Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
"When Ray Eames sent one of Marilyn Neuhart’s Mexican cotton dolls to Alexander Girard in 1959, Mrs. Eames probably didn’t predict the decades-long working relationship that would result. The organic quaintness of the Neuhart dolls mixed perfectly with Girard’s folk art sensibilities, making them the impetus of a successful creative partnership......" as reads the Alexander Girard website House Industries.
I am an Alexander Girard NUT... and even though this isn't made by him...the fact the he had one too is enough to get me all excited. (I got it as a print too...and his book.... I'm obsessed.) It's a long way from Denmark, so here's wishing you a safe travels in the post little dude!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
So I wake up 3.30am Sunday night with a tummy ache... struggle through work the next day and in the afternoon it's all too much so I head to the GP, who sends me to the Emergency Ward at Cabrini Hospital, where the nurses fill me up with morphine and remove my appendix before I have time to blink. It was all very quick and blurry thanks to the drugs and now I'm a prisoner at home waiting to get better so I can start doing normal things again...like drive.
So rather than wither away my downtime, I've been keeping myself busy making some new work, the VOILA! poster you see here is one of my favourites to come out of this post-op studio session. I've never produced anything while on morphine before, so this has been an interesting time.
Once I'm back on my feet I will be out shooting some of the SMIGGLE stores, as my illustration for their Christmas promo is now going into stores, yay!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
We stayed with Krissy and Rol at Palm Beach, went for bike rides, ate tacos at Wahoo's and even got a new tattoo by the lovely Diego over at Borderline tattoo.
I held a talk and workshop the day after the opening (I can't believe people paid to come and listen to me talk!! Crazy!) and the most delightful group of people attended. They were all so talented and produced some beautiful works. The workshop was unreal and I made some lovely acquaintences.
I cut my trip short and came home early as I have lots of illustration work on, including a really cool brief from Monster Children magazine, which I am totally syked to be working with.
Also working on a big job for a paper company, I can't wait to post about it :)
Monday, October 19, 2009
It's been almost a year in the making, and finally I am about to leave on a jet plane for lovely Queensland. My to-do list is long and jam packed with fun stuff like opening parties, artist talks and workshops (which I'm presenting as part of the ARC Biennial), installing the show (always my favourite part of the process, really!) and catching up with friends and family who live up north. Dave is coming up Friday to be there for the show which is awesome. I imagine there'll be a butterfly or two in my tummy on opening night so it will be nice to have a hand to squeeze.
Above is the invitation for the show, feel free to come along to the opening or pop in later as the show runs until November 20, 2009.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I haven't posted anything in ages as I have been buried in my own little world pulling together all the last minute things in preparation for my upcoming solo show at 19KAREN. I have had some great sponsors jump on board, including The Pepin Press - who make some of my favourite design books ever, Frankie Magazine - always lovely, and Yabby Lake Vineyard - who make some of my favourite wines ever, so I'm chuffed that they are behind me :)
Above is a snap from my studio of some skulls I have been painting, kindly taken by Dave. I leave for QLD to set up on the 21st October, and I am soooo excited!! xxx
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Hailing from NYC, The National are hands down one of my favourite bands in the world. I'm not even going to try to explain what they sound like, you just need to listen to them.
When I found out that the yellow bird project have released a tee design by the band, I raced to check it out. Here she is in all her circular symmetrical beauty...
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
It's been a big week, preparing for the opening of the Illustre show in Prahran, putting together work for my solo show in October, creating new designs for my lovely clients (I can't wait to post what I have been working on!!) and all the other craziness that fills my days.
The biggest news this week is that I won an award! The Illustre show opening was also an awards night (I had no idea they would be giving awards! I just thought it was a party...) Anyway, I was very excited to win the
Illustrators Australia Overall Consistency Award
The main prize for this award was to be granted membership to Illustrators Australia, which I am really excited to be a part of, they have so many good Illustrators on their books!!
You can see my new profile with IA here
Saturday, August 29, 2009
ALSO... after my crazy week last week, the last five working days have been so much fun. I have a new freelance project for a certain stationary brand (one of my favourites) and I got my first pair of glasses. The daily 4pm computer headache was getting the better of me. Secretly I really dig wearing them. I don't know why but I feel alot smarter when I put them on.
