Thursday, November 10, 2011


he won! the mantis won his category in the art of nature comp (general south australian parks, as opposed to belair or cleland) and a wealth of prizes.

what a talented fellow. i think it's time we used those skills to make more matryoshkas?


Monday, August 22, 2011

the art of nature

to distract from the fact that we haven't posted in months, i'll show you the mantis's entry to the 'art of nature' t-shirt competition (run by the department of environment and natural resources):

isn't it pretty? especially the koala - he's my fave. unfortunately you can't vote for it as it was only entered today, but you can still enjoy it and marvel at the mantis's skills here or in the art of nature gallery once it shows up.

i might just make him make me a t-shirt even if he doesn't win...


Friday, June 10, 2011

365 animals

for those of you who haven’t already stumbled across it, i thoroughly recommend having a look at my passerine colleague’s latest endeavour: 365 animals.

for the past month she has been blogging the world’s myriad animal species – one for each day – in equally myriad artistic styles. so far we have seen pointilised chameleons, felt-tipped gibbons, water-coloured fiddlers, chalk-dust bee-eaters, potato-stamped fishes, long-stitched llamas and a panoply of waiter and bandit animals (she can explain). her most recent effort involved painting her very own face.

the blog is also a repository of the world’s oddest animal photographs and videos; painstakingly teased from the internet and collected herself while abroad. pandas falling out of trees, llamas eating banana skins and construction worker-mimicking lyrebirds; only the very finest. these accompany every post as well as an informative treatise on the creature in question.

thirty-eight animals, each as brilliant as the next have graced the blog to date. quick, go there now she's about to post 39, her namesake, the sparrow.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

meet our (other) parrots

my how time flies when you procrastinate! but it takes time for parrot chickerlings (scientific term) to blossom into concentric wooden statues. it takes two monthses time.

and here they are:

grouped together according to beak type for your convenience. would you like a closer look? (yes) cool!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

meet our owls

happy thursday!
i trust you are well. aren't you just loving this weather?
you know who else loves this weather? owls. our rainbow owls to be exact.

every colour of the rainbow.
except red. and indigo. and also violet. plus a pink one.
more OBPGY than ROY G BIV...