Sunday, August 16, 2015

Blue Moon

It felt like spring this weekend, which reminded me that it is only a matter of weeks (2) until its official arrival. I wore only my leather jacket over my cleverly composed outfit still ensuring warmness yet allowing me a little more freedom from my usual 100% wool full-length shackles. I spent the weekend with S, doing really lovely weekend things which I intend to describe in detail. The magnolias are almost blooming along Gertrude Street and the air is a little sweeter that is has been these past few months.

My friend Brodie Lancaster had her 6th Filmme Fatales zine launch on Friday night at the Good Copy. She was texting me throughout the day with updates on the 100 balloons she ordered, and I got pretty excited. I had such a fun night, a bunch of people I hadn't seen in a while were there, there were amazing rum cocktails, those brilliant tinsel streamers I am obsessed with and issue 6 of Filmme Fatales is incredible! I did an illustration for the issue, here it is!


On Saturday I headed to my studio and on my way got caught up in a tram accident. I arrived much later than usual after assisting an elderly man who fell over in the commotion. I didn't mind of course and found it warming to see a number of other passerby offer their compassion and conversation to the situation. Post-that I met up with my gallerist, showed her my book and spoke further about organising my book launch, which is to be held at her gallery space. Then, after a semi-productive afternoon in the studio I went to meet S for an evening in cooking a lasagne recipe we'd found in the paper, drinking wine, and eventually ravenously eating the finished lasagne.

Sunday was today, and after a breakfast out we went to see our last film for the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). It was called 'My Skinny Sister', I cried at multiple points throughout the film (Much to my dismay, I find it very embarrassing crying in a cinema and I don't know why) I felt very close to the characters, red haired siblings... I dunno. It was gorgeous. Not a word I use often but seems appropriate.

Going a bit further back, these past weeks... I've just been either in my studio or at my part-time job. I've been doing a few interviews as publicity for my upcoming book launch, got to go to the very *cool* Vice/i-D offices in Collingwood the other evening. I'm getting better at those kinds of exchanges, it helps when I'm being interviewed by a woman and if they've really done their research. Also helps if they "get it" and the last few people I've spoken to, have.



Made a cake for my Mum (Bought a cake a put crap on top)
Obsessed with my new Beth Hoeckel phone case


Studio endeavours

Straws for my book launch!

With Brodie for the Filmme Fatales launch!


Lasagne that we made!

I came home this afternoon to two parcels, one my preorder copy of Filmme Fatales #6 (Brodie sweetly sends them in the post to contributors!) and a pair of metallic blue Gorman boots that I've been pretty into for a while now. It was the perfect end to a lovely weekend.


A couple of weekends before all this, a friend of mine from LA came to visit Melbourne for a weekend. Her name is Kate Durbin - she is an artist and writer and she is simply magic. Kate was really keen to visit Hanging Rock, so my sister, her boyfriend, S and I took her there on a Sunday.









Kate also visited my studio! I can't say how great it was to meet her. :) Currently, Kate is undertaking a residency in Queensland as a part of the Queensland Poetry Festival. She is working on incarnating her project 'Hello Selfie' in Brisbane with men instead of women. It will be awesome.


In other news, I realised that the onslaught of spring also means the launch of my book. Given my penchant for warmer weather the timing couldn't be more perfect. I think I told you about this event that I'm doing with the Melbourne Writer's Festival - but I'll risk repeating myself. It's an 'In Conversation' event with yours truly, hosted by the incredible Lorelei Vashti. It's held on August 26th at the Alpha60 Brunswick Street store, and tickets are free!

Initially the event really quickly booked out after I put it on Instagram, but we've somehow managed to increase capacity so there are a handful more tickets available, if you get in quickly! There will be advance copies of my book available, plus if you want I'll sign them for you ;)

You can book here: http://mwf.com.au/session/minna-gilligan-time-after-time/




The more flowers I see bobbing their heads, blooming - the nearer my book's release is. I feel excited, nauseous, elated and terrified all at once. Everyone who takes the time to express to me their own anticipation for Time After Time cushions those feelings a little more, and it's that softer landing that will make it all feel okay.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hunter

As usual it is always much longer between posts here than I'd like it to be. Time to myself is a rarity lately and in some ways I find that hard. I get time to myself on public transport, mostly, which is why yesterday when I was about to board a tram my heart sunk when an acquaintance spotted me and sparked up conversation. As a terrific introvert I actually found it so hard in that moment to summon up an ounce of enthusiasm for small talk after having performed it all day at work, and most likely came across as rather standoffish. I've always thought it requires introverts twice the amount of energy to navigate through a life filled with social obligations than an extrovert, but true that I have never been on the other side.

