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eclectic mix of ar ti cl e s
Just a little taste of the
go on! make time for the small things justine & nichola
Paperback Love
Part One
Sex Education
I collect paperbacks. Sometimes literature – traveling salesmen was 8 or 9, I swam in a kidney old toads and ‘bricker’ (steal) thanks to the quick-fire dialogue - Have difficulty with packages.
I sell them but mostly I can’t and truck drivers alike could shaped pool and threw up after bikinis and the rest of life’s and the beautiful delusions of He’ll help carry.
let them go. I am happiest access James Joyce and Emile eating too much avocado, and essentials. A picaresque for the ‘Madam’ Sarah Callander. She
- Never interrupt a man when
when I light on a Gold Medal Zola (albeit abridged and with my sister and I stole a book from budding adventuress. goes on for a sequel - Passion
he’s telling you a story.
spine, or glimpse a title like the prerequisite pulp cover). The the kiosk ‘library’. It was about Flowers in Italy.
The Notebooks
The Thrill Seekers. (Ricki glittering pulps of the 1940’s a plantation girl named Aurora - Borrowing money is not sexy.
of Susan Berry Bonjour Tristesse
Francis, Scripts Publications, and 1950s – the James M. de Beausoleil (translates to:
Michael Mott Francoise Sagan - Political clubs are pretty
1973: ‘Nymphomania, drugs, Cains and Mickey Spillanes the rise of the beautiful sun)
(Mayflower-Dell 6478, 1964) (Orange Penguin #1192, 1954) swinging usually.
homosexuality, adultery exploded - marked the golden age. Their who was defiled by sundry
in one huge hospital orgy …) I lurid covers were all legs and leches from page one to the “Everyone talks about going but “I owed most of my pleasure of - Have an ashtray with two fresh
heart my little treasures: seven lipstick, gum-cracking, gun-toting bitter end. My search for pulp nobody goes …” Susan is a free- that time to money; the pleasure cigarettes and matches handy
by four, op-shop sourced, often molls and dolls, books with titles was a search for an education spirited art student who goes of driving fast, of having a new in the john.
with yellowed pages, ‘foxing’. like The Hoods Come Home and that I wasn’t going to get from off travelling and pretty much dress, buying records, books,
‘spotting’, corners cut. Often Pure Sweet Hell. In the 1960s school, or my parents, or even bounces from bloke to bloke and flowers …” Francoise Sagan
‘bumped’ from being stuffed and 1970s, publishers cashed in television. I’m not sure what my city to country until something famously wrote this book at
under doors as a temporary on the counterculture then slid excuse is now. But we humans bad happens. Michael Mott the age of 18 and then spent simmone howell
barricade, or shoved up the into ‘confessions’-land and film have a hunter-gatherer instinct. is a poet. You know all those her advance on fast cars and
back of cupboards where no novelisations and smut … which We collect in order to preserve adventure stories for boys? This fancy wine. It’s about a girl, a Simmone Howell is the
one else can find them. I’m for is where I come in. something of ourselves, our past. is one for girls. It’s just a shame summer-house in the South of author of Notes from the
weird, spidery, previous-owner- By structuring the past, we are about the sailors. France, her playboy father and Teenage Underground
I can’t remember where I got
handwriting. And bookplates, structuring our identity. Here are the woman who threatens to (Pan Macmillan, 2006).
my penchant for pulp. There The Passion Flower Hotel
stamps or stickers. Then there’s some of the pieces that make bring order to their hedonistic She likes op shops,
were always books when I was Rosalind Erskine – (Pan G678,
the found art component: the up mine: existence. sand dunes, polished
growing up. I had three siblings 1962)
holy cards, dockets, dollars, floorboards, girl gangs,
and when anyone had a birthday, Confessions of a Hitch-hiker Sex and the Single Girl
polaroids and love poems “We’re in a highly artifical freesias, silent movies,
we would all receive a book, i.e. Adrian Reid (Pan, 1972) Helen Gurley Brown
that once marked a page for situation, said Mary-Rose. and chocolate. She blogs
for Simmone on the event of (NEL, four-square 925, 1964)
someone else. “The boys there were super. Prostitutes don’t go to boarding at post-teen trauma -
Nicola’s sixth birthday. I have
Beatniks often are, you know. school.” Wherein a group of HGB looked kind of horsey but http://simmone.livejournal.
The humble paperback industry strong memories of church
Many of them are very intelligent. enterprising boarding school girls that didn’t stop her from nabbing com and sells strange
started in the 1930s. Paper was fetes and book exchanges. The
They just don’t dig society …” start a strip-club-cum-bordello in the man of her dreams. She’s and wonderful books on
cheap, packaging democratic. cobblers at the New Ringwood
George and Hardy are two their gymnasium to service the 78 now and still exercises twice Ebay under the name
The new soft style took books Market had shelves of amazing
teenage drop-outs who spend neighbouring boys’ school. There a day, lives on soft—boiled eggs opshoppery.
out of the library and put them in smut and they didn’t seem to
their summer hustling their way is also a film starring Nastassia and soda water. She wrote the
the milk bar. You didn’t have to mind selling it to kids. On a
around the Riviera. They smoke Kinski, but ‘Nasty’ doesn’t do bible for the single woman in a
be an intellectual to read great holiday to Merimbula, when I
pot with beatniks, fleece horny funny and this book is hilarious, hungry town. This is wisdom:

