Monday, October 25, 2010

Tough Titties

We met Lou and Alex from Boccalatte at the Realise Your Dream awards night and they told us about their new blog that is a showcase for creative females. I think it's an awesome idea, and hope word spreads. At UTS our course was probably 80% female if not more but once we started working professionally the female presence seemed significantly lower. I've always wondered why. Sorry I ramble.. please do check out their blog and recommend a tough titty!

PS co and I also have an interview up.


We'll still be blogging though!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Matt Huynh "Alluvia" Ehxibition

Another good show to check out if you're in Sydney is Matt Huynh's  "Alluvia" exhibition at the Paper Mill Gallery, opening on November 3.

'Alluvia' refers to the earth washed down a body of flowing water, sometimes resulting in the formation of a fan at the base of deep slopes. When this collected earth has been found at the base of Martian craters, they are indicative of water’s presence and suggestive of proof of life.

This kaleidoscopic illustration collection reflects upon the enduring fragments of the universal in the personal that harmonise towards a holistic and romantic relationship with our future.

The show descriptor above is intriguing, looking forward to the show!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Turns Of Speech & Figures Of Phrase

Here are the sewn pieces we created for ABD6...a few we've already posted about but there are a couple of new faces. "Get All Up In My Goat" was a drawn illustration I posted about earlier but we decided to extend "Turns Of Speech & Figures Of Phrase" into an embroidered series. Besides Hungry Colours and "Gotta Keep Cheering" we also have "Tongue Tied Hopeless", "Epic Battle"and  Sweater Letters "A", "O" and "J". These are for sale during the exhibition.
There's a great bunch of artists and designers exhibiting as part of the show. We got a sneak peak at some of the pieces when we dropped off our stuff this morning, beaded geo pendants, knitted fast food sculptures, embroidered tote bags, and risographs! I think the site is still under construction, Naomi has been run off her feet organising the show (huge thanks!! You're awesome Naomi, I can't believe this is the 6th year for ABD) but as soon as we get more info on the site we'll post it up here so you can check out the other peeps.


Ca and I checked out an awesome printing collective in Sydney called Rizzeria this week. We were looking for a printer to make some posters of our black and white illustrations for the group show ABD6 (which opens tomorrow at Kinokuniya books in the city). And can I just say the prints look frak'in good, I was a bit worried that the fine lines so close together would look like a mess but the details held up real good. How can I describe riso prints??? It's in between screen printing and photocopying if that makes any sense... We are planning on doing a whole lot more experimenting with risographs, illustrations and posters which take advantage of the process, I can't wait to start!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SOYA 2010

Great bit of news for Ca and I, we've made it to the finals for the SOYA awards! Whooop! Wow, we would really love it if we won it, the mentorship with Deanne would be amazing for us. Trying to start off on your own (or together in our case) is really tough and this year has been exciting but also a really steep learning curve for us. So any advice or tips or yeah just chatting with Deanne about how she's navigated her career would be awesome. I think we've mentioned before that she's been one of our creative heroes, she's achieved a lot as an illustrator, designer, art director, publisher and more.

As part of SOYA 21010 there's a new People's Choice award, you get to vote for your favourite finalist and have a chance of winning a trip for 2 to Sydney for the Awards night ceremony. The finalist voted the People's Choice walks away with $2000 in flights. Check out the finalist gallery and please help us out with some votes, voting closes midnight November 1. Cheers!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bingle Car Insurance

The paper project we mentioned a few weeks ago has gone live so we can finally share more details about the job - a series of stop motion Bingle car insurance tvcs created by Scott Pickett from the Jungle Boys. Co and I created the 2d paper elements working with the super talented Benja Harney who created the 3d paper sculptures. My favourites are Benja's car, co's driver and customer rep scene and the Sales Department building. It was heaps of fun coming up with the different characters. The most nerve wracking part was drawing on top of Benja's lovely creations, we didn't want to screw them up!

Here's one of the five animations, and some production shots from the shoot.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Art By Design Exhibition

So at the moment we're sewing day and night. This long weekend we were hoping for some nice weather so we could take our sewing outside and enjoy some time away from our little "studio" but its been pretty miserable the last couple of days. Oh well, at least we've got the daylight magnifying lamp to help our weary eyes at night. The reason for all this sewing is that Ca and I will be showing work in the upcoming Art by Design 6 group show at the Kinokuniya gallery. The details are below, if you're around drop by, we'll be putting some of our sewn work up for sale during the exhibition. We're pretty torn about which ones to keep but all sales are going towards our UK trip next year. Which means we're going to part with some of our favourites. We're also planning to sell some posters of the illustrations we've done this year. It's opening on the 17th of October and runs till the 13th of November, hope to see you there.

Embroidered Tote Bags

We popped by Icarus store during the week and had a browse through the new stock Nathan just received from Opening Ceremony and Band of Outsiders. Nice stuff! Ca and I ended up leaving with two new OC embroidered tote bags. We're suckers for patterns and embroidery and these are pretty awesome.