Bold Interview 13: Peter Drew

Hey Bold Soul! You probably recognise Peter Drew’s “Real Aussie Say Welcome” posters – photos of them have been widely shared around social media. Peter agreed to be interviewed here, and I asked him about how that and subsequent “Aussie” poster projects came about. Enjoy! M x o


Why did you decide to start your “Real Aussies Say Welcome” and “Aussie” poster projects? Why are you so passionate about the Australian Governments policies to help/harm refugees and immigrants?

Before 2013 my art was apolitical, but something changed during the election. Both major parties were falling over one another with promises to ‘stop the boats’ and that phrase struck me as absurd coming from a nation of immigrants. I was living in Glasgow at the time and I suddenly felt quite confronted by Australia’s identity. Ever since then my art has been concerned with national identity, especially to notion of ‘welcome’.

Happy women holding 'Real Australians Say Welcome' in a city street

Why posters? What makes you think your poster art can make a difference?

I’m an artist first and foremost, so I focus on the task of expanding the human imagination. That’s my job. I try not to think about making a difference beyond that because the weight of responsibility can often feel too great.

Peter Drew Arts posters and helpers

Tell us some stories about meeting people on your ‘poster posting’ travels. What range of responses do you get when you tell or show people what you’re doing? Anything unexpected?

I visited a Sikh Gurdwara in Perth where they gave me an opportunity to speak about the project. Afterwards I installed posters of Bhagwan Singh and Monga Khan. My mate Harjit from Turbans and Trust explained to me that Sikhism is all for respecting other religions, so it makes sense that they would welcome Monga Khan as a Muslim.


What is your creative process like? Is this different when it’s something personal vs. a movie etc commissioned by a client?

I find it very satisfying to work for clients because it’s an escape. I can forget about my own concerns and enter into the mind of someone else and tell their story. Each time I work for a client it renews my enthusiasm for my own work.

full set of 7 AUSSIE posters by Peter Drew Arts, pasted on a white wall with the road showing in the foreground, with yellow dashed painted markings

Photo portrait of Peter Drew by Rebecca Mansell

Photograph of Peter Drew by Rebecca Mansell (Perth 2105)

Peter Drew was born in 1983 in Adelaide. He holds a Masters Degree from the Glasgow School of Art. His artworks have been exhibited at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, though his most prominent work is installed on city streets.
“I like to exhibit my art on the street because public space is a great equaliser, and it’s also an ancient forum. When you address the public through the street you’re entering into a tradition that emphasises our fundamental freedom of expression, over the value of property… I enjoy examining our collective identities and my aim is always to emphasize the connections that bind up, rather than the fractures that divide us.
Peter produces videos for people in creative industries. He especially enjoys working with smaller companies, independent makers or anyone who loves their work. He’s based in Adelaide but can work anywhere in Australia. Click this to email Peter about your project. Or click this to see Peter’s website.
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Peter: Thanks for visiting to tell us about your art & message of identity and connection!
(Hey, random thought: Install posters at Pokemon stops!)

Bold Soul: I hope you enjoyed meeting Peter Drew. It’s inspiring when people of all walks speak up in ways that they can!

Talk soon!
Meg x o

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Bold Living 52: Ray Bradbury on Being Yourself


Since putting together the 2017 Bold Art Calendars, I have a marvellous new resource… a collection of quotes that I absolutely love, which for one reason or another didn’t make it into the calendars. Here’s one of them, overlaid onto a double exposure put together with joy on my phone!

Talk soon! Love Meg x o



PS To get a real postcard invitation to my upcoming Happy To Be Here exhibition at Goolwa, South Australia, send me your mailing address in whichever way is easiest for you … You could: join my eNews list, and add your address to your details on there. Or, use the Contact page and email me that way. Or, message me on Facebook with your postal address.

PS2 Another wonderful Bold Interview coming up this week. Stay tuned!



Bold Interview 12: Anna Small

Dear Kindred Spirit, I have been fangirling over admiring Anna Small’s work for years. Sturdy metal-ly, twirly artistic beauty – and up-close-in-person, the textures are luscious! I’m delighted that Anna has agreed to share some of her backstory in this Bold Interview. Enjoy! M x o

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Regarding your training as a jeweller … How did your education in a relatively tiny art from evolve into your present architectural-scaled decorative pieces?

The art school I went was very focused on conceptual development. So we were given a concept to explore and then taught a technique to utilize to express or explore that concept. We then learnt the technique while processing a thought really.

I from the start made more small sculptural pieces or hand cut little scenes out of the metal. Kind of a drawing in metal.

