Thursday, July 24, 2014

De Passage

I love surfing and I love creativity and "De Passage a full feature about life on the road by Reef shot in Tahiti, Bali, Australia and South Africa most certainly ticks those boxes for me. Inspired by Reef’s philosophy of "Just Passing Through" the film is a 20-minute short about traveling surfers’ surreal life on the road.

It stars and bevy Reef ambassadors including Alana Blanchard, Mick Fanning, Luke Davis, Tia Blanco, Rob Machado, Kai Otton, Shane Dorian, Mikala Jones, Taylor Knox, Paige Maddison, and Nick Rozsa.

It's a feast for the mind and soul, so take 20 or so minutes out of your day and check it out!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Drawing Book Academy July Workshop

Drawing Book Academy July Workshop
I went to my first Drawing Book Academy Workshop in June, where Adnate, Ken Taylor and Deb spoke. Whilst I heard each of these speak about their work before it was the format that the Drawing Book Academy offered that intrigued me. What sort of people go along? What questions do they ask? What is the Drawing Book Academy Workshop all about? these were just some of the questions I had. I also had a fellow Melbourne artist I and the Others prompt me to go along too.

I found the Drawing Book Academy Workshop to be inspiring and engaging. It's most certainly something where you get back as much as you put in. Whether it be introducing yourself to other creatively minded people there, mingling with the speakers, asking that question you've been wanting to ask for months in the question and answer time or quite simply listening to what is being said and asked.
The next one is coming up in about a weeks time and they've an amazing line up of speakers, okay I maybe a little biased here, but with Heesco, Numskull and Gemma O'Brien all talking about on how they draw their own motivation, you seriously don't want to miss it. I've already arranged to head along and am looking forward to hearing from all three of these talented creatives.

Drawing Motivation Drawing Book Academy 
Where: Front Cafe, 242 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
When: Thursday 31 July 2014, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Cost: $60
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hints + Tips - What Happened When I Unfollowed Almost Everyone On Twitter

Last week I took a risk, and unfollowed almost everyone I was following on Twitter. Yes, I did what many may be considered to be social media suicide. Based of what happened when I unfollowed everyone on Pinterest I wasn't too sure what to expect. However giving the nature of Twitter, and the I'll follow you if you follow me mentality of some people on twitter, I did anticipate a dramatic drop in followers.

Before I get to what unfolded after I unfollowed almost everyone, I should probably explain why I did it. I was interested to see what would happen on Twiiter given what happened when I unfollowed everyone on Pinterest. I also noticed in the last few months that there was very little appearing in my feed that was of interest to me, there was a lack of engagement with others and the tweets I was wanting to read were getting lost in a bunch of crap.

I was following around 1,600 people and am now following around 250. After I unfollowed almost everyone I refollowed some key accounts I like to follow and engage with.

So what happened? Well... over a week I've lost around 100 followers. Do I care? Well not really, I do keep track of who unfollowed me and I get the feeling that a majority of these accounts were held by people who subscribe to the idea of 'you follow me, I'll follow you back', not an idea I'm fond of. I believe that with social media and especially twitter that it's a give take relationship, if who you're following isn't sharing content that is of interest to you then no matter who they are (including me), you should feel okay to unfollow them. I've now also since found that I'm finding great content to engage with and  I'm no longer feeling like I'm in a room full of people just spurting out stuff. Whilst the level of engagement hasn't risen by much, my enjoyment of twitter has.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Spirited: A Studio Ghibli Inspired Exhibition
Earlier this year Espionage Gallery closed its doors, however that hasn't meant that gallery founder Joshua Smith has completely called it a day. In fact I've heard he is more busier than ever. Joshua has teamed up with emerging artist and curator Kat Coppock and Adelaide Council initiative Splash Adelaide to continue bringing art to the people with Spirited: A Studio Ghibli Inspired Exhibition.

This is a pop up exhibition being held in the Japanese Himeji Gardens in Adelaide, South Australia as part of a much bigger event which includes stalls, food trucks, interactive games and giant Totoro’s. Oh and as well as traditional Japanese music performance, sets from DJs Marcus and Ocky Plant, Origami sessions, and workshops teaching the art of Manga Japanese comic styling.

