Once upon a time, Clare Bowditch told me (while I was in a hundred strong crowd of Big Hearted Business Women. I wish I could say that it was over a cup of tea.) that I'm a 'multipassionate' and it's nothing to be ashamed of. Now, I'd need a whole blog series to fully explain what this (misleadingly sexy-sounding) label entails. Luckily, my articulate (potential) pin twin Bec Mackey has already described it in full here.
Anyway, this is a round about way to tell you that on top of an album, I made a colouring book. The Great Ocean Road Colouring Book. It's a colouring book. It's also pretty cool.
I grew up in Port Campbell and.... well, here's the spiel:
One day, while scribbling furiously aboard the adult colouring bandwagon, Clare Younis had a major realisation: The places, plants and creatures she grew up amongst on the Great Ocean Road offered a rich and rare theme for her own version. She rapidly found that it was almost too great- for Clare, drawing the designs was even more addictive than decorating the work of others.
She blames her parents and the aunts and uncles who enriched her childhood with endless cliff top rambles, shipwreck storytelling and beach adventures. Whale watching, penguin counting, foraging through rainforest and bushland. Exploring the capricious treasures of rockpools and tidal caves. Hand rearing wallabies and longing for the dolphins that danced about her uncle’s boat to come just a little closer… and maybe have a telepathic conversation (she was that kind of child… and ipads were a long way in the future).
There are so many hidden secrets along this coastline- Clare Younis recommends that you take your time. But if you don’t have long enough (say, an entire childhood) then this colouring book highlights twenty of the most special and fabulous memories drawn from the artist’s dream pool.
Printed in Victoria on 100% recycled post consumer waste (carbon neutral paper) using a waterless process and vegetable inks.
Buy your copy here.
And finally, If you would like to learn about Clare Bowditch's 'Mullet Passions', you're apparently not alone.