I was part of the Rundle St Markets when they used to shut the street on a Sunday and sell my little metal pictures with rustic frames. People kept requesting that i make really big ones to go on their walls so that was how getting bigger started. I couldn’t hand cut the bigger ones so explored how I could get my designs cut bigger which led to the laser cutting.

Sunflower by Anna Small A Small Art Factory

Your sculptures are an intriguing mix of nature-inspired feminine swirls and hard, laser cut, weather-proof metal forms. How did you think to put those 2 elements together? Do you think this is paralleled in the fact that you create with your husband as “A Small Art Factory”?

I am not sure how I have ended up here. Maybe because drawing was my initial art form so I am converting drawings into sculptures.

Sometimes I look back and I can see the incremental steps that have evolved my art practice. I didn’t ever think intentionally this is where i was heading.

Definitely there is more I do because I have Warren’s building skills to apply to ideas. It is a bonus that we have each other to brainstorm ideas and get immediate feedback. We both think differently design wise so can open each other’s mind to an alternate idea or way of approaching an idea.

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Have you done commissioned works for people with their chosen motifs, or on specific topics for exhibitions? What have been some of your favourites, ‘specially ones that you wouldn’t have tried if you hadn’t had the request?

Yes I have. I definitely prefer it if they are happy for me to design in my style. There was one that someone commissioned to go on their cafe wall in Robe. When he didn’t go ahead with the cafe I still went ahead and made the design. It has been one of my best selling big sculptures, the ‘Sprout’ Tree.

Another person asked me to make a security screen for her window in my style. I have made variations on this design and it’s also a popular one, ‘The Flower Landscape’.

cut metal flower landscape by Anna Small

What is your creative process like? How does a piece develop from sketch to final metal sculpture?

Warren and I do our own sketches, I scan the picture into my computer then work on the sketch a bit more in Photoshop to get the lines clear. Then I use Illustrator (computer software) to trace over the design to get a CAD drawing that is linear and made up of lines and arcs joined how as laser machine would like to read it.

I email the CAD file to a local company with an industrial size laser cutting machine. They call me when it is cut and I pick it up. The format is a flat cut out in raw metal.

Then I take it to our shed where we both bend and shape with locking pliers, hammer and and old chisel to bang out. Warren does all of the welding and building of any sculpture bases from wood. I do any hand cut copper pieces on a jewellery desk (with a jewellery saw) that we rivet on to the bigger sculpture.

We use a mild acid that i make up that is water based to get a rust patina on the metal or a blue green patina on copper.

Fleur de la Mar by Anna Small A Small Art Factory


What has been the best experience you’ve ever had involving your artwork?

I really enjoyed winning the SALA OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Prize and being given the opportunity to work on a larger copper sculpture.

Mostly I love the whole experience as an ongoing thing. I love being able to be creative and make a living from it. I was in hospitality for many years while studying and this kind of became my career by default. I always still dabbled in art having one exhibition every year.

My confidence as an artist has grown over the the last ten years. I had a bit of a crisis in my life about 10 years ago and this was the catalyst for me to stop wasting my life and start believing in myself or just doing what I wanted.

Anna Small,'Sprout' , 175 x 120cm $1650

Bonus Question: How do you feel about art classes/degrees in general?

I can only really answer this in reference to myself personally. It is different for each of us and some people maybe don’t need art school.

I wouldn’t be who or where I am now if I hadn’t gone to art school. The skills I have are techniques that I have learnt there or have built on from my grounding and art training.  My greatest teacher was Don Ellis who taught me not only jewellery techniques but also design and conceptual thinking. I am so grateful for my time at art school it shaped a lot of who I am now.

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A Small Art Factory – Metal art to warm the heart of your garden and home. 

Made with love, grunt and sweat by the partnership of Anna Small & Warren Pickering.

Find them online here:

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If you’ve enjoyed this story of creativity with Anna and Warren & their gorgeous metal sculptures, click through and visit them online – say Tangerine Meg sent you!
Love Meg x o

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Happy to Be Here Project: Progress Report 3

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I’m close to finishing my artwork ready for my art exhibition in September! Along with 3 rooms and a couple of lobbies lined with my art, in the installation room at the venue we’ll be screening a movie/slide show with photos from readers around the world. I’m calling it the Happy To Be Here Project. Bold souls from near and far have gotten involved, and bold souls who visit the exhibition can see what other kindred spirits are seeing and doing.

Project submissions are now closed!

And this happened:

In other news, that affects everything: if you follow me on instagram or facebook, you might have seen that dear OrangeCat made his rainbow journey last week leaving a big fluffy gap. And I also made a short blog post here. Playing with iPhone double exposures helped as I worked through the grief.

