Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Slow & Steady

Hello there.
My first entry for 2013 & it's already March. Woops!
It feels like the more I deliberately try to slow down the faster time flies.
I can feel the cool change of Autumn coming & I have to admit this change of season has brought with it a new wave of sadness for me to work through as I'm reminded of this time in previous years and feel deeply nostalgic for what I no longer have.

This has been a recurring challenge for me over the past year but I'm trying to focus on the positive things that have come about as a result. Like all the good little coping mechanisms I've learned to replace previously destructive ones. Now I breathe deeply, make art, go running, surround myself with positive relationships, but most importantly I think I am cultivating a kinder relationship with myself.
I'm much less in my head and perhaps that's why these posts aren't as frequent: more living in the moment and less reflecting and analysing!

I thought I should share my creative news though. Admittedly it's intentionally belated (sorry!)...

I have started another Renew Newcastle project: a little studio space for me to create in.
The opening was last week and I didn't promote it because to be honest I wasn't sure if the paint on the walls would be dry or that I would be in any way ready, and besides, the point of it is to just dabble away without ambition or too much attention! I'm actually really excited about this even though I'm keeping it low-key as for me it signifies finally finding a happy balance between full time work and my creative practice.

You can read about my new studio / art practice a little more here if you like.
I will try to keep posting some pics of the studio and new work as it arrives.
To be honest, I'm not really sure why I keep this blog. But I really appreciate when others share their creative journeys with me, in both art and life. I guess it feels more meaningful to share these things with each other.


Photo: Me feeling relieved that everything came together in time for the opening.
(Courtesy of Zen Harris from the
New Adventures Walking Tour)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Kind of drifting


I just wanted to share the happy news that I’m creating again.

These are images of some works in progress. As you can see my work has taken an abstract, indefinite form for now which I guess is an accurate depiction of my current life. I feel like I'm wafting around a bit aimlessly, breaking connections, forming others.   xx



Saturday, April 7, 2012

Creating & Connecting

Hello blog, it’s been a while.

Where to begin? I’ve finally managed to sort through the jumbled mess in my head (the artwork above, which I've been working on sporadically for the past few months, speaks for itself!).
And now I've made some significant decisions.
Changes in circumstances tend to catalyse more changes, I guess.

Firstly, Little Papercup the shop is no more.

I know. I knew it was ultimately a temporary thing, but I hadn’t expected that part of my life to end quite so quickly. It was a difficult decision to make, but inevitably I felt it was time to make room for something else.

I’m really excited about the possibilities.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

love of process...

I'm working on a new commission at the moment and as usual I've been taking pics as I go.
It's just occurred to me that I often love the works in progress more than the finished product.

As I am creating each new mark sparks off a million different possibilities, different trajectories that the artwork could take, or that a new artwork could be and I find that really inspiring.
Art imitating life I guess? Or just a lovely reminder to enjoy the journey and not focus too much on the destination.

It's nice to be reminded of this at the moment because my life is very busy.
I'm juggling the new shop, commissions, market stalls, two day jobs AND this week I became an Aunty! I feel like my creativity is often compromised by my physical limitations (sleep = time waster but absolute necessity!).

My lifestyle is tiring at the moment but I remind myself each day that I am doing worthy work; choosing to live my values as best I can. It's about finding an authentic path, rather than the easy path!

Actually, I suspect that there may not be an easy path if you're creative because to deny your creativity would be truly depressing, but then to pursue it wholeheartedly can seem rather inconvenient at times.

Oh but then I believe everyone is creative! So perhaps that is just the human condition? We're each trying to reckon with the facts of existence; with the frustration of being limited by time and our physical capabilities. Still, I keep falling in love with what is possible, rather than what is probable...xx

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My new little shop...Little Papercup

Somewhere in the madness of the past month I've managed to forget to update my blog and let you all know that I've opened a shop!!!

Introducing Little Papercup: A shop / studio space in the heart of Newcastle dedicated to art, illustration and paper goods from independent artists and designers. Yay!

Above: the somewhat chaotic studio space behind the counter (where all the magic happens of course)

Above: Our Art Wall where we plan to display some lovely arty exhibitions

Little Papercup is a Renew Newcastle project space, something I got my act together and applied for earlier this year (then just crossed my fingers and carried on). Originally I was just gonna venture out on my own and play shop for one, but two months ago one of my dearest friends, Fran Crane decided to move back from Melbourne (haha, Newcastle - One, Melbourne - Zero) so it just made sense for us to join forces.

We're also joined by Magical Realist Printmaker Robyn McPherson (as seen printing some gorgeous Little Papercup paper bags for our customers below):

Little Papercup is also a space where you can have a creative dabble yourself! We have a big work table set up for our visitors with crafty supplies so you can decorate your own greeting cards and gift wrap or just doodle on our oversized chalkboard wall. We also picked up THE COMFIEST couch for our Book Nook which is currently mostly inhabited by my very pregnant sister.

So...that's me for now. Currently working on a couple of commissions and juggling the book keeping with plenty of cups of coffee and visits from friends. It's a pretty good life...xx

Visit the shop:
Shop 18/19 Market Square

(up the escalator opposite Rivers)
Hunter St Mall, Newcastle CBD

Opening Hours:
Tues - Fri 11am - 5pm
Sat 10am - 2pm

We are also still trading at the Farmers Market whenever it's on (most Sundays)
& at The Olive Tree Market on the first saturday of the month

Follow us on Facebook here

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Busy busy...

Next week is looking to be a busy one with the Look Hear 2011 Seminars kicking off on Wednesday Night at the Newcastle Regional Gallery. The correlating group show Look See opens on Friday night (including some work from me, yay!).

And our Little Papercup stall will be operating for the first time at the lovely Olive Tree Market on saturday 9am - 3pm.

Keep an eye out over this next week too as I have some very exciting news that I'll be sharing...

x Jo