Sunday, March 31, 2013

March Round Up

I'm amazed at how quickly this year has flown by, already it's almost half way through Autumn. Easter came early this year too!

Here are some of my most popular posts from March for those that may have missed them...

Introducing 3...

I wish everyone a wonderful Easter Sunday to celebrate here are three facts about Easter Eggs:

1. Papier-mache Easter eggs started being produced in England in the 18th century and then the first chocolate eggs appeared in the 19th century with the earliest ones being completely solid

2. One of the largest Easter eggs ever made was on display in 2011 in Ian Italian shopping centre. It was 10.39 m tall had a circumference of 19.6m and weighed 7,200kg.

3. One of the most expensive eggs on offer in 2006 was the unique Diamond Stella Egg - a chocolate egg laden with diamonds - which came with a £50,000 price tag.

Happy Easter

 
What are your plans for the Easter long weekend? I'm thinking I'll do some reading, studying, blogging and of coarse painting. Also I'll probably indulge in some hot cross buns too.

Have a lovely Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Watery Flamingo

This week I've been busy working on a new stencil and a new piece. I hand-cut a smaller version of my flamingo stencil, which I believe there might only be two works left available of for purchase, one at ArtBoy Gallery and the other at Espionage Gallery.

With this new smaller flamingo stencil I painted for the first time in a while a drip painting, which I've titled 'Watery Flamingo'. This piece is a potential candidate for a series of prints I'm working on for Danger Fork and is the first of 10 paintings I'll be limiting myself to of this stencil.

We're Wolves

Last year for my solo exhibition 'The Urban Diary of a City Miss' I did a collaborative piece with Rebecca Murphy titled 'Wolves of the Sea'. The story behind the piece is a North Amercian Indian tale of two wolf pups who are turned into Orcas (aka Killer Whales).

Now, I've been a little cheeky and am once the post office opens after the Easter break sending this piece to Sydney for the exhibition, 'We're Wolves' at Lo-Fi.
We're Wolves
Where: Lo-Fi, 3/383 Bourke Street, Sydney, Australia 
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 4 April, 6pm onwards 
Website: Lo-Fi and Facebook Event

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Vexta In Kochi

Ever since I started creating stencils around 2006, I've always admired Vexta and her work. Her recent murals in Kochi, India are no different, I think they look amazing, reflecting the location perfectly in her own style.

The mural was created as part of  the first Contemporary Art Biennale of India. Each piece that Vexta painted for this project contains a thematic narrative which can be read in any order. Building upon the themes she has been exploring in her work for some time: metamorphosis, transcendence and our interconnectedness with the surrounding environment, through the creation of contemporary, secular works which play with ideas of life /death and the feminine experience.

Much to my delight her psychedelic street pieces were documented as they unfolded across the walls and lane ways of Kochi, to create this great little video.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

GIVEAWAY: From Cosmetics Fragrance Direct

Cosmetics Fragrance Direct at Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Bundoora have kindly offered a MOR gift pack valued at nearly $100 and a fragrance for me to giveaway to one lucky reader - what a treat!

For those of you who have not yet been to the Uni Hill Factory Outlets before they offer undercover parking, there is a good selection of shops with quality products, with everything from party supplies through to shoes and everything in-between. Stores within the outlets include the likes of Cosmetics Fragrance Direct, Nike (the largest Nike outlet store in Melbourne), Lorna Jane, Tony Bianco, Rivers, Birkenstock, Politix, Cotton On, Guess with most offering up to 70% off.

If you'd like to read about my first ever visit to the Uni Hill Factory Outlets check out my post A Little Trip To Uni Hill Factory Outlets.

To be in the running to win:
1. Like Uni Hill Factory Outlet on Facebook or follow on Twitter
2. Comment on this post telling:  What do you love about outlet shopping?
The competition will run for two weeks, so get your entry in by Wednesday 10 of April 5pm AEST to be in the running.

Whoever leaves the most creative comment will be declared the winner and contacted via email, so make sure you link to a place where I can easily find your email or leave your email address so I can contact you.

Open to all readers within Australia.

- Now Closed - 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hints + Tips - Origami Bunnies

The Easter Bunny is a common theme in most Easter celebrations, no matter the reason why you celebrate it.

