Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Grace and I talk a lot. I mean a whole lot. Since we were 6 years old we've been talking to each other. As the years move on and fucking on we have changed what we've talked about.
It used to be about Boys and Doctor Who and Benedict Cumberbatch...actually...we still talk about all those things now. But lately it's about ambition, life goals and how neither of us are the type to be complacent. "Being ambitious is just so draining" she said to me today in a text. I realised how true this really was.
We've spent hours talking to each other about our grand life plans like working overseas, change in jobs, going back to study and starting up a business. Then also those dream plans if money was no object...incase you wanted to know we'd live in an amazing Victorian era house and I'd have an alpaca whom I would make and knit yarn from.
The real stuff, the ambitious life stuff is really draining. But then what would life be like if we didn't have high goals? If we were just content with being complacent about life. Do people actually do this?
There are days when Grace and I mind-link (it's a thing) and go crazy at work. Just because right now it feels like we aren't moving towards those goals. Everyone has boring days at work when they dream about the what if's and those days are the worst. Especially when you see others doing what you want to be doing and you can't quite reach that yet.
But I don't know, ambition draining us is a good thing, I think because it means we want something, really want something, and that is half the game.
As I said to Grace just the other day "Sometimes your stepping stones just aren't in logical places" we will get there the road just might not make that much sense.
Man some days I am full of wisdom.
Those are some words.
Monday, February 17, 2014
This weekend just past an art fair called Supergraph (link) was held at the Carlton Exhibition Building.
I genuinly knew nothing about this event until my good friend Brian (link) informed me that he was holding a stall along with the collective that he formed with some of his graduating class The Short List (link). So Brian, Grace and I had some delicious lunch at Proud Mary's and made our way over to the exhibition building where Brian would be manning their stall for the afternoon.
Compared to the other design markets held in this venue like Finders Keepers or The Big Design Market they kept things very minimal and spacious. I guess this was good and bad but as a visitor I felt much less likely to punch anyone in the face.
Brian spent his time colouring another version of his illustration he had for sale. All the talent he has it.
The set up for the fair was interesting half stalls, half art hanging on walls for sale through Supergraph themselves. I personally preferred the stalls as, if I'm going to be buying myself some art I'd like to meet the maker of said art. That might just be me.
Have more Brian...
It's really refreshing seeing a design market done differently in Melbourne, there are so many now it's nice to see one focusing on illustrators and artists. Hopefully this first year is just the start of many good things to come.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Just a standard Wednesday night.
I finished this hat last night and as per my new goals for the year I want to finish more things and photograph them properly! First one for the year!
Self Portraiture is an interesting topic that I always feel a little awkward talking about, because I feel like I need to explain myself when I take a portrait. Selfie culture and rude anonymous tumblr asks are ingrained in my psyche. Well fuck it. I'm certainly not a good model but I quite like photographing myself because I know exactly how I want the images to look and what works for me. Nope, I didn't touch up my make up or my hair, after a 90 minute drive home from work I set up the camera and put the hat on. Nobody has time for that.
One problem with being your own model and photographer trying to get the focus right, another is not taking yourself seriously...
I created this pattern and this hat to give to a friend but I think it's going to be a bit big for her so I'll make a slightly smaller one.
Might put these up on the etsy store. We shall see! They are a fun quick hat to make.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
So I've been doing a bit of tweaking of both my website and my blog.
You may have noticed. You might not have. I'll forgive you.
I kind of stumbled across this font Lato on fontsquirrel and instantly fell in love. Just look at it.
It is lovely clean and yet quirky, I mean look at that ampersand and the lowercase 'g'.
Little bit of font love for your Tuesday.
Quote from "Flower in my Head" by Martin Martini (link) Do I mention him enough? Best Jazz in Melbourne.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
To be fair I usually buy only in sales and I've started getting better at buying quality as supposed to quantity.
Above is at the end of my bed, there's one big box, three bags. Oh and see those draws on the right? They're full too...and it doesn't stop there...
...that's my currently working on or near future projects.
One of my goals for this year was to finish more projects. So I've decided that this year, most of the presents I get my friends for their birthdays will be made by yours truly. It'll be great to put love into all those balls of wool that have just been sitting there waiting to be made into something special.
I've already worked out a few projects, but they're a secret for now.
Oh I'm also in the process of re-designing the blog. Designing all day and all night too!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Being home alone is a wonderful thing especially when you still live at home with your parents because you're hoping that soon, maybe, one day you'll be able to afford a home of your own without having to rent. REAL LIFE I was sitting here listening to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds winding down from thursday of the first week back of work, when I looked over at my desk, the last light of the day was coming in my window and it was creating great shadows, so I had to take a snap.That sounded like an awful lot of wank. Let me try again I was sitting in my underwear, singing obscenely loudly, looked at my desk went "oooh" and took a photo. Choose whichever writing style suits you best.Organised chaos is possibly the best way to describe my workspace at home. It's also a great way to describe my mind. Don't they say something like Tidy Home, Tidy Mind? I'm quite an anally retentive person, yet I find so much comfort in chaos, I don't think I could be creative without a little mess, there's something sinister about really clean spaces.