Monday, April 26, 2010

Glory glory!

My mum has started a glory box for my sister and me -who ever has kids first. I'm almost positive my sister is going to beat me to it, but I'd be gutted because there are some cute things going in there. Mum knits, sew's and crochets in her spare time and she's building up quite a collection. A while ago I bought a gorgeous crocheted blanket from Trade Aid in bright corals and blush pinks and I love it. I recently stumbled across some patterns online on how to make Babette Blankets so I'm starting classes with my mum as tutor this weekend to try my hand at crochet, I'm not too sure if I have the patience for it but am going to give it a shot!

(The above images are from a quick google search -bar the first image of the Trade Aid blankie -if they are your's they are beautiful and please don't hate me for borrowing them!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

oh Audrey!

I've had one of Audrey Kawasaki's images as my desktop background for quite a while now, I like it so much I don't think I've changed it for about 6 months! Audrey is an amazily talented person who's work focuses mainly on illustrative portraits of young women full of lust and... alluring innocence? They have a mix of vintage drawing & painting styles with japanese manga like figures. I love how she paints straight onto wooden blocks instead of canvas -it appears smoother and adds a really appealing texture to the works.
Take a peek here.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kareena Kareena

Came across another great illustrator who's talent I'm equally jealous of.

Kareena Zerefos creates great images of stories from her childhood, things she remembers and those that remind her of life growing up in the rural outskirts of Aussie. A lot of the images are based on children in animal disguise, bird's, deer, horses, bats heads & wings mixed with playful whimsical children. I also love her use of colour -watery layers with inks combined with sketch.
Harps back to a time when you believed you could grow up to be anything -absolutely ANYTHING.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Johnny boy

I was doing a spot of shopping this arvo with my mum and we wondered into Kimberly's where I fell in love with these gorgeous necklaces by Johnny Ramli. Did you fall in love with them too?!

He's taken antique coins and religious icons -cut them up into geometric shapes and placed them within oxidized silver and gold mouldings. I would not be complaining if one of these stunners happened to find it's way into my jewellry box...
He also has a pretty range of classic design clutches and bags.

hello hello

Very talented illustrator Catherine Campbell who hails from Australia and studied at the University of NSW. Check out her blog here and her portfolio here!

Side note: I've had a bit of fun overload when I first started this blog so now that I've explored and experimented with 'several' text colour schemes I'm doing an overhaul and am going to try stick to one theme! watch and see... but if I slip up now and then it's really not my fault. I can't help it I like colour too much.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

So a couple of things today to make up for the time between posts...
First off -how is it I've never heard of 'Sunprints' before! This is an awesome idea and I'm seriously considering ordering me some of the paper! check out these amazing prints by Deirdre Hawthorne -oh so pretty! The paper comes out blue but Deirdre creates digital prints from these hence the colour range in her pieces.

ok so the low down -It's a photographic paper that you place objects on and sit in the sun (for a certain amount of time -my googling hasn't told me just how log yet...) then you rinse with water and vollah! you have a great print!

hmmmm very tempting to purchase but I think I need to explore my gocco before I try anything new again. Must stick to one thing at a time! I get distracted far too easily.

Next up is just a little random thing -my impression of a chicken... a ceramic tile made when I was about 7 or 8??? Actually not entirely sure of this age -I should have taken a photo of the sign but I didn't so we'll just take a wild guess. Any who my sister and I both made one, I rememeber it was during a holiday break and we went to a pottery place and got to play around with these tiles, I had no clue what to draw on mine until I looked around and found chickens wondering around (we were on a farm), my sister drew a book.

I don't think I knew at the time what was happening with these tiles but they ended up in the town centre on a massive mural wall. I walked past it today with my trusty camera and thought hey I should probably take a picture just in case as you never know it may be torn down tomorrow. So there you have it. My first chicken drawing. I'm sure of it.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Have been playing around a bit again with some pencil drawings scanned into photoshop... not too sure I like them but are good to practice my colour combos with... as garish as they are.

I'm supposed to be coming up with a print design to use on my brand new -second hand- Gocco! I can't wait to use it but I don't want to rush into it too quickly as there aren't a lot of supplies for it. BUT I keep getting distracted and off on a tangent, I'm over thinking it. I need to just draw a scribble and print that!

RightO back to the drawing board.