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I’m scouting for financial help. Applied for a grant last friday but don’t think I was prepared enough to get it (my dreams are way too high sometimes). Its the most nerve wrecking thing for me writing a grant cos I sit down, dream about all the possibilities I’ll have if I receive it and then I hand it in and chew my nails off for 2 months. (I’ve only attacked one finger so far.)

Either way my plan over at the moment is shoot on my weekends to cover enough pictures for the Australian Art of Travel series, plus save money to hire a computer so I can finish the photoshop work of Switzerland Art of Travel.

I also want to meet more gallery owners. Get further advice on my direction.

Oh and Here’s a list of useful Arts Groups/Sites I’ve been exploring 🙂 (just a bit of Info Sharing)

www.Propel.org.au – Massive props to there Amplifier Course
www.Artssource.net.au
www.Rhizome.org
www.Redbubble.com
www.Artslaw.com.au
www.artgallery.wa.gov.au – Sign up to get there latest updates 🙂
www.pica.org.au -Perths Contemporary Gallery.

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I got given a booklet in Austria by an Wall Instrument Sculpture Artist from America who I can’t remember the name of (I have a funky picture of us with top notch glasses on though).

With Wall sculpture Artist

With Wall sculpture Artist

This booklet was made out of a Post card of Wien. She described it to be a note book, cook book or whatever book.
I’ve never been much of a diary writer (recapping on my day seemed so backwards) but I started to scribble random thoughts and notes into this Booklet. And made another one myself once the first was full. Its turned out to be a fantastic micro diary, and bit of a twitter micro blog in a book, and the best thing about having it made out of a post card is when you’re travelling and you update it, it shows a story of where you’ve been. Much better then writing in a post card and sending it off to never be seen again.

Perfect For Micro Diary on Travels

Perfect For Micro Diary on Travels

Below is some instructions on how to make one.

1: Buy a Post Card

2: Find some scrape blank paper. (You know the paper the printer pops out with one useless line on it.)

3: Cut the paper up into rectangles to fit nicely into the Post Card. 5-6 pieces of paper are enough. Fold paper in half with post card surrounding it.

4: Find a needle and thread.

5: Sew the paper through the middle  to the postcard to create a booklet.

6: Bobs your uncle. Your finished. Start Writing in it or Drawing or using as emergency tee pee paper

Inside of Twitter Booklet

Inside of Twitter Booklet

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After a 34hr flight complimented with a 10hr delay. I made it home in time to set up my exhibition (with the help of my fantastic parents) and attended the launch feeling excited and dazed with jet lag (Can’t believe I lasted til 2pm).
Thanks to everyone that attended and all the lovely comments.

The Exhibition is staying up at Little Creatures till 17th August 09, so you still have time to check it out if you haven’t already.
All prints are for sale and if you are interested in collecting any please contact me at:
BecCreative@gmail.com

Exhibition Wall at Little Creatures

Exhibition Wall at Little Creatures

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Exhibition Invite

Everyone is Invited to my First Solo Exhibition. That’s right You!
6th July – 17th August :: Little Creatures Brewery :: 40 Mews St, Fremantle

InviteFlyer Side1Invite Flyer Side 2

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For all my Photo Frenzy friends 🙂 below is a collection of photography competitions I’ve been collecting recently. If you’ve go some fantastic work stashed away somewhere, as I know most of you do, I thought this list would come in handy to win some extra cash and opportunities 🙂 x
Also if you know of any more could you please add them in the comments 🙂

The Camera Obscura Gallery
Photography Exhibition. 52-70 photographers accepted for 6 week exhibition.
Due Date: 22nd June
Exhibition Dates: Sept 18th – October 24th
Prize total: 1,250 US
Entry Fee: $30 US for 3 prints.
http://www.cameraobscuragallery.com/callforentry_june09.html

Where I’m From
Due Date: June 25th
Entry Fee: US  $25 submission
http://www.galleryrfd.org/exhibitions/submit_online.htm

Spaces Gallery
Due Date: 3rd July

Entry Fee: US  $10
www.SPACESgallery.org/application

2009 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography
Due Date: July 7th

Exhibition dates: October 2 – October 31
Entry Fee: US $35
http://ow.ly/9JZS

Aperture Portfolio Prize
Due Date: 16th July

Entry Fee: US $25
http://www.aperture.org/apertureprize/guidelines.php

Px3 Photography Paris
Due Date: Vary June/July

Entry Fee: US $40-$50 for series
www.px3.fr

Salon 09
Due Date: 31st July

Entry Fee: 10 Pound
www.salon09.co.uk

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A good friend Shona Henderson ask me which piece in the ‘Art of Travel, India’ I liked the best. Which I answered ‘Shop Boxes.’ Unfortunately I couldn’t entirely share with her why I thought it was the best, as the images in this Blog don’t give you the opportunity to look up close to the images and explore the deep individualism of each image. So I though, as I explain to her, I would write some notes on my favourite piece and why.

Art of Travel, Part 1: India – Shop Boxes

'The Art of Travel, Part 1 India'

'The Art of Travel, Part 1 India'

These Shop Boxes are spread everywhere throughout India, so much so you almost don’t see them. They just blend in with the crowded chaos of the Indian landscape. Shop Boxes though are a brilliant idea. A steal or wooden cupboard like enclosure in which people have a shop. ‘A Shop in a Box.’ They save space in a crowded environment, are cost efficient, easily lock up at night and are portable to move with the changing times.

I once interviewed a Mechanical Shop box owner who told my friend who translated to me that every year or so he moves a couple of kilometres up the large road he is on as they keep widening the road and taking up his spot/post.

Types of shops in the boxes range from mechanic shops containing a compressor and many large hung tools, a tailor shop where the owner sits with his sewing machine each day as the clothes to work on are hung up and draped all around the walls of his box, a shoe shop featuring a crowed display if shoes lining the boxes walls with a father and son selling to the passers by, pan and cigarette shops where the owner dishes out pan to regularly visiting auto drivers and boasts that his is the best pan in town, an artists studio where you can sit and have your portrait painted, the morning juice stall, the lunch time chat & food stall and the list just continues and continues.

I love this image as it invites you to explore the many environments in these boxes or how empty and alone they look when they are shut up. Once again exemplifying the environmental changes of mans markings. They are a Box, a quiet deserted box, absent from live until they are opened up and brought to life by their owner.

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Twitter Tshirts

So new discovery of Interest. Twitter has a competition at twitter.threadless.com where you can submit tweets to be printed on a T-Shirt. And Twitterers vote on the winning one. Its cool and creative and something to do in your spare time 🙂
I’ve submitted ‘I tweet, therefore I am’ & ‘If its not on Twitter, it never Happened.’
The first on is a modern day Descartes hehe and the second is a play on the photography theory of if you never photographed it you never really know if it happened 🙂
You can vote for me at the following two links: http://thrdl.es/~/b3W http://thrdl.es/~/b3J

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