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Goal Planner

05/12/2015
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All sort of wonderful things in the world have come from a place of vision, passion and imagination. When someone grasps onto something that they want to move towards and reach it, it not only edifies the original dream but moves and changes the person. But how does that dream begin and make the progression into reality? It all starts with us giving ourselves to our hopes, dreams and wishes. And then from there taking the steps into the direction. Continue Reading…

art, design, graphic design, photography

AYOMO JUICE

07/11/2015
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If there’s one tip that we would love to give you, is that never put a limit on what you think you are capable of. If you had told us that we were going to be spending a Saturday morning cutting up assorted fresh fruits to make a fruit mosaic top lay, we wouldn’t have heard a word of it. But that’s what we did!

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crafty, design, graphic design, illustration

Donut Worry

04/11/2015

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What’s warm and fuzzy but also sweet to eat? A crocheted donut of course!

Especially in this time of the year, with the end of year approaching and also the looming dates of not so nice things, such as assessments, exams, deadlines (going to stop there before you close this browser just from pure repulsion) we don’t feel sweet and fuzzy. Instead this horrible thing called worry comes and sucks out all of our energy!


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Worry just takes all those good vibes that makes you awesome and throws it out the window. But we’re here to tell you that your good vibes are amazing don’t let worry suck them away!

This is a season where you’ll grow, learn and do so much more than you believe you can! It doesn’t feel awesome now, but when you look back, you’ll be amazed with what you were able to do!

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But for now, we will tell you Donut Worry. Keep up the good positive vibes going by filling yourself with the cozy sweet comfort knowing that you can do this and you’ll get through it! Cause like how each doughnut is uniquely awesome because they have crazy cool flavours on top, you’re awesome cause you got all of this natural radness that is inside of you that makes you… you!

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So tell worry to “get outta here!” and the next time you are faced with an arduous task and start to slip into a cycle of doubtful thoughts, stop yourself and yell into the sky. “I CAN do this, I AM a donut!!!”

So now go. Go and be rad like the wonderful donuts you are.

Doughnuts made by Michelle from Charcoal and Twine

design, graphic design, Inspire, portraits

Golden The Exhibition

01/11/2015
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“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but is one who inspires others.”
Salvador Dali

One of the most beautiful things in life is when humanity gathers together to do something amazing. Such in the case of Golden the Exhibition. A night of collaboration, creativity, vision and gathering for a cause, it was a night that saw makers and creators band together to support Headspace, an organisation that cares for youth mental health. Having personally had friends who have been effected with mental health issues, we know how important it is to support those who are going through such a journey.

And that’s what Golden did. With art on the walls available for purchase and artists creating live pieces on the night, all proceeds from any of the sales went to Headspace. Not only backing their work, but also giving the public the chance to discuss mental illness and to show their support for those effected by it.

 We got the chance to speak to the organiser of the event, the wonderful typographer, illustrator and all round lovely person; Kate Pullen.

1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a sagittarius who can’t drink caffeine, enjoys movies with incredibly bad special effects, and who has developed a worrying love of gardening.
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2) Your lettering has quite become a signature feature, what is it about lettering you love the most? 
I didn’t fully realise this until recently but I think, for me, the attraction to lettering has been more about storytelling than anything else. As a kid I was a really big reader and there’s nothing quite like getting completely lost in someone else’s adventure. So much so that it begins to feel like your own.
3) Golden was an amazing event what was the motivation behind holding such an event? And where does the name “Golden” derive from?
Thank you! It was incredibly overwhelming to see so many people there on the night, in the best way possible. I had wanted to be part of something like Golden for quite a while; I wanted the opportunity to work on something bigger than myself, involve myself in the community, and raise awareness for an issue I am incredibly passionate about. The idea of ‘Golden’ was centred around peeling back layers, and acknowledging that we often only see a small part of each person.
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4) Your passion for headspace and mental health is inspiring, where does your passion come from?
Unfortunately, mental health affects a staggering amount of people. Even if you yourself haven’t experienced it directly, it is quite likely that you have watched as a friend, colleague or family member has struggled. However, despite the alarming stats out there, I believe there continues to be a stigma around mental ill-health, and this is something we all need to continually work on. Mental wellbeing, and health in general, is paramount and I think continuing to talk about it openly, and support those organisations which provide help to those in need, is incredibly important.
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5) Why do you think mental health is important in the arts?
I think mental health is important in all areas, and that includes the arts. One thing that does bother me about creativity and mental health is the continued glorification of ‘the tortured artist’; that, somehow, great work is only born out of periods of great pain. Don’t get me wrong, I believe everything we experience informs our work – and that includes struggles of course – but it isn’t a prerequisite to creating more meaningful pieces, and we should be encouraged to look after ourselves.
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6) Finally what responsibility do you think artists/artisans have in supporting charities or movements? 
I can only speak for myself and for me, I wanted to be able to use the skills that I have to help others; I’m not a social worker or a psychologist, but perhaps I could use the tools I have to help them in their work.
Thanks to Kate and to all the incredible artists who donated work on the night! We’re amazed when we see people caring for others. The impact you have goes beyond what you know or could ever believe.
For more information on the artists featured on the night please visit The Golden Exhibition website
For more information on Headspace or to find out how you can support youth mental health please visit the Headspace website
crafty, design, graphic design, illustration

Colour Melbourne

27/10/2015
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“Purer colours… have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them.”

-Henri Matisse 

Colour is beautiful, it’s valuable and it means to so much to us in a practical, spiritual and emotional sense.
You may have recently seen on Instagram and Facebook, we’ve decided to start an ongoing search for colourful walls in Melbourne.

Why?

Perhaps because no one else is.val-footscray-arts-centre-11

Melbournians are known to dress super minimal and monochrome (a fashion trend which never seemed to fit my repertoire) and fashion bloggers of Melbourne do the same. Most take photos of beautiful black and white attire in front of white or grey walls, looking ultra sleek and suave. If you want ideas for locations to take photos like this let me know, I have a few up my sleeve.

I love Instagram, don’t get me wrong, but what irks me is the lack of colour. People tend to commit to images of just black and white to in order to gain a sublime and minimalist feel. Which I don’t condone, I just know that it’s something which Big Picture Stuff isn’t at all.val-footscray-arts-centre-3

So now you have the back story. My idea didn’t take root until I connected with the ever so lovely Rosie from Rclayton (check out her amazing Instagram, it will seriously blow you away) who I believe resides in the sunny part of either Chicago or California. The amount of COLOUR bursting from her Instagram simply stole my heart and made me yearn to either buy a ton of paint, become a graffiti artist or move to L.A to chase my dreams of an Instagram rainbow.

But, in a sweet Instagram exchange Rosie encouraged us to “find the colour in your city, you just have to look”.val-footscray-arts-centre

Never one to shy from a challenge I took it upon myself to do just that, hence our hashtag #COLOURMELBOURNE

So you know the drill, if you find a colourful wall in Melbourne use the hashtag. Doesn’t have to be extremely amazing, it could even be the side of your local Officeworks, it just has to have a bit of colour that inspires and brings joy to your day!

Here’s some colourful walls we’ve found so far.

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