These collages are from a flurry of magazine-chopping that I began as an attempt to work out what kind of poses/compositions I gravitate to, to lead me to some figure drawings. Posed model shoots can be a bit boring so I often find myself obscuring faces. (I’m not sure they helped my process much but I had fun with them.)

I often see Afghan Hounds with their seriously moody expressions and long limbs in fashion spreads. I have a small collection put aside for a half-started book. I’ve just noticed this one is from a Brisbane fashion label Soot shoot. Check out this knitted yellow jumpsuit! And I’m a fan of this Lemonade jumpsuit.

Another kind of horse

Ellis's Elephant

Bena's horse

Cards in the post. The elephant was inspired by my new circus book – Circus! An investigation into what makes the sawdust fly. This book has the most delightful woodcuts and etchings. I’ve just found Books ( has it to download – an audio version too! ‘Steve’ said it was the best book he ever read. I’ve only looked at the pictures so far.

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been chasing the light to take photos around the house for a project. (More on this soon!)

Today I remembered this little package of Mexican folk charms – Milagros – made from tin, and caught them in the afternoon light. They’re sweet little busts (2cm high) and the arm and leg  (the leg my friend needed, and we rummaged through the bowl of charms for) were hard to find.

I also remembered to listen to This American Life (525: Call for Help, 9 May 2014) after a friend’s recommendation and the stories gave me waves of goosebumps. Especially the one about a girl called Maya making her first friend.

And I saw some excellent roll clouds after a bout of rain.


I have two new manuals of home crafts bought for $2 a piece from a Saturday book fair. The projects are clearly illustrated with colour photos (I’m sure I could re-upholster a chair with these instructions) and there are a bevy of projects to be inspired by, under headings: Needlecraft, Colourcraft, Papercraft, Flowercraft, Woodwork, Ropework and Cane, rush and seagrass to name a few. I think it’s the fearless combinations of colour I love the most!

Some highlights:

  • Empire-style flower pots with plastic mouldings
  • Basic American patchwork
  • Fabric and tissue paper flowers (very popular at the moment)
  • Pop-up cards using cut-outs

The images are tempting to cut up for collages but I daren’t risk missing out on key instructions, in case I want to make a pyramid frieze (above) to or a lover’s knot.

Really these books are just the best inspiration for heading off in all sorts of directions but also give me the feeling I could pick up some serious new skills if I pay attention.


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