Tuesday 30 September 2008

Prairie Frocks

Here are the dresses I was talking about in my last post- aren't they gorgeous?

The model is my flatmate, Mia who is also Australian, the camera loves her, I know!
They are up for sale in my brand new Etsy shop! i'm still working out how to use it, so if anyone has any tips for me, I'm all ears. I really need some computer counseling. It's a traumatic experience for me to even send an email, let alone set up shop online!


Today I went to Drawing class and we painted with brushes taped onto bamboo rods, and there was a life model who danced really slowly to Bjork and we had to develop our understanding of contours. I really really really love art school. More than anything.

I want to shout out to Zoe and Molly and Laura and Andrew- I know you guys read my blog, thank you! I hope you are having a nice Melbourne spring! And everyone else in Melbourne who is reading, hit me up.

Monday 29 September 2008


Today is a very frosty, lazy, toast and tea day.

I have been listening to Diving Bell and Gillian Welsch all morning and now it is 2:22 pm and I just finished two beautiful dresses that I have been working on for a while. They will be modeled and photographed tomorrow!

Last night I walked to my friend's house in the Plateau all the way along Avenue des Pins again. It was spitting with rain and the houses were all lit up in the dark. It is such a magical stroll, at the foot of the mountain. I took some pictures, but it was a little too shadowy.

This is the tree that grows outside my building. It has turned completely red within a week, and now is spilling its leaves onto the footpath.
I love swishing through the leaves in the morning on my way to school, thermos of tea in hand!

This is the study of the bell handle at Musee Redpath. I have a lovely crimson bound leather book for my drawings.

My bedside table- it looked especially frosted this morning as I was tidying up. It's in the spirit of Sunday I think!

Sunday 28 September 2008

For Someone

Right now, at this moment in time, I am so content. I made some New Orleans French Bread and it's pretty wonderful.
I have been to the museum again today, but alas, when I climbed the crumbling steps to the top of the hill, I discovered that it is closed on Saturdays. So I sat on the top step and drew some of the surrounding architecture and the door bell, which was ornate and almost blackened with deep rust.

I made this dress, it is scaly and violet and I really can't wear it without coloured stockings!
I wore it to the Yves Saint Laurent show at the Musee Des Beaux Arts and I had a comment about how it was reminiscent of a scale dress from YSL in the 60s. I'd never thought about that before, but I just nodded enthusiastically and said "Ah oui!".

I received a parcel last night, when I came home to get an umbrella before going to a lovely party at Jenni and Emilia's house. It is a tiny deck of cards from Grace and Dinah! Thank you! (if you are still reading)

I am going to another party tonight, but home to bed early, as last night I didn't get to sleep until 6 am! But I had a wonderful walk home along Avenue des Pins, The entire length of the road is dotted with dilapidated mansions and lush greenery. Oh my goodness.

I can't believe I am here.

I promise to make a post about the fantastic colours- no wonder they call it Fall here, I now realise I've never experienced a true Autumn.

Friday 26 September 2008


Okay so I have been very busy at the moment with lots of things, so I thought I would do a sweeping overview to sum up the last couple of weeks.
School has been amazing- I have made so many great friends and I adore all of my classes and my teachers. Last night I had sculpture class and my first project was due. We had to make multiple sculptures- anything we wanted, so I chose to make a bouquet of tiny dresses. I made 21 all up, and they looked so cute together that I couldn't help but spiral them around and snap a quick photo before school!

I found a dead chipmunk in the lobby of my building. It had been spotted alive earlier in the day by my flatmate, and we think it may have fallen down the stairs. I decided to take a picture of it- I hope no-one reading this is offended, I was so strangely drawn to it, I wanted to take it upstairs and put a green ribbon around its neck or something.... anyway it had these spooky open eyes and it was the first chipmunk I ever saw.

I have been working on artwork for Ships Piano's new EP 'Acrobats Tumble', and this is a peek at the back cover track listing.

AND I bought these amazing 90s Drag Queen shoes in the plateau, even though they are too small for me! I'm going to put them on ebay as soon as I figure out how to use it, as a sort of experiment in selling on the internet. I just want to wear them with hot pink tights and a sunflower mini dress!

In drawing at the moment, we are focussing on line work, which I am really enjoying. This is one of the studies from my museum trip the other day.

And tonight I am going to the Jupiter Room with my friend from Costume History, Ariele.



Wednesday 24 September 2008

Home Sick

So I am at home, sick.
And I am also homesick, because when I have a cold, my Mummy always looks after me and makes me honey and lemon drinks and tells me to put on socks and buys me amazing magazines to read. And when your Mummy is on the other side of the world, you have to do these things for yourself. So today I made ginger tea and sternly told myself to put on some socks and went to the Musee Redpath to draw studies of the stuffed animals for my Drawing class. It was very nice and warm in there and my sketches turned out rather nicely, I spent a long time on a fossilized pre-historic moose head, and then I started drawing the room around it and then the tour guide came over and gave me this big enthusiastic thumbs-up, because I was listening to music through headphones! haha! There was also an Albino Fox and a Puffin and a big Majestic Lioness, with a curled up, dangerous smile.

So now I am at home on my Red Bed really very exhausted.
I'll have some more ginger tea soon and go to see Chuck D do a student talk at my school (!) and then fall asleep! Promptly!

Oh and the leaves are changing now! It is the most beautiful sight. Every time I look upwards, I just swoon.

Tuesday 23 September 2008

Short But Sweet

This is the Deppaneur where I bought the chocolate to make scissors with!

Thursday 4 September 2008

High School Confidential

Yesterday I started University! The title has nothing to do with anything except that HSC is my favourite teen-age movie of ALL TIME. Of before time.
I took painting yesterday and it was fantastic, we got homework and everything- next week we are making stretchers which should be fun. Oh I love all of the attractive people at my school as well, GOD they are all so beautiful, and everybody rides good bikes- I'll have to take mine down for a spin.
I have only four classes a week and three days of classes- they aren't even full days either! However, because I am taking mostly studio subjects, I am expected to spend 6 hours per subject out of class in the studios at school, which is absolutely fine with me!
Tonight I have a class that goes until 10:30 pm. it's okay because I live just up the hill from the Visual Arts building, but imagine if you had to go home from school at that time and you lived really far away!
I am trying to get some sewing done but I am just sitting here on the computer, going on cool websites and pretending that I am rich!
I have to go, my Sculpture class starts in 4 hours...