Sunday, December 14, 2014

Did you give the world some love today baby

I didn't mean to wait so long between posting! This past week has been SO crazy, I've worked every single day! This week I had the photoshoot for my book. In three days, we had to shoot EVERY SINGLE image that is to be used, so I had to be pretty darn organised. Because my book is based around clothing and fashion, I was elected to model a number of outfits I've created from my wardrobe. It was fun, and while at first being a bit stiff I gradually warmed into the role of "model" and I think we got some really good shots. We also had to shoot the cover, fabric details, objects, clothes on hangers, flat lay images, etc etc. All in three days. The people I was working with were fantastic, and the process couldn't have been any easier or more pleasant. This didn't stop me from being completely exhausted though!

Here are a whole bunch of phone pictures (naturally I can't share the actual shots yet! YET.)

I haven't been able to spend much time in my new studio this week, which is a bummer. I did however *host* a dinner there for Simon and I on Thursday night. I bought some amazing wine glasses that are really wide down the bottom, if that makes sense and they're super retro so I love them. I bought a nice bottle of Pinot Nior and made a quiche which we actually had to eat cold so was a bit disappointing... however was the perfect initial warming of the space and I felt very at home.

I'm going to have a mini party thing there this weekend so I'm really looking forward to that. I bought a new record player for myself and am going to get some really nice speakers this week. (So much for Christmas shopping, I'm just buying gifts for myself...!) I feel very at home in the space already.

Today I have a family Christmas party thing but I am waiting until the last possible second to get ready because I haven't had a lie-in for like, a month, and it is Sunday, and I've just shot ALL the photos for my book and done a few other things in between so I think I deserve it. I have a lot of deadlines to catch up on this week but knowing that I finish work at the end of the week and have my mini studio party will make it worthwhile.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CH-CH-CH-CH Changes

Excuse the corny title but how could I sum it up in any other way! I'm now twenty-four years old and have a studio at Gertrude Contemporary. Big changes are afoot/have been afoot in the past week. I'm writing my book. The photoshoot for said book is next week. I am typing this on my brand new Macbook Pro that I bought for myself (with a percentage contributed by my parents as a birthday present) None of these things have sunk in yet.

On the weekend I celebrated my birthday. I thought the celebrations would be minimal but I actually ended up doing a number of things. Friday evening was a cocktail party at Gertrude Contemporary to launch this year's Gertrude Edition. I invited Simon and we made a brief *appearance* before birthday dinner at Cumulus on Flinders Lane. It was delicious and fancy and I really had a lovely time. We had intended to go to Chin Chin but the wait for a table was completely ridiculous - 2.5 hours! And to be honest I'm glad we didn't go there because we had a much more relaxing experience at Cumulus.

Saturday was my actual birthday and I had lunch with my Mum, Nanna, Aunty and sister somewhere local. Then I just kind of relaxed at home for a while before going out for dinner with Mum and Dad. Dad's birthday is the day before mine so it was a joint celebration. On Sunday I had to clean out my studio at Easey Street and it took the whole day. It was about 35 degrees outside which means it's about 45 degrees in our studio, so it was rather unpleasant. I reckon I chucked out 60% of the stuff I'd accumulated there. It felt good. That evening I went to my (other) Nanna's place and had dinner with more extended family including my two little twin cousins who are my favourite. We did colouring-ins together and they gave me a very sweet present and card "I don't know if you have notest but you are my favrot cosen in the wirld" it read.

Monday I ventured back to Easey Street to move and clean more stuff and that night I had dinner with my two remaining friends from high school. Today I had a 'Man with a Van' booked to come and move my big stuff to my 10 x bigger studio at Gertrude Contemporary. Despite the bloke-y nature of their business (WOman with a van anyone?) they provided really good service and it was pretty reasonably priced I guess. Because of my knee I didn't want to do any lifting so I "ordered" two mans to come with the van and they moved everything for me. It was the least stressful move I've ever experienced. I still have a bunch of stuff from home to bring in but I can get my family to help with that, and I guess I can probably start carting things in on the train.

