Tuesday, September 30, 2008
My whole life, every time I hear the postman's bike outside the front of my house I feel a thrill of excitement. Kind of like the thrill you get when you see someone you have a massive crush on but haven't kissed yet. Still, at twenty nine years of age, I love the mail.
So, this came from the lovely Flossy-P yesterday, sorry it's scanned rather than a nice photo, I blame... um... my dying phone, again, really have to do something about it. I entered a comp on Flossy-P's blog and for the first time in my blog reading career, I won, winnah!
The little cards that you can see are actually part of a lovely altruistic neighbourhood thang that she's invented. Basically you wander your neighbourhood and place cards anonymously in letter boxes to tell people that you like their gardens. Flossy-P explains the concept far better on her blog than I ever could, so please go there to read all about these gorgeous little cards:
I'm waiting for a weekend where my family is all in the one city so that we can wander around our neighbourhood and give them out, even though I feel like keeping the pretty little things for myself (Bad Em!) that kind of defeats the purpose of the cards.
So thankyou Flossy-P, I loved your mail so much :) Big Hugs.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go find a book worthy of the bookmark.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Gawd I love finding new ways to utilise the ridiculous amount of art and craft material that I have hoarded like a jealous dragon guarding it's pile of gold.
For example, I made up a few "Paint Your Own" kits to sell at the markets. They were quite popular and easy to make, so I thought I would put them on my Etsy store. After all, it is school holidays... pester power YAY!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Yesterday afternoon the boy and I went down to Sydney for my sister's "Flying the Coop" housewarming. I took down a whole lot of ingredients for pizza, then spent the afternoon swigging champagne with Lychees in (Cas's idea, I am a total convert) and chopping up ingredients. I love cooking. Seriously. The more complicated and time consuming a recipe the more I love it. Food just seems to taste better when you spend forever messing with it :P
Anyway, so I made the ingredients, we lined them up along the bench and turned on the oven, made a couple to get them started, then we pointed hungry friends to the kitchen while we made inroads with the punch. Tasty. Ten and I left around eleven, I think, and drove all the way back up the highway to home because I had markets today. My boyfriend rocks, seriously, I'm pretty sure that I made very little sense rambling on in my warm fuzzy drunkeness, but he didn't mind at all that I sang my own lyrics over the top of his songs hehe. So yeah, we got home, after a stop off at Rich's to see his shiny new motorbike (ohhhh sooo sexy), watched somethingorother on the laptop because I was too excitable to sleep yet.
We packed up early because the wind became ridiculous, so I came home and tried to clean the dust off things, then thought.... Eff this, why am I working when I could be swimming? So I went to the ocean baths.
Friday, September 26, 2008
This is the youngest of the Widget clan, Sherbet Orange is its name.
Likes hanging out on the beach, soaking up warmth from the sand and warning others to swim between the flags.
On guard at the Merewether Ocean Baths.
Mini-widget badge on my lapel watches on, while Sherbert Orange pretties itself.
Behind the scenes at the shoot: Ten encouraged Orange Sherbet to work the angles.
Monday, September 22, 2008
This is the most recent of my paintings, still trying to figure out what to call it. Originally, the angel was a design for my book "Creatures and Dreams". I drew an angel and a devil and tried to portray them as I see them in my head. Devils are cute and endearing, angels are slightly creepy and alienesque. Is that a word? Is now :P
I've actually been finding it really difficult to photograph the paintings because of the mediums used. I'm a big fan of this stuff called "Interference" which adds a golden (or whatever) sheen when painted over/with acrylics. It bends the light off the paintings in all kinds of interesting ways. You can see it on these photos slightly better because I spent a day mucking around out in my courtyard, taking shots from every angle, wishing I knew how to use a proper camera.... still, camera phones are pretty good...
The pink/orange surface that the angel stands on is a combination of texture mediums (glass beads and general build-up kind of stuff). I went over the top of this with a wash, first pink, then orange, and then finished it off with iridescent shiny shiny.
The cranes in this painting are made from several types of paper. I trawl magazines for different colours, pester my friends for the foil from the cigarette packets, and hack up junk mail. Particularly fond of the dusky gold that the larger ones are made from (thankyou Benson and Hedges) wondering if it would be possible to get my hands on raw product, foil before it has been used in a packet. Probably not hehe
Rather than try to explain this myself, when I would rather be snuggled up on my couch with a huge block of chocolate (some days I hate being a girl), I'll point you to an article about said cancellation:
"The statement will read: Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practise the old virtues of 'faith seeking understanding' and hope that makes some amends."
