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Samantha Battersby
I'm a drawing machine and history head!
Interests: the "photo" above is of me in a past life., interests include drawing and designing new prints and originals to put in my etsy shop of course! other interests include going for walks and talking
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Fashionistas, The Ice-Cream Lover, My Favourite Chair, Doris and Dylan, Sweater Boys, Pascal at the Footy. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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A mosaic of illustrations from Prague born René Robert Bouché. He was born in 1905 and is most famously known for his fashion illustrations for Vogue and Elizabeth Arden. Images form here, here, here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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(From left to right) Fan Boy, Nancy, Simon, Out and About, Hot Pink Wash Cloth, Francis, Claws and Effect. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I was ambling through the city this afternoon and finally managed to take a good look at the University of Technology's new Business school building - The Dr.Chau Chak Wing Building. It is by world famous architect Frank Gehry and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I thought this Art Deco monkey pattern textile was very stylish. It would make an attractive quirky wallpaper design in my opinion! Image from here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Margot and Ritchie The Royal Tenenbaums is my favourite Wes Anderson film. I think it was a combination of the quirky story line, the terrific cast (Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Angelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow etc), and the very fine production... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I made a bunny gif to celebrate the Easter holidays! I hope everyone has a lovely break! Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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These drawings are by Kathleen Hale for one of her wonderful Orlando (the Marmalade Cat) books. These particular illustrations are part of the "Orlando (The Marmalade Cat): His Silver Wedding". It's the first Orlando book I ever read! It's basically... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I can't believe it's Easter next weekend! With that in mind I have selected a few Easter themed items from Etsy for you to peruse: 1) Easter Brunch Egg Cosy - Holzund Leinen 2) Some Bunny Loves you Hand Stamped... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I've been working on a GIF today made from some art deco gal drawings I did a while back. I enjoyed finding out about how to fade images into one another and re-acquainting myself with the whole GIF making process... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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My Poppys and one Millie arranged just so. Art Deco Poppy in Blue and Green (top) are off to a swanky ball, while Art Deco Poppy in a hat is off to the races. Meanwhile, Art Deco Millie is spending... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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These paintings are by the Swedish abstract artist Hilma af Klint. I have seen the painting above before - I thought it was pretty and assumed it was quite modern, but it is actually very old - possibly even 100... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I recently saw a marvellous documentary by Australian director Gillian Armstrong called "Women He's Undressed". It was a documentary/ biography of probably one of the most famous men from Kiama you've never heard of. His name was Orry Kelly, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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It is officially Autumn here in Sydney, although it is still quite hot and humid. However, the breeze is cool, so yes it is starting to feel a lot like Autumn. I say bring it on! Autumn means terrific walking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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The dress extravaganza, otherwise known as the Oscars, is only one day away. To get you in the mood for dress scrutinising, Vogue has collated a set of 103 of the best Oscar dresses in the last 10 or so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I love these vintage posters for their exceptional compositional style and their vibrant colours. Any one of them would make a fine addition to a living room wall. I found them at Chisholm Gallery Vintage Posters. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I watched a terrific documentary on David Hockney a few weeks ago (here's the trailer for it). It was roughly two hours long and covered his life from the time he went to art school to the present day. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This is Sidonie and Charles. They like to go out into the yard together and do all sorts of things. They like to garden and they like to relax, and they particularly enjoy being in the garden when the weather... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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These beautiful feathered fans come from France, America and China and they are all part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection. There are lots of other pretty fans too, but I have selected the feathered fans particularly as I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Apparently, 2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of British Vogue. The National Portrait Gallery in London is holding a huge exhibition to mark the occassion. Meanwhile, please enjoy the illustrated British Vogue covers circa 1916 - 1918... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Speaking of Art Deco (see previous post), here are three fine advertisements from Europe 1921, 1927 and 1930 respectively. They are from the coffee table book Euro Deco. All images from Euro Deco. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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George Barbier, my favourite art deco fashion illustrator. "Le Jeu des Graces" roughly translates as "the game of graces", but I think looking at the drawing it is possibly "the three graces playing"or possibly "the graceful game players"? For more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This is Arthur Reginald P.Cat and five things he has listed in order of importance. I don't think there are any surprises here. A portrait of Arthur Reginald is also available here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Whimsical French cartoonist and illustrator Raymond Peynet was famous for his drawings of a young romantic couple. He created the character of the young poet and his fiancée in 1942 which became an instant hit all over the world. Several... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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The great American sculptor Alexander Calder made the most desirable and interesting jewellery. It is unmistakably recognisable as his work, yet it is also obviously fine jewellery. Meaning, to my mind, sometimes art jewellery can look too "forced" and clunky;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at matouenpeluche