I feel sort of overwhelmed with all the things that are happening at the moment. I even feel overwhelmed writing this blog post because there is so many things I am already missing or have skimmed over and I don't even have pictures of all the things I want to show you...

Birthday outfit - new Verner skirt and Dress Up top!
Cupcakes for my birthday baked by my Nanna
Piles and piles of stuff to sort through seemed very daunting on Sunday morning
The 'SKIP' pile
Unceremoniously un-stretching canvases  
Bye Bye
The end result. Quite a compact lot of things really. 
Cake made by my other Nanna
The only sneak peek of my new studio that you're going to get for the time being!

Ridiculous snaps to my buddies
So I closed the door on Easey Street Studios today and opened one at Gertrude Contemporary. I left my keys in my old studio for a young girl to move in with two of her friends from uni (not unlike how I moved in there two years ago with Georgie and Cheralyn) and dusted my hands of the place and the bizarre people who inhabited it. I don't think it's the end of Easey Street as a location for me though, I'd like to live in a little house on that infamous street one day. As things in my life always tend to come full circle in one way or another (For example - Arlene Textaqueen was my favourite artist in high school and now, well, without sounding too full of myself - I'm on a list of 'Five female artists you should invest in now' alongside her ) Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if I ended up back on Easey Street (pun intended) eventually.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Far Rainbow

Thursday morning
Saturday art play
Illustration for Rookie :)
Emily Floyd at the NGV
Daine and her daughter looking at the Emily Floyd exhibition at NGV
Typewriters that I wanted to take home at the Emily Floyd exhibition
You could use them to write a 'manifesto'
I just wrote my name on this one...
Organising stuff for the photoshoot for my book which is early December!
Cute jewelry box this at the Camberwell market today

Condiments at the Camberwell market

Stunning cover of a French magazine that I didn't buy but now wish I did. I love the dappled sunlight in this shot
I've had a pretty low maintenance week. Getting used to using my legs again (Still hobbling around with one crutch unfortunately, I'm hoping to ditch that in the next few days - at least before my birthday/new studio moving day this coming weekend!) and back in the office for work, negotiating getting there and home with the least walking possible... I went to the Emily Floyd exhibition opening at the NGV on Thursday night, and I was glad I did. I went by myself and didn't think I'd know anyone there but turns out I did and it's always good for me to force myself to do those things.

I really liked the exhibition - it was much larger than I'd assumed it would be, and the spaces were vast and high ceiling-ed. I wore my Yves Klein Blue Alpha 60 dress and blended right in with the signature blocks of primary colours Emily Floyd is known for. After that, I headed to the VCA to watch my sister's final recital performance. She is studying music composition there. My family and I then went out for dinner afterwards to a pizza restaurant on Elgin Street. For being out with my two Nannas we actually had a rather late night and got home at midnight.

Today I went to the Camberwell market with my Mum, two sisters, my Aunty and my two little cousins (another family affair!). Mum and I were looking at a jewelry stall run by a grey-haired older lady. A group of three women were also looking at the stall, and Mum and I noticed one of the women bending a broach she'd picked up from the table - fiddling with it and almost breaking it. We then saw her slip the broach in her pocket! The two other women in the group were talking to the stall holder - distracting her - we later worked out. We didn't quite know how to react to the situation... we watched her for a little while longer as she picked up a sapphire necklace and had it cupped in her hand... she then blatantly slipped THAT in her pocket... and by then I just had to say something! I confronted her by just loudly saying "Excuse me, but I saw you put that necklace in your pocket!" and she sort of didn't even care and didn't really say anything? I told the stall holder - about the broach as well - and then swiftly exited the scene - but I wish I didn't because I wanted to see how the rest of the situation played out and I really hope that the stall holder got her two things back! I dunno, it does make me seem like a bit of a snitch, but I was glad I did what I did. The women who was stealing the jewelry didn't look as if she was struggling financially (I know you can't make that judgement just by looking at someone but... well, I did) and I felt really bad for the stall holder who was being taken advantage of. I couldn't not say anything - it was too blatant and there was absolutely no doubt that she had stolen those items because I saw it with my own eyes... so crazy.

