Saturday, 7 May 2016

Exhibition flyer - 'Songbird'

I created this exhibition flyer for one of my good friends for a solo exhibition she held in 2015.

I am sharing it here now as I want to start building up a portfolio of graphic design work.

Exhibition Flyer - 'Great Southern Land'


I created this exhibition flyer for a collaborative exhibition I did with one of my good friends back in October 2014. Even though I shared images of my work from the exhibition at the time I never shared the flyer.

I'm doing so now as I want to start building up a portfolio of graphic design work.

Logo Design - 'DG - life through the lens'


Logo design.

I created this logo for a private Tumblr blog for two friends who live on opposite sides of the world to be able to share their love of photography as a way of keeping touch when no words are needed.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

New logo / branding


I can't believe my last post here was on 4/10/2014. I really don't know where the time has gone, except to say I have been working on something rather basic, tedious and drawn-out but necessary. I feel like I can finally get back to my creative projects which have all been utterly neglected and on the back-burner for way longer than I care to acknowledge... (except, there is one more hurdle to face... but I'm hoping it won't disrupt things too much and from here on in and I can start to chip away at all the catching up I have to do).

My creative projects are many and varied.

The first one I will talk about is this blog and associated Facebook page... the longest neglected of all my creative projects. I knew I wanted to re-brand as I wasn't ever really happy with the few attempts at logos / banners, etc I started out with. After playing around yesterday afternoon with about 12 different variations on the above theme, I settled on this design for my logo and branding. This blog and Facebook page are for the overall creative projects I undertake as an individual - kind of like the umbrella for all my creative ventures. The plan is to also create an online portfolio as I want to start gravitating toward freelance graphic design work in the future... and I want a place to showcase my surface pattern design, graphic design, illustration and art.

Then there is Pinch River - my main passion and focus - with a re-vamped website underway, an Etsy shop I try and keep stocked, the Facebook page, Pinterest, Flickr, Issuu, LinkedIn and now on Instagram too (but no pics posted yet)... so plenty to keep me busy there while I start on the journey to inject some fresh products and eventually fresh designs in to this project... keeping on top of the social media and not leaving it as dormant as it has been.

There is also a new little venture called Pennefather {Vintage} Wares on Etsy where I am selling beautiful second-hand wares (and also on eBay under Pennefather Wares - so as not to restrict me to vintage on that site).

There have been some collaborations but I intend on ramping this up more... and there are at least two more online projects and one or more community-based projects on the back-burner that I want to move forward with this year, as time permits.

I have done a couple of other logo designs lately that I will share here shortly. I really enjoy this creative process and would love to do this sort of work on a freelance basis.

I'm feeling really excited and so happy to be back to my happy place... my little creative world where everything is good and life's challenges cannot get a foot in the door.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Great Southern Land exhibition















It's been quite some time since I've posted on this blog but the plan is to be here more often from here on in as I have decided I want to focus on developing this side of my creative outlet.

It was always my intention to have two sides to my work - 1) the production ware, i.e. Pinch River and 2) my studio work... sometimes the lines may blur as I am constantly developing my style and will experiment with it in both directions. I am getting closer all the time to a vision I have had in my mind's eye and am enjoying the journey of discovery.

The work for this Great Southern Land exhibition was the result of cutting up larger panels that I had created for the first Interwoven show I did in Sydney in 2013. Happy with the work at the time I later saw the potential to improve on it, or change it to push forward and get closer to that vision that has been waiting patiently my imagination for me to have the time to play.

The framed textile pieces in the last image are something I've also wanted to do for a while and am really happy with these and they will work really well on the production ware side of things too. The plan is to open up another Etsy (and possibly Madeit) shop in my name to sell the studio works in an effort to keep the production ware of Pinch River separate. This will also allow me to get back to illustration which is something I love and be able to sell those as artworks... along with my photography. I'm really excited about this step and can't wait to get started!

So I'll be here more often even though that may not start until January, a quieter month, as I have a grueling market schedule for Pinch River till the end of the year and will be pouring all my energy into that and my online shops (website, Etsy and Madeit) for the upcoming holiday trade.

I also want to start by changing the banner / logo for this blog (and its associated Facebook page) and will have fun playing around with that too. I started with a change of banner on the Facebook page but it's not resolved (and may change completely)... but I just haven't had the time to dedicate to it.

NB: The exhibition runs for the month of October 2014 at Eden Gardens Gallery, North Ryde. It's a beautiful centre and well worth a visit with a beautiful retail space, Dragonfly cafe serving up delicious food, the Gallery (of course) and fabulous gardens to walk around and get inspiration from.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Experimenting...

My poor neglected blog... it really is a side-line though as my main two blogs are Pinch River and 727m2. This blog is for art projects that are separate to the business and I guess this artwork falls in that category... I'm playing around with some art - for a particular reason and will be back to share the results in a little while.

This is when I'm in my element - creating, playing around with ideas, experimenting... it feels so good and I totally lose myself in the process.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Cat Tee Mission Artist Exchange

I'm popping by to share a little project I worked on last month that has been launched today - yay!

The project is the Cat Tee Mission Artist Exchange and I am the artist for October - donating the artwork below to be printed on their tees and other merchandise - with 100% of the profit donated to charities around the world who work in the prevention and rescue of unwanted domestic cats around the world, and the preservation of big cats in Africa.

I'm so happy to be involved with this project as I love cats big and small and am full of thanks and respect for the wonderful, selfless people that care for them.
 

The artwork was taken from a photograph (a poor quality photograph no less) of my own two beautiful boys Jed and Max. Sadly I lost Jed very suddenly in July 2011 and Max and I still miss him dearly. Jed and Max are both rescue cats. Jed came into my life via a now ex partner and had apparently been left behind in a rental property. The owner of the property was a work colleague of my then partner and we had been considering getting a cat. The vet estimated his age at around 2 years and he was very timid when we first brought him home but through love and play we formed a beautiful bond and he came with me when that relationship derailed.

Not long after I moved I realised that Jed needed company of his own kind and was put in touch with a lady on the other side of the lake that had a shelter and boarding facility. She is such a lovely lady and does great work, all out of pure love. I was SO incredibly fortunate to find Max that day, originally named Macca as he was found under skip bin at McDonald's on the west side of Lake Macquarie. Again we didn't know his exact age but Jo estimated it around 7 months. As soon as I brought him home he and Jed fell in love with each other... they slept together (as you can see from the original photo), they groomed each other and even played commando raiders around the house at 3am no less! That's why the death of Jed was all the harder but I was so fortunate to have known him for his short life... we had such wonderful times together despite me making a silly human mistake or two in the beginning... he ended up being my greatest teacher ever and my understanding for myself and for all animals opened wide because of his presence in my life... and continues through Max.




So what you are waiting for! Off you go to the wonderful online shop and make your purchase >(*!*)< and don't forget to tell your family and friends about the great products and the great work that Cat Tee Mission does - you can visit the website here and their Facebook page here.
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