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31.3.14

'M' IS FOR MOTHER

A special M winging its way in the post as I type. I had wanted to frame it, but insane postage costs resulted in me wafting tissue paper at it and slipping it into a flimsy envelope, with a hope that it will be framed at its destination (perhaps here at the most awesome framing shop in the whole of the UK).

It's a cutting of vintage cotton table cloth, bondawebbed to a felt backing and trimmed with blanket stitch.


Background fabric: vintage Laura Ashley upholstery cotton.

30.3.14

MOTHER'S DAY MESSAGE



To my lovely, beautiful mum. Miss you
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22.3.14

SOCIETY 6

This shop is amazing. Society 6 is like a giant Pinterest page of all my favourite images, stuck onto cushions, t-shirts, shower curtains, bags etc. It's as simple as that.


I found myself idly browsing their wall clocks this weekend. Some way in, I calculated that they actually have over 2000 to choose from. Two thousand. That kind of investment can't be for nothing, so I decided to share a selection of my nine absolute favourites, and another nine that would be a great addition to any kid's space, so that I wouldn't feel like I'd been wasting my time. Me? Time waste?

And the best part? They are only $30 and currently ship internationally for free - but only until the end of today! Yikes. Best get ordering.

MY SELECTION:



KID'S SELECTION:

Don't ask me to edit their shower curtains; according to their website, they have "hundreds of thousands" of designs to choose from. Please go ahead, be my guest...


All images from Society 6.

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY



I know...two art exhibition posts in a row, but I can't possibly wait to share yesterday's life-enhancing discoveries. 

Friends and I took the ferry to Cockatoo Island to view day one of the Sydney Biennale art exhibition. It was my first time on the island and I was blown away by the industrial brutalism and post-apocalyptic tranquility of this one-time penal colony, shipbuilders yard and 1800s reform school. The place seems frozen in time, complete with abandoned colonial houses, vintage washing lines and rusted cranes. These relics are juxtaposed with elements of clean modern landscaping, a serviced glampground, and breath-taking views of the city, making it an amazing, other-worldly place to relax. YOU HAVE TO GO THERE.


The old warehouse buildings provided emotive gallery space for the Biennale's often sizeable sculpture and performance installations.



The most exhilarating work was the Icelandic waterfall projection, by Eva Koch, placed at the far end of the enormous turbine hall. Approaching it across the vast space, as the roaring soundtrack builds, is truly invigorating.







Pop-Up dumpling eatery, with recycled crates and hessian sacking cushions for seats:







I also loved large-scale piece 'The Village' by Randi JΓΈrgensen and Katrine MalinovskyThe idealised Danish village comprises a series of seemingly charming homes, however, they lie empty, as the village's inhabitants are the anthropomorphised buildings themselves. The colour and finish were beautiful.


























The 19th Biennale of Sydney, 21 March - 9 June 2014.
Showing at Artspace in Woolloomooloo, Cockatoo Island, CarriageworksMuseum of Contemporary ArtArt Gallery of NSW and various other public spaces around the city.

18.3.14

SCULPTURE BY THE SEA

I did the Bondi to Tamarama walk last week with a friend, to whom I attempted to describe the brilliance of last October's Sculpture By The Sea exhibition. I wasn't doing a very good job, and, noticing him glaze over for the third time at my gushing, verbose explanations, I realised I should leave him in peace and share my photos instead.

The cliff-top setting made the already incredible artwork utterly breath-taking. The bottle top blanket, 'Flow' by Alison McDonald, draped down the side of the cliff face, was one of my favourite pieces, along with Lucy Humphrey's mesmerising 'Horizon'; the liquid-filled globe perfectly showcasing the inverted landscape. I loved too many others to mention them all but here are my highlights.
















Date for the diary: Sculpture By The Sea 2014, 23 Oct - 9 Nov 2014
Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sydney