Teach Yourself… Thats it…

When it comes to making things, we need to just ‘Have a Crack’ (thanks Gonz). I have been a big adopter of the whole ‘Have a Crack’ idea for a long time, as well as ‘Practice make Perfect’, and with that I have been busily making book dummies for something new I have been working on for the last 2 years.

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I have been making a small concertina book and learning the intricacies or constructing such a beast. Folding paper; spacing images; number of pages; it’s been quite a learning curve. I have enjoyed building these and can honestly say I an in the final stretch and should be able to share the final with you all soon.

Once I am done I might do a small series of title articles about how it all came together and share the process I go through making a book if anyone is interested. Just leave a comment if thats something you would like to see.

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Been Quiet… But on the comeback

Sorry for the long delay in in posts, but my final year studying my Masters has taken quite a lot of time and mental effort. There is a lot on the horizon and I can’t wait to share.

I have a little book about to be seen. I’m still in the design process, and I think I’m about 80% there. I’m moving a few images around but the design is fairly set in place. Each won’t take me a long time to construct, so once I get everything a little more refined I will pop it into my Etsy store with the other things I’m selling.

Catch you all soon!

Bangkok Day 14

Well Bangkok I hardly knew you!!

My last day in Bangkok was, well very quiet indeed. All there was to do was a little shopping for trinkets to take home, make sure I was fed and watered properly, obtain a paper clip (its importance will be revealed later), and get all my packing done ready for leaving this beautiful place to head back home to Melbourne.

I have really enjoyed my time in Bangkok. There has been so much I have been able to do and I have realised that sometimes, even I, need to take a back seat to a few things as there are many things I never got done. Most of these things were kind of not super important, but there were at least 3-4 places I really wanted to get to and never did. I also managed to make a heap of work while I was here this time. I started one thing and it really wasn’t working. Struggled along for a few days with it and decided to ditch it completely. Somehow I managed to fall into another series of images that just started coming to me almost straight away!! I think its going to end up a collaborative project and more details and some sample images to come very soon.

I felt very free this time in Bangkok and I think the city has changed a lot. Once I get my head around some more of my thoughts I will write something for you. Might take a day or two. I will also make a little video about my trip on my YouTube Channel.

See you soo Melbourne!!

Bangkok Day 13

Well its almost my last day here in Bangkok. It has been a wonderful trip. So many galleries, so much good food, and so many amazing experiences.

Today was a fairly quiet day as a Sunday in BKK as you know. Bangkok kind of just slows down a lot on a Sunday and many of the street vendors don’t come out. Most would head to the local markets to sell food and drinks which is why it becomes very hard to get anything to eat cheaply.

After a very quiet breakfast and some coffee i made my way over to Bangkok CityCity Gallery. A collective named SOS or Sold Out Studios are running an interesting exhibition about highlighting ideas around Environmental, Economic, and Social Issues in Bangkok. A great collection of street artists from Thailand, the UK, and France have treated a lot of multi faceted works that use photography, video, sound and installation. Such an interesting collection of works presented with varying discussions of the problems people seem to find. I found the whole exhibition very interesting and the space itself seemed to heighten the Bangkok experience itself.

Tomorrow Im not sure how much I will do as its my last day in BKK. I might stay in, I might just go for coffee, but either way my last day will be fairly quiet.

Bangkok Day 12

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Looking over Bangkok from my hotel room in Lang Suan Road.

Ventured out early thins morning to try and beat most of the heat and humidity. Bangkok weather has been kind crazy the last few days! It has been wonderfully warm with a nice cool breeze to filthy hot and humidity at 100%. Weather like that really drains it out of us visitors and not idea how to really survive it properly.

First place of interest today was Space Bar Design which is in the heart of Sena Garden only a short walk from the Sutthisan MRT Station. Inside you will find an amazing little place full of unique publications by many different Local Thai artists and a few from other far flung places. After telling myself ‘NO MORE BOOKS’ I purchased 2 little titles from local photographers to bring back to Melbourne with me.

Then on the way home I was able to pass by House of Lucie in Ekamai. They have such a great collection of images on display at the moment it was a wonderful little exhibition to look at on the way back through. The exhibition was a collection of images, prints, and other printed media form all the House of Lucie photographers. There was also a small exhibition of the John Malkovich images shot by SANDRO where he is taking on the persona of famous  photographs.

Some more great places and maybe only one more on the map close by. Might do a little bit of shopping tomorrow as its almost heading back to Melbourne Time for me.

Bangkok Day 11

Well I have to admit that day was a day for inside. Bangkok was a hot old place today! Even though the thermometer might have only said 34 it felt well and truely hotter. I double checked my weather app and the temp said 34 deg C but felt like 42 with humidity around 60%.

I spent the morning going for a quick wander down the street for a quick breakfast then headed to a one of the major malls. These places are air conditioned and I must admit a lovely sanctuary from the Bangkok heat. In air-conditioned comfort I was able to sit and read for a few hours before i thought it was time to head back to the hotel and think of some late lunch.

A little plate of fruit for dinner and it’s time to start thinking of sleep. Not sure what I will do tomorrow, but I have a few little things still left to do on my list. Bangkok has been wonderful to me this trip!!

Bangkok Day 10

Today was spent having a little cooking class with the amazing team at The Market Experience. This was a treat to myself for just the simple experience of learning more Thai cooking skills to take home and share with my friends once I get back home to Melbourne.

I was super lucky as at the moment it’s Chinese New Year and there are a lot of ‘touristy’ things that have very low on numbers so I had the whole team to myself.

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Seasonal Fruit Salad with Pork 

The interaction with the Teachers Alyssa and Tum made the whole experience just an absolute please and the meals were simply prepared and run in a way that made me feel very inclusive in the decision process.

The first dish you make is called Miang Khum. Simply a Betel leaf stuffed with small amounts of onion, lime and other finely chopped delicious fresh ingredients topped with a lovely simple sauce.

Second dish is a wonderful Seasonal Fruit Salad with fried Pork. This dish was probably one of my favourites. A lovely salad of Heart Apple, Mango and Dragon Fruit with a lime dressing with torn mint. Then with a little fried pork and chilli for topping.

Third dish starts with learning to make your curry paste either red or green. I am defiantly a green curry guy so I made a green.

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Green Curry with Chicken and Eggplant

The curry paste is made from scratch and cooked out with coconut oil. The curry paste if fried away till pungent then hard vegetables added to cook down and finally the chicken. So delicious and made to exactly how you, the maker and creator, think it should taste. I do like mine a little on the salty side which kind of offsets the sweet of the green chilli.

The final dish is a kind of classic Pad Thai with a twist. Now he twist can be anything you think of to take it out to the next level. Mine used a fermented soy bean flavoured noodle which added a lovely extra flavour to my Pad Thai.

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Pad Thai with Prawn

Served with lime, bean shoots, and some garlic chive. A lovely simple dish again learned from scratch. The team teach you how to make the Pad Thai sauce, then with your ingredients all together you make this lovely Pad Thai!! I’m normally not a massive fan of Pad Thai as I find the sauce a little sweet, but again I was able to make the Pad Thai to my liking with a little extra fish sauce.

If you’re in Bangkok and would like to have a lovely tour of the Yodpiman Flower Market, a Cooking Class with a Twist, make sure that you try out The Market Experience and book a little something. They are an amazing group of people and will give you an amazing experience to remember.