Monday

What's In My Bag - University Edition


University Bag Guide

Hey peaches! So, I was asked to do a what’s-in-my-bag post by an anonymous cutie, who starts their first year of uni in two weeks. I thought I’d do a thorough run-through because I’m sure a lot of you are in the same position. I tried to leave some things out as they only apply to art/design students and I wanted this to be applicable to everyone.. Are you ready? Here we go:


Leather Tote from ASOS

The Bag

When it comes to university bags - size does matter. You don’t want to strain your arms with unnecessary loose items because your fashion-victim ass couldn’t bring itself to buy a big enough bag. It doesn’t matter whether you’re into totes, or backpacks, just please, please, please make sure it’s something that’s going to fit your books, laptop, stationary -everything - into. As an art student I also like to carry a canvas tote in case I end up making something that I need to bring home.



The Essentials

To be honest, I’m not sure if all these are really essentials for survival, but they get me through my uni day just fine and dandy so I’m putting them in anyway.

Basics

You know - the usual. In my case this is always my iPhone, keys, wallet (if you have business cards - some of you may not - make sure you’re stocked up.Always.), moisturiserlip-balm, my inhaler (awhhhhhyeah) something to eat, and of course something to drink. I also like to carry around things to entertain me on the way to uni - headphones, my gameboy, a magazine, sketchbook or a novel usually suffice, and make the long train ride a quicker, more productive one.

Books

This really depends on your course and what the specifications are for the things you need to bring. There’s usually some sort of material list somewhere so do a search on your uni website for your course guides and find them. You’ll need your subjects’ textbooks (if applicable), a yearly planner/diary as well as something to write in whether it be a traditional notebook or laptop (Creatives: you’ll also need a VAPD).




Stationary

And last but definitely not least - stationary! If you’re doing a writing heavy subject or something less practical, obviously you won’t anything as extensive as this, but as an art and design student my pencil case is an extension of my hands and brain so I bring everything I may or may not need in one uni day. This includes pens, pencils, rulers, pen/stanley knives, technical drawing equipment, paintbrushes, tape, glue, rabbit-shaped paper-clips, a USB and the kitchen sink. As the year goes on a plastic folder is added to the collection of things in my bag(s) as well as a portfolio case.


I probably haven’t covered absolutely everything, but I think I deserve some sort of virtual high five for effort, visual aids and links. You will probably only need a basic version of this for your first few classes because all you’ll really be doing is settling in and going over your course structure/curriculum but I hope this helps and makes your introductory university experience less scary. Good luck little ones! Love ya x

Thursday

Blue & Green & Everything in Between


Blending Colours with Water:

In this mini tutorial I’m going to use yellow and blue to make a blue/turquoise/green shape. This can be used to create freeflow underwater scenes, intense galaxy skies, or even just for every-day rendering.


You’ll need: 

  • Paper
  • Pallette
  • Watercolours
  • Jar of Water


To start with prep your watercolour by diluting it on your pallette with a small amount of water (not enough to make it transparent - just enough to make moving it around easy enough). Remember to choose colours that make up the colour you want as the end result so the effect is more dynamic.

1. Load your brush with colour number one and line one side of shape or area.
2. Do the same with second colour, but on opposite side of space you want to render.
2. In a circular motion, use brush & clear water and slowly bring colour to the center point of shape making sure to use small circles so colour becomes more and more transparent.
4. Do same for the opposing side. At this stage water will do a lot of the work and should blend almost independently.
5. Sit back and relax and wait for the pretty little thing to dry! 

Experiment with varying amounts of paint, colours and water and you should be able to recognise the ratios you prefer. Good luck and I hope this mini tutorial helped anyone who was interested!

Tuesday

Paper & Wire Trophy Lamps


Process video

I know, I know. Every day you say to yourself - if only I knew how to make an environmentally friendly while at the same time wildly adorable lighting fixture for my home. Luckily, help has arrived! 

I teamed up with the gorgeous and talented Rocket K to bring you another one of my process videos. This piece was specifically for a Christmas Show at 107 Projects in Redfern. If you don't have the time or energy to make one yourself, you can email me at shaandanthes@gmail.com and I'll let you know what's up. Enjoy little ones!


The piece featured in the video (above). Captured by Rocket K.
The first three lamps I made showing at my uni show in January.

Monday

Numskull at The Tate Gallery

Numskull: Survival Tactics

Sydney-based artist Numskull describes himself as being am indoor painter and outdoor illustrator. His work (being displayed in solo-show Survival Tactics at The Tate) is coherent with graffiti and street art, as well as presenting itself as a contemporary pastiche of typography and pop culture. Survival Tactics, based on a show by the artist in Brooklyn, showcases the artist's knack for both two dimensional and three dimensional mediums.


Artist at work, image from funskull.com

Today was a Seinfeld-marathon kind of day. I shared my nine season box set (with over 149 hours of extra footage) with two little gems until I passed out from the combination of the Summer humidity and the chicken tortillas I was serving. Dom left at 3.30pm which gave Rocket and I exactly an hour and a half to get dressed and make it to Glebe Pt. Rd. for Survival Tactics' last day of exhibition before it closed. 

We rode our bikes through the Sydney fish markets, past polluted Blackwattle Bay (feat. our old high school) and up a hill which made it evident I am relatively unfit. We'd never been to The Tate Gallery before, and if you haven't either it's important to know that it's buried at the back of Toxteth Hotel and up a set of stairs. 



