Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The search for a few pages from Bigfoot Bradley

Here's a couple of pages from The Search for Bigfoot Bradley, both because I just like them and also as a blatant piece of self promotion to encourage people to come down to Westgarth Books, 77 High Street Northcote on Saturday 2nd July at 12.00pm. I'll be reading, having a scribble and, of course, happily signing. Hope to see you there!


From May 1st to 5th I was honoured to take part as a speaker in agideas, the international design week. The staff and volunteers were terrific, calm, professional and enthusiastic. A great help if you're about to speak to a few thousand people. In fact, by the time it came to head out on stage, I was so at ease that time slipped away and I settled in for a much longer chat than time allowed.

Some highlights: the inaugural Next program workshop, where primary school students from around Victoria were encouraged to design things to make their lives better; Per Mollerup's concise (as simple as possible but no more) and hilariously entertaining presentation, Stephen Dupont's passion and commitment to documenting important moments in history, and the audible gasp in the room when fellow illustrator Stuart McLachlan presented his intricate and often epic in scale paper sculpture artworks.

There's many, many more moments that informed and inspired, and I'll write a bit more about it in an upcoming issue of Illustrators Australia Outline Magazine. I'm grateful to have been a part of it and special thanks to Eleni Kaponis from agideas and volunteer Caitlin Heimeier for shepherding me through.

Pictured above: a big, empty, not at all scary room at rehearsal the night before speaking.

Eco-nomical Parties!

Just did this piece for Child Magazine on creating ideas and gifts for kids parties that are both better for the environment and easier on the pocket by recycling the stuff in the back of the linen cupboard, or even grown in the garden. Did my bit by recycling some old fabric patterns and newspapers.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sunflower Bookshop Launch

The Search for Bigfoot Bradley was Launched last Sunday, (17th May) at Sunflower Bookshop and was a huge success. A stack or more of people turned up and helped give Bradley a great start in life.

It couldn't have happened without the lovely people at Sunflower Bookshop in Elsternwick, especially Deidre and Fay, who decorated the store with giant footprints (beneath which lay a few special prize tickets, including books and a couple of original bradley paintings) and chose some rollicking, foot stomping music to set the scene.

Many, many thanks to the parents, kids, friends and everyone who came along, had some fun and, yes, bought a book!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Boy and The Crocodile

The good people at Affirm Press are currently producing a children's book that will change the lives of vulnerable kids in East Timor. Publisher Martin Hughes risked the ire of airport check in staff to deliver paint and art supplies to the kids of the Familia Hope Orphanage, who will illustrate the story of The Boy and His Crocodile, the legend of East Timor.

The book follows Affirm Press commitment to influence by delight and raise awareness about underprivileged kids. It will be published in November with all proceeds going to the orphanage and until July 2011 you can pre purchase the book for just $10.00. If you'd like to check out the story of this wonderful initiative, pop over to their website by clicking the link above.