Thursday, December 16, 2010

Feeling a bit like aqua...

Love me some Fender green, always one of my favourite guitar colours!

Uber cute aqua Swedish clogs...

This kitchen aid mixer is Martha Stewart aqua I think, she says that you can't have a kitchen without one.


A super cute scooter to go with those Swedish clogs...

and the gorgeous selection of Bison ceramic tea cups on a Marimekko tea towel in our house.
  Yep, loving me some aqua goodness!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Scooting around...

I came across this super cute scooter via the Martha Stewart website (yes, I am obsessed with her!) but I have to say that the website that is selling the scooter also has LOADS of other uber cute things too!  You definitely should check out Reform School Rules for lots of sweet products too.


I probably am addicted to old school bikes and really need to purchase myself something that is boring and practical to ride around.  However I can totally see myself in a cute Marimekko dress and clogs, scooting around with all sorts of delicious goodies in my basket. Well actually, I'm not sure if you could scoot in clogs, maybe you'd have to wear ones that have a back strap but you're getting the image right?!

So, if anyone feels inspired to get me this, feel free!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Black and White dress creation...

Full dress

If you are a longtime reader of this blog you will know that I love me some bold prints!  I also love Marimekko fabric and its cheaper cousin Ikea fabrics.  I needed a 'statement' dress for a function at the MCC so I whipped up this baby.  Well actually some parts were already made, such as the pin tucked front panel that had been sitting there for a little while but I got inspired and made some alterations.

New dress

I added a bell/wide type sleeve which is quite dramatic.  Also I think the best accessories for this are black patent leather, so I added a black patent leather cinch belt, wedge shoes and patent leather clutch!  I love the graphic nature of the pattern and really, you can't go wrong with black and white!
You can check out the dress on Burdastyle if you're on there too!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crazy for Clogs...

I think that my clogs suit our retro kitchen tiles!

Clogs seem to have returned as a fashion hit item of late.  Yes, I have jumped on the bandwagon too but they are super comfortable and when it comes to shoes I'm really all about comfort.  The lovely Sofia at Nord Living started to stock Ugglebo Clogs, which come in a great range of styles and colours.

I ordered these super cute ones in pewter, metallic leather and I can't stress how comfortable they are!  The only problem is that I want more!  So if you hear a wooden clomping sound, you know that it is me!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

More Matryoshkas...

Matryoshka wall detail

My lovely friend/sista Shannon got me these awesome matryoshka wall details.  They are like vinyl stickers that stick to the wall and are pretty easy to install and remove too.  I think that they came from Typo?  Anyway, if you're a long time reader of this blog, you will know my love of all things matryoshka so I was quite pleased to receive this little gift!

At first I wasn't sure where to pop them but they have ended up in on our toilet wall!  Weird? Maybe but definitely cute!

Matryoshka self portrait

And here is me trying to insert myself into the matryoshka frame!  My pal Silje does some super cute matryoshka drawings too.  Check out her blog for more info!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Apparently I am wowed by whiskers...

Wowed by Whiskers
click on the image to make bigger to read!

Over my many years of being a curator, I have had to pose for newspapers and magazines with artwork.  I've become quite used to what I like to call the 'curator pose', it involves either the stroking of the chin in deep thought, pointing out an important part in a work or holding something in white gloves!

It's quite funny really and I would like to think that my posing style is somewhere between a kmart catalogue and Antiques Roadshow.  I guess that it's a look I've perfected over the years.  Yes, it's my Zoolander.  By the way if you haven't seen the exhibition Beardo, it's on until the 18th December!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tapestry story...

Looking Back Tapestry
Me: weaving away on a tapestry...

Just in case you didn't know, I studied tapestry as part of a Fine Art degree (undergraduate and Honours) at Monash University quite a few years ago.  I also completed by Masters by research majoring in tapestry there too!  Throughout all that time I had a wonderful mentor Kate Derum who sadly passed away a little while ago.  She was a funny, intelligent and graceful lady and really influenced me in pushing the boundaries of tapestry and ensuring that it is seen within a contemporary art context.  I try to do this by curating contemporary tapestry into exhibitions as well as my own artistic practice.