Here are the last batch of entries into the Happy To Be Here Project

A Summer sandals wearing photo at some mulched ground from Tricia O’Donovan. Nice fabric! Click the picture to read about Tricia’s eco housing business: Living Not Beige.

Person wearing a pink spotty dress and blue sandals standing on a paving stove near some brown mulched earth

The definition of relaxed and serene: fishing off a boat with the sun and white fluffy clouds behind you. Thanks Gill and Stephan.

silhouetted fisherman on boat with cloudy sky behind

My kind of pass time! Love the feet, the fab poultry and the pretty pansies. Thanks Carroll from Vermont!

propped up feet keeping company with ducks geese chickens

Maddie and Josephine. Mamma, baby and wonderful quilt…

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Claire Byrt’s photo of trees at sunrise… “Happy To Be Here”
Click the pic to learn more about Claire’s heart centred business, Project Work Life.

Trees at Sunrise, Fleurieu PeninsulaClaire Byrt also sent in this ‘everyday delightful moments’ pic of her boys.

boys by a blackboard

Love this! Claire Smith from Salt Yoga #fearless #happytobehereproject #tangerinemeg #innerfirelumimaries #myinnerfire Click the pic to learn more about Salt Yoga.

ClaireSmith_SaltYoga_630Philippa and Alastair … lovely and cosy. Click the pic to check out my second Bold Interview which was with Philippa. Thanks for playing – the interview and this project – Philippa!

Philippa and Alastair_630Thanks, Adrian and Robert, for cleaning out the septic! Someone’s gotta do it!

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Naomi Benoist captured this amazing spot in Canada with a turtle shell like rock marking – while wearing pink shoelaces! Thanks, Naomi!


Kelly Wilk Ricard recorded this moment with her juicy reading material and colours!

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Tom Pilarski has snuck his feet into his shot of this orange rind happy dude.

Orange peel Dude

Luciana made her own HappyToBeHere lettering and Nya lay upon it. They’re from Rosario, Argentina. Loving the stripes and sweet cat.

Luciana and Nya, in Rosari, Argentina

Making a grey day so colourful and happy in France! Thanks, Helen!

bright slippers on bright fabrics with poem overlaid

Syd keeping things colourful during a short hospital stay!

blue pants and orange socks make a hospital stay more colourful

And that’s it!

I’m loving this not-so-little collection! Are you, like me, enjoying the sense both of the participants places, and our connectedness around the world! It’s good.
Click this to see the first batch. Second batch here. You’re reading the 3rd and final installment!

Entries are now closed!

Feel free to share this blog post along via social media or what have you … the more the merrier! If you’re on my mailing list (get on it here) and want a postcard invitation to my “Happy To Be Here Exhibition” in the Real Mail, add your postal address and I’ll send one your way when they’re printed :)

Leave a comment below or email me via this page if you’ve other questions!

Have a great week!
Love Meg x o


PS The 2017 Bold Art Calendars are now back from the printers. They are delightful: colourful, shiny, happy! Click this to check out the covers and order yours!





















Bold Interview 11: Juanita Tortilla

Enjoy this interview with the fabulous, Juanita Tortilla, maker of art to accessorise the eco-conscious – and cat lover! Being eco-conscious does make us more self-and-surroundings aware, and happier too, I think! Click through with the links at the end to learn more of Juanita online. Good is being done in the world. M x o

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Q. Why did you first decide to make useful things from discarded fabrics? Tell us how living in alignment with your values relates to living a happy/satisfying life?

A. Since young, I have always enjoyed tinkering with hand-me-downs, and with very little pocket money as a kid, one is forced to be creative and try to reuse and revamp old things.

This up-cycling / re-purposing hobby was at its peak when my husband and I moved to the United States — I wanted to make gifts for friends and nice things for myself, but it was tricky when living on a student’s stipend, scrimping from pay cheque to pay cheque.

I also try to be conscious of my footprint with whatever I create or buy. The greatest satisfaction comes from extending the life of something that most would not have given a second thought, transforming it into something pretty and/or useful, and eventually bringing happiness to someone else!

eco conscious purses by Juantia Tortilla

Q. What is your creative process like? What do you do when you feel stuck creatively?

A. I avoid looking at trends and would like to think that I rely on my own random ideas. These ideas come to me either right before falling asleep or when I’ve had my morning caffeine kick. (That first good cup of morning coffee is very important to me!) I then decide in the morning if it was going to be a Sewing Day, Printing Day, Paperwork Day, or Do Nothing Day. The creative process involves hitting the workroom by 9AM, cranking up the radio and be undisturbed until I re-emerge again at 3PM to don on the other apron of being a cook / housekeeper.

