UNA

UNA is a new Melbourne based design studio launched by Andrew Archer and Kelly Thompson. With over 20 years cumulative experience working as freelance artists and art directors UNA grew from their combined desire to expand and challenge themselves creatively, but also in response to client demand.

Archer and Thompson are both internationally renowned illustrators and art directors. Archer has created graphic work for Nike, Audi, ESPN, Bombay Sapphire, Red Bull, WIRED, Random House, French Vogue and the BBC to name a few. Thompson’s feminine approach has been utilised by, for starters, Escada Paris, Maybelline NYC, Nintendo, The London Sunday Times, and Covergirl.

Kelly has hosted Nintendo Master Classes, art classes for Maybelline NYC and guest lectures at RMIT (Australia’s leading university for creative disciplines). She has spoken at Semi-Permanent numerous times (Australia’s premier creative conference) and previously worked as a Project Manager at The Jacky Winter Group – Australia’s leading illustration agency.

www.weareuna.com @weareuna

17.06.15. filed under General. No Comments →

Best Packaging Materials to use in 2015

In 2014, we saw a large number of brands experimenting with and adopting flexible packaging to market their goods. Flexible packaging has an association – one that isn’t necessarily deserved, as we’ll see later in this piece – with being environmentally friendly and is often cheaper to produce than traditional packaging, so it’s very likely that this trend will continue in 2015 and beyond.

 

So-called eco refill packs, popular among coffee manufacturers, may use less packaging but the fact that foil can’t be reused at all recycling plants complicates matters slightly. Materials like glass and cardboard can widely be recycled, sometimes even in a closed loop–meaning that it can be recycled endlessly with no reduction in quality. Of course, there is still a cost–both financial and to the environment–associated with transporting the materials, powering recycling plants and so on.

Elsewhere, brands are taking radical steps to improve their carbon footprint. Carlsberg determined that 45% of their total greenhouse gas emissions come from packaging, and are working on an eco-friendly fibre bottle that’s completely biodegradable. One problem is that such options aren’t necessarily very visually appealing–this means that it’s less likely they’ll be adopted by luxury brands, at least not in their current state.

Personalisation remains popular, with variable printing used to customise anything from university prospectuses to catalogues or charity appeals. This helps businesses to stand out in the sea of junk mail that potential customers receive every day, and isn’t prohibitively expensive. With 3D printing on the rise, the possibility of personalised packaging and products is closer than ever before.

Can packaging ever be a deciding factor when it comes to purchasing products? It may seem unlikely, but positioning flexibly packaged food and drink as an ‘on the go’ option is one way companies are capitalising on this. After all, it’s far more convenient to slip a squeezable tube of soup into a handbag than it is a bulky can and tin-opener.

 

And let’s not forget Apple. Often praised for their elegant, albeit inflexible packaging, there’s even a market on YouTube for videos of consumers unboxing Apple products–around 1 million videos at the time of writing. This may not be a purchase motivator exactly, but it’s undeniably an important part of the experience for many customers.

With that in mind, the combination of packaging used seems set to become more important. Many consumers appear more interested in buying into brands than the products themselves, so consistency and a coherent aesthetic are important. For example, fitness supplement providers are increasingly using stand-up flexible plastic packaging with foil inners. This gives them a space-age feel, more so than the bulky tubs of years gone by, which fits with the idea that the products are cutting edge and scientifically engineered.

On the other end of the scale, some brands are adopting a ‘back to basics’ approach that fits with their ethos. Fragrance brand Juniper Ridge use packaging embossed with wilderness scenes and rustic wooden caps. The use of cork and wood really helps to give products an ‘old school’ vintage style.

With more choices than ever–plastics, metal, foam, fabric etc. all on the table–companies are spoilt for choice when it comes to packaging. It seems that using forms of packaging that fit with a brand’s ethos or style is increasingly important to customers and, if they happen to be environmentally friendly as well, so much the better!

Elanders UK is part of Elanders Group, which is a company with operations in 15 countries on four continents. Elanders Group offers its customers global solutions for print & packaging, supply chain management and e-commerce.

Article by Jonny Rowntree

28.05.15. filed under Reviews & Editorials. No Comments →

Spectrum – by Mab Graves

AUGUSTE CLOWN GALLERY PRESENT
‘SPECTRUM’ A NEW SERIES OF WORK BY MAB GRAVES

Joining us in Australia for the very first time, American pop-surrealist Mab Graves brings with her an imagined world of candy coloured girls, intergalactic cats and supernatural specimens for her newest exhibition of work, “Spectrum”.

On show at Auguste Clown Gallery from 17th April – 3rd May , Spectrum heralds in a new collection of paintings, illustrations, miniatures and sculptures inspired by the prism of Mab’s passions. Mab has taken a beautifully blank slate and unleashed all the pieces living inside her head to explore new themes, shapes and spectrums of colour.

Mab Graves is a contemporary artist and illustrator living and painting in a converted 1800’s tavern in a small corner of Indianapolis. A self-taught artist, Mab has shown in galleries both in the United States and internationally, and had her art published within books and magazines worldwide. Her work has been sold in more than 56 countries.

