Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New website, NOW LIVE!

Good morning all!

What a beautiful Autumn day to announce the launch of my new website! It's been a while in the works, and while it will always be a work in progress, I am thrilled to share it with you all here.

My email and web address are still the same, however, it is with a slight hint of melancholy that I will be phasing out The Warming Room – I know, it's the end of an era! The new site will now have it's own news page, and you can check out all happenings there from here on in. For those of you who enjoy a good old fashioned 'trawl' - I will be keeping this blog account online for some good ole-fashioned archived arty goodness.

Of course, hats off to my mates Richard and Paul who helped me to bring it all together in one neat little power pack (as well as putting up with a cacophony of sweary emails from me over the last month or two – IT is not my thing).

Many thanks to all who have supported and watched the growth of The Warming Room – it's your enthusiasm and encouragement that has brought me to this point. I'm stoked to be bringing it to the next level.
See you on the other side.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Waiting for Baby

As many of you may know, I apparently have a baby on the way. It's running a little bit late, but that's ok – I've been knocked out by a seasonal cold, so feeling happy to just be mooching around and resting.

It's been interesting to see what kind of studio doodling has been materialising, and I thought this work was particularly relevant in relation to my pending arrival.

I may not be answering my phone, text messages, the front door or any questions about anything much for the next little while – but don't worry, we're all in here, safe and sound, and very appreciative of the love we've been receiving!

Happy Easter to you all - stay safe, warm and full of chocolate-y goodness.

See you on the other side!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Yen Female Art Awards

Good Morning all!

I can't believe it's that time of year again, but I thought I'd give the Yen Female Art Awards another crack (excuse the pun). This is a yearly award run by Yen magazine that helps to promote young female artists across Australia. AND there are some amaaaaaaaazing prizes to be had. I am a little ashamed to say that I am most excited by the prospect of a funkis shoe voucher.

growth = progress, collage on paper, 2013
You can view more info about my entry here, and oh, what's this? Oh my! If you are feeling people's choice-y, you can also vote! You don't need to sign up for anything, just a little click over on the top right hand corner – your support would be greatly appreciated.

It would be a fantastic opportunity to show this work at the Gaffa in Sydney this June. Shazam!

AND! It's almost the weekend – have a goodie everyone!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Under Construction

Hi All!

Yes, I know I have been on the quiet side lately, I've been trying to be sneaky ... lots of archiving and collating going on in the studio. However, I couldn't keep it under my hat anymore – I've been working on a brand-spanking-new website! And when I say 'I', I really mean that a very clever professional and dear friend has been working very hard while I hover around him making useful suggestions such as 'what if we just went and had coffee instead?' and 'shall I go and get those corn chips from the kitchen?'

Anyway, the site is still very much under construction, but I wanted to share a little flavour with you all. I am hoping to have the site live in the next few weeks, which may mean that my current site may be down for a couple of days. In the interim, check in here for any updates/crossover details.

Happy Monday!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

But where has all the art gone?

You might well ask. Indeed, I have been asking myself this for the past month. Due to the concentration of collaborative shows the past six months, my knife-time has been cut a little – yeah, see what I did there?! Anna Davern + Lucy James was beautifully received, and we are really excited to be increasing our online presence in the next few weeks. BONUS CARD's debut show Loom of the Land  was an incredible start to our now unstoppable plans for future works (just you wait and see). And, of course, Kent and I will be welcoming a mini-housemate into our midst in just a couple of short months!

So, while there has been a lot of reshuffling in our tiny little house, we are in no way slowing down our creative endeavours. It has been fantastic to have such a large concentration of exhibiting opportunities in such a short amount of time, however I am really pleased to be able to return to the drawing board and start playing with some new ideas and projects. There are big plans in store for this year, and I for one am truly excited to pick up where I left off last year and get stuck into some of the works that were put aside to make room for Anna Davern + Lucy James and BONUS CARD.

Watch this space, it's time to play.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Anna Davern + Lucy James now available online through Craft Collector!

Happy Thursday everyone! Some exciting news for those of you near and far who were unable to get to the Supermarket exhibition last year to score some Anna + Lucy jewels: our entire range is now available exclusively online through Craft, from their Craft Collector online shop

This is a very limited run of jewellery and archival pigment prints, designed and created by Anna and myself with nothing but a mutual love for shiny sparkles and each other (and a lot of hard physical grunt work ... and some other stuff). I believe Craft have but a few of each style, so do get online now and get yourself or a buddy a cool treat. 

Many thanks to all the kind words of support and encouragement for the project - we couldn't have done it without you all!

Lucy and Anna

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Loom of the Land

Massive thank you to all who braved the sweltering heat to open BONUS CARD's inaugural show Loom of the Land last week! The show has been a great success so far, and we are stoked to have one of our totems go home with the State Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria.

the artists with Artefact #3 and Artefact #4
Kent and I headed to Yarra Glen for a much needed break this week, with plans to eat, read, swim, see native flora and fauna and rejuvenate. However, in true tradition, we instead dropped like a ton of bricks with a sinus/virus/headcold/spewing extravaganza. It was really quite vile. I'm sorry to the proprietors of the Valley Guest House for decimating their waste paper basket. More than once.

In GOOD news though, we are definitely on the mend, and were forced to rest on our laurels (in a weepy, hallucinogenic sort of way), and are now already deviously planning what might be coming next for BONUS CARD. We will be doing a Q&A with the Curator of Craft, Debbie Pryor, which will be available online next week. In the meantime, head over to the BONUS CARD blog to see some fantastic opening night shots taken by Tash Sorensen. You can see a full price list of available works on the Craft website.

Many thanks again for your ongoing support, we can't wait to share the next chapter with you!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Loom of the Land opens tomorrow!

Hello and a happy sweltering Wednesday to you all! I am so excited to announce that BONUS CARD's first exhibition is hung and ready for your viewing pleasure. The opening kicks off tomorrow night at 6pm. It's going to be a scorcher, so please ensure you are adequately hydrated, have hired your mu-mus, body-tents and hand-held fans for the evening (we have). Kent and I are stoked with how the show has unfolded, and are super excited to share it with you. 

Here's a little sneak preview to get you hot and bothered (in case you're not already).

For those of you who can't bear to step outside your iceboxes tomorrow, never fear! The show runs until 15 February, so there are plenty of other toasty summer days ahead to enjoy it in! 

Loom of the Land
Showing at Craft from 16 January – 15 February
31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

See you there!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Loom of the Land

Happy Monday all!

Well, it's official. Kent and I have actually gone mad. But don't worry, it's a good thing! We are ripe and ready to share our launch of BONUS CARD's inaugural exhibition: Loom of the Land, which is opening NEXT WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!! 

Here's a little somethin-somethin about the collaboration to get you going. 

BONUS CARD is the collaborative partnership of husband and wife artist-duo Kent Wilson and Lucy James. Exploring ideas of primitivism, tribalism and ceremony BONUS CARD weaves the contemporary and the archaic into mashed analogue interference. With equal parts contempt and respect for materials, tradition and privilege, BONUS CARD forges pseudo-cultural icons from mixed media and ambiguous intent.

See ya on Thursday 16 January, at 6pm at Craft (31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne). I'll be the one in spots.



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