I love playing with colours and textures, letting material speak and decide what they deem themselves to be fit for: a featured piece on a bag? Collage? To be jazzed-up with Pickle prints, etc. It is all unplanned, adhoc and mood-dependent, which makes each piece eclectic and unique.

When stuck creatively, I declutter the workspace. In doing so, it lets me revisit forgotten material, bringing it out and making it useful in a whole different manner I had originally intended for it. Alternatively, I declutter my mind in a Do Nothing Day by visiting somewhere new or catch up with a friend to vent / brainstorm.

eco conscious bags by Juanita Tortilla

Q. Do you make your living – help pay the bills – from your creative business?

A. No, sad to say. On a positive note, it is becoming self-sustaining; monies slowly collected are starting to pay for fees associated with it. I would LOVE to contribute to the household, eventually, and have been fortunate to have a very supportive partner over these years.

Q. Do you feel as though you could live anywhere, or is it important that you are located in South Australia?

A. My husband and I, along with our cat(s), have adapted ourselves to being able to live anywhere. I personally find it important to be surrounded by like-minded and/or creative folks to learn from and exchange ideas with. South Australia, as I have discovered, has a lovely artistic community and I am grateful for that!

Tote bags with Pickle prints by Juantia Tortilla

Tell us 5 key lessons of adulthood that you’ve come to live by.

1. Do what you love, love what you do.
2. It’s alright to be a misfit and dance to your own beat.
3. Recognise good opportunities and seize them but it is also perfectly fine to say ‘no’.
4. Sometimes, you need to treat yourself.
5. Let things go.

Pickle the cat, and items printed with her likeness by Juanita Tortilla

Bonus Question: Tell us a story about your wonderful cat Pickle and how/why she appears printed on your items.

Pickle entered our lives in 2010 at the age of 7. Our paths crossed when we were living in Switzerland — her former mummy was a British expat living in Switzerland and had to give Pickle up. Pickle took to us really quickly and has been the sweetheart in our lives! We love Ragdoll and Birman cats, Pickle is the PERFECT combination of both. Pickle travelled with us from Switzerland to the United States and now South Australia. She is now a senior cat enjoying the life in Adelaide Hills.

Pickle the cat, and items printed with her likeness by Juanita Tortilla

One day, in January 2015, I enjoyed a stenciling workshop with Simone Tippett of the Union St Printmakers. Pickle is always on my mind, naturally my stencil is that of Pickle’s face. I stencilled the Pickle image on fabric I had intended to make a dress with. Also, as a personal preference, I usually add pockets to dresses I make… A simple equation to a new creative idea evolved: Pickle + Pockets = Pickled Pockets. (I also like the play of “pickled pockets” to mean having little or no money like a starving artist!)

Pickled Pockets became an entity on its own when I also went on to do a screen printing workshop at Tooth And Nail and therefore started screen-printing totes (an idea suggested by an online friend!) and repurposed fabric as tea towels. Meanwhile, I took to stamping and carved out Pickle stamps. I have since started merging my interests in upcycling and printmaking — inking vintage fabrics by literally putting a Pickle on it and spreading the crazy cat lady love!

Juanita Tortilla smiling, looking at camera, wearing a purple topJuanita Tortilla – “Art to accessorise the eco-conscious”

Now based in the lovely Adelaide Hills in South Australia, I create by hand unique, bold and practical objects from otherwise unloved material, sourcing responsibly from my surroundings.

My ethos is to reduce, re-use and re-create. Everything old is new again, each product is an individual piece of heart.

Merging my interests in printmaking and upcycling, I also hand-print images of Pickle, our world-travelling Ragdoll-Birman cat.
‘Pickled Pockets’ is my cat-inspired collection that occasionally includes hand-sewn dresses with pockets.
As an independent maker each creation is hand made by myself — alongside several cups of tea — journeying from my home to yours.
Born and raised in Singapore I have gathered experiences from Europe, America, and now Australia, since 2004. I am on most social media sites and would enjoy having a chat with you!

Juanita Tortilla website | Juanita Tortilla Facebook | Juanita Tortilla Instagram


Hope you’ve enjoyed this, bold soul, and are inspired to live a little more creatively and eco-consciously! Love Meg x o

PS Juanita and I will both have our art stalls at the National Cat Show at St Clair Recreation Centre, Woodville, this very next weekend. Maybe see you there … it’s a good family day out!






Losing Orange Cat

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Owch! My heart hurts.

We thought Orange Cat was injured, not so gravely ill. (Cats hide their pain so well).

He was purring. And then he was gone.

Surrounded by rainbows. For always now.


