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 :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I only wanna keep you around

I had some visitors on Wednesday afternoon :)

I've been working in my studio every single day for over a week now. I'm really productive there, my large, light filled space lulls me into a rhythm of productivity (most of the time). I love it. I really love it. It's a pity that I have so much work to do at the moment, only in a sense that I haven't been able to be a bit less-productive and loiter around putting things in places and decorating a bit more and starting the task of painting my floor (I want to paint it red) and buying a disco ball (I want it to hang from a convenient chain that remained from the last tenant on the roof)...

I suppose I'll have these aimless hours sometime soon, hopefully. I felt like I still need a bit more time to acquaint myself with my new space, to get things *just so*. In the meantime, I'll continue to arrive, sit straight down at my desk - (or, well, I might put a record on first) and get to work. Mainly I'm working on illustrations for my book (I have a looming deadline that each day I feel surer and surer I'm going to miss...) and various other illustration projects. I'd love to get a canvas started, but I can't foresee having any time to do that until at least March.

January is literally flying by and I can hardly keep up. Someone asked me "how was your summer?" the other day and I double took and realised that in lots of ways we are at the tail end of it, I mean, I'm back into my routines, Autumn/Winter collections are dropping in stores... ha. Time, as usual, hurtles onwards and I'm left in clouds of dust that I futilely try to collect and preserve in vessels with holes in them. I can never just BE. I can never let time simply wash over me. I'm always trying to catch it and haul it up. I am aware that I always write about this. But, it's how I feel.

Hmm. Last weekend was a great one. My weekend actually started on Thursday night when I attended The Thousands x Appleton Rum party that I designed the invitation for. I hung out with B most of the evening, made a couple of new friends, too, and sipped on very sophisticated cocktails with garnishs of orchids. I had fun.

Photography by Brodie Lancaster

Friday night, G and I went to the Ladies of Leisure zine launch at M Pavilion. We arrived early in steamy weather and had a couple of drinks out of large plastic cups...

Photograph by Heather Lighton for The Thousands
On Saturday night, another friend and I went to G's apartment for drinks and dinner. We decided to make pizza, and, whilst I hardly helped more than going to the supermarket and helping to pick ingredients... it turned out delicious. (Come to think of it maybe that was because I didn't help... ha) We ran into some difficulties opening a corked bottle of red wine, so much so that after twenty minutes of watching Youtube tutorials and us three, intelligent, educated girls raising our arms in disbelief that we hadn't managed to crack this one seemingly simple code of adult life... we took it unashamedly down to a nearby bottle shop to see if the people there could help. When THEY couldn't help, the three of us then went to a bar, made a beeline for the only woman we could see behind the bar, and asked for her help. She took the bottle *upstairs* (seemed mysterious...) and came down with it open. We thanked her profusely and on our way out were scoffed at by an old dude drinking a pint of beer and eating a packet of chips by himself... we thought to ourselves - enjoy your Saturday night alone with your beer and chips at a dingy bar dude while together we eat delicious pizza in G's fancy apartment, swirl our glasses of sophisticated (finally open) red wine and discuss worldly issues.

Tonight (Thursday) is the Art Party at the NGV. Look, I was in the Herald Sun last Friday talking about it...

I found this photo hilarious, tbh. Also note typo in caption... Mina. However my name was spelt correctly in the bulk of the article. Curiouser and curiouser.  If you wanna come tonight, (I really think it will be fun!) You can still purchase tickets here.

Nothing else too important to report... I might be going to the beach with my family next week which I think will be fun. After being a staunch non-beach person, when I was sick last summer and I went to the beach I found it to be really healing and relaxing and rejuvenating so I'm an advocate now. As long as I have 50 plus sunscreen, shade, sunglasses, a hat... I digress. Even for a couple of days I'd be pleased to go.

I have to now decide what to wear for tonight! Hopefully will blog here again sooner rather than later. Sorry about that...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I've told every little star

It's been a bit over a week since I've last posted and lots of stuff has happened in that time! January has kicked off brilliantly and I've been busy as hell but completely in my element and loving it. There's something so great about that clean slate start and having lots of exciting opportunites blossoming daily. I got a few great emails this week that really lifted my mood and restored my faith in that this year (well at least the start of this year!) will be as productive and challenging as I had hoped.

I'm going to list off a few of the things that are coming up - the main one is Art Party at NGV that I'm hosting a collage workshop at. It's the first event of this kind at the National Gallery of Victoria aimed at teenagers. Tickets are only $13 dollars and you can buy them online here, alternatively, I'm doing giveaway on my Instagram where you can enter to win a double pass to the event and Jean Paul Gaultier prize pack! Unfortunately there is an age limit on the event - it is for teenagers under the age of 18 - but I plan on living for a long time and doing a number of other workshops in the future for EVERYone so never fear ; )

This other thing isn't really my thing but I designed the invite and think it sounds like a bit of fun - Three Thousand is hosting a party with Appleton Rum this coming Thursday the 15th of Jan. They're giving away 50 tickets via this link so if you're interested in hanging out at the bohemian cool Schoolhouse studios drinking rum for a couple of hours you should totally get on it:

Sorry that both of these things are Melbourne-centric! Bring on apparition I say. One day.

This Rookie series that I did with Brodie Lancaster is not Melbourne-centric, however - anyone can view it here. It's about *art couples* - but Brodie explains it all the more eloquently in her beautiful words which accompany my collages. Here are a couple below:

Other than working like crazy, I farewelled S yesterday. He's going to India for seven weeks for work. We had a great night on Friday - dinner at Gerald's on Rathdowne Street, and then we met friends for drinks at The Alderman. On Saturday we went to our favourite Grub Food Van for breakfast (and ordered the same meals each, for the third time in a row...) then, some last minute packing errands that I tagged along on, and an afternoon at Heide Museum. We had had plans to go to the beach on our last day together but the weather was disappointingly lousy and did not want that to occur. So we went to Heide instead and it was great, as usual, although I wasn't really that fussed on any of the exhibitions except Andrew McQualter's. There was a real lack of contemporary work that I was disappointed in. We ate giant freddos in the gardens and had a peek at the bee hives they have where I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to actually go...

S flew off on a jet plane this morning as I went to the Camberwell market with my Mum. I got a great bunch of things, actually - mostly paper ephemera for my book (swap cards, photos, postcards) and a Dolly Parton record. I am going through a really major Dolly Parton phase at the moment like you know when you have liked and known a singer for ever-ever but sort of took them for granted and never really thought about WHY they have been so popular and successful for ever-ever and then you realise and view them in a whole different light and it's a real lightbulb discovery that you wish you made ages ago. She's incredible. And I was urgently asking all the stall holders who were selling records today "Do you have any Dolly Parton!?" and only one dude did! What a travesty!

I'm too lazy to caption all the above images but by now they should all be pretty self explanatory. The 'Time After Time' image is a little snippet of a cover mock up I'm working on for my book. It feels so real now I can't believe it. September is when it is due to be released and that's going to come around verrrry quickly, I just know it.

Oh and I made a January playlist - haven't made a playlist in ages and was in the mood. Plus it was an outlet for my Dolly obsession...

That's all for now x