Monday, March 2, 2015

Grown Woman

My work (top left) in Brazil Vogue!
My painting (left) next to Zoe Croggon's beautiful collage at my gallery Daine Singer
Lunch at The Auction Rooms in North Melbourne with a friend
Dingy little corner of my studio that needs work!
Oh yes, a note in the front inside cover of a Spice Girls book from Savers
I found some great and creepy children's books at Savers on the weekend
I love these so much. Such brilliantly strange photographs of dolls posed on the beach...
Dinner outside at my Nanna's house for my sister and two little cousin's birthday. My cousin and I saved our seats early. My Nanna made the table cloth - she has the best decor.
Colours. Carven pink skirt, Dress Up polo top :)
Browsing my finds in the studio on Monday
Close up with a book illustration in the background
Working on some backgrounds for my book
My friend cooked my other friend and I the most delicious CHOCOLATE PUDDING at her new house :)
Sunshine on my clothes
New ruler, ha
After my last Skype with S before he came back!
Mmm I got a couch in my studio and covered it with my shag bedspread that I used in my Spring 1883 installation!
I love itttt
Records and a book from Jess Johnson's studio garage sale on Saturday!
When I accidentally went to Myer and ended up getting a facial and my makeup done
More background (the colours look inaccurate here cause this is just a phone pic)
As usualllll pictures are from oldest to newest! Another week is over and the next one has already begun which means it is pretty much almost over again... everything is moving so super fast at the moment. On Saturday I was working in my studio and got lots of stuff for my book done. I was listening to Beyonce's 'Grown Woman' on repeat and feeling pretty pleased with myself. I took a break at lunch time and went into the city to spend a Mecca Cosmetica voucher that my friends from high school had given me for my birthday (3 months ago. It takes me ages to spend vouchers...) Anyway I sort of decided that I was going to spend a bit of money on some stuff for myself and I thought it was well overdue that I graduate to some grown-up makeup rather than just drugstore stuff. It was the perfect decision to go there when I took my break from the studio. The customer service at Mecca is OUT of this world and usually I find retail experiences incredibly empty and unsatisfying but this was just such a relaxing and positive exchange. The women who was helping me offered to give me a facial and then do my makeup so we could try the products I was thinking of buying. She was completely genuine and not overt in selling particular products and seemed legitimately invested in making me happy and at ease and getting me what I wanted. I should say as well that I am in no way affiliated with Mecca and really honestly did just have this great experience!? Anyway, I bought a whole set of new Nars makeup and it's completely changed my life. No reapplying powder at 1 hour intervals or getting creases everywhere on my face. A whole new world!

I also bought some more nice stuff for myself - Aesop Marrakech Parfum because my last one ran out, and I was never happy with how the original incarnation of the fragrance lasted on me (not at all) apparently this was the same for a lot of people so they reissued it as Marrakech Intense which has much greater staying power. I also just replaced the moisturiser I use from there, too. Oh and new nail polish. My toes are currently pink. Also on Saturday Jess Johnson who is an artist who also has a studio at Gertrude Contemporary had a garage sale (in her studio) and it was really, really good. She had this entire box of records for sale that were in like brand new condition for only $5 each. I got The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Smiths (photo above). Jess also saved me a book called 'Vegetable Men' that she thought I'd like. I did. Whatta haul!

Speaking of hauls... Long lost S came back from filming in India on Sunday (I would send haul videos to S while he was away... because I'm completely normal). I was really looking forward to his return. He came and picked me up from home in the morning, jet lagged and all - and we went back to his place to unpack his bag and listen to the incredible 1970s disco records he bought in India. We went out for lunch, then out for dinner, then out for drinks with friends... we ended up getting home at 3am which was rather ridiculous for a Sunday night, but it was fun.

Going out for breakfast this morning turned into going out for lunch and by the time we extracted ourselves from bed we were very, very hungry. Our favourite place 'Grub Food Van' in Brunswick was closed, much to our dismay - so we went to Proud Marys in Collingwood. It's always super busy there which is kind of unpleasant but they provided pretty good service this time which has never previously been the case (In my opinion!)

I digress from my halfhearted *not really based on anything* ""reviews"" of Melbourne eateries to bring to your attention this interview with me on Pedestrian tv: which came out today :) That's the photoshoot I mentioned in my last post, anyway. The Officeworks team allowed me to completely stock up my studio with everything I'd ever need (okay for like 6 months anyway) and it has been monumentally helpful in my settling in and getting "set-up" in my new space!

This week I think is going to be same old busy bustle but that's good I guess.

Monday, February 16, 2015

You Da One

Today's outfit - Verner skirt, Dress Up top, Gorman shoes and Toiletpaper cup from Third Drawer Down
The photographer Amy in my studio today, I loved her dress!
Pretty into my new gold shoes gotta say. Also, they're flat! I have to look after my dodgy knee... 
Flower arrangement by yours truly... it's pathetic and my Mum would be so embarassed 
Selfies as coping mechanism for deadline freak outs
Beautiful new bedspread, a gift from Beci Orpin and ARRO home! (Excuse my terrible photo)
Photo messages for my Valentine who is still far away

In completely in love with my new Marina Fini earrings
New notebook from Officeworks - couldn't resist procrasto-decorating the cover
Company in my studio
Table cloths from the Art Party at NGV have turned into wall hangings!
Cleaned my old desk too for when I had a curator coming to visit :)
Amazing illustration on the back cover of a 1970s Snow White children's book I bought
Super dork at Laneway
Music festivals just aren't my thing I'm afraid
Cute pic of Brodie and I at Laneway by Aevoe
 As usual, photos are in order from newest to oldest. I realised when I put these photos up that the last 'day off' I had was when I went to Laneway music festival which was 10 days ago and I'm not going to have another day off until this coming Sunday. I'm not complaining, but I'm just realising that it's not sustainable. I was so unbelievably tired today that I felt myself falling asleep at my desk. I've just been working towards deadlines and the more I think about deadlines the more I realise what an unpleasant turn of phrase it is... literally a DEAD line. And the more I think about how unpleasant I find the phrase the more the work I have to do to meet the "deadline" seems looming and large and unmoving. However, if I didn't have scary deadlines I'd probably never get myself together and actually relinquish my work to the realms over the finish line and spend forever nit picking and carefully crafting sentences until they combust.

