Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vintage newspaper ads

Stumbled across some great old newspaper clippings while looking through some old historical tidbits for a conference I am doing graphics for... I love that everything was illustrated, even product shots, and the headers and splashy slogans are so very typographically delicious! Enjoy!

If you've spotted any neat examples of vintage newspapers/flyers/ads/graphic design/typography etc, do feel free to share them in the comments! :)

Tiff xx

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Vintage Wedding Dress Illustration

I am currently working on a commission for a dressmaker who specializes in vintage creations! I'm lucky enough to get a few jobs here and there that are so fun they don't actually feel like work, and this is definitely one of those jobs! Here's a sneak peek... will share the finished piece very soon!

Tiff xx


Here's the finished piece from the sneak peek above! See a slightly larger version here.

Tiff xx

Monday, July 18, 2011

"Stray" for Stray Magazine

My submission for Stray Magazine ~ the theme was 'Stray' ~ I've had this bunny-kini lass in my head for some time now and this seemed a good opportunity to bring her to life.

Tiff xx

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cute stationery from Chibi Run!

I was definitely spoiled for craft & stationery supplies living in Tokyo. So much so, that I didn't even buy that much when I was there... kind of a 'plenty of time to get it later' kind of attitude. Don't get me wrong I admired a LOT, everyday, sometimes in 5 hour Sunday browsing sessions! I definitely filled a suitcase or two of crafty stationery radness in all my trips there over the years... but it's only now that I'm back in Australia that I keep thinking "WHY DIDN'T I STOCK UP ON **MORE** AWESOME CUTIE CRAFT TIDBITS?!"

So, this is mind, I was super chuffed when I stumbled across the cuteness that is Chibi Run online store, recently. AKA Germaine Tan, Chibi Run is based in Melbourne but ships internationally. She stocks a range of sweet little crafty stationery bits and pieces imported straight from Japan. And the best part... unlike some online stores that sell similar wares, her prices are delightfully cheap. She even wrote to me personally to refund a few of my shipping dollars because she managed to send it in a cheaper envelope. Now that's some good ol' fashioned service right there!

Did I mention how adorably wrapped it was? Argh! I almost (ALMOST) didn't want to unwrap it ;)

Can't wait to use these on my next project!

Thankyou little Chibi, I love my masking tape sticker packs! And finding your gorgeous little store has taken away a bit of the sting of no longer having an unlimited supply of such cuteness at my fingertips everyday! ;)

Tiff xx

Monday, July 4, 2011

J - Typography Poster for 26 Letters Exhibition

...and here it is! My "J" poster design for 26 Letters. Unfortunately I couldn't make opening night due to my random love affair with Melbourne of late, however I hear it was quite an event! You can just make out my ladies there in the background of the snap below, courtesy of Asia Taylor and Just Us Gallery

In other news, a lovely chap from the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper approached me for an interview about my art and how my experiences in Japan have shaped my work... we had a lovely little phone chat! I'll post the article here when it's all printed and shiny.

Tiff xx

Friday, July 1, 2011

More Melbourne Wanderlust!

First up today I'm doing a wee bit of work in the amazingly funky common room at Space Hotel, Melbourne. Makes quite a lovely temporary workspace I must say! This hotel is actually pretty awesome and I'd highly recommend it for anyone wanting to hang out in downtown Melbourne on a budget. It's located at the top of Russell Street so it's close to Bourke street (shopping mall) but also close enough to Lygon street (yummy food) AND it didn't take me very long to walk up to Fitzroy either (amazing art/craft/trinket shopping). Space is essentially a hostel with a few hotel comforts. You can choose to stay in a private room or in a dorm, and the shared bathrooms are a nifty all-in-one cubical (shower, toilet, sink) so you get a bit of privacy unlike those public loo style bathrooms in most hostels!
Definitely go stay here if you're looking for budget accom in the CBD! But book in advance they are super popular, of course!

My temporary workspace this morning at Space Hotel

After I meet a few deadlines, I'm off to find Pip Lincolne's lovely store Meet Me At Mikes. I can't believe it's taken me this many days in Melbourne to get there as it was on the top of my list of must-visit Melbourne spots! For some reason I thought it was a train ride away but on a closer inspection of the map this morning over breakfast, I realised it's just up the road from my hotel! (Pssst, Pip has put together a really great map of her fave spots in Melbourne - definitely worth checking out!)

In other Friday news, my "J" poster is on display at Just Us Gallery tonight so if you're a Sunny Coaster or even a super keen Brisbanite then go check out the 26 Letters Typography Exhibition! I can't reveal the poster just yet as the event isn't opening until tonight, but I'll be sure to share it here over the weekend for those who can't make the show!

In the meantime... here are a few more snaps from my exploration of this amazing city so far ❤

Down a side alley

My lovely new lavender bag

One of the many alley-ways adorned with street art. Some are so intricate, you could stare at them for an hour and not see every detail... amazing.

And the sun goes down on another fun-filled day here in the fabulous Melbourne... snapped this spectacular sky from my hotel window as I knew by the time I got outside it'd be gone!

Tiff xx
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