Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Round Up

Nicole Tattersall - Piping Hot
For me August feels like it never really happened and that it just ran right past me. I must of been so preoccupied with everything else that I've had going on.

Though I did have some time to so some blog posts. Here are some of the most popular posts from August...

Element Artist Search

Element Artist Search
Element Eden is launching a new artist search contest via pinterest and this time they're going global!

Ladies from all over the world have the chance to submit their work and gain the chance to begin a relationship with the the brand on a new level, meet the Eden Advocates, share inspiration, live, learn and grow. If that's not enough... the grand prize winner will be awarded a trip to L.A. to meet (and party with!) the Advocates and exhibit their work alongside these amazing ladies in their Advocate Celebration Art Show in December! You'll get to showcase your work alongside artists like Bec Winnel and Courtney Brims. There will be an exhibition with live band 'He's My Brother She's My Sister', a fashion show showcasing Element Eden's Spring '14 Collection, a pop-up shop, drinks, food, dancing, the list goes on. But wait there's more to top it all off Element Eden will be creating a tee with the winners art on it.  And on top of that, they will also be picking one winner from each of the 3 categories (photography, illustration, fine art), to receive a $500 Element Eden gift certificate.

Now this sounds pretty damn awesome.

For those of you not an artists Element Eden have something for you too... they are offering art lovers the chance to win one of three $300 Element Eden gift certificates.

For all the information and for how to enter visit www.au.elementeden.com/c/blog/element-artist-search.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Innocence of the Apocalypse

Innocence of the Apocalypse is an immersive installation supported by City of Yarra and will be part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Incorporating projection, illustration, performance and sound the collaboration brings together projection artist Yandell Walton, and illustration and street artist I & The Others (Kirrily Anderson).

The audience will journey through a dark and arcane world in which children dwell, shadows flicker, lights play tricks and sounds echo. A post apocalyptic world created within the confines of an abandoned building hints at a future inhabited by young people who, by necessity, have taken on responsibilities beyond their years. Taking the audience on a dark journey they will gather at a meeting place in Collingwood to be ushered to the secret destination. Children manage to survive in this unfamiliar and unpredictable environment. Have they evolved rapidly, or is there an innocence that remains regardless of their surrounds?

This is one exhibition you don't want to miss and I've been looking forward to this since I & The Others first told me about it.

Due to the nature of the event you need to book your place, be quick as place are limited so bookings are essential.

Innocence of the Apocalypse
Where: Secret location in Collingwood
When: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September 2013, two sessions each day 6:45pm and at 7:45pm
Website: www.innocenceoftheapocalypse.com

Monday, August 26, 2013

View Point Gallery Small Works Art Prize

View Point Handmade Gallery is putting on its first annual ‘Small Works Prize’. There will be over 70 artworks, submitted by 41 artists on display for the duration of the exhibition; with a diverse and exciting array of themes and mediums represented. The sole parameter for works works for the show is that the finished work must be less than 30x30x30cm.

I've two pieces that will be on display as part of the exhibition, one of my meerkat stencil and the other featuring my beloved sandpiper stencil. 

There are a few prizes up for grabs; 1st prize ($200 cash prize and an exhibition at VPHG to the value of $600) and 2nd prize (an exhibition at VPHG to the value of $300). Plus the public will also have a chance to vote for their favourite work in the ‘People’s Choice’ Award (an exhibition at VPHG to the value of $600). If you choose to vote it would be nice if you'd vote for my pieces (wink, wink).  

View Point Gallery 2013 Small Works Art Prize 
Where: View Point Gallery, 13 View Pint, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Exhibition Opening: Friday 6 September, 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition: Friday 6 - Saturday 21 September
Exhibition Closing: Saturday 21 September, 2pm - 3pm

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon

East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon - Emma Leonard
The Bluebird - Emma Leonard
The Bluebird - Emma Leonard
Through my involvement with CURVY I've gotten to work with some great artists and illustrators. One such lady is Emma Leonard. She is a Melbourne based illustrator who combines traditional media with digital techniques to create carefully considered renderings of delicate femininity, fragility and ethereal beauty.

