Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Just Group Christmas Party... the whole of the upstairs at The Railway Hotel in Windsor was transformed into a Vegas Casino, complete with Roulette and Blackjack tables, showgirls, cocktails, Blue man Group, Trashy brides etc - it was hella fun. I made the costumes for the Jays Crew (not much explaining needed as to what we were!) The people I work with are seriously amazing. Then we had our Womenswear department party at Basque for Spanish tapas, the Jay Jays own Christmas party at Katuk, Dave's family pre-Christmas party, the IA christmas party, lawn bowls for the Adval party. It's not even Christmas and I'm spent. xxx
Sunday, December 19, 2010
BIG weekend. Finally time to sit down and bash out this little illo that I'd had on my mind... Hardly an original concept but had to get it out of my system! Contemplating tackling the whole A-Z. Probably the worst time of year to do it as the next few weeks are looking ridiculously jam packed, but we'll see. xxx
Thursday, December 16, 2010
12 artists (including me!) were selected by one of Australia's best paper brands to illustrate a month in their 2011 Calendar. The KW Doggett Calendar is a much anticipated release each year, so I was thrilled to be included in this project. Each artist was given a dog-related phrase to illustrate, mine was "Hair of the dog".
The Calendar was launched with a big party in Collingwood at The Compound Interest. The collection of illustrations is an absolute explosion of colour printed on amazing paper stock, and cover of this 12 page beauty is even embellished with holographic foil - tight!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
I had the most beautiful birthday on Friday. My gorgeous work colleagues had flowers and cake and even presents for me - super nice of them to spoil me! I spent the evening with some of my favourite people, friends and family, stuffing ourselves with food and vino and laughter. Sooo good to get all my loved ones together! Here's a snap from Friday of me with my lovely brothers Anthony and Gonz, and my divine sister Gertie xxx
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
What better way to spend a rainy, windy Sunday afternoon than running around Elwood (think Jerry's Milk bar - way too cute!!) and Luna Park with my ever-amazing sister Katherine and my new favourite creator Britt Spring. Here's a little peek at some of the shots Britt snapped of us.. I am hanging to see the rest!! Such a fun, fun day xxx
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Here's a video from the opening of RIDE - Life in the bike lane. I was asked to create a bike for this amazing exhibition - really stoked to be a part of it. Unfortunately I couldnt be at the opening in Sydney so I was stoked to see this video!!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The newest addition to our family.. two little Bengal kittens. They are sisters and cute as hell. They sleep together and wrestle and even hug each other... way too cute. Probably won't be leaving the house for a while because I could hang out with these two for hours, STOKED!
Monday, October 25, 2010
The crew at the Sydney Bicycle Fim Festival have put up a site profiling each of the artists in the RIDE exhibition. As you can see from the list below, the line up is awesome, so it should be a great show! See here for the artist profiles uploaded so far - you might see me in there too!
DAVID WILLIAMS AND RIKI SALAM
HE SHE IT THEY I
JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON
RACHEL JESSIE RAE
DAVID WILLIAMS AND RIKI SALAM
HE SHE IT THEY I
JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON
RACHEL JESSIE RAE
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I went down to my Mum's house in Mt. Martha this weekend. I always take a walk around the garden on her 5 acre property, as my Mum and Dad planted it together and Dad really loved taking care of it.
The sun was out and the flowers were popping with such beautiful colour. My sister Gertie was visiting too so we strolled around together, it was so so lovely. I couldn't help but take some pictures to bring back to Melbourne with me to remind me of the gorgeous place my parents created. xx
Monday, October 18, 2010
My dear friend James has just launched his new business The Travelling Peelsman. Yep, he'll come to you and chemically peel your face and have you looking like a million bucks in next to no time.
I was thrilled when James asked me to create an illustration identity for him, and after several hang outs, sketch sessions and discussions, here is the finished illustration. xxx
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I was invited by the organisers of the upcoming Sydney Bicycle Film Festival 10th Anniversary, to design a bike for their show JOYRIDE. The Bike Festival started in NYC and has grown into an international event. I'll post photos of my bike when it's done (it's currently at halfway point at my house) but for now here's the link to the event incase you're a wheelie like me. CLICK HERE!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Last Saturday I flew up to Mission Beach (FNQ... nearly the very top of Australia) to meet Dave and have a long overdue holiday. Work is too busy to take more than a week off so we squeezed as much as we could in to our short time up there. We went SCUBA diving, something I've always wanted to do. The Great Barrier Reef exceeded any expectations I'd had, it was just magnificent. I saw colours under the water I didn't think were even possible, patted a giant clam and had stingrays and nemo's and parrot fish and the whole fish community swimming around me in their spectacular coral home. An AMAZING experience. We stayed at my Aunt's house which is right ON the beach... the photo is the view from the front verandah, paradise! We filled the rest of our days with lots of frisbee, walks, picnics, crozzles (my new favourite game) and just chilling the fuck out. Arrived back home last night and am straight back to the grind, with a pile of briefs awaiting my attention at The Just Group and at home. Haven't been this busy... ever.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
While I'm on a roll with the the wooden toys... I just acquired these kick ass toy blocks from miller goodman. The primary colours and clever use of geometry is just the bomb. Look at all the combos!! Each one as an amazing artowrk in it's own right. AWESOME!!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
If you are familiar with the work of Alexander Girard then you will understand my excitement at acquiring this wooden doll from his series that has recently been made available by Vitra.