I was super pleased to see that there is a website that covers all of Kate's work and writing and is an excellent resource on her artistic practice.  It is also incredibly inspiring to read about her work, even if you're not a tapestry weaver!  I feel very honoured to be mentioned in the links part of her website as well!

So check it out, the works are amazing!  She sure was an amazing woman and an excellent teacher.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Just a little thing I'm curating... Beardo!

I've been working on our final exhibition for the year, Beardo for quite some time and now my baby is almost ready for the rest of the world!  I spoke with the lovely Lin Tan from Beat Magazine and below is the awesome article that she wrote about my show.  Make sure you pop in and check it out!  It's one of those exhibitions that keeps me excited to be a curator.

Beardo's For The Weirdo's

Welcome to the curious and ever-fascinating world of beards and the people who grow them. Some, like Hans Langseth who died in 1927, decided to grow his beard to a world-record length of 17 and a half feet. Others, like Steven Raspa, decided to trademark his magnificent chin mane – a dreadlock-esque, over-shoulder beard beautified with a single flower at its tip.

Beardo - so rightly named - is Town Hall Gallery’s latest exhibition on all things related to the beard. The showcase blends work from the gallery’s permanent art collection as well as work from contemporary artists and includes painting, textiles, photography and installations.
“I noticed that we have a lot of historical paintings and photographs of these men sporting really fantastic beards and great facial hair,” says Mardi Nowak, curator of Beardo. “They’re the kind of things that rarely get shown other than in historical contexts, and I sort of thought it would be really great as a way of getting them out there.”

Maybe it’s the fact that her husband sports a beard – maybe not – but over the last two years, Nowak began noticing the ubiquitous presence of facial hair not just on the streets, but in the work of many contemporary artists. “Personally I think there’s a bit of a backlash in terms of the whole metrosexual man,” says Nowak of the recent resurgence of beardage acceptance. “But I also think women have kind of gotten a bit over it as well and enjoying having their men look like men.”

Whilst there’s undoubtedly a certain playfulness to the exhibition, Beardo is also an engaging look into the symbolism behind the beard. With a juxtaposition of historical and contemporary works, we see facial hair in the light of folklore and tradition, as well as a conceptual exploration of beards as a symbol of sexuality and manliness. Furthermore, the act of growing a beard and styling it also suggests a sense of vanity, masked under the macho veil of masculinity.

American photographer, Dave Mead will be exhibiting six photographs he took while documenting the 2009 World Championship Beard and Moustache Competition. ““I wanted Dave’s photos because these were real people who are really passionate about the way that they look, and the kind of way they express themselves is through their beards,” says Nowak. “It’s a part of who you want the world to think you are and see you, and represent yourself.”

Aside from Mead, other local artists have created interesting, outside-the-box new works themed on beards. Fashion designing duo, Shannon O’Shea and Beni Dawe of Best Fiend bring a playful, popular culture twist to the theme in the form of ‘pants beard’, which, to put it tersely, are knickers with beards on them.

More specifically, “They have actually produced a series of underwear that highlights iconic social-thinking people who had facial hair onto the underwear,” says Nowak. Included in their installation are the bearded images of the likes of Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx titled Pink Freud and Marx and Spencer, respectively. The beard, often a symbol of wisdom and intellect, is interpreted in an entertaining and refreshing way. “They’ve actually collaborated with some great photographers and created these fashion shoots, but they are a kind of play where these girls have these really weird underwear with men’s faces with beards on them.” Best Fiend’s installation will include photographs as well as the actual pants beards.

Interestingly, female artists have also expressed an interest in contributing to the exhibition, bringing to Beardo what they’ve coined as ‘the lady beard’, “which are comments about the pubic and nether region ‘lady beards’, and how in different societies, women are on that kind of crazy Brazillian waxing. So, comments on the opposite of how men are growing these beards and how women are ‘hairing’ themselves.”

