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Thu 06 Jun // 2019

A day late and a dollar short. Not only an apt description of this weeks newsletter, but also a title of a movie from 2014 with the following summary: "Worried that her next asthma attack may kill her, a woman (Whoopi Goldberg) tries to solve the problems of her estranged husband (Ving Rhames) and their four adult children." I don't know why I feel that is a super weird premise for a movie, but it just is. Like what do these two things have anything to do with another?

This week! I have some recommendations.

Firstly, if you haven't played Monopoly deal, what are you waiting for, it will change your life. Boggle deal is also very good. My general advice for these troubling times is to simply play more board games. Tangrams! Dixit! Azul!

Dr Tung's smart floss. It's the best floss, I promise.

Hot, like really hot, showers on cold winter nights. No - hotter than that, it needs to be very hot!

Proper pyjamas.

Aveeno body lotion on your feet.

I've basically just outlined a good portion of my sleep routine (not pictured - The Peaceful Piano Spotify playlist, piksters - size 3 and 4, a Kindle loaded with Self Help books, the New York Times Crossword app, current streak record, 18 days, blue light blocking eyeglass lenses, one of two children who won't sleep, PALOMA POPS!) but I feel quite strongly about all these things, and if that's not why you read this part of our newsletter, then you're really in the wrong place, because that's all I got right now.

Here's something not to sleep on though - the amazing work as always of our fine fine selection of Jacky Winter artists and my amazing editorial transitions! Head on down below to have a look-see at what's been going on!

— Jeremy Wortsman

Founder & Managing Director

The Week

Highlights from our Instagram

Shan Jiang illustrated this work for our Pisces Flutterscope, then Flutter made it move.

Ellen Porteus collaborated with Giulia Giannini McGauran on this work for Facebook.

Marc Martin created this illustration for the Wine and Wildlife event for Zoos Victoria.

Eamon Donnelly’s new The Milk Bars book is full of photographs of beloved milk bars from around the country, including signage, interiors and vintage ads of your favourite snacks.

This handy map of Victoria was illustrated by Steph Hughes for Melba Restaurant at Melbourne's Langham Hotel.

The Podcast

While we’re taking our little podcast break we thought we’d bring you a JWGYTB throwback! This week we’re heading back to Episode 58 with Beci Orpin, where we go through our open tabs and discuss the current state of the illustration industry, why desk jobs can be exhausting, and the inherent privilege of creative work.

“When I’m away from my desk and doing the physical things, that’s what gives me the most energy.”

// Beci Orpin

Each week on our podcast we dissect three links we’ve come across our internet travels. These are jumping off points for what’s shaping issues, processes and happenings in the creative industries today. To find our more about our IRL open tabs events, visit opentabs.rodeo

We have a look at exactly why the illustration industry is booming.

And talk about the privilege of being able to do what you love.

Then chat about what it is that makes your desk job so damn exhausting.

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Shaka

Who is Michael Ovitz? (Jeremy) ,
Pantone Color IQ Test (Beci) ,
Beatbox Kitchen (Lara)

We find ourselves thumbs-downless today.

And have no Shaka's in sight!

The Artists

New stuff from the JW roster

James Boorman created an animation for National Reconciliation Week for Australians Together.

Brolga’s drawing on his travel photos as part of The Travel Series.

Steph Hughes’s ink painting of Coburg North is on tour round the world with Courtney Barnett.

Here’s a peak at a work in progress by Marc Martin.

Jess Cruickshank shared some very exciting news with us all!

Ben Sanders’s book ‘My Book (not yours)’ was released into the wild this week!

Timba Smits shared his work for Miller Lite, "Musicbots, roll out!".

Adriana Picker is geared up for some private commissions! Head to her instagram to reserve a spot.

This illustration by Cari Vander Yacht is on the NYTimes front page for David Epstein’s new book ‘Range’.

James Boorman created an animation for National Reconciliation Week for Australians Together.

Brolga’s drawing on his travel photos as part of The Travel Series.

Steph Hughes’s ink painting of Coburg North is on tour round the world with Courtney Barnett.

Here’s a peak at a work in progress by Marc Martin.

Jess Cruickshank shared some very exciting news with us all!

Ben Sanders’s book ‘My Book (not yours)’ was released into the wild this week!

Timba Smits shared his work for Miller Lite, "Musicbots, roll out!".

Adriana Picker is geared up for some private commissions! Head to her instagram to reserve a spot.

This illustration by Cari Vander Yacht is on the NYTimes front page for David Epstein’s new book ‘Range’.

Q: How does your mother describe your profession?

"With lots of enthusiasm."

// Eamon Donnelly

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The Gallery

Lamington Drive is an exhibition space, art school and a great way to meet other artists. Feeling lonely? Come to a show!

In between shows...


We’re having a little break at Lamington Drive at the moment to get ready for our upcoming artist's residency!

We’re excited to announce our 2019 LD residents - April Phillips, Nina Elliott, Ryan McShane and Tara Whalley!

Watch this space for more on what our residents are getting up to.

The Gardens

Clear the mind. Feed the process. Jacky Winter Gardens is a creative retreat nestled in a half-acre of natural bushland only 45 minutes from Melbourne. It’s a perfect getaway for solo travellers, couples and small groups.

"Nature is a dictionary; one draws words from it."



// Eugene Delacroix

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