Saturday, December 29, 2012

Vintage Aero knitting needles: Note the points!

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Some vintage knitting needles I gave my housemate for Christmas.

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You don't find wording like this on packaging anymore:
'...PRODUCED TO MEET AN INSISTENT DEMAND...' 
'...WILL NOT INJURE THE FINGERS'
'CAN NOT SOIL LIGHT WOOLS'
'NOTE THE POINTS'

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The first year of Fonzie the Corgi

Fonzie is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
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He has remarkable ears - everyone remarks on them.
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Like others corgis, he does the 'chicken legs' ...
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... and has fabulous, 'tocks / floofy pantaloons.
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Apparently he isn't cute enough to get onto Cute Overload. Whisky Tango Foxtrot to that.
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Like other corgis he gets into some strange and amusing sleeping positions ...
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... providing a neverending source of distraction and amusement.
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Which ever way you look at him...
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...he is a charismatic chap.
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FonzieRope
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Street art: hippotamus, Fitzroy

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Fitzroy,October 2012.

Cole's Funny Picture Book Paper Butterflies

I have two framed paper butterflies in a book art show at Hand Held Gallery.
They are made using paper from Cole's Funny Picture Book.
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Summer BAZE
Book Arts and Zine Exhibition
From December 20-24, 2012
&
January 16-23, 2013
@
Suite 18, upstairs
Paramount Arcade
108 Bourke Street
Melbourne, 3000

Entry via Bourke or little Bourke street. Go straight up escalator to top level.

Contact:
(03)9654 4006
Megan at:
littleredfishy@yahoo.com.au

Gallery opening hours:
Tue-Sat 12-5pm

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Belfine Chippendale Santa

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My BF pointed this one out to me from a Priceline catalogue. I'd like to emphasize that the target market for these treats just sees Santa and that ours is a grown up point of view.

Okay.

Notice how the skin of Santa and Rudolph is the same as their coats even though they could easily have been given red coats - as evidenced by the Santa in the middle. It makes them look topless, and therefore odd. My BF suggested Santa looked gay - what with Rudolph looking like he is wearing a leather chest harness and mittens, and Santa wearing braces and cuffs. However the other night I watched a bit of the Amazing Race with a pair of Chippendales which I think is closer to Santa's look. Here is your basis for comparison:

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In conclusion I put forth that the Belfine Belgian chocolate making folk may have been blissfully unaware of these visual similarities
OR
they are a bunch of filthy minded perverts having a laugh because if you can see it you must be filthy too. And now that I've shown you the similarities you're gonna look at polychrome chocolate characters a little differently now aren't you? ;)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Street Art: fox, Fitzroy


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Monday, December 10, 2012

What's that on the roof?!

Walking down Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, young man to young woman
"We've got find out what the fuck is on top of that roof!"
In hindsight I'm not sure if they were approaching that florist with the enormous flower and his sentence ran into a remark of surprise or they actually have a roof with a mystery something on it. At the time I thought the latter and prefer it that way - perhaps it's a hippopotamus eating cake.

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image copyright owned by Hazel Edwards, Deborah Niland

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Street Art: Banksy in Fitzroy

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In Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, October 2012.

Banksy pays homage to Blek Le Rat, the original stencil using street artist with the rat as his icon.

I'm not sure why Banksy's street art is more valued than others, apart from the prices it commands at galleries. I wouldn't say it is better, more sophisticated or particularly original but it is cool and I do like it. Having dabbled in stencil art recently I can confirm  that these monochromatic pieces took little time execute in situ compared with something full coloured or freehand. Matt black auto paint provides coverage very quickly and you only need a brief, feather light spray to crisply capture the shape in your stencil. It's more about the careful preparation of the stencil in the privacy of the studio. The infamy of Banksy seems to be more about the enigmatic quality of an anonymous artist who has succeeded in evading the authorities for a long time - possibly due the brief time it takes to install the art -  rather than the edginess of the art itself.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Street art: complementary balaclavas, Fitzroy


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Fitzroy,October 2012
Sculptural street art near the Fitzroy Nursey. The Free Pussy Riot sticker/flyer was a recent addition at the time of this photo. At the time of posting however, it was gone.