Poketo is coming to Australia and I can't quite believe that there will exist a Poketo wallet with my artwork on it! I think over the last couple of years I have looked at their website a thousand and one times, as most of my favourite artists in the world have made Poketo wallets.
Here is a tiny little sneak peek at what the wallet will look like so start saving your pennies and come along to Robio at 73 Gertrude St Fitzroy on Friday 7th November. I have a feeling Poketo know how to have a good party so it should be lots of fun.
The Drawing Room pieces are done! I'm relieved that they are finished and also relieved that I am happy with them. I reworked two pieces from the Brunswick Bound show, tightened them up and gave them a bit more space. Now I am full of ideas for new work to go on with, however it may have to wait because... I'm going to LA! Woo hoo! Ev and I will be at the opening of the show which is super super exciting.
Another cool thing happened. The new Frankie magazine is out with a sheet of wrapping paper designed by me! Not just me either... you get three more beautiful sheets designed by Beci Orpin, Mel Stringer, and Jodee Knowles. You might like to race out and get it (I hope you can find it if you live in places other than Australia).
I found another great site the other day called the Circus Museum, it is full of thousands of circus posters, photographs and prints. Well worth a look if you're into excellent drawings of tattooed dancing twins or albino midget magicians...
Now it's time to get busy and concentrate on my work for 'The Drawing Room' which will be at Thinkspace gallery in November. I'm glad I worked through all those pieces for the Brunswick Bound show because I feel like I'm in a good place to start this new work. Hopefully something to show soon...
If you would like to see the work of the artists involved, Audrey Kawasaki has created a little sneak peek over here.
I have had a crazy week of too much drawing and not enough sleep! Despite being very last minute (we hung the last few pieces half an hour before the show opened) it all came together in the end with tea and cupcakes and looked great. My pieces are a little different to my past work and I've sat with them far too long this week to know if I like them or not but it was fun to make them messier and play around with some new textures and techniques. Here they are with their corresponding letters beneath.
C is for cotton tails and the cat's meow
G is for the ghost of Gregory Peck and a Roman holiday
K is for sometimes keeping an even keel and sometimes not
S is for the sweet secrets that sink deep beneath the sea
O is for the obscure relationship between these words and those images
Last weekend I went to see The League of Sideshow Superstars as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and I loved it. Now, in addition to my maritime obsessions I've fallen in love with the circus, sideshow and the burlesque. Unfortunately I'm too late to incorporate anything new into my Brunswick Bound pieces so it might have to wait for the LA work. Speaking of the maritime, I'm still nerding out on the collections of the National Maritime Museum in London. Here are two pieces (including one amazing papercut) that are providing a lot of inspiration:
We Are The Image Makers is a great Australian website and online magazine run by Brad Eastman, issue 17 is out now and I have been interviewed in it. Super. If you would like to take a look click click right here.
Over the last week I have been working on some faces and patterns, as a nice distraction from my seafaring girls. This little original I have decided to pop in my shop, she is approx. 6" x 6" on heavyweight archival watercolour paper and is available right here: