Monday, 31 October 2011

Folding Pages

More folded pages.  Only problem with trying out different folds is that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it is very hard to uncrease the pages again!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


Which blogger template do you prefer?
This old style or the new dynamic view I've had up on the blog for the last few days?
I think they each have their bonuses.
This style allows easier navigation of all the blogs and interesting sites you're following and allows readers access to view these as well.
The dynamic view is great for visual posts like mine, but access to blogs you're following don't show up on the page and you have to go to blogger dashboard to see it all, which means nobody else can link to who you're following.
Maybe I've missed something? 
Not exactly sure which one is better.

Framed Book

As I have a couple of exhibitions coming up, I have begun experimenting with framing some of my altered books in order to increase the options for presentation/installation. Using this method of framing they can be displayed on either horizontal or vertical surfaces, depending on the requirements/limitations of the display area. This also enables me to have a more interesting and interactive display when it is my works alone on view.  The only thing I can not seem to prevent is the accumulation of dust, unless I source perspex covers for them!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Big Red

This handsome King Parrot is a regular visitor to the back yard.  He has a girlfriend as well, who didn't show up today.  She is beautiful as well, with a lovely green colouring where this fellow is bright red.  They are lovely, gentle, trusting creatures, easily spooked, but this guy likes to come and sit and chat.  If you're inside and he wants your attention he will even come and sit on the door handle to make you notice him.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

flowering lillypilly

The lillypilly (which is about as high as the roofline on our two level house) in our back garden is absolutely covered in pink fluffy flowers after all the rain we have had this year.  The bees are loving it, as are the native birds.  Once the little red berries burst out I might have to think about making some lillypilly jam.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Scavengers & Milk Bottles

A few more vinyl toys - 1st image is of "Beumont" from the Kathie Olivas "Scavenger 1" series.
Next two images are of "Milk Bottle" and "Strawberry Milk" toys from the Tokidoki Moofia Milk Bottle Series.  Cute, hey!  Each figurine is about 10cm tall.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Steampunk Vinyl

Recent addition to our growing vinyl toy collection - bought from a secret little place we stumbled upon a while ago in Bangalow NSW. 
This rather cool and quirky little steampunk dude from the Doktor A. Mindstyle Mechtorians 
(mini figures series 1) goes by the name of Mr. Head (philosopher).  Gotta love his moustache & wind up key!  Very Captain Nemoesque.

Had an afternoon on the couch on Sunday watching the 1954 coloured version of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" with James Mason, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas and Kirk Douglas.  Great diving suits & the animation was surprisingly well done for the time the movie was made.  Can just imagine this little guy traipsing along the ocean floor with the rest of them.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Vintage Christie Covers

Three covers sourced from my rather large collection of Agatha Christie covers with artwork supplied by Tom Adams.
I think these three have a bit of a 50's/60's feel and seem "of a type", with light pastel backgrounds showing no horizon line and supporting photo-realistic images in the foreground.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family 1533

Portrait of Anne of Cleves c.1539

Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze 1532

I have always been a great fan of the 16th century portrait artist, Hans Holbein the younger (c.1497-1543).
I love the richness of his palette, his meticulous detail and his employment of script, dress and the placement of personal objects within his works to hint at the personality and story of the sitter. 
I also love the relaxed but intense looks of his subjects which infer there is a lot going on behind the calm outer shell.  I wouldn't mind guessing that Holbein was very good at understanding character.