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The Sketchbook Project in Australia and other printed matter(s)…

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to update our blog! So I’m gonna be ultra sneaky and try and pack a whole lot into one update…lately the recurring theme seems to be on books, printed matter (well yea, as usual!) zines and design conferences…well for one lucky half of the lounge anyhow ūüėČ Here’s just *some* of what we’ve been up to lately…

Sketchbook Project in Australia

First we want to let you know about a very short and sweet exhibition in Melbourne of a whole library of Sketchbooks from the¬†Art House Co-op in Brooklyn. In case you hadn’t heard, the Sketchbook Project was their amazing brainchild and they have brought all sketchbooks by Australian contributors back for a visit. You can catch the exhibition at¬†VCA (University of Melbourne)¬†until the¬†9th Nov¬†(see we said short and sweet!) Get all the exhibition info here:¬†http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/sketchbookproject/tour/29¬†‘Animals in Disguise’ by Jo & ‘Heroes and Villians’ by Darren are both in the tour – if you get to the exhibition we’d love to know if you find them amongst the multitude of sketchbooks we imagine are there! They all have call numbersand we get a notification when they get checked out to be read…wherever they are in the world. It’s a great project, a lot of fun. You can check out a digital version of¬†‘Animals in Disguise’ here¬†and¬†‘Heroes and Villians’ here. We’ve also made a printed version with Blurb for $15 if you would like to order a real live version of the sketchbooks.¬†I’m working on Darren’s book and it will also be available to buy from Blurb too.

An Artists’ Book Flash Mob in Grafton

“Frenetic times of activity were interspersed with conversation, a sunset soiree, Thai dinner and coffee and cakes from the gallery‚Äôs caf√©. At noon on the second day so much still needed to be completed. Each artist concentrated on their own multiple artworks ‚Äď requiring 60 individual pieces. By mid afternoon, as each artist‚Äôs work was near completion, attention could be turned toward the collaborative outcome: cutting, printing and folding covers, collating of the pages, and beginning the process of sewing the finishing 3 hole pamphlet stitch.”

A few weekends ago we participated in a fantastic Artists’ Book collaboration run by Doug Spowart & Victoria Cooper. Yes I’m a bit behind the eight ball on this one, but we’ve been busy doing!! During their Artist in Residence at the Grafton Regional Gallery they chose to conduct a Centre for Regional Arts Practice event that would culminate in a collaborative Artist Survey chapbook. The 15thedition of the Artists Survey comments on the idea that regional artists engaging travel as a necessary part of their arts practice. The book is entitled¬†NOMAD: Journeying for art.¬†This theme was most definitely embraced by each of the participating artists. Three of the ‚ÄėArtists Book Flash Mob‚Äô came from Brisbane, Lismore and Alstonville and were joined by 5 local Grafton artists for the two-day event. The contributing artists were: Julie Barratt, Cher Breeze, Darren Bryant, Helen Cole, Victoria Cooper, Jo Kambourian, Louise Kirby, Evey Miller, Cass Samms, Hayley Skeggs and Doug Spowart.¬†For us it was a collaboration within a collaboration…with me travelling to Grafton for the weekend taking with me pieces of old encyclopaedia Darren had selected and cut into small circles. These were collaged onto old handmade British paper I had collected somewhere and stamped with the inevitable X, marking the ‘spot’…. From Doug & Vicki’s Blog – WotWeDid –¬†Click here to read the whole post…

Creative Conference Overload

Possibly one of the major reasons our blog has suffered lately is I was lucky enough to win a pass to four fantastic design/creative conferences happening in Brisbane…I don’t get out much, lets face it, the studio and our work is pretty all encompassing so it was really great to get out and hear about other peoples frenetic creative lives from the comfort of a conference seat. So far its been¬†Sex Drugs & Helvetica,¬†Creative3¬†and¬†Semi Permanent¬†just last Thursday. I think I’ll still be processing the ideas, inspiration and motivation until at least Christmas…when a healthy amount of cocktails should deal with that. If I had to distill the themes, inspiration and major ideas that I took away from all these events, its probably one of the things I know and love best…and summed up so well by the Moffit brothers at both SDH and SP…If you do NOTHING, NOTHING happens.¬†Creativity isn’t a noun – its a friggin verb…!¬†Speakers who made the most impression on me from all three conferences…

A Friend Of Mine Moffit.Moffit Liu Yan (Xindanwei) Jess Huddart Ben Briand Lilli Waters March Studio Seb Lester Nicolas Feltron Miso

i’d link em but i’m lazy! look them up if you don’t know who I’m talking about¬†i linked them… x enjoy!