Sunday, June 30, 2013

June Round Up

I'm amazed at how quickly this year has flown by, already it's Winter. Things have been busy, especially with painting, university and life in general.

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

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Red Bull Collective Art

A few weeks ago the Australian Red Bull Collective Art event was held in Melbourne. There has been various Red Bull Collective Art events occurring all around the globe and it was Australia's turn.

The project was transferred 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 the event.

As one the artists participating in the project, it was great to see the works I had seen online unravel on the walls of a gallery space. I was also delighted to be interviewed for the video of the event and to be able to share my experience of being a part of this wonderful project.

What I loved about it was that it doesn't matter how good you are or your style of art, it was all about participating and being a part of a bigger art project. As a fan of collaboration it greasily interested me.

You can see the Red Bull Collective Art project online at www.redbullcollectiveart.com.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Last Days To Check Out Athena Nochua

'Athena Nochua' presented by CURVY in conjunction with Espionage Gallery in Adelaide closes this Saturday.

Saying that it has been wonderful experience working on this exhibition is an understatement, I've loved working with the guys at Espionage Gallery to handpick the female artists from around Australia and the globe for this show, as well as be apart of it as an artist too. I only wish I had the time to of been able to go and see the show in person myself.

Nicole Tattersall 
My pieces that were created for 'Athena Nochua'

This was the first time that CURVY has done anything in Adelaide, so I hope if you've not yet seen 'Athena Nochua' you will before it closes. It's a great opportunity to check out works by Koralie (Paris), Fafi (Paris), Elodie (Paris), Made by Perrin (USA), Brett Manning (USA), Andrea McCready (NZ), I & The Others, Hayley O’Connor, Eve Young, Alyson Pearson, Kirbee Lawler, Nicole Tattersall, Rebecca Murphy, Genevieve Brandenburg, Tiff Rysdale, Jelena Vujnovic, Jenny Allnutt, Ellie Kammer, Caitlin Millard, Claire Wee, Sequoia Tsuonis, Rain Teo, Lilian Choo and Andre Ann. 
Athena Nochua 
CURVY in conjunction with Espionage Gallery presents Athena Nochua
Where: Espionage Gallery, Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA, Australia (entrance off Lindes Lane, next to ZU Shoes)
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 13 June, 6pm to late
Exhibition: Thursday 13 June to Saturday 6 July
Website: www.curvy-world.com and www.espionage-gallery.com

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hints + Tips - How Bloggers Can Work With Brands

Recently I wrote a post about how brands can work with bloggers as a result of reflecting on some great and not so great experiences I've had working with PR companies and brands as a blogger. Now it's time to share a little insight into a few things bloggers should think about when working with PR companies and brands.

Do not fudge the numbers
Be honest when sharing details about how many followers you have on social media channels, the number of visits your blog gets and the number of people signed up to your mailing list. Also though it may be tempting do not buy followers this can easily be checked and will not reflect well on you nor your blog if you're found out. Recently a fellow social media user had not done it themself, but somehow was getting a high percentage of fake accounts following them and was greatly concerned about how this would affect her reputation.

Know who your audience is
Through various analytics I can get a good idea of the demographics of my audience that I have reading my blog and following me on various social media channels. PR companies and brands not only want to know what you write about but also who it that is reading and engaging with your online content. A good starting point is to find out the age groups of your readers, percentage of males and females, and which cities your readers live in.

Understand the value of your blog
Whilst it may be tempting to give all and everything for a beauty treatment consider the value of that beauty treatment and what you are giving in return. There are various sites that can tell you the value of your blog and social media channels. It's also worth considering the amount of effort and time required to create the content and sharing it. Take the time to consider how much value you are willing to give for that beauty treatment and don't be afraid to negotiate. Yes, I've turned down opportunities because they were asking too much for too little.

Be honest
Don't leave anything to assumptions, if you're getting paid for or recivining a good or servive in return for a post, make sure you know exactly what it is you are getting including details such as size, quantity and retail value, plus what it is you are giving in return. Make sure you've as many details as possible. Under no circumstance should you assume it is okay to "rip-off" a brand or PR company, it is better to over deliver than under deliver.
Also be honest with your audience, let them know if the post was paid for or if you recieved the product or service from the brand in return for the post.