What will we do without his orange fur looking spectacular against blues and greens and patterns?

bold lino print with black outlines, and handcoloured bright areas. Image is orange cat on harlequin blanket

Then wave after wave of human-against-human heinousness.

Owch. Our connected hearts.

In other news, my art exhibition is coming inexorably closer … If you’d like a (real) postcard invitation, join my mailing list and send me your postal address. Anywhere in the world is fine. If you can’t come, put the postcard on your fridge and join the #HappyToBeHereProject (soon though, I’m closing it in about a week, so I can build the slide show in time.)

Find an action you can take to help make things fair.
Take care of your heart,
Meg x o















Bold Interview 10: Textile Warrior

Hey Bold Soul! Welcome to this fresh interview with the wonderful Kathleen from Textile Warrior, a political collage artist from Adelaide, South Australia. I happily met Kathleen when she was giving a talk about her artwork and motivation at the etsy / Heartsy Market day at Flinders Street Market, and am honoured she agreed to join us for this interview. ~ M

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How & why did you start doing craftivism, making political art? How do you use your art to express yourself?

One reason. Tony Abbott. It was the fact that everything that came out of his mouth horrified me and the anger that I felt in defense of the world my babies will have to live in that started me down this road of gentle protest.
I feel deeply about issues affecting their future, but the process of researching the subject and developing an admiration for those individuals and groups contributing positively to their future produces positive and hopeful statements rather than an interpretation of the often violent emotional responses I first experienced. There is a positivity, quiet absurdity and occasional levity to my images that barely even hints at the moral outrage that has inspired them.


My first political protest piece call(ed) “Minister for Sheilas” wasn’t really very clever, in fact it was bit mean and the only positive thing about it was that there was a bit of humour to it. It was negative and antagonistic and it was only a public vent of my feelings and I didn’t feel better after making it. Not long after, Tony and Joe tapped into the demographic that believe that wind farms are a blight on the Australian landscape, even when compared to an open cut coal mine. So I made another collage, a sunny Australian coastal landscape with a windfarm in it and rather than what Tony thinks, I just showed everyone what I think. The idea is that people see it and think ‘oh, that’s lovely – maybe they’re not so ugly after all. Hopefully people will see the beauty in it.

This is the person I want to be.

Textile Warrior_Windfarm-collage

Can you tell us about how making your artwork relates to living in alignment with your values and priorities?

Its actually my work history which reflects the development of my personal value system. I formerly worked in corporate environments and later sought out not-for-profits and charitable organisations.  Now, I care full-time for two young children.


“Glass Ceiling” one from the series of feminist pieces called – The Cult of True Womanhood.

The latter half of my career exposed me to the vastly different lives people lead and the inequality in the world. The experience has fueled my admiration for my heroes; those who work to save the world in whatever way they can, and those who reach out to protect and fight for those closest to them or on the opposite side of the planet. This is the motivation for the most personally expressive of my works.


“Fight like a Girl” one from the series of feminist pieces called – The Cult of True Womanhood.

Manually intensive methods have been a theme throughout my life and this process is vital to my connection to the work, whether it’s digging out tons of soil by hand to complete a renovation vision or working with tweezers and an exacto knife while creating micro-collage. I work with a range of media and often blend textiles, paint, print and paper while preferring to re-use materials, and hand paint my own papers. The techniques and materials I use, as well as my creative experience, have their basis in craft. The supportive and inclusive nature of the crafting community appeals to the ideals I hold for my life in general and for society at large.

How does making artwork help you process your anger and other emotions? Do you feel once you are less angry, that you are less of an activist, or, how do you combine the 2 aspects?

The journey from concept to completion is largely personal, and my own knowledge and understanding of the subject, as well as my feelings and opinions about the issues surrounding it develop and mature before I’m ready to begin working on the piece. The piece is a visual representation of what I have found hopeful and inspirational about the subject, and the making of it is a creative exercise in matching it to the conclusions of my own personal journey. If I made art that was simply a statement of my anger, despair or internal conflict I would feel unresolved and resentful. Creating is a way of getting these negative emotions out of me in a way that may inspire rather than challenge others’ thinking.


“The Year of Living Minimally” – My attachment to the quality and history of vintage pieces conflicts pretty strongly with my desire to embrace the minimalist lifestyle and detach myself from my possessions. This is my husband Paul and I having our gap year after the kids have moved out and me not able to part with my mid-century Douglas Snelling dining chairs. They don’t even fit in the caravan.

Do you feel as though you could live anywhere, or is it important to your artwork that you are located in South Australia?

