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Our design eye is wide and varied. Here our some of our favourite things, thoughts and people.

Brutal breaks

Art + Design

The weirdest of times call for comfort in music, art and architecture. These brutalist masterpieces seem fitting right now #covid19

*Brutalism, also known as Brutalist architecture, is a style that emerged in the 1950s and grew out of the early-20th century modernist movement. Brutalist buildings are characterised by their massive, monolithic and ‘blocky’ appearance with a rigid geometric style and large-scale use of poured concrete.

A new site for us

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FRESH! That’s how we’re feeling.

Welcome to our new site, we’ve kept things minimal…. and super.

We hope you enjoy = )

Tom Mùller: MONOLITH SCORES

Art + Design

Fremantle’s own Tom Muller has a couple of exhibitions around town at the moment, including MONOLITH SCORES at AGWA.

Exploring the ideas around our buildings being urban monoliths, Tom uses sound and light to explore the sounds and feelings of the building through a serious of varied mediums.

The exhibition includes performances by the Undercurrent Choir which Consists of 31 voices, in an ode to the building and its architecture. You can find details here on how you can experience your state gallery as part of MONOLITH SCORES.

The exhibition runs the whole of Autumn until June 1st.

Ariel Lee – Landscapes

Art + Design

American landscapes evoke nostalgia in most, even if you’ve never been, maybe we’ve all just watched enough movies? Southern Californian artist Ariel Lee captures these places and spaces with her colourful modern brushstrokes. Ok – ready for that roadtrip now!

First site launched for 2020!

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Perth-based NeuroScientific are on the cutting edge of biopharmaceutical research, with a revolutionary treatment that could finally hold the answer to neuronal degeneration – responsible for such diseases as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases amongst others.

It was an honour 😇 to be selected to work on this project, and very exciting to be just a small part of such an important and ground-breaking treatment.

The design is super mod with *totally awesome* custom illustrations by London’s very own Harriet Stansall 👾

You can see the site in motion here.

In full swing

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We’ve been in full swing here the last few months, lots of special sites have been released into the wild. 

Here is a selection of our latest work, in order of appearance 

* Hangdog – It’s dog art, plus quirk, plus charm.

* Empowering Participation – Democratic decision-making.

* Chris Hopewell – Renowned Australian artist.

Ottofirm

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The brief was to ‘stand out from the crowd’ by creating something individual.

With the firms impressive portfolio of retail architecture projects this wasn’t a hard task.

You can see Ottofirm’s new website here.

Elusive Practice: the art of Nola Farman

Art + Design

Still creating art at 80 years of age, Nola Farman ‘s career has spanned 60 years and made a major contribution to the Australian art scene.

Hailing from Perth she now resides near the beaches of Sydney.

A fundraiser is happening for the creation of a monograph which will showcase Nola’s lifetime of work.

We received a letter from Dr Permangelo E. Regularis outlining their excitement for the project:

I’m very excited about Nola Farman’s new project and I hope you will be too! For many years I have been encouraging (indeed urging) her to produce a monograph of her work. At last my patience is rewarded and she is doing just that.

 Although I am giving her all the support I can (from my rather remote location in Portugal) she still needs funds to produce what will be a beautiful illustrated tome covering her life’s work.  

 Nola is afraid that everyone in West Australia will have forgotten her by now. But I say how could they?

 Nola has been talking with some wonderful writers and a book designer who have agreed to contribute. In her usual generous way she has offered to pay each one them at a good rate.

 Once again she feels it is not her place or at least it is awkward for her to ask for donations. Even though she has launched a campaign with the Australian Cultural Fund and any donation over $2 will give a donor a tax refund, she still finds it difficult to approach people.

 Of course that is not a problem for me, I am very experienced and enjoy this sort of thing. I think Nola would too if only she could bring herself to do it.

 So on her behalf, I invite (if not urge) each and every one of you to make a donation via https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/elusive-practise-nola-farman

 I remain her devoted agent and mentor, and as with all of us, I live in hope.

 Yours truly,

Dr Permangelo E. Regularis

You can see more about Nola in our previous blog posts here, here and here.

Interview with Amber Moffat

Allsorts

Would you dangle the moon? We would!

Perth’s very own Amber Moffat has written a children’s book about doing just that – ‘I Would Dangle the Moon’ launches this Saturday afternoon at Paper Bird in Fremantle. All welcome!

We were lucky enough to chat with Amber about the creation of this very special story.

Firstly, how did this book come about? Have you always had moon dangling thoughts?

Hmm that’s a tough one! I think the idea for this picture book just popped into my head one day a few years ago, but I think it probably came from my childhood thoughts and daydreams originally.

How did you create the illustrations – were they done digitally?

The illustrations are hand-painted, with a little bit of collage. I do paint some elements separately and scan them so I can play with the composition digitally. I also adjust the colour and make layers digitally.

You’re originally from Dunedin in NZ and you just launched your book there last week. Are there any NZ threads in the story that we can look out for?

I think the mountains that feature in the book are definitely related to me growing up in the South Island of NZ. My dad is a keen climber and my childhood cat was called Mountain, so mountains have always loomed large in my imagination.

The book will be launching here on Saturday in Fremantle, tell us about what will be happening on the day?

There will be art activities for kids, piñata-smashing and cake-eating! I will be signing copies of the book too. My dear friend and mentor, Perth author/illustrator Briony Stewart is launching I Would Dangle the Moon.

Lastly what were your favourite books as a youngster?

There are so many, but right now the top four that come to mind are: The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner and Ron Brooks; The Lion in the Meadow by Margaret Many and Jenny Williams; The Hunter and His Dog by Brian Wildsmith and Dogger by Shirley Hughes.

You can find all the details about Amber’s launch right here.