Just a gentle reminder for everyone - the 2022 LILIWIOFE Diary is already in print. ELK Publishing is taking orders for Christmas and the New Year. You'll need to place your orders pretty swiftly, if you would like to pop it under your Christmas tree, for someone extra special.
I would love to see this diary out and about - in the hands of so many, more people. I know every year is a new beginning, but I think if one can not make a pledge to make more of one's life, at the beginning of the year - when everything is fresh as a daisy - sitting along side all of those great ideas that just haven't yet been done - when is the right time to get started?
The time is now.
As always, for this hardback diary I have painted a watercolour. The LILIWIOFE theme, its colour of purple and mauve with an overlay of black and white - pen and ink drawings are highlighted, on this year's cover. You will find lots of inspiring quotes to get you moving; to think about life and to appreciate all that you have. Yes, it's been difficult times of late - for me included. I don't think there is anyone on the planet, who hasn't been affected by CoVid and all the associated problems that come with this unusual event. However, I don't think we can let it define us, in all that we do and want to achieve in life. One cannot just stand still, vegetate or hide away in the closet, hoping this will just go away.
We all must bite the bullet and just live life for what it is. I mean, really live life.
Every moment is a blessing; every sunrise a gift; every breathe a bonus.
So, make a difference in your life and share your dreams. Make them a reality in which to live and prosper.
Then, go out and lend a hand - make a difference in someone else's life.
Gift them a LILIWIOFE Diary
So getting my work printed this year was no easy task, most difficult was getting to work with a printer that would oblige me in doing a colour check of my designs. When I went through this process last time, it was just a no goer and not as feasible as one might expect. This year, feasibility is better and given that I was able to print in Australia as I wanted, made this all the more enticing.
To be exact, every time I set my mind on printing the design line, I was torn between printing overseas where there is a possibility of piracy of artworks, huge freight charges, lengthy time restraints and then, trying to doing the whole thing in Australia - where print costs are higher, but I retain safety over my work. Of course, there is no substitute for safety and if this line is to be a homegrown hit, then one is forced to bite the bullet and wear the excess costs. This is pretty hard when one has no budget and runs a business on the smell of an oily rag - I sure hope we get funding for 2021 :)
Either way, we are moving forward and the line has started to move, which makes me extremely happy. So without further adieu, below is a quick video (as promised), to show you part of the process.
A lot of action has taken place at Sketa Oz Design this year. With the newly joined force of Milton and King for wallpaper, we also would like to announce the Xmas wrapping paper, giftbags and winebags for the designer line. We are still in the early stages of PR, but if you want a slice of the action and support my venture with Sketa Oz Design, place and order for Xmas.
Product will be ready for Xmas (at the printer, presently - they should be done in a day or so - hold off wrapping), so that you can wrap and package to your hearts' content.
Xmas Wrapping paper
Like all my papergoods, the wine and giftbags are handcrafted. The medium sized bag, ends up 11.5" x 9" once complete and finished with black satin handles. The line follows the traditional Asian feel of design, which all my products encompass and look awesome in use.
I'm still waiting for my goods to finish printing and yes - all totally printed and hand manufactured in Australia! So please let me know what you need. I have printed only a small Xmas bundle, but Sketa Oz Design flourishes, I will expanded the printing of products as needed.
Winebags are again, handcrafted - finished with black, satin handles and when complete measure 11" x 4", just the right size for your Xmas bottle of plonk.
I have done a special, blanketed price of $6.95 for each product mentioned here on the Sketa Oz Blog. Given the line is newly released for Xmas, I am yet to set up sales pages for these; they are coming. (Gosh, I have so many things to do!!!)
So, if you are keen to purchase, before they all go, please firstname.lastname@example.org
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A reminder for all dancers
Given the global spread of CoVid 19 and the sudden departure/resignation of the Event's Manager, the Brisbane Eisteddfods' Dance Solos 2020 has been officially cancelled.
This was an unforeseen event and although entries did open in mid-May with the expectation of holding the event, with recent health concerns for dancers and organisers alike, it was considered just not possible to hold the event, this year.
It is hoped Dance Solos will take place in 2021, once the turn of global events begins to settle and of course, when the position of Events Manager is filled.
We look forward to seeing you in 2021 - ready to dance your toes off!
In the meantime, stay safe - practise those pirouettes and bourree' in the living room. :)
Designing takes just forever! The actual drawing up of designs - that is the easy part. Inking, laying out the work in a fashion that will service a utilitarian product - that is a whole different ballgame. I love the process, but it is time-consuming and before one knows it, a year maybe more has passed, just because it is hard not to want to get it just right. Well, maybe that is the perfectionist trait in me talking.
This all happened because I printed the piece on poster format - I had to test a new paper that was not big enough to take the entire design. So, me being a diligent person as I am, I printed out the entire design in six parts, then stuck the design together, so I had an idea of what the design might look like. My printer will only output to A3 size and anything bigger than that requires me to be a bit ingenious, in finding a resolution.
So, long story short - I love the blue! And, I am left wondering whether or not I should include this colour in the design collection, also. What say you?
There is no holding down, this gorgeous swan. Samantha Geddes is the 2019 Sketa Oz Senior Award winner, but tracking her down, even after meeting her briefly at the Brisbane Eisteddfods was no easy task.
It seems wide open spaces, sunburnt land and Uluru (which is wonderfully captured in this shot), is what held Samantha's attention directly after the eisteddfods. Sitting down for coffee with Ms Selina, just had to wait, as climbing this massive monolith in the red centre of Australia, some 450 km from Alice Springs was first on the cards. It's a real treat, for any athlete.
