17 March 2010

 Old books .
I admit our family have a large collection 
of books. ...many of which I find on sale or
in secondhand / thrift shops.
I especially appreciate the fine artistry and attention to detail
in bookbinding techniques
of this era.



But the finding of this book has a story to tell .

Being a Shackleton enthusiast,
I could not believe my luck one day when I
was wandering the aisles of Reverse Truck Garbage
 here in Ringwood. 
Perusing the scraps of timber piled up in a dark corner
I noticed an old book laying on top of the pile.
Out of interest , I picked it up, curious as to what it was.
To my surprise, I had stumbled across the popular edition
of Shackletons' account of his first trans-antarctic expedition.
Dated very early 1900's and with lots of black and white photos.
Complete with a map, outlining the route
his crew took.....I bought this book for $1!


Another Shackleton book I have is the
Aurora Australis,
which was the first book to be printed in the antarctic.
During the dark months spent in the south,
Shackletons crew needed to occupy themselves,
so compiled this wonderful book, printed in cramped conditions
in sub zero temperatures this was no mean feat....



On close inspection one can observe the obvious variations
in printing caused by the unreliable conditions effecting
the inks on the printing press. Adds such alot of character
                                     to the pages featuring  George Marstons beautiful illustrations.

Just some of my books that I love to read.

9 March 2010



 It's cold outside so I've been going on
 a photo spree today.
White and cream crockery.
Just some of the things I look out for 
when shopping at charity stores.
I once found a small jar full of white buttons of all shapes
and sizes, and when asking the lady behind the counter if
I could buy the entire jar, she looked at me as if I were odd.
I didn't reveal to her how fine they look as decoration.
I'm still looking for
vintage buttons...
and of course, cream porcelain to display the collection on.
I added a couple of Ishka swing tags ,
i rather like the designs on certain retail store tags-
they are works of art in their own right.
Even my daughters little plastic white cat sneaked
in the display somehow!

Time to light a candle indoors.
The flame brings spirit into the home,
while I sit and have a morning tea break in 
my cosy corner.......
then it's time to take more photos.


Mrs Tiggywinkle sits on my mantelpiece with a wooden
jigsaw puzzle dated 1979. Mrs Tiggywinkle is handmade by
myself and I have made a few other characters from the
Tales of Beatrix Potter....
she is one of my favorite children's book
Her main achievemnet I believe is 
The Tailor Of Gloucester.


Such a cold autumn day out today,
took some quick photos from the backyard
of our majestic gum tree, and then it was back inside....
my clothes damp from the rain but enjoying it just the same.

4 March 2010

'My Home' in autumn

First days of autumn here in Melbourne.
The light is beginning to change from the harsh and bright
of summer
to the golden and soft of autumn.
It is a wonderful time of year.
And I've been busy as ever, creating art for friends and family.
Today I have posted just one of my artworks,
a request from a friend to 'colorize' a simple black and white
copy of australian artist Thea Proctor's - The Rose', which featured as
a cover design for 'The Home' magazine circa 1920.
It was delightful to bring this dull black and white copy to life
with color, and Mr Napper was thrilled with the results.