Bridging the feminine and masculine divide of facial hair is tapestry artist, Dan Edwards whose work has often centred on beards. “They’re beautiful tapestries that have this real ‘70s edge to them that involves really beautiful pattern making,” explains Noward. “It’s that kind of cross between really masculine and feminine in terms of the material.”

With a wealth of different interpretations of beards, Beardo is sure to spark some interesting conversations between the works presented. “One of the other groups of artists talks about the beard being very disposable. She says that it is utterly defining but in a minute or two, it can be shaved off and reveals the person underneath as well,” says Nowak. “They are very defining for people, and we definitely have a generation of younger men that are embracing the beard.”

Beardo features the work of Dave Mead, Dan Edwards, BESTFIEND, Josh Rufford, Rebecca Van Der Werff, Christie Torrington, Lura Smith & Zoe Steers and Katie Jacobs and Brittany Veitch. The exhibition opens on Wednesday November 24 until Saturday December 18. You can also take part in two special public programs – In Conversation with the curator and Beardo artists on Saturday November 27 at 2pm and a beard-making workshop on Sunday December 5 from 10.30am-3pm. They’re both free.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The things we do for art...

posing for our tee shirt promo shots

I was needing some promotional shots that I could use for the upcoming exhibition I Wear My Heart On My Tee which I curate every two years.  Naturally my band of ragamuffin friends were more than happy to spend a Saturday afternoon getting crazy with wigs and hats, all in the name of art!  A huge thank you to the most excellent Benj for playing photographer, while we just played up!

Cat mask
My scary cat mask!

I think that we grew to love wearing our costumes out that we did get a few odd looks, especially when we went to the bottle shop later on for supplies.

Urban pirate mark
Mark with a drunk parrot

I especially loved Mark's Urban Pirate look, I really think this is something he could pull off everyday!

Fuschia shannon
Shannon aka Fuchsia fuchsia

Naturally Shannon was totally in love with her pink wig.  I think this is a look that we may see more often, especially seeing she found the viking helmet so comfy that she nearly walked out of the store without paying for it!

kitty, pirate and viking!
Keep an eye out for promotion with us looking crazy for tees.  If you want to take part in our always awesome tee-shirt exhibition, click here to download the brief to take part!

 Kitty girl says meow for now! xxx

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My new summer look...

Leopard print pith helmet

Yesterday I found this fantastic leopard print Pith Helmut!  I totally love it! It's light, airy and has a good sun-sensible brim on it.  It's pretty funny as I had been thinking of pith helmuts recently and then I spyed this under the counter at the hat store.  I'm sure the salesman wasn't expecting someone to go "oh my god, is that a leopard print pith helmut? I want it!"

I feel like I can take on any safari experience wearing this baby!  Maybe I need to add some type of mosquito netting just in case for all those creepy crawlies?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I may be obsessed with socks...

Socks for sista

Yes, I maybe obsessed with knitting socks at the moment.  The socks above are the first ever sock that I knitted.  I realized that they were going to be WAY too small for my 'man size' feet so they went to my sista Shannon and fit delightfully well.  Plus they are super cute too.

These babies above are the start of some more 'man size' socks for my husband Mark.  I'm loving this yarn and the way that it knits up into great patterns.  I'm hoping that they fit!  If anyone has any tips for sock patterns and altering them, let me know!  Knit on!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What do your books say about you?

With the Aussie dollar being so strong at the moment, I thought I would take the opportunity to buy some books from Amazon that I have had my eye on for a little while.

I've had my eye on Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin for the gorgeous knitted hat patterns.  It has some lovely almost art deco style accessories which I can't wait to knit.

The Make Mine Vodka book by Susan Waggoner has a whole heap of vodka based cocktails.  I was definitely drawn to this book as they claim to have 250 classic and cutting edge vodka cocktails - my perfect mix!

And Vivienne Westwood!  What can I say?  I've always been a huge fan of Vivienne Westwood's sensibilities and this beautiful book should be super inspiring.

So what do these books say about me?  They definitely cover most of my interests!  Am I a punk rock, vodka drinking knitter?  Well actually I am! He he!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Gingerbread animals...

