Blackcats & Steamboat Joes

Blackcats and Steamboat Joe's Scrabble Text

Blackcats and Steamboat Joe’s Vintage Scrabble Text display.

2013 turned into my busiest year yet. In between styling for Marie Claire , Peter Alexander prop making and torching jazz all over town there really wasn’t much time for sitting in front of my computer. This New Year’s resolution was to find more time for blogging , posting and sharing my world. Ahem… easier said than done. It’s March already and only now do I find myself writing my first blog post. Not because I suddenly have the time just that I have been working hard on some exciting new projects that deserve to be shared. In fact I am so excited by these recent extensions of my business that I’m whistling dixie over my ideas. Ideas inspired from creative passions and a deep desire to follow my dreams.

So… have you ever heard of IconPark ? Perhaps not as it is the worlds first online Crowd-funding platform and real estate fund dedicated to bars and restaurants. It’s a brand new hospitality concept that invites and encourages people with ideas to put there hands up and share them and then provides a tailored platform and an exciting program to help turn those dreams into realities.

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BLACKCATS &

STEAMBOAT JOE’S

Sydney Gin Palace Blackcats season one finalist for IconPark

Sydney Gin Palace Blackcats Season one finalist for IconPark

 

 

 

 

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Icon park Season One Team Blackcats

Icon park Season One Team Blackcats Pia Andersen , Jay Gray and Phil Tsompanis

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Styling for Peter Alexander

I first worked for Peter Alexander on his 1950′s styled mothers day catalog last year. This was a fabulous project that we shot in my house. I still get people contacting me from this series of images and recognizing my styling from them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since then i have been lucky enough to work with Peter and The Paper Stone Scissors team on a variety of shoots, calenders, online catalogs and product shots.

I love the tone, innocence and playful energy of the products and it is always a pleasure to be involved with these shoots.

Here is a small portfolio of some of the work we have done together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Alexander RSPCA Calender

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For a Pittance – Photo exhibition at The Museum of Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is currently a photo of me in a exhibition at the Museum of Sydney.  It is a pho­to­graphic explo­ration of descen­dants of Australia’s early convicts.
I worked with the wonderful photographer Mine Konacki a few years ago whilst I was doing some promotional work for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. We had spoken then about my convict ancestry on my mothers side of the family as my family tree has a strong connection with the Rocks Area, Playfair street being names after one of my relatives.

As someone who loves and appreciates days gone by it was fascinating to take a step so far back into my own family history. I became aware of my convict heritage during the  1988  Bicentenary as there was lots of focus on convicts and Australia’s past. My mother was really passionate about our researching our family tree and connecting the dots that created our families journey.

In Mine’s own words about the exhibition  “As a pho­tog­ra­pher, what inter­ested me was the impact that the theft of objects—most of a rel­a­tively small value—could have on people’s lives. As a result, the pho­tographs depict the descen­dants with a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the item that their ances­tors had stolen; with the items rep­re­sent­ing a link between the ances­tor and descendant.”

Such a simple theft brought William Roberts my ancestor to Australia. It makes you stop and think about all of those small decisions, moments, happenings and where they lead you.

I loved working with Mine and am so thrilled that the collection of images that she was so passionate about creating is on display in such a fabulous location.

You can see more information about the exhibition on the For A Pittance website.

http://aconvictinthefamily.com.au/subjects-2/pia-andersen-2/

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Retrospec’d Styling 2012

I love working with the girls from Retrospec’d. Last year I did another styling job with them for their new collection of divine dresses. I love the colours , prints and their feminine designs.

They wanted something fun and fresh , not too many props and an innocent girlish collection of photos.

For this shoot i did the casting , styling , art direction , prop styling and also all of the hair styling for the models. Needless to say it was an incredibly busy day and one where I definitely wished i had more hands. The wonderful Louise Whelan took the photos and Emily Sarks and Marija Milisavljevic did the make up.  Enjoy

Retrospec’d Styling Photo Louise Whelan

Retrospec’d Styling Photo Louise Whelan

Retrospec’d Styling Photo Louise Whelan

Retrospec’d Styling Photo Louise Whelan

Retrospec’d Styling Photo Louise Whelan

Retrospec’d Styling Photo Louise Whelan

Retrospec’d Styling Photo Louise Whelan

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