February 21, 2009

Sticky Dreams

A film I made for Tropfest (and didn't get in) is being filmed this Sunday night at the pre-Tropfest "Best of The West" at FTI in Fremantle.
This will be my first screening - the beginning of many more I hope!

But it is scary too.... so I think I'll hide up the back and gauge the audience reaction before doing any further promotion. Stay tuned (or turn up!)

Starring Damon Lockwood and Terry Hackett. It's a satirical film about Derwent, his mother and their sticky dreams.




[current mood] Israeli Couscous & Ladyhawke

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October 13, 2008

A realm mat for children in South Africa

I've spent today making dolls for African kids in Kwa Zulu Natal.
I'm going over tomorrow for a couple of weeks.
It's for The Uthando Project.

Hundreds of people have been making thousands of dolls for the past 2 years. They are given to organisations and grannies in this region who give them to children. A fifth of kids in KZN have lost one or both parents to AIDS. You might see them playing 'funerals' instead of 'house' because they are more familiar with that.
The project builds knowledge of the importance of play in these childrens development. Psychologically it is integral for the process of grieving and expressing emotion. A doll becomes an avenue for this expression. And in a place where play may become devalued in the face of the poverty and tragedy, this doll is making a difference.
I'm going to make a documentary over there about what kind of difference it makes.

I also thought that I could make play mat for the kids to have a 'doll world'.
So after 4 days, Davida and I came out of applique-hell and are done...


Here is the process so you can see how it took shape.


It all started with a rough sketch.


Then I blocked it out on the computer to help with proportions and choose colours. I then chalked it up on the background fabric.


Then there was the whole ironing of fuse to fabric pieces, then cutting out the shapes required. We then peeled off the fuse backing and prepared to iron them to the background sheet.


Davida sewed the applique parts that could be done separately.


Here I am ironing down the entire design before the final sewing of each raw edge. (This is where applique-hell really took shape as getting the whole sheet under the machine and turning tight corners led to hours more time than expected.)
But I'm sure it is worth it to know that children will have this magical world to explore with their new little friends.

If you want to help the kids, buy some gorgeous doll cards, found on the Uthando website - money goes to the project's costs. Or make some dolls!

[current mood] Touch Me (all night long) & Red Wine

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September 30, 2008

The MAKING of The Sculptor

I was many things on the film set of The Sculptor (a soon-to-be-released Australian feature film by Christopher Kenworthy). I was a script supervisor, a continuity lady, but most notably, I directed and shot "The Making Of".

I love making ofs....

and now it's been edited to promote the film. I'm chuffed at the result.

Check it out while it's on the front page of The Sculptor website.



[current mood] Lavendar & Chewy Chocolate Brownies

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August 31, 2008

How to be Australian

This is a short film I just edited together based on footage I shot last year with friends. Some of it will be used as part of a documentary I am making with a friend called 'UnAustralian' - an exploration of Australia's identity crisis.

I'm just getting into editing and filming and I've learned a lot since I did this, but it is important to complete things as you go along otherwise you leave a series of unfinished ideas in your wake, which doesn't do much for your confidence. So I am pleased that I pulled this together and can cross it off my list. Now I can edit the big doco!

[current mood] Disco!! & Mushies on Toast

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July 18, 2008

Abbe May Album

Do you relate to this?
I'm sitting here at my computer working and note that there is a sense of excitement in me. A feeling like something to look forward to yet I can't immediately recall what it is, but then... I remember. I still have one more square of Lindt chocolate left! Yes! I managed to forget about it consciously in order to delay its consumption but retained the good feeling about it existing.

And now that I'm conscious, I must enjoy it's dark milky splendour!


The same experience applies to remembering a new CD you haven't opened yet. I finally un-shrinkwrapped Abbe's May's new Album... Howl & Moan.

It is my most recent CD design. I also shot the cover and hand drew the type.
The shoot was in the Fly By Nightclub during the day. Abbe stood in front of some black curtain that was catching a shaft of window light.



[current mood] Surely God Was A Lover & Fresh Pistachios

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July 4, 2008

When in Bavaria...

Ever since a 16 year old German lass, seeking revenge for my disobedience of her every command, forced me to eat a giant slice of her mother's cherry torte (causing me bulimic inspiration), I have never forgotten that a German is to be taken seriously.

So when in Bavaria I recommended that we follow the signage without fault, for fear of being force fed.





Unfortunately David was caught out (see picture 3) for having his legs "the wrong way round" and was thus detained until he consumed a dozen foot-long Wurst Sausages.

[current mood] Sleepytime Tea & Movies in Bed

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June 4, 2008

Pie Love

We're having a pie-fetish at home. Can't get enough pies. So we had a pie dinner last night where we tried to out-pie each other. A lamb, mushroom, onion relish and rosemary in various formats (most cute as 'little love pie'), a creamy vegetable pie and dessert was a raspberry and rhubarb pie.

Pies. They just taste so damn good don't they. They encompass everything you want in a meal, crunch, warmth, tenderness and heartiness.

Now I'm thinking about making a recipe book of pies. I just wish some publisher would call me up and say 'go make whatever you want, and we'll distribute it'... yes, I think that's my dream, to just make books on whatever the heck I want.




[current mood] Arcade Fire & G & Ts

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April 28, 2008

Water Weave

I stepped outside to make some art.
This is what I did.








[current mood] Green Curry & Songs with the word 'bath' in them

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April 10, 2008

Light Graffiti


I had a little play with what has been dubbed 'Light Graffiti'.
An online collection of light graf photographs inspired me to give it a quick go with this bunky sleeping man immediately... using a quacking duck L.E.D. light that I bought him and a long exposure resting on a cupboard.
So high tech.
Turns out that he became all the more bunky after the light statement was made... so perhaps there is a power in the picture.

There are possibilities to be quite clever with it so that it looks less like Photoshop and more like magic. So I am plotting...

[current mood] Beez Neez & Summer Rain accompanied by Vibraharp

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March 24, 2008

What a Novel Badge


Today Patrick Pittman and I have launched www.novelbadges.com

It's one of those sleep deprived concepts you formulate in a pub one evening - but we actually followed it through with our beloved badge machine.
So 'Novel Badges' is just that, a series of novel names turned into badges.

The first edition of bookish puns is sitting on the shelf for you to browse. Of course, eventually you'll have to buy one (or three) and send them to your literary friends!

[current mood] SleepyTime Tea & An Early Night

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March 23, 2008

Afoot of my design


I thought I would share an insight into the professionalism which I undertake in my graphic design work. When needing to photograph drawings (for example that above by Gemma Weston for Abbe May's album) I use the reliable two-feet process to ensure that ample weight is established on either side of the piece to be shot. This results in no 'blow-away' and supreme flatness.
On some occasions I use the advanced (yet lesser known) technique of beer-bottles-on-corners.

