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If you’re in the city you should drop on by the Hill of Content bookshop and have a look at the window. A group of us from Illustrators Australia have each created a light box style four frame animation for the State of Design Festival. Have a look here to find other stores participating in the Look. Stop. Shop. part of the festival. You can even vote for your favourite shop window… I’m just saying;-).
The technical side of the light boxes were rigged up by Kit Stop.
::Starlight, starbright… may I record your existence tonight?::
Ok, so it’s a tad late for wishing Merry Christmases…..
The blur of days that preceded Christmas since Japan and ‘Arare chans’ last post was highlighted by one enormous event.
Held in the galleries above the Carlton Hotel in Bourke St Melbourne it was the launch of Melbourne’s newest illustration agency, the Jacky Winter Group. The taxi drive in flash floods and hours of high heel shoe wearing were definitely worth it. Jeremy, our intrepid agent, was , as always, the hostest with the mostest. He looked even more the part with Oscar the bird on his shoulder. There were also three other birds, a cockatoo, galah and cockateil who spent most of the night on Kat’s her arm and pooed on her foot…. more photos can be seen here too!
For some reason I took very few pics of myself and also regret not getting a pic of me with Oscar the parrot, who matched my dress;-) … and who was such a gentleman all night. Many thanks and congratulations to all involved… it was a brilliant night and by all accounts a great success!
Also, in my last few days in Tokyo I found a selection of goods made by Marini Monteany
…. love it!!!
… and finally here is a photo of my AI2 showing me her mice… (take note of all the Miyazaki characters that inhabit her bed).
I meant to blog this as it was happening but seemed to have got myself caught up in some kind of worm hole that spat me out two weeks later instead…. so here it is now, it is certainly no less relevant to what’s been happening of late so … Illustrators Australia had their first ever seminar ‘Connected’ to launch their new book ‘Illustrators Australia Book 10′.
Held in a gallery on Little Collins St in Melbourne, the line up was a selection of brilliant Australian illustrators, art directors, agents, accountants, etc and then ‘little ‘ol me’. I spoke in a segment entitled “Gearing up for the Future: Part A” (Beck Wheeler spoke for Part B). I managed to write around 4000 words on all things self-promotion, internet, networking, online marketing and diversifying. However I found myself dumping the notes and just rambling. When met by silence during question time I was worried I had bored them all to sleep, however I later found out that the audience had been overwhelmed by the enormous amount of information I had squeezed into my talk, including a small segment of my analysis of otaku and how it applies to the web.
The seminar was a brilliant 48 hours for me and I found the other illustrators such as Nigel Buchanan, Beck Wheeler, Phil Small (Watermark) as well as the presentations about copyright and taxation for artists (scribbled notes like a madwomen during those!).
The audience themselves was full of talented illustrators and I got to put some faces to names I had seen in my travels online.
The last segment, “Talking Shop” was by far was the most illuminating and wonderfully positive for me, chaired by Ned Culic, Participants included Robin Cowcher (The Age) and Jeremy Wortsman (Jacky Winter Group – Illustration Agency) and Matt Clare, who were available for questioning, with discussions involving, stock imagery versus hiring talent, the market in Australia, self-promotion online and where the industry is going.
I took away lots of new thoughts, and much optimism for the opportunities that can be had by all. As I always say “Let’s be making happy pictures!”.
Another seminar that caught my eye, but is too far away to attend is “Illustration in the Age of Anxiety” it’s a new mini symposium, held at Parsons The New School for Design Illustration Department in New York and is focused on how the current cultural climate is affecting the field of illustration. ‘Illustration in the Age of Anxiety’ looks at how illustration handles times of unease and anxiety in our culture, from the atomic anxiety of the 1950s to today’s wars and upheaval. Featuring one of my fav’s, Tara McPherson.
Then, much closer to home, I am featuring some new works in a group exhibition in Johnson St, Collingwood at Per Square Metre Gallery. Curated by Bernard Romerona and my lovely friend Eveline Tarunadjaja (who is a wonderful illustrator herself and has lots of beautiful works in the show). The show titled ‘Cups and Cuddles‘ features the work of other lovely ladies such as, Catherine Campbell, Crystal Hartley, Lilly Piri, Maricormaricar and Nobuko Washiyama.
Please feel free to head on down on Saturday the 10th of November for the opening, or at least drop by between the 7th to the 18th for a peek.