The art exhibition side of the event hosts 25 artists from around Australia and Japan, including the likes of Alyshia Eming, Cameron Brideoake, Creature Creature, Daria HK, Earther, Harry Plane, Rain Teo, Rebecca Murphy (Syd), Rem, Tsunami Hee Ja, and myself.
Truth by Nicole Tattersall
I've a a limited edition  stencil work titled 'Truth', available as part of the exhibition. Inspired by both the film and the book 'Howl's moving castle', I've created a five layer feather stencil that brings them together. I wanted to create something that wasn't fan art per se but that it captured the magic and the changes in which Howl goes through during the story in the book and the alternative portrayed in film.

If you are are in Adelaide do get along and see this amazing exhibition and event.

Where: Japanese Himeji Gardens Adelaide
When: Saturday 26th July, 10am-5pm
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

ArtBoy Gallery Is Turning Four

It's ArtBoy Gallery's 4th Birthday and that means it's time for a sale. Their annual sale started today and ends latter this month on Tuesday 15 July. I've taken 50% off a selection of older works, and other artists including Mr. Duke, Almo, Mike Adey, Dirtfish and Tim Shepheard have also discounted selected works to help celebrate.

If you know what's good for you make your way down to ArtBoy Gallery and pick up something arty.

ArtBoy Galllery 4th Birthday Sale
ArtBoy Gallery
99 Greville St, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

When: Saturday 5 - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hints + Tips - What Happened When I Unfollowed Everyone On Pinterest

Over the weekend I took a risk, one that may have people thinking "NO!". I unfollowed everyone I was following on Pinterest. Yes, I did what many may be considered to be social media suicide. The results have actually surprised me.

Before I get to what unfolded after unfollowing everyone, I should probably explain why I did it. I lost interest in seeing what was being posted by those I was following, it seemed to be very much same same but slightly different or things that were no longer of interest to me. I was going to the search section rather than seeing what the people I was following were pinning. I also found that the reasons I started on Pinterest were not being fulfilled, such as:
  • Discovering new things that inspire me.
  • Finding new blogs to read.
  • Sharing my own content from my blog, CURVY and other social media accounts. 
  • Expressing who I am through sharing great content. 
  • Finding new things to lust after.
As I believe that with social media that it's a give take relationship, if who you're following isn't sharing content that is of interest to you then no matter who they are (including me), you should feel okay to unfollow them. I do not subscribe to the idea of 'I'll follow you if you follow me'.

After I unfollowed everyone I refollowed some key accounts I like to follow and then went and found about 100 others who were pinning relevant content and had similar interests to me.

So what happened? Well... I'll be honest I expected that I would have a mass unfollowing of followers and a huge reduction in people liking and repinning my pins. That was not the case, in fact I had an increase in followers of about 40 people in the 24 hours that followed and an influx of people liking and repinning my pins. I also have found new things that inspire me, I've started following some new blogs, I discovered new things to lust after and am feeling that I'm expressing who I'am through sharing great content. I've also found I have a new found love for Pinterest and am now taking the time to see what those I'm following have pinned.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Moss Installations By Edina Tokodi

Edina Tokodi - Penguin and Polar Bear
Edina Tokodi
Edina Tokodi - Polar Bear
Edina Tokodi
Edina Tokodi - Penguin
Edina Tokodi
I've a little bit of  thing for art and design that highlights the importance of looking our planet and all the creatures on it. Which might explain why I've fallen in love two moss installation pieces of a penguin and polar bear by Brooklyn-based artist Edina Tokodi. Both of these species are threatened by climate change and like these pieces will they change over time or simply cease of exist.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hints + Tips - Colour Inspiration

Have you ever had one of those moments where you've completely drawn blank on a colour scheme of something in the palette you're working with doesn't seem quite right? When this happens to me I've a few resources I turn to for some assistance. One of those resources is Color Inspiration Daily blog posts over on Creature Comforts, whilst the colours may not be in Pantone colours, it is a great source of inspiration. And even if you're not after some colour inspiration the photographs, illustrations and designs inspirational in themselves.

Monday, May 19, 2014

CURVY 9 and Semi-Permanent

CURVY 9 and  Semi-Permanent
This week is the launch of CURVY 9 as part of Semi-Permanent in Sydney. Though my involvement is less than what it has been in the past I'm delighted to say that my drip animals make an appearance in the latest edition of CURVY and I've sent some original works plus one of each of my Dangerfork prints to be available at the CURVY exhibition.