The Church of England! Makes me proud to be an Easter Anglican, so good to hear a Church making a positive statement, and about evolution no less!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I'm not exactly sure where I first started painting, but it's something I have only done very sporadically, and it's only the last four months or so that I have been going about things seriously. It's become a bit of an obsession.
I can tell you exactly where I learned to paint clouds though. My mother taught me.
My favourite book when I was small was "There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake ". When I was five my mum and I painted the cardboard box that had previously housed our shiny new fridge with images from this beloved tome. Even though I was reading it to her at that stage LOL
Mum drew a scene from the book on each side of the box, and I helped colour/paint in. The clouds in the sky we painted using the cotton ball method. You just take a cotton ball, dip it into white paint, then splodge it on to make the clouds. Then, when the white paint is dry, add silver highlights, but don't go overboard.
The picture above is a much more recent example :P It doesn't have the highlights though, because I was out of silver that day.
Basically you upload a profile about yourself, talk about why you love getting mail and what types of things you like to receive in said mail, then you send letters and other people send you letters... YAY!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Cassandra is my sister. These days she is an Architect working for Sydney's Nettleton Tribe. She rocks.
When Cas was little she had these amazing golden curls. I'm completely biased, of course, but still, so so cute. Cas is my partner in crime, the one person who I know will always get my jokes and she's always lovely :)
I loved painting this. It's one of the rare times that i have managed to adhere to my vow to keep things simple, become more stylised and disciplined. Also experimented by mixing Kleister medium into pearly inks to keep the painting wetter for longer. The gold broadstrokes underneath and above the sun are my favourite parts of the painting.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Work in progress, haven't decided who I want to put on it yet.
Yesterday I took about a hundred photos of my paintings (any excuse to get out in that gorgeous spring sunshine) so that I can put a couple on Etsy. Am off to the post office to see how much it costs to send things like these to such far flung places as London, Alexandria, Las Vegas etc.
Wondering if it would seen wanky to take one down with me, but I think I will have to because the origami component of the paintings makes them harder to mail. Done it before, and it worked beautifully, but yeah, difficult to explain to people exactly what I need... that and the fact that last time the painting sold while on consignment, so I have no idea how it all works.
Deep breath, off I go ;)
Monday, September 15, 2008
I had these big grand ambitions of posting here every time I put something in the Etsy shop, but as much as I love my creatures, I get a bit sick at looking at photographic representations of them, so I've decided to play Hide and Seek instead. Look at the above photo... can you see the creature?
This tiny little furry Widget is a creature of courage. He is daring, dauntless, heroic, valiant, resilient, and most of all he is brave.
Widget is the toy you want around when things go wrong, when you need someone to rely on, when you need a friend to keep you safe. Nothing scares or worries Widget the Brave.
That is why this particular Widget has decided to hang about on a brooch, so he can stay close to you at all times, on your clothes, bag, or guitar strap.
He is completely hand-made, from an idea in my sketchbook for an intrepid alienesque adventure creature.
Widget the Brave stands 4cm tall and is roughly 5cm wide. That's not very wide is it?As he is on a badge he is only recommended for those over 6 years of age.
* All designs in the Emerald Arts shop are the intellectual property of Emma Stronach.
He's in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15247307
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Today was lovely too, especially because working from home as I do, it's easy to get stuck in my own head... danger is, that sort of thing leads to very productive but a little bit bored Em. So it's nice to get out there and talk to people, see my favourite customers and market friends. And then I come home with the Sunday papers and a hell of a lot of really tasty produce. Nice way to spend a working day ;)
Below are some photos of things that I made while I was there today:
Prototype Sad Panda Not the final shape, just so you know, because I realise it looks more like a bear, but I found this little unfinished body while I was marketering today, so worked with what I had ;)
Altered the design of Widget the Brave so that his eyes were smaller and his ears were bigger. The mouth definitely didn't work though, going to have to redo that. The cactus silk I've used here is not as thick as embroidery cotton, but it's really beautiful so I have to figure out a way too make it work ;)
Hopefully vintage silver fabric doesn't scar... which reminds me, I want to try out that self-healing fabric... sounds really cool.