I’m open to living anywhere but I have never felt demographically challenged by living in Adelaide so I don’t see any reason to move. I like the culture and its size and I think the future will have a lot to offer my children here. Adelaide offers me a lot of freedom I otherwise wouldn’t have if I lived cities with a higher cost of living and smaller spaces. Its home, its easy and it gives me the headspace I need to be creative.

This is just a big arse wall of flowers I made for the Little Rundle Street Art Project during Fringe this year, drawing attention to the fact that bees need flowers. It was hand made from woven and crocheted plastic bags and was the mother of all works to date.

This is just a big arse wall of flowers I made for the Little Rundle Street Art Project during Fringe this year, drawing attention to the fact that bees need flowers. It was hand made from woven and crocheted plastic bags and was the mother of all works to date.

How do you care for your creative self?

This is an area where I definitely need to improve, I could be doing a lot more self care than I do! Things I enjoy doing and regularly squeeze into life with two young children are pilates, gardening and spending time alone with my thoughts. Healthy eating and time with family and friends is also vital for me feeling balanced.

Vintage photos with coloured embroidery shapes - art by Textile Warrior

I’m still grieving our loss of David Bowie. I started this series of paper embroideries on the day of his death and it continues to be part of a grieving process for me. It was inspired by the notion that he influenced millions of people of all ages, from all walks of life, the world over in highly personal ways and that there is a little bit of Bowie in all of us. These vintage fan photos and postcards of silent movie stars are all class.

Where to find Kathleen from Textile Warrior

Reconstructed – 2016 SALA group exhibition with the Adelaide Collage Collective held for the month of August at Gingers Coffee Studio, 109 Goodwood Road, Goodwood, South Australia.

Online: Textile Warrior Website | Follow Textile Warrior on Instagram

Thanks for coming by and sharing your passion, Kathleen! I love to learn more about people with political views, creativity and self awareness! Meg x o









Happy To Be Here Project: Progress Report 2

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I’m working towards an art exhibition in September! Along with 3 rooms and a couple of lobbies lined with my art, in the installation room at the venue we’ll be screening a movie/slide show with photos from readers around the world. I’m calling it the Happy To Be Here Project. Bold souls from near and far can be involved, and bold souls who visit the exhibition can see what other kindred spirits are seeing and doing.

Are you percolating what picture you might send for inclusion in this sense of place + connectedness project? Click this to read first progress post. Read on to check out the second group of pictures bold souls have sent in so far…

This is Gill’s warm happy sign for her elder citizens’ drop in area (correct me if I’ve not quite got that right, Gill) Respite Cottage, Community Respite Services, with a similar spirit of gratitude and sense of place as my art project.

sign for drop in area for older citizens

Here’s Robert – sporting a birthday beard – at one of last this year’s (2016) Tour Down Under (big bike race) locations, the main street of Willunga on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.

self portrait with mostache and beard, from beside the tour down under bike race area in the main street of Willunga, South Australia

Susan’s cosy, shiny new star slippers…

feet with slippers on dark grey slate floor. The slippers have a shiny star pattern in rainbow colours

Sparky and Jenni enjoying the sunshine on the beach at Malibu, California, US. Click the photo to check out their illustration/screen printing site. Love the colourful nails! Right now in AustralianWinter I’m a bit jealous of the warmth that allows shoes to be off!

2 pairs of human feet, both with nail polish, at a sandy beach with the ocean in the backgroundBold Soul Leonie was at an Art As Therapy conference (again, correct me if I’ve not got that quite right, Leonie) practical session in Malaysia…

art therapy conference

Josh and Billy. Love your mismatched socks, Josh!

pair of human feet in socks, one blue, one green, and a tabby cat concentrating on a toy, the floor is cream carpetI can’t talk.
The eyes.
*attempts recovery*
Click the picture to check out Juanita Tortilla’s website, some of the artwork therein is inspired by this very cat: Pickle (getting more famous & loved by the minute) ;)

By the way, this is the first photo that includes the downloadable bookmark from the Project page.

birman ragoll cat resting it's head on a basket, with Happy To Be Here project bookmark in foregroundLouise at the beach (with me). As you can see she is very good with instagram filters…

bare feet of 2 humans in skirts, the one taking the photo has applied nail polish, the feet are at a sandy beach

Nadja got given some tabi toe socks from Japan, then propped her feet up in them in front of a gorgeous garden pizza oven. It looks a good life. Click the picture to learn more about Nadja’s permaculture design service.

feet in tabi socks, in front of an outdoor pizza ovenNadja’s friend Doreen does extreme adventuring… this is her foot photo at Ball Pass in the area of Mt Cook, New Zealand.

spikey shoe-d feet, crossed, with an outlook over NZ snowy mountain, Mt Cook

Cindy and husband Jeff found these hearts scribed into concrete in Toronto. Click the photo to check out Cindy’s fabric upcycling facebook page.

pair of feet in walking boots, pair of feet in sandals, standing on bricks and facing 2 hearts found in concrete

Blue Suede shoes. I‘m awaiting confirmation, but I think These are blossom petals that look like snow.

feet in blue shoes standing amongst tiny white petals which cover the grey ground

How wonderful is this little collection!? We’re getting a sense both of the participants places, and our connectedness around the world. It’s good. Click this to re-visit the first batch.

