Monday, 22 December 2008
I love gardening and not to be discouraged by our concrete backyard, last year I built a raised vegetable bed and I am now growing, corn, aubergine, cucumber, pumpkin, peas, beans, herbs, raspberries, strawberries, sunflowers tomatoes and lettuce in. After many months of waiting today I picked my garlic crop. It has been really exciting to plant out one head of garlic and from each bud a whole new bulb grew. I feel like Jason and his Argonauts planting the dragon teeth from which the warriors sprang from. It tastes amazing its actually juicy!!
Saturday, 20 December 2008
I have been co-producing and directing a new music video which we shot yesterday. It went really well and once again I am excited to see the final edit in a few weeks. There were two aspects to it a wild Wolf Boy and a Bar scene with the band playing. I did a crash course in special effects makeup and managed to turn an innocent twelve year old into a wild one. I have done a bit of make up before and successfully made a slit throat complete with pulsating arterial blood but this was a first try with tufts of fur. It was a great day, lots of work but exciting to see it all unfold in front of you. I will put up the completed video when it is done in mid January.
Friday, 12 December 2008
I have been working on a paper sculpture commissioned for the Melbourne Museum to celebrate the 200 anniversary of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. The brief was to make a fish jump from the pages of the book, a lizard crawl off it and a bird fly away from it. The creatures evolve out of the book its self. I handed it in today and it will be on exhibit from next Friday for six months in the foyer of the museum in Exhibition buildings, so if you are passing pop your head in you can see it for free it will be just to the right of the doors. Ill go past and take a photo of the final set up in the next few weeks.
Monday, 8 December 2008
We have recently bought a new super deluxe mattress which has changes our life. The previous one was hard as a rock and lumpy and somehow managed to leave you with numb arms when you woke in the morning. Now we have a beautiful soft ocean of comfort I can't believe the difference it makes. I woke up this morning and saw my Polly Woodside model next to the bed and the colour of the sheets made me feel like I should take this photo.
Friday, 5 December 2008
It is hard to think of wool and needles when it is over 30 degrees Celsius outside, but its winter in New York and Christmas coming up so don't look at this picture Baby Gabriel or your Christmas surprise will be ruined. It has been fun to knit again I haven't done any for ages. I was pretty excited when I found this giant rick-rack for the straps. I have never seen any so big.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
I had my String of Heart Paper Chain and a little knitted scarf featured in Small Magazine this month. It is a fantastic publication and I often spend ages clicking on all the links and ending up on winding travels over the internet looking at beautiful things.
Monday, 1 December 2008
We had a successful music video shoot last week and I look forward to seeing the final edit complete with animation in the next month or so. Here are a couple of stills from the day. I found this amazing quilt along with two others which also feature in the video in a clean cardboard box on the side of the road in Silver Lake L.A they are so beautiful, made of wool remnants and silk and I am guessing from the 1930's but I could be wrong. Now I have to get cracking on some extreme origami for a project for the Museum, I'll keep you posted how that comes along. I tied myself in a knot doing the paper crane so it could take some mind control to create the frill necked lizard or the pouncing bear!!