Classic Beach Reads to Revisit

“Indian summer is like a woman. Ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle, she comes and goes as she pleases so that one is never sure whether she will come at all, nor for how long she will stay.”  ― Grace Metalious, Peyton Place In 1956 the book that would spawn nine sequels, two movies, two television series andContinue reading “Classic Beach Reads to Revisit”

Pulp Pictures: the erotic art of Margaret Brundage

Laura Macfehin takes a look at the startling art of Pulp illustrator Margaret Brundage. Margaret Brundage’s art caused shock and consternation in her lifetime, as well as selling countless magazines of fantasy literature and inspiring artists like Frank Frazetti.  She also campaigned for free love, free speech and civil rights in a lifetime that encompassedContinue reading “Pulp Pictures: the erotic art of Margaret Brundage”

Art Attack: Melanie Tangaere Baldwin

Laura Macfehin talks to Gisborne artist Melanie Tangaere Baldwin about her life and work. A lot has happened in Melanie Tangaere Baldwin’s life in the last few years– two new people in the form of her beautiful babies, a move back to her hometown of Gisborne and a new vocation as an artist that isContinue reading “Art Attack: Melanie Tangaere Baldwin”

The Handmade’s Tale: Little M Creates

Welcome to the sixth installment of The Handmade’s Tale! This week Natasha meets British-based jewellery maker, Little M Creates. Ever hankered for a brooch featuring Vladmir Tretchikoff’s iconic green lady? Or fancy having Bette Davis’ terrifying visage (circa What Happened to Baby Jane?) swinging from your earlobes? If quirky statement jewellery is up your alley,Continue reading “The Handmade’s Tale: Little M Creates”

10 top podcasts to put in your ears!

Laura Macfehin listens in and reports back from the land of podcasting. If you’re not already familiar with podcasts you might ask “What the heck are they and why is that annoying guy at work always talking about them?” Put simply, podcasts are free audio programmes that you can download and listen to whenever youContinue reading “10 top podcasts to put in your ears!”

The Art and Work of Nick Rule

Laura talks to Nick Rule about his jewellery, sculpture and how he learnt to make tiny things! I remember the first time I saw Nick Rule’s work– I was amazed that human hands could make anything so tiny and delicate.  It is no secret that we love miniatures at Eclectic Ladyland so I was chuffedContinue reading “The Art and Work of Nick Rule”

Meet the Mad Monster Lady!

Classic movie monsters like the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Phantom of the Opera have had an ardent fanbase from their first appearances on the silver screen; probably because of their ability to evoke terror and sympathy in equal parts.  One such fan is artist Audrey Funk; and her renditions of these monsters on canvasContinue reading “Meet the Mad Monster Lady!”