I am attempting to make my first quilt. I actually have no idea what I am doing, I simply want to use up all the fabric scraps I have collected here and there, over the years. I'm not really paying much attention to overall design either (as you can see above) so I guess it will just turn out looking however it decides to. Which hopefully won't be too much of a mess!
It also means I finally get to make friends with my new sewing machine, which was a birthday present from my beloved Grandma. All my previous sewing adventures have been done using a Singer machine that had it's heyday circa 1930. I'm happily getting used to using a foot pedal (rather than a knee lever) and being able to do more than one straight stitch. Fun times.
We're in the middle of The Finders Keepers right now! You should come down tomorrow (Saturday) if you're in Melbourne - there are so many great, creative people selling their wares. I have all my new prints and old prints alongside gift cards, my ceramic collaboration with Craft Victoria and some framed work. See below for all the important details...
I'm almost on the home stretch now... about to finish up a new series of work for the little show I'm having at The People's Market in April. You are most welcome to come along on Thursday night if you're in the area!
The print of this little fellow above can be found right here: myfolklover.etsy.com
My good friend Andy Lewis curates a monthly mix tape that goes by the name of We Dance Alone. I've been listening to them while i work and they're really great... there's some excellent people invoived including Jo Stevens, Miso, Praisin' Baby Jesus and DJ Russian Disco!
If you want to listen too, then send your ears over here: wedancealone.com
I just found out i'll be at the next Finders Keepers market here in Melbourne. I'm currently scheming up lots of new goodies, right alongside all the new bits and pieces I'm making for my exhibition... which opens the night before!
If you haven't made it to a Finders Keepers market yet, you should get down as they're excellent events. Hopefully i'll see you in April...
I'm currently preparing for an upcoming exhibition at The People's Market in Collingwood. The People's Market is an excellent little spot with good food and drink and small galleries found inside converted shipping containers. I will have more information regarding the opening night party and exhibition dates towards the end of March (the show will be in April). For now, I'm working on new pictures! It's my first exhibition in almost two years and it feels nice to hang up the illustrator's hat for a while and concentrate on my own personal work.
In my real world nine to five type job, I sometimes work with a very talented artist and animator by the name of Rebecca Hayes. She's my go-to when I want to discuss the latest episode of Girls or need a recommendation for a good period drama. She also has her finger on the pulse when it comes to excellent websites and these are two that she recently recommended:
Be warned, if you follow those links hours may vanish.
(Images by Phoebe Wahl - phoebewahl.com)
We recently moved house and yikes, what a drag that was. I haven't moved house in about seven years, I very quickly realised that I also haven't thrown anything out in seven years. I am a hoarder - I was a blissfully unaware hoarder. Not any longer, I have made a promise to myself that I will no longer collect unwanted things in boxes which I pile high in the backyard shed. I don't even have a backyard shed now... thank goodness.
Anyway, other than that, the point of this post was to address the fact that I now need to begin a new garden. This is kind of exciting, partly because I can plan the whole system from scratch - I'm going to have uniform beds with a drip irrigation system! I'm also getting the bunnies on board in a permaculture kind of way; Dot and Digger - super rabbits/poop machines - are going to provide me with plant based, animal friendly compost. For now though, I'm planting a new batch of seeds, preparing some winter greens - kale, silver beet, lettuce and parsley. One step at a time.
These most beautiful illustrations (above) are by an artist called Pheobe Wahl. You can find more of her work at phoebewahl.com. I must admit they represent my make-believe house and vegetable garden, but one can always dream...
Thank you so much if you visited my print sale this week! I'm so grateful to be able to keep my little Etsy store kicking along and I do hope you enjoy your new pictures. All the prints will be sent out on Monday so keep a lookout for the postman.
Other than that, I just found out the newest Urban Walkabout guide is available today!
Print sale is on, embroidery added and packaging supplies ready and waiting!
Come visit me over here:
For my first post of this new year I'm here to say I'm having a print sale! For two days only, this coming Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th, all prints in my Etsy store (both open edition and limited edition) will be 40% off.
I will also be listing a recently completed embroidery which you can see below - another ode to the wonderfully mad March Hare.
Hope to see you on Wednesday, here's where you can find all the action:
Thank you. I hope you are having a wonderful start to the New Year!