Friday, October 30, 2009

Two friends and their exhibition...

Domestic appliances with attitude, and whimsical game boards make up the collection of works in a new exhibition at Breaker’s café in Seatoun.

Artists Judith Eastgate and Lucy Moore show their paintings and collage work together for the first time.  Judith’s paintings on paper and board are large, bold gestural works depicting her response to ‘the magic of the everyday’.  She describes the process as 'detecting joy in ordinary corners’.

Lucy Moore’s collage works on canvas are like games from a dream world, where motifs and characters interact unexpectedly on checkerboard backgrounds.  Fantastical buildings both invite the viewer in, and keep their mystery intact.

The show runs from November 9 to November 30 at Breakers Café, Dundas St, Seatoun.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Busy as...

I've come to that stage of late October where the need to put my head down and work on my own projects has come up. So my next blog post will probably be in December with details of my exhibition opening. In the meantime, here is a poem for all of you other busy-freaks out there.

'Busy' was written and published in Next magazine a few years ago now (judging by the content- my kids are now adults) as part of my monthly column there which went on happily for 8 years of regular paid commissioned verse- quite something really! I owed it all to Lindsey Dawson, the then editor of Next, who saw something in my bold proposal of a poem and illustration combo once a month because 'you don't have one' (I said).

I'm all for entreprenurial approaches because some of the ones you fire out actually hit their target. I have big (new) plans for 2010, so watch this space...

So- over and out (for a bit) Fifi 


I think I'm like a hamster
On a madly spinning wheel,
And if you saw my diary
Well you'd know just how I feel.

Monday has two lectures,
And my daughter's dance exam,
Swimming for the youngest
Then after work, I'll roast a lamb.

Tuesday holds tutorials,
A deadline overdue,
My accountant looking worried
And the Inland Revenue.

Wednesday there’s an opening
Of a brand new arty show,
After hockey, gym and ballet
(And espresso) I could go.

On Thursday I am battling
The ins and outs of new software,
And supervise kids' homework
Whilst I strip a kitchen chair.

By Friday I'll be ready
To toss in work and down a wine,
I would- but frankly sweetie,
I haven't got the time...

Monday, October 12, 2009


So given my last post, I thought it was time I should do something about that... 

So I have started work on a new collection of velvets that go up on the wall at the Delux cafe December 20th. This one is just a tiny tease of what is to come. The larger velvets will follow on from my Pin Up gals from last summer, but this time feature gorgeous men (think Brando-esque in a sailor hat and you are on the right track).

They will be interspersed with homage-to-the-master, Sailor Jerry style tattoos like the one you see here on skin toned plush fabric, for that 'run your hand over it' viewing delight. If you can't touch the real thing...

My last two shows sold out in a few days, so I will have a studio showing before the opening so you can get first pick of the pics for Christmas. Let me know if you want to be on the mailing list for that. Now, back to work on those sexy hunks. Being an artist is sheer hell.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

What Next for Fifi?

I wondered what to blog about, given the conference and WOW is over; two things that have taken up many of my waking hours for some time this year. Then whilst wondering what to make for dinner and consulting the Destitute Gourmet’s cookbook, I had it! Rather than write and draw, I feel my words have best been expressed by The Flying Lizards in this video… bon appetite.