The talented females included in the latest CURVY book are Anna Hammer, Anne Higgie, Anneli Olander Berglund, Autumn Whitehurst, Bec Winnel, Claire Martin, Claudine Doury, Desert Designs, Diane Irby, Edwina White, Eirian Chapman, Elke Kramer, Elodie, Emi Ueoka, Emma Leonard, Gemma O’Brien, Georgina Ross, Georgia Perry, Greedy Hen, Hayley O’Connor, Henrietta Harris, I And the Others, Iveta Vaivode, Julie Fordham, Kaethe Butcher, Kaff-eine + Lucy Lucy, Kate Banazi, Katie Johnson, Kelly Thompson, Kelly-Ann Denton, Kirbee Lawler, Laurissa Onato, Lee Grant, Lillian Choo, Linda Linko, Lucinda Wolber, Marcela Bolivar, Maria Rozalia Finna, Maricor Maricar, Martine Johanna, Megan Frauenhoffer, Mel Stringer, Neryl Walker, Nicole Tattersall, Phoebe Johnson, Polina Kniazeva, Rebecca Hayes, Romina Quiros, Satu Maaranen, Seabastion Toast, Stacia Hadiutomo, Tamara Dean, Tamara Voninski, Tiffany Rysdale, Youngwon Kim and Zanzan.
Tiger Shark and Great White by Nicole Tattersall
As part of the CURVY 9 exhibition I've three original pieces on display "Tiger Shark", "Great White" and "Flamingo".
Nicole Tattersall Dangerfork
"Cheetah Flow", "Flamingo" and "Weedy Seadragon"screen prints through Dangerfork by Nicole Tattersall

In addition to the originals there will be one of each of the limited edition screen prints that I've done through Dangerfork available. This is the first time that they've been made available outside of Dangerfork.

If you're interested in attending the launch for Semi-Permanent and CURVY 9 in Sydney at Carriageworks this Thursday please visit the CURVY website for full details.

Let's Do The Time Warp

Rocky Horror Show
One of the world's most loved Rock'nRoll musicals has hit the stage in Melbourne, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show is now playing at the Comedy Theatre.Wrapping up its National tour.

To give you a little background into my relationship with Rocky Horror, I can recall watching it when I may have been about 8 years old and listening to the soundtrack on tape (yes, I'm of that generation), then when I was 13 or so watching this cult classic and being mortified that my parents let me watch it so young, as I had worked out what it was about. However it doesn't stop there... my mum went along to see Rocky Horror at the theater several times in her 20's and the very same fluffy jacket she wore then was the one in our dress-up box. Now several years on I too have been to see it being preformed on stage and well... I loved it! It was everything I expected and more.

If you're not familar with the story line it all starts on one dark and stormy night (as all good stories do), where squeaky clean sweethearts Brad and Janet embark on an adventure they'll never forget, stumbling upon the flamboyant Frank N Furter (Craig McLachlan), the ripped Rocky, a mysterious Riff Raff, the vivacious Magenta and the ultimate show stopping toe tapping gal, Columbia.

Whether you're a fan from way back like myself or you've never seen the show before, get along to the Melbourne Comedy Theatre and experience what this cult classic is all about. Though be prepared to be swept into a time warp where madness, fun and frivolity take control... oh and pleasure!

 Rocky Horror Show plays at Melbourne Comedy Theatre through till 13 July 2014 and tickets are available at

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Drip Animals At ArtBoy Gallery

Last weekend I hung in my latest body of work featuring my drip animals into ArtBoy Gallery in Prahran. These works convey the message that if we don't look after the environment and the creatures that inhabit it, animals such as the Panda, Lesser Panda, Humpback Whale and others may just fade away. Recently the Baji White Dolphin (2006) was declared extinct along with the West African Black Rhinoceros (2006), Saudi Gazelle (2008) and there are many many more that cease to exist on our planet.
Panda Tears by Nicole Tattersall
Panda Tears by Nicole Tattersall
Lesser Panda Vulnerable by Nicole Tattersall
Lesser Panda Vulnerable by Nicole Tattersall
Humpback Whale Tale by Nicole Tattersall
Humpback Whale Tale by Nicole Tattersall
Hanging a new bod of work is a little different to having a solo exhibition, there is no opening and no red dots and the works will be on regular display at ArtBoy Gallery until they find loving new homes. If you're interested in seeing these pieces you had best be quick!

As part of the install of my new works I also painted my much loved Sea Turtle on the panel out the front of ArtBoy Gallery too.



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