Espresso tales Vol 2

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Remember Espresso tales? Little independent publication about coffee in Melbourne?
I drew this barista man for vol 2.

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Here it is printed. And a little bookmark as a bonus :)

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Markets markets markets

Some friends asked me about the markets I go to. So this post is about it – the art, craft, design and other things markets in Australia. I should probably post about my markets back in Lithuania or UK, but maybe someday later, if I find nice pictures. Follow the links (underlined text) to see more.

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This is a nostalgic and precious picture for me – with my first friend in Australia – Sarah. Now we live in different ends of this continent and I miss her. This was first market I went to, sharing a table in those days was the only thing we could afford, ha ha. Ok ok, we shared it because it was just more fun. That was a market in Espionage gallery, Adelaide. I met Fruzsi here as well. And then little by little started to meet other people with whom we still keep in touch.

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I even can’t remember the name of this market in Adelaide. It was in the city center, just off the Rundle street. I rode my bike to this market with all my things! I didn’t have a lot of stuff. And I got this beautiful cloth in garage sale.

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With another friend Kara in a local community market. Market was so tiny, but fun.

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Then it was West End Christmas market. A bigger one and I got a bit more stuff…

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and it was raining so badly :D

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And then first Rose street market in Melbourne with Louise.

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And then we made it to the Finders Keepers in Melbourne with Antra.

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I couldn’t find pictures from North Melbourne market, only this one, I took it because the girl in the middle looked like Reda, sadly it wasn’t her… Next time I go there, I’ll take some pictures of the building and people.

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Oh! I just found some pics in my instagram. Yeah, look for #lukava there!

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This picture is just because of some order and chronology, I try to mention all the markets. Fine Design market in some suburb. Sunny and windy. There was also Southside market in St.Kilda, I have no pictures.

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In winter I tried to stay in markets somewhere inside like Rose st. market.

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It’s in an old tin shed or storage, very Melbournian vibe.

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And then I traveled to Sydney.

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Amazing building. It used to be a train locomotives repair factory.

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And then to Brisbane. Hot and wet.

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Also in a historic building.

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Ant this was North Market in Brunswick.

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With a n Ukulele band playing live.

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South Melbourne Night (well, evening) market in the summer.

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And the last one, just few weekends ago – a rainy day at the Esplanade market in St.Kilda. It is a little bit oldschool but it is so close to our home. But the winds from the sea are almost unbearable but it is always interesting to try something else and to go to all those different markets. Note the table cloth :)

I don’t take so many pictures of my stuff in the markets anymore, but now I think it could be great to look at them. I can see how the range of products has changed and the way I show them. I can revisit those places I’ve traveled and remember some lovely people I met. Hope it was interesting for you. Just a bit, a tiny bit.

I’ll post about upcoming markets in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney here.

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Keep calm and pet a cat

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I enjoy drawing on porcelain. That smooth surface… And I got this lovely bottle – vase from garage sale. I’ve been collecting different things I could draw on for a year or more. Now I think I need to finish all those projects and get rid of things, just to make more space. “Keep calm and carry on” was the poster British government released as a motivation and encouragement for people in 1939, just before the war. It has interesting history, read more here. But now this has been overused everywhere. Probably because of pretty nice typography, some retro nostalgia or something else. I wanted to remove the print, but nail polish remover, white spirit and other liquids didn’t work. Another idea was just over paint it. And then the crown gave me an idea.

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Here it is.

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DIY Christmas Tree

diy christmas treeLately it was busy period with all Christmas works. And once I’ve finished them I took some time to get ready for Christmas. Oh, I missed those little crafts!

This is a simple project.
1. Cut a pyramid out of cardboard.
2. I didn’t get big enough piece, so I cut 3 triangles and taped them together it with a masking tape.
3. And then into a pyramid. See how I cut the “legs” at the bottom. It is unnecessary.
This picture looked dull so I added some colour palettes I was thinking of using for Christmas tree.
4. Cut little scales out of coloured paper. I folded some tissue paper and then cut heaps of scales at once. The problem you need to use double layer of them – otherwise tissue paper is too transparent. I also used a nice coloured blue paper napkin (just because of the colour) and golden crepe paper for more festive look. You know, you could cut those scales in different shapes, maybe more pointy, triangles for more spiky tree. Or fringed pieces. Lots of possibilities!
5. Start gluing from the bottom. Draw a horizontal line with a glue stick and attach those little scales.  Then start the next row on top.
6. Ta-da!

It still misses the top, I just haven’t decided whether it will be a star or something more funky.

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In paper – Anorak magazine

Remember this post? So here is how it looks printed! Thanks, Anorak!

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