When I came across a You Tube tutorial of Jacky Chan's origami rabbit lantern by Leyla Torres I couldn't help but give it a go.

There where moments where I had to try and try again to get the fold right, but I got there in the end, and with each origami Easter Bunny I'm getting better. The ones featured in the photo, are some of my earlier attempts.

I think they are perfect for holding one medium Easter Egg or several smaller ones.

Red Bull Collective Art

Recently I took part in Red Bull Collective Art. For those those wondering "What is that?" well
it's 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. This global project, which began on 11 March, brings the principle of ‘Cadavre exquís’ into the digital world.

Artists are given a 4 hour time-slot in which to complete their work. They simply download their template to work on their image which has a little piece of the previous artwork to them. Once completed the artwork is then added to the entire artwork. Pretty neat uh!

As artists can use any medium they like, I dived into my photos and picked out a photo of a previous painting, one of my sea turtle stencil pieces. Using Photoshop, I made a few alterations to it to make it flow on from the piece before it. You can check it out here
Once the Red Bull Art Collective piece is complete it will be displayed in galleries around the globe. If you want in on the action you've until 31 March to register your interest. I'm delighted to apart of such a great project.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Illustration Friday - Swim


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 Swim and I think 'Capsized' is a perfect fit. This illustration is in the style/theme that I like to call ‘is it Jack or is it Jill’ which about two children who rather than watch TV and play computer games they use their wild imaginations and high skill level of tearing apart their mothers sheet and table clothes to make wonderous things. This illustration in particular highlights the danger of leaving a child unattended in a swim ring.

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Moment To Pause

Title: Pretty in Pink
Photographer: Ariel Design
Website: www.flickr.com/photos/cynicalplanet/8546213573

Knit Off

I don't know about my other fellow Southern Hemisphere buddies, but I've pulled my winter knits and ugg boots out of the cupboard. Summer is very much so starting to feel like a distant memory.

The upside to this cooler weather is that I get to be all cosy inside, sipping cups of tea, drawing, cutting new stencils and working away on projects. Though knit...

I'll honestly raise my hand and say that I've not knitted in about 15 years but the latest challenge set by the lovely peeps at Element Eden have me thinking I might just give it a crack this winter. 

Element Eden are running a Knit Off competition, simply by submitting your best knitted creation online before June 30 you go into the draw to win a beautiful new Element Eden wardrobe, plus a year’s supply of yarn from Cleckheaton.

Whether you’re into beanies, scarves, mug warmers, fingerless gloves, throws, tea cosies, potholders, socks, cute creatures….. or any form of design, get into the spirit of winter DIY and start knitting!

Don’t forget to upload an image of your nifty knitting project to Element Eden’s facebook “knit off” tab, or post your knitting project on Instagram and tag @elementeden_au and #elementedenknitoff.

Something even a little more special is that Element Eden Advocate Bec Winnel (also a favourite illustrator of mine), illustrated the instructions on how to knit a mug cosy which will be available on the Element Eden Australia blog real soon.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Keep Upto Date


Last weekend I hit the big red send button on my latest monthly e-newsletter. There is a recap of what I've been up to in of late, a look at some of the recent pieces I've been working on and even a look at some of my most popular items in my online store.

If you wish to receive my monthly e-newsletter in your inbox don't forget to sign up here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hints + Tips - The Death Of Google Reader

What? Uh? No way? I read over the weekend in response to Google's decision to retire its RSS Reader that Twitter is a far superior way of digesting news. Whilst I'm an avid fan of twitter, it could never fill the spot of Google Reader for me. Which is why I was disappointed to hear that as of July this year Google Reader will be no more.

Google Reeader launched in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. I use it for that purpose and more, I use it to keep track of where articles about my art pop up, where events and exhibitions I'm organising are written about, and keep track of what's happening in the creative scene.

Whilst Twitter, Flipbook and other similar ways of accessing news are great, you only really get to see the news which is the most popular. The unique articles from smaller news sources get lost amongst the news of the next tragic pop star or the latest sporting scandal. 

So what's the solution? Well, those that are interested in RSS alternatives you can export you data, including your subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

It also looks as if viable alternatives to Google Reader are going to emerge. “We’ll be forced to fill the hole that Reader will leave behind…We’re finally likely to see substantial innovation and competition in RSS desktop apps and sync platforms for the first time in almost a decade.” says Instapaper’s creator Marco Arment.

