Phew. Hehe ok I know it's been super super quiet around here but here is something to break the silence!
A couple of months ago I bought an old gocco on ebay and later (way later) plucked up the courage to put some batteries in it and create my first gocco print.
I started experimenting with sketches I drew that were inspired by the sea snail trails, intricate rock pools/formations and water reflections I saw at a beach in Sorrento (here, here, here and here).
I'm so used to working with endless amounts of colour so choosing just 4 colours was really a challenge, but an exciting one! The metallic aqua was this close to being pale blue and the whole yellow layer was very last minute (pretty much last second). Despite some of the problems (old bulbs... can I get an amen people?) I'm really happy how the print turned out in the end.
I also printed gift tags using the same screens I used for the print.
The first 30 prints will be shipped with 4 free gift tags (the remaining prints will have 2 free tags).
* Just swung by Borders today and saw a copy of the beautiful Curvy 5 book. It features lots of great International and Aussie female artists and there's a little interview with me in there too! It's the first time for me to see the book (I was flu-y the night of the launch and couldn't make it) and was totally taken by surprise when I saw they used my patterns as endpapers. Hehe I totally squeaked when I first noticed it, gawd I'm such a dork.
My digital camera decided to die right at the start of the trip so all of the pictures I took were on an old Pentax that I wasn't really sure how to use. Well, not really die.
Note to self: always make sure you've put the battery in the charger cradle correctly (you clumsy doofus, you).
I haven't had much experience with snow and have never seen snow fall from the sky which is why I will never forget the drive up to Cradle Mountain.
The road was winding to the point where it was almost hypnotic. Eventually my ears started to pop a little and the clouds seemed closer to us than before. I noticed a thin layer of mist on the road which gradually grew in size. The mist gathered in large clumps like semi-transparent clouds, it wasn't continuous at all (which is what I've always imagined pre snow fog to be like). As we drove further I couldn't stop blinking because each ghost-like clump softly thudded on the windscreen and then disappeared behind us.
And then something ressembling a white rain drop hit and then dissolved on the wind screen. The snow lasted for about five short minutes.
It was one of those "I can't believe this is really happening" moments. It was magic.