Monthly Archives: March 2011

Lunch with the Grandparents

I have to apologise for not posting for a few days. I’ve been thinking about the design and layout of the blog and couldn’t post anything until I changed it. meanwhile I will probably change it 500 times before the end of the year BUT hopefully not. I’m happy with it for the moment. Let me know what you think about it!?

So a few days ago, on the weekend, we had lunch at the grandparents which is always a food filled affair, leaving you bulging at the waistline. Being cypriots thats what you would expect from them. But it is funny being half greek cypriot and half australian, and observing how the two families get along. and amazingly they get on very well! And its also entertaining to watch the misinterpretations and language barrier problems.Honestly its a sitcom waiting to happen.

Looking at the photo i’m just realising how much colour there is in my grandparents house. I never really thought about the colourful, conglomeration of objects hanging everywhere, only that they were kitsch. damn, those photos are making me hungry.

BIRD MAN

Today was an intensely boring day at uni until I came across bird man! It was hot, and uni is really not fun so bad moods were in the air. Then as I was dragging myself to the train station to come home I saw an old man feeding the birds around the pond in the park at uni. There were so many surrounding his feet it was unbelievable. It looked like they  were eating him (they probably would have). Now its lucky I had my camera over my shoulder at the ready because a little kid just ran at the birds as I was aiming and I got a great shot of them flying away. Thanks bird man and little brat for giving me at least one good photo out of 24! (the other shots are just around uni)

YELLOW MANIKINS


When you are wearing shades of grey, big black shoes and fur everywhere I think you need something to lift it out of the depths of dreariness…. Cue yellow manikins.
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CUSTOMS HOUSE

I am very confused at the moment about life. About where i’m going and what i’m doing and everything thats happening to me. 2011 is definately turning out to be a year of despair and destruction. And i’m not just talking about myself. There has been natural disasters one after the other; The Queensland floods and huricane, bush fires in various parts of Australia and of course the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. My thoughts go out to all involved and think its a good idea for you to all donate.

But life goes on, even though it seems it never will and sometimes it just isn’t the same again but you have to keep going. Time waits for no one. And my trusty pen and paper always seem to be here. I seem to find the greatest comfort in historic and heritage buildings. The details and decoration are always enjoyable to sketch. (So much better than boring modernism IN MY OPINION). I sketched customs house today in Sydney. The interior is so modern its scary. I really liked the variety of lights they used. Take note, the old looking chandelier light is actually made of bright red plastic! 😮

SIGNE CHANEL

Signe Chanel is a documentary of the process of creation of a haute couture collection for Chanel. I’ve watched it twice and find the whole process facinating. I love all the characters and the workmanship and Karl Lagerfeld‘s sketches, and how the small drawings he creates with pen and pastels become a collection of real life clothing. (Above is my own little Chanel inspired sketch with some experimentation with the few pastels I own).

I’ve pieced together two sketches from the film (the camera glances over them quickly so heres a better look!). Lagerfeld’s fashion illustrations are are so french and tres chic.

One thing I love about the film is that it shows all the people working on the clothing, and all of them are real crafters from the Chanel Seamstresses, to the shoe makers to the braid maker. And all within the vicinity of Paris!

Its a very enjoyable documentary and gives a little insight into what really goes on behind the scenes of a major fashion label like Chanel. The Documentary is in 5 episodes which are all broken up into 10 minute videos on youtube so you can watch the whole series on there! Start from Episode 1 Part 1 HERE and work your way on from there! Enjoy!

Write me a letter

Its raining today which is nice. I’m so glad the weather is cooling down because I can’t stand sweaty, hot days. I’ve been sketching with my quill and ink (which is fast running out!). I have some gold ink which I’ve been desperately wanting to experiment with but not sure what to draw with it?

This building was actually the local post office when I was younger. However today it is a vintage shop, and barely recognisable from what it used to be. Its not a very good vintage shop either which is disappointing because the interior is fantastic. maybe a sketch of the interior is where I can use my gold ink…

Photo Therapy


Well I went and took some photos as I said I would and feel it helped me a bit. good to take my mind off things. It was so foggy today it was unbelievable. You couldn’t see 2 metres in front of you, but it cleared up in the afternoon. Up in the Blue Mountains its so great. It’s like an art deco fantasy. So many vintage shops, cafe’s and parks. I just meandered today, no browsing just photo taking.

Melbourne Sketches

Not feeling so great right now. Just decided to post a few sketches that I did in melbourne last year. Just walking around the streets and sketching, adding notes and little thoughts that came to my head while doing so. Thinking I’ll take out my camera this arvo and capture some pictures. Haven’t done any photo taking in a while and need something therapeutic to take my mind of things.