I just found out i'll be at the next Finders Keepers market here in Melbourne. I'm currently scheming up lots of new goodies, right alongside all the new bits and pieces I'm making for my exhibition... which opens the night before!
If you haven't made it to a Finders Keepers market yet, you should get down as they're excellent events. Hopefully i'll see you in April...
I'm currently preparing for an upcoming exhibition at The People's Market in Collingwood. The People's Market is an excellent little spot with good food and drink and small galleries found inside converted shipping containers. I will have more information regarding the opening night party and exhibition dates towards the end of March (the show will be in April). For now, I'm working on new pictures! It's my first exhibition in almost two years and it feels nice to hang up the illustrator's hat for a while and concentrate on my own personal work.
In my real world nine to five type job, I sometimes work with a very talented artist and animator by the name of Rebecca Hayes. She's my go-to when I want to discuss the latest episode of Girls or need a recommendation for a good period drama. She also has her finger on the pulse when it comes to excellent websites and these are two that she recently recommended:
If you follow those links you might loose some hours.
(Images by Phoebe Wahl - phoebewahl.com)
We recently moved house and yikes, what a drag that was. I haven't moved house in about seven years, I very quickly realised that I also haven't thrown anything out in seven years. I am a hoarder - I was a blissfully unaware hoarder. Not any longer, I have made a promise to myself that I will no longer collect unwanted things in boxes which I pile high in the backyard shed. I don't even have a backyard shed now... thank goodness.
Anyway, other than that, the point of this post was to address the fact that I now need to begin a new garden. This is kind of exciting, partly because I can plan the whole system from scratch - I'm going to have uniform beds with a drip irrigation system! I'm also getting the bunnies on board in a permaculture kind of way; Dot and Digger - super rabbits/poop machines - are going to provide me with plant based, animal friendly compost. For now though, I'm planting a new batch of seeds, preparing some winter greens - kale, silver beet, lettuce and parsley. One step at a time.
These most beautiful illustrations (above) are by an artist called Pheobe Wahl. You can find more of her work at phoebewahl.com. I must admit they represent my make-believe house and vegetable garden, but one can always dream...
Thank you so much if you visited my print sale this week! I'm so grateful to be able to keep my little Etsy store kicking along and I do hope you enjoy your new pictures. All the prints will be sent out on Monday so keep a lookout for the postman.
Other than that, I just found out the newest Urban Walkabout guide is available today!
Print sale is on, embroidery added and packaging supplies ready and waiting!
Come visit me over here:
For my first post of this new year I'm here to say I'm having a print sale! For two days only, this coming Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th, all prints in my Etsy store (both open edition and limited edition) will be 40% off.
I will also be listing a recently completed embroidery which you can see below - another ode to the wonderfully mad March Hare.
Hope to see you on Wednesday, here's where you can find all the action:
Thank you. I hope you are having a wonderful start to the New Year!
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I hope you are having a lovely time right now, whatever it is that you are doing!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog during the year, it means a lot to me to know that there are at least a few people out there reading these little bits and pieces I post. I hope to see you again in 2013.
Here's to some love and peace and happiness and calm and gentleness on earth. x
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Recently Craft Victoria asked me if I would like to work on a little collaboration with them to illustrate a ceramic cup and bowl set. I said yes just about as quickly as I possibly could. I love Craft Victoria. In fact if I wrote down a list of all the people I would like to work with as an illustrator, they would feature pretty high up the top. They make nice things, and they support artists and crafters who make nice things. So, you can possibly tell it was with happy hands that I got out my pen and ink and started drawing some ideas. As seen above, part of the process has been cutting out and sticking said drawings around a beautiful ceramic cup and bowl created by Ingrid Tufts - just to get an idea of how it will all play out.
That's where it's at right now and hopefully I will have more pictures of the finished pieces very soon.
This set will be stocked in the Craft Victoria shop, if you are interested you can keep an eye online as I think it should be for sale sometime in the next few weeks:
By now you might have seen the latest issue of Frankie magazine - it's been the talk of the town, and rightly so - it is beautiful! This is Frankie magazine's 50th issue and I'm so glad to be included in it. I have a lot of love for Frankie magazine, I believe their support has been one of the main reasons why I get to do what I do. The ladies behind Frankie have supported me as an artist, employed me as an illustrator, put my work on wrapping paper and calendars, photographed my home, sponsored my exhibitions and have always been all round lovely, supportive women to work with.
So this is my Frankie love post! Thank you Frankie magazine and happy 50th issue!
(Oh... and that's my desk up there, in all it's messy, ink spotted glory.)