Communicate
If there are changes to anything regarding your arrangement, do keep the PR company or brand you're working with up-to-date in a clear manner. Whether it letting them know that the samples have arrived or changes to when the post will be live, either way make sure it's clear in an email or phone call and that they understand. Also be able to be contacted by the people you are working with so that they can notify you of any issues or clarify things. 

Show your personality
Any blogger can copy and paste a press release, but what will make you stand out other than your audience is how you write about their product or service. Inject some of your personality, your readers may not just be interested in that beauty treatment, but they also may be interested in why you love it. Tell them about your experience with the product or service, or why you'd love to attended that charity event you've been approached to write about.

Don't feel let down
If you are not approached to share a product or service don't beat yourself up about it, even if you've gone through an application process. They simply didn't see your blog being the right fit for that campaign. Just keep doing what you do and look at approaching the PR companies and brands you would like to work with and build that relationship, so that next time they are looking for a blogger you are more likely to be asked.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Chocomania

Recently I was sent from The Body Shop a gorgeous indulgent selection of products from their Chocomania range. I received the Body Butter, Body Lotion and Body Scrub which when opened releases a smell that reminds me of when I visited the chocolate shops in Belgium a few years ago.

The Body Shop's Chocomania range revolves around Community Trade cocoa butter sourced from Ghana. Which they discribe as being an ingreditent which perfectly encapsulates their unrivalled passion for traditional, raw ingredients.

If you're concerned that this range will smell like a diary milk chocolate bar, you'll be pleasantly surprised that it actually smells more like an indulgent piece of dark chocolate with a slightly sweet undertone, like actual cocoa. The decadent scent is perfect for cooler weather, it makes you feel all warm, luxurious and a little bit naughty.

So what did I think of these products... 
The Chocomania Body Butter seamlessly melts into your skin, leaving it feeling all soft and smooth, with hours of long-lasting hydration.

If you're wanting a daily Body Lotion with a bit of indulgence the Chocomania Body Lotion is worth considering, it is light weight but at the same time a little bit luxurious. It absorbs quickly and moisturises beautifully.

The Chocomania Body Scrub contains real cocoa butter and organic cane sugar. It is gentle enough to be used twice a week, whilst still leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth.

You can purchase these Chocomania products and others from the range through The Body Shop's online store or by popping into one of their many stores.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Sunny Winter Day

When a majority of those in Melbourne woke up this morning it was around 5 degrees, which is pretty cold and many took to social media to share their thoughts on the matter. I actually didn't mind the chill in the air, the sun was out, the sky a beautiful blue and the birds were busy chirping away.
What a great day to be outside doing stuff.

Introducing 3...

It's starting to look a like a Winter, which is the perfect time to cook some yummy warm food. Here are three recipes I've not only pinned on my Eat Me, Drink Me board on Pinterest but have also tried myself and think are perfect for the cooler months...
Broccoli Soup
 Mulled Wine Cherries with Cinnamon Mousse
Mushroom Lentil Rolls

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Moment To Pause

Photographer: Nicholas T
Title: Ruins
Website: www.flickr.com/photos/nicholas_t/270244042

Walk Your Own Path Melbourne Event

Walk Your Own Path Melbourne 
Recently I wrote about New Balance's latest advocate for Walk Your Own Bath, Elke Kramer.  She will also be speaking at the upcoming Walk Your Own Path forum event taking place in Melbourne on 29 June. She'll be joined by other talented international and local creative including, Sophia Chang (NYC), fashion entrepreneur and Claire Inc. founder Belinda Humphris (ADL), artist Miso (MEL) and DJ/producer Tokimonsta (LA).

Register today to enjoy presentations from some very well known and talented creative females. Plus there is the chance to mingle with like minded people for a drink afterwards.

Walk Your Own Path presented by New Balance and Oyster 
When: Saturday 29 June, 4pm - 6pm
Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St. Melbourne
RSVP: Is essential. Register via the Facebook page www.on.fb.me/ZsyPOS 
Entry: Free entry - very limited capacity. Includes a complimentary gift bag.
After Forum Drinks: 6.30pm - 8.30pm at No Vacancy Gallery @ QV, Melbourne. 18+

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Happy International Surfing Day

Only a few weeks ago it was Surf Art Day, and today it's International Surfing Day. Today is not just a day focused on a sport that I love and adore, but a day to to also give back to our coastal environments and to show mother nature we care. 