Alternatives are sure to pop up in the near future, with Search Engine Marketing Land already creating a big list of options. Digg is apparently working on a Reader-like service too. For those who use Feedly and Reeder, (two apps that integrate with Google Reader), there is no need to panic just yet as they appear to be staying put.

But what to do? We'll I'm going to see what alternatives pop up in the next four months and make my choice from there. I'll also export my data using Google Takeout. It will be interesting to see what happens. What will you be doing?

Monday, March 18, 2013

For Sale

I've had a pile of things I no longer want, need or use piling up for quite sometime now, and so I've bitten the bullet and started putting them up for auction on ebay. I'm adding more items with each day that goes by.

It's a nice feeling giving once loved items a new lease on on life. 

Here are some of the item's I've already put up for auction...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Introducing 3...

I love chocolate as much as the next person, but sometimes it's nice to get something a little different for Easter. Here are three things I think make a perfect alternative to giving chocolate this Easter.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We're All Mad Here

Espionage Gallery are dusting off the tea cups and filling up the tea pots for their latest exhibition, We’re All Mad Here, An Alice in Wonderland Exhibition.

With over 70 of the world’s best artists from as far as Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, Toronto, St.Louis, New Zealand, Phillipines, Kobe, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, it’s one of their most ambitious exhibition to date.

I'll have three pieces in the exhibition, alongside what is best described as one mad as a hatter line-up of artists  who are diving down the rabbit hole and interpreting this much loved tale by Lewis Carroll.
 
Speaking of Lewis Carroll my main reference for my piece 'Alice's Adventures' was  'Lewis Carroll, The Complete Illustrated Works'. Which also contains the original version of Alice' Adventures In Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's handwriting and complete with his own illustrations. I picked it up from a second hand bookshop several years ago.
My piece 'Alice's Adventures', is painted on an old dolls house that was wall mountable. I found it at an op shop in Ararat. It goes through the different chapters of the story, my favourite section is the one of the Mock Turtle.
What Alice In Wonderland themed event wouldn't be complete without Flamingos, so I'm sending the last two of my Pink Flamingo cutouts too.

On Thursday 14 March you too can follow the White Rabbit into the rabbit hole of Espionage Gallery for an exhibition of all things Alice. On opening night there will be a Tea Party visitors and artist can partake in and Espionage Gallery is asking everyone to dress in their best Alice in Wonderland attire.

We’re All Mad Here, An Alice in Wonderland Exhibition
Where: Espionage Gallery, Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (entrance off Lindes Lane, next to Zu Shoes)
Exhibition Opening:
Thursday 14 March, 6:00pm-11:00pm
Exhibition: Thursday 14 March – Monday 1 April
Who: Robert Sammelin (Stockholm, Sweden), Peter Diamond (Vienna, Austria), Elisa Mazzone (Paris, France), Elodie (Paris, France), Earther (Kobe, Japan), Lisa Vanin (Toronto, Canada), Rishab Gladiator (New Zealand), Jejomar Limbo (Phillipines), Lauren Marx (St.Louis, United States), Rebecca Murphy, Emma Leonard, Kaitlin Beckett, Nicole Tattersall, Lucy Lucy, Be Free, Michael Duncan, Cherie Strong, Renae Awen, Marie Larkin, Joshua Smith, Fletch, Donovan Christie, Caitlin Millard, Jelena V, Jenny Allnutt, James Dean, Rem, Maddy, Peter Fong, Lilian Choo, Alyshia Eming, Fruzsi Kenez, Imee Luz Kristensen, Alex Louisa, Adam Miller, Nic Bic, Alphamanta, Mustachio, Reb Rowe, Tiff Rysdale, Emmaline Zanelli, No Hoper, Laz Gein, Chelsea Hantken, Sally Jo Cook, Kacey Boxall, Backyard Jesus, Michael Carney, Nino Trentinella, Claire Wee, Rain Teo, Ali Harmony Brown, Katie Johnson, Elena Maslarov, Neen, Genevieve Brandenburg, Harry Plane, Lindsay Bryant, Andrew Humphreys, Fredsticks, Locky Berryman, Zedr, Dan Withey, Sarah K, Eden Todd, Sequoia Tsuonis, Andre Ann, Daniel Purvis, Polina Knyazeva, Jarrod Owen, Davide Cavuoto, Roger, Trent Lambert and Sam Tipler
Website: www.espionage-gallery.com and the Facebook Event Page

Hints + Tips - Give Yourself A Break

Brushes by Nicole Tattersall 

I remember once over hearing someone say that a true artist should do their craft everyday. This is all very well and good, but I believe that you need time to reflect and reset yourself.

