Music in my bones

Fanny Devert skull and music 1At St Kilda’s craft market last Sunday, I came across the lovely mixed-media work of Fanny Devert.

I love art that repurposes other media to make something new, and of course I was immediately attracted by the pictures of skulls painted over backgrounds of sheet music.

Ms Devert, who is here from France, does lovely, bold art along with some elegant, delicate pieces. I love her dancers and her flowers, too.

Fanny Devert fishApart from the music skulls (and the bookpage skulls) the other piece that called to me in a seductive siren song was a gorgeous picture of a koi carp. It doesn’t relate to any of my books. I just think it’s beautiful.

Alas, all of my wallspace at work and at home is already covered in pictures, but I did pick up a large card version of the skull and music picture at the top right here, a perfect representation of Kitty and Cadaver.

Death and music. Art made from old things, making them new again.

See more of Fanny Devert’s work and find out what markets she’s at on her Facebook page.

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or read the first three chapters at Read the Book.

The skulls of Hosier Lane

Paper skullThere’s a joke that you know you’re a Melburnian when you know the difference between street art and graffiti. The Melbourne City Council even has a policy these days, and commissions street art for locations such as Union Lane (off the Bourke Street Mall) and Hosier Lane, off Flinders Lane to the east of Swanston Street.

Hosier Lane has recently been repainted and has a lot of fresh, interesting, vibrant new street art. I visited it on my way to seeing some of the Melbourne Now exhibitions at the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, so it was a very arty day indeed. 

Among the pieces were three skulls – one the papered-on version of a smaller one tucked into an alcove. None of them have the odd appeal of VEXTA’s kissing skeletons (papered-on art that has popped up all over the city streets, including LaTrobe Street, but I find them fascinating and engaging all the same. All that prettyfied death.

The skull closest to the Flinders Street end is this one that weeps colourful diamonds.

Weeping Skull

Further down, in its alcove, is the little version of the skull shown at the top of the post.

mini skull

In between these elegant reminders that ‘this, too, shall pass’ are a number of anatomically correct hearts. A simple little love heart just doesn’t cut it any more. I can’t say I’m sorry. I covet an anatomically correct heart necklace myself.

Do you have any favourite macabre street art? Share the info!

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.

Nath Holden’s art

The Hobbit by Nath HoldenNath Holden, as some of you may already know, is the artist who created the Kitty and Cadaver banner!  He also created the band shield that we use as an icon, as well as the portraits in the About the Creators section.

You may also know that Nath and I are working on a comic book! Demon of the Earth will tell the origin story of Yuka, the angry drummer whose first band was killed by a demon they accidentally summoned.

Keep an eye on this blog for sneak previews of his prep work, posts on his art techniques and some glimpses of the comic while he turns my story into art!

The talented Jason Franks has been giving us advice on how to go about making a comic book and has offered to do the lettering: so not only is he a fabulous writer (as demonstrated by Bloody Waters and his own comic books) he’s a generous guys with his time and support!

Daenerys Game of ThronesIn the meantime, if you like Nath’s art, he does portraits on commission.

Besides portraits of friends and family, he draws bands and characters from film and television. Like Game of Thrones‘ Daenerys, for example.

(Given my ongoing love affair with Sherlock Holmes and his incarnations, I’m considering a pic of BBC Sherlock to celebrate the filming of season 3!)

Nath commissionsHere are a few examples of his portraits. Nath is a dab hand at Star Trek old and new. He also does regular folks (see About the Creators for his portraits of Jess, me and himself!).

Nurse Chapel (Original Trek) by Nath HoldenIt’s nice to see Nurse Chapel done so well, and look! Leeloo!

Leeloo by Nath Holden

To see more of Nath’s artwork and maybe commission a portrait, visit his Facebook page: Nath Holden – Illustrations or email Nath.

Feel free to leave a comment about this post and the Kitty project below.

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.

The Pink Ass-Purse

This is the pink marble purse that Steve sees in the Bourke Street Mall in the latter part of Chapter Three.

IMG_1315 IMG_1478 IMG_1479The sculpture is called The Public Purse, created by Simon Perry in 1994 and is carved from pink granite. The clasp is made of stainless steel.

And perhaps it’s just Steve and I who think it looks a little like a skinny pink arse from the back.

Feel free to leave a comment about this post and the Kitty project below.

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.

Rock Art

20130628-175243.jpgThe Kitty Project is as much about the ways in which art, music and storytelling combine as about the actual story. Sometimes I blog about music, art and storytelling in combination.

I always enjoy it when art forms collide. Seems they like it at stylist.co.uk, where a post in the Life section highlights art that has been inspired by songs by bands like Bon Iver, TV on the Radio and Bloc Party. see Indie Rock Meets Art

If you know of (or make) any art inspired by music, leave a link!

(Art credit: the piece here is by Toby Triumph, inspired by Iron & Wine’s The Trapeze Swinger)

Do you have any music/art/story combos to share?

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.

Coveting Art

le_pianoquarium_by_aquasixio-d4xy3uqThe Kitty Project is as much about the ways in which art, music and storytelling combine as about the actual story. Sometimes I blog about music, art and storytelling in combination.

It was while poking around Deviantart one day that I discovered the art of AquaSixio, otherwise known as Cyril Rolando, a clinician psychologist working in Southern France. Just cast your eyes over to the right there, and marvel at the marvellousness. Isn’t it gorgeous and strange and… well… marvellous? As in, to be marvelled at?

I found his work while I was in the earlier stages of planning the Kitty and Cadaver universe, and one day, if this project goes well, I may ask Cyril to design a book cover or an album cover for me. I don’t know if he takes commissions, but dear lord, how I covet a piece of his work for my very own.

My favourite works of his are all of them. No, I mean, my especially favourite favourites are the pieces with music as a central theme. I find them haunting, magical, darkly whimsical, surprisingly playful and altogether glorious. The raging drummer in the volcano, the leaping fish piano, the singer disintegrating mirror balls, the deer harp. If I keep going I’ll just describe all of them.

rage_by_aquasixio-d53kwwpThese images, for me, tap into the well of music and how it feeds into (and through and back again) nature and emotion. Each time I look at one of these images, I get a hum in my heart of excitement, and a hum in my brain that encourages me to examine the elements of each picture, both individually and as a whole.

These pictures speak to me. They don’t always say the same thing when I look at them – the art and I appear to be having a dialogue. But isn’t that you want out of art (any art – music or writing or painting or craft), that it speaks to you and you find you always have something to say back?

Now I’m dishing out all kinds of poet-babble. Suffice it to say I love Cyril Rolando’s work, I aim to own some one day, and, with his permission, I am sharing some of my favourite AquaSixio pieces with you today, both music- and writing-related.

You can see Cyril’s entire portfolio – and yes, buy prints – via his website, Sixinside.

And, why yes, I am saving up for a number of the pieces you see here today. 🙂

Do you have any music/art/story combos to share?

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.