Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Meet Maurice


During the holidays i found myself sketching this hybrid rabbit dog. (Does that make him a rabbog or a dobbit?...) Anyway he is now known as Maurice. He went through some mixed media and digital collage. He has been professionally printed onto a matte postcard, he has lovely soft tones. Sometimes he like to step out, and sometimes he's a wee bit unsure - and frankly other times he is just plain frustrated.
He is also now available.

'Altered' Book Club

Sooooo an update... for just over a year now I've been part of an altered book club. 5 of us kind of all stumbled across each other and formed this group. We selected our own books, and began, by altering the cover and the 1st spread. You can see a little more here over at Shelbyville.
I must admit it has its moments of pain and suffering, as in "Good grief! it's this weekend and I've done nothing!" But then, once you push through that it's great to see what can be done. Also the revealing 'ooooh' moment of meeting up and seeing what everyone else has been working on.
I had the 'Larkin' this week, the pic above is Michelle's alteration - which responds to a Tom Jones reference on the page.. her alteration then crept over the page to which i altered with this..

which was a response to "Larkin looks into England". The post box was from a vintage childrens' book. The bus is a handmade stamp, the rest just painted or drawn. (it was 40 degrees while i was painting this).
What was interesting was observing the process - how it all just evolved and how freeing this was.. I wish i could do journal pages like this..

Sunday, January 11, 2009

And they played on..

It's been a few days of the kids going to sleep overs, having friends here, little trips out and pottering around.
Unfortunately we didn't quite time both kids out at once.. so no night off. Then it's cranky pants all-round the next day, as everyone tries to catch up on those extra hours.. aaaaah holidays!
One morning Miss R , her friend and i tried this cupcake project I'd seen in an issue of clothpaperscissors magazine. Basically you source a ceramic cupcake shape (from a $2 shop or similar) put in a bit of scrunched up newspaper, lay a bit of air drying clay of the top, add some tissue paper and some decorations.. voila!
The duck is one of Miss R's pics from a late afternoon jaunt to the damn. The scarf is a vintage find from an afternoon spent wandering Newtown.


Something else i've recently enjoyed is the sharing of a crafter-noon (not my original concept).. instead of drifting round cafes and shops, friends have popped over with a project in hand. Usually there's chat, a hot drink and a sweet thing too. This week i was working on my diary cover ... concentration was proving a little difficult and i did nearly chuck it all in several times.. BUT on i went and patch worked together some bits from my fist felt course (which was a very narrow piece - hence the thinking involved to measure it all)... I added the elastic to stop it opening in my bag, a treasured ceramic button and a little charm for a bookmark...so all set to plan my year!

It's been lovely - hope you all have enjoyed your holidays too... but now i must pack my bag ... think of me on the 7.47am back to the office in the morning... x

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Animal farm: wish list

Just before Christmas I came across these amazing pieces by Australian ceramicist Gus Mclaren who created pieces with a mid-century folk feel in Australia in the 50s and 60s. I love the shapes, the patterns and the colours. Unfortunately Santa didn't quite get round to leaving one under our tree. But you can pop into the Outre gallery to pick one up. Meanwhile i amused myself with some air drying clay and attemped an animal friend of my own. ..But er.. not quite the same feel as a hollow beautiful Mclaren piece ..so I'll go back to dreaming of the real thing..

great to curl up with...a..

BLANKET
well perhaps in front of your computer..
You probably have seen this online FREE (amazing!) magazine before: Blanket, but it's worth keeping updated and now they have a blog too. Call me 'unrealistic' but when i have my morning coffee i can't face the paper - all that bad news and misery.. So i find myself at the mac catching up on blogs and inspiring creative stuff. Issue 13 of blanket came out recently and it's great to flip through art, design, interviews and new creative stuff. They also have a donate button which i think is a great idea - an opportunity to show your support in turn for a great browse (let's face it you can't always get stuff like this at the newsagent).
BUT better still you can contribute - download the latest pdf issue here and check out the back page.
You have til the 15th choose from their next theme: BLUE or submit to the gallery.
I found myself doing this.. on a bit of packaging cardboard..

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Rolodex project


Sometime ago I came across the Rolodex Project while reading the lovely Applehead's blog here. So I decided 'Yes! that sounds great, could I play?' So went to the source at Leafcutter Designs. And my little cards arrived in the post. Then I just needed to draw a couple of objects.. so here's what I ended up with. One is of a white money box gnome my Christmas present from the kids. Then: the lint removing brush, which regularly gets used to clean up Elvie's long white hair. I guess the vintage Rolodex then becomes a portable gallery with everyones collection of drawings. See details here.
Lea has some fantastic projects on the go, definitely an amazing artist - go for a look.
I love that aspect of the internet community: participation.
Although of course the trap, is to want to join in lots of things!!
HHhmmmm what could I start????

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