Very very small widget badge. Have to picture this in your mind, but the purple board will have a line drawing background printed on it, nothing too busy, just something more than blah blah purple card stock. Maybe a Widget Bio too...
Prototype packaging for new badges/brooches I'm working on.Can't decide on whether it should be badges or brooches. Boys don't wear brooches do they? Is that even how you spell it?? Auuugghhhh :P
Friday, September 12, 2008
After attending a whole lot of free seminars for Small Business September (some useful... some not so useful ;) I have taken the advice of one of the lecturers and set about updating the logo for my business Emerald Arts.
Before, I had a green goldfish, not for any reason in particular, just because I like fish. I've realised (or been told) that while nice, it doesn't really reflect what I do, or what Emerald Arts is all about. So I drew a snail with an E on it's shell. Still got some work to do, but I kinda like it...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
When I made my first sale on Etsy last week (thanks to the lovely Skye) I rewarded muself with a postcard from the gorgeous BelleandBoo.
So this came in the mail today. What packaging! The other letter is from my sister, containing the crane invitation for her housewarming/flying the coop party. Can't go though as it is in Sydney and i have the markets to go to, pants! Still, the invitations look hot 0_o!
(Please note: the Rock List may or may not contain some songs that you, dear reader, do not think of as Rock. But be assured that I do).
Cream - Crossroads
Rick Derringer- Rock and Roll- Hoochie Koo
Franz Ferdinand- Take Me Out
Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody (dur)
Queens of the Stoneage- No One Knows
White Zombie- Thunderkiss '65
Jane's Addiction- Stop
Andrew W.K.- She is Beautiful
Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me.
Chris Cornell- When I'm down
Coyote Shivers - Sugarhigh
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Fall Out Boy - Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for my Sham Friends
N*E*R*D - Rock Star Poser
Pearl Jam - Evenflow
Radiohead - Creep
National Pornographic - Girls
Soundgarden - She Likes Surprises
Spank Rock - Chilly Will
Sugar Ray - Abracadabra
Tenacious D - Tribute
The Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch
Machines of Loving Grace - Golgotha Tenement Blues
Pantera - The Badge
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Snakedriver
The Cruel Sea - Better Get a Lawyer
Rock on \m/ 0_0 \m/
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The side chapel where the unknown soldier sleeps had a maypole under one of the... um.... hundreds of stailned glass windows. Reminded mum of growing up in Bathurst. I thought that growing up in the country was all hard work and no play, was totally wrong ;)
Ther series of squares in the top of this photo support (aesthetically anyway) the Cathedral Tower above them. I wonder if my old dog Toby is still the only pet to be allowed in the Christchurch Cathedral?
I think that the flowers for this exhibition were arranged according to the principals of Ikebana
Thursday, September 4, 2008
it said that it is a good idea to post an item a day, that way lots of people see your stuff, or something like that.
The thing is, it takes me so long to post an individual item, that's probably about my hit rate anyway.
I like stories and I get easily distracted. You probably would too if you lived in my house :P
Then it's Edina Monsoon Stronach.
She, the boyfriend and I were up at the top of King Edward park where there is an old lookout and gun battery, and by gun I mean whopping great canon.
It's a really cool place to explore, and there is a doggy park right next to it so Her Majesty is happy ;)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Rupert is a bear who loves to dance.
He likes salsa, crumping, classical ballet and modern, but his favourite style by far is disco.
Rupert is made from vintage silver fabric found in a treasure box. He is entiredly hand sewn and comes from an original design in my sketch book.
Rupert the Dancing Bear stands approx 11 cm tall and 9cm wide (that's roughly 4 inches tall and 3 1/2 wide).
Some people think that Accountants are really boring people, but those people are wrong.
Bob loves excitement, extreme sports and rally driving around his farm on a Sunday afternoon.
Just because he is good with numbers, doesn't mean he's not a helluva lot of fun ;)
Bob stands approx 11cm tall and 7cm wide (that's 4 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches wide).
All Emerald Arts creatures are copyrighted to and the intellectual property of Emma Stronach.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Pete is a gentle music loving creature. Loves kittens, music and long walks along the river bank at sunset.
Pete is entirely hand-made. He is an original Emerald Arts creation born in my sketchbook and would love to go to a good family.
So take Pete home and see if you can turn that frown upside down. Maybe you can make him happier than Kate Moss did.
For sale on Etsy: