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Designer, photographer, film maker, artist, teacher, deep thinker, drawer, spiritual seeker and one crafty lady.

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Thursday
Jun212012

Eve Naturopathy

I still operate my little 'seedpod' design business between photography gigs. I don't think I'll ever give it up as I can't resist the opportunities that come my way. I must get my website back up as there is so much stuff I've designed over the past few years that no one would know about! (add to my to-do list)...

I will share a few things I've done recently over the coming weeks.

Here is a card for Eve Naturopathy and Massage.

I brought together Kate's taste in colour and style in bottle green and sea blue.
The gradient of colour represents the setting sun, an evening.

I created a feminine feeling logo, the curves of woman, the flow of life.
And incorporated a full moon to represent ovulation, and thus fertility and completing the feeling of 'eve'.

All printed on recycled eco stock.

I think a business card has these purposes.

1. To create interest and intrigue in a potential client.

2. To reflect the values and quality of the business.

3. To be a confidence booster for the business, something they are immensely proud of that makes 'selling themselves' easier because the card does some of the work for them.

And point 3 is the most important I think because self belief and confidence go very far when it comes to self promotion.

Therefore pleasing the client is actually my top priority.

[current mood] James Boags & "Uno!!"

Tuesday
Jun192012

DIY photo display

It's a funny little world to me sometimes.

I often stop and look at my life as a fully fledged wedding photographer and think 'hmm how did this happen?' and it's like it has a life of it's own that grows in such a fashion that I am the one trying to keep up with it!

One of the things that come up are 'expos'. Normally a wedding expo would have me running for the hills, but along came the 'alternative' bridal expo First Comes Love in Perth. And it is a bit of a case of 'you gotta be in it to win it' or something right?

So I grabbed my stuff, popped it on a table with some beautiful flowers from Flower Talk! Gee she is a generous soul.

But alas my little display was lacking in presence. It required people to really come and look to see the quality. An interesting concept for me, that in a expo you need to command attention and then fill in the details. Ho hum, guess I have to meet with convention and go 'big'!

So expo 2... Tamworth.
An entirely different crowd and a chance to construct something different...

First, meet Hadley. He's my good mate in Armidale NSW. He's a product designer who is creating a cool water-retaining pot for balconies. I'm helping him with branding and marketing and he's helping me with wood! ooh lovely barter.

Check out those crucifixes!
I sketched up an idea and Hadley used his skills to make it something more, well, non-falling-over as a designer would do!

And so I visited the tip shop and found some rustic wood with character, $5 later, we had our ingredients!

Y'know I'm not so bad with a pencil, ruler and saw.. so I pitched in a few seconds of hard labour.
And... i'm spent...

Back to Hadley and his eye for detail and precision.

And a spoonful of Nat's general 'it'll do!' attitude and we have.....

Something that stands up!

And so my display in Tamworth had much more presence! My images glued to foamcore, hung with twine and a few pinecone 'flowers' for added effect.
Throw in things from around the house, orange roses in a milk jug and a singing bowl full of business cards.

Not sure Tamworth appreciated the effort, but at least I could be proud of my work - giving it the best chance to be loved. I found vendors the most complimentary and I think that means more to me.

[current mood] Moomintroll & Oomoo Wine

Friday
Jun152012

Used Nails

I've created a new motto:
If you have good nails you don't do stuff.

or maybe more succinctly:
Used nails means you do stuff.

The whole idea of having a set of perfect nails is ridiculous when I really think about it. Whenever I paint mine up and they are good looking I end up walking around like a prissy lady with outstretched fingers, unable to open a car door, a box, let alone do any gardening in fear of wrecking the look. Nails are functional little beasts and we should view their used character as a sign of our productivity!

Take that perfect-nail-people!

[current mood] Rice Porridge & Carrcasome (ipad game) which doesn't wreck nails

Tuesday
Jun122012

From Misery to Happiness

It's a challenge when you feel blue to move towards a happy space, cause it takes energy that is often hard to find when you are down.

