Friday, October 11, 2013

Asia-wide fame for Marcel!

I finally got my hands on a copy of Cat People magazine and it is stunning! I recommend you get yourself a copy if you haven't already. You can buy them online here, and brothers and sisters in Asia, I believe they are heading to bookstores around Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and MORE. Europe, I believe you're next.

Artwork originally shown as part of the collaboration with fellow crazy cat lady Tai Snaith - 'Why I Eyes Ya', 2012

I am obviously very excited to have my work shown in this beautiful publication, but I have to say, the real pride is seeing my little friend Marcel featured in the contributors page – it's true. I have incurable cat love. Well done to Jessica and Gavin for putting together such a beautiful publication, as well as all the other contributors involved. I look forward to seeing the next one!

For those of you who are keen to get your hands on some original cat-art material, head over to my website where you can buy kitties online at the click of your finger. It's THAT easy. Don't forget I have free shipping to Japanese friends for the month of October. Any queries about shipping, please drop me a line.


Monday, October 7, 2013

The Key of Sea Journal has arrived!

After many months of planning and hard work, the Key of Sea Journal has arrived! This beautiful project showcases artwork, writing and musings from the creative people of Australia, many of which are asylum seekers or refugees. Massive props to the KOS Journal team who worked tirelessly to gather stories and artworks from those who have been living and working in Australia for many moons, as well as those people who have newly arrived in Australia, and have had first hand experience of our refugee policy, detention centres and persecution in the country of their origin. 

untitled work by lucy james for the Key of Sea Journal

Those wanting to grab a copy can head to the Key of Sea Journal page, or get in touch with Romani with the details below.

Romani Benjamin
cheques/money orders need to be made out to The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Inc
$25 KOS Journal
$35 KOS Vol 2 CD plus Journal
$5 postage

Proceeds of the sale of the Journal will be distributed among the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and the Sudanese Australia Integrated Learning Program. 

More information can be found here. This collaboration has been a sobering reminder that we all have a fundamental right to have a roof over our heads, food in our bellies and to feel safe in our homes. I hope that as we make these small steps, more Australians will begin to understand that we have more than enough to go around, and that seeking asylum is not a crime. 

Big thank you to the Key of Sea gang for having me involved, and for Rachel in particular, who linked me with Raj, a Tamil detainee who wrote one of the poems featured in the journal, to which I responded with an accompanying artwork. Raj's poem was written for his roommate at Christmas Island, to give him hope. His positivity is infectious.

Happy Monday to you all – aren't we just so lucky? 



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