I was able to capture the joy of the happy moment, with Mum (Jacque) and Dad (Terry), both who were quite keen to celebrate her success. We talked briefly that day, but it was our two hour long catch up - two weeks later at Park House Cafe, on Sunday morning in Toowoomba that enabled me to get to know this talented individual more precisely.
Samantha doing her thing at the Red Centre of Australia.
We'll be keeping up with what is on the dance horizon for Samantha over the next couple of years and we know for sure, the sun is only just rising for this shining star.
It is with great pleasure, I announce this year's Sketa Oz Perpetual Award Recipients Xavier Xue and Samantha Geddes. Both dancers found incredible strength, flexibility and agility in showcasing their talents at this year's Brisbane Eisteddfods.
Every year, I am blown away by the sheer, hard work and talent that seems to come together seamlessly, in front of our eyes. Unfortunately, this is not an instantaneous occurrence and both dancers know well - blisters, aching muscles and hours upon hours of perfected practice. What we see on stage, is the result of earnest diligence and dedication to one's craft. It is the culmination of years of work - rehearsed breathing, perfected turns, articulated rhythm, uniquely blended choreography and passion, in abundance.
It is behind the scenes - mums and dads getting up at the crack of dawn, to drive keen dancers to the studio for the extra lessons before school; it is selfless sacrifice of not only one's family assisting a dream, but a teacher, a coach, a mentor and copious warm hugs from friends - when the days get hard, when a dancer's world seems not that shiny.
And when the fruits of their hard labour, turn sweetly ripe, we gladly join in to celebrate their achievements - a breath in the moment of time, when one can smile and say, 'I did what I set out to do'. Yet, we dancers' know well, prestigious sweet rewards don't come easily and tomorrow ones life time friend - the ballet bar will be waiting eagerly for us to perfect that plie', for the hundredth time. :)
We can all think the world gets along as a solo effort, but by fact it takes so many people to make great events such as the Brisbane Eisteddfods and the Sketa Oz Awards. Each year, we rely on the thoughtful efforts of gracious people to either donate their time or expertise to make events such as these happen.
Late nights organising dance schedules, weeks of preparation coordinating dancers, helpers, backstage people, equipment and even food preparation are all put together by event managers such as - Bill Pengelly and Sharon Packenas. Over the years, there have been many others. Two who come to mind are Vicky Hansen and the longstanding organiser Christine Spencer. Without all these people, the Brisbane Eisteddfods - Dance Solos and Groups would cease to exist. Such people take on the arduous task of organising literally, every breath that goes into making this event a success.
In the making of Sketa Oz trophies, we rely on the expertise of the Toowoomba Trophy Centre to produce wonderful looking trophies, prepared to our highly artistic, expectations. Without fail, these men produce awesome trophies that our dancers can't wait to hold. Thank you! And, if you think of all the other dance trophies required for the Brisbane eisteddfods, I'm sure there are lots of equally hardworking men and women, who continue to work behind the scenes, with minimal thanks. We would like to thank you, also.
And lastly, engraving is a huge task. I'm sure there are many of you - just like Charlie, who spent two hours with me on Monday catching up on names that needed to be put, just right. Thanks Charlie!
Hundreds of awesome works of art now beautify a burgeoning, inland Australian city. The Darling Downs has often been remembered for its lush, farming and garden districts. Toowoomba garden city - as it is so fondly named, is the heart of this regional Queensland area and it is quickly becoming a hub for all things creative and innovative.
A brand-new international airport, a multi million-dollar shopping complex that will rival the best, and a second range crossing have all helped to transform this sleepy, yet family-oriented educational city into something quite unique. Although, it is not just economic progress and corporate deals that are changing the landscape of this city.
The creative world of art, culture and multi-culturalism are playing their part in painting the city, red. Well, not just red – a vast multitude of colours now adorn old walkways, pavements, sides of unsightly buildings, poles, beams and even electrical transformers – all in the name of art, design and beautification.
Graffiti can be found all over the world - in the streets of Germany, Denmark, France and even in Brazil. Although some may believe its origin lies in the backyard streets of Philadelphia – graffiti can be seen in a vast multitude of cities; where populations of people, writers, political activists have taken to the streets to display their voice against the norm – against what is seen as the everyday run of society.
Some of the earliest marks of Graffiti can be found in Turkey, where once the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, stood. Graffiti goes as far back as 200 AD. Yet, in all cases – ancient or modern - the graffiti artist was lashing out against the norm or making known a different viewpoint to what was considered acceptable. Unfortunately, this hasn’t always been happily received and in many cases, such change makers were seen as troublemakers, defacers of public property who collected themselves huge fines for the sake of their art.
Today, such expressionists are given a legal stage to showcase their thoughts and artistic creations. In many cities around the world, graffiti competitions attract some of the most talented, artists ever seen on our streets.
Toowoomba city is no different and has acquired a great number of street artists who present their talents to the world, in the annual ‘First Coat’ Street Art Competition.
However, it is more a showcase of large, multicultural canvases strategically scattered across the city, than unsightly graffiti. They have become statements of heritage, documentation of trials and tribulations in having come to this land. They are the coming together of blended thought forms and are wonderful examples of variants in artistic appreciation. They are a bonded community upon which this city is now founded – a multicultural blend of individuals striving for a common cause – Family.
View some of the unique works sighted around this wonderful inland city!
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