I'm living in a very cold place, in more ways that one right now. And I found myself spiralling into the blues.

I started looking at flights to Cairns today for a quick-fix get away attempt!

Today, this is what I did to shift and feel better!

(In chronological order)

[current mood] Crackling, Burning Firewood & Eton Mess

Sunday
Jun102012

Boobie Beanie

 

I live with a couple who are having a baby in two weeks! My sister showed me a pattern for a beanie that looks like a boobie.

It's a gag when you are breastfeeding your child, you can still show boob.
I thought I'd give it a go as a gift for them - with no idea how large a babies head is and no idea if they would really apply it to the babies head. It's a lot of effort for a joke!

It didn't quite fit the doll I tried it on.

But they have large heads in the family so I think the baby will grow into it soon enough.

[current mood] Meatballs & Old Funk

Saturday
Jun092012

I just made a Kurt Cobain

I kept noticing as I leaned over my him with my hair draping all over his face that he looked very very familiar...

Do you agree?

[current mood] Al Di Meola (Friday Night in San Francisco) & Squid

Friday
Jun082012

Social Media's Only Got A Sec

I've been playing around a lot lately with social media for promotion. You know there are no rules to going viral and certainly no hard and fast tricks otherwise everyone would be doing the formula!

Today I learned a valuable lesson. Good Quality vs Funny...

One would think that showing a delicious 3 minute film to the captive audience of a cafe's facebook page would be a success.

One day's work = 6 likes + 2 comments

 

But that wasn't really buttering our ego-bread.

Then today in the heat of a giggle I decided to photograph Rowan as a bridesmaid,
based on his sentiment at not winning at the Armidale Business Awards night "Always a bridesmaid" he kept saying.

1 minute = 20 likes + 4 comments

Now those statistics should make you sit up and listen!

People want funny, personal, unique and relevant stuff but most of all, something that's going to take them a second to see. Of course our hot chocolate film is going to hang around for a long time and be more of a resource for the cafe but it does make me think about how spontaneous and creative ideas should just be acted on and may be the truly effective difference in creating business.

Social media lesson 1 - over.

[current mood] Clean Sheets & A Cluttering of Children's Wooden Blocks

Thursday
Jun072012

The Making Of: Hot Chocolate

Have you been thinking about hot chocolate lately?

I think you will after this.....

Very cold winter days in Armidale have inspired many to enjoy one of the four (fairtrade and organic) hot chocolates that neram harvest restaurant makes.

I just so happen to know the chef. So I thought we should make a 'making of' film and play with my new Canon 5D Mark III! This is our day's work... yum yum, get warm!

[current mood] Paul Kelly & Patchouli

Wednesday
Jun062012

What does your Instagram say about you?

You see something that takes your fancy. A perfect scene for a little Instagram love.
So you shoot it on your mobile phone.

Everytime you make this decision you say a little something about you.

Now sit back and look at all those moments where life excited you and what does it say as a collection?

I'll put mine together and let you know what I think...

I think I'm romantic, in love with bright colour combinations or muted pastel schemes, I am nostalgic and love circles.

What do you make of it?

[current mood] A Tim Tam I Don't Have & Mad Men

Tuesday
Jun052012

A Personal Art Tour

I have the wonderful fortune of continuing to attract work that involves artists. It's becoming somewhat of a forté - photographing and filming artists. I love it because I am really quite the art critic deep down. I believe I know what is good art and a real artisté when I meet one. However what I enjoy most is the insight into different artist's lives, being inside the studio and work of an artist and connecting with their personal stories and drive. Artists are just people but the difference often is in how they engage with the world, more emotionally literate, more aesthetically alive and they often create homes and spaces that fulfil me.

I simply enjoy their company.

