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Family Portrait

Recently my friend Yohann got in touch to commission a birthday present for his husband, Braden. We met through Rabble Books & Games where Yohann’s picture book, Hugo: The Boy with the Curious Mark is stocked. A delight to draw this beautiful family!

Satin Brocade Jacket

I found this bright cyan blue jacket in the op-shop. Its a Chinese style cheongsam, or long shirt made of rayon from a Shanghai label called Peony Brand. The cheongsam / qipao and associated garments were adapted from traditional Chinese dress and popularised in the 1920’s although mine is not that old. I don’t wear […]

Linen Haori Jacket

I love the latest piece I’ve ordered from a favourite company, OFFON Clothing, a label based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Simona and her team specialise in linen clothing with a simple and unpretentious feel, manufactured ethically and transparently. It is an unlined citrus yellow jacket loosely based on a haori, a traditional hip-length Japanese garment worn […]

Special Delivery

This week Rabble Books & Games have begun offering free home delivery to people in self-isolation or social distancing mode. Nat asked for a lighthearted drawing in the style of Lucy Cousins’ Maisy, so I drew Pip in her favourite pink fluffy vest. Many retailers (including the bookshops I work in) are taking measures to […]

A Nice Drop

Cass and Dave had me over to dinner, and for dessert we had donuts and a nip of Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey – not a bourbon, because of the wheat rather than corn mash, but from deep in bourbon country. Here’s the things we tasted.

Customer Service Wolf on Tour

Last week I travelled to Melbourne and properly met my editor and the other folks at Affirm Press, and I called into lots of good bookshops along the way. Special thanks to The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville, Neighbourhood Books in Northcote, Hill of Content on Bourke Street and Readings Carlton. It was also great to […]

Terra-cotta Dress

The bright mirror teal of my PopJewels Smithsonian earrings makes an excellent contrast to the brick-red linen dress I wore on Wednesday. They were a gift from a good friend which makes me love them even more. I made a commitment to buy when possible from smaller companies with an ethical focus, like OffOn Clothing […]

An Invasion Day 2020 protest sign sampler

I went to the Australia Day / Invasion Day protests in Perth city on Sunday 26th with Cassie. We made a note of our favourite signs (#TooStrongForYouKaren was a crowd pleaser). I made one referencing traditional tattoo flash with a treacherous handshake and replaced the ‘Trust No One’ text with ‘Sovereignty Was Never Ceded.’

Australian picture book covers translated into Noongar Language by Cassie Lynch and illustrated by Anne Barnetson

Kaya Bandang! (Hello everyone!) Illustrator Anne Barnetson and writer Cassie Lynch have brought best-loved picture books and Aboriginal languages together for this special series in honour of Children’s Book council of Australia’s Book Week 2019. Cassie is a descendent of the Noongar people and translated the titles of these famous picture books into the Noongar […]

Day Job Dress Codes

Sometimes a day will start with a couple of hours sketching in court and end behind the counter at my bookshop job. This requires a change in heel height and sensibility (if not the loudness of my pants). When I’m in court, I usually sit with the journalists in the media section and a business […]