Survival Tactics puts emphasis of repetition and it's presence in our every day lives, from the repetition of routine to the repetition we experience in the image-overload that is 21st century visual culture. The same character and fonts appeared throughout the adorable gallery creating a sense of consistency and giving the exhibition a feeling of familiarity.

Installations, paintings and limited edition prints at The Tate gallery.
Numskull's work is boldly delicious, for lack of a more intellectual description. From this show alone I gained a sense of his typographic skills - something I can always admire in artists and designers - with the incorporation of text and fonts into his pieces. Both the text and characters included in his body of work are reminiscent of pop culture, pop art, and the consumerism they stem from. I was reminded of my primary school, pre-9am television routine with use of red, blues and yellows, variation in line weight, and the character which to me was a cross between Daffy Duck and Captain Planet, in tights and Native American-Indian head-dresses.

I had only recently discovered Numskull on Instagram, so to go from those tiny little photos to seeing his work in the flesh was surreal. Unfortunately I got there in the last hour of entire exhibition, so it means if you haven't already seen it, you won't. However I always encourage people to get out to local galleries to go see work by talented young things because not only is it refreshing, but seeing art the way artists intend you to is always better than seeing it on a screen.

Cooling off in Blackwattle Bay.
On a more personal note, I'm feeling so chill at the moment, but things are about to get busy with my mum's wedding under two weeks away, an overload of overseas guests for aforementioned celebration, the list of commissions and freelance design work I have to complete for the Christmas rush, and the upcoming trip to Melbourne in January. Hug me?


Stay hungry
Your furry, little peach.
S



Dates:

28th Nov 2012
2nd Dec 2012


Location:

The Tate Gallery

345 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW


Price:

Free

Saturday

Francis Bacon at the Art Gallery of NSW

Francis Bacon: Five Decades

For the first time in Australia, Francis Bacon - a painter who became famous for his surrealistic, semi-abstracted works - is having his work shown at Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales. The retrospective exhibition commemorates the 20th anniversary of the artist's death and showcases over 50 paintings as well as source material from the artist's studio.


Portrait of Francis Bacon by Richard Avedon.


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Since head curator of the exhibition, Tony Bond, spoke at my university - walked us through the artist's life, his works and showed us sneak peeks of the gallery layout and floor sketches - I was eager to attend. There was great feedback from the lecture, but from what I gathered most people were sitting in a pool of their own drool because of the reoccurring use of the word 'bacon'. It wasn't his last name that made me hungry for Bacon, nor was it the subject or the forms in his work that drew me in - It was his colour schemes.

One thing you need to know about me is my attraction to combinations of certain colours, and this isn't limited to art - I'm talking all walks of life. I often look at photos of models and determine how beautiful I find them based on how the colours of their complexion, hair and lips interact and cooperate. His work has a dark ethereality and is hauntingly stunning, his abstract portraits are almost alien. These disturbing distortions of human forms are counter-balanced by the softness of his palette - his use of fleshy hues personify the blues and greys of the abstract strokes. I adore the cooperation of the elements on his palette - the harmoniousness creating an opponent to the abrasiveness of some of textures created by his oils and the canvas.

Clockwise from top left: 1. Self Portrait 1971 [Francis Bacon], 2. Figure With Meat 1954 [Francis Bacon] 3. Study for Self-Portrait 1963 [Francis Bacon].
One criticism I will throw in (some ruthless hardcore guy) is I would have loved to have seen more items from Bacon's studio - not just his source images or the three paint palettes which were boxed up behind a layer of glass. It would add to the aura around his works, and would perhaps (not that I doubt he was the creator) solidify his existence in the art making. One of my Tumblr followers mentioned that where they lived there was a Francis Bacon exhibition that replicated his studio - wouldn't it have been rad to walk around in a messy, rusty, faux Francis Bacon studio? I had so much fun matching the source photographs, books and articles to painting's he used them for. In fact, if Bacon's work isn't your thang (and for some reason you find yourself paying money to see something you dislike you weirdo what are you doing?) you can pretend it's Where's Wally: Francis Bacon Edition and you'll be 'right!

On another critical note - step right back people: the Christmas grinch is here in November - THE WEATHER! I know, it's something that can't be helped by the gallery and may not be relevant to you but I always find myself exhausted after looking at art in huge galleries, so in combination with the maximum temperature at 34°C - I was one sweatylittlepeach. My advice? Be sure to stock up on liquids, bring your boytoy to take photos of you being gross and if need be: go mostly-naked.


Photos of me by Rocket K (aforementioned boytoy)


A pleasing spectacle if your saving-for-a-house-hopefully-maybe wallet can afford it (AGNSW's concession ticket's for exhibitions of that nature are often half the price). Anyone interested in or studying art should see it as Francis Bacon is described by many as the most important figurative painter after Picasso. I'll leave the rest up to you little ones.

Your furry, little peach.
S


Dates:

17th Nov 2012 - 24th Feb 2013



Location:

Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW)

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000. Sydney, Australia.



Prices:

$20 adult / $15 concession
$12 member / $50 family
$40 / $30 season ticket

Thursday

Feature in Fawn Magazine


Yo my lovers. There is a cute little feature article on me in the next issue of Fawn Magazine. If you can't wait until next season for the release, view the interview here.

Lion & Seal



A commission for Mitch and Sarah.