Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Autumn light.

Snippets from a couple of lazy, sunny, holiday afternoons. Osc went back to school today (very happily) and Nora to preschool (with some tears, which just breaks my heart every time).

Also – Iris and Nora feature in this video for a very, very worthwhile indiegogo campaign.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pattern Play

Inspired by Evie Barrow (I love her pattern play posts) – I've started making some repeat pattern designs. Feels good to be using some old dormant skills and learning some new ones at the same time. The above lovely messes were based on a black ink 10 in 10 sketch I'd created awhile back (in the blurry noticeboard shot above), transformed in illustrator.

I have a big love for all things textile and textile designs (just look at my pinterest), and I have always loved patterns. I'm seeing possibilities everywhere, which is exciting. There is so much more to learn and I'm itching to get on with it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Springtime in Paris.

So. I'm just back from ten days in Paris. Yep, a crazy impromptu trip, sans children, that I wouldn't have made if it weren't for the encouragement of Rodge. I got to travel with my mum and catch up with my sis, Tess, who has been living there (and hear her speak french, which I think is super cool). This was the first time overseas in five years. First time more than an hours drive away from my kids for a substantial period of time. It was a VERY BIG deal. Because it was a very big deal - here are about an hundred happy snaps.

1. I woke up super early the first morning and took a stroll around the freezing, almost deserted streets. This is Rue de Bearn looking towards Place des Vosges. 
2. The back of Tesse's head (she walks faster than me, always has) wandering through Jardin de Tuileries.
3. Fell completely in love with all the little white daisies popping up through the grass.
4. Sunshine. Jardin de Tuileries.
5. Egalité. Tess wandering the backstreets of Le Marais arrondissement.
6. Pink forget-me-nots! Who knew such things existed? Giverney.
7 - 10. Exploring Monet's garden. I've always wanted to go. So many bulbs - so unlike anything, ever in Sydney. (That's my mum wandering through the azaleas).
11. Haberdashery heaven.
12. Gorgeous carved pebbles in Musée Picasso. I also loved his torn collage bits.
13. Afternoon tea at Mariage Frères.
14. Blossom in Jardin de Anne Frank.
15. Centre Georges Pompidou. Paul Klee. Love.
16. Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen.
17 - 18. Tess taking photos on la Promenade Plantée and blossom view from the promenade.
19. Palais Garnier.
20 - 21. Last day in Paris - enjoying the sunlight in Jardin du Luxembourg.

Highlights not pictured –
Palais de Tokyo. Loved it. Especially the current exhibition called Double Je, which was a collaboration between a vast number of artists and artisans to recreate studio spaces as though they were involved in part of a crime novel or murder mystery. Beautiful, dark and fun. (I instagrammed this).

Every other little Jardin we wandered across, often filled with blossoms or bulbs in flower, sometimes sculptures or art. Some had vineyards or orangeries. Walking or sitting on the grass seemed generally forbidden, then one sunny Sunday we wandered out from a metro trip to discover every square inch of grass covered with people soaking up the warmth. Also the Parisian play equipment seemed cooler than our daggy primary coloured Aussie stuff. And most Jardins/parks seemed to have market gardens/veggie patches within them.

Food. Tess made sure we didn't have a bad meal while we were there. Highlights included Ethiopian at Godjo, modern French fusion at Le Petit Marché and Poulette, bento boxes at Juji-ya that included mashed potato and green beans, falafel at Pitzman, the best seaweed salad I've ever had at Sanukiya, Hanks Vegan Burgers and my first ever vegan buffet at Soya. Whew! We certainly ate seriously well.

Riding the Metro. Every station was different - different fonts and chairs and mosaics and ads.