At the moment I'm working on a section of the writing for my book and I'm finding it rather hard. I can write, but I'm used to coming online and writing at odd intervals when it takes my fancy, and when I feel I have something specific to say. In these circumstances, I have to write specific things at specific times and I'm not as productive in that way. I'm learning to work it through, though. From writing I get distracted very easily if something's not going the way I want it to go. I find it hard to persevere with writing, whereas with drawing I have much more patience. I think because I know I can get there with drawing, but writing - it's more linear - like if a sentence isn't working or a word isn't fitting properly, I find it hard to move on from that and then I'll go on Facebook of Tumblr or Instagram or pick at my nails or start doodling with a pen or spinning around on my new spinning chair. I digress.

As you can see from the above pictures, they're pretty much all in my studio. That's where I've literally been every day the past couple of weeks, in between work and sleeping. Even in between work I manage to get in there at some point and bash something out. Ha. I am loving it there. Today I had a photoshoot in my studio for Officeworks. They allowed me to purchase a whole bunch of things to set up my new space and it has been so monumentally helpful. I've been able to get a new scanner, new headphones, copic markers, a bookshelf, a chair, and heaps more stuff. I even put the bookshelf together by myself would you believe. Muscle woman! So today they came to take photos of how I'd set everything up and they'll put them online. Anyway it was pretty fun and the photographer was sweet and I think the pictures will be nice :)

Other stuff I've done is that I went to Laneway with Brodie! We saw Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy (and Rookie!) perform, and that was pretty magic. The whole day completely exhausted me, though, and I was a little sunburnt and completely delirious when I started to venture home with my sister after St Vincent. Highlights for me were Perfect Pussy and St Vincent. I was too short to see anything else and they were the performances were we were getting the least crushed. I don't think music festivals are for me, but I can now say that after having actually been to one. It was great hanging out with Brodie and she was the perfect festival buddy :)

My friends from high school came over to my studio on Friday night and we ate so much Trippy Taco it was criminal (6 meals between three people) and then hung out watching episodes of My Strange Addiction and looking through the 1970s cookbooks my friend bought me and dry-retching at the jellied meatloaf sections, which is completely normal, and we then drove home singing/yelling along to early 2000s hit songs. It was fun.

Plans for this week include working on my book in my studio and working at work. I am going to be social on Saturday and have that long awaited day off on Sunday.

Oh, I made a new playlist, too. A belated Valentine's Day themed one - enjoy!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Two Doors Down

Collage by me for Rookie Mag

Pictures are from newest to oldest! Phew. While I've just gotten back from a beach holiday, to be honest, I don't much feel like I've had a break. I was working *remotely* from the apartment I stayed at with my family in Lorne - I had my scanner, laptop and a large portion of materials from my studio splayed over the kitchen table for the duration of the trip. I was also doing some work for my part time job, along with illustration commissions and various other things... eeep! Lots of work, lots of tired late night eyes attempting to draw relatively straight lines and failing.

The weather was disappointing and I was left wondering what season it was, as being rugged up in jackets and jumpers certainly did not feel like summer. I managed to get one swim in, which was refreshing, but I had wished for close and hot days where I could sweat everything out and then wash it all off in the ocean.

Because of the cooler weather, highlights from the trip included a bush walk, a trip to a waterfall, seeing dolphins in the ocean from the car and finding a copy of the National Gallery of Victoria magazine where I have a big feature at the local Op Shop. (It came out this time last year, and has come full circle!)

I'm glad to be home, though. I missed my studio. I won't be able to be in there every day from now on, unfortunately, the summer of love is over and this week I'm starting back in the office at my three-day-a-week part time job. The start of February marks the true beginning of this year - back to my regular routine, on the 9.10 train, fidgeting in my wheelie office chair eating toasted cheese sandwiches for lunch. There is comfort in this that I crave, but I will miss the scope of time I had to play with over the last month. I loved long days in my studio. I can still have them but not as often. It's a reality I have to come to terms with.

On a whim I decided that I'd go to Laneway Festival this Saturday. I am going with my friend Brodie who works at Rookie Magazine with me. We're excited to see Perfect Pussy, whose lead singer is Meredith Graves - another fellow Rookie who is here on tour from America! I have never been to a music festival before. I know. I am 24. But it's just never appealed to me as a nervy introvert who doesn't like loud noises. I'm excited, though, and Brodie said she'll "look after me" and I think I will have fun. I am going to wear so much sunscreen and be so prepared and have lots of water and a big hat. Yes yes.

I'll be waking up early to go to my studio tomorrow and hopefully get a lot of work done.

Above are some pictures from Art Party at the National Gallery of Victoria, too, which was so much fun. It was fantastic to meet so many of you and to see so many young people participating and being enthusiastic about art. You all lit up the room. Thank you for coming :)