Normally the aforementioned feet would be cropped out and the client (and artist) would be none the wiser. But don't it just make a pretty photo with them in?

[current mood] Red Wine in Tea Cups with Deers on Them

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March 22, 2008

Creating Imagery for Artists

Here are the images I created for Perth Theatre Company last year for their performance season for 2008.

I love this kind of work. It's so involved. I get to read the scripts, speak with the director, writers and the company management to get a thorough sense of each production.
Then I have to condense all of this information into a single image. It's a balancing act. The image should honesty convey the production but with the effectiveness of simplicity.
If you try to spell out the whole performance literally then you weaken your message. So the key is to develop one striking image that embodies the sentiment and leaves the audience gagging to know more (and buying a ticket).

However when designing for artistic productions it often becomes a compromise of my 'artistic' opinion with that of the many other artists - director, writer, marketing and management. It's difficult to get everyone on the same page in this kind of creative process. And who is more right? The vision of the artistic director or that of the designer?

I believe that if you are a proven* designer then you should be trusted to do what you do rather than be instructed. Of course when designing for an artistic vision you have to accurately interpret the vision of the director whilst using your design experience to know how best to package that concept whilst meeting the foremost aim of getting bums in seats. I always say, if a plumber comes to your house, you don't tell them how to connect a drainpipe, so why do so many people insist on dictating to a designer how to do theirs?
In non-artistic clients it often comes down to the accessibility of design (it's all around us) and it gives them a false sense of knowledge over what is good and what isn't. So they hang on so tightly, trying to manage the process and do not trust the designer.

With the artistic clients, yes, they have the visually literacy to engage with it, but can often be manipulated by their own personal taste. Do they know what is best to sell their show? Perhaps they are too close to it and can't step back and see how to 'frame' it.

These interferences will cause a design concept to become a watered down version of its original intent as the many stakeholders' preferences are met. If more clients trusted their designer to know what is best for them, the world might be prettier place. But not only that, they might have a fatter hip pocket. In fact, I believe that it's only partly about being pretty (appealing), it's about being effective (which ain't necessarily pretty). And it is likely that what is effective may not be to the personal tastes of the client. As aesthetics are so subjective, what stands up is putting into place the knowledge of marketing, psychology and what sells.

I wish more clients would let the designer work to their full unfettered potential and see what emerges! I've noticed that the more I work with a single client, the more they trust me and the better the designs get. They often realise this too.

* There are unfortunately too many "unproven" designers out there giving design a bad name. They get caught up in their personal art making exercise so much so that they don't create an effective solution for the client. Instead they create something cool for their folio.


The Turning. Based on the novel by Tim Winton.


Glorious. Was Florence Foster Jenkins the worst singer in the world?


Taking Liberty. The epic story of Australia winning the America's Cup.


Speed The Plow. A witty, caustic insight into the world of the Hollywood Executive.


The Matchmaker.

[current mood] Cold Beer & Not Oscar's Squeeky Toy Bone

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March 19, 2008

A few too many thoughts in one post but you gotta start somewhere

You can really tell that things are serious when I don't blog. I must be busy, not just busy with room for procrastination, but busy with butt up, head down and fingers glued to computer. It's really like that at the moment.
I'm gearing up to work full time on a film set as Script Supervisor, Continuity and DVD Extras' Director. So twice as much work as usual has to be completed by then.
The film is called The Sculptor, directed by Chris Kenworthy.

So what I'm telling ya is that lack of blogging does not mean lack of creativity or motivation. But when I let it slide, it really goes downhill.
So! Despite it all, I am going to blog. I will make the time because the little burst of creativity in my day has a roll-on effect (not unlike deodorant, things start to smell good). It keeps my creative spirits up which cycles into my other work. It's like yoga, if you do it every day then you wake up and do it the next day. It becomes habit, it becomes easy.
Leave it one day, then it more easily becomes two, then so on until it's been weeks.

So from now on I'm blogging and doing yoga every day.

Beware that posts may be a little lacking in weight, but they will exist and accumulate.

(I put too many little rhymes in my blog when I type, it's weird, but it's just the rhythm of the keys clacking that becomes a song, worse than rapping.
It's lame I guess but it just flows out that way, I don't know if you pick it up, but I just thought I'd say.)

Here is an invite I did for Anita's 30th. We shall be holding the most unashamedly daggy affair this side of 1992.


[current mood] Toto & Tension Tamer Tea

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March 4, 2008

The Good Grocery Guide


After two years in production, Anita and I are launching The Good Grocery Guide!
It's an ethical shopping guide for Perth, Western Australia. It contains a products list that you can use at the supermarket to pick out the most ethical products. Each product has symbols that represent categories of 'goodness' so that the final decision can be yours, based on what you value most. eg: Organic or Oz made? Fairtrade or WA owned?

It also has an outlets directory for other places to shop for ethical goodies.
AND plenty of tips to allow you find other products not found in the list.

You can buy the guide from our website. www.goodgroceryguide.org.au or pick it up at number of outlets around Perth.

[current mood]Vitamins & Dog snores

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February 7, 2008

My little orchard dream


[current mood] Ravioli & Arcade Fire

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January 29, 2008

Leaves build a picture of love


Sometimes my eyes are cast down
and I look at the leaves
as we talk
The park was too far to walk
so we sat on the curb
we discussed our future
the ways to make things work
and as we played with leaves between our fingers
collecting the vinyl textured yellow ones
I began to build a little picture
like flames
and he plucked a leaf from the bitumen and placed it above mine
the fire grew
and we used all the leaves around us
to make something bigger
something beautiful



[current mood] Coffee in a Thermos & Cinematic Orchestra

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December 7, 2007

I have a gift for you

In my hand,
If you can unclasp it,
It's yours.




[current mood] The Smiths & Edamame

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October 4, 2007

Quick! Design an ad today.

I was asked to symbolise Australia coming to the USA for this ad in CMJ Music Marathon's festival guide.

And what better than a kangeroo popping up through a sewer vent from downunder...


Yee har! Hopefully the New Yorkers will get a giggle and come along and check out Little Birdy, The Panda Band and The Dirty Secrets.

[current mood] Natural Jelly Lollies & Hot Hot Heat

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September 9, 2007

Designer Dishes

For Anne's 30th birthday party, I got an unlikely urge. To cater!
With such a fine cocktail soiree taking place, one must not overlook the importance of creating digestible delicacies to match.

So with minutes to go before the party was to start, I began to concoct my repertoire. I was seeking entirely new and intriguing recipes of unimagined flavour combinations and surprisingly they came to me almost instantly. Once I pictured my three signature dishes, I scoured the near-closing grocery stores to find the specific ingredients it would take.