Gingerbread moose
gingerbread moose

I made some delicious gingerbreads over the weekend using the super cute cookie cutters that I recently bought from Ikea.  It has been ages since I've made gingerbread but I have to say that it was a lot of fun, especially making the icing and adding eyes and decorations on the little creatures!  If you would like the recipe for the gingerbread, head over to my food blog here for more information and photos!

Gingerbread hearts for mark and mardi
Hearts for my sweetheart
I also made some hearts with M's on them for my husband Mark and me!  I have had this heart shaped cookie cutter since I was a small child and I remember my dad making me fairy bread and cutting it out with the heart shaped cutter and how special I thought it was.  I'm sure he will be glad that it is still being used today!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Rufus Wainwright on Martha Stewart Show

I have a little confession to make, I love watching the Martha Stewart show!  She always has the most interesting guests and guests that you would not expect to be on the show!

This episode was shown yesterday in Australia, though it is a little old but I thought that it was hilarious.  Rufus Wainwright and family getting into the holiday spirit with Martha and coming out with some classic one liners!  Also their 'holiday sweaters' are fantastic!  Enjoy!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Beautiful Bison goodness...

Bison tea bowls

I have become quite addicted with Bison ceramics.  My friend David introduced me to the product and started buying me some of the small products as gifts.  When Mark and I got married we were lucky enough to be given quite a few different bowls to make our stash even larger.  I recently bought these super cute 'tea bowls' (pictured above) which we use for our morning coffee. Even though they don't have handles, they are thick enough that you don't burn your hand.

Nesting bowls from Bison ceramics

One of the most lovely things about Bison is that they come in the most desirable colours!  Each season they have something like 20 different colours and tints that I just want one in everything!  I don't mind having different coloured plates and bowls and that they don't match, I think that is part of the fun of Bison.

Our loot from Bison ceramics

My latest loves of theirs are the egg cups and tiny milk jugs.  They are so small that they almost look doll like.  I also am loving their pastel colours, quite a change from the bold reds that I currently have.  Definitely go and check them out.  I'm sure that you will want a few Bison products in your home too!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Gorgeous Swedish Clogs!

Cute Swedish Clogs from Ugglebo... this sandal design is Vienna.
The Milan Swedish clog.

I am sooo excited that I have ordered 2 pairs of super super cute Swedish style clogs from the lovely folk at Ugglebo.  They have been absolutely lovely, answering my questions about sizing and if you are unsure of your size, you can even send them a trace of your foot and they will sort it all out for you!

I've ordered two pairs, the first pair is the Vienna Sandal.  I ordered it in a plain black leather with a dark wooden sole.  I can see it with stylish summer dresses and pants for summer.  The second pair is the Milan clog, this one has a bit of a mary jane style about it and I ordered it in a metallic leather in a lovely pewter colour with the natural wooden sole.  Again, I think this will be great for summer but will also look lovely with tights in the cooler months too.

The folk at Ugglebo have so many designs and colours that the choices are endless!  It does make it very difficult to make up your mind on what colour you want!  I see in the future, many other orders!  The company has a fascinating history which you can read about here.

I can't wait for them to turn up via the post.  Stay tuned for a fashion showcase when they turn up!  You can order online from the Ugglebo website direct and they currently have a discount if you order 2 pairs!  So get your Swedish clog on!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Big Cat; little cat...

Mark and Nina

Big cat pretending that he is little cat.

Nina tail
A flash of little cat, probably running to get some dinner.

I am medium cat in this family.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Vintage Shot Glasses

Vintage Swedish shot glasses

Yes, I am a total sucker for buying all sorts of Scandanavian goodies at one of my favourite stores Nord Living in Hawthorn. I spyed these adorable vintage shot glasses the other day and just had to have them! I believe that they are Swedish and I got a set of 6! They feel great in your hand and are perfect for sipping delicious vodkas!

Vintage Swedish shot glasses

I love their little bobbly bits on the outside too. It's so great that I found them as I was thinking the other day how we needed some new flash shot glasses. All of ours currently don't match and they are more for measuring too.

