Sunday 24 March 2013

Pimp My Bride - Paper Doll Printable

Hopefully this printable speaks for its self. I’m a huge fan of the show ‘Big Fat Gypsy Wedding'. Anyway I scribbled this idea in a sketch book about a year ago. I actually thought it would make a good magnet set but I’m never going to have the budget so here it is as a free printable paper doll. If anyone wants to email me outfit ideas I'll make a second sheet of add ons at some point soon, email hello(at)

Thursday 14 March 2013


It's been another fast couple of weeks for me. I'm still up to my eyeballs with work and I still haven't been able to take that much needed step back to process everything that's happened. I seem to be muddling through one way or another though. 

In between all the freelancing and teaching and packaging I've been planning out all the fun creative stuff that I'll be doing next. It might be a few weeks before I can really get my teeth into drawing and designing but I thought I would share some of the ideas/projects you can expect to be seeing in the coming months.

1. More Dishes. Firstly I'm already working on a James Bond one or actors who have played Bond would be a better description. I am also planning to do a small NZ release of a 'Gay dishes' in celebration/suport of marriage equality. I'm always really keen to hear other people thoughts so if you have any requests for hotties you would like just leave a comment below and I'll start taking note in my workbook.

2. This is a biggy. Plans are very much underway for a whole new business in partnership with my better half with a focus on custom pet art and products. Including work like the zines shown below.

3. A reprint of the 'skills to pay the bills' tote, only this time in a beautiful metallic ink. I'm doing test runs with my printer at the moment and it's looking sick. I'm only planning on doing a very limited run of between 10-20 so it'll be first come, first served.

4. Limited addition tees, which will only be available through pre-order. So if you think you might be interested make sure you subscribe to my newsletter. Buttons at the top of the side bar. Don't worry it's not going to be the design in the sketch below! I wanted to make the 'young, gifted and fat' tee for myself to wear well doing press but didn't get the time to make one. I figure no body apart from me would wear that slogan so no point doing a commercial print run.

5. The top secret item that I keep talking about but haven't had the money to produce. I nearly have the money! It's only been in my sketchbook for 13 years!

6. Ultimate Pirates zine. Sketches under way. Very silly hopefully other people will find it as funny as me.

7.  More teaching. Fingers crossed I'll be doing some extra work at the local collage but also I'm booked in to teach a class and give a lecture at this years Handmade in Te Papa Wellington. I'll write more fully about this once the programme it available to share. 

Sorry this is such a boring post. I just wanted to let you know that there's lots of new work on the way. Sadly being a one woman business everything takes a bit of time.

Saturday 2 March 2013


I couldn't think what to title this post but I just wanted to write a little something about the experience I've just gone through. A week after Gosling gate things in my tiny world are getting back to normal. The past seven days have been full of highs and lows. On Monday our puppy dog Castro turned 3.
Photo by the handsome Scott Savage (he would let me use the photo unless I wrote that)
There was cake and singing and frisbee, basically all the things Castro loves. Luckily Castro loves people as well because just before this photo was taken we had the TVNZ news round filming me and the photographer and journalist from the Otago Daily Times. Monday was kind of an awful day before any of this happened I had committed to doing some regular freelance work as well as taking on some teaching and commission work through Dear Colleen. Basically I was and am already incredibly busy. Monday was spent sat at a desk trying to focus on setting type all the time my phone ringing and emails filling my inbox. I know I have missed more opportunities than I have grasped in regards to TV, Radio and Print within New Zealand but there is a limit to how much you can do within the 24 hours you have where the media is interested in you.

The Ryan Gosling film got featured in some amazing places, I don't know the full extent yet. Living in New Zealand and making the home page of Stuff was pretty amazing. As was the NZ herald feature. The piece of media coverage that thrilled me most though was getting a story on the Huffington Post.

It's bad saying this but right now I just feel a bit empty. I know it's shock and pressure and stress and that one day I'll look back and be 'oh wow that was a really cool thing that happened'. My partner Scott was talking to one of his very bright academic friends about this/me yesterday and they said something that seemed to hit the nail on the head 'that we often prepare for failure but not success'. I feel so paralyzed now by what I do next and ill equipped to handle the opportunity I have been handed.

Friday 1 March 2013

Batman: March, Printable Freestanding Calendar

This is a day and a half late, sorry. Who can believe it's March already, not me that's for sure. 2013 has already been quite a year for me and once I have some spare time (and my head straight) I have a lot to blog about. Anyway just incase their's anyone out there who has been making the little 3D desk mates I though I should get one together for March. So here he is half man, half bat. Yeah you're got it this months little freak is a batman.

Download 'Batman" here...

1. You don't need much to make Batman,  just some thick paper/card, a ruler, scissors and double sided tape or glue. Firstly download and print out the design.

2. Use the back edge of the scissors and a ruler, score along the grey fold lines. Be careful not to score through the ears!

4. Using a small sharp pair of scissors cut along the black dotted line. Go slowly when cutting around the ears, and wings, these are a little tricky.

5. Once you've cut the Batman out fold along the scored grey lines.

6. Put double sided tape or glue on the top side of each tab. Stick the taps to the body, so the flaps stick behind the adjacent part of the body.

7. Stand on your desk and enjoy