I didn't even really buy anything at the market today which was disappointing, but I had a really nice time wandering (a little disjointedly with my crutch of course) and rifling through things.

I think tomorrow evening I'm going to go to the VCA Grad show exhibition opening - my second one since I graduated. It's turning into a marker of time for me, I can't quite believe it was this time last year I went to the last one, but, matter-of-fact it was. This time two years ago I was graduating from Honours. This time two years ago I was about to turn 22. Now I'm about to turn 24. How time flies, of course of course.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Out on the weekend

Oh Hello. For not being able to walk I actually had a good weekend! On Saturday I ran the collage workshop at the Good Copy. I was kind of nervous about it but I ended up having a really great time! It was a small group of people and everyone was so lovely, I found it so relaxing and fun! Here are some pictures.

On Sunday my friend Georgie hosted a birthday brunch at her house. Apart from running a little late and it taking forever to get a taxi from the station nearby (Could have probably crutched there in the time I waited) I had another really great, relaxing day! Georgie is a pretty amazing cook and she put on a massive spread including homemade crumpets, blueberry pancakes, fritters, fruit salads, cheese platters, a very large birthday cake AND a plethora of pastries and donuts which I snacked on well into the late afternoon... YUM. Brunch turned into me staying until like 6pm chatting for the first time in what felt like a long time to people outside of my immediate family. It was so lovely.

I also finally got my hands on Rookie Yearbook 3 and got to flip through that whilst putting my knee up. I'm so proud of the contributions I've made and still get a kick out of seeing my drawings scattered throughout the book.

Birthday cards for Georgie and my other friend Sophia whose birthday it was earlier in the week
Detail - (I liked the colours against my red skirt!)
One of my favourite spreads in Rookie Yearbook 3 with a background by me!
YAY so I had a nice weekend. I am aiming to be off my crutches by Wednesday so I can go to work but I am seeing my physio tomorrow to see what she says. Just giving you all my health/injury updates! ha ha.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'll write your name

My Mum has taken to calling me "Hop-along". I am still on crutches and my knee is actually still sore, I secretly thought I'd be fine in a couple of days but that's not the case! The Doctor said I had to be on crutches for a week, and I was hoping to speed that process up... but I think she was right. Eeep! It's so frustrating. Walking is something I took completely for granted, as most people tend to do I suppose. It's very disheartening feeling physically unable to get from A to B. As you can see, I am pretty annoyed with myself! It's only been four days! ha ha. On the bright side, it's done wonders for my blogging! Here I am again!

Last night I DID leave the house - as I mentioned, I was determined to do so! I went to the David Shrigley opening at the National Gallery of Victoria, crutches and all. Did you know it's hard to hold a glass of champagne and get around on crutches? It is. I had fun though, and then had dinner out - chauffeured right to the restaurant in a taxi no less! I've been working from home which is making things a lot easier, and survived the couple of hours on my feet for the exhibition opening with the help of the aforementioned champagne and of course lovely company.

Now I am hauled up in bed again with ice on my knee to get the swelling to go down again and I'm sending elaborate snap chat stories to my friends and I'm sure they are thinking that my 'knee selfies' are getting tiresome...

On Saturday I'm running a workshop (on crutches, of course) at The Good Copy as a part of the Independent Photography Festival. All the details are here! and the Good Copy is running a competition on their Instagram ( @thegoodcopy ) to win a ticket :) Get on it!

For someone who has only left the house once in the past four days, that's not a bad blog post I guess.

Here are some average pictures...

Outfit for Shrigley - Acne dress, Alpha 60 socks... my new FLAT SHOES (I know, I had to) and CRUTCHES from my Physio!
Soda, my only friend during the day
On Monday night my friends bought over burgers and Kinder Surprises and M&Ms for me! This is the toy I got OMG
Annoying Mum by touching everything at her shop waiting for her to give me a lift home
P.S Hi I am obsessed with the Taylor Swift 'Blank Space' video clip. See u later!