Recently she has been working hard on her debut solo exhibition, 'East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon', a series of new portraits inspired by natural history and Northern European folk tales, featuring melancholy young women straddling adolescence and adulthood. The exhibition opens early September at No Vacancy in Melbourne and I for one, cannot wait to check it out!

East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon  - Emma Leonard
Where: No Vacancy Project Space/Federation Square Atrium, Melbourne
Opening Night: Thursday 5 September, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Thursday 5 - Sunday 22 September, 2013
Website: www.emmaleonard.com and www.no-vacancy.com.au
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/583341531708293

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hints + Tips - Work Life Balance

 
Recently I started a full-time role in marketing and social media which I love. Prior to starting I actually said to some people, "I'm so busy I don't know how I can fit a full-time job in?" Well, I have... kinda... work life balance? Pfft!

I've quite a few things going on in my life; uni (Part-time), work (Full-time), art and illustration, CURVY, my own blog, family and friends, and on the odd occasion going surfing or kayaking. Plus general house-keeping and sleep.

I know I've not yet got the right balance going on, just yet, but here are some things I've been doing to try and get it all to work:
  1. Focusing on the important stuff
    For me the two big important things are uni and my full-time job, everything else is prioritised after these two things. I've also let those close to me know that these are my main focuses too, yes, that includes the owners of galleries I work with.
  2. Say no
    If there are things which I've been asked to do, such as a commission artwork which I know I can't done in time. I'd much rather say no and not do it, than do it and rush it. It's easier said than done though. 
  3. Trying to create something of a schedule
    For me it's things like, on a Saturday or Sunday, I'll go through all my emails from the week and reply to any that any addressing. Only those that are super urgent will I address during the week. Making time for the things I love, I'll plan around going for a surf or a paddle. 
  4. Planning
    Trying to get the biggest bang out of my time. Such as if I know I need to go shopping for something, I'll try to arrange to meet a friend for coffee at the same time.
  5. Having the right head space
    When tackling big things, you need the right head space. I need to ensure I'm in the right frame of mind to write blog posts, or to edit the articles for CURVY. Other wise I feel rushed and that's when things go wrong.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The 2Bandits

Tamar is the young designer behind the unique jewelry brand The 2 Bandits. She is a certified gemologist and also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.  Her collection is pretty identifiable, with organic yet funky shapes which represent a bohemian and vintage style. I'm in love with her Fall 2013 Circle Game Collection and am trying to choose between a few pieces I'd like to have myself. With pieces priced between $50 and $300, I could get a few, though which ones?  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Latest E-Newsletter

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 and a look at some of the exciting things I have coming up in the near future.

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

Monday, August 12, 2013

View Point Handmade Gallery Small Works Prize

View Point Handmade Gallery
View Point Handmade Gallery in Bendigo is turning 2 next month!

To celebrate they are giving back to give back to the artistic community, who has supported the gallery on it's journey, by hosting their very first small works prize art exhibition.

This will be a non acquisitive show, however all themes, mediums and styles are welcome. The sole parameter is that the finished work must be less than 30x30x30cm.

There are prizes too...  First Prize is $200 and an exhibition at View Point Handmade Galleryto the value of $600, Second Prize is an exhibition at View Point Handmade Gallery to the value of $300 and the  Peoples Choice will receive an exhibition at View Point Handmade Gallery to the value of $600.

If you are interested in being apart of this exhibition submission close 18 August, so be quick. Make sure you visit the View Point Handmade Gallery website for all the information.

Don't forget works need to be within 30x30x30cm.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Next Wave Emerging Curators’ Program

Next Wave Emerging Curators’ Program
This is such a great opportunity for curators and curatorial collectives who are just kicking off their careers. Next Wave is looking for ambitious proposals from such people. Four curators/curatorial collectives will be selected to each develop a major exhibition project over the next 10 months for the 2014 Next Wave Festival, New Grand Narrative.

If you're interested in placing a submission you must carefully consider the organisation you’d like to work with and respond to their 2014 Festival theme in new and surprising ways.

