Sad Girls Zine

Sad Girls is “a zine featuring work by girls who make things and have lots of feelings”. As a girl who sometimes makes things and always has feelings, I was pretty sure that this was a zine after my own super emosh heart. Contributors include the likes of Leah Goren, Caitlin Shearer and Jen Collins. The zines feature a mix of illustration, photography, and text. I missed the boat when Issue 1 came out a while back but I checked into the Sad Girls Etsy before I headed overseas to find all three issues in stock (spoiler alert: only Issues 2 and 3 are currently available). As such, they ended up being a little bit of a homecoming present to myself. I’m not sure if it’s a proven cure for jet lag but browsing through my Sad Girls zines made me feel 100% better. Hurrah!

See: Harvest at GoMA

Last weekend I trekked it over to my happy place aka the Gallery of Modern Art. Their latest showcase exhibition ‘Harvest’ is a celebration of food in art. An art exhibition focusing on food? It’s like these guys can see into my mind (and stomach). The collection features pieces from GoMA’s extensive collection as well as major new acquisitions. I did recognise a few pieces from past exhibitions like Xu Zhen’s ShanghART Supermarket installation which, by coincidence, is another manifestation of one of my happy places – Asian supermarkets. My favourite pieces included Shirana Shahbazi’s Still life: Coconut and other things and the absolutely bonkers Pineapple Express! display by Fallen Fruit that featured an assortment of pineapple-y items from local contributors. The exhibition is free and runs until September 21.

1. Shirana Shahbazi / Still life: Coconut and other things 2009
2. Tracey Moffatt / First jobs series 2008
3. Tomás Saraceno / Biosphere works 2009 
4. Tomás Saraceno / Biosphere works 2009
5. Michel Tuffery / Povi tau vaga (The challenge) 1999
6. Fallen Fruit / Fallen Fruit of Brisbane: Pineapple Express! 2014

Images taken on an iPhone 4 (waiting… waiting… waiting… for the iPhone 6) and edited in Photoshop.

Shop: Botanical Charts

In today’s edition of things Soph is obsessed with, I give you botanical charts. I quite like the look of wall charts and I think I’m that far out of high school that they don’t remind me of science classrooms. Although most of my high school science memories (biology only, chemistry can GTFO) seemed to involve hi-jinks so it wouldn’t be so bad if they did. Whether you prefer cutesy illustrations or vintage reproductions, these botanical charts would look much better displayed in the home than in a classroom. Click on the pictures or the links below to go to the source.

California Design: Living In A Modern Way

California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way‘ is an exhibition that’s currently showing at the Queensland Art Gallery. I first saw the exhibition during one of their Up Late sessions which also included a musical performance from Cub Sport. That session was pretty crowded so I wanted to go back at a time when I didn’t have to deal with crowds two people deep just to view certain pieces. Also, so I could take my time daydreaming that all the Eames things were mine. I managed to go back the same day I visited the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition at GoMA thanks to a special joint ticket deal that the art galleries were offering. As you can probably guess from the name of the exhibition, it showcases the different facets of design of mid-century California. It was basically like stepping into those episodes of Mad Men where Don Draper goes to California. If you’re in Brisbane and want to experience a bit of time travel you’ve only got a few weeks left to do so as the exhibition wraps up on February 9.


Images taken on iPhone 4 and edited in Photoshop

Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back To Earth

On the weekend I went to GoMA to see the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition, ‘Falling Back to Earth’. It is Cai’s first Australian solo exhibition and consists of four installations: Heritage, Head On, Eucalyptus, and Tea Pavilion. The two stand out works for me were Heritage and Head OnHeritage is like a united nations of animals and consists of 99 animal replicas gathered around a single waterhole. I made sure to get there early to avoid crowds so the overall viewing experience was one that was quite serene. Head On is markedly different and features 99 replica wolves hurling themselves into the air and into a glass wall – a statement on the implications of blindly following ideology. I’m consistently amazed by the exhibitions that GoMA puts together – um Warhol, Matisse, and Yayoi Kusama (before she took over the world via Louis Vuitton) to name a few – and ‘Falling back to Earth’ is another one to add to their lengthening list of hits. The exhibition runs until May 2014 so there’s plenty of time to plan a visit or three. 


Images taken on an iPhone 4 and edited using the VSCO Cam app (F2 filter).