International Surfing Day is a worldwide celebration of the sport of surfing and an opportunity to give back to our coastal environments through various events organized by the Surfrider Foundation. This special day was founded in 2005 by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, and has since has gone from just a handful of local events in the United States to more than 200 events in 30 countries worldwide.

For more information on International Surfing Day visit www.intlsurfingday.com.

What are you doing today to share your love for surfing and the ocean? 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Illustration Friday - Worn

Rabbit Patch by Nicole Tattersall

Illustration Friday, is where a topic is posted each and every Friday, then participants have a week to illustrate their own interpretation of the topic or find something they've already created that fits within the theme.

The current topic is 'Worn' and 'Rabbit Patch' which I created in 2011 is a nice fit I think. Also not sure if you remember but more recently I created a toy velveteen rabbit for a Fairy Tales and Fables exhibition at Art Boy Gallery, do you see the resemblance?

'Rabbit Patch' is currently available in my online store

Inspirational: Ty Wilkins

 
Ty Wilkins is frequently sought after for logo design, icon design, illustration and custom lettering. Additionally, he has expertise in packaging design, album design, front end web design, art direction, poster design, environmental design and more.

What I love about Ty Wilkins' work is probably what he is best known for, being bold and colorful. There is a sense of play within his tightly designed works.

If you think his work look familiar, it might just be, as he has worked for brands including Target, Cheerios, Odwalla, Pepsi, The North Face, Cisco and GE.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Walk Your Own Path

One of my favourite female creatives Elke Kramer is the latest ambassador for New Balance’s Walk Your Own Path campaign, which follows the personal journey of six talented and inspiring females based in Australia.

Elke  is one extremely talented lady and she is best known for her jewellery line Elke which is stocked in some of the world’s most renowned boutiques. But her talents don't just stop there she has extensive creative history which involves work in illustration, art direction and independent publishing. More recently she has been successfully juggling motherhood and business while her creative endeavours evolve through new projects and collaborations.

Each video takes a look into what inspires and drives these women, this video follows a day in Elke’s life and gives some insight into what inspires this talented lady...



To see the other Walk Your Own Path videos presented by New Balance visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/NB574.

Hints + Tips - Hashtags On Facebook

Hashtag
Hashtags have finally arrived to Facebook with the aim to help users better engage with each other and find the content that they're interested in. Over the next few weeks Facebook will roll out hashtags to more users, so if you're not yet able to click on the hashtags you're seeing, you will soon.

According to Facebook, many users already post hashtags. Though simply thinking back about your news feed you may recall many an update by those who post straight from Instagram or Twitter and not remove the hashtags. So it wasn't going to be long until the hashtags actually worked by being clickable and searchable - it was bound to happen.

The other good news (especially for those who post content to Facebook from Instagram and Twitter) hashtags from other platforms are clickable as well. You can now also create posts directly from a hashtag feed and search results.

Overall what does this mean, well it will make it easier than before to add real-time content to specific streams, easier to find content you're interested in and for those posting content using hashtags will make it easier for the content to be found.

Though just a word of  advice, please remember to only hashtag the key words, not every single word.

What do you think about Facebook's decision to finally embrace the humble hashtag?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Keep SKATEISTAN Rolling

Skateistan
There are so many great initiatives out there that help humans, creatures and nature. One such initiative is Skateistan, the project which helps Afghani and Cambodian kids learn, skate, have fun and experience a bit of normality.

When they were looking for donation for their fundraiser in Sydney I didn't batter an eyelid. The piece I painted live at the CURVY 8 event in 2012 will be auctioned off for this great cause. I'm proud to be able to help support something that I feel passionate about, which is letting kids be kids. 
Dolphin and Sea Turtle by Nicole Tattersall
If you are in Sydney head along to aMBUSH for a night of  raffles, skate demos, music and short films. All in support of the use of skateboarding as a tool for education and the empowerment of children in Afghanistan and Cambodia. 

Keep SKATEISTAN Rolling - Sydney Fundraiser
Where: aMBUSH Gallery, 2A James Street, Waterloo, NSW
Event: Wednesday 26 June, 6pm - 9pm
Facebook Event

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Introducing 3...

