Posts Tagged ‘artist’

Mural Magic

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It is nice to see my friends doing awesome things. Miles Noel is a guy who went to school with my brother, peeled italian sausages with me at a terrible pizza restaurant in Perth and is generally super cool. He is also a painter and is growing his collection and presence within the Australian art scene. He recently did a mural on a wall in Angove Street, North Perth for the local festival and has released this time lapse video of his work. Very exciting stuff. Love it.

Paper Cutting

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

I have recently discovered an artist called Béatrice Coron, a French woman who lives in New York and who is a paper cutter. She creates wonderfully detailed stories by cutting images into paper. You should check out her work. Some of my favourite pieces are clothes that she has made out of paper. They are so delicate yet well structured. Plus the other cool thing is that she only started working as an artist when she turned 40. It’s never too late to change.

Art vs Science

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

I realise I have forgotten to mention that I am soon to be a world-famous sock artist who has exhibited in one of Paris’s hippest joints. Yes, that’s right. I’m going to be putting my socks on show at Café A – the hippest, grooviest, BoBo-est Café/gallery space in Paris that happens to be connected to the Récollets. When I first found out that I was going to be moving to an artists’ residency, I thought that maybe I would get to go to some cool exhibition opening. It never crossed my mind that I would have the opportunity to put something IN the exhibition for arty French people to come and look at.

A few weeks ago, all of the scientists and artists living at the Récollets were invited to submit ideas for an exhibition with the subject of “Art vs Science.” I jumped at the opportunity to exhibit work in Paris and submitted the idea of making a science laboratory out of socks. My idea has been accepted and for the past two weeks I have been making microscopes, scalpels and coffee cups (scientists need caffeine) out of socks. This Friday the exhibition opens with a vernissage (aka free wine) at 7pm and apparently lots of ‘cool’ people have been invited. This makes me nervous. I thought this thing would be little and no one would come to it but it seems it maybe actually get some sort of turn out. Terrifying.

Anyway, I still have some work to do on it before I post photos but I will let you know how it goes. In the mean time, anyone would happens to be in Paris this Friday night should come!

Art or Science Poster


Made by Hand

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Through a friend I have discovered a website called This is Made by Hand where they have produced movies about people who create products by hand. There is a movie about Joel Bukiewicz who owns a knife business in Brooklyn called Cut. He was once a writer and now spends his days making hand made knives in his studio. This movie touches many nerves for me as I often wonder if writing is really where I want to be and this past year has been a big experiment for me to see what else tickles my fancy. I still haven’t found it yet but Joel’s story makes me smile.

Made by Hand / No 2 The Knife Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

One Canadian After Another

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

In the eight months that we have lived here, I have only met two of my next door neighbours, despite them changing on a fairly regular basis. For the last three months, Josh Schwebel, a conceptual artist from Montreal, was living next door and formed the best lunch club in the world with me. But then he left me.

Now there is a new Montrealian living next door – Julie Favreau, another artist who has come to Paris to work for three months. Julie managed to get free beer on her first visit to Café A (the café at Les Récollets) so I think she is a good person to hang out with. I like neighbours – particularly when they invite me into their significantly larger apartment.

The point of this entry is for you to go and check out their work because I think they are both cool people who have far more talent than me.

Bye Bye Jacob

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Jacob was packaged up and shipped out on Friday. I will miss having a little mudwalker in the house. My fear of going to the French post office and discovering how much he would cost to send to Australia turned out to be unnecessary. It was easy and remarkable inexpensive! So now it appears I have no excuses for not sending my friends and family back home presents. Dang.

Jacob the mudwalker

Jacob and his little book and "Thanks for buying me" card

I borrowed a cutting mat and knife off my next door neighbour, Josh. It’s handy having artists living next door to you.

Finding New Art

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

The other week when Tom, Pip and I discovered the joys of hunting at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature I also discovered a new artist – Françoise Petrovich. I really enjoy her drawings, although she had made some rabbits heads that were scattered throughout the museum that I didn’t really like. But her drawings are fabulous – generally a bit morbid. I like that. Have a look at her very cool website.


Interesting People

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

I have been meeting some fascinating people at Les Récollets recently. Last night we went out for dinner with a Swiss mathematician, a Canadian physicist/mathematician, an American architect, and a South Korean artist.

Kim, the artist, works with staples and I have just looked at her website and it is beautiful work! Everyone go to her website and look. The Canadian physicist is John Bush who seems to be doing big things in the world of science. Something to do with water droplets… Anyway, it’s exciting. Conversation is never boring.