Saturday, December 28, 2013

Flashback of 2013

I thought I would share this little flip book of 2013 moments.  It has been a crazy year with my work at the gallery being super busy which has meant that I've taken more time out of the studio.

Some of my 2013 highlights:

  • visiting Hong Kong for the Art Basel HK Art Fair.  So much fun!  We ate amazing food and met lovely, lovely people.  I can't wait to go back.
  • Hanging out with friends for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, I fell in love with the giant snails around the city!
  • becoming a sock master!  I knitted loads of socks this year, I'm starting to get pretty good.
  • I had a solo exhibition of tapestries this year, I also sold a few of them!
  • I became addicted to baking bread, this simple act brings me so much pleasure.
  • I grew my hair long and then cut it back to short... who knows what it is going to look like in 2014.
  • beginning a regime of clinical pilates.  I am loving this so far and I think in 2014 my body should be back on track.
  • I managed to get book completed with my colleague Marion on 10 years of collecting at Town Hall Gallery.  This is my first large publication, it was exciting, stressful but incredibly rewarding.
  • Getting an awesome team together at the gallery.  I'm so proud to have my wonderful team of Marion and Kent, we definitely have some wonderful things planned for 2014.
So what will 2014 hold?!  I guess we will just have to wait and see!

Monday, December 9, 2013

What do you wear to a Pink Flamingo Party?

Preparing to Pink Flamingo party!!
I could totally get used to pink hair!

It was my best friend's 40th birthday party recently and he decided to have a Pink Flamingo Casino/ Las Vegas party.  A strange theme maybe but he is slightly obsessed with flamingos and we always had a promise to go to Vegas for his birthday (which we couldn't do for work reasons) so he brought Vegas to his house!

Roll out the pink carpet

As you can see, he really went all out with a pink carpet and flamingo themed decorations.  It was a sea of pink and glitter... so much fun!


Even the cocktails were pink and served with pink flamingo straws!  Everyone needs a pink flamingo straw to get into the spirit!


I madly decided to make a 60s inspired dress from this fabric that I had floating around.  I noticed that it had pink flamingos on it so it seemed perfect!  I can see that this is likely to become a Summer staple in my wardrobe now.  It is soooo cute!


The birthday boy naturally went as Elvis... really anything with a cape and he is in it!  My husband went for the Hunter S Thompson 'Fear and Loathing' look.  It was such a great night!  So much pink!!!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Inspiration via the Web!

My cooking uniform, Birkenstocks, #marimekko stripes & #marimekko apron
my original photo

I am always amazed at how small the world can feel now that most of us are connected to the internet.  I have met some amazing people via photo sharing sites such as Flickr and Instagram and also had the pleasure of meeting them in real life.  There is something about the photo sharing sites that allows you to connect with others who have similar interests, it is like you have been brought into their day to day life through photos.

I have been on Flickr for quite some time and I use it as a photo documentation service.  I love being able to group my photos in files and have access to them anywhere.  Also my friends overseas can check out on what I'm doing too.  It is also a great way to connect with other members, artists and makers.  I had the pleasure recently to be contacted by a friend on flickr about the photo above. (yes, another pattern clashing photo of me in clogs and a crazy Marimekko apron).  She asked me if I minded if she used the photo as inspiration for a piece of art.  I was totally up for it and flattered that she had taken the time to ask.  This was a few months ago now.

Miss Mardi, Marimekko and Birkenstocks on linoleum

Then just this week, Peggy contacted me again to let me know that she had used the work for a woven beaded piece!! Amazing!!  I absolutely adore it and feel very privileged to have inspired a work.  I love how the internet can bring two completely different weavers together and that we can inspire one another... pretty awesome huh?!
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