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Ditch the shampoo and shower
…ways to green your gel bottles.

Beauty Regime

1 – Turf the make up remover wipes (often 5 – Slash that shower


containing carcinogenic parabens and propylene time! Not only will having
glycol, usually found in antifreeze) and use a a three minute shower
good old-fashioned face washer. Gentle on your use a lot less water (which is
skin, plus gentle on the environment. fast becoming the most precious
commodity on earth), but it will also
2 – Instead of using a plastic shower puff thingy,
go for a loofah instead. Not only are they are a
save you money, not only on your water Don’t use perfumes, use
better, more organic alternative, but they buff the
bill but also on your heating bill. And while
essential oils instead. Make your own cosmetics.
you’re at it, don’t forget to stick a bucket at your
skin like a dream, and help get the circulation
feet, so you can use the saved water to give
There are heaps of recipes
going, and can be fully composted when finished
with.
your plants a drink. available online
6 – Make your own cosmetics. There are heaps
3 – Try to use soap that doesn’t contain palm oil.
of recipes available online, using things that can
This can be tricky one, as it often masquerades
be found in your pantry and you’ll be saving on
as ‘vegetable oil’ on ingredients listings. Soap 8 – This is one for the ladies: when your monthly visitor comes along, why not treat them to a reusable
packaging and won’t be giving money to big
made from olive oil is a better choice, and you option, such as cups or washable pads? Less for landfill! If you find the ‘eeeeew!’ factor too high, then you
brand corporations with dubious environmental
won’t be contributing to the extinction of orang- could always try organic tampons or pads.
practices. How about these to get you started:
utans, who are losing their habitat to palm oil
Add a few tablespoons of milk powder and few 9 – Try to source organic beauty products. Better for the earth, and you’ll be absorbing less chemical
plantations.
drops of lavender oil to your bath for a relaxing, residues to boot. Everybody wins!
4 – Ditch the shampoo and shower gel bottles. moisturising soak. Or make a body scrub by
Bottles are made from plastics derived from mixing 1 cup raw brown sugar, ¼ cup almond 10 – Toothpaste can contain some fairly horrid compounds, such as parabens (often found lurking in
petrochemicals – or, in other words, fossil fuels. oil and a few drops of your favourite essential breast cancer tumours) and titanium dioxide to whiten (recent studies have found it to be a carcinogen).
Many companies now make shampoo and soap oil for an invigorating buffer. The possibilities An alternative is to scrub your pearly whites with a baking soda paste instead, and if you fear an attack of
bars which come packaged in nothing more than are endless! smelly breath, use the age-old remedy of chewing parsley.
a sheet of paper, and from my experience they
7 – Don’t use perfumes, use essential oils
work wonderfully. In fact, I think my hair looks
better than ever since using them, and I’m also
instead. Mix a few of your favourites to create Leisl is a writer, crafter, cook and mad keen environmentalist. Visit her and read about her crafty
your own unique signature scent, without the adventures and life at www.jorth.blogspot.com or at www.dinnerdaily.blogspot.com for fabulous
putting far less synthetic ingredients on my body
nasty synthetic chemicals. vegetarian recipes.
as a result.

