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I am so excited and honored to be a part of this amazing exhibition at the Maroondah Art Gallery in Ringwood, VIC.  There are so many amazing Australian illustrators in the line-up and a few of my all-time-favorites…

Graeme Base and David Miller will open the exhibit this Thursday, 23 January from 2-4pm and a book signing will follow. You can also participate in the many public programs that will be on throughout the exhibition.

I will be at the opening and book signing (and hopefully getting a few signatures too!).

 

 

Oh Brisbane, it’s been too long!  I will be heading up to the (hopefully) sunny and warm north tomorrow with bags packed full of market goodness.

I will be bringing all my new prints, ornaments and notecard sets, plus a limited selection of beautiful Aves ceramics made by Kim Wallace and a dozen framed prints.  As an added bonus, I will be offering loads of market special prices, just in time for holiday shopping!

Stop by and say hi if you are at the markets!  I will be have a number of Colour for Curlews books with me and will be happy to sign your copies of One Very Tired Wombat (I won’t have any Wombat for sale — sorry!).

I will be in Studio #2 (the middle room) sharing a site with the amazing Elke Lucas Ceramics.  Here’s a sneak peek at her work…

And for any Melbourne folks — I have two more markets this year:

Markit Square on Sunday, November 24  The Big Design Market, Friday-Saturday, 6-8 December

Hope to see you there!

The Inside Story — Today!

Meet your favourite authors and illustrators and win some fun prizes at The Inside Story today, hosted by the Little Bookroom, Carlton, VIC.

http://www.littlebookroom.com.au/pages/events

Despite changes to raw materials, a new kiln and a soon-to-arrive bub, Kim Wallace has created an amazing range of ceramics for our Aves Collaboration.

Based on our love for the natural world, Aves features my black-and-white illustrations of owls, wrens, nests, feathers and little hopping footprints on Kim’s handmade bowls, plates and cups.  Kim uses her own special image transfer technique — creating a sepia-like reproduction when fired — ensuring each piece looks unique and distinctively artistic.

Aren’t they gorgeous?  Kim will be accepting a limited number of retail and wholesale orders starting tomorrow (Thursday 26 of September) for one week.  (Please be aware she has a quickly approaching due date and may have to stop accepting orders early.)

Visit her site at www.kwceramics.com.au to place orders tomorrow or to see all her other gorgeous ceramics (some of which are on sale!).

I will have a selection of seconds and samples from our collection available at the markets: Finders Keepers Melbourne (4-5 October), Markit Fed Square (24 November) or The Big Design Market Melbourne (6-8 December).

 

Market season is rapidly approaching and I have been creating some new stock, including a few new ornaments…

As well as expanding the range to include some other popular designs… 

More new designs for cards, prints and ceramics coming soon!

These are available on my Etsy site or you can visit me at Finders Keepers Melbourne (4-5 October), Markit Fed Square (24 November) or The Big Design Market Melbourne (6-8 December). 

 

 

Ok, so maybe I should start out with an explanation of a bookplate…

It’s a sticker (signed by me) that you can put inside your book.  It’s the next best thing to getting your book signed in person.

So, if you have a copy of One Very Tired Wombat or Colour for Curlews and wish it was signed, please check out my listing on Etsy.  They are *free-ish — unfortunately Etsy has a minimum listing price… so I just subtracted that from the cost of a stamp.  (Shipping is free with any other purchase.) 

OR, you can visit me at Finders Keepers Melbourne (4-5 October), Markit Fed Square (24 November) or The Big Design Market Melbourne (6-8 December).  I will have hard copies of Curlews and possibly a few Wombats, and you are always welcome to bring your own for me to sign.

Hope to see you soon!

It’s winter here in Melbourne and it’s been cold and grey for days and days.  I’ve been busy creating some works that have been lingering in my mind for a long time.

(You can see a few photos of these guys in progress on my Facebook page.)

I just came home from hanging all the new illustrations at Jackson Dodds in Preston (an awesome cafe with lots of veggie options). If you look really hard, you can see the pieces through the window…

I had grand visions of filling the walls with wombats too, but alas, the spot was just cozy enough for the six new tea cups.

Maybe next time there will be wombats…

Prints of the new tea cozies are available online and to my retailers via my wholesale catalogue. I hope you enjoy!

 

It was over 3 years ago that Kim and I road-tripped from Brisbane to our first Syndey Finders Keepers.  I wish I could find the photo — Kim and Greg looking disheveled at pre-dawn, me preggers and off caffeine, and the little car dragging under the weight of the ceramics and artwork that filled it to the brim.  We are getting ready to do it again, only this time we aren’t driving.

I’ve been perfecting rings, framing prints, folding cards, and trying to figure out how I’m going to pack all this effectively into my checked baggage.  Kim’s been hard at work on her ceramics as well as our exclusive collaboration, and of course the dreaded packing.

I am confident we, and all our handmade goodness, will make it to Sydney just fine. It’s bound to be a great time!  Hope to see you in Sydney on Friday 31 May – Saturday 1 June.

I am honoured and excited that Wombat has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2013 Crichton Illustration Award for New Illustrators.

When I first began developing the story, being shortlisted for an award was the last thing on my mind.  (To be perfectly honest, not embarrassing myself was probably the very first thing on my mind and getting published was definitely closer to the last..) 

There are so many gorgeously illustrated books being published in Australia, and I am humbled and honoured to be considered amongst the five other beautifully illustrated books on the shortlist.

The talented and lovely Kim Wallace has been hard at work in her new studio on the Sunshine Coast creating our new line of collaborative ceramics.  Our first collaboration features the Australian scrub wren and a few sneak peeks are below.

The range includes plates, cups, and several different sized bowls decorated with little nests, footprints, feathers and, of course, the little bird.

 

She’s still working out the details and fine tuning the transfers and ceramics, but we expect to launch the entire collection soon.  Visit us at Finders Keepers Sydney in May to see some of this exciting new work!