The ubiquity of pencils

Lionel Bawden is known for his sculptural works made from Staedtler hexagonal coloured pencils fused together and carved for cryptic amorphous objects that transport the everyday source material beyond the known and commonplace. “I have worked with pencils as a sculptural medium for twenty years now, so the meaning and experience of making the work has changed significantly over time. Any reading of the pencil sculptures, remains firmly rooted in the same ground in which my enquiry began – one of form, colour, geometry and metaphor. The play of the one and the many – of a utilitarian object embedded within a field of multiples.” https://artereal.com.au/artist/lionel-bawden/

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Mangkaja x gorman

Fashion brand Gorman’s Indigenous Artist Collaboration. Lisa Gorman has teamed up with the remote Art Centre Mangkaja in WA to produce a collection to launch in MCA in Sydney and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. The artworks of 5 senior artists feature in this collection: Ngarralja Tommy May, Sonia Kurarra, Daisy Japulija, Nada Tigila Rawlins and Lisa Uhl (Sadly Ms Lisa Uhl and Mrs Nada Rawlins have since passed away). To further enhance this important collection Lisa collaborated with French photographer Charles Freger who is known for his series of photographic portraits. Here he has captured fashion as art- in landscape. https://www.gormanshop.com.au/mangkaja-x-gorman-lookbook/

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Raw Couture

Decluttering possessions is a great way to create orderly life and space. The trend has inspired everyone to tidy up and throwaway unused clothing but what to do with unwanted clothes? Designer and maker Keiko Kimura saw an opportunity to utilise unwanted clothes as raw material and give them another life by adding design, texture and colour. Extend the product cycle and create a completely new product that has a unique history and personality to tell a new story. See Keiko’s work at her solo exhibition – F. Tanner Baker Micro Gallery, 60 Evans Street, Rozelle. 19 September 2019 https://bit.ly/2Pnx73E

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The Making of an Australian Style

Friends Fashion and Fabulousness by Dr Sally Gray now in its 2nd edition, linking fashion, art, sexual politics and diverse urban subcultures. A story of intelligent creative friends, encouraging one another energetically to live daily life, and of how the personal and political became profitable. It offers gossip, an intimate account of funny and ironic gestures; the excitement of the gay and feminist politics of the time, the interest of connections between figures in fashion, art and entertainment in Australia and overseas. She also reminds us of the confidence of creative Australians at the time.

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Connecting with others with kooky creations

Artist Phil Ferguson, known to his 130,000 Instagram followers as Chili Philly, became Insta-famous for posing in his crocheted hats — from pizza slices and burger buns to eggplants. Since August 2014 Phil has been creating crochet hats and posting them on social media platform Instagram with success. He now has over 100k followers and has been featured by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Frankie Magazine, BBC and even on Instagram’s account itself. His kooky creations and pop aesthetic have been so successful he has been able to leverage his social media popularity into pay, monetising his practice. https://www.instagram.com/chiliphilly/

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Creatively Connecting & Empowering Women

A collaborative community development project by Creative Tracks Art Consultancy, & RISE Ventures Pormpuraaw, Queensland. The project seeks to creatively connect and empower Indigenous women by mentoring them through business and creative activities. Their work covers jewellery making, textiles, weaving, painting… all materials and stories are derived from the environment they live in. They recently exhibited at the prestigious Cairns Art Fair with much success. @rirranthsew

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Inflatable solar light that packs flat

Architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta were asked to design a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, they considered the dangerous conditions at night in the tent cities and turned their attention to another critical need: Light. Now everyone’s getting the bright idea: hikers in Yosemite, backpackers in Whistler, and emergency workers in Nepal alike use LuminAID to light their way. Even the reality investment show ABC’s Shark Tank saw the LuminAID vision irresistible, and invited Anna and Andrea to premiere their product on primetime. https://luminaid.com/pages/about-luminaid

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Heather Mitchell’s TOAST PORTRAIT ART

Actress Heather ‘Mitchell’s toast art has fans everywhere. Richard E Grant, who appears with Mitchell in the film Palm Beach, has a ‘toast’ portrait. Mitchell has been long experimenting with the lifespan of her artworks. The longevity of a toast’s life has been trial and error. Toasts from eight years ago are still going strong, some have cracked – and one gave birth to a family of moths. “The toasts I make now are preserved in a solution, so although there is no guarantee of lasting a lifetime, they should survive intact many, many years if not dropped.” https://bit.ly/2LSzidh

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Artworks inspired by traditions

The M.A project is based in Mexico City working with artisans in different communities of Mexico – inspired by traditions, beliefs and local knowledge. They create unique pieces in wool and clay specializing in different ancestral processes. The project provides a bridge to the native communities of México, helping to preserve craftsmanship and create opportunity and income. https://ma-work.mx/About

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Reusable Bowl startup

RETURNR is an environmental initiative that aims to replace single use takeaway packaging with equivalent reusable solutions. They are managed and shared through the existing cafe network, minimising waste and resources. Return & reuse prevents single use packaging going to land fill. This reduces resource usage and the inefficiencies of recycling and down-cycling. Returning is like recycling but 1000 times better. RETURNR employs a shared pool of products & materials chosen for hygiene, safety and longevity. Request your food in a RETURNR. Pay deposit with cost of meal. Rinse then return to any cafe in the network to have your deposit refunded. Repeat. https://returnr.org/

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Black and Blue – Coal or Coral

Formed in 2014, The Light Collective photographers are leaders in their field. They are renowned for their interpretive and artistic approach. In their latest exhibition and publication they have chosen to juxtapose the adjacent coal mining industry with the Great Barrier Reef as symbols for a global conversation to ask an important question; can we find a sustainable balance between the continued extraction and consumption of fossil fuels and the well-being of our great natural ecosystems? We are being asked to acknowledge the relationship between one of the potential causes of climate change. www.thelightcollective.com.au

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Challenging Expectations

Studio A in Sydney provides professional career development for neurodiverse artists. This ABC Art Bites series profiles members of this Sydney-based collective with intellectual disabilities. They include Thom Roberts, Lisa Scott, Emily Crockford, Megean Pelham, Daniel Kim and Greg Sindel. Each artist is profiled and challenges our expectations about what they can do. Art Bites introduces us to the artists, their particular interest, inspiration, successes, family, mentors and their work practices at Studio A. Stream it on ABC iview now! https://iview.abc.net.au/show/art-bites-studio-a

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