Monday, November 22, 2010

BEARDO opening night

BEARDO exhibition opening night is this thursday 25th 6-8pm at the Hawthorn Town hall gallery

Saturday, November 13, 2010

kelly gang

Making the ned kelly/bushranger........flippin sweet,

Friday, November 5, 2010

Beards Down Under

The Map of Tasmania,
Giving a new meaning to stroking ones beard.



Monday, November 1, 2010


For Beardo,
Beards Down Under,
Map of Tassie....say no to deforestation

Thursday, October 28, 2010

CRAFTICIZE exhibition

The elective i co-lectured at RMIT, Crafticize- make something that means something- is having an exhibition.

Come and see the students work this Thursday 28th, at RMIT building 88 level 5, 440 Elizabeth street.

We've set up a nook lined with vintage sewing patterns, leds and bunting!
image of Ben in progress of installation

Monday, October 25, 2010

Reason #infinity why i love my mum

My sister phones me this afternoon, to tell me that she said to mum, she'd be a goat if mum took an animal form, because mum asks pretty stupid questions.
And that mum said my sister would be a mule, then mum sang a song about a mule being RUDE fat and lazy.

WTF! I love the awesome crazy in my family. Maman with the killer burn.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lady Beards

Working with the fab Ms Katie Jacobs for a project about BEARDS at the Hawthorn townhall.

So we're planning on making bearded ladies or lady beards. A series of 6 famous Australian facial hair --beards and moustaches-- as female pubic hair.

It will be an interactive piece, where the public can choose the lady beard, and attach it onto our lady on the wall.

At the moment, we're thinking the lady will be a re-drawing of Venus de Milo.
the lady beards are going to be
1. Map of Tasmania, 3D mini model with river system.
2. The cricketer, long stitch brown wool a la Boon, Chappell or Merv Hughes.
3. The Nick Cave/The Bad Seed, a Cave moustache woven from cassette tape spool.
4. The Shannon Noll, flannel shirt of the uber gross goatee
5. The Ned Kelly, styled like his famed armour, made from tin with rivets and peephole.

Some photos of mucking around...inspiration picks.
We do try to be witty, non gross, non porn, and not overtly feminist.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

winter favourites (august)

hand felted neck warmer from my friends Kate + Rob, super soft!

Wardrobe, found on the footpath, 1 of 2 left out, my housemate and I have matching wardrobes now!, Made in Australia, nice fixings/hardware, lovely matching burl veneer, nice curves and handles.
Just have to rearrange my room, to make everything fit!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

just bob your head like you get it

"Thursdays are manic" -- a pharmacist once said to me.

A week of milestones
- 1 month in my new house/living with my flatmate
- 27th Birthday
- Decade since the passing of two friends

It's been some time since i've sat down and made something of substance. Recently it's all been about sewing clothes/trying to sew clothes. The last thing I made was a skeleton hand/arm neck piece...not very much.
At the moment I have an Angora goat leg in my mum's freezer. One Goat from My sister's herd needed to get its leg amputated and I asked my sister if she could get the vet to keep the limb. I really want to preserve it or stuff it and have it as a neck piece. Maybe not the entire leg as it's pretty darn big, but maybe the hoof/fetlock, so there's the trotter/hoof and some leg with fleece.

Need to get working on a solo proposal, but I want it to be of new work, no a hack of existing things I work on.......have an inkling of an idea, but need to draw it out.

Friday, August 6, 2010

don't ever fade away

Today is for sewing a gold dress, for warm vapours from mint tisane, for a belly full of pancakes. Today is for washing clothes, for baking cakes and for moving furniture.
Today is for Joy Division, for Madonna and for Gorillaz. Today is for manicures and pedicures, for exfoliating and quiet. Today is for looking for liquor, going to the bank, phoning maman and sweeping the kitchen floor.

august favourites

Cookbook of Liam's + gold dress in progress

Sunday, August 1, 2010


In news:
Moved house with my friend Liam, we're habituating in Nth Melb now. Definitely different to inner city, I do miss being so central, but I was spoilt living on flinders lane for so many years. Anyway nth melb is different in a good way, quieter, terrace house and still within stubling distance of the city.

Anyway, have had some super inspiration for sewing some dresses. Picked up and amazing gold foil/black fabric, gonna make into a dress with gaping side/tie up shoulders.
Also got some blue woven woolen fabric, to make a capelet, it will be line with silky leopard print, super trash the way i like it. AND some bronze/tarnished gold coloured lace and shiny fabric for a dress--lace sleeves-- yeah for trash.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pair of corduroy pants sewn into drainpipes of unfathomably leg casing goodness,
you are so fucking dreamy. My wardrobe is a better place, now you are in it.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Beasts Least Seen, manifesto

Manifesto for Beasterds **draft 2 edit 16/06
Authors: Caroline McCurdy + Brittany Veitch

We make art because we are compelled, it is our vice, a systematic obsession to sew, sketch and distill ideas.

We make art because we drink coffee, because we eat pistachio baklava. We make art because we watch Total Recall, because we read William Gibson and because we listen to David Bowie.

We make art because we work in creatively unsatisfying jobs, because we work too many hours under the creative direction of someone else.

