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Finders Keepers

Thursday February 23rd, 2012, 2 years, 8 months and 1 week ago

I’ve just finished working on a poster & postcard design for The Finders Keepers’ Melbourne Art & Design Market being held in April. As sometimes happens, the direction I initially took was shelved, in this case it was in favour of a collage-based design. I’m rather fond of my first attempt. As I was working on it, I realised that it reminded me of the spine & endpapers of a Little Golden Book, which inspired me to write a post about them a few weeks ago.

In other news, I’d like to thank all the lovely people who’ve been emailing me via my new contact page lately. Firstly, thank you for helping me test the contact form, but also, thank you so much for writing such nice emails – they’ve been so encouraging & inspiring!

One more thing before I go… I’m working on a new project called 2by4 to get the creative juices flowing. Every day (or maybe most days – no pressure!) I’m going to make at least one little image on paper measuring 2×4 inches. I want to be totally free in terms of the kind of paper I use, as well as the subject matter, media, style & technique. Sometimes it can be rather daunting to start work on a big blank page or wood panel or canvas, but a little 2×4″ snippet is a much friendlier prospect. Then, when I have a whole stack of them, I’ll make collages from them – it should be fun! I’ll make sure to post some of my little 2by4 piccies on my blog as I go along.

Top right: Poster design. Bottom left: Postcard design. Bottom right: First version of poster.

16 Responses to Finders Keepers

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  1. Melissa says: crabappledesigns.com

    Oh I love it! Beautiful work as always Karena!

    Reply to Melissa Feb 24th 2012, 2 yrs and 8 mths ago
  2. Ah, hello….freakin’ excellent! Love it.

    Reply to Jodie Feb 24th 2012, 2 yrs and 8 mths ago
  3. I like it. I love the look of all of your work all of the vintage colors and designs they always remind me of things and places from the past when I was growing up everything looks and seems so familiar.

    Reply to Debra Feb 24th 2012, 2 yrs and 8 mths ago
    • Karena (Magic Jelly) says: magicjelly.com.au

      Hi Debra! Yes I do try to capture something of my childhood in my work, but hope there’s a 21st century twist to it too. :)

      Reply to Karena (Magic Jelly) Feb 27th 2012, 2 yrs and 8 mths ago
  4. kat cameron says: teamkitten.com/blog

    Fabulous Karena! I saw this yesterday on Finders Keepers and before i even knew the artists i thought it looked like your work! lovely! and good luck with the daily drawing. I am in the midst of doing daily drawings too, but get side tracked with the kidlets and sleep! hehe

    Reply to kat cameron Feb 24th 2012, 2 yrs and 8 mths ago
    • Karena (Magic Jelly) says: magicjelly.com.au

      Thanks Kat! Having a recognisable style is something I wonder about, so I’m happy to hear that! All the best with your daily drawing too – I’ve already lapsed.

      Reply to Karena (Magic Jelly) Feb 27th 2012, 2 yrs and 8 mths ago
  5. Rachael says:

    They look great will have to keep my eye out for the postcards.

    Reply to Rachael Feb 24th 2012, 2 yrs and 8 mths ago
  6. Vantiani says: ikavantiani.blogspot.com

    I’m absolutely swoon by your first design idea, Karena.
    Just a perfect collage piece! Thumbs up!

    Reply to Vantiani Mar 1st 2012, 2 yrs and 8 mths ago
  7. Julian says:

    Looks great. I really like the stamps.
    The 2×4 project sounds like fun!

    Reply to Julian Mar 4th 2012, 2 yrs and 7 mths ago
    • Karena (Magic Jelly) says: magicjelly.com.au

      Thanks! The 2by4 project has stalled somewhat, but I’m still going to keep going with it, even if not as regularly as I hoped.

      Reply to Karena (Magic Jelly) Mar 5th 2012, 2 yrs and 7 mths ago
  8. carlylikes says: carlylikes.nl

    Love the idea! Please show us your updates!

    Reply to carlylikes Mar 5th 2012, 2 yrs and 7 mths ago

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