Vintage shot glass

I can't wait to try these babies out! I probably should wear a lovely Scandinavian frock while drinking... maybe one of my cute Marimekko's.... hmmmm....

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Couch!

I am soooo excited! I have ordered us a new couch! I know that it seems like such a small and very domesticated thing but our old couch is starting to fall apart. The leather is torn, it's flaking little bits of red leather all over the carpet and it's not quite as springy as it used to be.

Investing in a new couch is such a chore! We had decided that we had to have leather again with our lovely Miss Nina as indoor kitties love to scratch fabric furniture. Also we are only replacing our 2.5 seater as the other one is still in good condition.


After much research we have ordered the couch above from Plush Furniture, except ours will be in a great bright red leather. It also has two recliner sections!!! So we can put our feet up while watching movies! How luxurious! A big thanks to my pal (and other husband) John for helping me test couches out in the store! He has a good eye! Now we just have to wait for it to be made and delivered.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

What goes on during a Saturday evening...


What happens at Casa Mama on a Saturday evening? Lots of delicious snacks and putting a packet of pirate temporary tattoos on! Yes, here we are with some super cute skulls on our cheeks.

Face tattoo

Here I am showing off the latest skull tattoos on my cheeks! We were laughing so much as all of us have real tattoos and then we had these crazy faux tattoos on... which ones were real?!! We made the boys put theirs on their necks! Hopefully they come off before we go to work!

A Saturday night isn't complete at our house without lots of music, bad dancing (that's usually from my sister and myself) and drinking our version of Russian Cocaine (belvedere vodka shots, lemon dipped in sugar and then drinking a espresso!) Yep, it all makes up for a funny evening.

Shopping list

I spyed that someone decided to fill in our menu list on the fridge too during the evening!


This was most likely the culprit! I love this quick snap of Shannon, she was completely unaware of the photo being taken and all her sequins are shining away! It was again, a totally fun night!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

In search of the perfect swimsuit...

I rarely go to the beach or to the pool, so when I even contemplate having to buy a new swimsuit I think that I start to sweat! Yep, the idea of flashing my white skin and all it's lumps and bumps isn't too exciting but I was forced to go into 'swimwear buying' mode recently as I'm heading to Queensland with friends for a short beach holiday!

I started to look around on the internet at swimwear options and it wasn't too exciting... I wanted something that would cover my bottom easily but was cute and stylish too.

I even started to look at making my own swimwear! Crazy huh?! The images above are from Kwiksew and although they don't look too bad, I don't think that I would be confident in making a bathing suit!

I spyed this beauty at ModCloth. A cute retro looking number and look! the girl is pale with dark hair and totally rocking this look! Yes, I want a cute polka dot bikini but who buys swimwear from the internet without trying it on? Certainly not me!

Polka dots

But then success! A cute retro inspired bathing suit from Target! It was cheap, it fits, it's cute and doesn't look completely weird with my ink! Who would of thought that target could come up with the goods? (and yes, I do feel a little weird posting a pic of myself in a bikini top! But I suppose that you parade around in them at the beach for all to see!)
Polka dots for the win!

Monday, September 6, 2010

The lovely Kapten Hanna's blog!

My lovely Deco Lady (above) which was created by Kapten Hanna, recently featured on her blog! There are lots of other great tattoos which she has done quite recently too so you should definitely check out her blog here! She's also on twitter too for us fellow twitter geeks.
We love Hanna loads!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Ogre the top blue...

Ogre the top blue nails!
When I was on holiday recently I became slightly obsessed with the bright new colours from the O.P.I nail polish company. I've been using their nail polish for ages and usually stock up on new colours while I'm in the USA. However while I was away, I came across this great series of colours that were inspired by the animated film Shrek! This lovely aqua colour is called 'Ogre the top blue' and I'm just loving it!

Blue nails and belvedere

I also love that this blue is nearly the same blue as the Belvedere labelling (yep, my favourite vodka). I couldn't help but take this matching blue snap! I did stock up on lots of crazy bright colours so stay tuned for 'nail updates'!
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