Whilst the internet can provide a great source of reference material for art and design, I feel that you can't go past a a good book collection. Within my collection I've a collection of poster books and these are three of my favourites...
That's Entertainment - The Graphics of Show Business by Steven Heller and Anne Fink
Surf  Movie Tonite! - Surf Movie Poster Art 1957 - 2004 by Matt Warshaw
Plastered - The Poster Art of Australian Popular Music by Murray Walding with Nick Vukovic

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Bunny Love

I'll be honest I'm loving Vine, there are just certain things that a picture on Instagram just cannot capture. Such as how adorable it is when my bunnies clean each other, in this case it's Nickel cleaning Mandu.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

CURVY and Espionage Gallery Present Athena Nochua

Athena Nochua
'Athena Nochua' presented by CURVY in conjunction with Espionage Gallery opens tonight in Adelaide.

It has been such a pleasure working with the guys at Espionage Gallery to handpick a selection of talented female artists from around Australia and the globe for this show. Many of whom have graced a page or two of CURVY from its early beginnings in 2003. I'm pretty down that I will not be there for the event as I'm in the middle of Uni exams (yep, that was poor planning on my behalf).

I'm still very excited that this is the first time that CURVY is going to be in Adelaide, so I hope you’ll head along to Espionage Gallery tonight or during the exhibition, to celebrate the the work of Koralie (Paris), Fafi (Paris), Elodie (Paris), Made by Perrin (USA), Brett Manning (USA), Andrea McCready (NZ), I & The Others, Hayley O’Connor, Eve Young, Alyson Pearson, Kirbee Lawler, Nicole Tattersall, Rebecca Murphy, Genevieve Brandenburg, Tiff Rysdale, Jelena Vujnovic, Jenny Allnutt, Ellie Kammer, Caitlin Millard, Claire Wee, Sequoia Tsuonis, Rain Teo, Lilian Choo and Andre Ann.
Athena Nochua 
CURVY in conjunction with Espionage Gallery presents Athena Nochua
Where: Espionage Gallery, Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA, Australia (entrance off Lindes Lane, next to ZU Shoes)
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 13 June, 6pm to late
Exhibition: Thursday 13 June to Saturday 6 July
Website: www.curvy-world.com and www.espionage-gallery.com

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Taronga Wild

This is the opportunity of a life time – to get creative on a life-sized Rhino sculpture, and for a good cause too!

Taronga Wild! Rhinos is a Wild in Art event that will create a spectacular world-class sculpture trail featuring life size Rhinos through the streets, parks and public spaces of Sydney through the Blue Mountains to Dubbo and the Central West region of NSW, Australia.
Whether you are a professional artist or an enthusiastic amateur, Taronga is inviting creatives to submit their own Wild! Rhino designs. Whatever the art form, from fine art to graffiti, new media to mosaic, embroidery to metalwork, you can submit your work for the chance of being selected to take part in this amazing event.

At the end of the event the rhino sculptures will go under the hammer at a charity auction to raise critical funding for Taronga’s rhino conservation programs.

Artists that are selected for the project will also receive an honorarium of $1,000 and acknowledgement as the artist on the sculpture base, event website and event collateral where appropriate.

So what are you waiting for submit your design today and let your creativity run wild, be quick submissions close 31 July 2013. For further information and to submit visit www.tarongawildrhinos.com.au.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Cute Stool

How cute are these Cow, Bambi and Sheep stools, sadly they are only 40cm in height. They were designed for children in mind by Takeshi Sawada and are made by Kamina & C.

Other than being adorably cute, there is another reason I love these stools - they are made from fake fur, so they are kind to cows, deer and sheep too!

Hints + Tips - How Brands Can Work With Bloggers

How Brands Can Work With Bloggers
Recently I've had some great and not so great experiences working with PR companies and brands as a blogger. Which in-turn has inspired me to create a post about things that PR companies and brands should think about when working with bloggers.

Blogging is not a full-time job
Well for many it's not, it's something that fits in around work, study, family, and other commitments. Be mindful of this and give bloggers plenty of notice about events you'd like them to attend (or changes to dates for that matter), don't expect them to post a post within a few hours of receiving your information and most certainly be respectful of the fact that they may have rearranged other aspects of their life to attend your event or to post an article about your brand or product.

Bloggers like to try things
Most bloggers like to experience the thing you've asked them to write about (I know I do), and sending product or inviting them along to an event is a great way for them to create their own unique content about that certain thing. This makes for better content and a greater level of engagement.

Be open to ideas
Bloggers may contact you about possible opportunities they have to integrate one of your products or  services into a blog post.  Be open to this as these posts tend to have a more organic feel about them and if the blogger didn't think your product or service would be suitable they wouldn't contact you.

