Small Gestures, Big Impact – 2015 desk calendar for sale!

Made From Good Deeds is a new stationery and homewares brand which combines graphic design, letterpress printing, and timber craftsmanship to create everyday products with a positive twist. Their 2015 desk calendar is a prime example, each month listing three unique deeds for people to set out and leave their positive imprint on the world.

New products will be introduced in the coming months, so be sure to follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s to a positive 2015!

24.10.14. filed under General. No Comments →

Dagmar CYRULLA – Reflection – 25 October – 19 November, 2014

“I paint what I am emotionally connected to, or thinking about at a given time. My thoughts and experiences of how we relate to each other are always in flux”. (Dagmar Cyrulla, 2014).

Wagner Art Gallery
39 Gurner Street, Paddington, NSW 2021 T: 02 9360 6069
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Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 6:00pm, Sunday 1:00 – 6:00pm

22.10.14. filed under Events & Exhibitions. No Comments →

SAINTS ALIVE! Eirian Chapman Interview

I first discovered the illustrations of Eirian Chapman  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.

Read he entire Eirian Chapman Interview →

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.

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

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.

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10.10.14. filed under Fashion & Lifestyle. No Comments →

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 →

08.10.14. filed under Inspiration. No Comments →

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.

08.10.14. filed under Film & Animation. No Comments →

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 →


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