Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Film

"The Making of the Kookaburra"
A little collaboration with my composer husband. I love how his trumpet is reminiscent of the kookaburra's call. This is the first illustration for my children's bird book.

Next bird coming up is the New Holland Honeyeater. Watch this space...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A New Year, an Older Baby, A Better Blogger?

As you can see from the last couple of posts 2014 has been a bit sparse on the blogging front! I blame having a baby, but in truth it's probably because Facebook is quicker and easier. However I shall strive to write a few more posts than last year, can't be too difficult to beat the grand total of 2!

My other big project this year is The Children's Bird Book Project. As the title suggests I'm hoping to make a bird book for children. Wolfie (my nearly one year old) loves birds. He's always watching them and I'm telling him what they all are. So the book is sort of for him, but also for all the other children who love bird and for adults who want some pretty pictures and learn a few bird names along the way!

So far I've completed the Kookaburra and I'm now working on a New Holland Honeyeater. You can follow my progress on here and on my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/thechildrensbirdbookproject
I even have a little film of the making of the Kookaburra coming soon with original music by my very clever husband Jeremy of Horn Sonic Productions!

Kookaburra, reduction lino print.

I've also been taking a fair few bird photos. I was given a good camera with a zoom lens for my birthday and it's been a bit of an obsession since then! Plus, good old instagram making them all pretty. If you're on instagram and would like to find the rest of my birds and my printmaking projects my account is bridgetfarmerprintmaker.

cheerio for now, see you soon, I promise!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

While the Wolf Sleeps

I don't really understand how little work I achieved before Wolfie was born! Now as soon as he falls asleep I run to the studio and get cutting lino, rolling ink, ripping down paper. I've been very productive, not many showers, but lots of lino prints. Lino is good at the moment because I can get lots done in the short bursts of time Wolfie gives me, whereas etching is a bit more time consuming. I look forward to getting back to etching one day soon, but in the mean time I'm enjoying making these.
Forest Fox, four colour reduction lino print

Fox In The Woods, three colour reduction lino print

He Loved To Dress Up As His Favourite Greek Hero, three colour reduction lino print

All my new lino prints are available in my online shop www.bridgetfarmer.com.au.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Welcome Wolfie

On 6th Feb at 3.55pm I gave birth to my little boy (or rather quite big boy at 8lb9) by emergency caesarean due to an undiagnosed breach position after an induced labour.  He gave us a day full of surprises and steering very far from plan. Biggest surprise of all that he turned out a boy even after we got told, to the best of the ultra sound guys ability, he thought it was a girl!

So here is Frederick Francis Wolfgang Meaden who I like to call 'Wolfie.'

We're now going through all his clothes and sifting out the dresses and very pink items. Trying to rest up, sleep when we can and basically trying and stop looking at him long enough to get a few meals in and messages sent.

It's all rather wonderful.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Jewellery and a Competition!

I have three weeks to go until my due date, I am enormous but excited. To share this looming newness I am having a competition on my facebook page . I'm asking for ideas for a new design, what animal would you like to see me make into a new brooch or necklace? To enter simply go to my facebook page, find the post with the same image as you see below and comment. (Don't comment here on the blog!) Draw will be announced on St. Bridget's day! (1st Feb) If baby decides to make an appearance early the draw will be postponed, but I'll keep you informed via facebook page.
Find this post on my facebook page LINK HERE and comment to enter to win either a Hare or Fox brooch!

I've been busy around Christmas time trying to get my new ranges of jewellery out. I'm calling them the Forest Fox and Magic Moon Hare collections. I think I over worked before Christmas with lots of markets. I just tired myself out but it was all worth it. I'm having a break from markets now until baby is born and a wee while after, I guess I'll just see how I go. I do miss my markets though! You never know I might just get Jeremy to sit the markets for me, he's nervous about doing them, but I know he'll be fine!

Here are a few pieces from my new collections.

Running Fox Brooch $28

Fox Face Brooch $28

Ivy Leaf Stud Earrings $15

All images copyright of Bridget Farmer