I have had my eye on this set of dolls for a long time, and while bringing the whole set home is well out of my budget - for now I have my favourite "No.6".
He came in a gorgeous screen printed and numbered timber box, and he is handpainted. He also came with a beautiful little book outlining the history of the dolls and Girard's career. He is currently living next to my Junzo Terada bear on the mantle piece, and he looks quite at home. STOKED!!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Here's a handful of photos I took last night. I had these lovely glass canisters and was playing with the idea of them becoming vessels to house and display seemingly mundane objects. I like how when the objects are placed in the cannister with the lid on, they become sort of glorified in their own way. These are the first exploration of this concept, I'm looking forward to doing some more. The possibilities are pretty exciting. xxx
Monday, August 30, 2010
This is me (and our resident Hello Kitty) in my office with the most gorgeous Jasmine, who makes my work day so so so good. We have the same ridiculous sense of humour and I don't know how I'd get through the day without her. Everyone in our office is AMAZING.... The Level 4 crew of 658 Chruch Street Richmond is really a fantastic group of people. I feel so lucky to have a job that I love coming to every day where I get to paint and draw and hang with such good people while working on big fun projects together. Loving my job combined with having just moved into our very own apartment north of the Melbourne CBD makes for one happy Fleurie right now. Just need Summer to hurry up and get here now, I'm done with this Winter!! Life is good. xxx
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
In preparation for the IA 9x5 show, I have been working on a new illustration, hand painted on timber. The theme of the show this year is "Untold Stories". Mine is going to be a pretty simple image, but hopefully a powerful one. It's basically a Birka, smoking like a volcano. I can't see how the continued mistreatment of women in certain parts of the world can continue to be tolerated, so this picture is reflective of that. I'm not going to bang on about my political and moral viewpoint on this issue here, so I'll let my picture do the talking. I'll post the finished piece when the show opens, dates and venue etc to be announced.
Monday, August 9, 2010
The ultra-chilly winter days seem to be coming to a close, so I spent Sunday night snuggled up on the couch with some textas and a big blankey, while fueling my current fascination with the FLDS Church and it's Polygamist ways (CRAZY shit!!) by watching nearly the entire series of Big Love. I've also just read Escape (written by Carolyn Jessop - ex FLDS) and am about to embark on The Nineteenth Wife. I just can't get my head around how these communities form in the first place and how women agree to be so submissive to their husband for the sake of their religious beliefs. Old guys marrying young girls, teenage sons being abandoned before they become competition to the old guys, domestic violence, blind faith, brainwashing... I'm dually fascinated and appalled . I did this drawing while taking it all in.
Monday, August 2, 2010
A recent illustration, commissioned by the Cancer Council of NSW. I'm not usually a fan of the whole blue and yellow thing (reminds me of late 90's 'beach house' decor), but I'm kinda liking this bolder version. Any opportunity to try to fit a person, a candle, a measuring tape, a clipboard and a test tube into an apple - I'm up for it.
Friday, July 30, 2010
This is the second time I have posted about the website THEM THANGS. That's because it was so awesome, and then all of a sudden it died. Disappeared without warning into cyber space, taking all of it's amazingness with it into oblivion. But now it's back, and it's back with a vengeance. It's a regularly updated collection of found photos, collated by one Justin Blythe. The photos are a beautiful, insane and profound mixture of visual inspiration (although I'm not so sure about the motorbikes - am I missing something??). Definitely worth stopping by and having a look around.
Monday, July 26, 2010
So I'm pretty much obsessed with these bikes by Electra. Not only because I love riding Cruisers but also because I love the artwork of master folk artist Alexander Girard. So these bikes are pretty much my dream ride as the artwork adorning them is by the former mentioned genius. They are pricey, coming in around the $1000 mark, but worth every dime I reckon. xxx
Thursday, July 8, 2010
It has been the saddest hours I've had in a long time these past few days. Our little kitten Yuki wasn't walking properly, resulting in a trip to the vet which produced the pictured x-ray. The x-ray is a side view of Yuki's torso. We discovered she had a congenital malformation called Hyper-Lordosis, basically her spine was dipping down and crushing her heart and lungs. The more she grew the worse this was becoming. Dave and I spent an agonising day weighing up the options and in the end there was no option but to put Yuki to sleep. She would have ended up crippled and unable to breathe in the near future, something we were not going to put her through just so we could have her gorgeous company. I am so angry that she was suffering and so angry that her only way out of any suffering was to go to sleep forever. The photo of Yuki above is the last photo I took of her, while we were waiting for the vet. We cuddled and told her how beautiful she was while they injected her with this awful green life taking liquid and she went quickly and peacefully. She was such a beautiful creature who we had fallen head over heels in love with. I am totally devastated.