We make are because we are different, because we are similar, because together we have greater significance.

We make art to satisfy our desire for affirmation, to be held in high regard, to be somebody.

We make art because we are practicing Graphic designers, because we are non-practicing Industrial designers.

We make art to validate absences in our lives, to get excited, to be melancholic.

We make art to wake up with a rollicking hangover, to add levity to serious situations. We make art to get second chances, to make new opportunities.

We make art to prompt a flurry of discussion, to make others sit down and shut up, to make a satirical gesture.

We make art not to be self-indulgent but because we need to. We make art to relieve stress, to be consumed and to gain focus.

It is not a question of why, but of when and where and what. We make art because we do, because we are, because we can. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

you with me so it's alright

Simply put, yes.
yes, yes, a thousand time yes.

Friday, May 28, 2010

hanging at the flat sewing and cutting

I'm sewing a bed gown for maman, bed gown is a dressing gown meets bed jacket. While she is recuperating at home, she can at least rock out the house in a vivid robe.

take one existing dressing gown
add sewn patchwork outer shell.

et voila.
I like that it is over patterned and i'm loving the purple/lilac/gold/mustard and I think the cream dressing gown will tone it down, so rather than vulgar, it's striking.
I stood infront of a wall of fabrics for a hour, before finding a combo of four that i liked...ransacked the wall, because originally i wanted vibrant crimson/scarlet, then thought maybe soothing aqua/lightblue tones.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Not feeling too creative, except when talking about Gary Busey, or limping legs, or scratching out comics at work with eyes look in different directions.

Feeling that I should be doing more, but not certain to what it is I should be doing. Not sure what to do next with Beasts Least Seen, or how we're going to put our app together. Would feel better if we had a gallery, or somewhere wanting our work.

Passing the time drawing on a banana at work, propped it up on a mug facing my colleague with a speech bubble "i'm watching you", my colleague and I agreed the banana would probably drive a van and offer kids candy.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

super love

Killer comics from the Dr Quinn, DRAWING LOVE

Killed me with blisters SHOE LOVE

I'm Audrey Horne and I get what I want, SHOE LOVE

Photo CD love!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

recent un-busy

As of recent, doing anything creative has had some down time. My maman is ill, which really freaked me out at first (things are better now), i've been quite tired from work, and almost feel as if i'm becoming a shut in.
I rarely venture from my flat and it's quite hard catching up with people.

Project making has slowed down, yet there is a big list of things i want to make and do.
I considered picking up more shifts at my work for extra money, but that won't make me happy. Modding some pants into super skinny ankle biting/leg sausage casing pants made me happier.

Here is the last thing I made. It was for a friend's birthday.
'A humble slice of pie', very much a part of Veni Vidi Vici. I wanted to give me friend something handmade but not just any of rag tag/scruffy style of things i make. The pie slice is a single serve version of 'Magpie pie' from the Veni Vidi Vici exhibition, which i made with katie Jacobs. The slice is missing the amazing glossy texture of the original ceramic pie crust.

ANd even though it lacks the lovely ceramic crust, I think it came out ok. The raised crust stitching wasn't planned, but just happened that way. Beak and feet were left over from the original VVV pie, crust and meat are handmade alpaca felt.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Manifesto because

While writing a manifesto for the Beast Least Seen project, I noted many conditions that make me make stuff. Whether they be living situations, relationships, seeking attention or respect, I compiled a rather long list of things.

This is an offshoot from that process. Not really a manifesto, more a statement of conditions. I wrote it while on the train coming back to the city, a nightmare of a trip where some awful man eating roast chicken was throwing the bones on the carriage floor and got extremely angry at me for not talking to him...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Out of the city, missing all the F1 noise and people (kind of a bummer) instead I'm helping my sister show a few of her alpacas at an agricultural show.
While she fleece stewards in the morning, I'll mostly entertain myself taking photos- wood cutters, classic cars... and although particularly crass, I wish there were monster trucks there, but no such luck.

Photos to come.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


a quick bonnet experiment. I had an idea for a pattern, and wanted to see if it's work.

Friday, March 19, 2010

yeti bib

A quick prototype of one of the BLS sketches.
THe nipples are just sewn fabric, but would be cast latex in the future

It's a play on a tuxedo styled bib.
Materials: white cotton fabric for bib and nipples, black stretch poly for the waist tie, grosgrain ribbon and brown suri fleece (from Grace Jones)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Head dress

Beasts Least Seen: Head dress
Lace, toppers, madonna rounds, beading/pearling, hair, yeti parts, nipples, tongues, feet, claws/nails/talons


Beasts Least Seen: Veil
Hair, deer feet, binding, embroidery, pompoms, beading


Beasts least seen: breastplate
Chain, patent, hair, string, yeti parts.

Collar/neck piece

Beasts least seen: Collar/neck piece
Mixture of yeti hair en masse, thin chain, fabric strips, pompoms, claws


Beasts Least Seen: cape/mantle
Eyeball covered capelet. Hand sewn detailing, full coverage of eyeballs (cast resin), interior lined with shiny/lurex/patent fabric. Large bow tie front.