10247260_643427285710621_5545385267842231175_n What a great opening night at Off the Kerb..
Fabulous show – thank you and congratulations to Shini and curator Dan Dealy. My photos of the evening are a disaster so I have, once again, borrowed liberally from Facebook (this time courtesy of Maggie Bird – thank you).

More of the antics here and all of the art works here.
Show is on until 25th April.

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Some really great pieces on show at Off the Kerb’s 7th birthday show – on now. A particular favourite of mine was these over-sized cardboard box spider figures by Luke Boslem. They have been fantastically installed in the terrace-house stairs of the gallery.

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Liam Milner

Bit of a sneak preview of some of the works in the CREATurE group show opening tomorrow night at Off the Kerb. Curated by Dan Dealy. (Thanks Shini – have liberally borrowed from Facebook!)

More info here.

Mulga The Artist, Regan Tamanui, Robert Jenkins, Dev Ravenga and Nick Wheeler

Mulga The Artist, Regan Tamanui, Robert Jenkins, Dev Ravenga and Nick Wheeler

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Luke Boslem

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Robert Jenkins

Paul Dew and Erin Greer

Paul Dew and Erin Greer

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The fabulous Off the Kerb gallery is celebrating their birthday with a CREATurE themed group show.
Opening night is Friday 11th April, in Collingwood.

After a lengthy time away from the cardboard I have adapted my Noah’s Ark piece and it is included in this show. Think it’ll be a few more months before I am back in the studio, so am excited to have been selected for this show. Great line-up of artists. Should be a fantastic exhibition.

Hope Melburnian’s can swing by.

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Prototypes and animations top test the motion.
Click on the image to see them move.

 

Oh and this is my 150th blog post! Wow! Glad it is all wizz, bang and cartwheels!

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Photos of the Crab claw windmills.

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dwg 2Well it’s been a long while between posts but here are some animations of the Fiddler Crab windmills I have been working on.

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Bit of mix n match. Click on the image if they are not moving.
Click here for the exhibition photos.

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Click on the image to see an angry cam-o-dile.

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New photos of an old work. Previously have only posted progress photos so here are the three elephants and yellow bird with a metcard cross finished.

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01_web02_web03_web04_web 05_web 06_web 07_web 11_web12_web08_web 09_web 10_webSpent the last heat wave making polar bears. Am really happy with how expressive they are so am posting about a trillion photos. Is a pictorial story of 3 bears with only 2 fish!

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Have collected a handful of match boxes, so am having a bit of a play with them. Oh and still transfixed with this simple stop-frame animation technique. Click on the image to make it move.

Can finally show you Chester in action.
For more Chester photos see here and for animations of my work click here and here.

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Have improved a few of my earlier movies.
Now that I have the technical side worked out will try and show a few more of my pieces in motion.

Click on a photo to see the animation on it’s own.

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Three more itty bitty kitty fabrics.

New fabric designs at spoonflower.

Made from Melbourne tram tickets, this design is based on Wanda Gag’s ‘Millions of Cats’ book and my Itty Bitty Kitty Machine artwork (seen here and here).

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I am in the process of uploading all of the colour permutations (hope to finish today). In the interim feel free to vote in this week’s warmable pillow competition.

(Can’t help it – I am a sucker for entering a competition!)

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Spoonflower fabric competition is open for voting now.

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Well, one of my new year’s resolutions is to try designing fabric from  cardboard collages. I have a first attempt uploaded at Spoonflower.This was made salvaged cardboard (of course) and the office photocopier.

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I have submitted it as a part of the upcoming weekly design competition that starts this Friday (15th Feb). The theme is ‘African inspired’ materials. My final design (below) is okay for a first attempt.

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The inspiration for the design was to emulate the bright colours and patterning of popular African fabrics and bring in elements of contemporary designs like Afrocoffee’s fabulous ‘No Money No Ladies’ and recycled paper bowls.

Still a way to go yet but at least I have made a start!

