Sunday, 29 September 2013

Friday the 13th Portraits

What better way to spend the unluckiest day of the year than in a beautiful historical graveyard? My best friend Kat and I went with our friend Bryce to take some photos! On the way out, we thanked the inhabitants of the graveyard. I always believe that if they are at all conscious, they enjoy the company.








Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Web roundup

How to make a Steampunk Remote Control on Instructables.com

Color Tinted Jars- they look really aged, fantastic!

How to date a book nerd

A new artist to discover on the Strange Tears blog 

DIY: Turn Dull Picture Frames into Pretty Pop-Art Displays

A cat librarian!

Creative Costumes of Still-Practiced Pagan Rituals of Europe

I saw some of these in National Geographic a while back, I thought they were wonderful and was quite sad we don't have any wonderful costumes and traditions like that. It would be nice to see one of these rituals. It is such a shame that while we reap all the advantages of modernisation (medical breakthroughs etc), we lose some of the charming older traditions.

Possibly the best kid's Halloween costume ever!

  
Found on Geek of the day.com, original source uknown.

 This is so true:

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Tea Duelling

Ahead of the upcoming first Australian Tea Duel, here is a video filmed in Sydney at Gallery Serpentine, explaining the rules of Tea Duelling.


The Australian Tea Duelling Society on Facebook

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Third Annual Sydney Gothic Picnic

Saturday the 7th of September was the Third Annual Sydney Gothic picnic. The turnout was small this year, but it was fun to meet some new people, and some older friends who I first met there last year.



A stylish new friend, Alicia.


Me in the blue taffeta polonaise my friend Stacey made for me
 

The lovely Bryce and Fiona


Gorgeous Jen and Anastasia


Talented Emma playing the flute


Francesca and Matt. I am so jealous of that jacket! And look at Ana peeping out from behind them!
 

Alexis looking amazing in purple. And with amazing white contacts that are hard to see in this picture.
 

Amazing cakes made by Alexis. The cakes have been bitten by vampires, they had fang holes and dripping blood. They were also red inside!
 

The fabulous Liset who organised it all!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Recent Outfits

August

Secondhand Regency inspired top and 'Laura' by Topshop dress with skulls and flowers.


I wore the following outfit to meet my friend Fiona. The jewellery is by Necrosarium, the black shirt and satin and lace skirt are secondhand.



The following outfit was inspired by Hatfields and McCoys. The blouse is Vintage and has really nice crochet bits in the front!




I wore this to my friend Kat's birthday party on the 31st of August. I borrowed the jacket off my partner's sister, their grandma made it out of faux fur. The dress came from an op shop.




The shoes are a very old pair and unfortunately, while the outside still looks great, the inside is falling apart. I will have to see if I can get it fixed.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Art Exhibition: The Museum of our Futures Past



On Saturday the 17th of August, I went to see a small gallery exhibition at The Entrance (which for those who don't live in Australia is a suburb on the Central Coast of NSW :P ) with my parents and brother. My mum and I also went to a secondhand shop sale nearby and I got lots of materials and pieces of clothing to adapt.

The whole show was presented in a small, darkened gallery, most of the artworks were lit by spotlights.


Me with an awesome specimen in a jar made of latex and other things. Look at my evil reflection behind me, looking at the jar! The artwork reminds me of that Ray Bradbury story The Jar. I want something like this for my own home someday.Unfortunately I am not sure who this is by as the image is not in the catalogue.

There was also an amazing glow in the dark fungi exhibit called Hidden in Plain Sight by Gabbie Paananen, unfortunately, that refused to photograph.


There was not a picture of this one in the catalogue either, if I had realised that I would have brought a pen and paper to write things down.



I believe this artwork was Strombus Song by Catherine Stanley, made of felt and fibre.

"Songs of past gather in the web of the spider conch. The reverberation of sound obliterates unwanted microorganisms leaving healed songs of journeys past. Felt was believed to be imbued with the healing intentions of the creator and so the web is reunited with the core lines of song from the heart. Memories of children laughing, playfulness and moments shared. An eerie echoing of sound calls us to the past reaching out through tentacles to be heard."

In collaboration with Sharon Hatton.





An amazingly real dugong puppet created by ERTH who make amazingly real puppets and creatures.
It was rather hauntingly beautiful. they let the kids feed it lettuce leaves.










Dugong Drift by Andy Ian Reid. 
Recycled cardboard, paper and foam core board. 
Ceramic Stucco and Acrylic paint using an airbrush.
An internal motion LED lamp creates the movement of water in blue.

"For as long as I can recall, a fascination for walking long stretches of deserted beach has been a passion. Not only for the seclusion and down time, but for the interesting items washed up by the tides.

This ranges from sun bleached shapes of driftwood to oceanic life. They all Mystify. Where did they come from? What place, or purpose did they serve before being scattered... and forgotten? This relates to our native Dugong. Once abundant and thriving as an important memory of our futures past... and now a coastal holiday playground."



I am not sure if this was part of the Dugong Drift work.

 

This and the following images are details from Curiosities of Latitude 33 by Russell Austin.

 Avialae Culinareous:  A petrified bird-like skeleton with fee like forks, which were used by ancient people for eating shellfish.

"There is a magical place just up the mountain from where I live, where many mysterious occurances have  taken place throughout history. 

There are culturally significant stone carvings from Indigenous tribes and heiroglyphs from ancient Egyptians who travelled here thousands of years ago and stories were told from both cultures of a mysterious UFO sighting... this place is called Bambara, in Kariong, and it lies about Latitude 33.

In the northern hemisphere, Latitude 33 contains such wonders as the Pyramids of Giza, the ancient Hohokam Indians observatory from 300 B.C. and in biology, 33 is the number of turns in a complete sequence of D.N.A.

Many other mysteries surround this number and it is known to be the most powerful latitude, North & South, to circle the Earth.

A diverse array of flora and fauna abide here at Bambara, some of which I have collected in my exploration of the area."

 

I think this might be the egg of an  Avialae Culinareous


Heiroglyphs on the doors of the diorama



The whole diorama.


I think this one is Mitrachinoidea Zoospre: An amorphic, urchinlike mutation, that can photosynthesise.


Echinoidea Insomnis: The Urchin shell with a mysterious inhabitant that never sleeps.

I could not see the  Litoria Caudata Squirtis, an amphibious creek dweller who woudl squirt a water fountain from his tail while sifting the water for food.


The Fisherman's Delight by Ty Batterham. 
Wire, flocking, nail, salt, beads, pearlescent powder, sculpting clay, clearcoat.

"I was struck by a story from last years Imprints that told of a local's memories of fishermen nailing the heads of their catch to trees. this was done as a form of bragging rights to show how big a catch they had caught. Now the idea of this in itself is kind of macabre but I wanted to show it in a different form. I wanted this persons memory to be precious and I had the idea of creating a sculpture that would almost be like a jewel, something to be treasured."



Following the Red Thread- A Scribby Tale by R.T. Quirky




Some details of the thing in the jar, I really wish I knew who made it.


I wish this photo hadn't come out so shaky, the coral like forms and holes in this jewellery was amazing!
The jewellery is by Emma Johnston.



Beach Bone Relic by Emma Johnston,
Amazingly delicately carved cuttlefish bones, the bones were found on Umina Beach after a storm.






A few more pictures of the Dugong.