SAINTS ALIVE! Eirian Chapman Interview

I first discovered the illustrations of Eirian Chapman www.eirianchapman.com  a few years ago when I opened a copy of Desktop Magazine that featured an article I had co-written about popular Australian logos. I was eagerly scanning it for my contributing author picture, keen to see what they had done with my portrait. What I found ground me to a stunned halt that sunny afternoon at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, right in the smack of peacocking models and poseurs at Sydney Fashion Week. There I was, in a national magazine, with a blue, triangular nose.

But when I got past the initial ego-shock, I noticed how Chapman’s drawing referenced the Memphis-Milano style from the 1980’s in a series of illustrations of all the edition’s contributors. It was fun without poking fun. In fact, it was clever, graphical and cool. Sipping on my calming cosmopolitan, still pouring over her work, I realised that she hadn’t rendered me a clown but had deftly captured my likeness in a manner that surprised and delighted.

Chapman is an Australian freelance illustrator whose work has been commissioned by heavyweight clients of the likes of the Australian Ballet, Mercedes-Benz, ELLE Magazine and the Commonwealth Bank. Her first solo exhibition – “Sainthood” – is on until October 25th at Lamington Drive, 101A Sackville St, Collingwood. It’s free to go and you should go and pay your respects to the patron saints of Shiny Things, Drunken Sailors, Interstellar Tennis, and Suburban Jungles. The show consists of a series of large-scale “print tapestries” depicting a troupe of saintly modern super-women and, again, has that visual zing which playfully catches the viewer unawares.

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17.10.14. filed under Interviews. No Comments →

Peter Pan Op Shop Summer Sale

Sydney’s best kept fashion secret, the Peter Pan Op Shop Summer sale is on again!

For over 70 years, Sydney buyers with a social conscience and an eye for fashion have been returning twice a year to trawl through the chic array of top-end items at rock bottom prices.

All proceeds go to Barnardos Australia to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

Bag a guilt-free bargain from the treasure trove of unique pre-loved designer and vintage clothes, shoes and accessories from the wardrobes of leading Sydney fashionistas, as well as brand new designer wear and end of season stock.

Barnardos’ supporters sass & bide have once again committed to donating rare fashion treasures and samples from their latest collections.

To date, the sales have raised over 1 million dollars for leading child welfare charity Barnardos Australia.

WHAT: Peter Pan Op Shop Summer Sale
WHERE: Paddington Town Hall: Corner Oxford Street and Oatley Road, Paddington.
WHEN: Wednesday 29 October – Friday 31 October, 2014.

OPENING HOURS:
Wednesday 29 Oct   9.30am – 3.00pm
Thursday 30 Oct      9.30am – 3.00pm
Friday 31 Oct            9.30am – 1.00pm

WHO:
The Peter Pan Opportunity Committee is a volunteer group who raise money throughout the year to directly benefit the vital programs and services provided by Barnardos Australia.

WHY: To raise money for Barnardos Australia to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

ABOUT US:  Barnardos Australia is one of the nation’s leading child protection charities. A non-government, non-denominational charity, we have been at the forefront of child protection for over 130 years. We believe all children deserve a safe and stable home. We work with families and communities facing issues such as violence, poverty, mental illness and homelessness to keep children safe at home. Barnardos extensive range of services include, family and domestic violence support, mental health support, emergency accommodation, parent education, counselling, foster care and adoption. Our evidence-based research and dedicated caseworkers and carers ensure Barnardos is well equipped to fully support, care for and nurture children in need.

For more information or to donate visit: www.barnardos.org.au

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An Art Pharmacy Christmas

Forget socks, scented-candles and other ordinary dispensables. This Christmas, forego the throwaway gift in favour of an inspiring artwork to last a lifetime, selected from Art Pharmacy’s talented pool of local and emerging visual artists.

As Australia’s biggest online dispensary of visual art, Art Pharmacy was born from the idea that original art should be available to everyone – even those who aren’t bankrolled by billionaires or the offspring of Russian Oligarchs.

Emilya Colliver, Art Pharmacy Founder and Director commented: “Receiving an original artwork made by a local artist at the beginning of their career is incredibly rewarding, not least because it will look lovely on your wall. A new artwork can be challenging, personal and also a lasting token of your relationship with someone.” Dont OD, Its an Art Pharmacy Christmas →

08.10.14. filed under General. No Comments →

Blue Knot Day’s online photo competition

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) is calling on budding photographers and creatives to enter its annual Untangle the Knot Photo Competition, in support of the estimated five million adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse in Australia.  The competition is part of ASCA’s national awareness day Blue Knot Day, this October 27 2014, with a theme of ‘Recovery’. Read about Blue Knot Day’s online photo competition →

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Myth Making, Chindian Diaries and Diaspora Films @ ICE

On the 13th of Oct we have Point of View, a forum exploring the idea of Myth Making in screenwriting, and how this might be the answer to the fragile Australian film industry. Tickets can be booked for the event here.

From the 17-19th of October, ICE in collaboration with Parramasala will be presenting two outstanding projects. The first is The Chindian Diaries, an exhibition traversing the stories of Chinese Indian mixed marriages, celebrating an intertwining of cultures, religions and families. RSVP for the launch here.

The second is the South Asian Film Festival, a FREE film festival over two days that showcases some sumptuous cinema of South Asian stories from across the world. The collection features critically acclaimed foreign films such as Thallana and Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka, as well as local productions like My Cornerstone.

