Thursday, May 31, 2012

What Do You Collect?

Last week, I was at the Logan Art Gallery doing my volunteering shift on my own.  My partner in crime at the desk had come down with a stomach bug; how unfortunate.  I hope she's feeling better.  
Well, on my rounds around the place I noticed a pamphlet on the counter about collections.  The GoMA in correlation with the Logan Art Gallery are doing a few workshops where people with strange and wonderful collections can show them off at Kangaroo Point; and I thought to take part, seeing I collect a few different things.
The collection I'm going to show off - as I have about 4 completely different collections that are growing and I'm perfecting right now, and I'm only allowed to pick one - is my collection of rare and out-of-print books.  I began my collections of these by pure accident at the age of 23.  When I found my first out-of-print/rare book, it didn't cross my mind that a young person was allowed to have something as fine or as collectable as this in their possession.  It just wasn't something that I didn't think about at that time in my life.
Now, I'm almost 40 and I have been hunting down these particular types of books for 15 years now; and I'm not about to stop.  This collection of books I'm going to display is going to be something I've never let out of my house, let alone shown any of my friends.  So, this will be an absolute first for me to do with my collection:  letting the public see something of mine that has been hidden from everyone in my life except me.
So, do you collect something specific?  What is it?  Do you show off your collection or hide it to preserve it - like I do?  Until my next post, keep creating.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

On the Train

I was on the way to my brother's place yesterday when we were on the train from Roma Street Station and I spotted some outsider artworks.  These really impressed me to no end on how graphic and detailed the work can get.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fresh Paint!

Last Wednesday, I was on the bus going shopping when I spotted some new outsider art on a fence.  I was so excited that I wanted to photograph it, but the bus was traveling too fast to catch it!  Darn!
So, today, I was out taking a walk to the chemist to buy some antihistamines when I came upon and took some photos of it and some other graffiti that was behind the shops where a gate was open!  How wicked is this find of great, fresh art?  I even found a tribute a young man who died in a car crash 6 months ago that I spotted around the same area; and thought it needed to be shown.  Enjoy!


The tribute to the lost young man.

This work can be found along Kingston Road near where Pet County used to be, on the same side of the street.  It's great work.  Until my next post, keep creating!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Knitted Beanies for New-Borns

One of my friends on Bookcrossing has asked anyone who knits in the UK to knit up some beanies for the newborns in the hospital they work in as they have a beanie shortage for the little guys.
When I saw the plea for these, I knew I had some yarn that was the right colour just sitting around doing nothing and I could help them.  So, I e-mailed my  good friend and asked if they minded me doing some up and posting them off to them.  The replied saying they hadn't thought of asking people from across the miles; and gave me their address to post the ones I get done to.  
And so, last night, after I completed a short scarf, I started on fixing up a beanie pattern with smaller needles.  I'm looking at getting about three done and posting them off; maybe more if I can do more in a month.  Wish me luck!  As well as those cute little babies who will be receiving the knitted headgear.