Monday, April 22, 2013

Tadanori Yokoo 横尾 忠則

While searching the internet for some images of kimono for my thesis, I came across this artist,Tadanori Yokoo  横尾 忠則 (b.1936). He specializes in graphic design, illustration and printmaking, with his most famous works being advertisement posters relating to Japanese popular culture.
In 1968 Yukio Mishima claimed, "Tadanori Yokoo's works reveal all of the unbearable things which we Japanese have inside ourselves and they make people angry and frightened. He makes explosions with the frightening resemblance which lies between the vulgarity of billboards advertising variety shows during festivals at the shrine devoted to the war dead and the red containers of Coca Cola in American Pop Art, things which are in us but which we do not want to see."
Someone should definitely get a tattoo of his work!

*Works sourced here.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Winter is here!

My favourite time of the year WINTER is finally here!
I am so excited it is starting to get cold here in Adelaide after a few weeks of a heat wave. Don't get me wrong, I love summer, but gee am I ready to rug up and enjoy the season for beanies and giant scarves!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Camp in style

I would love to have a Persian rug tent next time I go camping!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fairytale Hair

I have always been quite conservative with my hair. It has been long and naturally curly for all of my life, occasionally blonded with foils. The most drastic thing I ever did was cut it into a bob a few years back and I had a love-hate relationship with it. I had never ventured out into the world of colours until last winter.
I had about a hundred photos I had been collecting from various blogs of pastel hair, rainbow hair and dipped-dyed hair. I decided to go for it and dye my hair something pretty and feminine. 
 I started with a light pink rinse incase I hated it. I then got my confidence up and went for bright pink.

Sick of the upkeep, I went back to fairy floss pink and then one day on a whim I dyed it light purple....

....and then... SHOCKER... I went to dark purple!!

 After a fair few months of cute, colourful hair, I was over having to bleach my pillow cases and t-shirts white again. My hair was in pretty poor condition and needed some love. I went back to being a blonde and had some much needed treatment done.

Now that it is winter again, of course I am tempted to dye my hair all over again! I miss having beautiful princess hair and feeling like a mermaid! I have always wanted to have red hair...and by red I mean orange, bright "Fifth Element" orange! Who knows how long I will be able to resist before I cave in :)

Last minute trip to KI

A friend of mine and her hubby were organizing a trip over the Easter break to Kangaroo Island, aka "KI" and I was desperate to go along but was tied down due to work. On the day they were leaving for the island I got a phone call from my boss telling me that my shift was cancelled (yey!!!) I immediately jumped online and booked a seat on the ferry so I too could join in on the island fun.

What KI looks like as a map....

....and what KI looks like in reality.......AMAZING NO?!

KI is about a 45min ferry ride from Adelaide's Cape Jervis, about 110 km (70 miles for those of you in the US). The island was discovered by Captain Matthew Flinders 1802!! and is home to an array of flora and fauna including the Australian Sea Lion.

                            -Seal Bay-

Kangaroo Island's Seal Bay Conservation Park is the only site in the world where you can get up close and personal with these amazing creatures! We picked a good time to visit the island as many seals had recently given birth so there were lots of pups to see. I can't believe how close we got.

We camped out on a friend's property (free accommodation, SCORE!) and took the Jeep out driving for most of the day, visiting all of the sights.

We lucked out with the weather on the first day with only a few showers here and there, letting us do just about everything on our list; Admirals Arch and the New Zealand Fur Seals, Cape Borda Light House and Conservation Park, Snellings, and Vivonne.
                                  -Remarkable Rocks-
The weather wasn't so nice the next day but held up until lunch time, when we retreated to the car for some warmth and some instant noodles :) My favourite place from the whole trip would definitely have to be Stokes Bay- a pristine white sandy beach with crystal-clear water. To get to there you have to climb over the boulders and pebble beach, through a hole in the rocky cliff and out to the other side, all of which is only accessible at low tide.
Climbing, climbing.....

.........the BEACH!!

SOOOO beautiful!! I went off exploring the cliff and came across a secluded little cave pool enclosed by the rocks. I went in calf-deep and wished it were summer so I could dive in. I tried to take photos but the water was so clear that it just looked like sand! We decided that we would have to go back during the summer time and camp out at Stokes Bay beach. It was just too gorgeous to not return.

Friday, March 22, 2013

SO here I am again. Blogging attempt number three I think... Well I realized I divulge way too much on Facebook and much of it could better suited to a blog. Will 3 be the lucky number?? Who can tell?! But here goes nothin'.

Lucy x