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. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Montage returns!

Montage pop-up shop is back again! This is our eighth shop and we're still loving it! This time we are at 224b William Street, Northbridge and it's packed with locally made products from 12 designers, including Tall Rabbit products! Yay!

At the moment we have a spooky window display as part of the Carnival Macabre with lots of skulls, ghosts, bats and roses.

Inside is a little less spooky...

Inside Montage - photo by Brian Hadwin

Here is a selection of products from all of the Montage members:

Tall Rabbit - photo by Brian Hadwin
Tall Rabbit cat cushion and grumpy cat picture - photo by Brian Hadwin
Anna Hadwin Crochet Toys - photo by Brian Hadwin
Lamonster dress - photo by Brian Hadwin
Delight Society
Ella and Lily
Caldi - photo by Brian Hadwin
Simonette Ceramics
Fluid Ink Letterpress
Neddynibbles apron - photo by Brian Hadwin
Major Mitchell  

Every week we will be having a special guest artist and this week's is NovelTea Vintage:

NovelTea Vintage
All Montage members take turns to work in the shop so come in and visit and to check out our new guest artists every week! We'd love to meet you!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bunny box!

 I made a little bunny box to put small things, like hairclips, in. 

I love it! It's so cute! :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Made on the Left winter market

Made on the Left poster by Natasha Muhl

I'm looking forward to the July Made on the Left market at the State Theatre Centre of WA on Sunday 28th July from 11am - 5pm. It's going to be huge! There will be stalls on four levels of the Theatre Centre so make sure you look at all of them! You'll find me in the entrance foyer so come and say hello!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Super Supanova

It was a busy weekend at Supanova! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my stall and I especially liked hearing the stories of where Tall Rabbit products have got to! There were some great costumes out there and I hear the Weasley twins were hot and the Hoff was radiant! Here are some stalker photos taken from behind my stall :)