Tassie you legends! Thanks to those who came along to #TDKtuesdays Pin Design Workshop - there sure is some amazing talent in Tasmania! Be sure to apply for the Senior Designer position at Flying Colours! Get involved with Mona's midwinter festival @dark_mofo! This annual pilgrimage south celebrates the dark through large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise. Be sure to get inspired, involved and hired through the new Design Kids website!!
Loretta Jones & Isobel Clark
— Loretta Jones & Isobel Clark
Get the low down on your fav Tasmania creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
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!
Check out the industry standard of work in Tasmania - how it is shot, what do they present?
Our top picks for recommended articles, blogs and companies in Tasmania.
I just wanted to give a heads up for the latest issue of Fête Magazine that has just come out in the last few days. Fête is consistently one of the best design/lifestyle magazines released not just in Australia, but in the world, and the design and photography is beautifully considered with each issue. No. 25 …Read More
I first stumbled across the work of Nerdgore around 4years ago at a Clowns’ merch stand (https://clownsband.bandcamp.com/).They’re one band that’s always had impeccable taste in artwork and it shows in the artists they choose to collaborate with. But this tshirt, well this one was above and beyond.After finding out that the artist was Nerdgore I immediately started following @artofnerdgore on Insta and I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to do the same.Nerdgore seems to regularly have interesting and widly varying projects on the boil, which compelled me to get in touch with him and asked him a few questions to get to the crux of what he’s all about. So let's Larry King this thing:What artists were early influences on your style?There are so many to mention. Essentially, I taught myself to draw whilst reading 2000ad as a kid/teen so Mike McMahon, Kev O’Neill, Steve Dillon, Simon Bisley, Kev Walker, etc are essential components of my artistic DNA. Then the very British world of tabletop gaming had a massive influence on me too; illustrators like John Blanche, Russ Nicholson, Wayne England, Gray Chalk, Iain Miller. I love aesthetics, that collective ‘feel’ you get from bodies of work created by different artists at the same time. So for 2000ad, the various aesthetics of the comic between issues 500 and 1000 are hugely influential for me. And likewise with Games Workshop, Fighting Fantasy , Lone Wolf etc at the end of 80s and first half of the 90’s. Those are the ‘golden’ periods for me.Did you have to work or practice to create your own style or did it come fairly naturally as you started?It’s not something I consciously did. I think as consumers of art/illustration we all have certain tastes that appeal to us and things that don’t. I’ve always gravitated to detailed, heavily ‘inked’ styles and particularly like traditional brush/dip pen work with an organic feel. The more I like something the more I find out about it and then want to try it… it kind of just evolved from that. What would you say your main motivation or influence to get into the illustration game was?It’s hard to say what motivates me. I love the actual process of drawing and especially inking. To me it’s a skill to try and learn and one that you can always get better at. I find that motivates me more than anything to just create stuff and push my own abilities. I also love coming up with characters and creating worlds, riffing off the deep vein of nostalgia that runs through my work. I enjoy commissions, but it’s my personal work that motivates me the most.Do you get involved with any other creative fields (graphic design, music, writing etc)?Not really. I do like writing and will eventually combine the two and draw my own comic or create a game book. I did try and become a horror writer in a dim and distance past, but it’s best left forgotten haha.Any peers or current talent that you are digging in the illustration/creative fields?There are so many. You only have to swipe down on Instagram once and some new fully formed illustrator pops into the ether. I tend to gravitate towards those illustrators that carve their own path and do stuff that might not be trendy or whatever, but has a hell of a lot of heart. Off the top of my head: Daniel Shaw @shawillustrations, Scott Wygman @darkwizard_bezerker, Matt Stikker @bargainbinblasphemy, Elle Taylor @smelly.ell, Cal Sino @cal_sinoKiss/Marry/Kill – Judge Death, Judge Dredd, Judge Anderson...Kiss: Has gotta be Anderson…Marry: Probably Judge Death… I have him tattooed on my leg so that’s kinda married anyway Kill: Judge Dredd… Imagine being the artist that got to draw The Death of Dredd and with the obvious ending scene of his helmet being removed… amazing!
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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.
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Episode 75 – The Gig Ec…
In this ADR special, Matt Leach moderated a panel discussing the gig-economy and how it affects the design industry. It’s a bit of a change of pace in terms of episodes but we thought there were some good discussions happening you might like to hear. Panellists Andy Wright – Streamtime twitter.com/adwrighty Vanessa Ward – Founder of Nomadism nomadism.co Anita McArthur – CD of SeeSaw seesawstudio.com.au Jim Antonopoulos – TANK twitter.com/jimantonopoulos Moderated by Matt Leach instagram.com/matt_leach Thanks to Streamtime, Foundry and the speakers. streamtime.net foundry.com.au
Disappearing into being
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) 2 Wellington Street Launceston TAS 7250
Immersion by Julie Todd: SAC Emerging Artist Scholarship 2018
pin Salamanca Arts Centre | 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Barry William Hale + NOKO | Invisible House
pin Salamanca Arts Centre 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7000
William Mortensen | Invisible House
The Long Gallery | Salamanca Arts Centre | 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7000
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