Home again, I laboured over the Hors d'œuvre putting as much time into their preparation as I had into their design.

I served up my dishes sans-tupperware, a little risque I know, but I did go to the trouble of hand-writing little signs to give the dishes official titles and thus, the guests, more appreciation of their true inspiration.


Canoes of African babies who have drowned in their own poo
(Celery, peanut butter and sultanas)


Ginger Megs' Bathroom Tiles - When he doesn't mop his floors
(Cruskets with hommus and grated carrot)


Cockroaches devouring coma patients' fingernails
(Milk Arrowroots with Nutella, a half-date and slivered almonds).
For something truly magnificant, replace the date with a slice of prune.
To die for!

[current mood] Echinacea Tea & Crickets in the Ceiling

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September 3, 2007

Getup Get Pictitiony


This is my personalised portrait/petition for Getup - as part of their Climate Action Now campaign "pictition". It will be presented to world leaders at APEC this Friday.

Are Getup taking a cue from Myspace and Facebook?
(Me mee meeeee and all my friends!)

Well, I think this is a clever way to involve people in the campaign. I've filled in so many online petition forms in my time with no sense of where they've ended up or if they were even sighted by the person I was 'talking' to. At least now I can share more, and creatively. Putting a face / image to the words is not only fun for me, but possibly more engaging for the world leaders. They may be moved more by a group of people looking at them.
It's also integral that a petition is utilised to connect people - to each other, to the cause. It all feels better when you're part of a community that is standing up for something - keeps your knees off the ground.

[current mood] Green Tea & The Kill Devil Hills

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August 27, 2007

Chapter 2: Shredded Paper gets inside the real Lawley

I'm back again with my bag of shredded paper and our wild adventures.

On RTR FM's Out to Lunch with Laura Miller:


For sale at Ruck Rover:


The view of Laura back-announcing tracks when I went to clean up:


[current mood] Roast Vegetables & The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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August 24, 2007

Check out my Babies

In the work of a graphic designer, weeks can go by before experiencing the taste of reward. You make all these incredible things on your computer out of pixels and lines and then you send them through the air to a factory that weaves them into paper and metal and shape. And you wait and you anticipate. And you hope...

Then they get sent straight to the client and you don't see them. Your babies! You just want to hold your babies.
Instead you are left with nothing to show for the weeks spent at the screen.

However, eventually they are returned to you, to hold up to the light, to be opened and unfolded and to share with slightly less interested colleagues.

And so now I get to show you a couple things of beauty that I gave birth to in June.



Country Arts WA's Touring Menu 2008.
A publication for regional communities in WA.



Stuart Williams' exhibition/product catalogue for 'Touching Space'.
A gobo style slide holds the booklet.

[current mood] Talking to Strangers about Spirituality & Apricot Porridge

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August 1, 2007

Corn chips napped with cheese

and other great mistakes in menu translation....

See full selection at Inflatable Rampage

A good day's work for Liz and I where we try not to stop and question what the hell we're doing... another day, no dollar.

[current mood] Cocoa & The sound of Liz's hand clapping

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July 25, 2007

My travelling shredded paper


It's not often that you receive a bag of shredded paper that you realise after several finger-dips is actually only full of shredded paper.
There was, however, a less shredded piece of paper with a note from my freedom & pizza buddy, Ilka. She wrote "These bits wanted to meet you and have their photo taken - They are aesthetic to boot and look good in a pile."

Once I dissolved my disappointment of finding no gift beyond the gift itself, I set about taking my new best bag of shredded paper with me to be photographed in the context of my daily life.

This is an ongoing stupidity, so you can look forward to further chapters in the life and times of Nat and her bag of shredded paper.



[current mood] Rhubarb Compote on Porridge & Billy Joel

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July 20, 2007

Crime Scene Investigation

Warning: Content may offend those with a stomach.

With my detective hat on this morning, I strolled into the expansive backyard of Stuart St whereupon I discovered a crime scene beyond anything I have witnessed before in my time as a forensics photographer.


This little fella was called Orange Ted.
Murdered and dumped in a shallow grave, Ted was of such a young age, it is a truly tragic crime.
On initial inspection I discovered blows to both the legs and arms. It also appears that he has been de-intenstined.
A cold blooded murder, it paints a vile picture of the criminal responsible.


The next victim I spotted was a man infamously known as Red 'Devil' Ted.
His blank stare capturing the shock he would have experienced upon meeting his attacker. I suspected a sudden strike to the face as there was a large gouge to his nose, literally splitting him open. Surprisingly, however, the strike left no spillage.
A clean attack, probably a murderer with a track record.


I had the wind taken out of me when I discovered Easter Tea Towel.
The poor thing hadn't even seen one dish in her short life. And here I found her at such a deep stage of decomposition.
I feel unable to describe the victim's body as it causes too much emotional distress.


Then there was the bloodiest crime of the lot,
Red cushion.
Admittedly Red Cushion led a life on the edge, constantly seen roaming around the backyard, some would say that it was only a matter of time.
And here I found him completely deflated with his innards spilling from him.


It didn't take much of a further investigation to discover his innards discarded with wild abandon all over the crime scene. An immense clean up will be in order. Speculation and suspicions run rampant.


I thought that I had reached the end of the line, until I came across Dino. A long time resident to the area, it was surprising to find his body as I believed him to be an immortal being with a skin of rubber. But not to this murderer.
And in a sick final taunt, the writing '$1.00" was discovered on Dino's foot. The insult on his worth intended as a scare tactic.


The day was almost done, having searched the entire yard for any further victims, but on my way out I found this anonymous body, so mutilated that it was beyond identification. So I'll just call him John Dumbo.
I took a swab of saliva from what appeared to be his nose. It's at the lab for DNA analysis.

News Flash


Oscar Castelo Branco was caught fluff-handed, only minutes later - right near the scene of the crime, unable to help himself from returning to where his victims lay.


He has since been detained under the lemon tree until he expresses some remorse for his crimes.

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July 17, 2007

Just Can't Get Enough Delight

In the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul.

[current mood] Radio Static & Hot Water and Lemon

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July 13, 2007

J never was all that good with friendship


I was told it was Pain au Chocolat.

[current mood] Farewell Tunes for Anne & Stale Red Wine Taste Saliva

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June 19, 2007

Inflatable Rampage for all to see



My alter (co-joined) ego, Inflatable Rampage Blow by Blow Travel is online now.

Flying in the face of the world at large, Inflatable Rampage is travel photojournalism deprived of its complimentary peanuts and forced into the brace position by two ladies who threw their rose-coloured lenses into the quarantine bin well before takeoff. Most pictures are worth a thousand words; ours are worth about fifty plus some hand gestures.


Tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell yourself to visit, to subscribe and help us to feel watched. We like to be watched.

