Thursday, 29 March 2012

Vignette repeat fabric print

Its hard to believe that my solo show in Melbourne opens tomorrow night. Ive pretty much got everything ready, all I need to do is catch the train this evening. I cant decide if I am more excited about the train trip (I love travelling by train) or the exhibition opening. 

Probably both!

My show will consist of images which have been drawn onto ceramics. In the picture below you can see two of them next to the stencil ....

Preparing fabric repeat stencil
The images have been screen printed onto paper, and also collated into a repeat fabric print.

Vignette repeat in navy

Vignette repeat in sepia

Vignette repeat on the print table
 Next post will include photos of the works hanging in the gallery!

or come along and join me for the opening if you are in Melbourne...

6pm Friday 30 March
Brunswick St Gallery
322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065

Friday, 16 March 2012

Winner of the Centenary of Canberra - a legacy of good design

Photographed by Art Atelier
Im delighted to share with you that I have been selected as one of six artists to design and produce a limited range of quality objects that will be sold locally and nationally as memorabilia for Canberra's centenary in 2013.

The competition is being managed by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre. For more details on the project and the press release visit their site.

click on this image for a larger, readable version
The announcement was officially made on Monday, as part of the Canberra Day celebrations, by Robyn Archer AO, Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra. Julia Gillard was also there to launch the celebrations. Wow!

 Some of you may be familiar with my previous Canberra designs, like I heart Canberra
 and the Lake Burley Griffin sketch ....

photo by Art Atelier

The designs selected for the Centenary Competition are under wraps and will be announced in September this year. Until then I have to keep the design a secret.


Friday, 9 March 2012

Its Delightful, Its Delicious, Its Delovely

The theme for today's post is inspired by Woody Allen's movie 'Midnight in Paris'. A delightful and magical tale where present day characters step back in time to 1920s Paris. Cole Porter and his music feature (along with many prominent artists and authors) which prompted me to go out and get some of his music. Its catchy, and ever since I have been humming his songs.

Its delightful ......

In desperate need of a coffee and cake fix - Mum and I escaped to Benedict House for a slice of quince and almond tart and passionfruit cheese cake in the delightful outside courtyard which had a very Provence feel about it.

Its delicious ......

I finished making the ginger beer that I started last week. Its hard to tell in this photo, but it had bubbles and everything. And it tasted just like the real thing. This kept us going all weekend whilst we renovated a little cottage.

Its delovely ......

Some of you know about my house addiction. These are some before and after photos of my latest house project. Its old (of course) and cute, although it needed a little TLC.

Before: the hall. 
 Everything needed a serious clean from smoke stains on the walls and ceiling. Gross!

Before: the bedroom 
The renovation team (aka Mum and my sister Sim) hard at work.

Because I am the tallest I get all the fun jobs, like cleaning and painting the ceilings!
Before: the lounge room

After: the bedroom. No more blue walls

After: the hall way. 
 The pine paneling was painted which made such a difference and made the house feel much 'lighter'.
After: the Kitchen. 
After: the lounge room. Freshly painted everything!
This is the view from the kitchen window. Cute!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Sketches on Ceramics

This week I have been:

Sketching scenes of my house onto ceramics for my upcoming solo show at the Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne at the end of the March.

Kitchen Series

These are scenes painted in underglaze - the next step is to glaze them with a clear porcelain glaze. Im a little nervous about this next step as the blue underglaze can run if the gloss is too thick... they're in the kiln as we speak. Fingers crossed they turn out ok

Window scene of my kitchen
Sewing some of my fabrics into bags ...

Pink Bitsa Bag
 Experimenting making my own ginger beer from scratch. The recipe is really easy its:

1tsp sugar
1 tsp dried ginger
1 sachet dried yeast
1 cup warm water.

combine in a large jar and cover with muslin (in my case chux - new and unused)

for the next 8 days add 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp dried ginger.
(Im still at this stage)

After 8 days you divide the liquid into 2 (its now called a ginger beer plant) and you can give one to a friend or use one part to continue feeding the ginger beer plant and with the other half turn it into drinkable ginger beer.

Ginger beer plant 

To make up the ginger beer this is what you do:

Mix together:
4 cups water
24 cups warm water (this is probably about 5-6 litres)
1/2 cup strained lemon juice

then add the ginger beer plant. Bottle and seal. It should be ready to drink in about a week.

I'll let you know how it tastes!

green tomatoes 
 Ive given up hoping that my green tomatoes will ripen this year. With the continuing wet weather I was afraid they would rot on the vine. So Ive just turned them into green tomato pickle using this recipe from the ABC. As is my way of cooking, Ive 'kate-ified' it by adding some stewed crab apples and my own homemade version of curry powder.

This is what it looks like......yum. I love all the tomato seeds scattered throughout the chutney.
I plan to eat this with chunks of cheese and bread.


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