Tuesday 28 June 2011

New mirrors in the shop

There are new mirrors in the shop. For a while now I have had "made to order" on most of them, as I have been too busy to replenish the sold ones. I have been busy making replacements, and now they are ALL ready! Bright red lips, a nice warm chestnut brown moustache, and a brand new design, inspired by an ancient mask.

The mask was in turn inspired by the hunter/collector aesthetic of Hollister Hovey and her sister Porter, whose fantastic New York apartment was featured in British Elle Decoration a few months ago, and Inside Out this month.
(Here is a nice link for the curious who do not have access to either magazine article.)

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Dancers in the shop!

Hooray! There are two new special little dancers in the shop, one with a bird for a skirt, the other a hamburger.
And there is a special price for the pair.


Meanwhile, my very dear and talented friend JP has set himself a most admirable task which he will be documenting on his blog. He writes:

"I'm throwing down the gauntlet and challenging myself not to buy another stitch of manufactured clothing and make everything from scratch."

And he will, you know, with the amount of talent and patience that he has. Go JP!

Sunday 19 June 2011

Mushrooms and Snails travel far

This is a post in two parts.

Firstly, it is my great pleasure to announce that the three little wooden creatures shown above have travelled all the way to the beautiful TarraWarra Museum of Art where they will be very well looked after in their shop. (I had such a great time meeting their lovely staff the other day. They are very excited in anticipation of hosting the Archibald Prize for the first time shortly!) A whopping seventeen more of my latest wooden creatures will be there too: the series that I have been working on the last couple of weeks. You can see them if you look at my last few posts.

The second part of this post are these beautiful photos below sent to me by the delightful and very talented Ms. Sandra Winkworth (or Swinkie) from Sydney. I posted her a mushroom and a snail recently, and in return she sent me these beautiful photos which make my work look good! Thanks so much Sandra W.

She also sent this photo of some very beautiful pokers. Sandra has a huge appreciation of nature, and her blog is a treat. I am not sure whether these flowers are the result of her toil, but they might be as she is a great gardener.

I love seeing where my work goes to live after it leaves me. Whether you have a clock, a mirror or even a greeting card propped up, please consider sending me a photo as I would love to see where it's living!

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Birds of Paradise

Not long ago I did two things. I read an article in Frankie on internet dating, in which the author* lamented the phenomenon of men wanting to meet women with "no baggage", among other things. I also watched a documentary narrated by David Attenborough which showed the incredible courtship rituals of the birds of paradise of New Guinea. As I watched the male birds preen and fail to win over the female every time, it reminded me of those men that the Frankie writer described, and it made sense to combine the two.

* I don't have a copy of issue 41 so I can't cite the author unfortunately.

Saturday 11 June 2011

Two women in progress

Two special women in progress. I have LOTS of work to finish by mid next week, more on that later. Meanwhile, lovely weekend to one and all, may it continue to be sunny wherever you are!

Prudence Flint is one of my favourite local artists, and I have been thinking about her work ALOT while making these.

Tuesday 7 June 2011

Oesophagitis illustration for Melbourne's Child

So far as a regular illustrator for Melbourne's Child (Sydney's Child, etc) I have been asked to provide pictures for some sad and difficult stories. However when I first read this one, about a boy with eosinophilic oesophagitis, I was left reeling. The sufferer of this condition is allergic to every single food there is. The boy above obtains his nutrition from a special amino acid liquid. His mother, the writer of the story, reports that he is actually quite big for his age.
I always try to show a positive side to the story; this month it was pretty challenging.

Saturday 4 June 2011

New woodens in navy and red

Because the studios near mine are being renovated, there's been a lot of building noise, and I have been sawing to my heart's content. It's been great to be able to finish an item completely before moving onto the next. As each one is completed I put it next to its friends, and the idea for the next one springs up from what's there. I liked how the Hamburger Dancer looked next to the Man + Fish and mushrooms and wondered whether another nature lover might like to join them. I had my bird book out. Would a bird make a nice skirt? I think so.