I'll be blowing it up over there for the next few weeks and beyond, but will be back on this blog mid July.

[current mood] Turkish Coffee & Not this Banging Techno in the hostel

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June 2, 2007

Lilac Dancing


My new Melbourne dress by 'Little Potty Red Shoes' deserves some animation.

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May 30, 2007

The Highlights of Melbourne


My lean is at such an acute angle that I've just fallen into the idea of buying a place in Melbourne.
My head hurts but I'm very excited now!
Thanks for all your encouragement.

As I'll have to make the decision from Perth, I have established a technique to enable me to know whether the house is in a nice street and what the surroundings are like.
Today dad and I are driving frantically around marking pretty streets (pink) and ugly streets (blue) so that we can know whether it's just a nice house on a crap street.*

Dad has suggested that we spraypaint the streets themselves and view via Google Map, but I thought we might offend people who realise what blue means...

* This map above is a representation only and does not necessarily reflect streets defined as ugly or pretty by me. Any similarities with these streets' aesthetics is merely coincidental.

[current mood] Blowing Gales & 2-3 Coffees a Day

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May 9, 2007

Buying for neccessity


I try to only buy items of clothing when necessary because I am all too aware of the fleeting enjoyment experienced from a new top, once it goes through that first wash it loses not only it's elasticity, texture and size, but its desirability.
But sometimes a girl has to trick herself...
So what ya do is, turn up to work in something so unattractive that you feel too embarrassed to even step outside the building to get lunch.
So you sneak up the back alley and straight into a clothing shop and explain that you HAVE to replace the top you are wearing, in order to eat.
It's completely a necessary purchase.
Here is today's basic need top from Ruck Rover which is owned by self proclaimed noggin head - Isabelle. Although I think she has a lovely sized head.

[current mood] Nuts & The Ramones

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April 21, 2007

My friend Catherine

Catherine is one of my best best friends.
She is also very good at procrastinating.
I showed her Mac's Photobooth and this gave her plenty of distraction when we both came into the office to 'work' on Saturday.

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April 18, 2007

Where Space and Time Collide


Where few have ventured unless armed with tins of spray or taking a puppy for a pee.
A gap between buildings, a colourful explosion.
A temporary space before development takes over.
Time is on our side due to council delays in construction.


[current mood] Egg Sandwich & RTR FM's Out to Lunch

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April 10, 2007

Palette for Yellow

Click for the close up:

I was going to do red, but found myself drawn to yellow, so ran with that. It was an overcast morning, just after rain, so the yellows stood out like a glimpse of sunshine.

[current mood] Tic Tacs & Kings of Leon

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March 27, 2007

Design Happy Ending


It comes flat in a DL holder or envelope and then you make it into a little house for your desk. It's reiterating the message of providing a service for those at risk of homelessness. The ink drawings came from a workshop I ran with Mirrabooka Senior High kids.


Jason kindly let me do whatever I wanted for his CD 'Chasing Ghosts'. We shot images around my house and my friend Liz's. And then proceeded to collage it all up in a wintery yet warm interplay of nature and home. Not one ghost to be seen. It's all in the metaphors...

As a graphic designer, you finish a job and send it away for printing. Bon Voyage!
There is a time then of waiting and anticipation as your final work is dependant on the printer.
Will it look as good as I imagine? Will the printing enhance my work, giving it life? Or will it disappoint me (and the client)?
There is a little risk, things can always go wrong.... mistakes become bleeding obvious, printers chop things crooked or colours come out weak. Doesn't seem to matter how long I do this for, it doesn't get any more relaxed.

Today I had the pleasure of finding no mistakes on these two jobs.
And so I sigh that another job has come and gone and I have these images to share.

[current mood] Vegetarian Thali & Avenue D

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March 15, 2007

I have a boring question for you

The trick to making a boring day a little better
is to ask your questions a little more creatively.
"Which cable does the projector need for my workshop in Alice Springs?"


I'll be in touch with views of NT next!

[current mood] Last Minute Panic & Hey that's a good name for a band...

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March 12, 2007

My favourite subject: Me!


Click for closer look.

Why deny that I am self obsessed?!

So I dedicated myself to the task -
every day, same wall in the office, a photo of me.

I thought it might tell me something.
Like how much my appearance can change from day to day.
Or do I go through colour phases? according to the weather or the moon.

All I get out of this is slightly freaked - seeing myself repeated - over time yet all at once.

If I could set up my proper camera on a tripod under decent lighting and could do this for a year, then I think it might be more informative about patterns....
But I gave up after17 days. A bit like yoga.

[current mood] So Frenchy So Chic & Chocolate covered Licorice

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December 21, 2006

A Little Christmas Comeback

I made myself into an elf
for a quick xmas message to friends.

Dave Cutbush wrote back and said he had already received it 3 times and expected more originality from me.

So I combined him with a turd.


Ken, next to me, then made a caricature of Dave as another reply.


Dave is sufficiently pleased.

[current mood] Fruit Cake & Code Chesnutt

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December 14, 2006

Design Specials



I was down at the old British cafe, in Highgate (soon to be a new eco conscious cafe Source Foods, sorry to the sausage with baked beans lovers). I was meeting with the new peeps who were discarding old bits, they offered me a giant box of straws which I declined, but I did take them up on the spare blackboard.
It's hard to say no to something you can write on.

So I got chatting with Ken (Non-Drowsy) and we came up with these design-house specialities.

[current mood] Milk Chocolate with Cool Wet Strawberries & Phoenix

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December 11, 2006

Design challenge

How to get these 10 hyperactive teenage boys to "to engage in artistic exercises that will produce designs and language which will best describe the Newly Arrived Youth Support Services program in a youth friendly way."


Combine this with attempts to bash down the door from other Mirrabooka highschool kids, pizza and soccer balls... and soon enough that passion for teaching youth becomes a questionable dream!

But behind all the goofery was a set of sweet hearts.
Once you get their heart beats down a few notches you can certainly see through to their innocence.
(Scary that some kids I've met make it very hard to think they're not sinister beings.)

The results of image-making around the theme of family was a lovely juxtaposition to their boyish antics. Love hearts and nature! I can't get enough of young people's drawings of things - before they've taken the bland-pill... creating the "proper perspective" and "sensible" approach!
If only it weren't child-labour for me to start a range of designed items based on their art. hmm. will look up the law on that... maybe without the factory it would be okay.

Here are some outcomes of imagery I will utilise to create the final brochure:

And of course - a moment of quiet....

[current mood] Savoury Muffins & Gotan Project

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December 1, 2006

Water Walk

Long time no blog Nat! Yeah, well I have been living out of boxes alright, I lost my card reader, can't even find my underwear, so blog dropped off priority list whilst I transferred contents of apartment to nice new house...
but I'm back yay! I found my card reader in the boot of the car at the bottom of a bag.

