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30 Ties and No Occasion

This is the third participant in The Occasion project that I started in Armidale, NSW. I only managed to get through 3 people in my week as artist in residence at NERAM. But I will continue on as I travel around Australia... starting conversations about why we hang on to objects and ideas and fantasies and helping people seize the day and USE their things for a photoshoot.

I loved working with Hadley. He's one of my fantastic new friends in Armidale. Hadley has 30 ties he's been imagining wearing when he becomes a 'professional'. Years later, those ties haven't seen the fluorescent light of a day in the office.

Donating his ties to the occasion project was certainly a PROCESS as much as an outcome, as Hadley explains in the video piece below.

The Occasion: with Hadley from Neram on Vimeo.


Hands up if you want to take part if you're in Perth, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Armidale or Melbourne! I'll be in those parts over the next two months and I'd love for you to find an object that you are saving for a special occasion and use it in an everyday or unique way.

Got something? Email me.

[current mood] Old Funk & Cherries


100 dolls, countless hearts!

 There's that little gap between pressing send on an email with an electronic PDF of a 200 page Indesign document and when it arrives in the mailbox to be unwrapped, revealing itself as a 3 dimensional glossy ex-tree smelling object!

I'm always impatient!

And it was a proud moment when I walked into the kitchen with my latest design in the pulp!

Here are some shots of the 100 Dolls, Countless Hearts book which I photographed and designed. You can see some of the 'making of' in my previous post Old chooks and dolls.

Buy it! It's inspirational, beautiful, just $30 and all proceeds go to orphans in South Africa.

As part of the design 'experience', I received many messages from the Uthando Project coordinator, Georgia Efford. She doesn't spare positive feedback when she's whipping me day and night with the most insane timeframe I've ever experienced! But I love Georgia's enthusiasm and relentlessly positive thinking.

Here are my favourites quotes of Georgia-inspiration that kept me going til the end.

"Jesus and all the apostles would be proud of you little miracle worker"


"I don't know truly how to thank you. Nat, it was way beyond the call of duty... and kept on being like that to the last gasp."


"Nat, you are a little humdinger, as my Dad would say."


"Nat, the book feels as if we are bringing some peace to the world."


"Absolutely thrilling Nat. I truly love your way of putting things together beautifully."


"You have accomplished marvels today Nat! xxx"


"You are most generous and are earning lots of Light Units"


"Hi Nat, the more i think about you juggling all these elements the more I love what you do and the can do attitude. In retrospect, the funniest thing was me confidently saying "Oh Nat we will have the text ready for you when you arrive!!!!!!!!!!" How did you cope with so much unknown all the time?"

That's my favourite. Real acknowledgement of the challenge. And that's what you want from clients. Awareness and appreciation.

And for such positive feedback, acknowledging my accumulating light units towards my ascension to heaven, I'd do it all again!

[current mood] detox high & the smell of yellow roses


Artist by Artist by Artist


I'm producing a project for ABC Open in the Sunshine Coast called Artist by Artist.

It's the brainchild of myself and Solua Middleton in the Gold Coast. We're teaming artists together to make a documentary on each other. We're training them and collaborating with them to take them through the process and into a 3-5 minute finished film.

Besides being a radical experience for us and the artists.... (the challenges of collaboration, learning to the max, sticking with timelines and thinking outside of the box....) I have loved going into the homes of each of these artists. Besides prepping the scripts and storyboards, overseeing the interviews and shooting the footage, I've managed to make some time to shoot my favourite details of their places (with my iphone).

The more I spend time with these artists the more I acknowledge myself as an artist too.
It's artist by artist by artist!

I'm presenting you two of the artists today and more soon!

Here is Peter Carnavas. Children's book author.

Pete found a banana tree in the backyard and shared his lady fingers. This was SO welcome, with the price of bananas at the moment.

The first thing I saw was his hand drawn welcome sign.

Next to his desk was this illustration that looks like his family to me. All of them, the great love, he carries.

For the film he created this sign for his room. Hand drawn props rock!
Christine Elcoate
is directing the film on Pete. Her idea is to have him illustrate the scenes that come to life.

Pete presents as a quiet man but he comes into his fullest self when presenting his illustrations and stories to children. They actively listen and he feels heard.


This is Kim Schoenberger. A discarded object sculptor and ceramic artist.

This is Kim's self portrait. (the one on the left)

Kim rummages through skip bins to find the objects for her stunningly awesome work.

I saw this on her desk. She told me I could have it. LOVE!!

Kim's house is full of objects that make me yearn to create. Macrame hangings in the loo inspire me!

This is Christine's gloved hand playing with one of Kim's works. She helped us record sound at the shoot. Kim's film is being directed by Pat Flynn, a children's book writer.

Kim's houses of discarded objects show us how beauty can be found in what we consider 'junk'. Her pieces speak to me, in ways I can't articulate. Their creation has been a healing process for Kim who feels she has been discarded too, in life. Kim describes the synchronisity of how her art comes together as magical, because you can't control what you find or how it turns into something before your eyes.

[current mood] Red Wine for Warmth & Ceramic Wind Chimes


How you make a gorgeous magnetic chalkboard

Go to a regional opshop and find the old pictures in frames, tucked into the dusty corner.


Pull it apart, if painted just double check if person is famous now, otherwise discard...

Choose your most gaudy golden frame, bigger the better.


Find a lovely chap to cut you a piece of steel. This was Tony's computer's CPU (in a former life). Lightly sand it and ensure it fits in your frame.


Spray with primer - I used SLS Etch Primer "rust guard" by White Knight.


Spray with Black Chalk Board Paint and when dry, reinsert.


Stick on your magnets, add your chalk and be photographed!

Hang it on the wall for notes and messages and PLAY.

I'm using this tomorrow at a wedding...

[current mood] Soundtracks for USA Road Trips & Cajun Pork Ribs


Photographing Strangers

Alain does Portrait of A Stranger project for ABC Open from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

It's a strange thing with my job... I find myself helping others to discover their strengths and build their confidence in photography. I even find myself trying to get people jobs that they are so deserving of.

It feels very selfless and gracious because I am a photographer too, but instead of worrying about my own photography career, I'm just focusing on others acheiving their goals.

One of my participants in ABC Open is Alain Bouvier, a French man whose English is better than he realises. Alain took on the 'Portrait of A Stranger' project and I filmed one morning of him getting portraits of folk in Cooroy, Sunshine Coast.

I think it might just be a bit inspiring and that, ultimately, this makes me happy.

[current mood] Coconut Liqueur & Oscar's Wheezy Snore


Look Inside The Dream

Behind The DreamBox from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

This is the 'making of' the DreamBox - a film I just edited. The Dreambox was a creation of Solua Middleton and myself as part of our gig with ABC Open. It's sometimes cheeky, but most definitely inspiring. Enjoy :)

Background: We took it to the Bumehla Festival in the Gold Coast which was part of the NRL All star match. See my previous post here. And all our resulting portraits in Flickr.

[current mood] Pictionary Sillyness & Green Tea in Paper Cups