Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hints + Tips - Master Your Workspace

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I'll be honest my office space and I have an on again off again kind of relationship. There will be days on end where I'm not far from my desk and then I will not visit it for a while. During my time away from my desk the piles of paper just keep getting bigger and bigger, then I'll bite the bullet clean it all up and we're back working together again.

I do have a few work spaces around the house:
  • I've a space outside where I paint
  • A space inside where I cut stencils and do a bit of painting too
  • Then there is my office where I study, file stuff, do design work, get a bit arty, blog, work from home and do other things that aren't all that exciting to share
Recently I was approached by Officeworks to help me Master My Workspace - of coarse I said yes. So armed with some gift cards I embarked on a shopping mission to purchase some goodies to improve my office space.
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It wasn't just new goodies I was looking for, I was also looking for some ways in which to give my workspace a bit of a lift and make it not just functional but more suited to how I like to work in the space and my style.

Here are some of the things I did to give my workspace a fresh new look:
  • I took everything off the desk, filing cabinet and bookcase and gave the surfaces a good wipe down. 
  • Added some plants to the space to give some life and greenery. 
  •  Bought some new artwork to hang on the wall. If you cant afford an original piece Officeworks has some canvas prints and wall art that may just be the thing. 
  • Placed odds and sods that looked messy on the bookcase shelf into black fabric covered boxes. 
  • Sorted out my pencils, pens and markers. I simply had way to may in the container on my desk, they were spilling out everywhere.
  • A portable speaker in which to play music from my phone through and a mobile phone stand. This stand came from Korea but Officeworks has a selection to choose from - I almost bought another one whilst I was in the store.
What did I buy from Officeworks to add to the space:
  • Paint brushes by J.Burrows - as an artist I love having paint brushes on hand. I really like using these brushes when using watercolour. 
  • Comsol cable to connect my laptop to a second screen. This is incredibly handy when studying and reading journal articles online and researching.
  • Black wire document trays. Yes, I've a thing for black accessories in the office space, black accessories gives the space depth and adds a bit of drama without being too in your face. These I've earmarked for things to be dealt with, filed and passed on.
  • A wooden picture frame that I've used to frame a piece of wrapping paper featuring vintage style illustrations of rabbits, I just adore it. 
  • A nice big clock, why? Yes, I know there is a clock on my computer screen and on my phone, but there is something about not just keeping track of time but the tick toc sound that a clock makes that I'm a fan of.
  • J.Burrows display folders, which I'm now using to present my design and art portfolios in.
Since tidying up my office space I've been at my desk nearly every day either blogging, studying or catching up emails.  When ever I walk past it I get a little bit giddy at just how much more pleasant looking it is than before. 
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Introducing 3...

Photo by Yvonne B
Some mates of mine have been doing some awesome stuff lately which you may just be interested in checking out or helping support...

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Art Catalogue

My August 2014 Art Catalogue is now up online ready to view. It features works from some recent exhibitions and some older pieces you may not of seen in awhile. Should you be interested in purchasing any of the artworks from my August 2014 Art Catalogue or if you are a gallery interested in stocking my work, feel free to email me.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Fold Pot Grows With Your Plants

Not sure about you but I know I have a stack of small pots that were once homes to plants that have since been re-planted into bigger pots. Which might be why I love the idea of the Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere.

The Fold Pot is a silicone rubber pot, with sides that can be folded up or down to increase or decrease the capacity of the pot. As the plant grows and starts to look too big for the pot, simply unfold the edges and add more soil, then it’s good to go all over again. The pot can be used both indoors or outdoors and comes in sets of three or six pots.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Giveaway: Artwork

 
Up for grabs is one of my paintings. To be in the running to win "Blended Deer", an original artwork, all you need to do is regram the above image on Instagram and tag @nictatt and #nicoletattersall. You do have to be an Australian resident and you've until Sunday 10 August 2014 to enter. The winner will be announced on Monday 11 August 2014 on Instagram and my blog www.nicoletattersall.com.

You can view the original post on Instagram at www.instagram.com/p/rCLXhxySNc.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cat Stuff

Little Man by Laura McKellar
Little Man by Laura McKellar
Able and Game Alice Oehr, Beci Orpin, Camilla Rogers, Cat-Rabbit, Claws, Elena King, Eileen Braybrook, Elise Wilken, Georgia Perry, Gemma Patford Legge, Gemma Flack, Jeremy Piert, Kirsten Perry, Kitiya Palakas, Laura McKellar, Megan McNil, Michelle Mackintosh, Ry Wilkin and Witu all have something in common - their love of cats!

They are all part of Cat Stuff, a pop-up exhibition and market. Just as the name suggests it's all things cats, there will be artworks and objects of cats and for cats. A great chance to get your paws on something any kitty would love! 

Cat Stuff
Where: 5/29 Tinning St, Brunswick. Victoria, Australia (Enter Via Ilhan Lane)
When: Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 August, 11 am - 5pm

Monday, July 28, 2014

Every Day Is Day One


A new video featuring some of surfings top surfers including Kelly Slater (USA), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mitch Crews (AUS), and Johanne Defay (FRA), in moments that are rarely revealed. It sheds some insight into what they go through before a heat, after defeat, and whilst waiting for a set as the contest clock is ticking. These clips are shown along with glimpses of those learning to surf, being inspired to shape surfboards, and taking their first steps towards surfing.

The video is part of Samsung Mobile's campaign to celebrate surfing together and that in the water, every day is day one, Samsung Mobile are the the first global partner of the ASP.

Though surfing may or may not be your thing, there is certainly something to be said for sports psychology and ideas being applied to other aspects of life, even those that are creative. Think about it, though you may of had a poor performance day, tomorrow is day one, just like yesterday was. When you look at it the other way too, you may have nailed it today but tomorrow, well... it's a brand new day.

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
Website: www.drawingbookacademy.edu.au
Event Brite: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/drawing-motivation-tickets-12314355569?aff=es2&rank=1

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

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.

Spirited
Where: Japanese Himeji Gardens Adelaide
When: Saturday 26th July, 10am-5pm
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/630025543760023

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