Perth

Upcoming: collectable magnet set!

I feel immensely honoured to have been chosen as this year's artist featuring on OnWilliam's collectable magnet set. The magnets will be available from 24 businesses based in Northbridge, Western Australia from September 1st.

I'm looking forward to modeling them on my fridge and posting some photos as soon as the set has gone public.

For more details have a look at the event page below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1532509886970291

Ruck Rover Mini Art Mart 2014

Mini Art Mart is a small art display run by my favourite shop in town, currently the only local supplier of the products I occasionally design.

For the entire month of May 2014 some of my recent paintings will be up for sale at what I think are rather affordable prices! (hint)

This is my third mini - exhibition hosted by Ruck Rover, who have been supporting me and collaborating with me since I moved to Australia. Thank you, lovely Ruck Rover crew!

Click on the image below to see the rest! Keep clickin'!

Menagerie Summer

A lot of my time this summer has been taken up with rehearsing and performing with Menagerie, a Perth based indie pop choir managed by fearless zookeeper Claire Coleman.

Our show, This Song is Mine, was excellently and very positively described in this review and will be on stage for the fourth and last time at Teatro for Perth Fringe tonight.

For those who have never sung in a community choir before: it is an experience that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone. The benefits are endless. Meeting tons of people, gaining experience as a performer without having too much attention on yourself, learning to read music without having to try too hard, increasing your appreciation for music and lyrics - and just general fun times.

Here's a video a stranger going by the YouTube alias digitalduck recorded during one of several flashmobs at Fringe. Thank you, stranger!

Adventures in .gif making

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to briefly be involved in setting up Picture Book #3, a fundraiser event for the final issue of Perth based writing & arts magazine dotdotdash.

My role (besides stealing milk crates) was to create projection images to accompany the introduction of each performer. Somewhere along the way I became obsessed with the idea that each one had to be an animated .gif, a format that (despite my heavy internet use) I was relatively unfamiliar with. In the end i did manage to get quite a few done, using photoshop, facebook profile pictures and images found through google searches (I do not hold the copyright for any of the images used) - resulting in enormous files, some of which you can see below.

The event turned out to be one of the most memorable nights I have experienced in Perth. A crowd assembled under a rolling ocean of blue tarpaulin in a rainstorm, wonderful performances of many genres, zines, vegan baked goods and a general vibe of love and appreciation of what had been created by all. Many thanks to Steven James Finch for letting me be part of the team.

Introduction, featuring a wombat, an echidna and the stars.

Introduction, featuring a wombat, an echidna and the stars.

The quizzical Karen de San Miguel. Photo by Kristinn Hermanniusson.

The quizzical Karen de San Miguel. Photo by Kristinn Hermanniusson.

Time for cakes. In space!

Time for cakes. In space!

Comrade Tristan Fidler gets introduced with a speech. 

Comrade Tristan Fidler gets introduced with a speech. 

Miss Anna Dunnill in a cat gif. 

Miss Anna Dunnill in a cat gif. 

Sticky Pokes

Yesterday Perth based artist and writer Anna Dunnill (of Paper Mountain and Aunty Mabel's Zine Distro) spontaneously tattoed a pencil on my arm.

If you have ever wondered what a fresh stick 'n' poke tattoo looks like, here's a close-up of Anna's work. You can see the individual dots, and the ink stains around them.

In case you were wondering about DIY tattoos - they are time consuming but simple. In this case the tools used were a sterile tattoo needle, black tattoo ink, gloves, rubbing alcohol, water and cotton pads. Nothing too complex. The process itself is slower but a lot more comfortable than using a tattoo gun. For some reason people I spoke to today found this hard to believe. If you happen to be one of these sceptics, think about it this way: for a single poke with a simple needle a tattoo gun will poke you multiple times, causing bleeding and scabbing. Obviously, if you want traditional shading and thick clean lines, motorized tattooing is the way to go - the faster one at least.