Apomogy exhibit at The print Bar

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After months of pom pom making and planning, last night the Apomogy Exhibit was finally launched.  I am so excited to share photos of the show (pre-party) and I am just so happy with how it all came together.  Last night was really a joy.  It was so wonderful to see so many fresh faces who have been following the Apomogy project and get to chat to them about the adventure this project has been so far.  I will post some photos of the night soon, but in the meantime, here are some snaps of the exhibition as it stands.  If you are Brisbane based and want to have a look, head to The Print Bar 9-5 Mon-Fri to have a look.

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I Blinked and it was gone…

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March has come and gone like a strong breeze. I have spent the last month working solidly on a few big projects, one of which is my Apomogy Exhibit – which I am currently in the final throws of work on.  I am absolutely itching to share one particularly jazzy pieces I have made, but I feel like I need to wait until it is properly finished and set up in the space before I can reveal it.

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Working on apomogy has been such a fascinating journey for me. I am continuously hooked by the one-line confessions that get submitted to me each day, and I can’t help but reflect on the weirdness of the fact that my studio is filled with the apologies of hundreds of strangers.  This is in part because I feel like the apomogies have an odd energy about them…like they are pulsing with a story – but perhaps this is just the superstitious Maltese woman in me.  This desire to know MORE is what inspired me to start the Apomogy podcast (which can be listened to here).  I am doing my next anonymous interview next week, so the next episode should be up pretty soon! Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 11.53.41 AM

Needless to say, I don’t think I have ever uttered the words pom pom more than I have in recent weeks.  I suspect my friends and family are sick to death of me, as whenever they want to hang out, I suggest us integrating pom-pomming into the equation….So when the pom poms get too much, I switch it up and move on to fake flowers instead.  This above snap is the first self-portrait I have taken in a while and I’m pretty glad to add it to the collection.  I like how in this one, I can’t be seen at all.  For all anyone knows it could just be a mannequin under there…or someone else entirely!  I think I am going to keep playing with this concept of disguise and transformation through different materials.

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In other news, I am still blogging for BONDS, and my most recent project for them was these fun DIY letters!  You can see the full project here… Don’t feel like you have to make this particular phrase! Literally anything works! The simplest phrase becomes 10 x cuter once it is fringed.

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Some of my scribbles…

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A glimpse of how Apomogy is unfolding! If your Saturday night is free then you should definitely come along!  There will be Ruby The Little Red Ice Cream Van, an Apomogy workshop, and hopefully lots of things to read with your eyes and talk with your mouth.

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That’s all from me for now!  Feast your eyes on some little snaps from my life over the last little while…

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Hong Kong, Melbourne…Home Again!

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The last 2 weeks have been filled with travels!  Last week I was in Hong Kong for work, exploring the city and looking for inspiration.  As to be expected, I found it in troves!  I fiiiiiinally had the opportunity to look and touch the wonderful work of Molly Goddard, walk the isles of Lane Crawford, and generally absorb all the wonder that this ancient city has to offer.  I really love Hong Kong, and whilst I have only ever had the pleasure of travelling there for work, I would love to go there on a recreational visit as it truly is a spectacular place.  The food, in particular, is to DIE for.  The yum cha flows freely, and if you want some cutie pink and blue star-shaped burgers, then consider your menu sorted!

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After Hong Kong, it was back home for a couple of days and then…time to head back on a plane, this time to Melbourne!  Spotlight flew me down to take part in the launch of National Craft Month, where I hosted a how-to workshop and created an Apomogy installation. The event was really fantastic.  Pip Lincolne was there doing her crafty thing, and speaking her crafty words (which are always inspiring and wonderful) and there were just so many lovely blogger ladies and gents to chat to.  I loved sharing my pom pom techniques with everyone, and hope to do more workshops in the very near future!

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Not one to miss out on an A+ affair, I couldn’t resist stopping by the Ai Wei Wei and Andy Warhol exhibition.  As I anticipated, this exhibition was so fantastic and really not to be missed.  If you have the chance, do yourself a favour and GO AND SEE IT!

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After Ai Wei Wei and Andy Warhol, I headed to Homework in Brunswick to peruse the cutie Easter market that they were hosting. Afterwards I had the IMMENSE pleasure of hanging out with my sweetheart pal Vonny, who showed me a fabby time filled with chippies and Pimms.

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It’s been a pretty go-go-go couple of weeks, so I am looking forward to taking the upcoming long weekend to settle down a little bit and spend some time with my family.  I will also be continuing to prep for my upcoming Apomogy exhibit and workshop on the 16th of April!  I HAVE SO MANY POM POMS STILL TO MAKE!!

