Sunday, 19 April 2009


In July 2008 I managed to visit the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany. Today I made the Bauhaus in my office. While I slowly cut around each piece then glued it all into shape and then into place I could remember walking through and taking photos of each part of the building. An amazing place with a fantastic legacy. Shame it lay in disrepair for so long. Fortunately it and the Meisterhaus' are being cleaned up so that the design history can be enjoyed by all the good little designers and architects. You can even stay in the old student accommodation, (the part in the foreground of the 5th photo) for cheaper than the most hotels. 
Now i just need to find somewhere to hang my new model.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Childhood memories.

Just looking at this photo its hard to imagine that it reminds me of home, but closing my eyes and breathing deep the mix of old oil and layers of dust took me back to long hot summers working in the shed at the orchard.  Carting boxes of pears, or maneuvering the forklift the smell was always there. It was a pleasant and very unexpected experience as I walked through the old workshops on Cockatoo Island. Who would have thought that oil and dust would remind me of my youth.

Project cont.

Another lazy day at home so I managed to clear the desk and create some more animal friends from my fluted cardboard. The collection now consists of a bird, winged rat, egg with wings, penguin, daschund, walrus, kangaroo, elephant and giraffe. I think there is enough card left to make 4 or five more animals so probably a cat, sheep, cow, horse and maybe some more birds to put on top of road signs.

Monday, 13 April 2009

International Sketch Crawl

On the 11th of April the 22nd International Sketch Crawl was held and I joined in with theSydney Sketch Club meet up group who explored Cockatoo Island for the day and even managed to fit in some sketching. With a beautiful day and a new place to walk around, we explored the buildings, workshops, tunnels and cranes ending the day around 2pm as the ferry arrived to take us back to the mainland.

Sunday, 12 April 2009


While I am searching for a real job in Sydney I am having a great time doing my own work. So after having created these characters almost 12 months ago I have managed to start realising them. Starting with a huge piece of fluted card I am hoping to have the positive and negative of each character to display within a couple of weeks. So far, so good. And a few stickers to go along with them.

Hey, bored much?

Ever have one of those days where you get bored then decide you should get motivated and do something. Well thats how this started. I little bit of postcard liberation and in appropriate theme for easter I had picked up this postcard in a local cafe that had a could of rabbits just begging to jump off the page. Hopefully i can find some more characters to liberate.
Following on from carefully cutting around the rabbits I decided that a abstracted photo I took earlier in the day needed an quick addition to transform it into a alien landscape. Enter lumbering hulky shape. Having not spent ages on it I'm happy with it for a rough.
Can you guess what/where the photo is of?

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Mini Graff Exhibition opening

Just a quick plug for the local street art gallery Oh Really who are having a exhibition of work by Mini Graff starting this thursday the 9th of April. Come check it out.

Life Drawing

Having trekked to to the Tap Gallery just off Oxford Street for my last attempt at life drawing it was a pleasant surprise to spot a poster for bi-monthly sitting at the Sandringham on King Street. The model was great and created smooth beautiful poses every time making for a productive night.

Monday, 6 April 2009


With a couple of days of inspiration courtesy of Semi-Permanent in Sydney I thought list of sites to check out was in order.

Timba Smits

Kris Moyes

Ian Francis

Tamara Dean & Dean Sewell

Danny Yount


Tim Kently - XYZ Studios

Kate Gibb

Wired Magazine

Daniela Federici

Ron English

Digital Domain

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Simple Symbols

Last year in the midst of all the travel around europe I wanted to have a new logo for my business card and combined my initial 'R' into a little backpacking icon. Unfortunately for him, I never got around to putting a new card together. But every time I find him hiding away in my files I smile. He reminds me of all the good times I had and people that I met while traveling. Maybe someday I will get to do work for a backpackers and he will be able to get out and about once again.