Zine | Femmes to the Front


My friend Jaine and I made this little 8-page pink feminist themed zine recently and took a handful of copies along to a local gig called SPACE JAM to sell and raise funds for FURY - a local organisation that helps to facilitate and encourage women playing in bands in Tasmania.

Jaine and I are in the process of starting a little band together. A few months ago we paid a visit to the FURY jam space and Jaine picked up a bass for the first time. I was a bit later getting there and by the time I arrived she was already playing along with the other ladies. We've been meaning to revisit for another jam then we might look into finding ourselves other femmes to play with. 

The zine includes lots of little drawings, some of our favourite feminist quotes, a list of 'Things That Don't Make You A Bad Feminist', a feminist vocabulary glossary and a recipe for 'Slut Brownies' amongst other bits and pieces. 

It is printed on pink paper and each cover has a hand drawn pink pattern. If you'd like a copy, they're AU$3 and you can get one here. All of the proceeds go to FURY.

Here are some of the envelopes I sent off the first batch of zine orders in. I hand lettered them in gouache, Posca paint pen and gel pen all over the past three days while watching Orange Is The New Black and Making A Murderer on Netflix. My eyes may never be the same.

Stardust helped/hindered.

download.jpeg

Adventures in Ceramics


This semester I took my final university unit for my degree. I had expected to graduate at the end of last year, but realised at the last minute that I had one extra introductory elective unit to complete. I'd never done ceramics during my degree so I thought it was probably my last opportunity to give it a go and it was quite fun (with a healthy amount of frustration and failures). I thought I'd share some photos of work I completed. Most of my work is hand built or slip cast (there was no potters wheel instruction in this unit unfortunately). I really enjoyed the glazing process and played with mixing underglazes and stoneware glazes and my friend Holly and bought an underglaze pencil off eBay which gave a really fun naive hand-drawn effect on the ceramic.

Hand formed ceramic beads.


Hand formed ceramic beads.

Slip cast Lucky Buddha beer bottles. Unfortunately the plaster mould I made wasn't great so I didn't get to cast a whole bottle - just the fronts.


Slip cast Lucky Buddha beer bottles. Unfortunately the plaster mould I made wasn't great so I didn't get to cast a whole bottle - just the fronts.

I filled all of my little planter vessels with succulents I collected from along my street (I didn't steal them from people's gardens - just where they were growing in abundance alongside the road) and topped them with colourful aquarium stones.


I filled all of my little planter vessels with succulents I collected from along my street (I didn't steal them from people's gardens - just where they were growing in abundance alongside the road) and topped them with colourful aquarium stones.

My collection of 'failure' vessels. I don't hate them, but they just didn't turn out the way they were supposed to.



My collection of 'failure' vessels. I don't hate them, but they just didn't turn out the way they were supposed to.

I made lots of faceted gem stone brooches. I'm thinking of giving some of them away as Christmas gifts.


I made lots of faceted gem stone brooches. I'm thinking of giving some of them away as Christmas gifts.

I made a cheeky pair of penis shaped vases for my friend Jaine. I had to get my lovely gay male classmate to help me to form them because the first few I made looked demented.


I made a cheeky pair of penis shaped vases for my friend Jaine. I had to get my lovely gay male classmate to help me to form them because the first few I made looked demented.

Little nesting cat bowls.


Little nesting cat bowls.

I had a lot of fun in this subject and I do hope I get to play with clay again sometime.

List | I'd like...