The Glen Innes Art Gallery received CASP funding (Country Arts Support!) with the support of Arts North West, with which they were able to engage me as a photographer to work across the New England regional to photograph artists, venues and galleries as part of the Country Arts Escapes website. The new site gives visitors a sense of who they can visit so they can map out an art escapes tour of their own.

I had to drive between places like Tamworth, Glen Innes, Inverell, Armidale and Tenterfield and for a couple of legs I had the lovely company of budding photographer Gemma Tann whom I mentored on the road and between pies.

Come and travel with me through some of my visits...

First stop, Tony Sevil.

I resonated with Tony very much. He loves collecting junk and holding it up as art. He showed me how a piece of burgundy suede sitting on a strip of red plastic was just oh so lovely and he felt there was nothing more he could do to make it any better. And I related to this! It provided the perfect contrast and naturalness and so why construct anything further?

Tony gave me eggs and offered tea as he showed me all the junky treats that lined his walls and floors. Below is the train made of junkyard parts. 

I then went to the old homestead Saumarez. I had full reign of the two floors full of old hand carved wood, antiques and wallpapered living rooms, all laid out as it were when it was occupied in the 1800s. Very ghostly, very real.

Now we go to David MacKay. His work is meticulous. He draws detailed illustrations of nature and when I asked if he had a background in botanical illustration, he told me he did. It made sense that his work was so near perfect yet also much better than perfect - if you know what I mean? That's the beauty of illustration over photography.

What I like most about artist's studios in the unintentional arty pieces that lie around that tell more of the story. I like to create my own art in a photography - like watercolour squares against gum leaves. Perfectly edible I think!

To another very physical-artist... we go to Francois Jaggi, a French sculptor in Armidale.
We wandered around his property like a treasure hunt, finding artworks in the misty recesses of hedges and garden beds. I loved the contrast of metal and foilage.

Next stop Tamworth to drop into Andrea Bruno's studio. It was both an artist studio and a workshop space where people could converse over art and cigarettes. Paint everywhere and it felt very European.

Further out of town lies Edelweiss Gallery where their specialty is glass - vases and lamps.
I've always found glass fascinating in itself and I admired how this gallery could exist in an otherwise farmland-scape and have an array of unique arts and crafts for visitors to explore.

The sweet Annabel Hoskins art is on the wall at Edelweiss and so we headed to her house to check out her paintings.
I took a few photographs and she gave me a hundred old records she was going to get rid of anyway. Exchange always thrills me!

Way off the beaten track was Forest to Furniture. It is a gallery in Tenterfield that features wood works, painting and ceramics. This was my favourite piece - however I do have a penchant for original, organic, phallic kind of things.

I loved dropping into Glen Innes' regional art gallery and spending time with the folks there. I thought they made wonderful sculpture in themselves as they posed in the shafts of light coming through the window.

My time with artists and venues is as much about our interaction as it is the images. I love to understand the places, what is important to them, what typifies them and thus was truly represents...

Here is Inverell's regional gallery - not so far away...

And a close up of Nicci Jones working on a pot.

Then I drove down a sweet country lane near Armidale to discover The Orchard Studio.

I do like the non-traditional representation of artists. Here is Julia taking her artwork back inside.

And Studio 91 in Manilla was a shop front and studio in one. I love seeing funky shop windows in old country towns. It gives me hope that fresh ideas can grow in old places.

And last stop, Rhonda. And her home based gallery. Rhonda moved me! She opened up about her life story of personal trauma turned into the discovery of herself as an artist late in life - and her genuine contentness with living alone and managing her life as she does without the need for others. She was very very kind and trusting towards me and spoke with such golden words and stories I wanted to record them into a film! And perhaps perhaps I will.

Thank you for such a brilliant journey with my camera. I hope you enjoyed it too.

Country Art Escapes is proudly funded by The Country Arts Support Program. CASP is  is funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and jointly delivered by Regional Arts NSW and Regional Arts Boards throughout NSW.

[current mood] Pictionary Pants-Peeing & Burnt Fig, Honeycomb and Caramel Ice Cream

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