The Redwood Forest…

It’s funny to have discovered a place so beautiful that has been on my doorstep all these years. The Redwood Forest in Warburton is a stand of beautiful American Redwoods, a place that is dark and mysterious, filled with willow sculptures and a silence so serene as to lose all sense of time.



Photogravure is a non-toxic photo/printmaking process where a metal plate is coated with a light sensitive emulsion and exposed to a film positive. Through exposure, the plate is etched and produces a very detailed image ready for the traditional print press. It is all printmaking from here on in, which is something that I have never done before, but the results produce exquisite tones and detail that would be very difficult to create with traditional etching. Of course there are many imperfections in the print but that only adds to the beauty of the final image and it’s handmade quality.

I was fortunate to be able to attend a photogravure workshop on the weekend, held by my lovely friend and mentor, Silvi Glattauer, at The Baldessin Press. The studio is an artwork in itself, nestled in the Australian bush just over an hour out of Melbourne.

I am really happy with the end results and can’t wait to get back out to the studio to learn more!

An Article in The Age newspaper…

Very excited to have a feature article in this weeks Sunday Age! They heard about the book and contacted us earlier this week to organise an interview and photoshoot at the market. We managed to round up several of the stall holders and their products and you can see all of the images on The Age website below.


(The Age article by Carolyn Webb and images by Chris Hopkins)

The book “Meet me at Market…

And here is the book….finished, printed and selling fast!

We have done a limited edition print run so once they are all sold that will be it! Take a look at our Facebook page for more info.

You can purchase a copy of the book via the link below or, if you are local, head out to our stall at St Andrews Market and come and say hello!

working on layout from the book

working on layout from the book

working on a layout from the book

working on a layout from the book

Final proofing before print

Final proofing before print

The book cover

The book cover

Purchase the book here –

‘smile’…vistors to St Andrews Market

Some of the many happy visitors to St Andrews Market…

decisions, decisions…

Jo and I are slowly feeling our way around how to publish our book. So many things to think about! Do we find a publisher or self publish? Apply for grants or crowd fund?…….and on and on and on!! It isn’t an area we are familiar with but we are determined to see our project to completion. Almost there now. Here is a bit of a mock up of one of the pages that I just did.

Winter in St Andrews…


Winter, my favourite time of the year. A time to really enjoy catching up with all the locals that come to the market week in and week out. Jo and I spend a good 4 hours here each week… nourishes the soul and keeps us connected to the small rural community that we live in. Market time is our time. No husbands, no kids, no thinking about anything else except relaxing. Absolute bliss!

Here are a few of my favourite stalls that are part of my weekly ritual ‘market time’. First up, my veggie shopping. Then up the hill a bit for breakfast at the Thai stall (the best satay sauce in the southern hemisphere!) The penultimate destination is the Chai Tent with a hot, spicy cup of Chai from Robbie. Lots of time spent here for talking, laughing and watching the world go by.


The laudanum Project

(…and here is my full group photo of the Laudanums)


The Laudanum Project would like to introduce you to Sandrine Moreaux. Sandrine is not like other girls. She is complicated. Very complicated. In the year of 1920 Sandrine arrived on the streets of Paris searching for the divine temple of her obsessions – the infamous Théâtre Du Grand Guignol. What she found therein was a terrifying reflection of her own yearnings and dreams that rendered her transformed, reborn but above all beautiful, so very beautiful.

The Grand Guignol Automaton is coming to the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival this September.

Time to introduce the whole family

Straight from the infamous Museum Of Mankind, it’s the traveller, the collector, the bon vivant. It’s Alphonse Cheese-Probert!

Alphonse Cheese-Probert

Ladies and Gentlemen, We are very, VERY proud to present to you an all new member of the Laudanum Project family. Please put your hands together for the prettiest of them all, Shiny Helen!

Shiny Helen

Without going into too much detail, there were accusations, games of hide and seek and several dead husbands who were all discovered with traces of succinylcholine in their systems. Please welcome back the innocent and the utterly not guilty, Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny

Lady Saphronia Lick-Penny

With a winning smile and a collection of dead things that would make Mummy proud, it’s our very own boy in the attic, Barnabas Oral!

Barnabas Oral

St Andrews Market Project, an update…

Jo and I are getting to the end of our market project and I now need to start sorting through the hundreds of photos that I have taken over the last year. It will be sad to bring it to an end, but, in a sense, it is just the beginning. Next…….the book!