Sunday, July 10, 2016

Caren's Letterpress Studio.

My friend Caren has a letterpress studio she kindly braved winter temperatures for,  just so I could make use of the large guillotine to cut up large sheets of the screen prints I did last semester at Megalo and finally turn into concertina books (thank you Megalo and ACT gov arts!).  

I've been wanting to see this studio for such a long time. Caren teaches book arts and letterpress at the ANU school of arts and is currently undertaking a Phd in Material Poetics and the Creative Book. I got that bit of info off her website Ampersand Duck but suffice it to say Caren and her type (pun intended - and I include myself here) have spent their lives judging books by their covers. The art of books. Book as art. Book arts. Artists' books. If this concept raises your heart beat even just a little check out this small selection gallery of Caren's work and swoon.

Out of everything in Caren's studio it was this 19th century press that beguiled me most.  How could it not? Even the 'feet' were lion's paws. It's a work of art itself.

Finally, the guillotined screen prints cut to size ready to be folded into concertina books.

Friday, July 1, 2016


Third piece for ANCA's Pin Six exhibition -  'Cassandra' after the Greek Myth.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wearable Art.

My five finished pieces for ANCA's Pin Six exhibition opening Thursday night. Like the name suggests - wearable art.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Perfect Imperfect by Karen McCartney.

This gorgeous new book I bought - Perfect, Imperfect - by Karen McCartney. McCartney used to be the editor of InsideOut when it was a lot slicker and she seemed to have a personal preference for midcentury modern interiors in their most classic sense, so this is a really gorgeous departure and embraces art over design, the beautiful imperfection of nature and the ethos of wabi sabi. The styling by Glen Proebstel and photography by Sharyn Cairns is exquisite too. It's dark and poetic and also features my favourite place in the world Canberra's Monster Bar and Salon at Hotel Hotel.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Greedy Heart.

One of the brooches I made for ANCA's exhibition Pin Six - The Greedy Heart. It is like a little pin cushion actually. As I was stuffing it I couldn't believe how much stuffing it was taking, how full and fat it was getting. Then of course, I remembered, of course it would be, being greedy and all. I have four others. Will try and get them up here as well over the week.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Fall 2016.

I love dresses with big coats. I love bling, pink bling. I love ruching details. I love the long fitted silhouette, the edgy style in pink. I love everything about this.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Not Over it Yet.

Still not over Gucci Spring 2016. Am I the only one having trouble keeping up with the constant seasonal turnover? How do they keep churning collections out so fast? It's like a machine. How is that a good thing?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lover's Eye.

Georgian "Lover's eye" - jewellery which came into fashion towards the end of the 18th century. Painted onto ivory and worn as a brooch, often hidden -  a clandestine gift from a lover,  having commissioned the portrait. The red locket, with a breast miniature "Beauty Revealed' by Sarah Goodridge, was given as a gift to the the US senator, Daniel Webster, a man not her husband, in 1828. Maybe not so far off from sexting. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Edie Campbell in Gucci for UK Vogue.

My passion for Gucci 2016 has yet to waver. And why would it? A rose pink neck tie embroidered with giant yellow pineapples! Image via.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Dark Shadows And The Moody Blues.

I've never seen the original tv series Tim Burton based his Movie "Dark Shadows" on so although I enjoyed the movie I did feel a little confused by the seeming changes of pace and style, not sure what direction the audience was being sent in - from tragedy to horror to comedy. Nonetheless the opening credits are up there with some of my favourite ever. The segue from gothic Victorian to Nineteen Seventies underscored by the Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin" is one of the most perfectly haunting I've ever seen. Goosbumps in the movie theatre as Bella Heathcote reappears, the tragically lost lover reincarnated two centuries later.

More Gucci.

More detail from Gucci Resort 2016. I like what Alessandro is doing with menswear. Long live embellishment.