Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hints + Tips - 2013 vs 2014

Image by Troy Wandzel
Image by Troy Wandzel
Today I noticed I've been painting and illustrating for over 8 years, I also got thinking of all the crap I had to deal with in 2013 (a bit in 2012 and 2014 too) and enough is enough. I'm tired of empty promises. So for me 2014 from now on is a year of doing what I love for the reasons I love and working with those who I know are solid and trustworthy.

So what sort of things did I face in the last year and a bit? Well...
  • Had to call the debt collector about money a gallery owed me, plus all the artwork of mine they wouldn't return. That was a very lengthy battle.
  • Invoices never getting paid. 
  • Chasing invoice after invoice after invoice.
  • Being promised that I would be apart of numerous projects only to either find out a few days prior or not even that I wasn't part of the project. 
  • Spending time and effort working with big international brands only to find out I wasn't part of the project from another source.
  • Changing exhibition plans only to then find out it's really not an exhibition at all. 
Really in short it has been broken promise after broken promise and well quite frankly I've had enough of it. Moving forward I'm looking forward to working with honest people and on things I really love, because the amount of time and effort wasted on all that crap could of been spent on doing something I enjoy.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club
A great masterpiece takes time, passion, a tale to tell and the right kind of people to make it. The Dallas Buyers Club ticks all these boxes. This film tells a story of strength, through the true life events of Ron Woodroof’s fight for survival during an uncertain time in America during the 80's.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto this film which is neither a biography nor a docudrama looks at the social, economical and political issues that impacted on Ron Woodroof's quality of life.

A son of Texas, Ron is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, he is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and is given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept the death sentence he has been handed.

With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled cowboy lives life to the fullest like never before.


Matthew McConaughey is quoted as saying, “We didn’t want to make ‘a message film,’ or a documentary about AIDS. This is a dramatic film about one man’s life.” I think they've achieved this.

The Dallas Buyers Club is due to be released in Australia in February. 

Rating 4.5/5

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Introducing 3...

It's no secret that I love the coast and days like today when I had my heart set on going for a surf but the conditions are not in my favour I like to ohhh and ahhh over gorgeous surf inspired items instead. Here are three items I think are gorgeous and have a stylish beach like feel to them. 
http://thebeachpeople.com.au/towels/

Whale Cutting Board - Anthropologie

002 Mango + Papaya - Maison Blanche

Saturday, January 18, 2014

FanBoy vs ArtBoy: 7 Deadly Sins

FanBoy vs ArtBoy: 7 Deadly Sins
ArtBoy are doing something a little different for their ArtBoy vs FanBoy exhibition this time round. The've gone a little bit serious with the theme 7 Deadly Sins. 

The 7 Deadly Sins have been part of Catholic teachings dating as far back as the 6th century and though not actually referenced in the Bible, a list of things "God doesn't like" was reinterpreted and adopted by the Catholic Church as a moral compass by which all should live by.

Over centuries the list of 'naughty things' became the sins we know them as today:
  • Pride - The sin of vanity
  • Lust  - The sin of desire
  • Gluttony - The sin of excess
  • Sloth - The sin of laziness
  • Envy - The sin of jealousy
  • Greed - The sin of selfishness
  • Wrath - The sin of rage
From the 14th Century onwards the 7 Deadly Sins have been an inspiration for writers, performers and artists.  These days the Sins are subtly suggested or overtly obvious as framework in video games, comics, music, blockbuster movies and tv.

So what have I been tempted to paint for it? Well... I've done a colab with fellow stencil artist Floh and have taken out of storage some of my pieces about the fur industry, but you'll have pop along to the exhibition to see them.

Oh, and if you are tempted in being apart of the exhibition too the deadline for submissions is the 14 February.

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

Exhibition Opening: Friday 21 February, 6pm - 8:30pm
Exhibition: Friday 21 February - Sunday 1 March
Website

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Towels That Are Works Of Art

Ziporah
Ziporah
Ziporah
Ziporah
Ziporah
What first comes to mind when you think bathtowels? White? Plain? Ducks?... I'm thinking that patterned probably wasn't what you thought of. Though this might change as Ziporah a new Australian brand has a selection of bathroom towels featuring colourful patterns that could seriously be considered as works of art.

Ziporah's patterned and colourful collection features hand towels $35 and bath sheets $129, designed in Melbourne, Australia and made in Portugal. Now the difficult part... which pattern? I very much so like the I Am Emperor inspired by the emperor penguin.

Ditch the plain and ordinary and try something new. These towels are seriously art for your bathroom - bringing a pop of colour and luxury.

Ziporah towels are available online at www.ziporah.com.au.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hints + Tips - Get Inspired

Me (Nicole Tattersall) at the top of the North Jawbone in the Cathedral State Park, Victoria, Australia

I'm a firm believer in that you need to be inspired to create something, how can one create something from absolute nothing. How do you draw a koala if you've never seen what they look like or even heard of them? This is why I feel that whether you're a writer, a musician, painter, illustrator or anything else, you need to get out and explore.

For me my artwork and passion lies in being outdoors doing activities, thinking creatively, animal welfare and caring for the environment. So for me it's fitting that I like to go on hikes, head out into the surf and explore the natural environment.

I find the more that I explore the more I get inspired and the more passionate I feel about what I create. Get out there, meet new people, do something different, explore more and get inspired!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rhinos Are Roaming Fed Square

Rhinos Are Roaming Fed Square
I've a soft spot for art that not only raises environmental and animal welfare issues, but does so in a whimsy like manner.

Gillie and Marc's installation at Fed Square, Run for your Life, is an interactive installation featuring three magnificent rhino sculptures that invite the public to be part of their run for freedom and life. The Rhinos weigh in at 600kg to 1 tonne and stand over 2 metres long and almost 1 metre high, oh and they are interactive too. Which the rhinos making real rhino sounds and there are two for the general public to ride on too.

In 2013 nearly 700 rhinos were killed in South Africa, making it the bloodiest year yet for rhino poaching. If that wasn't horrible enough it also marked the year that the Western Black Rhino was officially declared extinct. An exhibition like this aims to raise awareness about the issues affecting the lives of rhinos.

If you're in Melbourne why not head on over to Fed Square and check out this enchanting installation. Oh and whilst you're there why not take a pic of yourself with the rhinos and help spread the word that this magnificent creatures are endanger of being wiped off the planet. 

Run for Your Life
Where: Fed Square, Melbourne
When: January to March 2014. Runs 24 hours a day
Price: Free
Website: www.fedsquare.com.au

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hints + Tips - 14 Inspirational Quotes for 2014

14 Inspiration Quotes For 2014
What ever your grand or not so grand plans are for 2014 here's a little inspiration to get you started. 14 inspirational quotes to create a little spark to get you on the way. 
  1. "You only live once but if you do it right once is enough." - Mae West 
  2. "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama 
  3. "A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for" - John A. Shedd 
  4. "As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do." - Zachary Scott 
  5. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." - Dr Seuss in Oh the places you'll go! 
  6. "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S Lewis 
  7. "Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." - Fitzhugh Mullan 
  8. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost 
  9. "A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu 
  10. "Adventure is worthwhile." - Aristotle 
  11. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas Edison 
  12. "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." - Mark Twain 
  13. "Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien 
  14. "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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