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then wire them so they were bendy and sew them get bigger and bigger. It’s rather fun seeing them
Christina Gordon together without seams, they were very 2D. I’ve just become monster-sized versions of their original tiny
aka Jam Fancy gotten to the point where I can make them from selves. I’ve developed a real obsession with fabric
cloth so they are more properly three dimensional. and trim as well. I have two cupboards just full
orriettacat.livejournal.com and beginning to overflow and a need for a third
They have woollen hair now as well, and the
cupboard has developed after my last trip to Japan.
faces are painted onto them right at the end. It’s a
lovely part of making them, suddenly they have a Japan is a paradise for fabric and craft. The fabrics
personality. It helps to make them look more like are beautiful and very well priced and I think there
my prints as well, you can make the faces very is a stack of books for every craft you can think of!
expressive.
They even have specialist tools to make flowers
Christina is one of the very first blogs I ever saw. I immediately fell in love with her prints. They are soooo I probably really started “crafting” with a vengeance with, it looks like an electric soldering iron and has
though after I re-discovered Blythe dolls, my first lots of different shaping attachments, I haven’t
divine I can just feel the temperament of each and every one of her girls lift off the page/screen.
one arrived and her outfit was terrible and there gotten round to trying it out yet though, I bought an
I own one of her handmade original dolls and all 4 of her ‘Gina dolls’. Christina has won my heart and one day I was no one at the time making clothes for her, so I adaptor, but I’m a little worried that I will plug it in
will buy one of her original prints to hang proudly in our house! Justine Telfer www.62cherry.com started sewing. Previous to that I had done a bit of and it will explode!
stumpwork embroidery but nothing else really.
At this point I cant imagine not having crafting in
I think craft came into my life right alongside art, These days the lines are especially blurry. I find that The first clothes were pretty rough, but I got better my life. I spend most of every day making various
I’ve never made much of a difference between the I’m doing prints of my dolls and toys and also that over time and I think the best thing about it was things, if I’m online I’m looking for inspiration to
two, they blend together. From as early on as I can the girls in the prints started to become dolls, which that I discovered the craft world of Japan as well, make things and it’s opened up a whole world of
remember I’ve drawn and made things, it was the I love, it is like they are alive somehow now. which has been a huge influence on me ever since. opportunities and new friends. It is odd to think it all
one thing I seemed to be any good at as a child started off with a big headed doll.
I started simply, making felt dolls from the prints. Then I started making little toys for them, just in felt
and I think the one thing I really got praise for, so I
I would print out a copy of the real print and then again and flat. Over time, they slowly became more
kept doing it! I enjoy and respect craft as much as I
just cut out the doll shapes, cut them out in felt and like proper toys. Just recently they have started to
enjoy and respect art.
way to express their passions. So I set up a little this is my contribution to the community I am so
webstore, originally to support my artist friends passionate and proud of.
without technological prowess (and now new artist
Okay, so finally, despite my rant about seeking
friends) who do what I would love to do.
When Sausage-Fingers Morrigan Met Her Mac meaning in handmade products, I am declaring my
Why can’t I craft an intangible thing with words computer as crafty. I found my own space to create
and pictures, an open space to appreciate other and I still don’t need to touch a needle. So, let me
people’s creativity? My website has enabled me to covet the adorable dress you made and I am sorry
write, develop my photography skills, wrap things if I drooled on it a little.
prettily for customers (and lordy, this has been an
ordeal to master) and foster my own creativity to Sally Morrigan
bring art and the audience together. I am driven by
georgielove.blogspot.com
the inspiration of other people’s creations and am
Sally is a 31-year-old geek-girl who likes
slowly finding my own niche in a community that I
Hello, come sit down and I failed textiles that year and But see, I love what you can comics, the words “pony club”, music, Apple
could only previously view as an outsider. I hate my computers and the sofa. She has a good heart
have some tea with me, have never been near another make, without any jealousy
but some really bad dance moves.
hands, but I love what you are making and I love
as this is a true-life story sewing machine. Never. or bitterness. I am in awe of
my Mac.
about love and hate. But… Seriously. No, seriously! people who have the ability to
let’s start with the love… turn an idea into a tactile form. I can accept that I am not a crafter per se, I am
Oh! Ms Pizzey, you harridan!
no wait… the hate. Okay, I am almost embarrassingly an ideas person. I openly and transparently share
Don’t you understand? You have
okay. To make sense of it passionate about supporting my passions and have mentored anyone needing
ruined me for sewing forever!
all, maybe we should go handmade and fostering it. Sure, it’s bit me on the ass a few times, but
back to the beginning. See, despite my best intentions, creativity. I am the biggest zine ad 2.pdf 13/3/08 9:22:27 AM
I was crafty-cursed from the advocate for reclaiming nanna-
It’s high school, I am 14 years
beginning. My dad was called craft; give me doilies or give
old, a troublemaker, and I am
Epping Sausage when he was me death! Craft, to me, is such
in Ms Pizzey’s textile class. We
a lad, due to the sausage-like an important link to a time and
are making shorts and mine
formation of his fingers. There is community of sharing that has
are a typical early 90 s design
nothing dainty about them, or in faded and I think it is a tragedy
of dazzling colours and sliced
my inheritance of them. Stubby, to lose those skills and values,
watermelons. I, of an always
thick fingers, with a wide, flat in this age of technology and
creative persuasion, decided
palm. Awkward and clumsy, I am mass reproduction. I desperately
to add my own flair and use
unable to manage needlework want meaning in what I surround
zig-zag stitch instead of the
or anything other than pounding myself with and as such, I love
prescribed straight stitch. It C