Want to join in?

All you do is take a picture of you/what you see/where you are and get it to me. For a few more ideas and how to send, check out the Happy To Be Here Project page! I’d love to put your photo in the next “in progress” post, as well as in the slide show of course! Submissions close in mid-July so I’ve time to tinker with the order, etc before the screening.

I’d appreciate if you’d share this along via social media or what have you – the more the merrier!

Leave a comment below or email me via this page if you’ve other questions!

Have a great week!
Love Meg x o



PS Adelaide bold souls: Want to play lino printing with me next Saturday at Flinders Street Market? Read more here, and ensure you book by this Wednesday. It’ll be nice to do something practical and messy after casting your vote in the Aussie election!




















Bold Interview 9: Julie Frahm

Today we have a delightful, colour-loving visitor! Make a cup of tea and take yourself a little time to enjoy this conversation with wonderful South Australian glass artist and lovely person, Julie Frahm – aka. Aussie Jules.

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1 What lights you up about creating with glass?

  • Glass is such an amazing and mesmerizing material to work with, and it can be used in so many different ways (blown, slumped, fused, flame-work, cold-work, etc).
  • It’s also a very calming process. You can’t make anything with glass if you are in a hurry, so the material forces you to slow down and take your time to make something.
  • I think the endless variety of things I can make with glass is also exciting, and I love seeing what other glass artists are creating as it’s always very different to my work.

2 rainbow glass necklaces on wooden background

2 How did you come to start using recycled glass, and why do you continue to use it?

  • The recycled glass idea started in 2009. I had just had my first child, and I was scheduled to do a SALA (South Australian Living Artists festival) exhibition at Lustre Galleries. It was at a time when the big financial crisis was hitting the world, and I honestly wondered where it was all going, and what kind of world my daughter was being born into!
  • I started thinking about Green Depression Glass, the glass that was made in the 1930s at the time of the last Great Depression. It was created to stimulate the economy and I started thinking that maybe if I made some beads from Green Depression Glass maybe that would stimulate the economy too!
  • Well, it may not have quite achieved that, but it was a great exhibition, it got a lot of great feedback, and it was a finalist in the SALA awards for that year. The feedback was so positive that I couldn’t help but play with the idea some more, and I haven’t stopped 7 years later!
  • Recycled glass is so challenging to work with, it has so many limitations. And this is great, because it challenges me creatively because of that. I’m very limited by what I can do with the glass, by how I can embellish it. So I play with limited decoration, and use shape and textures to get different effects.

translucent green glass necklace and earring set
3 How do you feel when you see someone wearing a piece you’ve made, or when they come back to buy more for themselves or gifts?

Honestly, this is the best!

  • I love it when people come back to purchase gifts for their friends. I have made many special birthday presents for people!
  • The other day when I was working at T’Arts (the textile and art collective in Gays Arcade), a lady came in and she was wearing a pair of my earrings. She didn’t know I had made them, and I said to her “Oh, I love your earrings!” She was so thrilled, she told me the story of how her daughter had bought them for her from a little shop, and they had been made from a Skyy Vodka bottle. I could tell she was really happy with them. When I told her I had made them, she was really thrilled to have a chat, and to tell me how much she loved them and the colour. It was a really lovely moment in
    the day.
  • Another occasion I was working at T’Arts, and a lady was looking for a special present for a friend. She also didn’t know who I was, but when she got to my work she said “Oh, I have bought so many pieces from this artist, just stunning work.” It was so nice to hear, and when I told her I was the artist, she said “… well keep doing what you are doing, because it’s fantastic.” But it was not right for the present she had to get that day!

ultramarine blue glass hand made necklace and earrings set
4 Tell us about your proudest achievement in your whole life (I know, it’s not actually a question)

