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I’m new to all this…. trying to generate publicity and interest….

Trying to walk the fine line by trying to get people interested and not giving them the shyster milakas by pushing my ‘thing’ in their faces every which way they turn…

I fear this may occur at times… but I am learning so… hang with me if you can…

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It was time for my first attempt at a Media Release to try and drum up some publicity for my Closing of It’s Lentils for you, Baby! The Paste Up… for the Art In Public Places program.

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Also a good chance to chat about my book and try and get some interest and coverage…

Again, I had a lot of help from my international publishing company (frankly bloody good friends) – Evie Farrell, Ariel White, Emma Beattie and Tania Blackwell from three states and the UK.

So, I sent out about 5(ish) Media Releases at about 10pm on a Saturday night (not recommended) to the usual suspects… The Age, The Herald Sun and our local press… The Leader, The Star… I think I hit up a couple of randoms on the net too…

And I got a call early Monday morning…from local paper – The Star asking for an interview and booking a photo shoot.  VERY VERY EXCITING for me!!!!

It was a blast (and a little scary) doing my FIRST EVER interview and photo shoot.  Wow…. little ol’ me…

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I thought the interviewer Nicole did a great job… she really seemed to capture the essence of what I was trying to say…

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And the photographer did an AMAZING job …

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Me?

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A poser?

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Are you serious?

 

Yeah, well, whatevs….

Kate May Good xxx

 

 

 

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With a little help from my friends…

I had an Exhibition Closing of my work in Art In Public Places…

I was a little nervous no-one would show as out of the 100+ people I invited to see my film on TWO different nights – only 1 friend turned up… (THANK YOU AMY COOKSON!!!!!)  My girls came to one viewing but not sure if that counts as they are 6 and 7 and I drove them there haha..

So, after spending a week under the covers swearing I would never attempt any more artwork or, for that matter, anything ever, EVER, again!!! WAaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I heard the word of….

Facebook….  and Facebook told me (via a meme)… not to give up… well, words to that effect.    They said more or less ‘If you spend allyour time staring at the closed door, you will miss the open window’…

Or to be more exact… (as I found this in my archives…)

dontstareat the closded door

This mayseem a bit ho hum to some, a bit hum drum to none, but to me at that second it was what I needed to light my fire again…

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(Photo Credit: Daisy Amaze-me)

So, never mind that no-one came to the screening of my film,

I’ll put on a READING instead!!!!!!

And with a little creative advertising…….and with a little help from my friends – Craig Ernest Byrne, Daisy Amaze-Me, Che Stockley, Luke Dummett and Amy Cookson…and of course my wonderful ma and girls who did the hard yakka behind the scenes…

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(Photo Credit: Craig Ernest Byrne)

A star was born…

Yes, Luke Dummett playing ‘Nelson’… to RAVE REVIEWS (I’m told) (over a bottle of red, beers, a bland lasagne, awesome sugarless but sweetened with condensed milk cake – BUT IT WAS LITE!!!!, delicious dips (which I’ve been nibbling on today)….  I digress…

So… the stage was set on a ‘hot car roof’ (not sure how many people will get my cat on a hot tin roof reference but…)

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(Photo Credit: Luke Dummett)

I begged, pleaded with people to come…. PLEEEEAAAAAASSSSSEEEEEE COME!!!!!! I begged…. Pllllleeeeasaaseeee come I pleaded..

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(Photo Credit: Luke Dummett)

And in the words of the insufferable Kevin Costner (ok ok Teddy Roosevelt)…

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(Photo Credit: Daisy Amaze-me)

If you build it, they will come.

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(Photo Credit: Daisy Amaze-me)

But it helps to serve cake.

Besos, Kate May Good xxx

…then I made a short film…

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…called ‘It’s Lentils for you, Baby!’ and, you know, it was based on my book of the same name ‘It’s Lentils for you, Baby!’ (gasp).. I know, right?!!! IMG_8637

I submitted it to be shown by the Projector Bike during the Art in Public Places program – it was ACCEPTED!!!  Yay!!! ..and was screened on the 11th April in Williamstown and 17th April in Altona.

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I think it was pretty good….

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..and luckily, my one true friend who came to see it – the beautiful and talented Amy Cookson thought it was pretty good too…

..well, ‘brilliant’ actually (I’m not lying, see above), but you know… I’m trying to be coy..

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..sooooo… um…that’s my news…

on my long and winding road

F@#$ will probably have to pay out to the Beatles now… arghhh!!!

I’ll have law suits coming out the wazoo!!!!!!!

Kate May Good xxx

Sooooo….

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Soooo….. a few things have been going on…

…working on my campaign…

I did a Paste Up/ Installation of excerpts of my book for the Hobson Bay City Council’s – Art in Public Places program.

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It’s on Cnr Forrest St & Hudsons Rd in Spotswood, Melbourne if you fancy seeing it in the flesh..

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And the exhibition finishes on 5th May, 2013 so you better be quick….

