6 month catch-up

6 month catch-up - my office desk
6 month catch-up

Time has gotten away from me since the start of the year and I haven’t really felt like writing. I’ve had a few posts planned for a while now but just haven’t had the motivation to finish them, which is frustrating because I’ve wanted to post more. To try and get myself back into the swing of it I’d thought I’d do a quick catch-up post about some of the things that I’ve been up to over the last 6 months to cover my gap of absence.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth / California Design 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way

Cai Guo-Qiang and California Design
Cai Guo-Qiang and California Design

Back in January I went to see both Cai Guo-Qiang and California Design exhibitions at GOMA and QAG. I was lucky enough to go and see both twice, once by myself and another with a friend. I took my camera to take pictures of the exhibitions but I forgot to charge to battery so excuse these phone quality images.

Heritage by Cai Guo-Qiang
Heritage by Cai Guo-Qiang
Eucalyptus by Cai Guo-Qiang
Eucalyptus by Cai Guo-Qiang

The Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit may have only contained four art pieces but they were definitely something to behold because of their large scale. It was really something to be able to walk around the Heritage and Head On installations, observing the details of the animal replicas while also viewing them overall as one piece of work. I also felt it was quite amicable that two of the exhibition pieces were inspired by various Queensland landscapes.

Head On by Cai Guo-Qiang
Head On by Cai Guo-Qiang
Head On by Cai Guo-Qiang
Head On by Cai Guo-Qiang

For the California design exhibition, I’m pretty sure I took a picture of almost everything on display because I fell in love with it all.  Particularly surprisingly was how much I enjoyed learning about the different experimentations in architecture and home design. I ended up buying a book about the homes that came out of the Case Study House program, which includes the well know Eames House. The design innovations in this post WWII era were really remarkable and I’m glad I got the chance to go and see the exhibition.

California design - Graphic and type design by Merle Armitage
Graphic and type design by Merle Armitage
California design - Textile 'European Group' by Paul Laszlo
Textile ‘European Group’ by Paul Laszlo
California Design - Fashion design by Irene Saltern
Fashion design by Irene Saltern
California design - home architecture
There were lots of drawings and photos of the experimentation in the architecture for homes
California design - case study houses
The Case Study Houses book I picked up

New Places

The boyfriend and I took the leap and bought ourselves a home! We finally have space to spread out after living so long in our small unit for the past two years. I’m particularly enjoying learning how to care for our vegetable and herb gardens which we are tending to over the weekends.

6 month catch-up - Tomato plant growing on trainer and close up
Slowly getting our veggie garden together. Started by cutting back and staking up the tomato plants. This one seems to be going strong – we picked our first tomatoes the other day!
6 month catch-up - capsicum plant
We also have some capsicums and chilli plants to look after.
6 month catch-up - Herb garden
Our herb garden is a little out of control at the moment, especially the basil.
6 month catch-up - Overgrown oregano in herb garden
Our oregano plant is escaping!

I also have my own little office which I’m slowly putting together. A lot of my books, pictures and other general stuff is still sitting at my parents house to pick up at some point. Now that I finally have a dedicated place to work in, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get more done moving forward.

6 month catch-up - office desk
My desk with lots of room to spread stuff out on when it gets a bit more hectic.
6 month catch-up - wall decor, illustration by Natalie Perkins
My wall décor at the moment. May artwork by Natalie Perkins.
6 month catch-up - new bookcase
Fiiiiiinally have a bookcase. You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this. It will be more filled once I pick up the rest of my books at my parents.

Turned 25

6 month catch-up - birthday cards
Some birthday cards

Can’t believe I’m 25. Time has flown by so fast, it’s actually kinda scary. Not sure if I’m fully ready for all these responsibilities!

Coming Up..

I have a new post coming hopefully soon about the Brisbane Analogue/Digital conference which I able to attend on its 2nd day. It was my first time attending A/D because usually it’s either been held down at  the Gold Coast or I haven’t been free to attend the Brisbane event. A very interesting and insightful day and all within the comfort of cushy movie theatre seats!

Apart from new posts, I’ll also be travelling abroad in less than a month! We’ll be hitting up the UK and France which I’m very excited about because I’ve never had the chance to travel in Europe before. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos and write big blog posts about it all then :).

That’s all for now, hopefully get some more posts up for you soon!

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