Thursday, December 4, 2014

Personalised Gifts With Officeworks

I like to give gifts at Christmas time that have either a personal or creative touch to them. So when I was asked by Officeworks to create some meaningful gifts using their Kodak Picture Kiosk this festive season I couldn't resist, I just had to say yes.

I created a small range of gifts to put under the Christmas tree using the Kodak Picture Kiosk both in store and online. Both ways were super easy, though I'll be honest I did enjoy doing it in the comfort of my own home with a cup of coffee within reach more so.
In store, using the Kodak Connect App on my phone I printed off some photos for a family member so they can fill their picture frames at home. This particular family member rotates photos on a regular basis. Also whilst in store I picked up some photo frames for them to add to their collection too. Each 4"x6" Kodak quality print is only 10c, and when Officeworks have such a great assortment of frames, what a nice personal gift a framed photo makes for anytime of year.
For one very proud dog owner I couldn't resist but get a 6"x8" Calendar featuring their beloved pooch, as a little something extra. It was only $1.89 to have printed, which really is nothing.  

Ordering online is a little different because you don't get it straight away, but with most items outside of being a normal print you do have to wait a few days until it's either delivered or available for you to pick up in store.
I wanted to create something for an arty friend of mine who walks all over Melbourne. So I asked for one of their designs, which they sent me. I think they think I'm cutting a stencil for them, little do they know it's something I hope they'll find a little more practical. I've placed their design onto an Aluminum Drink Bottle ($29.95), which I'm sure will come in handy over summer when exploring Melbourne.
I also wanted to make something with one of my own artwork designs too. So for one special child this Christmas I've made a Jigsaw Puzzle ($27.95) featuring my Tree Kangaroo illustration I drew a few years ago.

I loved creating these personalised gifts through Officeworks using the Kodak Picture Kiosk. I did have to hold back, it did cross my mind to create a personalised mug for everyone I work with or give everyone in my family an apron with their pet(s) on it. The thing I enjoyed most was that I was not just limited to cheesy family photos; I could make things using my own artwork too.

For inspiration on creative and personalised gift-giving, check out Officeworks ‘How To’ videos or join in the conversation on social media via #creativechristmas

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hints + Tips - Learning Something New

For a longtime I've believed that you can learn something new from everybody you met. Whether it be a greater understanding about a topic you knew very little about, something more life changing such as an idea on how to live, or something completely different.

I've found that more so than ever I'm learning more from other people. Probably due to the fact that I suddenly found myself single, and as a result I've been meeting new and interesting people lately.

So what are some things that I've learned...

There was one guy who only in just a few weeks made me see just how much I was living to work and not working to live. Though he himself doesn't play a massive role in my life I've found that through meeting him that my take on things has changed and that I'm more conscious of wanting to work so I can live. That in it self is a pretty massive thing to acknowledge and do something about.
If you haven't heard the saying you're probably wondering what I'm talking about. In short it's an idea around a work life balance that fits around your lifestyle.

This one might sound odd, but learning to smile. I met a lovely young lady whose smile is infectious. As a result she oozes fun and confidence. I only got to meet her once but since that chance meeting I've most certainly been more aware of the power of simply smiling. Seriously try it. Make an effort to smile during an entire day and you'll notice the difference not just in yourself but how people interact with you.

More recently there was a guy who only after meeting with a few times has inspired me to be more human with my writing. This I've found isn't just about my blog but also in my work. I feel that I've been inspired by him to be more a story teller than a fact giver. Without his influence I doubt I would of ever of written this post. I'm seeing the results and I'm noticing a positive difference both personally and professionally.

Whilst each person I've met has been under different circumstances, there is no denying that I've not learned something from each that has improved my way of life and how I live each day.

Another way of looking at it is as if each person were a blog you were flicking through for the first time, there has to be at least one article (in most cases, but not all) that you learn something from, just that meeting a person allows you to engage with them in a real life and not online. So get out there, meet people and learn something new, and who knows maybe you might teach someone something too.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Painted Surfboard Fins Up For Auction

Last Saturday I went for a surf with the lovely Jean and Tim down at Torquay. After being in the water for a good two hours or so, something happened that kind of put an end to my time in the water for the day.

I took off on a relatively small wave in the shore break on my surfboard (shaped by Scott at Outereef and painted by Guz, the chick with the gun) and made a turn around Tim, who was in the water with a camera. Well... as I made my turn, supposedly the look on my face said it all. As I felt my board run over some rocks the look on my face had changed from happy to concerned, or so I've been told. I knew I had done one of three things, either guttered the bottom out, ripped out a fin or two or three, or just scratched the fins. I was hoping for the latter. Though this was not the case. I had successfully ripped out the middle fin, causing damage to the fin and board. This was the end of the surfing session for the day.
Fast forward a few days... it dawned on me that why not turn this negative into a positive. So I've painted the fin set that was in the surfboard at the time (including the broken one) and am auctioning them off on eBay.The funds raised will go towards repairing the surfboard, replacing the fins and anything left over will be donated to Fin Free Melbourne, a cause I'm passionate about.
Fin Free Melbourne create awareness and advocate towards creating a shark fin free Melbourne.

All three fins are now available to be bid on; Great White (the fin that broke), Flamingo and Sea Turtle. All three auctions are due to close Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Introducing 3...

