Famous for their ’quarterly’ once-a-year bonanza of contemporary art and culture, this is lucky edition number 7 for Wooden Toy. And lucky you shall be too if you get a hold of one of the limited copies available. You may need to wrestle folks to get your hands on it, but we can guarantee it will be worth it. Each issue is created to a theme and this time the delicious graphic pages and entertaining words are all about da music. Thousands of hours of labour, the biggest edition yet and it’s all full of the stuff we lurrrve…
Posted 09-28-2010 by carolinejeppe in Design Stuff, Events, Melbourne
We’re eyeballing our calendars in the hope that the numbers will read the 18th and 19th sooner. Our sketch books are ready. In anticipation, and to bide some time, we thought we’d share our hi-lights from last year’s Semi-Permanent . To the ummers and ahhrers it really is worth the money. To fellow calendar gazers, we’d love to hear about your SP hi-lights too, send ‘em in through the comments section. No need to stress if you haven’t gotten yourself a ticket yet, there’s still some here.
Posted 09-14-2010 by Krystal Schultheiss in Art stuff, Design Stuff, Events, Good Stuff, Melbourne
Stand clear lumber jackers here comes the TIIIIMMMMMBAAAA (Smits)…
What was you first job (paid or unpaid)?
Classic, here’s a weird one for ya’ll. I absolutely loved my first job. It’s quite different from what I’m doing now but it’s one of my favourite memories and my favourite job I ever had (apart from what I’m doing now of course). I was 16, finishing year 10 at high school and had to find work experience placement. But, because I left it until the last minute I couldn’t find any graphic studios that had the space or time for me. Typical, as this is what I really wanted to get into. Now, as embarrasing as it is to write, mum jumped in (as all good mums do) and helped me to find something just in the nick of time. Although at first I thought the job to be absolutely ridiculous, it ended up becoming my part-time job over the next 2 years. My official title was ‘incubation assistant’ at an Emu farm in Balnarring which is farming area close to Melbourne.
In a nut shell, my job was to help baby emus hatch from their eggs and raise them until they were old enough to go out into the yards with the older emus.They would hatch out and the first thing they would see was me, so automatically they thought I was their mum. Next thing you know I’d have 50 little 10cm, mini dinosaurs following me around everywhere for the next few weeks (until the next lot would hatch)…
Posted 09-09-2010 by Krystal Schultheiss in Design Stuff, Good Stuff
‘Helios’ the Greek personification of the sun also has a dark secret life, being the face for the world’s least favorite energy company BP. Given that the petrol giants are the cause of some of the world’s worst environmental disasters the folks at logomyway.com are running a competition to redesign BP’s logo…
Posted 06-25-2010 by Tahnee Moore in Design Stuff, Good Stuff
If you can’t view the video view it here
Do you remember making panoramas from a series of closely situated photos? Did you ever think that panorama technology could get much better than that? Probably not, I’m guessing that’s why you don’t work for Yellow Birds Don’t Have Wings But They Fly To Make You Experience A 3D Reality. Yellow Bird (for short) is a Dutch company pushing the boundaries of online film and video with their innovative 3D video technology. Yellow Birds camera technology closes resembles that of Google Street view and films simultaneous high quality footage from a series angles and stitches them together to create interactive video panorama’s. Check out their website and have a play with some of the stuff that they’ve created. While something of a novelty at the moment I foresee this kind of technology going off in a big way, maybe with skateboarding?
Posted 06-11-2010 by Robert Hecimovic in Design Stuff, Good Stuff
STREET/STUDIO is written by artists about artists and takes you on a journey through Melbourne’s amazing and highly appreciated street art enviroment. The launch will be at No Vacancy’s new Atrium at Federation Square on June 4.
Posted 06-04-2010 by Camilla Bromann in Design Stuff, Events, Melbourne
There is nothing worse than getting ready for bed and not wanting to get in because your doona cover is just too unattractive for words. ‘No more!’ say Andy and Peta of Hells Blankets. With their online quilt cover company these talented young kittens have been helping people feel at home in their abode for over a year now. They also stock cushions, sleeping masks and pillow covers. The quilt covers are a limited run so get in there and buy something purdy for you self now y’hear?
Posted 05-24-2010 by Fiona Loughnane in Design Stuff, Good Stuff
Hipster Bullshit almost sounds like the kind of celb knockoff crap sold in most Melbourne ‘fashion’ stores, but it would be too honest a label for such things. The name is a parody of the up-market, second-hand style boutiques aimed at the ‘arty’ crowd. Two girls, fed up with the ‘independent’ fast fashion have created Hipster Bullshit, truly unique, affordable and sustainable range of jewellry.
Theses fine ladies, one Aussie and one Quebecian will be at the at Rose Street and Bowen Street markets over the next few months if you want to get your hand on these super cute and fanciful pieces.
Posted 05-14-2010 by Omni Demarco in Design Stuff, Good Stuff, Melbourne
Posted 05-11-2010 by Nicole Tattersall in Design Stuff, Good Stuff
The Social Studio presents its second series of design talks throughout May and June 2010 with local designers discussing their work and backgrounds. The Studio is an amazing community project where industry excess clothing is re-configured into original clothing by refugees. They also have a shop and a cafe, it’s goodness all round and worth supporting. It’s a great opportunity to support a good cause as well as learn from Melbourne’s most successful designers.
Both Nicole Fausten and Lina Didzys inherited their parents’ post World War II European frugality, only using recycled materials for their challenging, wearable and empowering pieces.
Inspired by surrealism, the energy and attitude of the 80’s street culture and the punk ethos, a name is a label was born overseas while the two friends were travelling. All a name is a label products work to breathe new life into recycled objects while demonstrating new possibilities to the wearer.
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Posted 05-10-2010 by Tahnee Moore in Design Stuff, Events, Good Stuff, Melbourne
Every once in a while it’s nice to reflect on where we are and what’s transpired in getting us to that point. It might be that I was born in the 80s and that I’m currently reflecting on that period with multi-coloured psychedelic glasses on, but computer graphics produced in the 80s and early 90s kick some serious ass.
Ron Hays was a pioneer in early computer graphics and has produced some of the best video art I’ve seen to date. The process of creating these beautiful pieces using primitive technology simply boggles the mind. It just goes to show you don’t need shit loads of amazing technology to produce something great, you just need good ideas. Skills and talent help too.
Posted 05-08-2010 by Robert Hecimovic in Design Stuff, Good Stuff