Thursday, April 17, 2014

Squawk and Meow.

 I'm continuing  my love of native birds and colour with these guys. A rainbow lorikeet and a rosella (just like on the sauce bottle!)
Kitties aren't forgotten either. This cheeky guy is a wall hanging. 
Miss Lily spotted this 40's lino from the Blyth St. bus so I went back with the car and grabbed a big pile just before it was leaving for the tip! Lino Rescuers united!!!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Noah's Ark of Craft!

I just read somewhere that foxes are the new birds. 
I thought budgies were the new flamingo's, that were the new llamas, that were the new sloths, that were the new bunnies, that were the new horses, that were the new donkeys, that were the new owls. 
Craft is a Noah's ark of animal motifs and what begins as a cute new image on indie designer goods often ends up done to death on everything from school stationary at Officeworks, to kids undies from Target.

Today on Facebook I asked "What animal is on trend in your world?"  
One of my friends answered "Please let's have something native to Australia, not another bleeding' woodland creature" 
I tend to agree. As much as I love the cute European critters, I'm tiring slightly of deers, foxes and their furry friends. 
This is my effort to fly the flag for Aussie Fauna! Still plenty of cute critters to choose from too. Maybe a ring tailed possum will be next.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Oz Pattern and Style!

Last night I went to the launch of Patternation, a thoroughly mind blowing collection of Oz fashion from iconic 80's designers and contemporary practitioners. Jewellery by Kate Durham (who was my idol at art school) and fashion by Jenny Kee, Kara Baker, Ken Done ( who was kinda daggy in the 80's but ironically cool right now) and Linda Jackson to name a few.
 I wanted help deciding which brooch to wear on my Ken Done dress ( made by Lily from a tablecloth from Savers) so I asked on Facebook.....the Opera House, the Map of Oz or the Budgie?
The Opera House polled favorably, but in the end I went with the Map.....
So here I am Rockin' the Done with the very cool Devlin who has a mighty collection of 80's street wear and Ken Done vintage!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Girt by Sea

 Once again it's been all about the Maps of Australia. Several orders are heading out soon, so lots of cutting and assembling is going on in the studio. I dug out all my pretty floral lino for some of these. Kinda looks like our wide brown land has turned into a bunch of flowers.
The iconic shape of Australia has got me thinking about the theme for the next exhibition at Gleaners Inc........stay tuned!!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Penny for a Picture!

I received my first Royalty payment from Getty Images last week! It wasn't a massive amount by any means, but  it's certainly nice to get some credit for your creative endeavors once in a while. 
And I'm happy to see my obsessive button collections have made a small impression on the folks at Getty!.
A few of these swallows and some other feathery friends have fluttered off to roost at Jay from Finki and Anna from Polly Pratt's new retail venture Ruby's Nest. It's a gorgeous shop full of pretty, colourful dresses and accessories so I'm sure my birdies will fit right in!

Monday, March 10, 2014

March Swallow Sale!

March is my favorite month. Autumn has arrived, the days are cooler and Betty Jo has a Birthday. To celebrate March, Betty Jo is DISCOUNTING all the Swift Swallow brooches in her Etsy shop by a BIG $15.00! That's a saving of almost 45%! Limited number available xxxx

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Viva La Frida

I am one of millions of people who are inspired by Frida Kahlo. Her work, her beliefs, her style and strength.
An amazing woman who channeled her pain and tumultuous life into intricate and colourful paintings.
Her explicit, intensely autobiographical work has received world wide critical acclaim and her image is recognized globally as a symbol of beauty, creativity and feminism!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Cocky want a Cracker?

 I thought it was about time I branched out and gave the baby budgies some friends.
So hello Sulpher Crested Cockatoo, Gang Gang Cockatoo, and Galah! I  love these cheeky fellows in the wild. Their beautiful flashes of colour and raucous squawking remind me how awesome Australia's native fauna is. So cool and unique.
 The Cockatoo and Budgies brooches are available now at Gleaners Inc. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fresh of the Bench!

New Cupid Sugar Skull available from Gleaners Inc., Lino Disc-o Necklace,
Custom made Map of Australia. Belly dancer for the "Materialized" Exhibition at Gleaners Inc. opening on the 1st of March.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tugging your Heart Strings

I have continued the Heart theme at Betty Jo headquarters and designed a Lino Heart Strings Bunting. Perfect for adding  some romance to your abode! I have linked 10 vintage lino hearts together to form a 160cm long bunting that would look ace in a retro themed house. 
                                                The Heart Strings Bunting is available in my Etsy shop now!
 If you like Hearts and a BARGAIN, I am offering a $10 dollar discount on all Heart Strings necklaces in my etsy shop right through February. Just add the code HEARTSTRINGS at checkout!
  As you can see, I'm a bit in LOVE with hearts at the moment. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Once again Gleaners Inc. is participating in the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival's Cultural Program. A month long exhibition titled "Materialized" will run throughout March at Gleaners Inc.  
Gleaners Inc. has invited designers, artists and craftspeople to take a swatch of vintage material and use it as inspiration for a creative project.
All participants must respond to the fabric, ie; the pattern, the texture or the colour palette, by creating a finished piece incorporating or referencing their swatch.
The material will plant the seed of a creative idea and the final designs will “materialize” as the ideas ger
minate and grow into the finished piece.
The result will be a diverse collection of work that incorporates fashion and clothing, textiles, jewellery, accessories, works on canvas and paper and sculptural pieces. 
 Here is a sneak peek at the one of the pieces I have been making. The fabric has a Moroccan feel to it, referencing these ornately glazed tiles.
. I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful work that is being created for the show!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Thinking about Hearts...