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It was great fun to do and from all accounts people have really enjoyed it…

I pasted it up over a period of a week so, like the relationship in the book, and the book itself, it was a gradual process, growing slowly every day…

And funnily enough, along with the deterioration of the relationship, the paste up has also deteriorated…

Kate May Good xxx

The most amazing experience….

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So, as you know, on my way to publishing my book I am working on other projects but also trying to drum up publicity for my book.

In my typical style of art making – the process of trying to publish my book is indeed – the artwork – and new works spring of this one too…

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It’s a little hard to get your head around at first so don’t worry if I’ve lost you….

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During my time involved in Art In Public Places in conjunction with the Hobson’s Bay Council… I started my move into film… it started with projection… trying to do a little at school (RMIT) …then the fabulous Projector Bike came along… Joseph & Millie’s project which I’ve previously discussed in this blog…(actually last post if I remember correctly)…

http://www.theprojects.com.au/projectorbike/

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Well, Joseph took me out last Thursday night in Williamstown and showed me what the Projector Bike can do – which I’m in turn trying to show you!!!

It was great when the film was being projected onto the clear(ish) straight surfaces but then when the bike was moving around and projecting onto trees, boat shed’s, windows, red brick walls and corrugated iron roofs…

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…well, that’s when I got REALLY EXCITED!!!!!!!!IMG_8203

AND I WASN’T THE ONLY ONE…

Everywhere we went people were astounded… we parked the bike up beside a restaurant and Joseph started projecting on the wall outside… the people inside eating were amazed… pictured above are the owner and staff having come outside to check it out!!!

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It was AWESOME!!!!

If I was ten, maybe twenty years younger, I’d use all those new, cool words like ‘amazeballs’, ‘totes’ and even perhaps bring out the ol’ favourite –  ‘peeps’.

But I’m not, so I won’t.

Now, off I go to learn how to make that movie I’ve been rabbiting on about…

Kate May Good xxx

Details…

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Projector Bike 2010 (Photo credit: mjog*)

 

Yesterday morning I was having a swim in the cool waters at Byron Bay with my girls from yesteryear which are now my girls of today…

 

I told them I was going to make a movie..

 

Sarah: What’s it about?

 

Me: I don’t know yet..

 

Sham: Ah, that’s just details..

 

The moral of this story is… if it happens to be lost in translation is..

 

I don’t yet know what the movie is about, or the first thing about how to make a movie BUT I’m not going to worry about all that…

 

BECAUSE I’m going to learn!!!

 

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Last night I went to a meeting re Projector Bike.

 

 

 

And now I’m making a movie… to be submitted and hopefully screened by the Projector Bike on Thursday 11 April 2013 in Williamstown (beginning at Williamstown Library at 6pm) and Wednesday 17 April 2013 in Altona (beginning at Logan Reserve at 6pm).

 

http://www.theprojects.com.au/projectorbike/

 

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I’ve come up with Celtx – a free scriptwriting thingimajig.. more to follow once I get the download up and running…

 

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And iMovie – apparently I can make a movie (free… ooh I love this word)..on this application…

 

Wish me luck…

 

Kate May Good xxx

 

 

 

Artists sharing information….

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Brian Doar ‘Ascension of the Mankini’ – Watters Gallery

So, this is a post on artists helping each other and sharing information.

This past week, two artists, Brian Doar (my mentor at Uni and beyond) and fellow Art in Public Places – artist, Josh McCrimmon have both helped me a lot in the short interactions I’ve had with them.

My friend Brian did a drive-by with me of my ‘new grey wall’ in Spotswood and gave me some excellent advice on how to build a successful artwork on the wall. The direction I should go in… where to concentrate my energy…  getting the most impact… making the work accessible…

Josh has helped me with sharing his recipe’s for paste ups and reading his blog has been very informative… it always helps to see people treading the same path your on..

Check out his paste up in April – it’s right next door to Snap Printing…96 Ferguson St, Williamstown..and excellent blog http://supermarketmonkey.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/progress-notes-from-artist.html

Josh McCrimmon’s wall – ready for transformation!!!

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So, a big thank you to them for their help and a promise to stick a virtual medal on all artist’s chests who help out their fellow path-treaders. (Does that even make sense???)

Kate May Good xx

Tripping the light fantastic…

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Went to White Night last night wearing my white nightie in solidarity…with my precious pearl Ariel…

It was wonderful to see so much interest in temporary artwork and big ups to my not-so-newly adopted city for shutting down street after street to showcase artists work!!!!

The pleasure, atmosphere and sheer numbers of people that were out and about all in the name of art…. boosting my belief in temporal art sites…

Pop up art..

I like it!!!!

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A shout out to Nell and Lauren who transformed the ‘Signal’ precinct with their Yoko Ono inspired artwork… It was truly magical… smoke machines, light projections…a beautiful and serene space emerged…

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Thank you Ladies!!!

Kate May Good xx