Pink and blue R Us

Yearly Archives: 2009

Pink and blue R Us

October 12, 2009

I just came across an article on The F-Word, a UK feminist blog, referring to a case in Sweden where some schoolchildren brought  a complaint against Toys R Us 2008 Christmas Catalogue to the Reklamombudsmannen because of what they saw as the store’s rigid and limit gender stereotyping – pink with the passive stuff  for girls (princess stuff, household chore … more »

Save the Windsor!

October 10, 2009

Developers are moving in on the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne, wanting to convert it to another huge soulless hotel, leaving only the facade, which will be dwarfed by a huge tower.  We’re going to end up with no old buildings at all in Melbourne, losing so much of what gives the city its character.  Then no one will want to … more »

Elizabeth and Growl

August 30, 2009

Have a look at this wonderful clip of 19 month old Elizabeth, ‘reading’ The Story of Growl to her dolly. I’ve had it for ages, but I’ve only just worked out how to get it onto the website. (The way to get it onto the website is to ask Ben and he’ll sort it out. Thank you a … more »

Telstra and identity theft

August 17, 2009

I have just been rung by Telstra about a billing problem – for some reason it turns out that my bills have been going to Ballarat, a lovely town but one I haven’t been to for at least 20 years, and certainly not a place where I have a post office box, so of course the bills have been going … more »

Hyperbolic crochet and the Great Barrier Reef

August 17, 2009

 Yesterday I heard on the radio about a giant project of modelling marine reefs  by crocheting them, as a tool to predict the effects on the fragile reefs of climate change.   All over the world now people – mainly women – are crocheting the most amazing reefs, creating models in a few hours that would take supercomputers ages to … more »

Green Sheep Cake for Lucas

July 31, 2009

Dear Judy,

This is a picture of our son’s 1st birthday cake.  Lucas simply loves Where is the Green Sheep? Thank you and thanks Mem for such a beautiful book.

Yours sincerely
Ruth and Philip Glendinning 

Just when you thought Green Sheep Birthday cakes couldn’t get any more magnificent, here is the wonderful cake made for Lucas by his parents – idea and two … more »

Feminist Book Fortnight Logo

July 31, 2009

I think this is the biggest my work has ever been – a banner across the front of the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne for the 6th International Feminist Book Fortnight in 1994, purple of course.  I did the IFBF logo – a flying woman on a book in various guises, nicknamed ‘Bookie’ by the organisers.  People came from all over the … more »

Just a word?

July 27, 2009

I am more than a little disturbed by the current trend to throw around the word ‘Nazi’.  I recently heard a teacher described as a hat nazi because he insisted that students wore hats outside, in accordance with school policy. And of course, there’s the phrase ‘feminazi’ as a way of painting feminists as people out to destroy everyone’s … more »

Making the world a better place (one scam at a time…)

July 10, 2009

I just received a scam email, supposedly from the United Nations, stating “This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 150,000,00. Anyone who has been scammed is entitled to claim this money.”  All you have to do is … more »

First blog entry

June 29, 2009

Dear Everyone, 

This is my first blog post. I have had lots of things whizzing around in my head as possible blog posts, but of course time has got away from me.  I have been scrambling on a steep 21st century learning curve, getting together my new website with all its new stuff, under the guidance of the designer, Fiona Edge … more »

Brag Book

June 29, 2009

Welcome to the Brag Book.  It isn’t quite working exactly as I’d like yet, but you’ll get the general idea.  It’s stuff about my work, and about people having things to do with my work.  Thanks to everyone who has allowed me to use their photos.   There are more to come.  If you have a photo you’d like to … more »

Campbell’s birthday cake

June 28, 2009

There seems to be a bit of a cake theme happening around the green sheep.  Mem Fox has sent me photos of a number of Green sheep cakes people have made for her on her birthday when she happens to be somewhere far from home giving a lecture or on a book tour.

Mem and I were sent this fantastic series … more »

Ella at the zoo

June 28, 2009

Ella’s grandmother sent me this gorgeous photo.  “My daughter gave her niece (and my grand daughter) Ella, a copy of These are my Hands at a zoo twilight concert a fortnight ago.

 This photo doesn’t show it but Ella is surrounded by adult aunts, uncles, cousins and grand parents. For the whole evening the focus of her attention was the book … more »

The Story of Growl

June 27, 2009

The Story of Growl was launched at the old Books Illustrated with aplomb by the wonderful Julie McCrossin, who got everyone growling. Not just the kids, that’s too easy, but the adults as well.  Because afternoon tea features so strongly in the book, I made hundreds of cupcakes for us to eat, iced in different colours.   The little monster … more »

Green sheep quilt 2

June 26, 2009

The second Green Sheep quilt – made by Berit Verburg–Kjaerstad, Netherlands.  

 “When I visited my grandchildren in Australia some time ago, we enjoyed your and Mem’s book “Where is the Green Sheep?” together. As I love sheep, I was very happy to find the book in a bookshop so that I could bring it home. I wanted to make a … more »

Green Sheep Quilt 1

June 25, 2009

This quilt was made in Australia by Merle Mitchell who gave it to my nephew Oscar.   Oscar and the Green sheep were born in the same year.   

Not long after I saw this quilt, I received a picture of another Green sheep quilt made by someone on the other side of the world.  They are both extraordinary, done with … more »

Eva and the green sheep

June 25, 2009

Where is the Green Sheep? became a classic almost as soon as it was published.  There’s a lovely photo to follow this, sent to me by proud grandmother Louise, but I just have to type enough words so that the more link appears, and you can click on it to see that there’s a photo.  I’m sure this can be … more »

poetry on public transport and horacek

June 25, 2009

Here are photos of two trams I decorated for a Poetry on Trams project, for the Fringe Festival many years ago. We’re talking trams, so we’re talking Melbourne obviously.  The idea was based on a poems on public transport project that has been going in London since 1995, although our version was very low budget and low tech.  There were … more »

about judy

June 12, 2009

Judy Horacek is an Australian cartoonist, artist, writer and children’s book creator. Her cartoons have been pinned up on doors and walls all over the world. She is also sometimes a visiting artist for school children and an after-dinner speaker for grownups. more »


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