Thursday, 31 March 2011

This is: Shaggy

With summer fading and winter looming, woolly wonders are taking centre stage. We've been wrapped by Melbourne's Wendy Voon's delicate knits (below) in muted shades, and across the Tasman we're coveting Nikki Gabriel's chunkier hand-crafted designs. In June each year, the Wrap With Love charity and the ABC's Knit In come together to help people suffering from extreme cold, get warm. Knitted squares and wraps are donated to those in need, and in light of recent disasters, there are many people in need this year. There seems to be no shortage of needles clicking and energy being harnessed. The Guerilla Knitters (above) are currently in residence at Elizabeth Bay House, and certainly making their presence felt. Though not new, The Counterfeit Crochet Project presents innovative and affordable ways to attain designer chic. While The Materialists in the UK have whipped up knitted versions of some of the worlds most famous paintings. Warhol's Marilyn is something else. Images courtesy Wendy Voon and Guerilla knitters at Elizabeth Bay House, photograph (c) HHT.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Fontificate: Talking Typographically

We've been fans of the Modern Toss ever since we were alerted to their cheeky cartoons in Eye magazine's typographic feature last year. The well known Periodic Table has been usefully translated into an index of swearing suitable for all occasions. It's a little bit naughty, which is probably why we like it so much.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Blow up

Sitting somewhere between Cousin It and a Hungarian Pulley is this chair from the Happy Materials series (pictured) by Pini Leibovich. Vibrant, colourful and verging on the absurd, the chair brings a smile to the face with its funny form. What's more astonishing is it's made from thousands of balloons.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Home stretch

With just days to go, Sarah Mosca's sell out exhibition Document II at MOP is well worth a trek to Chippendale.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Bedrock visions

The place to be on a Tuesday night throughout summer is the Jurassic Lounge at the Australian Museum. After dark and with drink in hand, wander through the museum's exhibits of dinosaur skeletons, native animals and precious gems all back grounded with live entertainment, performances and art. We think it's a terrific idea and puts to bed any notions of museums being dusty old places. This journey of discovery is positively pumping.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Thinking pink

Early this year we were delighted to be asked by the National Breast Cancer Foundation to come up with concepts for the new Research Milestones booklet, the previous edition published in 2009. The brief: to create a design that’s fresh, exciting and positive, without losing sight of the gravity of the subject matter, and while remaining within the recently updated NBCF style guide. Yep, challenging.

One of the ways we met the brief was with our cover illustration, which transforms a diagram of a molecular structure into a striking and appealing graphic element. This visual device highlights the topic of genetic research and gives the booklet a modern, mainstream appeal.

The NBCF Research Milestones 2011 booklet was released on February 4, 2011 to coincide with World Cancer Day. It includes information on projects funded by NBCF that will have a significant impact on the way breast cancer is treated now and in the future, and up-to-date facts on breast cancer in Australia. The booklet is the main source of information on research funded by NBCF for its corporate partners, community fundraisers, speakers’ bureau, volunteers and its many other supporters.

We were very pleased to receive this message from Sue Carrick, Head, Research Strategy at NBCF: “Thankyou for your wonderful work on the Milestones brochure with such a tight timeline – it looks gorgeous, thanks to your patience and talent.”

Click here to download a copy of NBCF Research Milestones 2011 booklet.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Art out and about

Sydney in March means art, and lots of it. There is so much going on that it's hard to know where to start. What we do know is that the hottest artistic talent the city has to offer is on show and that there are endless ways to take part. Start slowly with on foot art tours or up the ante by engaging your pedal-power with bike tours. Pit stops can be had at bars and galleries alike, or mingle with art stars at Lucio's. Check out the Art Month website where information is organised both week by week and by precinct. To make it all easy, the city is split into four manageable precincts and a week by week schedule. Untitled, 2010 (pictured) is from Melinda Harper's exhibition of new paintings at Tim Olsen in Paddington.

Sunday, 6 March 2011