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Following on from my last post, I have modified the neon deer so they are wall mounted and have some green sushi grass to frolic in. These 2 works and some Flamingos Au-go-go will be a part of the 40 x 40 BSG show opening Wed 19th December.

To everyone who can’t make it to Fitzroy next week – an enormous thank you for your support throughout the year and hope you all have a great summer and enjoy the festive period.

I look forward to more art adventures with you in 2013.

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As the end of the year draws near, these deer are moving to green pastures and will be on show at Brunswick Street Gallery’s 40 x 40 show.

Opening night Wed 19th Dec from 6pm.

Big thank you to everyone who came along.

 

Am back in the studio, so new works soon.

 

Plaid pants made from tampon boxes.

Two x two = weird.  An old tail with new beginnings.

Big thanks to everyone who came along to red gallery last night for the opening of my new show. I really enjoyed catching up with everyone and had a great night.

Centered on a mix ‘n’ match Noah’s Ark procession, Kirsty Fletcher’s new exhibition is a mutant safari of cardboard creatures inspired by current fashion trends and crafty DIY projects involving children’s toys.

Animals in tampon box plaid pants exist amongst hybrid rocking kangaroos, deer in neon socks cavort next to a fluorescent camel caravan. Fletcher’s works mythologise both the everyday and the monumental experiences in her life, drawing the viewer into a fantastical world of make-believe.

Recently, for Monument Create A Date Matt Wilkinson and I designed a barstool. Our creation is a hanging gardens of babylon, 70’s, local materials extravaganza.

The macrame-inspired, knotted cane frame has a long, curved glass terrarium of ferns and moss threaded through the back at shoulder height and a soft camel leather cushioned seat. We wanted to create a chair that accomodated the contradictory functions of a bar stool: the flirty act of display and the covert location from which to observe. The oval opening frames the occupant while the enclosed shape  allows one to nestle back into quiet, verdant secrecy.

Neon flamingos in progress.

More information on the Red Gallery website.

These currently look like butterfly wings but they are actually the beginning of neon blankets for a camel caravan.

 

Work on camels in progress…

 

‘A vicarious milestone’ as part of the Togart 12 exhibition on in Darwin at the Chan Contemporary Art Space until the 13th of October.

Catalogue of the show is on line here.

Also on my blog are close ups photos of the work, movies of it moving, and ‘in progress’ images of the making of: Kim, the crocodiles (earlier and almost complete) and the bases.

Couple of articles in great green blogs:

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Work is all ready for installation in this year’s TOGART Contemporary Art Award show. For those in Darwin the exhibition is on 6th Sept – 13th Oct at the Chan Contemporary Art Space.

Just updated this file – click on the photo to see the animation.

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A work in progress for a friend who just had a birthday…

I have improved these movies. Have a look here.

Last year my sister got married.

She married a wonderful crocodile farmer amongst the termite mounds at sunset.

 

There is not likely to be another wedding in our family and we made this one count.

We celebrated at the races, on the harbour, at the caravan park, out fishing, swimming at Buley, at the markets, all over town and down the track.

For some friends it was their first trip to Darwin and it was a great introduction.

For me it was an indulgent and special re-acquaintance with the town of my childhood.

 

Darwin is my place for growing up.

It is where I was born and went to school. Where I turned 16 and 21.

It is where I lost my virginity and where I attended my first funeral.

It is the place I rush back to when I can and miss when I am gone.

 

And now it is where my little sister became a wife as we danced in the dust with the fairy lights and paper stars.

Painting the base for the piece I have been working on about my sister’s wedding. I used bitumen paint through the doilies onto cardboard.

Making more crocodiles…

A mobile of elephants I made from free paint colour sample cards from Bunnings for my sister’s new baby. I have often thought these paint cards look like elephants. The mobile was easy to make so I have attached a template so people can make their own. Would love to see photos if you do make one.

Has been a long time between posts. I have been renovating and painting walls etc at home so haven’t had much time for cardboard. House work is nearing completion so am starting back on a few projects.

Hope everyone had a good end of year break and are settling into 2012.

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