Sunday, June 24, 2012

Advanced Paper Art Techniques - 25 June 2012

The Pine Street Creative Arts Centre - City of Sydney will be running a workshop titled: Advanced Paper Art Techniques with Christie Torrington at the Darlington Studio.

"Explore the exciting world of paper art! Create 3 dimensional paper objects incorporating silhouetted portraits, 3D layered elements & paper models. Draw and construct with quality artists papers to create delicate & beautiful works using fine art techniques combining stencil, sculpture, drawing & collage." 
When: 25th June, 6pm - 9pm
Where: 64 Pine St, Chippendale, Sydney
Cost: $30 (including all materials) 

For more information, phone: 02 9245 1520


Finders Keepers Market Brisbane - 7&8 July 2012

The next Finders Keepers Markets are taking place in Brisbane. There will be over 65 stalls. 
"The markets brings together new contemporary independent artists and designers. Every market event is unique and we always rotate our designers and introduce new ones, as well as featuring live music and with a garden bar + cafe!"
When: Saturday 7th July 10am - 4pm and Sunday 8th July 10am - 4pm
Where: The Old Museum, Cnr Bowen Bridge Road & Gregory Terrace, Herston

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blacktown Arts Market - 29 September 2012

"Western Sydney artists and designers showcase their creative talent in the annual Arts Market.
Featuring original paintings and sculptures as well as handmade jewellery, handbags and textiles, the Arts Market is a unique opportunity to see and buy locally made contemporary art and design products.
The market, in its fifth year, is part of Blacktown City Council's wider plans to provide ongoing economic opportunities to artists.
Blacktown City Council invites potential stallholders to submit applications for a one day outdoors art and craft market.
The market will be held in the courtyard of Blacktown Arts Centre on Saturday 29 September 2012 and will coincide with the 2012 Blacktown City Art Prize."
Applications for stallholders close 4pm Friday 31 August 2012. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Get more business: Go online - 26 June

The City of Sydney have organised four talks as part of their 'Let's Talk Business' 2012 program. The fourth talk in the series is titled: 'Get more business: Go online'. 
"Hear from Australia's leading online retailer Ruslan Kogan, plus BigCommerce, Oobi Baby; Kids and Muscle Beach...

The internet and all the ways to access it - mobile, computer, iPad or smart TV - are ensuring that customer decision-making and transactions are more and more taking place online.

Whether your customers are businesses or consumers, if you are not offering products or services online or planning to you are ignoring a large market segment. It has never been easier for businesses to use the online environment to promote and transact.

Learn how to capitalise on your existing database, understand the ecommerce solutions available, and what processes are needed to create a seamless online experience for customers.

Insights for Action:
- your customers use the internet to research purchases- How to choose the right ecommerce solutions for your business- Going online to group market offerings and customers- Transitioning to on-line sales"

When: 26th June, 6pm to 8.30pm. Cost: $55
Where: Lower Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney (enter via Druitt St).


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard

Interesting article by Australian architect Andrew Maynard on the issues and mindset of the architectural profession which makes it very difficult for architects to achieve a work/life balance. Maynard then challenges the profession "to end exploitative and exclusionary work practices." The article was first published in Parlour. 

"Epicurus argued that humans needed only three things in life to be happy – friends, freedom and an analyzed life... Does contemporary architectural employment deny us our happiness; our friends, freedom and the opportunity for an analyzed life? Many would argue that being employed in architecture and the pursuit of happiness are irreconcilable. It can reasonably be argued that most architects, and almost all recent graduates, are working in conditions that are unhealthy, unsustainable and exploitative."

This article seems to apply to many professions in both the creative and business fields.

Rosenfield , Karissa . "Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard" 15 May 2012. ArchDaily.
Accessed 16 Jun 2012.

Archdaily article:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rage - Celebrating 25 Years

Visited the "Carriageworks and ABC TV present rage – Celebrating 25 years" installation today. It was one of the events as part of Vivid Sydney 2012. Rage was first broadcast on Friday 17 April, 1987. It was cool watching all these retro and contemporary video clips playing on the analogue television sets. There were stands of headphones available so you could also listen to the music video clips as well. Caught the Gotye 'Someone I used to know' clip playing which was pretty cool! We donated our two analogue sets for the exhibition. 

* Vivid Sydney:
* Carriageworks:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Herbert and Friends Sydney - 12 June 2012 onwards

Herbert and Friends will have a small pop-up / gallery space at the Gaffa Gallery, as part of the Gaffa Arcade Projects. Torunn Higgins, the amazingly talented artist who creates these lovely soft sculptures and adorable creatures will be there herself from Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm each day. She plans to make a felt sculpture whilst there at the gallery.

* Gaffa Gallery:
* Herbert and Friends blog post:
* Herbert and Friends on facebook:

Monday, June 11, 2012

AmaZINE Wollongong - 24 June 2012

The AmaZINE Sunday event will be on in Wollongong on the 24th June, 2012. It's a market featuring zines, self-published magazines, indie craft and art!

It'll be held at the Gallery: 5 Crown Lane, Wollongong. When: 11am - 3pm.

More details at the AmaZINE facebook event page:

Craft & Quilt Fair Sydney - 13-17 June 2012

The Craft & Quilt Fair is on again in Sydney from 13-17 June, 2012
There'll be rows and rows of exhibitors selling everything craft related, from Japanese and other American quilting fabrics to rubber stamps and inks, to scrapbooking papers, sewing machines, kits, beads, embellishments, craft books and lots of other accessories. Exhibitors come from all over Australia.

There will also be craft workshops that you can take part in. The Sydney Quilt Show will also be a feature at the show. It is put on by the Quilters' Guild of NSW

More info at the Craft Fair website:

Chaos Generation returns

I've decided to bring Chaos Generation back!