Tassie! @iamannalyse_mcleod is looking for a freelance illustrator, check it out the jobs board! Winding down after the SpinIN, don’t miss the last event ‘Meet the Designers at Ratho Farm’ & do yourself a favour and check out the website for more! Catch the interview with Creative Director Ryan Moore from @gretelnyc about what makes a good designer, interning all over the world, and not taking feedback personally. Thanks to all that attended the #TDKtuesdays paaaarty at the design shack! We can’t wait to kick things back off in February!
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Get the low down on your fav Tasmania creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
After seeing Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) Senior Designer David Campbell speak at Semi Permanent in Sydney earlier this year we were craving more of his wit and knowledge. Here, we chat about how he got involved with art organisations and museums; the design nerds he follows on Instagram, and his top 5 design crushes right now.
After 8.5 years running TDK, we chat to our own founder Frankie Ratford about all things design, the 52 Books project, her self-imposed SIX YEAR roadtrip (6 months left to go) and her brand new personal site over on Wix, frankieratford.com.
We chat with Illustrator and Textile Designer, Edith Rewa, about moving to The Blue Mountains, combining traditional skills & crafts with digital design, and her top 5 exhibition crushes.
Hobart based Sam Lyne tells us about leaving grunt design work behind to pursue a career in freelancing as a illustrator & hand lettering, to working on solo/ group shows in Melbourne & Hobart, and how the Hobart art & design scene has been starting to thrive.
Lume magazine, based in Hobart, is growing from strength to strength, helping get creatives on the map from Tasmania. The duo behind it: Andrew Johnstone, creative director & photographer and Claire van Ryn, editor & writer tell us about the creative scene in Tasmania and where they would like to see Lume in the coming future.
Jesse is one half of the hilarity that is Lusy Productions. He's also a rad photographer in his own right, full interview coming soon...
We talk with Tracey Allen of Liminal Studio a multi-disciplinary studio situated in Hobart. Tracey tells us about her non traditional route to finding her niche in the design world, why she loves collaboration. Tracey was also one of the masterminds behind the planning of last years AGDA's Australian Design Biennale in collaboration with MONA!
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EP01 - Surviving The Gi…
In this panel we look at the gig economy and how to survive and thrive in it. Our panelists, in alphabetical order are: Jim Antonopoulos, Director of Tank https://wearetank.com.au Anita McArthur, Founder and Creative Director of SeeSaw, https://seesawstudio.com.au Vanessa Ward, Founder of Nomadism https://nomadism.co Andy Wright, Managing Director of Streamtime and creator of Never Not Creative https://streamtime.net https://medium.com/never-not-creative This panel is presented by Streamtime and recorded before a live audience as part of the Foundry Live day conference in Tasmania, April 2018. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Foundry is an education option designed for a new type of creative. They acknowledge the changing creative landscape, recognising the shifting nature of industry and the continuing evolution of design thinking into the fabric of everyday business. Foundry partner with Universities and education institutions across Australia to offer a range of fully accredited outcomes, all underpinned by content crafted and delivered by Foundry to meet the needs of creative industry. https://foundry.com.au There are some things in our industry that have become normalised, which shouldn’t be. They are not normal in any other industry. Never Not Creative is an initiative supported by Streamtime that hopes to start discussions on mental health, the value of creativity and fair reward, working hours and ethical dilemmas. It’s an opportunity for designers to come together, and work together to bring about positive change in the industry. https://medium.com/never-not-creative
Behind The Black - A Mo…
By Andrew Johnstone It’s easy to be a little in awe of the people who work at Mona (the Museum of Old & New Art). Almost always dressed in black, they exude a sense of ‘cool’ that comes with being an insider at a company well known for, at least on the surface, bucking the system and doing whatever they like. The almost cult-like adoration of Mona, in particular of eccentric founder David Walsh, by both employees and the general public is infectious. You may not enjoy everything they do, but you have to respect the way they do it.Of course, what you see on the surface does not always tell the whole story. Students at creative educator Foundry (and full disclosure publishers of Lume) were recently given the opportunity to look below the surface during a tour of Mona.Clad head-to-toe in black (of course), Mona functions and events coordinator Katie Holmes and Mona premium partnerships and experiences director Maria Lurighi kicked off the tour with an introduction that gave the students a better idea of the broad scope of the hospitality activities that Mona is involved in. There’s a lot going on at the main Mona site, with multiple bars, cafés, and restaurants, Moorilla winery, Moo Brew brewery and regular events of various sizes.One of the biggest challenges it seems is having multiple venues in a working museum and the shuffling of people and logistics that this entails.“Things always look calm on the surface but behind the scenes it’s pretty chaotic,” Katie was happy to admit.