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The studio diary (blog) of artist Alicia McFadzean (Cheeky Observer). This blog details Alicia's collection of ideas, work in progress photos, project announcements, travel stories, plus all the other tiny things that inspire and delight her art practice. Illustration, live art, drawing, mural creation.
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The Drawing Room Cafe

Hand Lettering Workshop @ The Drawing Room

A Cheeky and Hand Lettering workshop at The Drawing Room Cafe, Cape Town. Over coffee and baked goods, we had a play with various different styles of traditional and contemporary lettering, including block, brush script, and calligraphy. It was great to have such an enthusiastic group, who weren't afraid to get experimental with all kinds of different mediums - from...

Smashing Artist Stereotypes

I wrote this in an effort to try and pass what positive energy I have onto other aspiring creatives. As a collective we can raise the bar and re-educate others on the value of our work - because what we offer is beautiful, singular, inimitable....

Chasing Waterfalls

Seeking inspiration and wild abandon. Cocooned by leafy greens and dappled light. Fiercely find the roads less travelled Uncharted territories Those that that stretch outward, inward, onward. ...

Alicia McFadzean Typography

Resources For An Aspiring Minimalist

Over the last 12 months I have been transitioning to a more minimalist approach to everyday life, inclusive of consuming less disposable materials, minimising food and product wastage, compacting the totality of my shoes and clothes to one simple cupboard space, and buying (wherever possible) locally-grown, seasonal food. What was the catalyst for this change? ...

Of Heroes And Craftsmanship

I want to introduce three of my heroes to you. A Formula 1 driver, a ballet dancer, an inventor. Though their professions differ, there is a common thread that link all three together - an astounding discipline, a capacity to push mind and body to the absolute brink, in the name of achieving their goals....

International Public Art Festival Cape Town

I was so lucky to be included on the roster of amazing artists participating in the 2017 International Public Art Festival Cape Town.   It was truly a meeting of styles, with the artistic collective bringing such a dynamic array of ideas, techniques and expression to the streets of Salt River. I had a wonder round yesterday and snapped a few of the works...

A First

Some recent concept ideas I've been working on for a private tattoo commission. I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise of working with topography maps, seeing the natural curves, swishes, and swirls of the earth from this top down perspective....

Robben Island Nelson Mandela's Cell

They Call Him Madiba

Over the weekend I made the journey out to Robben Island, which is just off the coast of Cape Town. Robben Island is the place where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners of the apartheid era spent years in captivity; the result of fighting for equality and freedom.   It was with a curious mind, but a heavy heart that we learnt...

Cheeky Observer Hand Lettering

Contagious Compassion

It may sound like a simple thing, but genuine, (and often random) acts of kindness are a phenomenon that have the power to heal and transform the world - from an individual to a societal level. Compassion is contagious. If you do something good for someone else, they will undoubtedly be inspired to pass this kindness along to another individual. Studies...

Sweet Delicious Truth Coffee

Coffee Cup Scribbles

Blank(ish) coffee cups always get me excited, as they present the opportunity to scribble on something that already brings me so much joy and make it even cooler. I also have a delicious, if unproven theory that caffeine stimulates creativity....

Lessons from Old, Beautiful Things

This vintage treasure was unearthed the other day after about 50 years lying dormant in the back of a wardrobe, a divine rediscovery that gave me something to truly marvel at. In a day and age where most products are made to be purchased, then disposed of a few years later (thank you sweatshop clothing labels, thank you IKEA), it's...

Sydney Studio

Window To The World

This light-filled, airy loft has been my window to the world, and the space to help me nurture so many ideas, drawing and paintings to life. As I pack everything up and get ready for my next adventure, I can only hope it treats it's next owner just as kindly. ...

Travel Ticker Gold Foil Alicia McFadzean

Travel Ticker 3: Up Close

So much beauty in this world lies in the smallest of details. The collection of pictures below are some macro snippets I captured on my travels in various museums, shops and streets across Europe. I found exquisite craftsmanship in glass, gold, paper, neon, sugar, clay, bronze and more. I found very expensive and very kitsch. Very old and very new....

Alexis Dias Street Art Shoreditch | Alicia McFadzean

Travel Ticker 2: Old Cities, Modern Playgrounds

Getting lost is the key to a good adventure.   I stumbled on so many visual treasures in my meanderings through London, Barcelona, Cote d'Azur of France and Crete.   The thing that struck me the most about the streets in this part of the world was their history, their complexity. They whisper to the modern day people about centuries past - the social...

Jam Factory Gallery | Custom Signage | Cheeky Observer

The Jam Factory Oxford

The Jam Factory is an establishment in Oxford, England, where art meets Gastronomy. In late 2015, I had the pleasure of doing some mini-mural / hand lettering for the space. ...

Street Art Woodstock Cape Town

Travel Ticker Part 1: Cape Town

  CREATIVE SPACES. CREATIVE PLACES   The shots below were captured in Woodstock, a place which has slowly been revamped over the last few years to become a thriving hub of culture and creativity in Cape Town. We were given a street art tour by local artist Juma, who took the time to explain who each street artist was and the meaning behind...