Archive for August, 2010
on raph’s return home, i had counted on things returning to normal. by normal, i mean shared pick-up of children and dinner/shopping/domestic duties which then allows for a proper working day. with the studio starting to get busy again, and loads of inspiration and plenty of new ideas i want to try, i have been positively itching to get some solid studio time in, and had thought now some real work could get done.
but, i was mistaken. first of all, both the girls who help us out with ari could not work this week. then, on his daycare days, ari got sick and stayed home instead. generally, i would compensate this type of situation with late working nights, but of course, after a long dry spell in my social life, this was the week when i had something on every night. then, our washing machine died, which spells d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r in our house. and its been freeeeeeeeezing in melbourne town – hail storms and snow on nearby hills – it feels like winter will never ever end. plus my computer is misbehaving and i fear also on the verge of death. (might be getting off track at this point, but if you’re going to whine, might as well do it properly)
and just to add the icing on my annoyance cake, i dragged a crying, coughing, spluttering, snotty ari (who also now has a very black eye), to the supermarket and was confronted with more than a few suspicious looks. the only thing stopping me from screaming ”it was a playground accident – OK?!”, was that i would then possibly look like a psycho who did hit their children.
i guess to put it all in perspective, things definitely could be way more awful – all family is in check (no deaths or life-threatening situations) and on the whole relations are good. but regardless, the past few days have been filled with nothing but cold, frustration, nights of coughing and trips to laundromat. joy.
anyway, here are some things which have been fueling my desire to do what i do (despite my current circumstances):
jason rosenburg’s studio tour on sight unseen – his use of colour is amazing (in his work and his studio). plus he is a self-admitted hoarder, likes to collect things off the ground and is “way into mushroom subculture”. he also says “it’s always nice to find an eames chair, but I’m much happier if I find, like, a pile of notebooks from 1975″. a person after my own heart
i am rushing off to get some fluoro orange polka dot pillow cases right now, surely that will make everything better?
hope you are having a good, frustration-free week x
took down our studio wall-collage to make way for a new one
brought/found fabrics to for new lounge room cushions
have one child with a black eye (ari – over-zealous climbing accident)
started re-organising raph’s office with bonnie (our awesome new helper!)
had much fun with cut paper
enjoyed a brief moment of sunshine (hurry up spring!)
was spoilt with presents from raph – welcome home papa! we missed you xx
i am back in single-parenting land. one week after returning from splendour, raph left for another 10 days. this time it’s a holiday, which started in portland (oregan), and continues with driving down the coast to LA with one of his best friends. raph is claiming its “research“, as portland is home to a big food truck population, although when he is texting me about swimming in lakes surrounded by mountains, and driving along beach roads which lead into a redwood forest, the “research” bit is pretty hard to take. lucky for him, i am a good wifey who can tolerate such things, and will have a solo holiday credit up my sleeve when he returns.
between single-parenting and work, there has been little time for much else, and i don’t have much to report (unless you want to hear about packing school lunches and my eternal struggle to get children places on time, which i am sure you don’t). we did manage a short field trip to the life in style tradeshow last week and i got to see some amazing things from pony rider, lark, via alley, world weave, made 590 and printink, which was inspiring to say the least.
i do have a few exciting projects yet to be confirmed, so more on that soon. but in the meantime here is a print i made last week. its a little hint to my new beci orpin collection -
also special thanks to pete, who did work experience with us the past 2 weeks – such a champ! thanks pete!
aside from excitement of the inside out article coming out, things have continued to be pretty quiet in our studio. running our own business, after a few slow weeks i usually start to lose my mind a little and a small amount of panic sets in. but as the beatbox kitchen was very successful at splendour (thanks to those who supported and ate the goodness!), i can slightly relax as i know there will be food in the cupboards and money in the mortgage account for the next month or so.
in the meantime, we are still making the most of the mellow-ness and indulging in things such as a day-long field trip to the tim burton exhibition (drawings alone so amazing), updating our website (coming soon), spending 2 whole days just in my sketchbook, planning my new beci orpin range (out november!) and work for upcoming exhibitions, and a bit of pre-spring studio cleaning.
during this cleaning i have been going through some of my old sketchbooks. keeping sketchbooks is something which is really really important to me. apart from providing a cavalcade of un-used ideas, they can also tell pretty good stories about what happening in my life at the time.
i generally have a couple sketchbooks on the go – a big one on my desk, and a bag-size one to take with me when i go out. the bag-sized one used to get a lot of use, mostly writing down ideas during tram trips, but these days with a chauffeur husband and my studio at home, catching public transport is somewhat of a rarity for me (in fact, sitting down for more than 30 minutes by myself and doing nothing is somewhat of a rarity for me), so that one is now a little neglected, and often replaced by a gigantic mental list instead (not anywhere as near effective).
when i travel overseas, i take a sketchbook too. although i don’t usually use it to “sketch” in as such, its more scrap book for stuff i find – flyers, bus tickets, a cicada wing from the park (don’t tell australian customs!), lolly wrappers etc. looking back, these ones hold some of the best memories. here are some pages from my travel sketchbooks from the past 12 years
ps thanks for all the great comments recently! so much appreciated!
this week the sept/oct issue of inside out magazine came out which happens to include a feature on our house, beatbox kitchen and our favourite melbourne spots (you can see some of the photos here). it was styled by the lovely and talented megan morton and photographed by equally talented and lovely jason busch.
to be honest i was slightly terrified at the thought of our inner most sanctum being in print and so very public, but as i have been a fan of ms.morton’s work for while, i had absolute faith that she would do a great job of transforming our mostly hovel-like house into a inside out friendly condition.
when i saw at the photos i though they came up a treat, but i find it hard to look at them without thinking about the huge amount of junk that is concealed inside the kitchen cabinet, and the pile of washing that is sitting behind the kids bedroom door. but, i am really happy with how the whole article turned out, so big thanks to you megan (and of course to you jason), for turning a potentially terrifying experience into a very nice keepsake that we will treasure for long time.
lilly and jenn! tee shirts will be travelling the globe to US and germany. (and just so you know - we picked winners by numbering all the comments and pulling numbers out of a hat, well coffee cup to be precise). thanks so much for all those who left comments. i had no idea there would be so many and wish i could give a prize to you all! never fear – more giveaway action happening soon.
also… i have a top ten on meet me at mikes today. thanks pip!! you and your blog are wonderful!