Whining aside, I have a Saturday evening *hoorah* to myself tonight and I don't know if I've used it altogether wisely... some Simpsons watching, writing here, wading through phone photos to compile a good cross section from the past month-ish (sheesh!) to accompany this post...


A Sunday excursion with S to the NGV 
There were two of my books left in the NGV Store!
Unfinished painting detail
Finished small painting
A Wednesday morning in St Kilda 
Nothing but lipstick feels so brilliant
My new Verner blanket coat with Dress Up capri pants and cropped knit jumper

Cats on a late night walk down Lygon Street

New paints and brushes 
Just starting 
In progress painting
Two weeks ago, on a Tuesday, I received the first advance copy of my book 'Time After Time'. It was an overwhelming ending point to six months of literally non-stop back-hunching work and it's hard to believe now that it really is completely done and finished. I wrote a book. I wrote a book and illustrated a book and did some semblance of modelling in said book. This rather eccentric (generous terminology) lady who catches my train always talks to me (much to my delight, of course...) and the other day she asked me what I did and I just layed it on. I was like "I'm an artist and I'm also a writer, I just finished writing my first book and illustrating it. I'm also an illustrator, and I really like fashion - that's what the book's about, really, fashion, but like, interesting." and that actually shut her up. 

'Time After Time' is officially released in Australia, the UK, and America on September 1st 2015. I am literally busting to show you all what's inside. I think this book has a LOT to offer, and I hope it can be something that people keep going back to, something that people feel is a generous and exciting publication. I am doing an 'In Conversation' and kind of like a pre book launch event with the Melbourne Writer's Festival on the 26th of August. Lorelei Vashti is going to host the evening and interview me, which I am so stoked on. The event will be held at Alpha 60's Brunswick Street store, and you can buy tickets here: http://mwf.com.au/session/minna-gilligan-time-after-time/

Below is a picture of the advance copy of my book. I guess it's not much different to seeing a JPEG of the cover image, it will be much different however when you can hold it in real life. :)

The advance copy of my book, 'Time After Time'
To celebrate, Brodie invited me to the red carpet opening of the David Bowie exhibition at ACMI. Champagne was practically on tap, so it was an event worthy of honouring the single advance copy of my book that I carted around in my bag. I thought the exhibition was interesting, and very technologically sophisticated. It was a rather insular experience with the headphones you were instructed to wear, although I do admit that it was pretty nifty. My favourite was the last room, just after you've ditched the headphones and are able to have a more collective experience with whomever you've chosen to go along with. It's more replicating the vibe of a concert or live experience. It was fun.

David Bowie at ACMI red carpet opening with Brodie

Working on a *still life* photoshoot for Desktop Magazine, out in September
Stunned by sunshine

Pages from a new book I found about making your own soft toys

Donna Summer all day in the studio
Serendipitous details
Stickers in the sun
This afternoon

In progress in the studio on a Saturday 

I spent the day in my studio today. S had to get up early for work, so I was already up and thought it best to make the most of the hours. I was on fire and completed two paintings without so much as a break, thus feeling a little lightheaded afterwards. I'm working on a lot of new paintings for some exhibitions coming up in September and November. More details when more details are more relevant. But I've really really enjoyed getting back into the looseness of painting. This afternoon, my Mum came and met me in my studio so we could go to The Design Files fundraiser exhibition opening as I had a work in it. It was nice to hang out with Mum, and I think she enjoyed the fanciness of a sponsored exhibition opening. There was what they called a "grazing table" with some pretty impressive wheels of cheese on it. The funds raised from the exhibition were entirely going towards the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre which is a very important and generous organisation run by some pretty remarkable people, namingly Kon Karapanagiotidis who gave a really moving speech. A picture of the work I donated is below, and I'm happy to say it sold!

My small collage work in The Design Files fundraiser for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre
My collage work in the Design Files fundraiser for the ASRC
The last thing is that I published on Rookie a reworked version of my talk on selfies for the Emerging Writer's Festival. It's called 'A Thousand Words' In defence of taking pictures of yourself and it was really fun. You can read the whole article here: http://www.rookiemag.com/2015/07/a-thousand-words/