Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Some newbies

Hello friends! Am I back to blogging? Well I am for now. I have found that blogging is a job which requires more time than I orignally thgouht I had. So I shall keep my blog writings to a minimum and upload as many pics as I can as often as I can. I've come to terms now with the fact that I will never be a regular blogger. And my hat goes off to all those who do it on a daily basis, even weekly even monthly!
For today here is something new. I've created some lovely new Christmas cards. They come in a pack and are available from my online shop.
I made a papercut, in Polish they are called "Wycinanki" and I used the design to make the cards.

First I cut out the design. I make it up as I go along...

...then I scanned it into Illustrator, drew the design and created the cards...

...and lastly the packaging. I love the stitching on the side :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Exhibition photos

The exhibition opening night was fantastic. I know I said I was going to write about it the next day but.....

I will keep the words to a minimum and let the pics speak for themselves. The most exciting thing I'd have to say was meeting other artists who were interested in using eco materials and working with the environment instead of against it. This week there will be two sessions at the GAFFA organised by
The Hemp Gallery in partnership with Jaspers Village. This is an exciting project with a vision for a sustainable future. Contact the GAFFA gallery for more info.

And now for some photos!

My wall, I set up my Hemp paintings on one side and all my commercial work on the right.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Exhibition tonight!

I am excited and nervous for tonight's opening at the GAFFA in Sydney. Yesterday I spent part of the day setting up with my friend Nathalie. Thank you Nat!! I saw the work of some other artists who are also exhibiting tonight. The standard is superb and all the work I saw was gorgeous. If you have an opportunity please drop in any time over the next two weeks. You can still make a booking for tonight and come along to the opening. Just go to

Here are a couple of pics of me setting up. I will take more photos and post them tomorrow and tell all about tonight! Thank you to everyone who has been emailing me with support and encouragement especially while I was in bed with tonsilitis this week. A most inappropriate time to get sick!

Until tomorrow friends :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sneak peek at the exhibition paintings

I have been 'busy' painting and getting ready for the exhibition on thursday. It has been extremely fullfilling to paint every day. I LOVE the results of the work I have done over the last few weeks and cannot wait to hang it in gallery on wednesday. If you would like to join me on the opening night please go to and book yourself and friends to Add Imagecome on the evening. There will be 10 other artists all exhibiting work on fabric as well as some beautiful jewellery design.

Here are some details of the paintings. I will upload them all on thursday 17th. Comments welcome!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Before & After offer

My friend recently sent me a photo of a bare wall space in her home. She asked if I could show her what the Laikonik Wall-hangings would look like. I super-imposed the wall-hangings in Photoshop and below are the results. She loves the chocolate brown one.

If you would like to see what a Laikonik Wall-hanging would look like in your home before you buy one, just email me a photo of a room in your house where you are thinking of hanging something on the wall. The photo must be a front-on shot, not sideways or on an angle and must contain a large portion of the wall to fit the wall-hanging. I will email you back with a pic of your transformed room! Don't forget that your kids and especially babies rooms look great with the Wall-hangings. Especially the white one for a nursery. So send away!


After, both look good but my friend went with the brown.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Stop being busy

Here are some very wise words from a blog I follow regularly. It is called Zen Habits and Leo Babauta writes many inspirational and very practical things about life. Here is something from his post today. As a result of reading it I have been NOT BUSY making apple and pear pies :) Please visit his blog it is well worth it.

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”

~Lao Tzu

Stop being busy and your job is half done.

Think about how busy we are, and how it has become a way of bragging: I’m so busy, I must be important.

“I have a million things to do! I never have time for anything! I can’t slow down — I’m too busy.” This is thought to be a good thing in a society where we must be productive, active, occupied.
But it’s a fool’s game. Busy is simply noise, action without meaning, lots of little unimportant things rather than a few important ones.

Stop being busy. Just decide to stop, today.

Now you’re halfway done. You’ve decided to slow down, and to focus on what’s important. All of a sudden, your schedule clears up, and
your to-to list shrinks down to almost nothing.
Now you just have one or two things to do, instead of a million. You clear distractions, and
focus. Get all the goodness »

Friday, June 4, 2010

A new design

The other night I did three drawings. One of a face, one of a womans body and one of feet. I loved the results. The drawings came out of me effortlessly and it was very relaxing and a joy to do them. I have just transferred the design of the face onto some hemp and painted it with some colours. I love it. Her face looks joyous and makes me smile when I look at it :) I will be doing more of these in different colour ranges. I can't wait!

Some recent work...

I have been busy painting again and have enjoyed the process very much. I have noticed that without consciously attempting to do so Ihave been focusing on colour and form. In a very graphic way. Big shapes sitting firmly on the fabric. Painting these three pieces has felt a bit like I'm stomping and letting out frustration. I certainly felt better afterwards. Art helps!

I have decided to upload these images only in black and white and will show them in full colour when I'm sure I will do no more to them. Also seeing them in black and white helps me notice the heavy forms and graphic elements better. What do you think?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Beautiful photography by Beata English

I want to share with all my visitors a link to a wonderful photographer from Canberra. I have always loved photography and do all my own product shots, but I visit lots of photography sites and blogs for inspiration. Beata English, a Canberra Photographer specialises in childhood photography. Here are a few of her stunning images. Visit her (also beautiful looking!) website and blog. Beata also stocks my Once-A-Year books and has a fantastic special on offer at the moment. Click here to read about it.

Beez images and design

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Inside Out feature!

What an exciting day. I have just got my copy of the Inside Out July/August issue which features one of my wall-hangings. The styling by Vanessa Colyer Tay is gorgeous and I love how the wall-hanging presents itself. The magazine is out now so grab a copy, there's a lot of beautiful stuff in this issue :)

Inside Out Magazine

Inside Out Magazine

Sunday, May 30, 2010

More on my Wall-hangings

On Wednesday my Hemp Wall-hangings will be featured in the July/August issue of InsideOut magazine. I am thrilled to bits and can't wait for it to hit the stands. I had a sneak peak on friday from a friend who gets the issue early being a subscriber. The feature looks gorgeous! I will do a post about it on wednesday, for now here are other ways in which I've used my screenprinted hemp around the house. I've pushed the contrast on the photos deliberately. I'm liking the darkness and the depth.

A black screenprint which I stretched onto a canvass frame

A white screenprinted one which I am using as a covering for a chest of drawers

I made one into a big floppy cushion which is loved by us all at home :)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Inspiration from Colette Calascione

I absolutely love looking at the work of Colette Calascione. All her paintings are awe inspiring and I could stare at each one for hours. Please look at her work here. It's awesome.

All images from Colette Calascione