Two of Australia's best and busiest multi disciplinarian arteests have come up with yet another brilliantly crafted collaboration that continues their four year odyssey into the nexus of craft and art. Melbourne's Ghost Patrol provides the illustrations while Hobart based Cat Rabbit works her magic making three dimensional companion pieces - both artists finding inspiration in the secret night life of softies. The works range in scale from wall mural to miniature, all meticulously rendered whether in pencil or cloth - and you know how much we love our craft 'well done'. While we are continually bowled over by Ghost Patrols work (on pages and paste ups all over town) this time it was Cat Rabbit's sculptures that blew us away, brilliant extensions of Ghost Patrol's illustrated works that simultaneously managed to maintain her own signature style and show just enough sinister underbelly to stop on the right side of kawaii... What a welcome change in an increasingly saccharine softies scene!
Definitely one to stay up for - we can't wait for their next adventure.
While You Sleep until March 8
395 Gore Street Fitzroy.
So if anyone has a delicious and idiot proof recipe for tomato chutney, there's a free jar in it for them!! Oh and it's also a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Master Maxwell, six months old today and already showing some serious attitude!
The ladies of HML have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to craft, art and design - Beck takes a great photo -Ramona has trouble getting things in focus. Ramona is just finishing a knitted cardigan - Beck can't read a knitting pattern to save herself . We often turn to really great blogs for inspiration and help. One of our all time faves isKris is a Italian artist and designer who takes beautiful images and then breaks them down into colourways. Ramona finds this particularly helpful as she struggles with palettes all the time. On occasion she will copy Kris completely. This laundry bag that was part of last years xmas gift frenzy wouldn't have turned out half as sweet without Kris's guidance! It's a great blog just to dive into to refresh your eyes, which we all need from time to time...
345 Lygon Street, Brunswick East.
A quick word before we get into the pretty stuff. Just letting you all know that the Richmond Vetrinary Clinic in Church Street Melbourne is the drop off point for anyone wanting to donate goods or money for the animals injured in the bushfires, they need just about everything from bandages to chook feed, so if you have some spare kitty litter, cans of dog food or a spare collar and lead get on down and donate.
Just in time for Valentines day Pablo Fanque presents Anna Davern's new project Rocks. In another great pop twist on contemporary aesthetics by one of hml (and Australia's) favourite jewellers, Anna has printed pictures to steel using a sublimation method and says of the works “I’ve used the technique to create oversized fake versions of traditional styles of jewellery. It’s kind of an homage to one of the initial tenets of Contemporary jewellery which was to react against the use of precious materials. These works are also an alternative to the real thing at a time when the real thing may no longer be affordable.” We love a big rock, especially when it's plastic, although we've also been known to sport ridiculously bad, oversized cubic zirconias as well, but printed steel, who'd have thunk it. Clever lady that one.
Who said diamonds are a girls best friend.
Rocks by Anna Davern
3 - 14 February 2009 @ Pablo Fanque 1 Oxford Street, Paddington Sydney.
now if we could just have a nap...
The blessed relief of the cool weather yesterday allowed the ladies of hml to venture outside with their little folk for the first time in what has seemed like an age. To be honest we probably all needed a distraction from our mounting dispair at the overwhelming destruction of the weekend. We have been heartened however to once again to see people Australia wide open their hearts and wallets to try and make things a little easier for everyone involved. Our thoughts and well wishes are with you all.
Now while we love a little retail therapy to be honest we didn't really have the stomach to spend up when others were doing it so hard, but we did happen upon the local op-shops and didn't feel too bad about buying from a charity.
Beck has been collecting cross stitch pieces for some time now (among many other textiley things, much to the architect's annoyance) with the idea of making a quilt by winter for their new bedroom. Of course this will eventually mean having to do more than just shopping for other peoples craft, but in the meantime she's well pleased with these fantastic finds.
She was especially happy to have picked up some large linen tablecloths with big centrepieces and multiple embroidered edges, because being a time poor and somewhat lazy crafter this will mean less patching and therefore less work later on... genius!
Although she's collected a reasonable little stack over the past few months, she is by no means an expert quilter and so is bound to lose some in translation... So, if any of you out there have unwanted cross stitch or embroidered piece-work laying around your house, studio or fabric pile - you know where to send them!Oh and if you are in the market for more fetching finished pieces of embroidered goodness then look no further than Cottage Industry, miss penpen has (as usual) managed to come up with an array of excellent products from her own substantial collection of other peoples craft, including the tea-cosy and new maisy blouse, we think they're terrific.
This week has seen us super busy with our 'other' lives so sorry to all who have turned up expecting exciting adventures and seen nothin' but pickles for days. Some weeks you start out with the best of intentions only to find that you barely have time to get through last weeks list let alone start on this weeks, and this, it seems, is one of those weeks - hope you're all faring better!
So while Beck was really chuffed that her order from the fabulous online fabric emporium duckcloth had arrived, she was also filled with a slightly sickly feeling of dread as she put it all in the 'things to start next week' pile. Which is currently three feet high... and risin'.
That being said of course, she's already found another fabric (see below) she's going to have to purchase before someone else comes along and snaffles it!
When it's so damn hot, hotter than the sun, the ladies of HML really have to rethink dinner. The idea of turning the oven on is unthinkable, with a total fire ban bbqing is out of the question, and there is only so much Thai takeaway we can afford. So there's been a fair bit of scrambled eggs on toast and big big salads. But with a weeks worth of vegetables going sad in the fridge Ramona knew something had to be done...
This month's Delicious magazine has a great pickle recipe that used up a kg of zuchinni, 2 red onions and a capsicum. Tomorrow the tomatoes turn into chutney and the limes into curd.
Frugality rocks doesnt it?