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NEW PUBLIC ART PROJECT FOR SORELL

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…A few work in progress shots of on an exciting project I’m working on with blacksmith Pete Mattila for the recently opened Sorell Trade Training Centre.
The project was commissioned by Arts Tasmania as part of the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme and takes the form of an oversize bowl and spoon – each housing a working kitchen garden to be used by the students (referencing the school’s paddock to plate philosophy).
Here are some pics of Pete in action at the Launceston workshop. The work will be completed and installed by early June. More pics to follow!

Bending the handle of the spoon…

EMBELLISHED

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Its invitation season. I’ve had some beaut projects to work on in the past couple of months – Mostly thanks to Team Event. Weddings, gala dinners, birthdays, bat mitzvahs… great opportunities to flex those embellishments.

PRO BONO PUBLICO – PART 2

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Another very worthy project I’ve been working on is an identity for the annual Tasmanian fundraising event ‘Breats Out for Research!’.

Founded by Nicole Darcy and supported by a dedicated Hobart and Launcestion committee, Breasts Out for Research raise funds to help the National Breast Cancer Foundation achieve their goal of zero deaths from Breast Cancer by 2030.

The event has grown over the last few years and Nicole and the BOFR committees agreed it was time for a more unified and eye-catching identity.

The identity had to work on two levels (as is often the case with not-for-profit and fund-raising organisations). On the one hand it had to reflect the fun nature of the event and appeal to the target audience (women of all ages) but also had to communicate the mission and present well to media and sponsors.

We developed a couple of versions of the logo similar in spirit to the famous  I HEART NY logo. One version incorporates an abstract pink ribbon to tie it back to the NBCF cause.

I’ll post more about this project as well as some images of the logos application soon but for now, a few pics of the new logo.

If you’d like to know more about Breasts Out for Research you can find them on facebook and make a donation here at Everyday Hero.

PRO BONO PUBLICO – PART 1

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Thanks Wikipedia. I just learned something new… For the Public Good. I like that!

Its nice to volunteer to do the odd design job to help out a friend or support a good cause – gives you that warm fuzzy feeling and you know that your efforts are truly appreciated.

I try to give these projects as much time and consideration as I would a paid project. Its a great challenge to design for organisations or events with limited resources. Designs need to be flexible, user friendly and

I’ve had fun with a couple of projects lately…

The first – an mini identity for Taroona Seaside Festival.  It’s my first year of having school-age children and it never takes long for committees to figure out where your talents lie!

I spend literally hours drawing ‘families’ with June so the illustration for this poster was just a progression from these drawings. I also have a bit of a nostalgic passion for seaside festivals so gave it a bit of a retro spin with the Sailor Jerry-esque adornments!

School children we supplied with black and white versions to colour in and for those more adventurous, a ‘blank’ version to design their own poster.

COFFEE DRINKERS

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The Calendar again. What a great project to work on. This year Goppion (client) and Fabio Fedrigo (creative director) suggested a photographic approach. Portraits of coffee drinkers. Great – a challenge! The first idea was to ask friends to take a phone self portrait with their favorite coffee cup, but while I had some enthusiastic responses the results were too varied. So I pulled out my (not so) trusty Canon and made a few calls to friends and friends of friends. Lucky for me there is a high proportion of really interesting people (modestly) willing to be photographed within a stones throw of my studio. Artists, travellers, students, curators, blacksmiths, kitchen gardeners… The past 3 weeks have seen a lot of pastries, a lot of coffee and a LOT of photo processing (the less fun part). The calendar only appears in Europe but I plan to produce a limited edition box set of all the best shots for participants and helpers via clever Sydney company ‘Origami.

As the calendar hasn’t been released yet I’d better hold off on publishing any of the images…so for now here’s what my friends were drinking…

Next job like this I buy myself a new camera!

‘WELCOME’ HELPERS

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Working from a home studio requires quite a lot of focus and balance. I do try to keep my work to set hours so that when  I’m working I’m not thinking about other things and when I’m with the kids they have my 110% attention (not that they would give me any other option!).

Today I put them to work though! Seen here with some components of the Welcome sign I have designed for the Burnie Child and Family Centre (through Arts Tasmania). They gave them the seal of approval and played with bubblewrap while I prepared them ready for installation in ten days.

The panels were laser engraved by Xanderware and printed by The Works Print Group. 2pac polyurethane coating by Superfinish Auto. All great people to work with.

PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER

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I pieced the final components of my mobiles together this week and (to my relief!) everything is balancing and sitting as it should.

My hands are rough from cutting wire, crimping ferrules and sanding rough edges but the mobiles are looking great – just as I’d envisaged them.

There were some last minute design tweaks and then I packed them up ready to be photographed by Peter Whyte.

Fortune would have it that the mobiles fit perfectly into the large empty trampoline boxes that I was wondering what to do with.

The clusters of acrylic components looked lovely sitting in their bubblewrap cocoons, brightening up what was otherwise a rather gloomy winters day in Hobart.

 

WIP – A NEW PUBLIC ARTWORK

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I’ve been busy working on a new public artwork (through Arts Tasmania) for the recently refurbished Burnie Child and Family Centre (Tasmania) and I’m pretty excited about this one! It moves.

I have been wanting to design a hanging work for a while now (as can be seen by the numerous pinterest references).

I bought a somewhat scrappy mobile (1960s?) from an antique shop in Darlinghurst when I lived there and it has followed me from house to house for the last 10 years. Its a beautiful object despite the dings and amateur reparations. I love the way it just quietly goes about its business, presenting with each turn a shift in composition and a new picture to admire.

So when this project came along I knew it was time to pull out the wire-cutters and crimping tools!

The location – 3 large light wells in a child and family centre (could it be more perfect?). The clients theme – ‘where forest meets ocean‘.

The designs are simple. Organic forms representative of foliage, sea and land are cut from coloured acrylic and marine plywood and suspended from steel cable. The light catches the acrylic creating animated reflections and shadows on the surrounding walls and floor. The timber adds a warmth and contrast to the shiny sharp surface of the acrylic. My favorite part? The huon pine spheres, turned beautifully by Simon Raffan. They smell amazing.

More about the project and the works themselves once they’re completed.

For now I thought I’d post a few pics of the work in progress…

I have Rolf at Acme Engineering working on the structural side of things. Bending steel rod and creating moveable fixtures to assist in finding the perfect balance points.

And Robert at Xanderware, again helping out with his knowledge and expertise in all things lasercut.

Not to mention the hours spent trawling the net to find appropriate fixtures and components (there’s a fisherman somewhere in Canada wondering why anyone would need forty 100kg load swivels!)

I’m looking forward to piecing them together this week and hanging them for the first time.

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