Just released, The Family Hour is written and illustrated by prolific Melbourne artist, Tai Snaith. Using beautiful watercolour, pencil and gouache illustrations, Snaith has created modern mixed families of native Australian animals and sprinkled the pages with hidden clocks for the kids and design icons for the grown ups. The Gouldian Finch family have Marimekko-esque cushions in their nest and the Kangaroo mother shops for familiar labels in the supermarket.
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This beautiful portrait, painted by my sister, was selected as a finalist in Australia’s prestigious annual art award, The Archibald Prize. Kate Tucker also painted the cover art for Australian songwriter Missy Higgins’ third album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, with design by We Buy Your Kids.The film clip for the single, Unashamed Desire [watch below], contains a sprinkling of colour, inspired by Kate’s paintings.
Ponyface take a guitar/bass/drums line-up, embellish and distort it with various instruments and effects, and then sweeten it with the rich, warm tones of Simon Bailey’s vocals. Their music would make the perfect soundtrack to a road trip in a sexy old car. I love the stop motion clip for their song Devil, which uses [...]
Macramé is my latest crafty obsession. I was originally attracted to it for its borderline wrongness and 70s nostalgia. But with some pop colour palettes, some handmade beads, and some thinking outside the dusty jute square, macramé has been reborn. I have made limited edition pieces under my label Jumble for Edition X, a spunky online limited edition gift and affordable art store.
TextaQueen (TQ) takes felt tip markers to a whole new level. They are used to create larger than life portraits full of detail and complexity. TQ’s series of movie posters titled We Don’t Need Another Hero, references a pop cultural format, using humour to comment seriously on the effects of colonialism on Indigenous and other people of colour.