Well it is coming up to that Day in February!
You can purchase my Heart Strings Lino Necklaces from my Etsy store.
As you may well be aware, my greatest love in life is partaking in a good opshop.
On a day trip to Bendigo last week it seems I had an unintentional opshopping colour scheme going !
And because it's Australia Day, and all that it represents in our contemporary society, here is one of my Maps of Australia sitting in the window of the excellent Blackbird Corner in Newcastle!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hellooo 2014!

Happy New Year Groovers!
The year started pretty slowly at Betty Jo Headquarters. Studio pottering, not really focused on any one thing......until yesterday. I was scrolling through instagram and happened to notice several crafty friends vintage fabric stashes all neatly sorted and colour coded. Wouldn't some of these fabricy bits make pretty bunting I thought ( it's hard not to think of bunting when you are sitting in a shop FULL of it!). Then I glanced over to my higgledy-piggledy pile of lino and *Bing* (that's the light globe switching on) I set to and made the Betty Jo version of  pretty vintage Bunting. 
 It is 160cm long with eight vintage lino flags linked together with jump rings and finished each end with an 18cm chain. It would be perfect for a kitchen, patio, verandah, or anywhere really! It even looks alright hanging out in the scout hall that is my lounge room.
 And it's pretty hardy so would cope with the elements outdoors as well. You can get your own custom made Bunting from my Etsy store or my real life shop Gleaners Inc. 

After the success of my Lino Bunting necklaces, I'm hoping this bigger bunting will appeal to the same vintage loving peeps!!!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Signing off for 2013!

Well that's almost it for another year. A year of big highs and annoying lows, business and artful juggling, plans and ideas ( some fruitful, others not so), decisions made, minds changed. Just your normal  roller- coaster ride on the Big Dipper of life.
In my creative life I made a couple of good decisions. Making these Maps of Australia for the wall was one!
 Going with my friend Lois to the salvage this amazing lino also proved to be a wise move, as I have been able to incorporate it into loads of Betty Jo goodies this year!
Like these Flying Ducks, ordered by a lovely man as a Chrissy gift for his vintage lino loving wife! 
And of course brooches...oodles of brooches!
And to continue the Christmas tradition, I made a limited number of wreaths for all seasonal persuasions!
Best wishes for Christmas and here's to a great 2014! 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

What's been going on!

 As usual this is the busiest time of year in my world. Stockist ordering for Christmas always send their requests in at the same time, so it's non stop making right now!
Plate of Betty Jo goodies. 
I need to fill two more for an exciting new stockist in NSW. As I hand cut and assemble each little critter, no two will ever be the same.... Some will be wonky, but we like it that way!
 My lino Cuckoo Clocks have been popular. This pretty floral one in now living at a gorgeous shop in Rylstone "Mon Alisa".
 Map's of Australia are still my faves. This one is available at the coolest boutique in town, Pussycat Black!
 Last Sunday we had a stall at the fantastic Markit @Fed Square. I took a bunch of Gleaners Inc. goodies and a great day was had by all!!!
As it is Christmas in um,oh, about 4 weeks, I have started making wreaths again. This one is now hanging on a front door of a lovely customer from Adelaide.
This little lady art work is the size of a playing card and is for a very cool exhibition at Tinning St. Gallery called "Smash and Grab". The work is called  "Carmen from La Mana Fresh". Her hat is a brooch and her carnelion earrings are removable!
It's not been all about me these last few months. My girl Lily has been working hard to complete VCE and submit her folios. This is arguably the coolest halo in town and we are hoping it brings her divine luck as she embarks on her tertiary adventures. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Feeling the Festive Vibe!

OK. No beating about the bush here. It's now only six weekends till Christmas. 
I have just noticed the Christmas vibe starting to hum in my retail shop Gleaners Inc. with organised customers talking about Christmas gift lists and stocking stuffers. Nothing a shop keeper loves more than a well  prepared shopper!!
I had a dig through the vaults for a bit of Christmas inspiration yesterday.

And here is the first Christmas wreath of the season. The wreath is approx 26cm wide and hangs flat.
The angel can be removed and worn as a brooch. These will be for sale in Gleaners Inc. and I will also be happy to take orders. Each wreath will be one-of-a-kind!

Monday, November 4, 2013

"A Rod for Your Neck"

This vintage Cuisenaire set won't last long as I crank up the drill and create primary school maths inspired jewellery! Cool lady teacher gifts anyone? 
Does anyone actually remember learning anything using rods? I built some kick arse towers in grade one and these days seem to connect several numbers in my brain with their corresponding rods colours. eg. When I think of ten I think of orange. Mild synethesia maybe?
"A Rod for your Neck" necklaces are available from Etsy! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Australia, Your Standing In It!

Lately it feels like I'm knee deep in Australias.
And in news just to hand, soon you will find one of these Australias on display at the Bonnie Doon holiday house made famous in the Aussie movie "The Castle".
Am I allowed to make a very un-Australian confession? I didn't like "The Castle". I couldn't last the whole movie, in fact I think I only got through a choc top and some smiths chips before I slunk out of the cinema. I think it was the fake ocker accents that drove me away. Have you ever walked out of a movie?