Trading Art Card Project – Preview By Festival Girl

I can’t seem to find too much information on the Trading Art Card Project, however, I absolutely love the concept. So what’s supposed to happen is Artists of all kinds join in, put their Art on playing cards, to create miniature works of art created on 64x89mm card stock. They are all originals and self produced and the best thing is, anybody can produce them. So each Artist can exchange and can have a tiny piece of art from their fellow Artists – get it. Cute isn’t it.

This actually reminds me of my University Graduation catalogue. We decided to scrap the idea of having a normal bound book of each students blurb and image about their final piece, and place all that information and printing them on to playing cards and encased them in a perspex box. This wasn’t really everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved the idea. and being poor Uni students, actually saved us A LOT of money in printing.

I got these from the Love Vintage Show. I think they are the jokers from a pack of cards.

Where: Barratt Galleries5 Bugden Avenue, Alstonville, NSW, 2477
When: Daily from 14 Dec 2010 until 30 Jan 2011
Price: Contact venue for details

As this one is a little out my travelling circle, please let me know if you attend and I’ll put up your pics. This is a really clever idea and would love to see this come to Sydney.
xox love, 
Festival Girl

Rozelle Markets | Review by Festival Girl

Festival Girl Rates: 7/10

On my recent trip to the hairdresser, I decided to head to the Rozelle Markets in Rozelle. It was a beautiful Saturday and hot as all hell. 

One of my favourite things in the world is to go to markets. 

It’s not only free entertainment and a chance for some good exercise, for me, it’s a thrill and a bit of excitement as you never know what you will find. 

I really relish the concept of finding something old, discarded and unwanted and becoming something valued and given a second life. 

As I was nearly about to pass out from the heat, I decided to take a breather and enjoy my mango gelato. Nom nom nom

So many colours

A local band serenades the passers by

Loved the buddha scarf hanging in the background

I am the biggest fan of kitsch items; especially vintage home items and toys. Toby the robot walks and moves it’s head and arms. I can just sit and stare at these kitschalicious things all day.

Tandy made robots? Who’d a thunk it. Robie Junior Robot was probably before my time, but reminds me of Flight of the Conchords track but The distant future, the distant future…The humans are dead…

I found a cute designers Mollusc Design. They (really) make unique, handmade jewellery. I mean, everyone claims their pieces are different, but these guys are. I love the sense of fun, playfulness in the pieces, using found objects and up cycling them into fashionable statement pieces.

Also I noticed Linda Natalie Jewellery and Design with her bold pink colour scheme, is a small retailer working on growing her brand. She mentioned she displaying her jewellery at next week’s Young Australian Designers Markets in Paddington which should hopefully give her the exposure she is after.

This stall was so cute, I ended up buying two bags for $10. 

I’ve always wanted a silver glomesh clutch. I’ve resisted the temptation in buying ones from retailers as I have been after a vintage one. Finally, I have found. A Whiting and Davis dating back a few decades.Yay. And for only $5.

I am a sucker for multicultural clothing and costumes. I love these old postcard style images which are actually old Advertisements selling all sorts of things like cigarette, shoes and tea. I’m going to frame these ones. Here is a really great site for digitally remastered versions.

Looks familar, doesn’t he?  He very closely resembles the logo for Nandos. I love all things hand painted, wooden and Roosters – so, I knew I had to have him when I saw him. I shall call him, Nando.

This is a Spanish dancer doll I also obtained for a few dollars.

 She is actually really tiny, about 15cm tall only. She is detailed though, delicate lace, gold hoop earrings and tiny red dancer shoes.

For all you budding photographers, here is a great chance to show your skills

I’m kicking myself for not bringing my SLR along, but if you are a keen photographer the Rozelle markets are having an amateur Photographic competition. With the 1st prize being $500, all you need to do is best capture the colour, character and creativity of the Rozelle Markets. The competition finished 16th January, so hurry.

xox Love, 
Festival Girl

Queensland Floods | Donations Welcome

Image courtesy of Courtney Trenwith: SMH

 It’s absolutely astonishing what is happening in Queensland. I mean, every time I turn on the TV, listen to the radio or read a paper -the most shocking thing Australia has experienced in decades – Queensland is underwater.

I can’t even imagine what it is like to be in the situation of those affected; the family members, the friends and the community. Imagine seeing your car or your bed floating down the river; these people have lost everything. Not only possessions but loved ones also. The floods have taken the lives of a number of Australians and many are still missing. 
What is the most positive thing to come from this disaster (if there is one) is how Australia is pulling together and helping each other to get the nation through the devastation. People are doing everything they can to get through it and look to when they can start to rebuild.

Queensland need our support. They are crying for help and we need to hold out a helping hand. People need basics; food, water, clothing and ironically, there are fears of drinking water shortages, so water. If you can spare it, we can help by donating our time and money

How can we help?

Help People – Donate Here:
Help animals – Donate Here:

You can also help with temporory animal accomodation:

My heart goes out to those affected. I hope we can all pull together to help our fellow Australia’s in this time of need. 

xox with love, 
Festival Girl