Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lovely things in my letterbox!

Good Afternoon!

It feels like all my Christmases have come at once today because I've received some very exciting mail :)
First, the Curvy 7 Book, yay!!!!!
My artwork "Virgo" is on Page 85, next to the lovely Nell McKellar.

I'm very excited about this book as it features some beautiful artwork from some of my favourite artists / illustrators such as Brett Manning, Bec Winnel, Courtney Brims, Devon Smith, Sarah McNeil, Jasmin Dwyer and Kelly Thompson. You can view it digitally here & purchase a copy here.

And then...the beautiful new single from Melbourne acoustic pop songstress Cilla Jane.

Earlier this year I collaborated with Cilla to create the artwork for her album cover (also to be the released as her full second album early in the new year). You may recognise the artwork, it's an altered version of "Secret Admirer" and I created a similar collaged illustration of cellist Andy for the back cover. You can listen to Cilla's lovely music here or follow her on facebook. Her music is so sweet and folksy, definitely have a listen!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Beautiful Tasmania

I'm very fortunate to be on holidays this week with my lovely sis and her friends. This is my first time in Tasmania and it's been lovely to soak up the natural beauty of the countryside (Note: Wineglass Bay, above, is a must-see) and catch up with some dear relos that I don't see near often enough.

I've also come across some beautiful handmade things whilst wandering about Hobart and just had to share them!

Our first discovery, a sweet little shop called Love & Clutter (31 Murray St Hobart).
Swoon. I'm in love. Possibly the cutest shop in the world!

*I spy...a print (above left) from one of my favourite artists Emily Martin a.k.a The Black Apple*

I could have stayed there all day. But it was saturday which means we had to go and check out the fabulous Salamanca Markets of course...

Funky lasercut jewellery and buttons by otekah

Lovely artwork & stationery from Ruby Victoria Letterpress & Printmaking

Buttons by otekah, the cutest little robot pin by HiiRagi and a brooch from Love & Clutter.

I'll be back home and back to work on Wednesday...can't wait to cuddle my little puppy dog! :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

This Is Not Art Festival

If you're finding yourself at a bit of a loss for something to do this long weekend then check out This Is Not Art Festival in Newcastle. The full program of events is available here.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the Zine Fair which is always a fun, eclectic market full of arty and inspiring bits and pieces.

I'll be there! Come & say hi.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Finished Pieces

I'm not terribly good at design stuff I have to admit, but I had a crack at designing some new business cards and brooch backings using Photoshop and I'm quite pleased with the outcome.

I haven't made any more brooches yet as I had a little mishap with the varnish that I used to seal the first batch. For some reason the polymer clay didn't like it and they stayed tacky so I had to remove the varnish which of course removed most of the artwork too :(

Oh well, that's trial and error! For the record, solvent based varnishes do not seem the way to go with polymer clay. I am going to try a water based polymer resin varnish next, I think it will be much friendlier. I'm trying to keep them as matt-looking as possible to keep the look and feel of ceramic but I have to seal them of course so that they survive as jewellery pieces. Hopefully will have more done in time for the markets this weekend!

On another note, I've just finished the commission that I posted about recently. It is titled "Possibilities" and here are some pics of the process:
I'm becoming more confident with using colour for skin tone rather than relying on shading with graphite. It's interesting to see how my technique has changed since the beginning of the year when I made "Secret Admirer" (above left). I have so many more ideas for paperdoll girls. Wish I could clone myself so I was more productive! I think perhaps creative people are cursed with a kind of restlessness that only ceases when you're in the midst of making something.
So now I'm off to find something else to do!
x Jo

Friday, July 9, 2010

Black Chandelier Photos

Here's some great pics of my work from the Opening Night of The Black Chandelier courtesy of photographer and graphic designer Remi. Things have been very busy for me lately, thus the lack of posts! I'm keeping busy with creating new stuff, joining new markets as well as the fabulous in.cube8r gallery in Melbourne (more details to come) and participating in the latest artist's boot camp by Pikaland. Phew! What a busy time it is! But in a good way! Anyone else juggling at the moment?

"Fair Girl" mixed media on paper

"Branching Out" Mixed media on paper

"Ella" mixed media on paper

"Lost & Found" mixed media on paper

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ladies First Opening Night

Well I'm back home in rainy Newcastle after a fabulous visit to Melbourne for "Ladies First" last weekend. Thanks to everyone that attended the opening night! It was great fun but was over all too soon! It was so fabulous to meet fellow artists including Monika Viktoria, Caitlin Shearer, Helani Laisk, Marie Larkin, Jessica Stewart and Josephine Bradley-Scott.

Here are some pics from the night courtesy of Remy Merarin

I'm feeling very inspired after soaking up so much culture and creative energy in Melbourne. Hopefully I'll be back there again soon! In the meantime I'm busy preparing for the Darby Street Coffee and Chocolate Festival that is on this Sunday (30th May) from 9 - 4pm. I'll be sharing a stall with Zoe Tjanavaras of Oscar & Matilda so if you're in the area come & say hi :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Find Me Keep Me

My sister and I took a pleasant little train trip to Sydney yesterday to check out the Finders Keepers Markets in Sydney. It was such a gorgeous sunny Autumn day, perfect for wandering and admiring all the fabulousness on display.

The highlight for me was seeing the lovely artist Catherine Campbell creating away at the Frankie stall. Thank you Catherine for allowing me to take this pic!