Wednesday, January 28, 2009

cupcakes, cocktails and birthday festivities

birthday gifts from my man
The 2 great books that Mark got me for my birthday, a book on Sailor Jerry and the 3rd installment in the Russian Criminal tattoo books.


my volume is getting complete!
My set is complete ... so far!


birthday 1

Me enjoying a Pimm's and eyeing off the cupcakes at my birthday party.

It was my birthday yesterday, I held my 'Cupcakes and Cocktails' party on Saturday afternoon at Baranows lounge which was loads of fun! Jess from Sugadeaux made the fabulous cupcakes, cosmopolitan, mojito, passion fruit and pink champagne flavoured - yum!

My man bought me a fabulous gift. A great book on Sailor Jerry which covers lots of correspondence from and to him over the years and his history of tattooing. Also the 3rd book in the Russian Criminal Tattoo encyclopedia series, so lots of reading coming up!

Yesterday for my birthday, I spent the day at the day spa getting scrubbed, buffed, exfoliated and mani/pedi-cured. It was a great relief to be inside the day spa domain and not out and about in the heat. It's meant to be low 40 degrees Celsius here for the week - not so lovely.

I had a great birthday this year, great drinks, great conversation and hanging out with some of my bestie friends and also some of my oldest friends... I appreciate them coming along and indulging with me!

Hopefully I don't melt this week like the wicked witch of the west... fingers crossed.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Favourites and searching

I've been searching and checking out my statistics on my Flickr site. I also did the same for the gallery flickr site as well with some interesting results.

My all time viewed photo on my personal flickr site is that of my tattoos on my wrists. Looking at the stats it was interesting to see that alot of people found this photo via Google images. How did they search for this? With these key words... "tattoo font", "simple tattoo", "font tattoo", "font tattoos", "wanted tattoos". I thought that this was pretty interesting as none of them mention the term tapestry, which is pretty integral to the tattoo!

Nerdy? possibly!



Tapestry tattoo

Thursday, January 8, 2009

lobotomy


During my time off away from the gallery office, I've been watching all sorts of television. I love it... there is nothing more relaxing than laying on my comfy couch watching bizarre documentaries or weird movies. I have a friend who always jokes that I know lots of weird, semi-useless information, I'm sure this is from watching too much television docos!



Anyway in the last week I have seen 2 documentaries (possibly both on SBS) regarding lobotomy. The first one, called just Lobotomy, I had to turn off as it was slightly making me feel ill watching people's brains be hacked into with an ice pick through their eye sockets!! (insert gag here) The second doco was just generally on the brain I think, but the most interesting part was about this guy who lived in San Jose California who had undergone a lobotomy by this doctor using the ice-pick method when he was 11 or 12 years old. It was slightly disturbing as his mum had died when he was 5, father remarried and child didn't get along with step-mum. As any young man, he was playing up a bit and his folks took this as "he has a mental problem" rather than "he's just an 11 year old boy" and took him for a lobotomy!!



In the program, they took a MRI scan of his brain which apparently had never been done as I suspect most lobotomy recipients are no longer in the land of the living. What was fascinating was where the icepick had been inserted on both sides of the brain, his brain was dead. They said that they would see this kind of thing on patients who had had a stroke. This guy who was maybe 50 now was still very active and quite 'normal' but because the lobotomy had been done so early in his life, his brain had taught itself to re-circuit and act normally. Also the crazy thing is the parts that the doctor 'lobotomized' were the areas of the brain that look after judgement and inhibitions, meaning that in reality they kind of made him worse off.



Fascinating, weird and a little gross and also more semi-useless information for my own brain!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Chevolution

Che building
Photo I took in Havana last year.

It seemed appropriate with Cuba seeing the 50 year mark since the revolution that I would go and check out a documentary at ACMI titled Chevolution yesterday. It was described as:

"Discover how a 'lucky snap' of Che Guevara became a global icon, selling T-shirts to counterculture, in this investigation of the man, his photographer and a world in love with an image. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, the story behind the most reproduced photograph in history is a fascinating journey into the contradictions of revolution and fame, the power of art and mythology and the role that 'viral' commercial exploitation can play in cultural memory. Premiere!"

Yeah... I was expecting some incredible indepth analysis of how the image of Che has evolved through popular culture and the media to become a varied symbol... blah, blah, blah. It was good but was a little half-hearted on both the historical and sociological aspects. It didn't really go one way or the other. It would of been of educational purposes for people who have seen the image but knew nothing about the man - no one I know!
In other news, I haven't started weaving due to all the print shops being closed over the holidays! Curse! Also, I've got the tattoo itch and have been investigating getting something new before going away later this year.

Friday, January 2, 2009

getting a cartoon together


Well we have moved house and are attempting to unpack and get everything together. It's always a bit exciting moving into a new studio and my new house has a great room that I will be working in with lots of natural light and is much bigger than my last room.

I've put the loom together and with the new year, decided to scan an image that I had decided was going to be the next tapestry. This image is a collage that I did directly onto a stretched canvas. I'm loving the square format and the way the collage wraps around the edge. So I'm going to play around with the cartoon so I get the main large image and also one of the sides that I liked the image of. I scanned the original canvas this morning. The scanning process has picked up some weird colours as well as the crinkles in the paper as well.

I'm going to scoot off, see if the print shop is open to get it blown up on the plot printer and hopefully I'll be warping up and getting ready to go today.
Stay tuned...

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