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Family heirlooms

Recently I had a chance meeting with an old friend who was looking for someone to recreate a family heirloom to cater for some new additions and keep a longstanding Christmas tradition running. The original stocking pictured in the middle here is about 30 years old – it’s amazing how long felt can last if you look after it!

My task was to make matching stockings for the wife (who is obsessed with Liberty print) and daughter (who has a long-winded name that was never going to fit on a 20cm high stocking). Making the bow and bell feature was a bit tricky too. In the end I was really happy with the result, which highlights the Liberty fabric and gives the ladies their own special version in keeping with the origial.

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December 15, 2015 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Geisha girl

Last weekend I dropped in to the Heiser Gallery in the Valley to check out their current group exhibition featuring the likes of Reg Mombassa, Jeff Raglus and Robert Moore. Among my favourite pieces was this geisha girl by Stephen Mok, but of course she was already sold!


December 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

A room of unimagined treasures

With Christmas and the next GOMA market fast approaching, I’ve been looking for some inspiration for a couple of new cushion designs to add to my menagerie. It got me thinking of how varied my tastes have become when it comes to textiles…

While I like the idea of nice, neat matching cushions, I’m also a big fan of lots of mismatched soft furnishings with the theme of abundance – especially when it comes to colour! This reminded me of one of my favourite artists and his approach, which appeals to the hoarder in me.

British artist Mark Hearld’s most recent exhibition was influenced by a short story called The Lumber Room, by Saki, which was read to him in an English class when he was 15. As Mark explains:

“Since I heard Saki’s story I have always been intrigued by the idea of a locked room that contained treasures so wonderful they are beyond what your mind can imagine. In this exhibition I wanted to create the sense of excitement and wonder that you get when you discover the key to the room and see the ‘forbidden’ objects for the first time.”

Food for thought…

Mark Hearld artwork

October 27, 2015 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

A spot of bag-making

It’s been a while since I made one of these! One of my good friends is about to have her first baby and to ensure she was fully equipped in the bag department I made one of my not-so-nappy bags. This time around I chose a charcoal-coloured denim for the outer and a taupe-and-white spotty cotton for the lining.

Sam's nappy bag

One happy lady with her bag!

Sam's nappy bag

September 29, 2015 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

You’re never too young

You’re never too young for your first Hawaiian shirt! This dinosaur-themed one is destined for a friend’s little boy who is only about four months old. He’s going to look super-cute in this!

Dinosaur hawaiian shirt

August 24, 2015 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

The view from here

Last weekend I popped in to the Heiser Gallery in Fortitude Valley to see the latest exhibition by Brisbane artist Maureen Hansen. Miss Maudie has such a great eye for capturing the Brisbane landscape in all its glory – including this lovely view from my side of town, View From Red Hill Car Park.

Maureen Hansen View From Red Hill Car ParkImage courtesy of Heiser Gallery.

June 9, 2015 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Feeling blue

If you’re into ceramics, lovely ladies and the colour blue, head along to the Blue exhibition at Paper Boat Press Gallery at Ashgrove. You’ll see all of the above in a group show featuring gallery owner Kylie Johnson and other ceramicists from far and near including local favourites Sharon Muir and Clairy Laurence – all responding to the colour and the word ‘blue’.

Blue exhibition at paperboatpress gallery

June 2, 2015 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

Halfway around the world

Last week I had the pleasure of going to the launch of my friend Zoe Boccabella‘s second book, Joe’s Fruit Shop and Milk Bar. Whereas her first, Mezza Italiana, explored her heritage in Italy, this one captures the stories of her grandparents as they made the huge step of moving halfway around the world to set up a new life here in Australia. Of course, I came straight home and started reading – and I can report that I’m really enjoying it so far!

Zoe Boccabella Joe's Fruit Shop and Milk Bar book

February 16, 2015 at 8:11 am Leave a comment

Weirdos unite

In a previous life I spent just about every waking hour out and about at local gigs and I’ve had the absolute pleasure of seeing irreverent Brisbane genre-hoppers Regurgitator many a time. They’re such a fun band – you can’t see them and not be infected by how good a time they look like they’re having onstage!

Last week the band’s Ben Ely opened his first solo art show, Weirdo, and I can happily report it has that same wonderful sense of playfulness. Here’s a taste of Ben’s show, which is on at Lust for Life Tattoo on Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley until 31 January 2015.

One of my favourite pieces, which from memory was called Dancing Dead II.

Ben Ely Dancing Dead II

Love, love, love this Cheap Thrills sign!!!

Ben Ely Cheap Thrills

December 9, 2014 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

To market we go

Don’t forget the QAGOMA Christmas Design Market is on today outside the Gallery of Modern Art at South Brisbane from 9am to 4pm. This artist market only happens twice a year… and you probably don’t need reminding that there are only 26 days until Christmas, but I’m going to remind you anyway!

QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market

November 29, 2014 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

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