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Onto new adventures

04/05/2016

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Hello friends, fellow adventurers and dreamers.

Instead of the usual inspiration and beautiful content that we usually post, I’m going to give you something a little different. Tell you something that I should have told a month ago.

So, to my wonderful friends who enjoy our journey and share with us in the adventure called life, the news is simply this. I (Vess) quit my job last month. Val did share it a little about this in her beautiful blog post A Cinderella Story

Honestly, telling people did prove to be difficult, some took it as a surprise, some were concerned that I was let go. But all had the same questions, “Why” and “What’s next?”

Why? Well the reason why is actually accumulation of a couple of factors that include, podcasts, entrepreneur women and Taylor Swift. Okay, so maybe those accumulated at the tipping point. For those who know, I was working full time as an illustrator and graphic designer at smash enterprises for the past two years. First job out of uni, I was so blessed to have a job in my field! Considering that I knew that others weren’t so fortunate. If I could sum up the lead up to my leaving it would be simply this. That all the times that we shared with you to follow your dreams, to chase adventure and to create beauty in everything, I guess that I started to believe it myself. I found myself looking at my job and questioning if that’s exactly what I want to be doing for the years to come, whether there was something else that I loved to do more. I felt this itching to learn more and to push myself further. I found myself reading interviews with designers and listening to podcasts and the idea of taking risks just stood out in my mind. And I went to the Taylor Swift concert and heard her sing songs that she wrote cause they meant something to her, and I thought, well, why not, why not give myself permission to take that step into my dreams? Didn’t I always believe that the most important thing in the world to me is to create work that touched others hearts? Could I do it?lose sight of the shore quote

So I handed in my resignation, had a farewell lunch and wiped my tears away as I drove away from the office which had been my design home for the past two years. And I moved to the second question, “what’s next?”

But to answer that, it’s going to have to be a whole other blog post.

I’ll also be sharing some of the books, websites and podcasts that helped me come to terms with what I wanted to do and gave me courage and understanding to do it.

So as I close this chapter and take with me the memories and lessons learnt from that stage in my life, I’m signing off as one who can honestly tell you that chasing your dreams is damn scary, but it’s worth it.

 

 

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A Spark – Robin Williams Tribute

21/08/2014
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“Please, don’t worry so much, because in the end, none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting, and if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky, and the stars that strung across the velvety night, and when a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night… into day… make a wish. Think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.”
Robin Williams ‘Jack’ (1996)

On Monday we sadly heard the news of Robin William’s death. The news sparked a sense of shock and disbelief. But following that news was an outpouring of remembrance and a deep appreciation of the man of many voices. It’s incredible the tales that people have been sharing. Stories of his great friendship with gorillas. Stories of how this man impacted their lives through his kindness and generosity. For others it led to a reassessment of the comic genius that he was. Numerous recountings of his standup routines, his comedic timing and his ability to make everyone laugh.

For ourselves, the loss of Robin Williams is met with sadness, but is tinged, surprisingly, with slight joy. A joy that comes from remembering a nutty professor in the film Flubber and remembering the fascination we felt when we watched Peter Pan fly through the sky. It’s a joy that comes from the recollection of the emotions felt from watching this man weave characters and stories together in a exciting, charming and beautiful way.

So, as we bid farewell to a genie, the boy who never grew up, a Scottish nanny and comedic madman, we welcome in the recounting of fond memory of stories that captured our imagination and made us believe that the impossible was possible.

Although we are now in a world that has one less spark in it, we ourselves are invited to keep our sparks shining bright. Be silly, be funny, let laughter come in abundance. And remember dear friends you are always loved.

In Memory of Robin Williams (1951-2014)

With Love
Val and Vess

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VANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling.  She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram

 

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VALERIE BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 

 

 

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MOMO SUSHI CHALK LETTERING

13/05/2014
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“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
-Julia Child-

Hello Friends

There’s a few things that I throughly enjoy in life. Friendship, sunsets, fun times with family, a whole number of things. And well, food happens to be one of them. Especially food cooked with love and appreciation, food that’s tasty with loads of flavour, food that’s different and exciting to eat. But there’s one type of food that really takes the cake. And that’s Japanese food.

So when Melissa of Momo Sushi asked me to do chalk lettering on their wall, I jumped at the chance! Momo Sushis handrolls were absolutely delicious, and the quaint shop front based in Glenferrie road was so gorgeously designed that I couldn’t resist! We organised a meeting to decide on what lettering style we wanted, and also what quote we were going to place on the walls. Once that was decided, all that was left to do was to do the lettering!

We met up on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and I prepared myself to bring some typographic joy to the walls. Four hours, 2 sushi rolls, a green tea latte and a packet of wasabi later, I completed my design. Melissa was very satisfied with the result, and my stomach was very satisfied with all the Japanese goodies.

Hopefully this is only the start of more chalk lettering, and that I can do more lettering designs in the future! Also, I would love you to visit Momo Sushi and take a picture next to the chalk lettering and tag us on facebook or instagram! And while you’re there, make sure you have a green tea latte and a tea prawn hand roll for me!

With love
Vess

vess copy squareVANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling her She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram

 

 

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MOMO Sushi
Established in 2009, MOMO sushi has perfected the art of sushi making to the highest quality. Stylishly attractive, quality food and a whole lot of fun,  MOMO Sushi will sure to become your favourite hangout joint to meet your green tea and handroll needs!
Website / Urban Spoon / Facebook / Twitter 
Shop 18/674-680 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn

 

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Friendship

10/02/2014
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Friendship is one of the most precious and beautiful gifts that human beings can possess. Val and I have been so lucky to be surrounded by an amazing group of people, from our high school, church, university and work as well. As many of our friends are turning 21, and we ourselves are turning 21 very soon. It gives us time for reflection to think about how lucky and overjoyed we are to have such beautiful friends surrounding us! Friends who encourage us, laugh with us, let us be a little silly with! We truly are lucky.

So with that thought, I leave you with some lettering that I did for our dear friend Ashlee for her 21st birthday. Send it and share it to someone you care about as well.

With Love
Vess

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//THANK YOU

02/06/2013
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You Are Rad

Hi There Guys!

As promised on our facebook page, here is just a teeny tiny something that we made to our 200+ facebook friends! Theres no other way to say it but just simply say:

You Are Rad

Thank you guys for your support of this big picture stuff journey, and we will continue to keep working towards making creative projects! It so great to know we have such great support from you and feel free to use this image as your mobile screen, or send it to someone else to make their day a bit more special. Touch someone elses heart the way you guys have filled ours with immense joy!

Thanks guys! And for those who are unsure what rad means, according to urban dictionary:

RAD: really cool, one of the highest compliments you can give someone. being rad is like being cool without having to work for it. it’s like a natural coolness.

We have stacks more fun ideas that we want to share with you, and things that we want to make and give away! So stay posted, as the holidays are coming!

With Love and awesome vibes from the corners of the globe.

v&v