With Christmas just around the corner there is also Kris Kringle's being organised in workplaces around the world. I know the pain all to well of drawing the name of the head of Human Resources who I knew nothing about, as they were a closed book.

Though just because you know very little about them that's no reason to give them something dull. Here are some ideas for gifts for those who you know and don't know so well when it comes to Kris Kringle...

Robbin from Animi Causa
Personlised Playing Cards from Officeworks
Spanish Hot Chocolate and Mug from San Churro

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Leaving ArtBoy Gallery

After much thought and umminng and ahhing I had a chat with ArtBoy Gallery in regards to the direction of where I'm wanting to take my artwork and what I want to be doing as an artist. The outcome of this chat was that I'll no longer be stocked through ArtBoy Gallery.

I'm very grateful for all the support that I've received from ArtBoy Gallery over the years and it's been an absolute pleasure to exhibit and work with them.  

I may return back to ArtBoy Gallery in the future, though for now I'm looking forward to just painting because I want to, without the pressure of exhibiting and selling works.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

San Churro, Is Making Way For Its Next Generation Store

The purveyors of Spanish chocolate, San Churro, is making way for its next generation store with a brand new one on Brunswick street, Fitzroy. I was treated to an invite to go along to be one of the first to see it earlier this month!

To celebrate its launch there was a one night event where we were treated live music, complimentary beer, wine and sangria (of coarse), delicious canapés, along with a bevy of other Spanish delights including the much loved churros.  

The new store is much larger than the original store in Fitzroy, there are spaces to huddle around with friends to catch up on all the latest news over cups of Spanish hot chocolate, areas to sit outside to watch the world go by and spaces to enjoy a quite moment indulging chocolate treats.

It was a wonderful night, and me and my guest thought we could finish off a towering plate of delicious churros, yet our eyes were most certainly bigger than our stomachs.

If you're in the Fitzroy area I recommended popping in and checking out the new San Churro store, they really have taken things up a notch without compromising the pleasure one gets when enjoying one of the many Spanish chocolate treats from the menu

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Red Bull Flying Bach Is Back In Melbourne

Red Bull Flying Bach
Following sell-out shows in 2013, Red Bull Flying Bach returns to Melbourne as part of a national tour. Having of seen Red Bull Flying Bach in 2013 I can assure that it is something very unique. In the most magnificent way it introduces classical music to the street scene, whilst also introducing to the fans of high art to the the best in urban dance.

Red Bull Flying Bach shatters the boundaries between classical and urban art forms, fusing the elegant masterpieces of visionary 18th century composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, with the unrestricted and explosive dance style of four times world champion breakdance crew, Flying Steps.

As piano, harpsichord and electronic beats are compounded with head spins, power moves, freezes and ballet steps, a storyline that revives and visualises Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier is created, providing art in motion that delivers an unforgettable experience for the audience.

“Red Bull Flying Bach really offers something unique – it introduces classical music to the street scene, but also allows high art fans to experience the best in urban dance.” explains Vartan Bassil, choreographer and mastermind behind Red Bull Flying Bach.

“The sharpness, freshness and coolness of Bach’s preludes and fugues work faultlessly with the dance style of the Flying Steps. When this type of breakdance comes together with the sound of piano and harpsichord, the incredible masterpieces of Bach are brought to life and made relevant for a modern audience.” says Christoph Hagel, Artistic Director, Red Bull Flying Bach.

Red Bull Flying Bach
Where: State Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
When: 2 - 4 October 2014, 8.00pm
Duration: 70 mins (no interval)
Tickets: All Tickets $69.90 *Booking fees may apply

A little something for you:

Red Bull have kindly offered me the opportunity to bring along one lucky reader and their guest with me when I go see Red Bull Flying Bach at the State Theatre on Thursday 2 October 2014 at 8pm.
To be in the running to win:
1. Comment on this post telling: If you had wings and could fly, where would be the first place you'd fly to and why?

The competition will run until the 29th of September, 2014, 5pm AEST. The winner will be announced on the 30th of September, 2014.

Whoever leaves the most creative comment will be declared the winner and contacted via email, so make sure you link to a place where I can easily find your email or leave your email address so I can contact you.

Open to all readers within Australia.You must be able to attend the event. Costs associated with getting to and from the event are not included.

- Now Closed - 

Congratulations to Alex!  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Introducing 3...

At the moment I'm doing a bit of clean out of stuff and I'm finding the feeling of freedom after letting go and the selling of unwanted items or items that no longer have a real use in the house so rewarding.

Here are three of the items I'm currently selling on Gum Tree that you might just be interested in...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dripped - Homage To Jackson Pollock

Dripped is a short film by Léo Verrier and produced by Chez Eddy, that pays tribute to famed artist Jackson Pollock. This short animated film takes you to New York in the 1950s as Jackson Pollock sets out to find his creative voice.

Through the jazzy music, muddy tones and colours Pollock tries to see how he fits in with the well known greats, such as Picasso, in a most unconventional manner. His actions are more fitting to that of an art thief with an appetite for art that is almost literal.

I don't want to ruin the end for you, but the film does lead you the moment where Pollock discovers his characteristic, colourful style, that we've come to know and see today. What a glorious moment it is to.

Dripped is both clever and beautiful, it's an ode to inspiration and innovation within the contemporary art world. 



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