Robyn is back so we are printing again!
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Jonah(10) and Hugo(7) regularly inform me I need a drawing tutorial from the masters. This week Hugo sternly instructed me that I needed to draw bums because that's what Jonah was drawing. And, as Hugo is also the house DJ, this would need to be done while listening to Sir Mix-A-Lot! (hence the dancing bums!)
My Dad sent me this funny photo today and I was so busy laughing my head off, it took me a while to recognise the book thief/mad shopper as our dear friend and fabulous artist KK (aka Kaye Green). When I was studying, my sister and I used to help out in her print studio and what's more, I have her to thank for introducing me to the quirky teller of Uncle Bob Tales, Chris Robinson.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
reviewed by Toby Berry
"The water at this place was deep enough to swallow a house, if that was a sort of thing you were likely to want to do."
This book will have readers smiling from page to page and front to back. Robinson is funny and drops quirky sentences and stories like little surprises between more serious verse. Each chapter relates a tale that may or may not be entirely true as recalled by the narrator whose Uncle Bob was "not so much born as discovered." He was reportedly found in a boab tree and then bundled up and left at the post office. He was then discovered and taken in by Miss Mary O'Toole. Hmmm, coincidence, or is this allegorical?
Uncle Bob's stories involve his life wandering the Australian desert droving cattle, at least mostly. In one story, Uncle Bob is swallowed by a snake. He escapes back out the mouth by climbing the rungs of the ribs of the shocked reptile. So, of course, readers are thinking Jonah and the whale. Then suddenly, "...he realized that as he had made his way out, he had turned the whole snake inside out, and the poor, enormous reptile...his insides on the outside, completely the wrong way round!" Did Uncle Bob destroy evil, or was it just a silly story and a snake?
The book is an easy read, and the sometimes quirky angles bring The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster to mind. The illustrator for Robinson’s tales, Claire Wildish, draws whimsical and fun artwork for the book, which is also reminiscent of the black and white simple sketches in Juster’s work. The author is brilliant at his craft, and his book is the kind that you pick up repeatedly when you need a lighthearted read. A good way to end any day, whether bad, good, or frightful, Robinson’s book should sit on the bedside stand, tattered and well worn.
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Monday, April 3, 2017
Last year I considered studying again but nothing about it really excited me. Somehow, I have accidentally, magically ended up getting printing master classes from my very good friend Robyn Finlay. She likes tea and rust and dirt, so she never thinks it's weird when I ask her to help me print cockroaches!
(N.B My gorgeous children call her "Buttered Toast" because...she LOVES buttered toast!)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Super excited to be part of Alien She Zine's latest issue and be partnered with the very talented Josefina Huq. Very mysteriously, I was told that I would be partnered with a writer and I didn't know who it would be till it was published yesterday. I only had to read the first line to smile and know the editors at Alien She Zine know what they are doing.
"By three o’clock we would be in the pool. Partially clothed, sometimes completely naked."
To read the story check it out at Alien She Zine.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Just a little bit excited(!!!) about this project. My lithographer friend Kaye Green who lives in Tasmania called me a couple of months ago with a very vague story about a friend of hers who was looking for an illustrator and she wasn't sure whether I'd be interested etc etc. But I've had a fabulous time illustrating for Chris Robinson. His story is funny and quirky and reminded me so much of my desert travels and now it is in print! Available on amazon. Check it out!
Sunday, March 5, 2017
My friend Robyn and I have started working together on a Monday to create things as fabulous as ice cream and so we call our new travelling studio "Ice Cream on Mondays". Some days she comes to my kitchen table and some days I travel to her print studio...and some days we just eat ice cream!
Friday night Hugo(7), Jonah(9) and I went out into the hills to see the fabulous group exhibtion "Words" at the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill in Lobethal, featuring our bestest friend Robyn Finlay. On the way, we spotted numerous road side apple stands, a chocolate factory (unfortunately closed in the evenings!) and much to the amusement of Jonah and Hugo, a sign saying "Horse Poo $2.00". On the way back, tired and hungry we stopped in at Hahndorf for late tea. Anyone knows that when tiredness and hunger are combined the next thing that comes along is grumpiness. So, hot chocolates and extra serviettes were ordered for a game of "Picture Tag" and before too long we were back on the road with two sleepy boys gently snoring all the way home....
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
When you start madly sending your porfolio out to every possible magazine, publishing house, ezine, competition etc on the planet, it almost comes as surprise when you get a bite. You think perhaps when the phone rings one day from a greeting card company in Sydney wanting you to produce a range of birthday cards, you are in fact imagining things. But no, in this case it was the real deal. So thanks to the lovely Noel and Salima from "For Arts Sake", my very first range of commerical greeting cards has gone to print!