February 12th, 2010


Future Imperfect: the Natcon50 Art Show

Call for Expressions of Interest

Natcon50 would like to invite expressions of interest for the exhibition ʻFuture Imperfect: Exploring the future from the pastʼ, to be held at Easter 2011 in Perth, Western Australia.

ʻFuture Imperfect: Exploring the future from the pastʼ will explore the way people have historically imagined our present. We are seeking aspiring and semi professional Australian artists to examine this theme in a tight body of work. In order to be considered, please submit 2-3 low resolution images of your current work that best represents you.

For successful applicants, the Natcon50 art show will provide an attractive space to display your works of art to members of Natcon50 and the general public at no cost. The exhibition will be promoted widely, and will provide you with the opportunity to sell your works. Natcon50 will collect a 10% commission on the sale of each item.

Submissions are invited for artists working in any media. Due to the exhibition space preference will be given to two dimensional pieces, however three dimensional works of art or other media will be considered.
Please send all queries and responses to the attention of Kate or Amanda at natcon50@gmail.com and ensure that your expressions of interest are lodged by 10 April 2010.

Download a pdf to circulate amongst your friends and colleagues here.

Australian Specfic Snapshot 2010

In 2005, Ben Peek spent a frantic week interviewing 43 people in the Australian Spec Fic scene. In 2007, a group of ASiF! reviewers took up the challenge and did it again, this time interviewing 83 people.

In the lead-up to Aussiecon 4 in Melbourne, and the great opportunity offered by the local Worldcon to see some Australians get a shot at the Hugo ballot, some of the ASif! reviewers will be doing it again, and blogging interviews from this coming Monday until Sunday 22nd Feb.

To read them hot off the press, check these blogs daily:

Will we beat 83 this time? If you know of someone involved in the Scene with something to plug, then send us an email at 2010snapshot@gmail.com

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My Olympic Craft Challenge

Today well and truly kicked my arse - it was a day where I found myself often on the backfoot and reacting and I don't like to be in that kind of position much. I'll blog it later. Meanwhile, I did think up what I wanted to challenge myself to for over the Olympics since I'm not knitting. It's a long list of things I want to get AND I have a ton of TPP related work I need to get done in the next 2 weeks. So, here is my list:

1. Finish December Quilting Block and post
2. Finish February Quilting Block and post
3. Cut a triangle for the charm quilt out of every fabric in my stash
4. Reorganise and put away stash
5. Group as many hexagons as possible from the triangles cut (ie how much and what fabrics do I still need?)
6. Audit the remaining monochrome blocks and work out what blocks still needed as per the plan
7. Cut and pin the remaining monochrome blocks for sewing
8. Group the remaining hexagons for sewing for the hexagon quilt
9. Sew the remaining hexagons for hexagon quilt