Friday, April 26, 2013

Vintage Corn Oil advert.

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Back page advertisement from a 1981 National Geographic.
Looking at this now it makes me think of the artifice of G.E. products rather than a kaleidoscope of fresh food.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

WTF mudskippers

Via WTF evolution and making the blogging rounds: the funniest natural history segment I've ever seen AND it's endowed with the melifluous tones of everyone's favourite narrator, Sir David Attennborough.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Brooch Show

My first foray into art jewellery for sale is at The Brooch Show, run by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria. I have four brooches in the show. Here is a sneak preview of one of them.

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ink, paper collage on plywood, acrylic lacquer, metal brooch fitting

Fitzroy Library (wall display cases)
128 Moor St, Fitzroy
2 May - 29 June 2013
OPENING: Sunday 5 May 2013 at 2pm 
The library Hours are:
Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tue & Wednesday: 1pm – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 1pm – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 2pm – 5pm.

Then the exhibition will go 'on tour' to
Toorak/South Yarra Library (foyer & display cases)
340 Toorak Rd, South Yarra
2 July - 30 August 2013
Library hours are:
Monday to Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The back wall of 639 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne.

The back wall of 639 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne

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On the corner...

First there is a monkey who continues the mural around (not shown) then a squid:
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and so on...
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Detail of unicorn by Kaffeine.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Devondale's new logo is odd

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The old logo on a small pack of UHT milk. I prefer the old packaging. It's less cluttered. That old cow has been their mascot for as long as I can remember. The map of Australia in her marking is a nice touch.

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The new logo on a small pack of UHT milk.

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The new logo is odd because although it has a more realistic looking ruminant, if you look at it properly you will see that is four people holding aloft a legless cow. They are her legs and they work together to hold her up. She seems happy enough. The mesage/idea behind it is good but the end result is a little macabre.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Pride and Prejudice meets Twitter.

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Original image from a Girl's Own Annual, Victorian era. I have slightly doctored the book to look like a Macbook and added text.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

North Fitzroy mural of monkeys : The Giant Storybook Project

On my morning commute in February a gorgeous new artwork could be seen from the 112 tram. I knew I had to go back at my leisure to take some photos of it for this blog. Here they are:

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639 Brunswick St, Fitzroy North, Melbourne

This is the nineth mural in a series that is part of The Giant Storybook Project. Check out the link to see the other images from the story around the world

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The mural covers this side of the building but also wraps around the other side with a surprise, extra monkey. I'll try to get back there another day to get a picture of it for you. More images of work by other artists in this future post on the back wall of the building.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013


Quiet, southern NSW beach. I'm strolling in the shallows. A man with his small child strapped to his back walks past. The child coughs briefly.
"You got the Black Lung son?"