Perdita Phillips is doing a residency at PICA at the moment. She is doing walks in all sorts of places. I decided to come along when she was looking at a small area of Northbridge around Money St that once was 'Lake Thomson'. That was around 1829.
It's just one of many swamps that filled the area and can you imagine the wilderness that was right in the heart of the city.
I did this walk to the theme of water. Observations, things that I spotted that linked to the theme in some way. I found virtually no signs of fauna - once again us city dwellers like to believe we are not animal, vegetable or mineral, instead that somehow we exist in some other dimension!
And nature just continues to fade away all around us. My current question is whether to fight for it, or run away to the hills and simply enjoy it.


[current mood] Jazzy Beats & Help with Moving House

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November 8, 2006

Monday's Children

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1080 AM radio caused me analyse the content of the song 'Girls just wanna have Fun' today. Do girls want to have fun more so than boys? Is it in our nature to actually want to play more? Liz and I are taking fun by the balls right now. It's ensuring a flourishing of creativity and productivity. We've left all talk and planning at the coffee table, and are spending weekdays wetting our pants with laughter in Kings Park.
I must assure my clients that it is in turn benefiting their work. You have to live in order to design well!


[current mood} Red Wine for it's anti-oxymoron qualities & crusty AM radio

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October 24, 2006

The best design jobs


The best design jobs are those that:

Get the nickname 'Wooly Mammoth'.
Have you bond with new people who become new friends.
Give you budgets that allow you to create design beyond neccessity like extra parts that weave through the cover.
Finish with celebratory drinks for all involved.

[current mood] Smudgy Eyeliner & Watermelon

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October 17, 2006

Pirate spotted in Mount Lawley

Liz realised as she walked out the door today that she in fact looked very similar to a pirate.
I decided it was necessary to catch this accident on camera.

I think the clinching point was the parrot pinata head she ripped out of a small child's birthday party and accessorised with.

[current mood] Vanilla Coke & Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

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October 12, 2006

Altavista Babelfish Speaks le Truth

Moving from one language translation to another to discover a truth... like poetry spoken back to me.
You can trial it by just using Babelfish translation.

Raw English
Let us flee the city together and walk like our dreams for the rest of our lives.

Sauvons-nous ensemble la ville et marchons comme nos rêves pour le reste de nos vies.

Salvan juntos la ciudad y van como nuestros sueños para el resto de nuestras vidas.

They save together the city and they go like our dreams for the rest of our lives.

Let's try something a little more challenging now...

Raw English
Tomorrow will be the first day of the rest of my story book life. From then on it will all make sense and I will discover the secret of happiness.

Morgen zal de eerste dag van de rest van mijn leven van het verhaalboek zijn. Van dan op het allen steek houden en ik zal het geheim van geluk ontdekken.

Le premier jour du reste de ma vie du livre de récit sera demain. De lui ils cessent alors l'élancement et je le découvrirai secret de chance.

O primeiro dia do resto da minha vida do livro considerar será amanhã. _ eles cessar então élancement e eu descobrir segredo possibilidade.

The first day of the remaining portion of my life of the book to consider will be tomorrow _ they to cease then twinge and I to discover secret possibility.

mmm... okay, now for the real test!

Raw English
The world will realise how stupid they are being regarding climate change. They will wake up to themselves and change their lifestyles immediately to ensure the end of the world does not occur too soon.

La volontà del mondo si rende conto quanto stupido stanno essendo per quanto riguarda il cambiamento di clima. Sveglieranno a se stesso e cambiare immediatamente i loro lifestyles per accertare l'estremità del mondo non accadrà troppo presto.

La volonté du monde se rend compte combien de stupide sont en ce qui concerne le changement de climat. Ils réveilleront si même et à changer immédiatement à leurs lifestyles pour vérifier l'extrémité du monde n'arrivera pas trop vite.

Der Wille der Welt ist sich bewußt, wieviel dumm es sind, was die Klimaänderung betrifft. Sie werden so sogar wecken, und sofort an ihren lifestyles zu wechseln, um das Ende der Welt zu prüfen nicht schnell zu ankommen wird.

The will of the world is conscious itself, how much there is stupid, which concerns the climatic change. They will so even wake, and to their lifestyles to change immediately, around the end of the world to examine will not arrive fast.


[current mood] Lost In Translation... again!

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August 31, 2006

Happy to see the back of them


Tonight was my last night before the BLINK project and we all had dinner together.
Beloved family.

Natalija Creates is now on hiatus until October!

To stay in tune with daily updates of my Meekatharra photography residency.. visit meeka.com.au
I'll be coming LIVE from there!

Love Nat x


[current mood] Toothpaste & PJs

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August 25, 2006

How the Art Director is giggling now


Mount Franklin have just released this Breast Cancer Research range of water bottles funnily enough called 'Bosom Buddies' and as I entered the office, with one under each armpit, my friend looked over in confusion and I saw the intention of their subtle marketing ploy...
He suggested I put milk in them for this photo!

[current mood] Puff Pastry & Bloc Party

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August 16, 2006

The Seedpod

I may have put it on crooked,
I may have dozens of bubbles in it,
I may have the colour a little wrong...

but it's MY vinyl signage! yay! Finally I have my mark on my new office space.
You may spot it in the heart of Mount Lawley....

[current mood] Crystals that rotate voluntarily & Subscribing to RTR FM

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August 15, 2006

Panel Project at ASETTS

Here are some peeks at the workshop I ran with the multicultural men's group at ASETTS (Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors).

Day One
First we took photographs of each other, around asetts and then around the Town of Vincent. I asked them to take photos of things they liked, whatever caught their eye. But they kept cheekily taking photos of me! haha.
The biggest challenge was communicating concepts to them when words weren't understood. I drew pictures on the white board of texture and pattern and named the colours I saw around us. Getting them to see these elements in their environment.
The photographs fantastically captured this understanding, totally awesome.

Day Two
We made a collage with these photographs. Reza from Afganistan, a previously very quiet man, took over as the gluing boss with great humour. And used the metal panels to play wobble board. (Great sound comes from 2mm colourbond).
I then handed over windows cut out of paper and the men framed up sections that they wanted to paint.
I photographed these and projected them on to the panels for tracing.

Day Three & Four
I taught the men about paint mixing and was delighted to watch them work out how to make pink! And their confusion over where the orange came from really made me realise how challenging this painting was going to be.
In groups of two they painted the 6 panels over 2 days.
These will be drilled on to the corrogated fence at ASETTS.

Of the photos above - my favourite is Tesfay's interpretation of clouds. My initial response was 'oh, ahh, let me help you make these look like clouds'.. but then I just laughed and thought this was far more magical and let it be.

