Monday, July 25, 2016
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. And 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 stuff. The final nudge came when I was scrolling down my standard Facebook page in my regular brain dead, time wasting stupor, when 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 paypal - ling 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 Artists 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! Don't forget - you can check out and 'like' my new Facebook Artist' page here.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
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
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
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
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
Friday, April 22, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
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
Friday, February 19, 2016
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.