Sequins and doom

Lenni the Label Doom Jacket, Volcom jeans, vintage hat, sunglasses and turquoise necklace.

I'm probably not the best collaborator. I should be, and I'd like to be, as an artist. But after spending so much time working alone, in my own head, in a bubble that at times is so intensely focused I can't even hear what is going on around me, it's a bit hard to admit someone else into that space. And when you're used to being the sole arbiter of ideas in your work, it's a weird thing to try and see someone else's vision. 

So, it's a good thing that Lenni the Label knows how to take an idea and run with it. The Doom Jacket is one of my very favourite incarnations of my work, mostly because, well, sequins and tie-dye. I love how Lenni took this tiny little drawing, that I wouldn't have thought twice about using anywhere, and made it something new and striking.

The only downside is that it's freezing and blowing arctic winds and rain in Melbourne right now, so it's really no time for short sleeves.
But soon enough ...

Collections of things

Lately, I'm having an excellent time buying more books than I can read (on wildflowers, Ram Dass, Del Kathryn Barton), hiding from the cliche Melbourne weather (rain failing at whim, freezing and grey), painting on my hands, collective native flowers, and re-watching the Jurassic Park trilogy. 

ALSO, I've been cleaning up my collections of things (mostly stacks of paper, prints and sketchbooks), and so now I have a few prints with 30% off here, including some old favourites and some editions that I thought had run out. Just use the code PRINTSALE at the checkout. 

Colour love

Leather jacket by Volcom.
Some things are simply beautiful and colourful and weird and fun.

Sketchbook: Wonderfilled and awestruck

An accidental super-autumnal colour palette is beaming through lately -- it could be the depths of the Melbourne winter weighing too heavily on me, or just a new interest in native Australian flora. 
Anyway, this is my sketchbook/s lately -- I feel like I've spent a few huge weekends working on secret things I can't share yet, so it's nice to be able to share all these accumulated bits-and-pieces. 
Here's to more fires and a bit less rain, longer days and more exploring, and the best thing about winter, of course, jonquils and leucadendrons. 

Makin' magic

Things keep being added to the to-do list; until, for some of the things, they’re too late to do. Good ideas are stacking up and being stored away; we’re thinking about major plans and minor goals – at 3am in the morning, on the drive to work, when we’re out running, or grocery shopping.

We’re thinking about planting vegetables that will survive the winter, about planning trips overseas, about brand management and business plans, about university applications, about moving house, about packing up, about something – anything – new. We’re scrabbling for a path that will free us up a little, searching for the salve that soothes young restlessness.

I know we’re all kinda like this.

But another thing I know, as I reschedule another plan, or put off chasing another idea, that as long as I can cross one thing off the list each day, I’m making progress. Slow progress, no doubt, but inevitable, indelible progress. 

Vibrant vibes

1. Balancing Weenie // Trust the path unseen print and Gypsy Warrior jewels.
2. Blue gel ink madness, collections, proteas.
3. I went home to the farm and held some baby goats // Autumnal optimism.
4. Ceremony print // Sketchbook musings.
5. Northern prep // Flash sheets.
6. More Northern…
7. Wayward one, available here … but I’ve taken quite a shine to it and might take it down and just keep it for myself // She’s Friday evenings, loud Ted Nugent and straight, warm whiskey – Nugent print available here.
8. Waratah rising // Flynn Skye dress-ups in the cactus garden.
9. Fisherking // Vibrant vibes.
10. Gum blossoms // Hydrangeas.
11. VB flower arrangements // Volcom love and proteas.
12. Rogues volts of euphoria (reading Tom Wolfe forever) // Overjoyed with commonplace beauty.

13. Weenie dawg // ELO. 

Blue jean baby

Volcom beanie and jeans; Pony Gold Wayward One hand-painted denim jacket; Gypsy Warrior rings; Vanessa Mooney necklace; all other necklaces, rings and glasses are vintage/market finds.

So the blog has been on a bit of an extended hiatus … with the last crazy weeks of the Northern exhibition at Southset Gallery, catching up with commission work and undergoing the rapid-morph into a winter hermit, I haven't been able to find much time to shoot photos and post them here. 

But hopefully that will change soon … I've got lots of big plans and ideas, as well as some crazy exciting adventures just a short way down the track.

… Stay tuned. 
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