[current mood] If I could marry a Concept - I'd marry The Chaser

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August 12, 2006

What do you do when when this is your only megaphone?


Dear Proust Lover,
May you please send me a location - like the third branch of a tree on a suburban street
or behind a pipe in an alleyway, or simply a post office box... so that I may respond to you.
I don't want to use my blog for our play.

Isn't the best stuff the stuff that happens when no one else is watching?

[current mood] Afternoons that turn into Evenings

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August 7, 2006

UnVeiling FORM


Fresh off the press - The UnVeiled product catalogue for FORM.
I designed it to be hangable. Put your favourite product card to the front and let it be framed by the self-hanging package. The package and product cards inside literally unveil themselves.
The white, partial covering slice on the cards further conveys the sense of revealing.
And if you aren't into concepts, just play with the textured 'o's.

lu lu luscious fun to design.

[current mood] Ipod walking in rain with songs about rain

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July 24, 2006

Rude Head!

The new MacBook Pro comes with a built in webcam.
One of the options is 'mirror' effect.
I wanted to see how ugly I could make myself look.
Hours of fun here. I like that as a photographer I can still get excited by daggy special effects - even at my own expense.
My friends and I are known to take photos down each others throats, or pulling the ugliest possible expressions. I'm always reminded of 'When The Wind Changed' by Ruth Park. (Never understood why pulling ugly faces was such a childhood issue??)
But now as an adult, I swear I pull them constantly - giving away all thought.
Never had this problem as a kid.

Cyclops Head
Praising Head
Chipmunk Head
Regular Me - really!

[current mood] Loud Music in my New Studio

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July 18, 2006

Swatch this Space


The Town of Vincent really is a pastel place.

These snippets are a temporary collage I made from others' photographs of the town.
They were taken by the Multicultural Men's Group at ASeTTS (Association for Services to
Torture and Trauma Survivors). I took them out for a photo-trip and got them shooting colour, texture and pattern - and each other. It is always a great challenge with this group because most of the men speak only basic english. My miming skills come in real handy.
From which direction to point the camera, to describing what texture is. I love it!

When I watched, from across the road, Thergum standing on a wall to photograph a grey concrete building with shadow on it, I knew my message had got through. Twas truly brilliant.
I'll get the developments of the project on here shortly too.

[current mood] Poached Eggs & Silence

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May 21, 2006

Stick It!


Another wacky moment in the world of my studio...
This is Friday afternoon image development for Tetrafide Percussion's upcoming tour of 'Stick It!'.
C'mon... appropriate isn't it?
Working alone can be challenging when there is no one to ask "is this a good idea??" to. Am I going nuts? Or am I onto something great??

And so without anyone beside me here, how do I know if I'm creating good design anymore?
The client becomes the only person who can say yay or nay. They tend to say yay too - but does that actually mean it is good design or am I just fufilling one brief, or perhaps just satisfying one person?
If they are happy - is it not therefore good design? Or should I be pleasing designers - aiming to get published in 'good design' books?
I think it is somewhere in between. The designer does plays a great (often overlooked) role in society through design's mere existence everywhere we look (!!) so the designer has to consider the effect they have on the whole community - aesthetically and through the messages... but it is pretty hard to argue with a paying client right? But more importantly, the designer should not creating art just for their own ego and portfolio - they do need to meet the objectives of the client which may not be the most attractive or fashionable solution, but will ultimately be good design for the problem to be solved.

Anyhoo, Thank goodness my designer friend came around on Friday just as I was trying to shoot this image. He arrived just in time to help hold the paper and painted paintbrushes angled in a stylistic way through the punched hole. I know we were meant to be having a meeting, but it just isn't possible for me to do this without help - although I do try!
He commented how fun it was, which made me think how unfortunate his other jobs must be, if poking sticks through paper is fun.. but hey, maybe I do get more fun than the average designer?
I so often get the 'go for it' green light, i seem to get away with most of my ideas... perhaps I should be pushing the boundaries much more.. go have even more fun!
I'm also lucky to have the camera on hand which allows me to get any image I desire for the creation of my work, do not need to rely on stock images and graphics alone.
So the design world is my oyster.. gotta remember that.

[current mood] Camille & Coopers Green

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May 17, 2006



What do you think of my art?
I love its texture and pastel subdued shades.
It is the scraps from my yesterday's lunch.
Red onion, mushroom stalk ends and salami wrapper.
Step away from the specifics and see the beautiful whole...

[current mood] Jacknife Lee & Nashi Pear

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April 13, 2006

I design on my lunch breaks too!

Try this one yourself...

Half a white onion fried up with Safflower oil
Throw in a big handful of chopped sweet potato
fry with marjoram and thyme
add a tablespoon of chopping ginger
fry some more

add some chopped zuchinni and sweet beans
fry some more

add a tablespoon of honey
Sea salt and black pepper
fry some more

Serve on a bed of couscous fluffed with nuttelex
with chopped organic tomato and avocado
and grated Havarti Cheese

Serves yourself today, and tomorrow.

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March 16, 2006

This is what sedition looks like

I like to be seditious - I'm more seditious than you! (Badge idea care of Rebecca Giggs). And I'm discovering that I do it daily in a variety of ways.

The Art of Sedition is something I'm mastering. I find it to be blood red, involve snipping and nervous laughter, dark corners and unmarked envelopes. This time my sedition is played out through red ribbon, canvasy paper and a few careful stitches.
These papers are going out to a select group of powerful figures who will ideally be intrigued and inspired by the project written on the pages. From here they may make or break our fireball dream, so next week will be either a delight or a drop.

I can't tell you much about this project - at this stage. It's a shout to our government, an awareness raising hell and an artists' inspiration plan. So soon soon soon I hope to give it public displays of affection.

[current mood] Dried Fruit & Running Water

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March 10, 2006

Harmony In Murals

This is the scene from yesterday after painting non stop from 9am - 6.30pm. Frans and I were absolutely heat-stroked and delirious. This was the second of two bus shelters on Brisbane St - North Perth. We two were there til the bitter(sweet) end.
The painting day was the culmination of months of back n forth with The Town of Vincent, my computer and workshops with the multicultural mens group at ASETTS. So I had the great challenge of co-ordinating the painting of two murals on one day with ten helpers. Thank goodness I had Sohan and Frans to guide my frantic stress levels into production and paint mixing. And in the end we got there!
As I suspected, all the pain is forgotten when you drive past the next day and smile at the happy happy art that will stay in your heart and your community for a long time.

[current mood] Pau D'arco Tea & Compilations from lovers and friends

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March 6, 2006

For getting on with the John

[current mood] Lindt 75% Cocoa Chocolate & Happy Tea!

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March 5, 2006

Visual Responses!

He fell off his chair when he saw my previous post.

She sends me my card sitting on her newspaper in London.