I paddle a K2 with my sister and we generally paddle about 13 kms a session. At various times during one session we'll pause for a moment correct our posture and get back to it. If we were to keep paddling and not stop to correct ourselves we'd end up paddling with an incorrect stroke and could end up causing damage to our body and technique. Plus we'd feel uncomfortable and not enjoy it nearly as much.

This is the same approach I take to my art and illustration, if I were to paint every day I would become stale, it would become a chore and I wouldn't enjoy it. So I take time off from my art, giving myself time to reset and reflect on what it is I'm creating.

Please don't get me wrong, I don't think lazing around all day is productive you need to be doing something. So what do I do with my art-time when I'm taking a break? We'll I visit exhibitions, catch-up with other creative people, research, look for opportunities and attempt to tidy my studio/office.

So take some time out to reset yourself, get inspired and return back to your craft with more enthusiasm than ever before.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Introducing 3...

Recently I've gone back to Uni and there are three important things that I'm taking along with me to my lectures and tutorials. I've been studying part-time for two and a half years already, with only a year and half to go now.

During this time I've worked out what works well for me, in helping me take notes and to revise for the exams and complete assignments.

Here are three things I recommend for those going Uni...
  1. Evernote - it's an app, online tool and program for your computer that aids in note taking. You can attach files, images, audio, links and more. Plus you can share your notes too. 
  2. Clairefontaine Notebooks - the paper is luxurious and beautiful to write on, it's also nice an thick so that you can write on both sides of the page.
  3. A well stocked pencil case - full of pens, pencils, erasers and a pencil sharpener.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hints + Tips - Give Your Work The Best Chance


Theses days there are art and design calls for submissions every which you look, and there are still more popping up. With all these call-outs, there is a bevy of artists and designers appearing each and every day too. So, just how do you give your work the best chance at being selected, other than producing amazing work that is? Well....

1. Send your submission in on time, don't leave it to the last minute. Give yourself a few days before submissions close.

2. Check that you have all the relevant information that is being asked for. If they ask for a biography that's no more than 200 words, supply a biography that's no more than 200 words. This information should be clear and easy to identify as well.

3. When emailing submissions check to ensure that your images or other files are within the requested size limits.

4. Images that you submit of your work should be of the best possible quality.
Please avoid using your i-phone to take the photo your submitting of your work, unless it's a iPhone photo competition.

5. If the project has been running for a few years have a look at what work was selected in the past. Put your best piece forward that fits the call out and the type of brand/company for which the callout is for.

6. Don't hound those going through the submissions, this may make you stand out for all the wrong reasons.

7. Last but not least check your spelling, especially that of the names of the company or people your sending the submission to.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Oz

Oz - Nicole Tattersall

Recently the theme for the latest FanBoy vs ArtBoy exhibition at ArtBoy Gallery in Prahran was Oz.

There was a selection of artworks inspired from the dark and twisted through to the fun and playful nature of one of the worlds most loved stories.

Though I promised to have two works in the exhibition both of which I kept relatively secret as I wanted those who made it along to the opening to be able to see them first and experience them in person. I ended up only finishing one piece, 'Oz'.

'Oz', is painted on an old wooden box I found at a second hand shop. The painting inside is a new style I'm working on that embraces my love for the dark and quirky. The box was made to have the appeal of an old leather bound book. 

The painting took much longer than I expected which is why I only ended up creating one piece.

Friday, March 1, 2013

A Moment To Pause

Title: Lea
Photographer: Charlotte May Godfrey
Website: www.flickr.com/photos/charlottegodfrey

February Round Up

So that folks was Summer, well here in Melbourne anyway. If like me you were spending most of your summer at the beach I'm thinking you may have missed some blog posts. So here are five of the most read blog posts from February...

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