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Leo

Who doesn’t love a good Chuck Norris joke? Gravity is Space’s way of keeping Chuck Norris away from it. Chuck Norris makes Newtons apple fall up. Well move over Chuck and make way for William Bonnet.

Wills character Leo is one fit fella, equipped with a musical suitcase and what looks like many years of devoted yoga practice, he performs on stage a. while you watch the inverted projected version on stage b. This physical theatre “suitable for ages 8 to 108”, starts with a musical collage. From Sinatra to soul Leo dances and defies gravity.

leo anti gravityIn the middle part Leo turns the slapstick down a notch and chalks it up as the production slows down its pace. This is where my seven year old rested her eyes a little (although I suspect this had more to do with the walk to and from Wooloomooloo for a one metre pizza!)

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We were still plenty entertained as Leo ventured underwater. Things started to get sombre with a good dose of trippy video projection to display Leo’s ability to scale walls and hang from ceilings too before turning to his trusty suitcase for a Mary Poppins style exit.

Thankyou Arts Rocket http://www.artsrocket.blogspot.com.au/ for a great afternoon out!

LEO

28 June 2014 – 13 July 2014 at the Sydney Opera House

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DIY Photo Transfer

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. Nat King Cole crooned this pearl of wisdom back in 1948 and it still rings true. For those of us who have the daily joy of parenting, there are moments where you don’t feel the love in return…

tantrum art1My crime…turn off Frozen and get ready for bed NOW! This lovely piece is blu tac’d to daughters bedroom door. Time to go tantrum art!

DIY PHOTO TRANSFER

Pick a photo of your beloved. Photocopy and enlarge in B & W.

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Lightly tape your photocopy (picture facing down) onto your canvas board. Wear disposable gloves and head outdoors. Dip your blender pen into turps and rub pen tip in small wax on, wax off circles on the back of the paper on the parts where you’d like the image to transfer. It starts to look translucent. 

dip in turpsThe image transferred over a little faint. Xylene makes for a stronger image transfer, but is a more hazardous solvent to work with. Citra-Sol is apparently a safer alternative.

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Colour in with oil pastels then thin out with mineral turps for a watercolour effect. You could use linseed oil instead if you desire a less flammable work of art (or work with oil/ acrylic paints.)

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Felt for letters…

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Blu tac to door and feel the love!

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Who is Miroslav Váša?

Who is Miroslav Váša? More elusive than John Galt, I could find little info on this Czechoslovakian Illustrator.

I stumbled across his haunting Halloween illustrations in Bohuslav Březovský: The Mysterious Castle (1969).

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Bohuslav Březovský

Bohuslav Březovský The Mysterious Castle Svojanov

Radovan Krátký: Bubáci / The Bugaboos Or Little Natural History Of The Spooks, Ghosts And Phantoms (1961).

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Ghoulish? Macabre? A little disturbing.

Miroslav Váša

Born, lived and died in the Czech Republic 16.5.1920 to 14.8.1996

Illustrator, Typographer, Graphic Designer.

Other illustrated books by Miroslav Váša:

Pisen Pisni, 1956

Pisen Pisni, 1956 Il MV

Mlady Technik, 1962

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Kraj Dvoji Oblhy, 1969

Ilustrace: Miroslav Váša, 1969

Dobrodruzstvi Prostopasnic, 1973 

1973 Ilustrace Miroslav VÁŠA

 


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Pretzel Teabag Anchor

Yesterday my daughter took her shoes off in class, and kept them off. all. day. long. She could have chosen to sit with a friend for the day, or at the teachers desk! alas shoes off it was, her chosen reward for being good. When I was growing up it was all about gold stars, but back in the 5th Century Italian kids were given pretzels for good behaviour! A kitchen bound monk shaped them from dough to resemble hands crossed over the chest in prayer. They called them Pretiola, Latin for “little reward.”

Latin might be dead but the twisted pretzel lives on, from food vans to the freekum…

pretzels collageGermans quickly cottoned on to the pretzels doughy goodness and adopted them as a national food staple and beer besty. They also represent good luck and so are worn as a necklace on New Years Day. Austrians adorn their Christmas trees with them, while the Swiss play break the pretzel at weddings. The phrase “tying the knot” comes from pretzels too!

DIY CLAY PRETZELS

Warm up the modelling clay by rolling in your hands for a minute or so. Work on a non porous surface. Shape your pretzel. The bigger the pretzel, the more knots.

1 to 6 sharpenedRest pretzels on baking paper & leave to dry 24 hours.

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Water down acrylic paint to the consistency of pancake mix…

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dunk…

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Leave to dry 24hours and ponder the uses of your dipped pretzels.

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This is how I’ll be using mine.

When I’m feeling a little fancy or have a gal pal over for a cuppa!

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Green Eggs & Spaceships

Green Eggs and Spaceships. Doesn’t roll off the tongue like Green Eggs and Ham, nonetheless it’s a bit of fun!

Unless you have the tenacity of Sam-I-Am to present and persuade in a many a way… with a goat on a boat, in a box with a fox, in a house with a mouse, on a train in the rain…

maybe just boil them up in green food dye and pop ’em in a spaceship. They’re outta this world!

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One toilet roll, a strip of silver crepe paper and a boiled green egg later…

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Hiding in the fridge…

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Now how to make vegetables appealing!??

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”

Dr Seuss, The Lorax.