This is the way I talk!

[current mood] Greyboy & Pumpkin and Pinenuts

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February 16, 2006

Seedpod's Seedpods

My little cards are ready for the world. Only took a couple of months after one day of inspiration. Such is design!
Concealed in their paper folds are seeds. I will not tell you what kind of seeds, you must follow the instructions and let them grow.
If you would like a card sent to you - just email me your postal address... (Australia Only).

[current mood] no mood

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January 22, 2006

leaf play

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Would you read into leaf play? Or should I?
Is it an organic version of peeling the label off your beer?
Is it shyness? Is it tension? Is it just playing and desiring to touch?
Perhaps it is best to leave leaf playing unanalysed? Sometimes I do take it further than a roll or a rip, I stick sticks and I pull stalks, I use my nails to cut neat little shapes. I sometimes create little cities of twigs and leaves. Temporary cities probably never to be found. Slowly blown down or run over by dogs. But I make them for the chance than a girl sits down and loses herself in the discovery. Enjoying leaf play with a stranger or a friend - which builds the greatest art? Is the leaf play accompanied with friendship and laughter different to that which is traced in awkwardness? Is the subconscious working stronger when you are distracted by discussions of meaning and history? And therefore the creations derived from a more magical place. Indeed they are… much better that way. There is a little Goldsworthy in all of us - a book I picked up once that took my play into a field of gold! I love that some people make a life out of what others consider ‘play’.

[current mood] Cherries & Ballroom

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January 13, 2006

random nothingness

turner_offpress.jpg What kind of things does a designer have to worry about?
Well, firstly - does metallic ink on smooth ivory board look more impressive than on standard gloss stock? The printers think it looks far better on gloss - they point out how sheeny-shiny the metallic appears, asking if I really want such a subtle dull metallic? Well, I say, I’ve been thinking that gloss is associated with cheap mailbox dropped flyers, and something more uncoated will - despite looking less ‘wow’, be more likely to stay in hand. But theories go out the window when two printers are looking at you as though you’re mad.

I’m going to start a section on my Seedpod website (when that gets up) which features images like this, and is titled ‘just off the press’. I love the look of offcuts and uncuts. I collected a few from the printer today that I might try to use as comps slips. These offcuts are sheets of paper that have been printed over and over again, covered in fascinating levels of design and unplanned beauty. It’s also truly recycling to be using these.

What else do we designers let clog up our otherwise creatively free mind?
Will people think an ink-stamped logo is infact cooler than a printed one?
Should I strive higher even if the client is satisfied with the first concept?
Am I falling into a safe style of silouetted shapes and gradients?
How come I can’t be creative and tidy at the same time?

I just changed my picture up right to reflect something more real for me right now. Gone is the blonde and the hats and the beaming smile… but instead it is replaced by a calmer contentness and a smirk. I’m really getting into this space, content with my raw self. It brings out something truer. Getting truer all the time. And this moody weather is playing with me too… I love that we ultimately fall victim to nature’s greater power - or we embrace it - we choose.
Oh, and I created two new expressions, if you wouldn’t mind spreading them around. The first is ‘That lacks’ or ‘It totally lacks’. It is used when something is really lacking in essential quality. It can be applied to an event, a situation, a place… It is a bit of a replacement for ‘sucks’.
And my second one is ‘delush’. It is a combination of delicious and luscious. Often applied to things that exceed both statements, such as Muscato Wine or an amazing creme caramel. I admit that one came about through accident and alcohol…

[current mood] Ambient Brian Eno & homebaked vegetable pie

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December 27, 2005

Blue Eyed Tiger


Meet Blue Eyes. He was roaming an African safari one boiling hot day and decided he’d had enough, so he stowed himself away in some Australian’s luggage and ended up landing in Perth, albeit a little crumpled and stuffed.
As you can see from the expression on his face, he’s been having one heck of a great time over here ever since. Y’know he hears people call it ‘dullsville’ - he even saw the play (that was his only regretable choice) but his experience has been nothing of the sort. This dude has seen adventure! Yes, right here in little isolated Perth, Western Australia.
We’re talking about enlightening conversations with pelicans and old men, nightclubbing with the cream of Perth’s elite, being mistaken for a toy (bad move little girl) and misadventure through unknown suburban streets! Ol Blue eyes reckons there is so much going on in Perth that he’s starting his own magazine. Self titled of course! He’s hoping you’ll learn to see things through his eyes!
I’m assisting him to get it happening, make sure he doesn’t growl at potential advertisers, and manages to get some sleep, (he’s a bit bugged out in this photograph).
I’ll be sure to let you know when his ode to Perth’s individuality hits the streets.

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December 19, 2005

Concrete Launch Photos

Here is a link to the progression of images from the launch of Concrete Dialogues.

[current mood] Rhubarb & Wicked Beat Sound System

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December 16, 2005

The Concrete Dialogues Launch


Last night was such a buzz!! We created this thing!!

[current mood] Poached Eggs & Berocca

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December 11, 2005

Concrete Dialogues


Concrete Dialogues has been launched. It’s a collaborative writing project, 2 years in the making!
Three wide eyed bushy tailed people were taken on a journey of unknown proportions… inspiration with a shite-load of reality thrown in. And now the cake is ready for eating… and we’ve got wrinkles.

We have: the mapping data working through a google map of Perth, the zine full of great pieces of writing, a spunky design aesthetic, collector cards being handed out in bookshops, contributors contributing, an industry launch party next week… this project is finally seeing it’s day!

What is this project about? The rant I’m going with as I hand out zines and cards:
It’s a journey through Perth with stories. It’s electronic songlines. It’s creating community. It’s redefining Perth. Anyone can write a piece connected to a location on the map and add to the identity of Perth. If you’re more of an observer - you can just wander about and read.

If you’re from Perth or know any writers… send them over to the site to contribute and build our fair city.

[current mood] Devendra Banhart & 2 Caffé Lattes

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December 8, 2005

A first...


I just aquired my first, true dinky di piece of art!!
Billy Atkins from Jigalong is his name. He’s an old bloke who’s won the Telstra Art Award and recently had his art bought by the National Gallery.
When I saw this painting via a crappy snap via a friend’s sister’s friend up in Newman… I wasn’t moved as such but saw it as a good investment. However, when my neighbour brought the painting to my door last night in its huge cardboard box, my excitement was displayed through song and dance.
Then when I gently peeled away the bubble wrap, and as each little paint drop appeared before me, I truly welled up. I just sat on the carpet and smiled at this gorgeous sense of life that had landed in my apartment.
I was thinking about a man far far away spending his time creating this image and then setting it sail to a strangers place. I find it such a special gift to have. I wish I could shake his hand, so I might try to meet him sometime soon.