  • Proudest achievement? Well, my proudest personal achievements are having 2 really great kids. Ciara is 7 now, and she?s just lovely! And Finn is nearly 4 and he?s a real livewire. Two very different kids!
  • I’ve had several proud artistic moments too. I was a finalist in the SALA Jam Factory awards in 2009. I was a finalist in the 2013 Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables exhibition. I have had work selected for Flame On at Kirra Galleries, which features the best flame-workers in Australia! I have had work selected for Canberra Glassworks.
  • I’m also proud that I haven’t given up. Being a full-time artist (and a full-time mum) is not easy, and at times it would have been a financially better decision to get a real (sic) job! But, I really value the flexibility in the work I do, and my husband is very supportive, and for some reason my work keeps selling so I keep making and trying new things!

light blue glass necklace and earrings displayed on wood background

5 at 5 (when I get slightly cheaty and rapid fire some short questions!) What’s your favourite of the following categories, and why:

  • place you’ve been? … Oh, this is so hard, because I have been to lots of places! I travelled a lot when I was younger. I lived in the UK and the US, and saw a lot of both countries and surrounds. But, last year we bought a house, and we had the best ever holiday AT HOME! Seriously, it was the best. (Having said that I am looking forward to a trip to Melbourne in the next school holidays)!
  • colour? … easy, it’s red. Red makes me feel happy. I love it. I did an exhibition in 2012 which was called “10,000 red glass beads” and it is still my most favourite exhibition.
  • book? … I listened to “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagiharaon audiobook this year (I listen to books while I am making beads). And I have to say I still can’t forget how powerful the book was. Such detail, some awful parts too, but it was incredible.
  • song? … It changes regularly but at the moment Eves the Behavior have a song called TV which I can’t stop playing! (listen/watch video below)
  • food? … pizza. We are cooking pizza tonight, it’s a great meal for us to make at home, the kids love getting involved, and they end up making pizzas that they like to eat (ham and cheese)! It’s a lot of fun.

2 rainbow drop glass necklaces on wooden background

Thank you so much Julie for ‘dropping by’! It’s been so nice to get to know you a little bit more (and get a couple of new tips for books and music) :)
Love, Meg x o

PS Julie return interviews me here.

More about Julie Frahm:

Julie Frahm headshotWorking from her home studio in Murray Bridge, Julie uses Italian glass in a wide array of vibrant colours and recycles glass from bottles and other objects to create unique, colourful beads which she strings together in striking combinations.

Julie is inspired by colour and texture and is often commissioned to make jewellery out of glass which people have a sentimental attachment to.

Click this to check out Julie’s website.






Here’s Julie’s current favourite song if you want to listen:


Live Bold List 44: 7 Unexpected Things to Love About Lino Prints

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Sometimes when in the flow painting areas between the inky black outlines, I think of my lino prints as simply a vehicle for colour – but they’re more than that!

Live Bold List 44: 7 Unexpected Things to Love About Lino Prints

  1. The lino printing block is sometimes referred to as a ‘matrix’ – that tickles my fancy! I’m not sure if I qualify as a fully fledged SciFi nerd, but I’m on that track.
  2. The process simply can’t be rushed. The sequence must be adhered to and taken at the pace it can be taken! Great reminder for life!
  3. That very chronology of steps forces me to keep my idea & ‘message’ clear and …
  4. … the design well-planned to be simple and direct
  5. The graphic spectacle of peeling the print off the block and seeing it the other way around after all that work. The wonder doesn’t fade!
  6. Carving is fun in it’s own right. I like manoeuvering the lino tools to create the shapes I’ve planned.
  7. Backwards writing is really fun to plan out. I love the way I get to flip and imagine the backwards to make the forwards inside my head. I loved letterpress printing at Graphic Design school too.
  8. Bonus point: Lino printing is a wonderful lesson in embracing imperfection … Learn it! Live it! Love it! Another reminder of an important life lesson!


This is the “Content” lino block and a fresh print. I do editions of 9 when it’s a cat image in deference to their ‘nine lives’. Click the picture to learn more in my Gallery Shop.content lino print inked block and freshly printed image

And here is Orange Cat on the blanket complete, content and painted. Oh, delicious colour! :D bold lino print with black outlines, and handcoloured bright areas. Image is orange cat on harlequin blanket

More lino print references you might enjoy – including an upcoming class I’m teaching in Adelaide, South Australia

Click this if you’d like to check out my lino art pinterest board.

Recently I pondered here on my blog “Is a Lino Print even proper original art?You can guess what I concluded, right?

Want to follow along with my printmaking progress as I work very hard towards my (fast approaching) September exhibition? The best for that is on my Facebook page or Instagram feed.

If any of this inspires you to give lino printing a try, I’ve a class coming up in Adelaide, South Australia! Click this to learn more. Click here to book. There’s a maximum of just 8 per session. Book for the full series of 3 sessions and save!

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Maybe I’ll see you in lino print class – I’d like that, this stuff is really fun to share!
Talk soon,
Love Meg x o