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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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Another beauty from Mr. Art Deco himself: George Barbier. The touches of pink around the toes and knees of his greek figures here is very pretty! Image form my book: George Barbier: Master of Art Deco: Fashion, Illustration and Graphic... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at matouenpeluche
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The photographs of Vivian Maier were big news some years ago after they were accidentally discovered in an old trunk in an auction by an eagle eyed John Maloof. (I've actually blogged about her before here.) However, I've just finished... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at matouenpeluche
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Ian McMaugh of Budwise Garden Design has created for himself a mini tropical garden jungle in the heart of inner city Redfern. The green layers of exotic plants are an oasis in the middle of a very urban environment. You... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at matouenpeluche
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Paul Blow is a freelance illustrator who has had his work in a lot of well known magazines and papers such as The Guardian, The Independent, Greenpeace Magazine etc. I like his retro style with its very modern twist. He... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at matouenpeluche
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I thought these colour photos of Jackie and her sister Lee Radziwill in India 1962 were particularly lovely. The pinks, oranges and reds are joyful! It's also always a pleasure to look at Jackie Kennedy in her impeccable 1960s signature... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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This is Susan and she is enjoying the first of the wisteria blossoms. She is also very found of jasmine and hyacinth flowers, but wisteria is her favourite. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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A modern rustic farmhouse as featured in Design Sponge some time ago. I like the way the owners have maintained the original farmhouse feel by filling it with an eclectic mix of antique furniture, but have added a modern feel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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1) The Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Rattle - In Little Hands LLC 2) Aldo Rossi Alessi 1988 Coffee Maker - Vintage Plaza 3) Second Version Top and Matching Bag - Purple Fish Bowl 2 4) Enid Collins Vintage Box Bag -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Two cover illustrations from the luxury French periodical Femina by Georges Barbier. I'm always astounded when I come across yet more of his beautiful illustrations - he was without a shadow of a doubt prolific! Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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It's not quite spring yet, but the botanical Gardens in Sydney have lots of lovely flowers to admire. I spent an hour or two there this week attempting to capture the beauty of the flowers with my camera. The poppy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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So here is a gif I co-made using one of my drawings: Loretta : Star of the Silver Screen. I got A LOT of help making it - in fact it was a lesson in a huge, new, completely different... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Four favourite photos from The Atlantic. If you scroll over the image, it will give you a description of the photo. All image from The Atlantic. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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I came across the paintings of Finn Dean via an article in the Guardian about the best alternate science fiction universes. One of those universes was Aldous Huxley's Brave New World which was accompanied by Finn Dean's evocative paintings: see... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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1) Poodles - Screen Print - Jennifer Davis 2) Lambswool Petrol Blue Pencil Scarf - Sara Carr 3) 1960s Mod wool dress - Lived In 4) Pillbox with bow - Annalisa Maria Millinery 5) Little Forest original landscape painting -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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This is a poster I recently finched, *ahem* finished, featuring nine Aussie finches and one interloper from Europe. Any Australian twitcher worth their salt could tell you immediately which is the non-Australian finch. Hint: it's the one that's had to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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I have been experimenting with a drawing I did a few years ago. It's a flying kitten wallpaper pattern! ...and here's the original Flying Kitten. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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A desirable residence I found whilst perusing Arch Daily: Studio Mumbai's House on Pali Hill. I especially like the inner courtyard lily pond. The enclosed green space offsets the clean Mid-Century interior very well in my opinion. Images from Arch... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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French Art Deco artist and illustrator André Édouard Marty (April 16, 1882-August 1974) was born the same year as that other fine Art Deco illustrator Georges Barbier. I like André Édouard Marty's delicate use of water colour and the way... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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I have been working on some basic mouse moves! A Gif made from my mouse print and Sweetheart sees a mouse print. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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1) 1960s Vera Maxwell Mod Dress - Lived In 2) Spending Time with You Card - Small Adventure 3) Made to Order Spring Dottie - Allyson Mellberg 4) 1970s Pekka Piekainen Double Ball Sterling Silver Ring - 20th Obsession 5)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Behold! It is my very first GIF. I made it from an animal alphabet print I've recently finished (See Below). Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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"Time spent with cats is never wasted" (Never a truer word spoken IMHO) and "Only floss the teeth you want to keep". Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Images from: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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1) 1950s Sandwich Makers - Shop Keep Arlington 2) Vintage Fitz and Floyd Dalmatian Bookends - Art and Antlers 3) Vintage 60s Dress - Zest Vintage 4) Whale Flower Display - Gail Ceramics 5) Black Edwardian Pinafore - Barnaby Jack... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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The Atlantic has a selection of stunning bird photos from the 2015 Audubon Awards. I am pretty sure that the award is named after the world renowned ornithologist and painter John James Audubon. You can see more of the winning... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at matouenpeluche