Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Thursday, 14 June 2007

A brand new batch!

We've been busy little bee's slipcasting and firing and decal-ing our little folk. So here's the latest little gang, 3 of whom are going to be jetting overseas tomorrow for some adventures with Melbourne jeweller and garage sailor extraordinaire Anna Davern. So the next month or so should see some interesting photos back with two sets of Littles travelling the world!

And yes fashionistas, that is a Dolce & Gabbana shirt, complete with mini logo. He is going to Rome so we thought we better dress him up a bit fancy!! These two Littles are stylin all the way!

Speaking of stylin...it doesn't get much more stylish than the Brisvegas football team right.....!!?? Say hello to Bronco Little. This group should be interesting travel buddies me thinks.

And last, but certainly not least.....Lance Corporal Little, security and surveillance. Keep a sneaky eye out for this fella....

Friday, 1 June 2007

Bad Influence

So here we are trying to bring the Little People up to be good law abiding, cultured citizens and look what they're getting up to behind our backs. We wandered the streets searching for them everywhere and finally found them in a bar being led astray by bad people drinking beer.

In a desperate attempt to save them (particularly HER!) I had to down that beer immediately to get them out of there! They were exhausted from trying to tread water in that glass for all that time (particularly hard when you have a straw or two stuck up your leg I imagine).

And then for some reason as we were heading home on the train I had such trouble focussing the camera…..weird.

Anyway, we’re a little worried about the people they’ve been hanging out with lately so we’ve decided to send them away to get a bit of culcha. Kenji and I were really looking forward to going to the Venice Biennale this year but have selflessly given our tickets away to them in the hope that it will straighten them out and help them develop a deeper appreciation of some of the finer things in life. They’re going to be chaperoned by one of the most sophistimicated brisvegas ladies we know too, so there’ll be no more shenanigans in the pub for these two.

Look out Venice…..here they come!

Thursday, 31 May 2007

Full of curiosity

At the gallery opening, the Little People had lots of other adventures (captured by Jim). They found a huge birds nest made of porcelain (by Shannon). They kept looking at that nest for a long time. I guess that bowl made them calm.

Next, they faced a dangerous situation.The smallest Little Person was nearly bitten by a crocky! "Watch out!!!"

It's up to you to decide what happened to the smallest Little Person...I think the crocky just wanted to sniff them!

Next, they had an interesting situation.
"What's happening with her.........?"
"Not sure........?"

The Little People are a bit obsessed by playing with things that are hanging. They kept saying, "How can I get that??" I don't know if they ended up reaching it.

Next, the Little People Dad started on his own journey. The rest of the family said, "Where are you going Dad!!!??? Dad didn't have an answer.......!

They had so many interesting experiences in a short amount of time, even before their sleepover with Jim began! (Jim's sleepover adventures coming soon...)

Sunday, 27 May 2007

It was just in time!!!

Recently we took some Little People to the Craft Queensland opening called Queensland New Design. The Little People had know idea why so many people were standing and chatting and drinking in the same room. They could only stand where they were put. Because of their size, someone who didn't notice them nearly stepped on them. But luckily someone spotted them and said, "Stop! Something's down there!!"

Finally they became safe and also they understood about the happening in the room. Perhaps they are still cranky with us. Sorry!! That was a big night for them. It wasn't just a night out, it was their first gallery opening and sleep over with someone they didn't know. In Japan we have saying about kids. "If you love your children, send them on a journey." Let the Little People's journeys begin!
Thanks to Jim for taking the photos.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

A New Beginning

Thanks for visiting Sandwich Mountain! We’ve re-posted the original adventures of the Little People below (just to keep it all neat and tidy), and we’ll be documenting their ongoing adventures in this blog. Meanwhile, here's a peak at the latest Little's, fresh out of the kiln....

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

More Play

Kenji and I were talking earlier this year about wanting to become a little more playful with our work. It’s so easy to take it all too seriously. It all becomes about meeting deadlines and rushing things through kilns, and all the other million things we have to do to keep afloat, that sometimes you can forget about the importance of just playing with a material and playing with ideas. So we decided that this year we would try to make sure we get a bit more play in there, a bit of experimentation, without it having to be FOR anything other than our own indulgence. Often this is where the best new ideas come from anyway. This Little People Project has become an outcome of that discussion.

We worry a little that we are too easily amused, as we roll about laughing at a miniature porcelain figure trapped under a slab of butter (see below), but it’s surprising the number of offshoot ideas we have had as a result of these (seemingly frivolous and immature) exercises, and the number of interesting conversations that have arisen about perception and interpretation and scale and everyday objects. This week we took them to our local supermarket. Things got a bit hairy in the dairy aisle, but after a panadol and a quick lie down he was feeling much better.

Originally posted by Mel on Feffakookan 29/04/07

Sandwich Mountain

Recently I saw our little people at the coffee shop in the middle of the day! It's so funny - as soon as Mel put them down, the coffee shop became a huge landscape. It was surprising! Our little people in an everyday setting, suddenly made something really normal become really unusual! It's a human wonderland!

Sandwiches became huge mountains. Instead of eating them, I think they wanted to climb them! Thanks for letting us play at the coffee shop Jacqui!

Originally posted by Kenji at kamenendo 21/04/07

Little People

As I've said before, I love doing hand building. But I've also always wanted to try slip casting. So recently I made these figures to see how the slip casting would go - and they came out quite well! Mel and I decided to experiment with them....and she made them look cool!! (see below) It's amazing how different each one is. You can imagine they each have some kind of interesting story - and there is a loveliness about them. Actually, I like watching people's reaction when they look at my work. I can see the difference and similarity between them through their reactions, and a little bit of their stories. It's really interesting! I'm going to keep updating the Little People's Little Project....so stay tuned!

Originally posted by Kenji on Kamenendo 11/04/07