Saturday 30 April 2011

hanger family

above: a cross between a Kiss fan and a 1940s advertisement lady. Scarf by Mum. I think it rather suits her.
above: the DK white singlet wearing man clothes hanger! When working out how to add a male to this series, who else could it be but Elvis, or one of our own generously coiffed?
above: a cheeky child hanger, who oddly grew into a teenager while I was painting her.

These will all be going into the Craft Victoria enCounter show tomorrow!

Wednesday 27 April 2011

The big yellow face

Ideas might arrive in my head half formed, to be completed them later perhaps, like a jigsaw puzzle. Other times they present themselves complete, like this one did. I don't know why, but I thought it might be an interesting idea to make an old fashioned soldier with an enormous yellow moon-like face. Sometimes you just have to follow through with an idea to find out. Maybe his job is to lead me down a new path?

Sunday 24 April 2011

Microscopically in Vogue!

Hut 13 in Armadale was featured in the Talk Shop section of the May/June issue of Vogue Living. It was the lovely Sandra of Swinkie at Home who informed me. After I saw the page for myself, I was surprised that she spotted my work at all! Ms. Sandra, you certainly have an eagle eye... thank you.

Gustav above, who can be seen among the clocks and mirrors in the photo. In case anyone is wondering why my etsy shop has a few "made to order" items in it these days, that is because the originals are (or were) being sold at Hut 13!

Tuesday 19 April 2011

I'm tired!!!

Saturday 16 April 2011

snails and mushrooms

Just glued together, above: a snail carrying a Brac style house. Not sure if that will be a hanging or standing piece. Above that is an old shop display perspex apple adapted from a fabric design that I made for seed. That one is waiting to be successfully glued back together -- nothing has worked so far!
More mushrooms. I am quite fond of the one on the right.
Very glad right now to have a second table in the studio, where I can put all these things in progress. It's actually a giant light box, which is very handy.

Wednesday 13 April 2011

a little round face

This little face was meant to form part of a bigger piece that I am working on. I am reluctant to cut her out though for some reason, as I like her the way she is, peeking through the wood. She already looks a bit annoyed, maybe if I cut her out she will be even more so?

Sunday 10 April 2011

Work/Life II

I have finally received my copy of Uppercase's Work/Life II Directory of Illustration. My page above. Below, some other pages that I like:
above: Cynthia Merhej, who works out of London but hails from Lebanon.
above: Maddi Matthews, a talented young illustrator from Canada.
above: Jacqui Lee, also from Canada.
above: the magnificent Olaf Hajek, from Germany.
above: Andrea D'Aquino from the USA.
above: beautiful cover by Alyssa Nassner. Janine Vangool -- who pretty much does everything: write, design, distribute these little books -- is an absolute dynamo. I don't know how she does it, especially with a baby in tow, and at a standard that sets the bar for everyone else.

Wednesday 6 April 2011

House on fire + a footballer

Some more work in progress. I am yet to cut these out: the guy who manages the studio where I work has declared that he dislikes the noise of my saw so I have to make sure that he is not around when I am doing my cutting. Party pooper! I actually quite like the way that they look in these photos -- particularly the footballer below. A confusing mess of limbs, kind of like in an actual footy game. Meanwhile, the house above should look like a variation on this previous one when it's put together.

Sunday 3 April 2011

Work in progress for Craft Victoria

The first bunch of work for the Craft Victoria May window is coming together, but there's LOTS more to do in the next few weeks!