“It takes a very professional team to make it all work.” As we step into The Source restaurant, Maria demonstrates a remarkable memory for the many staff members scurrying around, rattling off their names and (generally impressive) achievements. Award winning dancers, musicians and artists working in the vibrant Mona atmosphere as a day job. The rapid-fire discussion encapsulates the thinking behind the restaurant’s architecture, artwork, design, menu and philosophy, which are all based around fertility, a theme that David Walsh and his wife Kirsha Kaechele chose personally.We progress deep into the heart of the relatively new Pharos wing of the museum. The group shuffles through some of the non-public storage and office areas. It’s always interesting to see restricted areas of any venue, even just to enjoy the bemused and slightly confused looks from the staff.The highlight of the Pharos area was the amazing Jame Turrell light installation that is apparently repainted daily due to people accidentally walking off the path and leaving footprints on the artwork. At Faros, we marvel at the bar and restaurant’s clever design, centred around a massive spherical art installation. There are waiters wearing lab coats and those majestic views over the Derwent River. The tour soon moves on to Moorilla winery. Whether wine is your thing or not, the tour itself was full of interesting facts about the history of the winery and how it has developed. Moorilla is in fact Tasmania’s second-oldest vineyard, kept from the top spot by just six months by Providence Vineyards in Northern Tasmania. After David Walsh purchased it in 1995, Moorilla became the inspiration and, of course, location for the Mona museum itself.After a few cheeky wine samples with a lot of enthusiastic, bordering on obsessive, explanations of vintage, colour, mouth-feel and nose, the tour wrapped up with a light lunch featuring some of the best hummus you’ll likely ever taste, and a sample Moo Brew beer.Mona staff are clearly passionate for a reason. The design and curation of the museum, the restaurants and the wine and beer is impressive and truly worthy of the awards and accolades they receive. They may be clad in black, but their grasp of and passion for their patch of Tassie turf is illuminating.
AGDA is the peak national organisation representing the Australian communication design industry. With more than 3,000 members distributed throughout the creative, visual communications, applied design and technology sectors, it is dedicated to advancing the profession through an interrelated program of state, national and international activities in education, advocacy and professional development.
Creatives are too often asked the same questions about their processes, practices and background. From these questions, we rarely gauge a true or honest understanding of what it means to be creative from a personal and professional point of view. Word—Form aims to open a dialogue by challenging creatives to reflect on their processes in an indirect way.
Never Not Creative
Never Not Creative is a community of creatives who want to make our industry a better place. We hope to support, inspire and come together to create the ideas, tools and solutions that improve the wellbeing of everyone in the industry and promote the value of creativity in the world.
EP93 with Birgit Palma …
In this episode, we spoke with Birgit Palma Illustrator & Lettering Artist based in Barcelona. Today, Birgit is known for her Illustration but during her studies, she learned a little bit of everything including illustration, graphic design, 3D and sound design. Her work lands at the sweet spot between modern avant-garde and illustration. This episode was recorded in Los Angeles as part of our Adobe Max series. We spoke about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and what impact it might have to artistic work, creating design systems and guidelines for illustrations, her regimented workflow and schedule, how she likes to create impossible imaginative work because the possible is all around us and using instagram as a playground for illustration. Big thanks as always to our friends at Streamtime who help make our episode possible. streamtime.net Our Adobe MAX series is co-supported by Adobe Australia and HP Australia big thanks to them for getting us to LA as an #adobepartner! 🙌 Birgit Palma instagram.com/birgitpalma birgitpalma.com/wordpress Links Mentioned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapiens:_A_Brief_History_of_Humankind
The Challenge of Differ…
By Catherine Loppy What’s it like to move to a completely new place? To uproot from everything you know and learn a new way of living? To navigate a new culture and establish yourself, when English is not your first language? Lume caught up with Catherine Loppy, who migrated to Melbourne in 2010 and is now living in Hobart. She’s not only found her feet, but will release a book on her experience, titled Beyond the Shadows, in late September. I travelled all the way from the Gambia in West Africa to study in Australia, leaving parents, siblings and relatives behind and embracing the journey into the unfamiliar. My grant-aunt and my parents wanted a brighter future with greater opportunities for their twenty-four-year-old daughter.When I arrived in Australia the most significant challenge I faced, and still face to some degree, is the challenge of difference.How do I fit in?Where do I start?Who can understand me?I experienced a massive culture shock. Everyone looked so different from the people I left in my hometown; the people I grew up with in my neighbourhood, where we shared the same stories and laughed about the same things. I felt lost, alone, and overwhelmed.And the Australian accent is … unique! People couldn’t understand me and my Gambian accent. I was talked down to and summarily waved aside publicly as I tried to interact, just because I sounded different. I was corrected and put on the spot anytime I mispronounced certain words. I felt disgraced everywhere, be it in the shops, social gatherings, work or school. I began to secretly wish that no one would talk to me so that I didn’t have to respond, so they don’t notice my accent. It was like I should run away and hide. But there was nowhere to hide.Of course, when people noticed my difference, they bombarded me with questions. “What is your name? Where are you from? How long have you been here? Where