Friday 31 May 2013

What A Whimsical World

I woke up, having been promised rain, to the most glorious sunny day. I then found these beautiful images on the internet and this little man hiding under our eaves. Today is a good day!

The first pics are by 14 year old photographer Fiddle Oak (Zev). How marvelous! Many of the images are a collaboration with Zev’s 18-year-old sister Nellie who helps with concepts and setup but all of the shooting and editing is done by Zev who is also frequently the subject of his own work.

Then there is Moscow-born Leonid Tishkov, who has been travelling the world creating installations with an artificially illuminated crescent moon for a project about unity and loneliness.

Lastly - our little guy does not normal sleep here, but had a run in with the heffa-possum last night so hid here for safety (and photo ops). 

You can tell  that he is not fond of day light

Thursday 30 May 2013

The Wisdom Of The Workshop

Kian was initiated into the wisdom of grandpa Bob's workshop the other day. I grew up in Bob's workshop, it was an invaluable experience. I learned some important lessons to live by. I hope in time, both my boys will learn these things from my father.
  1. Measure twice, cut once. 
  2. Always use the right tool for the job. 
  3. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing properly (even the most mundane task can be fulfilling if you do it beautifully).
  4. Order your space.
  5. Occasionally make a lot of noise, swear and mumble - that way people generally leave you alone when you are working.
This green dog is what the two of them made. 

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Off To Markit 3

The brands Lambhouse and Little Lamb are the inspiration of Melbourne-based  contemporary jeweller, Caitlin Boyce.​ The children's collection, Little Lamb, was inspired by the birth of Caitlin's first child, Rose.  Precious pieces for little girls. Keepsakes that can be treasured forever. I needed to get myself "where troubles melt like lemon drops" because I was feeling the exact opposite. 

Gretel Girl was there with her fabulous embroidery hoops and altered ceramic plates. So beautiful!

These lovely images are available locally and internationally, from the Printspace art print collection. All artworks are imagined and created in Melbourne Australia by Artists Mara Girling and Nicholas Girling. 

I love that Kian's name starts with K for Koala AND Kangaroo - thinking of getting these two posters for his room. 

Tuesday 28 May 2013

Off To Markit 2

I came across this lovely stall called Sunday Morning Designs. They stock the most beautiful, soft pillowcases with delightfully whimsical designs. Couldn't resist buying a pair for my "guard" sons, only wish I could afford the duvet cover as well.

Dick and Dora also rocked with their bold colourful accessories.

Last, but not least for today is Super Trooper Studio who do fantastical retro mid-century designs of Melbourne, Sydney and other delights. These bright and bold designs take the form of cushions, tea-towels and posters, all beautifully printed on high quality materials.

Monday 27 May 2013

Off To Markit

It was cold, I had lots of work to do, I went anyway. Markit was held at Federation Square, in the atrium, on Sunday morning.
"Markit@FedSquare is a unique Melbourne shopping experience. For one day only, the light-filled Atrium & The Edge Theatre at Federation Square becomes home to 100 of Australia’s most coveted independent designers and illustrators. This is a curated market focusing on illustrative and decorative design products with limited edition pieces ranging from fashion to jewellery, home-wares and collectibles."

I had to whiz around because of the guilt of leaving the family and the work, but I found a million amazing things, bought too many and even squeezed a chat or two in with some of the makers (who were all really friendly).

One the first stalls I came upon was Urban Cartel. I could not help but get one of the little half pint bud vases for my sister who has been so kind to me. Such beautiful porcelain ware!
"Based in Melbourne, Australia. Urban Cartel was founded in early 2011 by Craig Pearce. {They} design and manufacture a range of handmade porcelain tableware with an emphasis on clean lines & functional design."

Next on my list was Jubly-Umph. Such great stuff. They focus on tattoo / rockabilly art and jewellery, and apparently have a fabulously fast delivery service from their online shop, so you too can be a proud owner of one of their beauties. 

The work of Christine Battocchio blew me away - such beautiful chunky, but finely crafted items. I think one might be coming my way for my birthday.

More tomorrow folks. xxx Bron

Friday 24 May 2013

Just Kids

My rather clever friend Cath gave me the heads up on this book - I haven't even got my hands on a copy yet and am raving about it. It's entitled "Just Kids" and is written by Patti Smith. It gives her account of New York city in the 1960's as she explores it with her friend Robert Mapplethorpe. OMG how young and gorgeous were they both - I want to BE them!

A description of the book as seen at Harper Collins. Doesn't it sound fab?

"It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.
Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous—the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.
Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame."

Thursday 23 May 2013

Waltzing Matilda

Was woken by four year old Kian's rendition of Waltzing Matilda (all 8 verses of it) - rivaled only by that of Mr Waits himself. So beautiful! (recording to follow soonest). Sunny day, first Australian exhibition booked for September, working with gloves on in my studio because it is so cold, warm soup from mum for lunch. My lovely autumn tree has almost lost all of it's leaves and 2 x Laura Marling tickets in hand. Doesn't get much better than this. 

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong.
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred.
Down came the troopers, one, two, and three.
"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",
"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong.
"You'll never take me alive!" said he
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

I've Just Done This

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Mouthing Off

Things come in two by two. It is a strange phenomenon that within 24 hours of seeing one image, a similar image appears in my life. I find these two artists fascinating. The first work is by sculptor Hirotoshi Ito. The second, by Julia D Harrison (sorry I can't find anything that links to her site other than pinterest boards).

Wooden Brooches

Tuesday 21 May 2013

What A Wonderful World

I have not been out much lately, but the interwebs hold delights which I thought I would share with you. Sometimes the world is a wonderful place.

Monday 20 May 2013


Lately I have been thinking so much about what constitutes home and moving home and reconstructing home  that when I found the work of these two artists my heart missed a beat.

These paintings by Amy Casey just blow me away (excuse the bad pun).

Then there is the photographic work of Laurent Chehere.

Friday 17 May 2013

Ephemeral Portraits

I love these three ephemeral portraits. The first two are by Todd Murphy and Cecilia Carlstedt. The third is made by overlapping layers of wire mesh and is by Seung Mo Park

Thursday 16 May 2013

You Don't Have To Be Pretty!

I love this quote from Diana Vreeland that I found on Pinterest.

"You Don't Have to Be Pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend / spouse / partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female'."

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Vintage Toys 2

This morning I am loading some of our huge stash of vintage toys onto the ONCE Shop. There are boxes and boxes to come, but I am trying to be more balanced about work and do need to get painting again too, so slowly, slowly things will be trickling into the shop. These items should be up later in the day.

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Vintage Toys

Here are pics of some of the little gems that are going up onto the ONCE Shop tomorrow.

Monday 13 May 2013

Birthday Boy

It was Kian's birthday on Saturday and we had the teeniest tiniest party for him. He got a trampoline and a train set and he had two of his new favourite girls over for cake. Can't ask for much more when you are four. 

Friday 10 May 2013

Postcards and Business Cards

Here are a few of the postcards we had made to advertise ONCE, we also had smaller versions of them made as business cards. Unfortunately for some reason the computer doesn't like the one that we had made for Darren's photography, so it is not here. We tried to choose images that would represent the handmade range and the vintage range of goodies on the ONCE Shop.

Thursday 9 May 2013

Lost and Found

We visited the Lost & Found Market in Collingwood the other day. They had some lovely things and Darren found the most delightful dress up items for his photo shoots. Here are some pics of our wanderings through the market.