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xx Hope you’re all having a fabby week! xx

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DIY forever flower crown

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You will need:

  • 3 green pipe cleaners
  • Green/Yellow/Pink crepe paper
  • Coloured/patterned paper
  • Shaped hole punches (I have used 2 punches from FISKARS)
  • Hot Glue Gun

Begin by hole punching a whole bunch of your shapes. I made about 30 scalloped circles and 30 flowers.

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Once you’ve punched out your shapes, begin hot gluing the flowers onto the scalloped circles, making an effort to pull away the petals from the circle, so that they stick up like a flower.

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Then, roll up a small piece of coloured crepe paper and hot glue it into the centre of the flower…

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You are going to want some greenery on your crown, so fringe some strips of green crepe paper and twist the bottoms so they take on a leafy shape.

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Prepare the base of your crown by twisting the pipe cleaners together and making a complete circle. Place it on your head and ensure the fit is good.  Then you are ready to begin hot gluing your flowers and leaves to the pipe cleaner crown!

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Keep gluing until the entire crown is covered!

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And then, hurrah! You’re done!

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Happy making!

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The days are going…

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It is crazy to me that it is nearly the end of February.  Where is the year going?  Seriously, where does it think it is going??  I feel like the last month has just dissolved! I have a few things to show for it…and am working on more as we speak.  Right now, as I type, I am being guarded by 2 sleeping sausage dogs.  They have both buried themselves into my legs and if you were looking at me straight on you might think they were arm rests (although that wouldn’t be entirely untrue).  Ahhhh Daphne and Daisy, I am obsessed with you.

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I had a busy day today.  I spent the majority of it sorting out a bunch of DIY projects, some in particular for BONDS!  It got announced this week that I will be their craft blogger for the year (which I’m super jazzed about) and I can’t wait to share some of the fun activities I have planned for them.

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For anyone who tunes into my instagram, you’ll see that I’ve been busy with all my regular shenanigans.  Apomogy is in full swing and I am still loving the process of reading all the submissions I receive.  I’m working toward an installation of the Apomogies in Melbourne at the end of March and then the first exhibition of everything collected to date at The Print Bar in late April. I am SO excited for people to get to see and interact with the project – I just have to keep making the pom poms! I keep having to box up all the pom poms to make room in my study, so I feel like I keep losing touch of how many pom poms I truly have.  I keep being terrified that the exhibition will roll around and I’ll be filling the pace with only like, 10-15 pom poms…whilst I know this is SO stupid, the fear keeps me pomming – which is exactly what I need to do.

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In terms of other activities, I have been doing a whole lot of late night crafting.  I’ve been getting home from work and heading straight into my work room to busy myself with a pom, some painting, or light hot gluing.  Work is pretty busy at the moment, and I find staring at a computer screen all day to be fairly taxing/energy sapping.  As a result I get home ITCHING for a chance to do something with my hands…I’m almost a little repulsed by screens after 5.30pm.  It’s meant that I’ve been making some time to do some really solid making, which I have loved! Pom Poms have been the obvious thing to churn out, but when I need a break from this I’ve been busying myself with some acrylic painting and recently made a pretty fab flower jacket (which I can’t believe I haven’t made sooner)!

This week the latest Frankie Magazine came out, which had the latest editorial shoot I styled in it. It feels like ages since we shot this piece, but it’s one of my favourites! Nat McComas sent me some little behind-the-scene snaps from the editor which I love. You can see me trying to get juuuuuuust the right movement in the silk scarf.

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Floral dream jacket! I think I might wear it to my first Apomogy event in March. I think it will bring me good vibes!

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Valentines Day has come and gone.  Thomas and I had a fab dinner at one of our favourite Brisbane spots, Happy Boy. Whilst I know it’s a pretty cheesy holiday, I love cheese in all of its forms. It makes me feel like…

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Daisy felt the same way…

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Anywho, that’s it from me for this week. Hope you are all well and merry.

Chat soon. xx

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And then I made EVEN MORE poms…

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I’m on holidays this week and so have taken the opportunity to pick up my fav FISKARS scissors and do some A+ pom pom carving. I really just can’t stop! I have been experimenting with some different shapes too, and managed to achieve a cutie square pom pom, and this really radical tear drop one too.  I thought it only right to share some snaps of them with you!  Enjoy!