do you work or are you studying? In which university are you studying? What are you studying?” Questions upon questions shot at me. Within, I would be thinking, “Please, can’t I be let alone?” Of course, I tried as much as I could to answer as civilly as possible. In the midst of all these, my heart was yearning so much to belong, but I guess my accent and difference ruled me out all the time.Being in a new environment with limited information can be a hard experience. In my new environment, I was mocked, criticised and ridiculed at times.I was the only female student in an academic year of 60 students studying building and construction, so I stood out like a sore thumb. My classmates would make jest of me, wondering what I was doing in a male dominant field, and often laughed at me during lessons. Because of that, I felt intimidated and scared to ask questions during class.One of the most humiliating scenarios was when a classmate came to me, looked me in the eye and said, “What are you doing here Catherine? This is a male course, and why not go do a secretarial course, a lady’s course?”. That was confronting and painful.Couple of times had to repeat myself so many times before I got understood. This drove me to think I wasn’t good enough because I can’t pronounce or present myself in an acceptable manner.I was too ashamed and scared to ask questions.I was willing to adapt, but I felt the people in my unfamiliar surroundings weren’t helping my adaptation process.I wanted to be accepted the way I was, no apologies. It was hard to meet the daily expectations. It was overwhelming for me. I cried, I prayed, I asked so many ‘why?’ and ‘when will it end?’ questions. I even lost confidence in myself at a point. The harsh whispers because of my difference were too much to bear. All I wanted was to belong. I tried so hard to be accepted and appreciated, that I got weighed down by the pain of rejection.Down the line I had some very helpful lecturers that were willing to support me during my first two years at TAFE especially when they realised that I was the only female student for my course during that academic year. Two of them urged me to seek their assistance anytime needed and they were always approachable. The best part of that time was when a male classmate decided to be my friend and help me through with some of the difficult subjects in my course. He would actually sit next to me in class as I used to sit alone. That was a huge relief and the beginning of a long awaited belonging welcome! At least someone was acknowledging my difference and was okay with me being in their midst.Eventually, I concluded that something had to give way. I couldn’t continue beating myself down because I found myself in a different environment. So I started to value my difference and embrace my uniqueness, knowing I can add value to others and am capable of making a difference in any environment I find myself. I had to force myself to engage with people and move forward irrespective of these challenges. And now, I am glad I pressed on, pushed through, moved forward and finally broke barriers.I intentionally put in effort to talk, chat and sit next to my male classmates. I pushed myself to be in the same group assignments when the lecturers asked us to choose our groups. I arranged group studies and intentionally ask them about their career paths and what they wanted to do after graduation. This was a huge success for me as I gradually became friends with quite a handful of them. I was building a pathway to allow us to break off our different silos and give us a chance to know each other. And the moment that chance was given, it started a friendship of laughter, fun and group studies that I still cherish up to this day, even though we’ve all graduated and gone our different ways.Now, I live in Hobart, which has been so welcoming for me. I felt that belonging in the atmosphere the moment I stepped out of the plane. I’ve been privileged to connect with some community groups and I love every moment spent with the community.The lessons I learned and my advice to anyone facing the unknown and struggling to belong:Never look down on yourself because you’re different.Do not allow people’s perspectives of you to rob you of your confidence.Know who you are and accept your identity. You don’t need affirmation from people to validate you.Never allow rejection to weigh you down. Value your difference and embrace the uniqueness in you, knowing you can make a difference in your community.Finally, I have come to understand that difference does not rule you out. You decide whether you are ruled out or not by your attitude.
EP92 with Adam JK on We…
EP92 with Adam J Kurtz on We're Going to Die In this episode, we spoke with Adam J Kurtz a designer, artists, author and more from Brooklyn. He is best known for the honesty and humour in his work and his books. True to his online presence, Adam was open, honest, funny and personal when we caught up for a sneaky chat in a press room at Adobe MAX. We spoke about Adam’s history moving to New York, that time he built a fan site for The Veronica’s, the internet, design, depression, taking ourselves too seriously and the fun fact that we’re all going to die. Thanks to our mates at Streamtime – it’s project management software we couldn’t live without. They’re also behind Never Not Creative who have a great podcast we think ADR listeners will enjoy. Our Adobe MAX series is co-supported by Adobe and HP Australia – big thanks to them for getting us to LA as an #adobepartner! 🙌 Links adamjkurtz.com instagram.com/adamjk twitter.com/adamjk shop.adamjk.com/book twitter.com/nvrnotcreative
Exhibition: Summer Show
Gallery Pejean 57 George Street, Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Launceston Info Night | Wednesday 19th December
pin 22 Cameron Street, Launceston, TAS 7250
We've Got a Story to Tell (Christmas Edition)
Kingsway Bar 33 Kingsway, Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Call for entries - Glenorchy Open 2019!
Moonah Arts Centre
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