+ to wake up early each day, make my bed, eat a good breakfast and sit in the sunshine
+ to make Theo lots of pairs of Summery short overalls
+ to use my film society ticket each week
+ to sit with Jaine on her balcony overlooking the city and drink white wine on late Summer afternoons
+ to stop despairing
+ to keep a daily sketchbook
+ to walk the Overland Track with my sister
+ to give myself permission to put down my work, sit on my couch in the evening and watch shows that I enjoy, with my cat on my lap
+ to write a love letter to my city
+ to do fun, spontaneous, playful activities with Theo
+ to make a zine every six months
+ to take as many Skillshare classes as my bandwidth will allow
+ to drive to the beach on a warm day with my very nice gentleman friend in his Jeep with the top down
+ to make beautiful objects from clay

Little Joys | August


(A photo from way back when I did a post about  my favourite places to sit  in Launceston)

(A photo from way back when I did a post about my favourite places to sit in Launceston)

+ Toddlers sleeping at cafes
+ Planning exciting future study
+ Making things out of clay
+ Cards Against Humanity
+ Cherry blossoms preempting the arrival of Spring
+ Cooking for friends
+ 'Winter Moments' scented candles
+ Bad Gals Club
+ Quokkas (seriously one of the cutest animals ever)
+ Impromptu Chinese massages (I was on a date and we decided to both go get massages)
+ A cute new outfit from mine and Jaine's Hobart sojourn
+ Sticky date pudding flavoured ice cream
+ Going out dancing
+ Being interviewed by Pip Lincolne for Kidspot
+ Theo in patterned collared shirts, knitted jumpers, corduroy overalls and little boots
+ Jaine and I documenting to each other via text all of the food that we have eaten each day
+ T2 Banana Bake flavoured tea
+ Buying my sister a gorgeous San Francisco city bangle from McKean Studio for her birthday
+ Unearthing old photos of my sister and I, back when we had little white-blonde fringey haircuts
+ Goat's cheese polenta with pesto mushrooms, garlicky wilted spinach and roasted colourful tomatoes with pine nuts
+ Riding my bike through town and feeling the crisp air on my face
+ Theo making friends at the park and me chatting to nice mums and dads
+ Finishing up an EP cover design and sending it off to the manufacturers
+ Coming home to a washing basket of my towels, dried and folded by my neighbours who took them off the clothes line while it was raining
+ Ceasing using foundation, my skin feels so much better
+ Lizzy Stewart's art

Just A Minute | July


Reading | Generation X - Douglas Coupland.
Listening | Tame Impala (I have listened to the new album at least 25 times in the past week) & Lianne La Havas.
Watching | Chef (amazing food porn!), Skeleton Twins (loved it!) & Offspring (hooked!).  
Consuming | Jammy buttery toast (feat. incredible jam from my favourite Evandale market stall lady called Just Add Moonshine).
Making | Biscuits (these ones and these ones drizzled with white chocolate) and cakes for pals. Lots of paintings with tiny, colourful shapes.
Looking forward to | Heading down to Hobart to attend the Marriage Equality Rally next weekend with Jaine, staying at the Alabama Hotel and getting some retail therapy on (T2, Lush, Dangerfield, JB Hi-fi, the MAC counter, etc).

This month I spent a lot of time painting for my little Sweetbrew show, had many delightful times with Theo, lovely social times with friends and a smattering of freelance work and sleep-ins. I am so looking forward to being on the other side of Winter. I love so many things about it, but when my house is always cold, morale is low. Scarves, coats and hats though, they can stay for another few months please. 

I've decided over the last few weeks that I'm going to take a break from freelance work, for at least a few months. I love that people ask me to make them things and to work with them on excellent projects, but at the moment I'm working my supermarket job, doing a great design course through Tractor Design School online, finishing up my last university unit and hanging out with Theo a couple of days per week and the thing I toss and turn at night about most is the freelance work I'm supposed to be doing, emails I've not yet sent, mock-ups I'm halfway through. One day when I am not so time poor, I hope that I will be able to look at freelance more seriously and with better organisation - because I do really love it. I've always said "Yes" to everything, even when I haven't had the time to dedicate to the projects and that lets the client and myself down. Right now I'd like my spare time to be spent recreating or working on my own artistic projects. I feel exhausted and burnt out. I'd really like to be able to read a book or watch a TV show without feeling guilty about all of the other things I'm not doing. Pip's book has really helped me to get some perspective and let myself make some choices.

I hope that you enjoy whatever you do following this.
Ps. I made a Facebook page for my illustration work recently - you can like it if you want to.