Monday, September 15, 2014

The Australian Garden Show - in pictures

Well unfortunately, Sydney did not play nice for the 4 days of the Australian garden show.  The persistent rain meant a very wet weekend and much of the show was very muddy underfoot.  However, the gardeners were not deterred and when the sun finally came out on Sunday afternoon, the show gardens were beautiful to behold.  Here are some random shots of the weekend.

Graham Ross came by for a special introduction of Sarah and her work at Hillandale Gardens & Nursery to his guest audience.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Gabby Malpas at the Australian Garden Show, Sydney Thursday 4 Sept - Sunday 7 September

I'm so excited to be showing at the Australian Garden Show at Centennial Park, Sydney this week and weekend.

My giftware items will be in attendance - plus some items I have made especially for the show

Sarah Ryan of Hillandale Gardens and Nursery fame will be with me offering Garden Consultancy and nursery services - I call her 'Capability Brown Downunder'.

Please come and say hello - we are on Stand 89.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gabby Malpas at Platform72

I've been working with Platform72 for a year.  They have been fabulous at promoting my artwork and giftware.

They are launching a new exhibition and art space in St Leonards, on the north shore of Sydney.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

New products for the Gabby Malpas website

While we're in Winter in the southern hemisphere, I've been busy getting new products ready for the spring and summer sale season downunder.

Here is a selection of teatowels and cushion covers.

They feature paintings printed as panels and made into products.  I produce limited print runs - there were between 35 and 40-odd cushion covers (3 types of two different panels) and between 40 - 50 teatowels (6 x designs).

That keeps the product niche and a little bit exclusive - guaranteed NOT to find these at Target or IKEA!
You can purchase these on my website and they will be in selected galleries soon.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gabby Malpas at the Object Gallery with Art Pharmacy 9 July - 23 August

Dear Frooters

It's been a while since I posted.  A lot has been going on:  I went on my annual hols, I have been sorting out new product lines (cushions, melamine platters, teatowels and new cards/seed packets), for this year's Spring shows and gift season.  I've also working on competition entries and show ideas so while I don't have much to show so far... I'm sure it'll all come in a rush.

Here are two images I have in a Sydney show.  The garden image is 'Sarah's garden', and shows Monkshood, Japanese anemones and toadlily - all from Hillandale Gardens and nursery, Yetholme NSW.  The second image is a study of blue and white ceramics that have been used in my pattern repeat design: 'blue and white'.

The show details are: 'Atrium', at the Object Gallery, 417 Bourke St, Surry Hills Sydney - on now until 23 August.

Monday, May 26, 2014

On meeting my mother

Earlier this year I posted images of the new work I made to begin my own story.

Around the same time I was asked by Banana writers to write a piece about meeting my birth mother.  As an asian and transracial adoptee, I realise that this is unusual - the luck of being born in a country with diligent record keeping and being given the opportunity to look.

I have followed a number of blogs over the years and read a lot of personal stories from transracial adoptees.  The resounding sadness I sense is from people feeling like an outsider for all or much of their lives and the knowledge that due to their own circumstances, the chance of finding their own birth mother is slim.

My story is here.  If anything, I wanted to tell these people what happened to me - I was lucky, and yes, finding my birth mother changed my life in such a positive way I am truly thankful.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Upcycled table

A lot of the items in my home have been found on the side of the road, in skips or come from charity stores.  I try not to bring every piece of trash-treasure home but one Sunday, while walking home from the city I came across this old little table/stool.  I bought it home, put putty in some holes and sanded it

Then painted it with some leftover sample housepaint I had...
Then put some waterbased oil paints and some ink/watercolours onto it to achieve the specific blue I wanted...

...and then sanded it with some rough sandpaper to get some texture and expose a little bit of wood on the edges...
then I started cutting out pieces of coloured paper to make a little floral tableaux.

Next thing to do is the table sides and varnish it to seal it all in.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

little mother's day show at Botannix

There is a little mother's day show up at Botannix Yoga Studio and cafe, Botany, Sydney.

A mixture of new work on canvas - with a kitchen garden and food theme... and some of my very limited edition canvas prints.  When I say limited edition - I mean one or two.

The boys at Botannix have championed my work since 2011ish.  They have wonderful gardens in Sydney and Mt Victoria that supply the cafe, and the food and coffee is very very good.

Have a lovely week frooters!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New big canvas with a personal story

Dear 'Frooters'

If you've been following the blog you'll know I've recently started working on canvas.  I wanted to do this to work on some personal stories that have been living in my head for years but until now, I wasn't able to communicate them in the way I wanted to. 

Until now.  Here is a finished work - the first I hope of more in this vein:  the title of this piece is:
'When did you find out you were adopted? (you're shittin' me -right?)'

I was born in NZ and adopted in 1966 at 10 days old into a white family with 9 children. My parents took me at an age when they should have been looking forward to an empty nest and in the days before there were support groups and help books. All my life I have been asked by people where I'm from or how old I was when I found out I was adopted. My reaction to these questions has mellowed over the years - from anger/frustration, to telling the full story within minutes and jokes about family resemblance.

This is an attempt to convey this with humour but also the love: the obviously different race mother and child, the chinoiserie, full moon and flying fish in the garden - nothing is quite what it seems.
The title: well, it jarrs a little bit with the image but that is also the intention - something so detailed, and painted with care - given a fairly crude, but what I hope is a humorous title.

 And here is the progress of the work.  It probably took a month - 6 weeks all up:

A lovely Easter weekend to you all!