Wednesday, March 31, 2010

traditional craft

I was blown away whilst reading the paper today by a project and travelling exhibition called tayenebe: Tasmanian Aboriginal women's fibre work. Made of natural plant materials by a number of Aboriginal women and girls, the creation of the exhibition pieces has served as a means of re-connection with traditional Tasmanian fibre-craft. So minimalist, functional and exceedingly elegant.

Monday, March 29, 2010

blank film and black dog

Don't you hate it when you forget to photograph something you make before gifting it? Had a new card to show, but has been passed on now. It would have illustrated the spooky coincidence that, like this lady, i have crosses (or t's) and speech bubbles floating around in my head at the moment.

On the darker side of being in one's head I am impressed by the 21 postcards developed as part of the Black Dog Project. ( A communal and ever-growing space dealing with mental challenges, focusing on young people).
Please check it out if you have a moment.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

handmade market

Today I moseyed around the handmade market for a few hours. There was a huge number of people there, so surely a fantastic day for the makers who were selling. I picked up a few goodies, and some supplies as well. Honestly, it was lovely to be saturated in the handmade, and the quality of work and finishing in most cases was spot-on, however a lot was left to be desired on the originality front. (It was hard to not become the handmade police as a few copy-cats were selling items made obviously from other people's original designs).

Some of the cool kids that impressed me though were:
It must be said, I could not resist the above little reel of bakers twine from paperklip, presented in such a cute manner.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

bright triangle

Posted today for a fifth birthday. Book bag and gorgeous 'All In A Day' written by Cynthia Rylant and graced by Nikki McClure's solid and striking paper-cut illustrations.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

lessons the cat dragged in

(You don't want to hear the gifts our cat has been bringing me this past week).

Instead I will tell you that Cat-Rabbit is a girl, and Cat-Rabbit rocks. (The latter I already knew). The fact she is a she just brings more kudos to her wonderful but slightly scary sense of style and talent. This week I purchased one of her Cat with Fedora Hat brooches, (psst she is having a sale on this series of jewellery in her etsy shop right now). I have been wearing it endlessly already, and the tag on the box went straight to my wall, how fantastic is it!

Monday, March 15, 2010

maps of colour

I saw a bold installation by Kirsten Farrell recently and was blown away. She had created fictional topography with bright coloured plastics, layer upon layer. Definitely an artist I am adding to my ♥ list.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

little red lantern

I found myself a special little wooden letter pendant to wear to a wedding next weekend. (Which letter? It is a secret for now, never sure who is lurking).
It was made by Little Red Lantern, and I wanted to share some of the other lovely items in her shop. Something special is that all the
veneers are sourced from species not on the 'World List of Threatened Trees'.

Top: Wooden Initial Necklace (Letter A)
Middle: Wooden Bird Brooch with aqua stitching
Bottom: Wooden Geometric Flowers Earrings (Beech coloured)

Thank you Simone for the use of your images.

Friday, March 12, 2010


Onesie decorated with the chemical formula of oxytocin hand-embroidered onto natural linen.
The package of goodies to post, I thought that Lara Cameron postcard was fitting.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

in bloom(ers)

First set of bloomers completed. Difficult to photograph, but they are incredibly cute! Looking forward to seeing the 1 month old Bump model them.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

books for big kids

Birthday card to be given with this book (hard to not keep the book for myself). Finally cutting into my Camilla Engman ribbon.

Friday, March 5, 2010

finishing the unfinished

Trying to stop being the one with a stack of unfinished projects. (Like this unfinished set of photographs for my friend's fashion range, years left undone).

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

the trouble with sci-fi covers

There are many beautiful geeks in my life and therefore a lot of sci-fi books. I always gape at the dreadful covers the majority of them wear. One exception is Penguin's current group of John Wyndham novels, which all have amazingly illustrated covers by Brian Cronin.

Perhaps I should recruit some wonderful illustrators and start a tasteful sci-fi cover company?

Monday, March 1, 2010

organ donation

brain, spine, lungs.
Originally uploaded by stephiblu

A few of the blogstars have been spreading the word about Australian Organ Donor Awareness Week and I thought I would do my part too, with help of this gorgeous soft-sculpture by Steph.

If you aren't already registered to donate your organs and tissue when you or your body no longer needs them please think seriously. There is always someone who will cherish you passing them on.

If you aren't an Aussie there is probably a similar register in your own country.