Saturday, June 25, 2011

Getting my paint on..

So after totally falling in admiration, for Lisa Congdon after her book arrived in my mail box..
I then became a student in her and Mati McDonough's Summer Get your paint on course..
Go here if you want to know more or see when the next one is available.
Have you done any online study? (I'm a newbie). It's great - they post inspiration, tips and projects.. while the students upload their work. Naturally we'd all love to live in the cool creative places where all the arty things happen, but well.. those nooks are spread out all over the world aren't they? And who knows which nook is where we should be nesting? BUT that's the great thing about online.. log on, upload and hello class mates!
Last week the inspiration was along the theme of quilts and grids..
this was where i began..
It's about a4 on packing cardboard, it was therapeutic and initially i enjoyed it. But by the end of this piece i felt it was dull and lacking. Then i moved to a piece of craft wood.. (sold at Spotlight as placemats?)

I liked the colours and the fact i could scratch at it like mad.. since i had been experimenting with hobby #43 and learning to crochet, i had that on my mind.. so i hand wrote some crochet jargon.. while not dull, i'm not entirely sure if i went too far?
This week we were looking at being inspired by an artist.. OH! where do i begin? I realised that i quite like grouping objects..

This was taken using instagram app, in my kitchen - while trying to inhale my porridge before running out the door, one morning last week..
Oh great - i thought! i can use Morandi's style and colour palette.. you can see how that would work, yes?

Then i remembered the dudes i bought on Etsy:

Then i painted this:
It was ok, but i still had to move to a scratchy wood panel.. where i ended up with this:

So, the other part of this week's exercise was to look at our personal style. What was mine? That is something i've been chasing the answer to for quite some time. Today, i decided part of my style is a scratchy/texture business and some words! phew. Revelations can be exhausting. Have you had one?


So you may have seen uppercase magazine: for the creative and curious...
put simply it is unique. I'm thinking that Janine Vangool, it's editor, designer and publisher must be superhuman. To have created an independent quality title that features gorgeous images, interesting people, quirky themes and interesting bits and pieces.. well let's just say she can't sleep much. But thank goodness she just keeps going because now she has turned her incredibly creative hand to book publishing..
I took advantage of their book bundle deal..
and the first few arrived over the last couple of weeks..

While the "Elegant Cockroach' is a wonderfully illustrated tale of a Spanish guitar playing insect visualised through clever collage.. it's the other two that i curled up on the couch with..

Work/life 2 is a handy book - packed full of 100 illustrators from around the world. You can pop over to the itunes store and download the app version free! For anyone who is interested in or inspired by illustrators this is the book for you.. (it would also be a great gift for a teenager thinking of a creative arts career). The pages feature an interview with the illustrator, shots of their studio (always a hit) images of their work and their details..

i may have to read it some more after this..
THEN there was Lisa Congdon and A collection a day.... aaahhhhh..

Packaged in a special little tin of it's own each of Lisa Congdon's 365 collections are displayed here.
Whether painted, photographed or sketched the result is awesomeness.

This is one of my favourites. Not only are there perfectly balanced grids, the pages show a variety of objects that have you reacting a bit like at a firework display.. with plenty of 'oooohs' 'aaahhhss' and 'oorrrrwwwws'.

As we embrace the age of the e-book there are still reasons to sniff some paper ones too....

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Photomobile project

This year (as opposed to before) i seem to have signed up for various projects.. a few months ago is it was the Photomobile project run by the Arthouse Co-op. You could choose a theme, they sent you a disposable camera. You used it. You sent the prints to them. They tour the exhibition.
The camera had its limits. 400asa, limited focus etc etc... BUT the idea and process was fantastic.. some of the shots were quirky in a grainy-sort of-out of focus way..

My theme was : 'Adventures of a super hero". Miss R (13 yrs) also signed up, her theme was "the last thing i remember' - which she interpreted as a sort of fainting still life..
These images here were taken with our own cameras as we went, to record our progress. These are not the disposable camera prints..

So what did i think of the whole thing? well my skills in shooting with a disposable camera were fairly hit and miss. Although choosing such a tiny subject matter was a little silly. On the upside i got to stitch kewpie a super hero suit and i made a zine from the photos! So my advice there is go ahead and just do a project.. don't ask why.. just see where it'll lead.. meanwhile i'll be checking out the photo mobile website later in the year to see how everyone else did..

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What's been happening?

.. in my neck of the woods? Winter has begun. The rain has set in. Tricky business for getting washing done.. Excellent for catching up with my mum over pancakes, checking out op shops, skimming around the internet, signing up for projects and practicing my treble and double crochet stitches..
Note: the penguins + table were picked up one Saturday morning at Vinnies for $8 after i had cleansed my wardrobe of several bags of clothes.. yes folks, karma does exist.
The gorgeous soldiers were added 'to cart' from Japan via Etsy.. i'll have to tell you more about the books, cloth + other projects next time.. what's been happening with you?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

the chain gang?

So last weekend i put the zines and paper goods aside and purchased a pattern from ravelry, a hook and yarn..
For a while now i've a) wanted to be wearing a flower lariat and b) be someone who can crochet.

I took said items to a friends place, after dinner i asked her to start me off on a flower. Within 3 minutes i realised that this was not going to be my first project. We agreed that she show me how to chain and treble stitch.. off i went onto the GRANNY SQUARE..

I couldn't believe it.. as it started to resemble something.. and without wanting to encourage drinking - let me just say that the whole process was easier after a wee glass of wine.. the minute my brain switched back on, self doubt kicked in.. meanwhile my dear friend continued on with the flowers..

and Voila! here they are... a gorgeous accessory indeed..


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