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100 Artworks, 1000 Stories

Art by Tina Pirola

Art by Tina Pirola

NSW CAG vision is for all people with a lived experience of mental illness to participate as valued citizens in their communities This Mental Health Month, the public is invited to a unique exhibition where artists with a lived experience of mental illness tell their stories through art.

The exhibition will feature more than 100 artworks, created by people who have personal experience of mental illness. The works come from all across the state; from Dubbo to Darlinghurst.

“With one in four Australians experiencing some sort of mental illness in their lifetime, it’s easy to get lost in the numbers and forget that each is a person”.” said NSW CAG CEO Dr Peri O’Shea “The 2014 Recovery in Art exhibition is a forum where we can celebrate life through creativity. The artworks are as diverse as the artists themselves and their stories”

“In fact, this is NSW CAG’s biggest and most diverse art exhibition to date.” said Dr O’Shea

An artist featured at this year’s show, Tina Pirola, says art had a very special place in her recovery journey.

“Art is a way of making sense of it all,” she said. “When you don’t have the words to express what you’re thinking or feeling, art has a way of connecting with people and starting a conversation.”

Although she has exhibited some of her artworks before, this is Tina’s first time exhibiting at Recovery in Art.

“Being a part of Recovery in Art has been important to me. People with a mental illness often feel invisible in society. To have an exhibition that acknowledges my artistic process hand-in-hand with my recovery process has been so refreshing” said Tina. “It’s not about whether you like an artwork or whether it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’, it’s about the process of making the work, what it means to the artist and what it means to the viewer.”

The exhibition is running from 8-10 October in the Muse in Ultimo TAFE, (Cnr Harris and Thomas St), right across the road from the ABC.

The launch of the exhibition will be attended by newly-appointed NSW Governor His Excellency General David Hurley, NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley, Sydney State MP Alex Greenwich and participating artists.

07.10.14. filed under Events & Exhibitions. No Comments →

LEXEL PAPERS LAUNCHES “THE MERCHANT OF PAPER™” WEBSITE

Lexel Papers announced the launch of The Merchant of Paper™ website as an online resource for graphic designers and creatives working in the Australian events and advertising industry to find inspiration in innovative uses of paper, today.

The Merchant himself is a charming character called, Marco, the world’s oldest paper merchant. Seemingly, Marco has been crafting with paper and paper enthusiasts since the beginning of time, he narrates the posts on the website, bringing to life the tales of his travels across the world, sharing the delightful legacy of papermaking with the audience on the website which Lexel Papers says will be updated weekly.

“For hundreds of years, I have travelled the world bringing the pleasures of paper to design devotees and paperistas. Call me old fashioned, but I still get a thrill from the velvety textures, the smell of curiosity and the awakened senses when I can get my hands on sought-after stock,” he says on the website. With his quaintly descriptive and evocative tone, Marco will weave stories, history and insight to contemporary design jobs created with the Lexel Papers range will be regularly featured on the site.

The Merchant of Paper™ “Inspiration” section on the website will be an evolving gallery showcasing outstanding print graphic design. Readers are encouraged to subscribe to the monthly newsletter which will lovingly post the news and images from the website, freshly milled, into subscribers’ inboxes. The discussion will also continue to flourish on The Merchant of Paper’s social media.

Lexel Papers are the exclusive Australian and New Zealand importers of Gmund Paper, a German paper house that has produced a vast range of luxury stocks for over 185 years. Sumptuous Gmund cotton stock is the designer’s preferred choice for letterpress printing, a craft that has enjoyed a tremendous re-invigoration during the digital age. Artisan printers and designers have turned to this antique printing craft as an expressive art-form that possesses the ability to enchant and stimulate emotion through its beauty and tactility.

Lexel Papers are a family-run wholesale importer, distributor and manufacturer of fine paper products based in Sydney. For over 20 years they have offered committed, loyal service to their customers and supplied a beautiful range of luxurious stocks and envelopes to the Australian and New Zealand creative design and print industry. Their company ethos has always been focused on building relationships and passion for service to creative people and “ideasmiths”.

 

Design Federation has 2 signature paper sample swatch cases (RRP$60) from The Merchant of Paper™ to give away to our readers. All you have to do for the chance to win is tweet a greeting to Marco, The Merchant of Paper @MerchantOfPaper. Winners will be announced on Friday.

02.10.14. filed under General, Giveaways. No Comments →

A DAY IN AUSTRALIA – Paper Art Exhibition by Marine Coutroutsios

 
A day in Australia celebrates the natural beauty of Australia. This exhibition showcases a new series of Paper artworks inspired by Marine Coutroutsios’s walks in the forests of Australia. These Paper cuts are her own interpretation of seeing the sky from beneath the shadows of the ferns. Each artwork from this series has different colour scheme echoing a different time of day. “My work is all about aesthetic, I play with representative and abstract designs offering more than one possible way of interpretation to trigger your imagination. I wish to uplift and bring an optimistic and colourful energy as well as a sense of wonder”.

Her popular series inspired by Australian Birds will be also exhibited for those who missed her latest show.

Marine Coutroutsios is a French artist living in Sydney since 2012. She makes Paper Art using scalpel and scissors and creates installations and sculptures for her personal art practice alongside commissions for commercial illustrations and paper installations.

8th September – 6th October
Alliance Française
257 Clarence Street, Sydney.

Opening hours :

  • Mon-Thu : 9am – 6.45pm
  • Fri : 9am – 4.45pm
  • Sat : 8.30am – 2.30pm

www.afsydney.com.au
marine-coutroutsios.com

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