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poms, preps and finding prettiness

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In case anyone missed the memo…I am still obsessed with pom poms…and my latest project apomogy has got me particularly hooked.  Last weekend I did an apomogy workshop with 30 prep kids, and had the opportunity to see some REALLY CUTE THINGS, and hear some really adorable apomogies…like “I’m sorry I sat on your hand”. Gah, it really was just so cute. But aside from gathering the apologies of cutie youngsters, adult apologies are still rolling in via my apomogy website and as such my collection of poms is just rapidly expanding.

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Cutie prep in the process of practicing her handwriting before committing to her final apomogy…

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Tools of the trade…

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Just helping a gal out with some rogue threads!

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As a little break from pom pomming, I also decided to try my hand at customising some jeans.  As you might have seen in one of my earlier posts, I flexed my embroidery skills on a denim jacket a couple of weeks ago, and so these threads seemed like an obvious progression from that experiment.  Also on the agenda this week was a couple of little acrylic paintings….

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After a weekend of cute projects and fun experiments, sometimes it can be a bit tricky to head back into the 9-5 desk-slog each week. As suchs, I try to make an effort at the beginning of each week to find something pretty around Nundah, and take a little snap of what I find to remind myself that lovely things are all around us.

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xx

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The week that was…

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This week was one of those weeks when a whole bunch of things I’ve been working on over the last couple of months came to a head and before I knew it…BOOM…everything was happening at once.  My TINSEL bags landed in Lady Petrova boutique in Melbourne (just in time for the festive season) and excitingly Issue #69 of Frankie Magazine is out in the world with my new editorial in it.  Also on the agenda this week was styling the new lookbook for Perfect Stranger, one of the labels I design for at my work…and this was just a real treat of a day!  I also managed to squeeze in some pom pom making, some visual diarising and took a moment to appreciate the flowers in Nundah…an area which can sometimes be a liiiiiittle bit wanting when it comes to aesthetics.

This weekend continues to be a little bizzay as I have an Apomogy workshop tomorrow morning with 30 little kids, which I am REALLY excited about, doubley so as this may give me an opportunity to take out MY TOTALLY DALMATIAN outfit again (which I am proudly ‘modelling’ in one of the below photos).  But other than that, as this week has been pretty pumpin’ I’m going to try and take the weekend to squeeze in a liiittle bit of relaxation, cheese eating, and obviously relish some extended hugs with my puppy girls.

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My bags of fun in Lady Petrova!  It’s so great to see them out in the world!

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My latest editorial for Frankie MAgazine is Babysitters Club themed, so it’s pretty zazzy!

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…there is always time for a scribble!

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This is Sabrina from IMG models doing her thing for Perfect Stranger. Doesn’t she look A+!

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Nundah flowers!

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MY TOTALLY DALMATIAN OUTFIT. YEW!

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Anywho, that’s all from me this week.  Hope you all have pleasant weekends too! xx

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Make old stuff GREAT again!

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I have been wanting to try this fun idea for a while now, and after an op shopping adventure this morning, I thought it only right to take the afternoon to give it a whirl! It’s a really fun project, and an ideal way to breathe fresh life into things you may have gotten a little tired of.  SO to do this yourself, you will need the following:

  • An old denim jacket (though you could honestly do this to anything…GAH imagine this scenario on jeans!)
  • Acrylic paint.  I have used neon orange/white/pink and aqua
  • Wool to match, or slightly lighter than, these above ^ colours
  • Some cotton buds and a skinny paint brush
  • 3-4 episodes of your fav tv show to watch while you’re completing this tutorial.
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Once you’ve gathered these bits and bobs, you are ready to start making your item FAB!  To begin…

Prepare your paint colours.  I find adding white to my paint gives them a nice pastel glow – particularly the neon colourways.

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Once you have mixed your paints, start painting your chosen design.  I have gone for a range of dots, squiggles, dashes and wings.  I apply both with a cotton bud because it seems to make it easier, but if you find you like using a paintbrush, whip out something skinny with tight bristles.

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Once you’re happy with you’re paint job, let your handy work dry.  After about 10-15 minutes you will be ready to begin my FAV part of this crafty mission…stitching over your design.  I just used a basic stitch to do this, and went for slightly lighter coloured yarn to the colours of the shapes I painted. I decided to leave my neon orange dots sans stitch, but again, it’s totally up to you as to how you approach this!

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Depending on how elaborate your design is, this stitching phase could take you a pretty solid amount of time to complete. As such, I recommend parking yourself in front of the tv with a chilled beverage and perhaps a sausage dog to keep you company. Before you know it, a couple of hours will have passed and BOOM you have a fabby new jacket, customised entirely to your taste…

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YAY!! Hope this comes in handy!

xx

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