to Instagram try the Flickr App, I also use this.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Review: Mortein NaturGard Automatic Outdoor

We tend to spend quite a bit of time at outside in the garden, whether it be painting, having a BBQ or simply enjoying a cup of coffee. Actually as I write this post I'm sitting outside right now. Being the middle of Summer there are plenty of mosquitoes about too. Which not only cause us discomfort but pose a threat to my bunnies Nickel and Mandu, Myxomatosis is spread between rabbits by close contact and biting insects such as fleas and mosquitoes.
Recently I was asked to review Mortein NaturGard Automatic Outdoor Insect Control System and as it promises outdoor protection against flies and mosquitoes with plant based active ingredients, I was keen to see just how effective it is.

I found it easy to install, as a renter I used a temporary hook and it has held up just fine. Even on the 40 plus degree days we've recently had in Melbourne. The bright white casing stands out a bit, it would be nice to have the option to get it in green or other outdoor like colours, to blend in with the outdoors a little more.

There is an On-Off switch and it has a handy automatic 3 hour cut off. You can adjust the settings to tailor to your outdoor environment with 20 and 40 second intervals. We've only used it at 40 second intervals and we probably could of used a 60 second interval option.

The smell is lovely, it smells like lavender, though it's the sound of the bursts that was unpleasant. It's a bit like having a little toy that farts every so often.

Each refill pack lasts for up to 30 hours, though I'd like the refill to last longer, I know you can only fit so much into a reasonable sized pack.
The little farting toy sound aside, we've noticed very few flies and mosquitoes around the rabbit hutch and our outside dinning area whilst the Mortein NaturGard Outdoor has been turned on. The smell is lovely too, doesn't smell like your typical insect repellant, which even though it brings back memories of summers gone by, it's not a nice smell. 

My only regret in trialing this product is that I didn't take it to my Sister's place in Yarrawonga where I got bitten alive by mosquitoes before Christmas. Think I'll get one for her. 

This post is a Product Talk by Nuffnang.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Urban Diary of a City Miss Goes On Tour

As you may recall a few months ago I had a solo exhibition at ArtBoy Gallery titled 'The Urban Diary of a City Miss’. Well now it's heading to regional Victoria to Mushroom Crafts in Leongatha, South Gippsland.

The exhibition is Loosely inspired by the book ‘The Edwardian Lady’ by Edith Holden. It features a selection of works representing 12 months of my life.

I'm no stranger to collaborating with other artists and this time it's no different. I've teamed up with Megan Dell, Searious Jones, Rebecca Murphy and Facter to produce collaborative pieces especially for this show.

So if you're in or about Leongatha during January please pop into Mushroom Crafts and check it out.

Nicole Tattersall – The Urban Diary of a City Miss
Where: Mushroom Crafts, 40 Bair Street Leongatha (South Gippsland), VIC
Exhibition Dates: Saturday Saturday 5 January – Saturday 2 February
Websites: www.nicoletattersall.com and www.facebook.com/pages/Mushroom-Crafts
Supported by: CURVY and ArtBoy Gallery

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