dough for bread, slapping people reading crafty blogs and websites,
looks fabulous and does the
around the side the head and where people are openly sharing M with special guest
trick of holding the fabric pieces
swatting flies. patterns, ideas and supporting Y Howie Day
together (and to me, a stitch
each other so generously. It’s
is a stitch, so shhh for the I hate my hands. That’s what I CM
such a beautiful thing…
sake of the story). Ms Pizzey, want to tell you. My own body MY

appalled, grabbed my shorts and parts are holding me back and … A beautiful thing that I am
CY

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proclaimed my sewing shame I believe there is no surgeon on the outskirts of, as I am
and humiliation to the whole skilled enough to give me the fairly and openly hopeless with CMY

May 8 - June 7
class. I was rogue. I was unable hands I crave: an artist’s hands. buttons, thread and fabric. Those K

to follow direction, and I was to I want crafty hands with dainty who can craft definitely do,
spend the rest of school term little cupcake fingers, that can while those who can’t certainly
quick unpicking my shorts and make butterfly and bird shadow don’t teach. They complain a
puppets, not obese pterodactyls! little, blame genetics and set
Dates and details on line at myspace.com/whitleymusic or whitleymusic.com
then re-sewing them together.
up websites to find a legitimate 'The Submarine' in stores and on line now
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