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

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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

Monday
Jun042012

A Wedding Album

Here is a little video of the wedding album I just made to showcase my favourite Sophie & Ben 'Minty Vintage' photographs for I Heart Weddings.

It's almost-pocket-sized in cuteness at 5"x5" and covered in a mint linen. Each page is thickly mounted to card to ensure it lasts a lifetime and beyond. When I took it to the First Comes Love bridal fair it was a winner. So many folks oohed and aahed at the wee size.

Albums are not something I want to 'upsell' to my clients and at first I didn't do them because of the association of wedding photographers ripping off clients and getting heavily into the upsell. However, having given over plenty of DVDs of images I realised how very important they are! Clients aren't really able to create professional, beautifully presented albums that will last. So now I see them as the best possible way to treasure the images taken, archive them for future generations and tell the story of the day in a reduced, poetic way. Nothing compares and so I'm doing albums, baby!

The song is a bit weepy but I liked it...

 

[current mood] Crackle of Fire & A Very Sore Throat

Sunday
Jun032012

What do you see in your dreams?

I have really vivid dreams. However they also so wildly complex that words can't really explain them. I'm sure you relate. Dreams are more than what you see, more than feelings, they are knowings and illogical pieces of puzzles that don't make sense in any sentence.

They are so quickly lost upon awaking as well but I really consider that because I experienced the dream that my body and subconscious retains that experience so it is significant what we dream about!

I also have some odd visuals in mine - which I thought were unique until I walked into an art exhibition somewhere in the world where a man had paintings of his dreams and I SAW my OWN dream visuals, faceless swaddled babies and beings with two mouths... now that was weird and now I feel less weird. haha.

My boyfriend started a drawing competition at his restaurant and each month I come up with the theme.
This time I chose 'What do you see in your dreams?" It seemed open to many possibilities of interpretation.

I wonder what people will do with an A4 sheet and a pack of crayons?

And then I came back from a holiday to see the walls donned with dreams of wildness, beauty and hope.

We have had so many brilliant contributions. The theme works!

Here is a close up...

Now for next month.... wonder what I can come up with.

[current mood] Other People Cooking & The Two Broke Girls theme

Saturday
Jun022012

Wasted Potential

Here's a thought.

What is worse? Capacity unrealised or no capacity at all?

It hit me as I unloaded all the books stored in my van's cupboards. It's like a library in there… a library of art books.
It was the watercolour book that did it really. Oh yeah, I pictured how other folk would have relished in a Saturday spent applying washes of hue to toothy pages and practicing that art. Yet it didn't occur to me as an option for myself today. Instead I cooked, ate, made a fire, drank coffee, did design work, playing ipad games, ate more, browsed the net and then unloaded the van's library.

I know that I have great capacity with art. I just suffer the probably common trait of not really buckling down to anyone thing, or as seems to be the case, any of them. I just buy the book with a romantic intention and then, barely touched, it stares from the bookshelf, "Tut tut nat. Here I am, another waste of your unrealised potential."
It blows.
I think perhaps I might find relief in believing I had no potential. I had little capacity. I could just get on with my usual bunch of meaningless tasks without any guilt about the unborn artist genius inside of me.

[current mood] Pomegranate & Smashing Pomegranates in Fruit Ninja

Friday
Jun012012

30 days of commitment

30 days has September, April, June and November.

I still use the rhyme to work it out.

I am making a 30 day committment to blogging. I made a list of all things I would commit to for the thirty days of June however I already scrapped two of them today (meat and coffee) so I think I'll just stick with the blogging (and maybe the meditation)...

I'm in Armidale and I have experienced my first real autumn. I am FALLing in love with this season as I witness a real sense of change! (you don't get that in Perth). Here I know the trees are sucking in their energy for the winter and letting their leaves colour and drop to the earth. Every day there is change, every beauty is fleeting, the aesthetics of it are actually attacking my heart. I think that's why I'm a photographer because I am physically effected by beauty and I feel like my heart breaks if I don't capture it.