Be honest
Don't leave anything to assumptions, if you're providing product in return for a post, let them know exactly what it is they are getting including details such as size, quantity and retail value. Make sure you've as many details as possible. Under no circumstance should you assume it is okay to "rip-off" a blogger, sending a CD with one track on it is poor form, though you may have said you're sending a CD, who expects to receive a CD with one track?
In turn be upfront with the bloggers you're working with, let them know what your expectations are in return, but remember to be reasonable.

Have an open line of communication
If there are changes to anything regarding your arrangement, do keep the bloggers you're working with up-to-date in a clear manner.  Whether it be the fact that samples are being sent out latter than expected, changes to dates or locations for events, make sure it's clear in an email or phone call and that they understand. Also be able to be contacted by the blogger so that they can notify you of any issues, clarify things or send through links to the content they've created.

Show you have some interest in what they write about
Whilst a blogger may be interested in one of your products or services, it doesn't mean that they are interested in everything you do. Send them details for things that are suited to their blog, if unsure ask them, many good bloggers will be able to tell you what the interests of their readership is and what they like to write about.

Don't always expect a positive view
What makes working with a blogger such a great thing is that they are honest and give their view and that's generally why their readers read their blog. Whether a blogger has a positive or negative experience with your product or service, do be prepared that what content they produce will reflect this.

In the coming weeks I'm putting together a post about things bloggers should think about when working with PR companies or brands too - stay tuned! 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Introducing 3...

Winter is now well and truly upon us, I don't know about you but it means I'm spending more time curled up inside. Being inside isn't so bad, I love a nice cosy blanket to curl up in whilst reading or coming home after being outdoors to a nice hot cup of coffee. Here are my top 3 homewares to keep you warm this Winter...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

World Oceans Day

Wishing you a happy World Oceans Day.

On World Oceans Day (8 June) people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. This wonderful event has been running annually since 2002.

If you would like to find out more about World Oceans Day visit www.worldoceansday.org.

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Moment To Pause

Title: The Plane
Photographer: Nicole Tattersall
Website: www.nicoletattersall.com

Rah Collective Book

Rah Collective 2013
Submissions are now open for the Rah Collective 2013 book. This year the book will feature two streams, illustration and photography. For more information and to submit head over to www.rahcollective.com. Be quick submissions close 31 July!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Artworks On Vine



As an artist I'm loving sharing my images via Vine, I think I might even love it more than Instagram... well not quite, there doesn't yet seem to be same network of people using it. Any how... here is a little short clip of my artworks for Athena Nochua.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Keep Up To Date

Earlier this week I sent out 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 the exciting things I have coming up.

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Athena Nochua

Athena Nochua
CURVY in conjunction with Espionage Gallery are presenting an all female art exhibition titled 'Athena Nochua'. I along with the guys at Espionage Gallery had the delightful experience of handpicking a selection of talented female artists from around Australia and the globe for this show. Many of whom have graced a page or two of CURVY from its early beginnings in 2003.

This is the first time that CURVY is coming to Adelaide, so I hope you’ll head along to Espionage Gallery on Thursday the 13 June, to celebrate the the work of Koralie (Paris), Fafi (Paris), Elodie (Paris), Made by Perrin (USA), Brett Manning (USA), Andrea McCready (NZ), I & The Others, Hayley O’Connor, Eve Young, Alyson Pearson, Kirbee Lawler, Nicole Tattersall, Rebecca Murphy, Genevieve Brandenburg, Tiff Rysdale, Jelena Vujnovic, Jenny Allnutt, Ellie Kammer, Caitlin Millard, Claire Wee, Sequoia Tsuonis, Rain Teo, Lilian Choo and Andre Ann.
Sea Turtle, Flamingo and Weedy Sea Dragon by Nicole Tattersall
For those that have been following me on Instagram you will have seen the progress shots of my 3 pieces for the exhibition featuring a Sea Turtle, Flamingo and my latest stencil, a Weedy Sea Dragon.  
CURVY in conjunction with Espionage Gallery presents Athena Nochua
Where: Espionage Gallery, Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA, Australia (entrance off Lindes Lane, next to ZU Shoes)
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 13 June, 6pm to late
Exhibition: Thursday 13 June to Saturday 6 July
Website: www.curvy-world.com and www.espionage-gallery.com

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