Mab’s art is deeply inspired by fairy tales and old classic literature. She adores narrative and attributes her creative process to a childhood spent reading stories with three sisters and a very vivid imagination that has allowed her to continue to dream…

“For this new collection I decided to challenge myself. With no planned direction, I had absolute freedom. I started thinking about what I wanted to bring into being. I decided I would unleash all the pieces that had been living inside my head – wanting to come out – but that I’d never been able to grant myself the time to create. I wanted to give myself the liberty to play with inspirations I’d been holding onto for years.” – Mab Graves

Spectrum: A New Series of Work by Mab Graves
Opening Night With Artist Meet & Greet: Friday 17th April, 6pm

Presented by Auguste Clown Gallery
52 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne Australia
Exhibition On view from 17th April – 3rd May (free entry)

About Auguste Clown Gallery

Auguste Clown is a Melbourne underground art gallery dedicated to showing some of the most interesting and notable pop surrealist artists from around the world. To view the full list of represented artists and their biographies, visit www.augusteclown.com

02.04.15. filed under Events & Exhibitions. No Comments →

Never Forget To Play

As part of the ‘Spectrum Now’ Festival, Funkt Creative, Play Bar and Behind the Front bring you an evening of spirited enchantment where imagination takes flight!

Following on from last year’s successful debut group curation, inner city artist Julia Odgers has brought together 6 unique artists that delve into the realm of imagination, breaking down the barriers to provide a fun and adventurous evening under the theme “Never Forget To Play.”

Displaying work from a variety of disciplines including neon signage, illustration, fine and graphic art, the evening is all about getting back to basics when life was uncomplicated and fun.  “It’s a night away from the 9 to 5, a playground full of art, music and spoken word.”  Odgers is always looking for ways to “entice people to forget about the daily grind and have a little fun.”

Keeping with the interactive theme, a photo booth will be on hand for those wishing to embrace their alter ego.  Bravo Child will be performing through the power of spoken word, alongside 10-piece band Bateria 61 and DJ edseven providing the night’s soundtrack.

Launch is on the 20th March 2015 @6pm

PLAY BAR

BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET
SURRY HILLS NSW

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1387412261569954
https://www.facebook.com/funktcreative
http://www.playbar.com.au/
http://www.behindthefront.com.au/

16.03.15. filed under Events & Exhibitions. No Comments →

Telstra encourages Indigenous artists to enter national art award

Indigenous artists from across Australia are being encouraged to enter the 2015 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) with entries for the country’s only national Indigenous art award now open.

The award, which was established by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, recognises the important contribution made by Indigenous artists and promotes an appreciation and understanding of the quality and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art throughout Australia, with support from principal sponsor Telstra. Read all about the Indigenous artists to enter national art award →

26.02.15. filed under Events & Exhibitions. No Comments →

HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL

HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL 

ANNOUNCES HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2015 PROGRAM

SEASON IN MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, CANBERRA, PERTH, BRISBANE, ALICE SPRINGS AND DARWIN

The 8th Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is thrilled to announce a selection of highlights from its 2015 program. Kicking off in Melbourne then touring nationally, these highlights will form part of an entertaining and innovative program that seeks to inform, engage, inspire and drive conversation on human rights issues through its creative program of film, arts and forums.

‘The quality of films this year is exceptional and we are looking forward to a very exciting festival. Not only do the films highlight the significant moral and ethical issues of our time but they all display filmmaking of the highest quality and integrity.’ – Malcolm Blaylock, Program Director read all about the HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL →

25.02.15. filed under Events & Exhibitions. No Comments →

Carmel Debreuil Solo Show

Portia Geach Finalist Carmel Debreuil Solo Show
Opening Night
Thursday  16 April
6pm – 9pm
Northern NSW artist Carmel Debreuil opens her latest solo show Look At Me on 16 April, 2015 at the M2 Gallery in Surry Hills.

Debreuil works with acrylic paint on ply creating brightly coloured paintings of children with stern faces peering out from vintage spectacles. Some are riding chickens, some are facing off with lions, others are playing with over sized toys.
Read all about the Carmel Debreuil Solo Show →

25.02.15. filed under Events & Exhibitions. No Comments →

ROBERT CAMPBELL JNR COLLECTION A RARE OPPORTUNITY

Paintings by the acclaimed aboriginal artist, Robert Campbell Jnr, selected from his body of work across two decades – the 1980’s and 1990’s – will go on show at Artbank Sydney’s Waterloo gallery this February through May 2015. Titled ‘History Painter’  the exhibition has been curated by Djon Mundine OAM, the influential writer, critic and independent curator who helped revolutionise the way contemporary Aboriginal art is presented and understood.

The collection of 25 works painted on canvas and board was inspired by Artbank’s significant holdings of Campbell Jnr’s PAINTINGS which are known for their frank and sophisticated recording of personal memories intertwined with stories of Australia’s colonial past and the continuing brutality of racism throughout the 20th century. Read all about the Robert Campbell Jnr Collection →

23.02.15. filed under Events & Exhibitions. No Comments →

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