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November 29, 2005

corporate vs creative

See! I can do corporate, it’s just that I don’t work with those kind of clients very often.
It’s quite problematic when I show mainstream clients my portfolio and they think I’m “too creative” and that I wouldn’t know how to appeal to their mining clients - for example. I’m not quite sure how to tell them that corporate is easy - I can do it in my sleep! And please don’t think that my creative ability is limited to the clients I have. They don’t define me. I’m just lucky I get to scribble and explore more often than draw up geometric cornflower blue circles.
ohh, but give me the work….

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October 31, 2005

A novel by Andrew Horabin

The mystical, the magical Andrew Horabin has written this book over three years. And here is my cover design. The view you get lying in the back seat of the family car looking up at the clouds, as telgraph poles and trees swim by, and you dream of the world and all its possibilities. Andrew’s book is available from his website! Sam by Andrew Horabin.

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October 27, 2005

Ethical shopping guide

GGG-cover.gifThis is the cover design for the ethical shopping guide I’m working on. I haven’t had a project like this in ages, one that I can really sink my teeth into, find endless ways to make it big, get it known, try to print as many copies as possible!
It is also fantastic doing this with a friend. (The sweet Anita Lumbus). We are sharing something we both care about and like ying and yang, we are pulling it together.

When it comes to ethical shopping it just isn’t black and white, and you an get into all sorts of debates about whether organic is better than local is better than well packaged, fair trade or GE free.. and it is rare to get them all in the one product. This seems to be a big hurdle for people working in ethics - causing much “you eat vegetarian but you wear leather” kind of discussions and confusion about how to present information and what side to stand on…
So, the guide just lists which categories the products rate in and then YOU as shopper can make up your own mind according to your personal ethical beliefs. Perfect.

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October 24, 2005

Won't pay me? Pay Luca!

debt collector
I can’t afford my own debt collector, so I thought it could be effective to create a virtual debt collector for certain unpaying clients? I just made this up and sent it to one client to test the waters. This could become a fruitful idea…. I’ll let you know how he goes.

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October 21, 2005

papercut cutspaper


Came to work the other day and someone had done a visual interpretation of Papercut (my studio). I thought it was very creative and decided it was worthy of being documented so that the art could be eternal.

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October 20, 2005

The Sound of My Imagination

I really struggle to draw from my imagination. Put something in front of me, no problems. So when asked to paint a landscape from my imagination… all I could come up with was the Hills of Austria. Should I look into my forgotten heritage??

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October 3, 2005

Indigenous play art developments


This is the concept that has headed us all in the right direction. It feels more like Nyoongar land and the beginning. The felt cut outs remind you of creating things from scratch, as a child.. In the Nytting Time the world was a child, growing and developing…

and now in 2005 she is senile, polluted by her smoking and considering cloning herself using genetically modified, nuclear powered, african babies… stoopid bi-atch!

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September 28, 2005

picture book time ride


I love this little concept I did for a Nyoongar Theatre performace. It is about when the land was flat and how animals formed. It is the dreamtime stories of creation. The client didn’t dig it, so I have to start afresh, go far more earthy/indigenous. This was probably in reflection, a little Dahl.
Strangley, afterwards, I went to the bookstore, to kill some time and picked up Roald Dahl’s - The Enormous Crocodile, and each picture threw me back 20 years and brought with it the same excitement that I felt at that age. I wasn’t seeing it with adults eyes, but remembering how I saw it with wide blue eyes. It was like taking a time machine ride! Try it with an old picture book you used to love. It will spin you out. Dot & The Kangeroo? The Magic Pudding? Meg & Mog? Possum Magic?

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September 16, 2005

Interpret for me google


A google-image-art experiment.
I put in 3 things that are on my mind, chose #22 in all of them to get a visual interpretation of my grey matter.

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August 18, 2005

Boating on Beaufort

Sending her off
Bye bye
She's free!
Monday afternoon non-work activity. When the street was flooded, we made use of the canal!
One takeaway (recycled plastic) coffee holder
One chopstick (previously used to stir paint)
A flyer cut into a flag shape
2 staples.

Join, and sail!

Forced credit: Photographs by Mik Efford of Mik World

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August 3, 2005

Finding players


Ex-pat social activities are a new experience for me. This was the fruity flavoured twister that we made for my housewarming party in PNG. I invited lots of nationals but due to shyness, babies and lack of transport, none of them came. So the ex-pats need each other to play with.

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May 25, 2005

Deckchair artwork

deckchair This needs a title. Any suggestions?
It’s the design I had printed on the canvas of a deckchair - for Deckchair Theatre’s auction. I was so thrilled to be asked to put a piece in. But funny how I then left the deckchair against my wall for weeks, avoiding doing the artwork. This is often the case, that I want some opportunity and when I receive it I leave it on the backburner for fear of failure! Do you find this?
But as always, eventually I sat myself down and let my mind float to an idea that I could execute with ease. Accepting I’m not a painter, I turned to my old art of photography and selected an image I loved. However I did push this idea a little too far to a point where I was stressing out on the phone trying to find industrial thread, industrial machinists and framers who could finish my art within 24 hours!
It’s being photographed now, so I’ll get the finished image of it up here soon.

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April 12, 2005

Khin's CD Artwork

asleep.jpg The cover photograph for Khin Myint’s new CD - Beautiful Catastrophe. The artwork is made up of all of my latest favourite photographs - pink bulbs on flowers, growing out of cracks, leaves crammed in the corners of roofs and bark shaped like a finch lying next to a paddle pop stick on sand. mmm. all beautiful catastrophes to me.

Khin’s music is raw, personal, a little like Red House Painters, it’s a city dreaming and a boy alone.

I’ll pop up more pics of the final artwork soon.

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March 7, 2005

Novel Badges



Coming ever so soon, novelbadges.com - a place for us to get our wednesday-itis out n about on the www. A merging of concrete minds have created these delicious puns. And there are so many many more to come.
There is something about creating these badges that has sent my creative mind on a pathway filled with adrenalin. I am energised with all the possibilities for this site. I believe its going to work! It's strange that such a small thing can have such a great impact on the rest of my creativity - but it's proven a little thing to me, great ideas can come from simple beginnings and being around other creative people can make these things real.

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February 18, 2005

Cute... Ugh!

roach.jpg beatle.jpg

I created a set of ‘love bugs’, as I called them at the time. Creatures that when scuttling across your floor are deemed the most revolting vision on the face of the earth, but what if we made them pink and yellow and cute and lovey? Does it fuk with you?

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February 10, 2005

Nat on stars

Day to day I dream and work at Papercut Media. There, I art direct with two fine fellows by my side. I embark on missions for my clients to create amazing designs that will give them great financial rewards. I do so in extremely tight timelines and for an average amount of money. I am currently investigating my options.

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