It's a marvelous collection with most of his best known works but also some pieces I hadn't seen before including his portraits. They way he captured the Australian landscape, his use of colour and perspective is breathtaking.
I was also hoping to see 'Unexpected Pleasures - the art and design of contemporary jewellry' at the National Gallery but, unfortunately, it was closed on the day we were there. I did have a quick look at the catalogue and I think it will be really interesting, hopefully I'll get back down to Melbourne before it closes.
Having sold a few pieces I also splurged on some supplies this month including a set of bone beads from etsyan TheRavenAndPearl which were even more wonderful in person than in the photos. They were also beautifully wrapped. I firmly believe that wrapping is a hugely important part of of a the buying experience. As the prologue, it sets the scene and can influence how someone responds to an item - positively or negatively. Receiving a beautifully wrapped item can make up up for some of the disadvantages we face as online sellers including the delayed gratification between purchasing and receiving. Most of the things I buy from etsy are beautifully wrapped.
I, like lots of sellers, do try and use as much recycled packaging as possible when I ship.
The map envelope is made from pages from an old Atlas (my daughter's idea). I use incomplete sewing patterns for wrapping and strips cut from old headscarves as ribbons. I'm also always on the lookout for boxes or little baskets in charity/thrift stores. I confess I do use bubblewrap (but I do try and reuse the stuff that other people have sent me).
I also splashed out on a journal. Whilst I've got a little leather bound one that I keep in my bag, I wanted something a bit more substantial.
This came from etsyan AriomDesigns, it's almost 12 inches tall so a bit too big to carry around with me but perfect for home.
I have to say though that my finished pieces almost never turn out like the sketch!
On the making side, I'm still very much in tribal mode although this week I am going to set myself the task of making some pieces with a more bohemian/gyspy feel.
With this stack I wanted to create an authentic colour scheme. I find it so hard to photograph bangles. They always seem to collapse in a heap as the shutter clicks. They are heaps of fun to make though.
'Til next time.