Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Birds of paradise

I've been drawing some of my collection of feathers to make a new print for the Auckland Art and Craft Fair...and I had a little play with colouring them in Photoshop. I think for the print I'll colour them with watercolour.
In real life the feathers were a bit more drab than this...but I'd like to find a bird with feathers of all these colours!

Monday, May 26, 2014


There's an interview with me on the Auckland Art and Craft Fair blog today, which you can read here.
One of the questions we were asked was about our workspaces...at the moment my lounge is strewn with feathers as I've been working on drawing feathers for a new print to bring along to the Fair.  I've also got my sewing machine and overlocker out - I've been trialling a shift dress pattern to see if I want to make it in more elaborate fabric (turns out I do) and I've got a giant painting drying in my bedroom.  What a creative mess!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Manukau Heads

 I'm working on a giant painting of Mitre Peak at the moment, from when we went to Milford Sound on tour back in February.  And I've got another giant canvas sitting in my room, which made me think I should also do a giant painting of the Manukau heads.  So a couple of Sundays ago we took a drive out to the Otuataua stonefields to take a few reference photos and watch the sun go down.

 Such a beautiful and slightly eerie place.
There is an avocado orchard there that is part of the regional park and you can take five avocados per person.  Note to self to go back in avocado season!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Band craft

Since we started our band The Bitter Years, lots of my craft time seems to have been focused on band craft.  Lately I've been making ribbon bunting for stage decoration and flower crowns for human decoration.  

You can see us playing an old timey country song in our lounge here!