I have dinner at Mr.Wolf tonight which I'm really excited for and then back to the mac...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
With our land looking so gorgeous at the moment, I was inspired to make a series of leaf artworks, above is one of the three I completed today. They are not inside my normal realm of image making, but I like the colour scheme and the prospect of applications a design such as this could be used for. I especially had fun making the patterns, I eyeballed all the placements so I am pretty pleased with the result xxx
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I bent my head back and twisted around trying to see all the stars at once, but I now know this can't happen. A little dancing twinkle caught my eye and I tried to stay very still to determine if it was the star moving or if it was me.
I called my sister to say, with some embarrassment, that I'd 'asked' Dad for a shooting star, and got a dancing one instead - I was pretty stoked with this astronomical response.
She asked me if I had been drinking and as I replied 'a couple of glasses', right aside the dancing star a shooting star whizzed by. As quickly as it appeared it had dissapeared.
Floored, and torn between the likelihood of a coincidence and my wish for it to be a split second of contact with my Dad, I stared at the dark empty space left where the shooting star had dissolved.
I belive in nothing and everything at once, all I know is I was left grinning from ear to ear, and still am.
I miss you Dad.
This photo was taken at my 6th birthday party in Sydney.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I had a rummage around in a box I found full of old bits and pieces that hadn't been given much attention since we moved house over eight years ago. Inside was lots of cute little bits and pieces from our family's past... I even found a story folder full of stories I must have dictated to some very patient person before I could write, and then I've taken the typed story back to my desk and illustrated it.
This space story is from Grade 1 at Red Hill Primary School. I'm thinking of doing a grown up version of this illustration... I'll ad that to my giant to-do list!
Monday, July 20, 2009
In the mean time, I have posted links to my agent and my gallery and this little blog on the main page. I have a show at 19KAREN opening on the 24th of October this year, so until then I will be working flat stick on what is certain to be my biggest show to date. I will try to post as many updates as possible in the meantime!
In other exciting news, the work from my series Something Wicked This Way Comes is currently being featured in my favourite design magazine, IDN. This magazine has provided me with years of good reading and is a great source of inspiration to me and lots of my fellow design-heads, so I am thrilled to be worthy of inclusion in it's pages.
For any queries regarding my past, present or future work, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Allured by it's divine window display, I walked into what is without doubt the best fabric store in the world as I know it.
Sorry for the cliche`- but like a kid in a candy store - I trowled through rolls and rolls of patterns printed onto beautiful linens and cottons with absolute glee, and while the fabrics aren't on the cheap side (and why should they be?), it was the best Euro I have ever spent. It was very hard to leave this place knowing that it will be a while before I can return, so luckily they have an online store (website experienced definitely enhanced if you speak German)
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FRAU TULPE ONLINE STORE
I have a pile of work to get on with so for now, I've posted a picture of the gorgeous Klaus Haapaiemi Mug that I picked up whilst in Helsinki... it's helping me get through the day by filling it with lots of coffee to make the jet lag go away....
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Click here for my JW page
Meanwhile I am working hard creating pieces for my show at 19KAREN in October, working on a collaboration with designer Su Wen Yeong, marking exams and writing reports, still teaching, renovating our house, and getting everything else done that needs to be done before I head to Europe in a tiny amount of days. I can't wait to sit my tired ass down on one of the beds on the beach on Hava Island and smooch Mr.Howard and fall asleep in the sun.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I took myself for a much needed venture through the thrift stores in our town, and to my suprise some new ones have popped up since my last day of solitary fossicking a few months back. The focus of today's hunt was for books with lovely illustrations to ad to my collection. As always I aimed for the childrens section first, and I was rewarded. I came home with a sweet stack of mostly vintage books and once I have boiled the kettle I will have my afternoon activities sorted. The two books pictured in this post are two of my favourite book covers from my recent purchases. The one on the left has been illustrated by Roberta McDonald. I love the monochromatic cover with the splashes of vibrant red and yellow. The red and black sections are also embossed, so this book cover is a lovely one to hold. The book on the right is a little notebook I bought myself recently, created by o-check press. I am obsessed with this cover, it is a beautiful illustration. This notebook sits on my desk and I still havent written in it, I just love looking at it. It's an absolute fucking delight to own it.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I loved LEGO as a kid and I am now in love with it even more since discovering that not only are LEGO releasing an Architecture series, but that this series will include miniature build-your-own LEGO versions of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and the Guggenheim in NYC. Rather than rant on about how excited I am about this new series, I will simply post the link to the site which has more info, including the official press release from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation:
Monday, May 25, 2009
When an invitation to attend a friends wedding in Germany arrived a little while back, Dave and I grabbed the nearest Atlas and began mapping out a little European holiday for ourselves to coincide.
