Tow Aways

Tow Aways is a zine of analogue photography featuring 13 artists created by Lani Spice.  The launch was at The Pit a few weeks ago, with an exhibition sponsored by RVCA.  I was very blessed to be apart of this project and exhibition. It seams to have reignited my love for film photography, which is such a gift.

Have a look at the tumblr with interviews and all the contributors here

My favourite image is this one of my little sister crying.




IneAwe Stays: Self portrait embroidery



Last week Thursday an interview by Josh Hayman from my first (on many I hope) residency with 10and5 and InAwe Stays was launched. It was a real gift to plug out of life for a week and stay in SUCH a beautiful space and just sew my life away.

It took about a day to scrape myself off the heated floor and get myself going. I finished off a piece from an image from a shoot I did for Rolling Stones years ago, and my largest yet, a self portrait. It was my  Cape Town inspired piece for the residence.

The reference image for my piece was taken by Lesca Steyn. Any time Ive worked with her its been such a seemless process.

You can view the article on 10and5, and the other artists involved in the programme here





MBLife / HGissue / Buro247: Athi-patra Ruga


A couple weeks / months / years ago (time has a funny way of getting away from you) I was hired to take images for MBLife of the artist Athi-patra Ruga. Lately the images have re-emerged on big sites such as HG Issue and Buro247 and realised I had never posted them here.

Both sites haven't credited me and to be honest, Im not really phased seeing as photography hasn't been my focus for ages (perhaps Id feel differently if it was) but it does lead the mind to question how these bigger more established sites are going about things. These are the people who are going to keep artist working and fed, and perhaps they want to skirt around a few payments here and there but as an employee from MBLife said "These pictures are all over the web, Buro 24/7 is not the only transgressor. It's really cool that everyone likes them, but a little credit costs nothing and goes a long way to establish a photographer's talent. Dee could've been famous and working Russia by now! "

And, it would be really nice to go to Russia.

From where I sit today, right now, on this sunny and FREEZING day in Cape Town, Im just grateful I live a life where I get to do what I'm passionate about, and that every now and then I get to stumble upon a site that reminds me about that.

MOST importantly, click on the links and have a look at the mind-blowing works of Athi and his work with LOUIS VUITTON


InAwe Residence

Today I have started my week residence at InAwe Stays. In collaboration with Between 10and5 and Nokia, InAwe Stays has invited a few artists to partake in a residence.

Not only is the space incredible (with heated foods I cant scrape myself off) I feel particularly attached as I designed their corporate ID earlier in the year.

Have a look at artist videos here: http://10and5.com/series/inawe-residency/

The Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch


Its always a treat to stumble upon old images of a good time in your life. Here are snippets of the Cardboard Cathedral, in Christchurch, New Zealand


Gollem: Needle painting



This is my most recent commission for Shrimpy, my second mother I recently stayed with in Australia.
He is the sweetest 3 legged mutt.

I think the tongue is my favourite part.

The Last to Leave: Poetry book by Margaret Clough


For anyone who knows me at all, I am my Grandmothers biggest fan. Thats saying a lot because she has a ton of fans. She worked as a Science teacher, soil chemist and food technologist and only started writing after retiring to Cape Town a few years ago. She not only the tiniest person I know, but the kindest. Her openness to the world has helped me keep my head up in my trickiest times.

Long story short, she has decided to 're-retire' at 80, with the launch of her second poetry book, and I did the design and cover art for it. Jay Gordon did the typography (because, really he is the greatest). Although my Gran is determined not to turn 80, but 79.2.

So.. if you weren't convinced of her amazingness heres her blog: www.margaretclough.blogspot.com
I get a call every now and then when she looses her blog (and subsequently written a poem about it)

The Launch is on the 22nd April in Kalk Bay ( https://www.facebook.com/events/470645599702509/ )



This portrait was taken a year or two back, She wasn't aware that I took the photo. This is quite typical. Her throne is a see-saw and her staff, a ball flinger. The cover art is a water colour that I photographed with my Nokia 1520 (didnt even need to do a Hi-Res scan!) and just sent it with bluetooth to my laptop and edited it, and added a little 'digital painting' to finish it off.


Tupper where?



I made a little mix tape of the left overs from The Tupperware Party I host with Lauren Rose.

We'll be back on air Friday the 28th with a special guest. Foe now.. enjoy a little ear tickling.

TUPPERWARE THE FUCK IS THE LID?



Medium: Amounts of fun


On my recent trip to Oceania I avoided as much digital devices as humanly possible. Phoneless and with only a disposable and 1940's Nettar medium format camera I took the occasional photo.

My favourite is the one of Scotts, my sisters neighbour, knees. The amount of home job tattoos in Australia and New Zealand is insane. Im devastated the photo of my sisters 'YOH' and 'KIF' inked under her booty didn't come out. I think its going to be interesting to see how they date, the repercussions of people sharing needles and using the wrong inks (its a matter of time before the horror stories circulate). Most interesting is to see how it dates us. If you have a barb wire tattoo don't even THINK about telling me you are 28. I see you.

I was a severe hangover away from having my own, so Im not judging.

I haven't edited the images and what I love so much is that the day I was wearing purple tinted glasses I took the picture of the ferris wheel. The fact it turned out the colours it did is pretty cosmic

Auckland
Along the Brisbane river
Crashing a wedding in Melbourne
Brisbane lovers
Minutes before a thunderstorm. Hair on end. Static.
Benches in Fitzroy, Melbourne
Spot the KIF/YOH tattoo

Multiple Skull



Can someone please recommend a name to call theses things I do with embroidery thread? Thread sketch? Tapestry? Embroidery? Drawing with wool? Cummon guys! I have hash tags to make.

This is a piece I did in New Zealand recently. I wanted to play with multiplying, creating layers, and trying not to go to colourful. Im obsessed with colour and no matter how much I try to go monochrome (even using ablack and white reference) I cant control myself.