Friday, March 3, 2017

The 'Statement Sleeve' with Saint Laurent.

Now is a great time in fashion history to be a sleeve. The only question being, what took us so long? The possibilities seem endless as Saint Laurent took full advantage of black to highlight some super sleeve silhouettes for the recent Paris collection. More of the SL Fall 2017 collection here.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Gill Button Fashion Illustrations.


Rich in depth and lush in colour, these Fashion Illustrations by Gill Button, have been executed with oils. Among other clients Button has illustrated for Prada, Dior, Westwood and is a major client of Gucci and Dries Van Noten. More works, including ink, on her website. 




Sunday, February 26, 2017

Florence Foster Jenkins — Hugh Grant Dance Scene.


I know not everyone loves Hugh Grant. Maybe his foppishly romantic roles from the 90s and their tendency to grate? Still, he completely won me over as Will Freeman in About a Boy, the 2002 film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel. I actually don't see how anyone can dislike that movie. Toni Collette's agonisingly comic portrayal of Fiona - the suicidally depressed vegan — is a modern classic and if you only get that much out of the film it is worth your time.
I digress though — here Hugh Grant is in Florence Foster Jenkins and one of the best movie dance sequences I've seen in a while. I have no idea what this kind of dance is called apart from Swing,  or what goes on about 60 seconds in, but it looks awesome. Gorgeous jazz age set design too.




Monday, February 20, 2017

Edda Gimnes.






Edda Gimnes — a Norwegian designer whose fashion drawings literally become the garment in a nice subversion of process. She scans the drawing, blows it up and prints onto canvas. In particular I am loving the shoes.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Work Space in Fifties Palette.

Feeling so smug about putting up my box shelf and finally making my work space workable that I'm putting up the evidence. Wish I had taken before photos. The last photo is how the rest of the room still looks.




Monday, November 28, 2016

Vintage Knitting Nancy.



I visited a friend recently who had fished out some old treasures to display in a pink jewellery display case. Among them was her old Knitting Nancy — something I had loved as a child. This made me jealous I had not hoarded my own Knitting Nancy away once I had moved on to the next 70s craft fad (macrame). This meant I had to get on ebay and find one for myself which was relatively easy to do. It's not as great as having my own original childhood one but she's still pretty cool.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Vinny Dolls.


Vinny Dolls are the best rag dolls I've seen. Not only the craftwork, but Vinny has an unusual selection of muses. While there's the ubiquitous Frida Kahlo, there is also Travis Bickle — the Robert De Niro character from Taxi Driver — and fashion luminaries, Iris Apfel, Karl Lagerfeld and Coco Chanel. Here's Vinny's website.

Travis Bickle


                             Iris Apfel                                                                        Karl Lagerfeld
                                    

Coco Chanel.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Facebook Artists' Page.


You know I've been on Pinterest for a while, right? On top of social media in all kinds of ways, 45 followers on instagram....Then just last week, if that wasn't saying 'overexposed' loudly enough, I went and got myself a Facebook artists' page. I know, I'm like all over this platform thing. The final nudge came when I was scrolling down my standard Facebook page in my regular brain dead, time wasting stupor, and out jumped a post for the Luxembourg Art Prize. I have no idea what made me think entering the Luxembourg Art Prize would be a good use of my time but before I knew it  I was thinking Yes! I want to be exhibiting to an international audience at the Galerie Herve Lancelin and then before you could say ‘Herve who?’ I was paypal-ing them my family's last 76 Euros instead of paying the orthodontists bill.

Anyway somewhere along the exhaustive, multi step, online entry form they asked for my Facebook Artist's page. I better get one of those, I think, that won't take long. Or be confronting. Or make me feel like I'm putting myself...out...there.

No worries. It will all be worth it when I travel to Luxembourg and win the prize. I cannot wait to meet Herve Lancelin himself as he shakes my hand and hands over the the 25,000 euros needed to begin my new body of work!

You can check out and 'like' my new Facebook Artist' page here.

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

Cassandra.


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