Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Numbat on the numbat market!

I'm having a stall at the Made on the Left markets on Sunday! It's at the State Theatre Centre of WA in Northbridge from 10 – 4. There will be 70 very talented stallholders with everything made in WA. Yay!

Competition: Name the Numbats!
Can you think of the perfect name for this trio of crafty numbats? You could win a print of the artwork to pick up from the market! Either comment on this post, on Facebook or email your suggestion to nicole [at] and give these little creatures the names they've been waiting for!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Montage 9

Montage Pop-up shop is back for the 9th time! It's on William St again, but this time down the other end, near Brisbane St and neighbour to Beau est Mien and William Topp. I am very happy to be involved again and can't wait to take more things in there. 
There are 8 of us taking part this time and we've also got a few special guests.
Make sure you come in and have a look as we will only be there until the end of August. Opening hours are Tues - Fri 11 - 6, Sat 11 - 5, Sun 11 - 4.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The numbats are out of the bag!

I can finally reveal the rest of my numbat illustration!

I was so excited to be asked to do the poster for the July Made on the Left market. It is my favourite market to do and I like it so much, I am even a volunteer committee member and part of the team that organises it. I had my first stall at a Made on the Left market in 2008 and haven't missed one since so I am very happy to be able to do this illustration. I chose numbats as the stars of this poster as they are a WA emblem (and I like drawing cute little animals). I like to image that somewhere out there a group of crafty numbats is getting together and making jewellery, knitting and painting, getting ready for their very own market (possibly called Made in the Bush). They'd have bunting made out of gum leaves, their goods spread out on tree trunks and pay for things with termites...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mystery numbat

I have a sneaky preview of something I'm working on at the moment. This cheeky little fellow is part of a larger image which will be unveiled soon and I'm excited!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sculptures by the Sea

Every year, Sculpture by the Sea is on at Cottesloe Beach with more sculptures than you can poke a stick at (please do not poke the artworks). The exhibiting artists are from all around the world and the sculptures range from small to enormous and conservative to controversial. This year the sculptures attracting the most publicity were the giant goon bag and the Barbie wave.

Cottesloe Beach with 'Bulk Carrier' (aka Giant Goon Bag) by Norton Flavel (WA) on the right

The giant goon bag had seen better days by the time we got to it. It lay semi-deflated on the sand, pulsating and undulating like a beached alien whale with its underbelly peeling silver and its seams threatening to pop a leak at any moment. That didn't stop the cameras snapping and the people posing in front of it and it seemed to be one of the most popular sculptures there! Also the one most likely to be alive.
'Permanent Sunset' by Alejandro Propato (Argentina)

'Wave 1' by Annette Thas (WA)  
Thousands of Barbie dolls made up "Wave 1" which was also very popular and surrounded by crowds. With more second-hand Barbie dolls than you'd find at a Barbie bargain barbeque, it was a sight to behold! Masses of blonde hair and naked bodies (some headless) crashing down upon you would be much worse than getting dumped by an actual wave, especially with all the arms poking out at all angles and the many staring eyes and fixed smiles...

'Rescheduling Permanence' (aka Doily Hut) by Helen Seiver (WA)

 'Fetch (2012)' (aka Almost Invisible Dogs) by The Winged Collective (VIC)

'Once Removed' (aka Glass Feet) by Robert Barnstone

'Der Traum' (the dream) by Wolfgang Friz (Germany)

Once again, it was an interesting evening at the beach, racing around to see all the sculptures before the sun went down and nicely finished off with an ice cream. Yum!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Two arts, please!

It's festival season again! And, as usual, there is a great visual arts program to go with the Perth International Arts Festival, starting with Paramodelic-Graffiti by Paramodel and The Tenth Sentiment by Ryota Kuwakubo, both at John Curtin Gallery.

Paramodel is two Japanese artists, Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano, who create large-scale art installations and travel around the world to install them. Their latest work is their largest yet and uses blue toy train tracks, foam mountains, paper, sand, toy animals and model construction equipment. Despite these simple components, the patterns and worlds they create are quite complex. Each installation is designed specifically for its location. The artists use computer programs to help map out the intricate paths of the train tracks, with areas of symmetry. Yasuhiko Hayashi, 2 assistants and a team of helpers worked for a month from 8am to 8pm every day to get the installation ready for opening night. They bring the "Plarail" train tracks from Japan and then try to get all other materials locally. They like to add a few local fauna, which is why you will find kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and cockatoos in the landscape.

From outside the gallery, you will see the blue train tracks 'escaping' the building. Stepping inside, you will see more tracks, travelling around the walls and ceiling with little cranes interspersed but when you enter the gallery, you will become immersed into a world of blue and white, with the walls, floor and ceiling engulfed in paramodelic graffiti!

The Tenth Sentiment
 will also engulf you as you walk into a dark room lit only by the headlight of a model train moving slowly along the track, alongside which are various objects casting changing shadows on the walls. As the different shadows loom out of the darkness, you are taken on a journey through space and time...

These exhibitions have to be experienced to fully appreciate the work so I recommend you get there before they close in April. There are plenty more interesting and unusual arts events coming up, such as an inflatable Stonehenge, and I'm looking forward to seeing them soon. Yay for festival season!

Friday, January 31, 2014


My work was recently chosen to be letterpress printed by Whiteman Park Print Shop and featured in a letterpress exhibition along with 19 other artworks! The theme was "My Perth" and it had to be in 2 colours - orange and blue. The exhibition was part of Whiteman Park Print Shop's letterpress printing 25th anniversary celebrations.

I always think of the Swan River as being the heart of Perth and of course it's namesake - the swan! So I came up with a sketch of a swan floating down the Swan River with a baby swan on its back (to increase the cuteness factor) and a view of the Perth city skyline in the background... then I set about turning it into something suitable for a 2 colour letterpress print. 

I've never had anything letterpress printed before and was very excited to see how it would turn out. But I had to wait til the opening day of the exhibition to see it in person. I was not disappointed as it looked even better than I had imagined! I really like the brightness of the colours and being able to see the slight indentation of the printing plates and the texture of the paper. As well as seeing the other artworks at the opening, I also got to see the old letterpress equipment in use and lots of samples of letterpress printing. It was very interesting!

Thank you to Ann and the team at Whiteman Park Print Shop for organising and printing. I hope I will get to participate in something like this again!

Note: In case you're wondering about the 'third colour' in my print, it was achieved by overprinting, so the orange and blue were printed on top of each other to create another colour.