Here I grabbed my iphone and took an instagram snap of a tree in Tenterfield. The lady of the house barked at me for intruding on her property but it just had to be shot!

I lose my breath seeing sun shining through a red tree on a hill setting it aglow, the sunset gradients of colour in just one tree, the dance of yellow poplar leaves shaking and falling and the autumn carpets of golden hues that line sidewalks.

And now as winter approaches it's just the last of single orange leaves hanging on greying branches.

I ran around the New England Regional Art Gallery today taking photographs to convey what is left of my autumn.

 [current mood] Pecan Pie & The 6ths

Saturday
Apr282012

Artist Mini Docs Launch

I left my job as a media producer with ABC Open late last year just as I wrapped up the production of this series, Artist by Artist.

This was another one of Solua Middleton and my 'babies' that we got off the ground in our year of being B1 and B2. (First two to start).

I want to share with you these 10 films and the process because it was one of the most powerful, precious and successful things I have done in my life based not only on my own personal experience but the feedback I had from the artists involved. It all went well beyond our expectations in terms of personal growth and reflection on ourselves and each other.

The Artist by Artist process

Put 10 artists of different disciplines in a room for two days.

Take them through listening and sharing exercises to discover the depths of each others story.

Teach them the basics of storyboarding, camera shot styles and script writing.

Team them up with an unsuspecting partner and tell them they are making a film on each other.

Then spend the next 3 months in production and editing of these 8 mini docs!

The artists operated as directors of the films and I picked up some of the gaps in skills.
Most of these are my cinematography and many are my editing with the artist's direction.

So without further ado - I here by launch my unofficial online screening of Artist by Artist.

Please grab your drink of choice, snack of choice and enjoy the mini docs on artists by other artists.

Evangeline by Lin from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

 

Lin by Evangeline from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

 


 

Kim by Pat from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

 

Pat by Kim from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

 


 

 

Christine by Peter from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

 

Peter by Christine from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

 


 

Janna by Karuna from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

 

Karuna by Janna from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

 


 

Greg by Cindy from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

Cindy by Greg from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

 [current mood] Sydney Corner Deli Smells & Science Themed Parties

 

Wednesday
Apr042012

Windows into Weddings

Someone suggested it might be a good idea if I focused on one thing at one time. Like one passion for one year.

*gulp*

Yes,  I understand how that could be a productive choice and how I could become really really good at that one thing if I just did that one thing. But then, I know myself....

I wouldn't feel complete. I'd feel all trapped inside this 'day job' I'd create. I'd want to escape. I'd want to take up other opportunities. My finger tips would be seeking out other pies!

So, with full awareness I will continue to juggle my 3 core passions. Design, Documentary and Photography.

Here are some little windows into my wedding photography which is pleasurably filling up a good third of my life.

These are aspects I love to capture and would like to share with you.

If you would like a weddings sampler to share my images with others, just send me an email.

[current mood] Donuts & Steam Train Sound Effects

Thursday
Mar152012

Covered in Green Ink

I'm loving my new found role as a designer for The Green Party's Bob Brown's office. I'm able to use my skills for what I believe in. I've been thinking today about how if everyone gave their specific talent to the causes they resonate with then change really can happen, as a team.

Bob's team are developing some fresh materials that I can really sink my creative teeth into and step away from the greeny green look that we might expect from The Greens.

In the booklet is a "happy selectivity" of quotes from media sources not owned by Murdoch that paint a picture less-biased than what we experience in mainstream press.
Quotes come from sources like The Monthly, Quarterly Essay, Crickey and The Age.

Gold, Lime, Teal and Turquoise with a splash of Hot Rose!

I like designing Green without grass green sometimes.

Next job is a campaign brand called 'Precious Places' that will be about protecting our Australian Icons.

[current mood] Natural Highs & Nectarines

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