making rainbow magic

A completely remarkable thing happened. My dearest Tanya and I had been discussing a collaborative work – because FUN! when the inimitable Dr Mary Knights invited us to be part of her Arte Magra mini-festival of art wonders. We were given the cavernous AEAF gallery to work our wonders in, and it became obvious pretty quick that we were going to need the special and formidable skills of Alex to make the interactive collaborative magical world i saw a dream like this.
When it was all done, I cried. And then my university made a video. It’s cute! If you can get past the rampant publicity for said university. I’m not a sell-out, promise.

Every single one of those sparkly rocks is entirely unique and hand made by one of a team of creative volunteers spread over Western Australia and South Australia. We could not have done it without their glittery assistance. Thank you, thank you, lovely sparkly rock helpers ♥

He’s Not A Baby Anymore

I didn’t realise that Zo was having a birthday party too, until he told me all about it. How he got the idea for an Alien Brithday party is anyone’s guess, I’m sure I’m clueless about the source of his inspiration but I do admire his style. Ever obliging Daddo whipped up Mister Alien Piñata as seen here, and we enlisted our regular crew of Small to beat the stuffing out of it.

Prepare to esplode, spaceman!

There was no way I was having 16 kids in the house again so soon after Orlando’s Epic 6, so we went with Quality Madness over Quantity.

I’m really getting into the swing of multi-food-preference/allergy birthday cakes, and lucky for me Zo wanted a Lamington Lollipop Birthday Train, which was super easy to dream up. A good thing too, as with my SALA opening the day before all my prep time had gone into that instead of cake making. No such thing as too busy in this house.

Combination vegan and gluten free lamington train cake

Some of the carriages were the magical Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcake recipie, covered with cocoa and coconut in the traditional lamington way, then scooped out and filled with nuts or dried fruit. For the gluten free carriages I baked orange friands and gave them the same lamingtony treatment. These were stuffed full of LOLLIES. Because lollies. Quite.

Happy Birthday Little Dude xxx

6 knows how to stand on It’s head

Six today! Epic birthday party last Sunday, Master Orlando is still a passionate Lover Of Birds, and this includes not only all of our feathered friends ( most especially owls and penguins), but also the digital Angry Bird variety. This years request was for a Bird Party. -_- how does one Bird Party? With lots of help from the internet.
Daddo had the games under control ( described below) so I was Cake Maestro again this year. To facilitate the enjoyment of the maximum number of party guests and their dietary foibles, we decided upon a cake made from cupcakes, all dressed up to look like birds in a tree. That way we can accommodate the vegans, the gluten intolerant and this year a new request – no salicylate.20130620-102613.jpg
I borrowed heavily from Internet recipes – most of the cupcakes are extremely delicious Very Vanilla vegan cupcakes, some of which I completely un-vegan-ed by turning into rainbow cake. We did have a small oven mishap when the over-full muffin pans became small rainbow volcanos- pretty and funny.
Decorating the cupcakes was part virtuoso, and part Nerdy Nummies. The vegan quota were decorated with Oreos, nuts and dried fruit. You see the big red cupcake with yellow eyes? Middleish, leftish, top? That’s our special salicylate free bird, made from a corella pear with cheese eyes. It was a hoot ;)

The piece de resistance of the bird party was without a doubt the Bomb Bird Piñata, made by all three boys over the two weeks leading up to the party, with lots of help from El Piñata King.
20130620-105041.jpg It exploded in a glorious shower of lollies, Lego mini-figurines and home made confetti, which our 15 guests pounced upon “like lions in the Serengeti”.

A close second to the awesomeness of the piñata was the Live Action Angry Birds game, which also came compliments of the Internet, and was more excitement than anyone was prepared for.

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getting to know the enemy: Pip & Pop

There’s something Very Extremely Special on in Adelaide this week and next (until the 12th of June, 2013). Australian installation artist Tanya Schultz who exhibits her work under the pseudonym Pip & Pop has installed a glittery, magical world inside a little shop on Gawler Place in the city.

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These photographs, hastily snapped with my phone in the wee small hours of the morning, are a slight reflection of the magic instilled into the little olde Shop 7, 38 Gawler Place, Adelaide. Think of this as a present to yourself, because it is. You are going to love it like nothing else you’ve seen this year, or maybe ever. You can view the work through the shop window anytime day or night, and visitors will be invited at random into the space for a closer look. It is entirely worth a pilgrimage to the city, even if you’ve no other reason to go.

I had a very special opportunity to “get to know the enemy” this time. Carclew Youth Arts put out a call for 5 Adelaide artists to assist Tanya with the creation of this project, I was lucky to be one of the extremely fortunate 5. I’ve had a girl crush on Tanya since I met her briefly when she exhibited at SASA gallery in 2012, and after getting the opportunity to work with and learn from her over the epic 2 week install of “supernatural tasks and magic objects” I now have an Extreme Girl Crush. It’s ok, she knows. :bunny:

Not only is Tanya Schultz crush-worthy and adorable, she’s extremely generous with her techniques and methods. She also works very, very hard, with enthusiasm, grace and an earnestness that shines through in her work. In this example the shining happens quite literally as we embedded each sugar island with twinkling, colour changing crystals and small mechanical marvels – spinning geodes, pirouetting flowers, magic objects.

Tanya often references old folk tales and creation stories from around the world when building a concept for a space. The words that flew around with the most animation in our ongoing installation discussions were “cosmic egg” “floating island” and “rotating” and extremely “rainbow”. It was joyous being part of building new worlds with such a delightful group of people under Tanya’s guidance.

The good people at the thousands also gave this installation a little wrap, its a great website to find out about other Fun Things to do in Adelaide.

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