To apply, download the application guidelines here and submit your proposal to Next Wave’s Serena Bentley via serena@nextwave.org.au no later than 5pm AEST on Friday the 9th of August.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hints + Tips - Promoting An Exhibition

Hints + Tips - Promoting An Exhibition
I get sent quite a number of invites and press releases for art exhibitions and events in hope that I'll write about them. Every now and then I get one, which blows me away with how well put together it is. It's really not that hard either.

Here are some key things that you should consider when sending out an invite or press release in hope that someone will write about:
  1. Make sure you have all the key information
    Have as much information about the who, what, where and why as possible. If it is a group exhibition, make sure you list all the artists names.
  2. Provide images
    Include the flyer along with images of works for the exhibition. 5 - 7 images is generally plenty. Make sure that they are the right size and titled with the artist's name and the title of the work. 
  3. Timing is everything
    At the very least send it out two weeks prior to the event. Sending it out the weekend prior is tight, a few days before is too tight.
  4. Reply in a timely manner
    If asked for more details or images, try to rely to the person in at most 48 hours. 
  5. Show respect
    Recently I got a personal email which blew me away, and hence I wrote about the exhibition. I don't mind a blanket email, as I know what it can be like trying to send out a press release. One thing that grates me is when you can see everyone the email has been sent to. It's not just artists, I've had local councils make the same mistake too.
Check out some other useful posts I've written on the subject of PR:

Monday, August 5, 2013

FanBoy vs ArtBoy: GREATEST HITS!

ArtBoy Gallery is putting on a fan art exhibition like no other they've had before... or are they... the next one soon to open is titled "FanBoy vs ArtBoy: GREATEST HITS!" This group show celebrates their series of fan art exhibitions featuring both new and previous works from the Comic, Goodies & Baddies, Horror, Sci-Fi, Oz, Videogames, Fairytales & Fables and Ladies Night shows.

For once, I'm not the last artist to of submitted their work, actually this time I was the first. So what have submitted? We'll there are two pieces, one of which has not been shown in Melbourne and they both tell the tales of young ladies that ended up dreadfully far away from home. That's all I'm saying for now.

Oh, and if you are interested in being apart of the exhibition the deadline for submissions is the 10 August.

FanBoy vs ArtBoy: GREATEST HITS!
Artboy Gallery
99 Greville St, Prahran, VIC

Exhibition Opening: Friday 16 August, 6pm - 8:30pm
Exhibition: Friday 16 August - Sunday 25 August  
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Since 1975 You've Known Them


Nicole Tattersall - Piping Hot
Nicole Tattersall - Piping Hot
Nicole Tattersall - Piping Hot
Nicole Tattersall - Piping Hot 
I think in my life time I may have owned one or two items made by Piping Hot. Recently I was sent a package from them filled with a mid length crochet dress (which was not my style, hence no photos) a t-shirt, a crochet top, a lace hoodie and another top. I would of much rather of been sent their surf leggins and rash vests to try - though it would be a few months before I could test them out as I'm still surfing in my Winter wetsuit.

"Since the early origins in 1967 when Piping Hot was operating under the name Surf and Dive, Piping Hot has been synonymous with the Australian surf wear industry and beach culture. In 1975, Piping Hot began trading under the same name, growing the brand from a local surfwear label into an Australian surf wear icon. Famous for their wetsuits, high profile surfers and progressive attitude, Piping Hot grew into a household name. In the late 1990's, surf wear saw a movement from clothing 'just for surfers' into lifestyle clothing encapsulating the Australian surf culture. Piping Hot was a driving force in designing clothing that could be worn at the beach or at a BBQ. In 1998, Piping Hot made the decision to trade through a very different avenue, that would allow everyone to enjoy authentic, reasonably priced, fashionably 'in sync' surf wear. Target, one of Australia's largest fashion retailers, formed a strategic licensing alliance with Piping Hot ensuring accessibility, and great surf wear for all." 
- Piping Hot

There is no denying that clothes created by Piping Hot could be worn at the beach or at a BBQ, each piece has a relaxed casual feel about to it. My favourite of the items they sent me is the short sleeve hoodie, I can imagine throwing it on after a surf with a cute pair of shorts and a singlet top after a surf. 

Check out the full range at Target Australia.

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