We have both been to Europe individually, so we created a journey that would see us experiencing places that were new to both of us. I have marked out our route on the little map here, it's going to be three weeks of deliciousness, as we work our way from Italy, to the island of Hava (off Croatia) then to Stuttgart for the wedding and then to the place I am most excited for, Berlin.
We'll be spending two nights in Honk Kong so I can go and meet the lovely people at IDN magazine (the June / July 09 issue of IDN will have an article about me in it YAY! ) and get a hurried fix of their amazing food and culture. We leave in three weeks, I cannot wait to to step off the plane and into the European sunshine with my gorgeous Mr. Howard....
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I have made this little 50's illustration inspired image tonight for the Bespoke Letterpress. I love playing around with colours and angles and type so this was fun. In the last couple of days despite my best efforts to stay healthy, I have come down with a cold and my eyes have had enough of staring at things for hours on end so it's time to call it a day.
Darling Dave and I are to celebrate our one year anniversary this weekend...we are unsure of what the date actually is, but he asked me to set aside this weekend because he has a suprise in store, so I am very excited for the weekend to arrive and also doing my best to get better!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The show will open on the 24th of October 2009 and run until the 21st of November 2008. If you are in town make sure you come along.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Now onto explaining the title of this post....
I was reshuffling the top shelves of my wardrobe last night, and found a small case filled with old sets of pins and needles. I know the house my Dad cleared out a few years ago belonged to an old lady who had been the owner of a habedashery store. I guess these were part of her left over stock. I particularly like the pink LONDON casing.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
My sister Gertie acquired an 8 week old canine treasure this week. He will probably turn into a giant-turd producing ball eater in a matter of months, but for now, 'Neil' looks like he should still be in the womb and behaves accordingly. So dumb and floppy and sporting a fine coat of indescribably soft baby hair ... consequently DIVINE. Funny how everything turns peaceful with such a beautiful dependant creature in your company.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
This one I have cleverly named Snow Lady and she is one of my favourites.
Opening this bottom drawer turned out to be a pandoras box of pictures I had not seen before. Seeing pictures of myself as a little girl made me ache to be tiny again, and brought on a strong realisation that time waits for no one. Now every second that ticks on my annoyingly-loud-but-beautiful SWATCH watch reminds me that my life is another second closer to ending.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I have had a good year despite missing my father like crazy, but today was the toughest day so far. It was like having him die all over again, flowers arriving, an abundance of family and friends popping in to offer their condolences. It's nice to know how many people keep us in their thoughts as I've been overwhelmed at the amount of people who have let me and my family know that they are thinking of us today because they remember today was the day that we lost the most magnificant man we have known.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
My cockatiel Tiny has developed a thing for launching himself from me onto my wine glass. I really like to drink wine. I really don't want to drink wine that my cute little bird has frolicked in. This is officially my biggest problem in life to date.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I ran into one of the members of the band Margins at the Propagandhi show in Melbourne two weeks back. He asked me if I would do some artwork for them, because I was pissed I offered to do it for free too. Idiot. I am really busy so this is the last thing I have time to be doing. Thankfully I really like the band so wanted to start right away. I took a lonely a4 sheet of paper with me and tried doodling but nothing was happening. I ended up writing this instead. Strange as I never, ever write. It's about an event from earlier in the afternoon where I tried to get my pet bird Tiny to sit in a boat I made for him so I could make him sail on our pond. Disasterous.