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Illustration by Lachlan Conn.

Wed 21 Aug // 2019

I'm on holiday! In lieu of me having anything interesting to say, here's one of my favourite short stories. It's called 'What The Water Feels Like To The Fishes' by Dave Eggers:

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Like the fur of a chinchilla. Like the cleanest tooth. Yes, the fishes say, this is what it feels like. People always ask the fishes, 'What does the water feel like to you?' and the fishes are always happy to oblige. Like feathers are to other feathers, they say. Like powder touching ash. We smile and nod. When the fishes tell us these things, we begin to understand. We begin to think we know what the water feels like to the fishes. But it's not always like fur and ash and the cleanest tooth. At night, they say, the water can be different. At night, when it's very cold, it can be like the tongue of a cat. At night, when it's very very cold, it's like cracked glass. Or honey. Or forgiveness, they say, ha ha. When the fishes answer these questions - which they are happy to do - they also ask why. They are curious things, fish are, and thus they ask, 'Why? Why do you want to know what the water feels like to the fishes?' And we are never quite sure. The fishes press further. 'Do you breathe air?' they ask. The answer is yes. Well then, they say, 'What does the air feel like to you?' And we do not know. We think of air and we think of wind, but that's another thing. Wind is air in action, air on the move, and the fishes know this. Well then, they ask again, 'What does the air feel like?' And we have to think about this. Air feels like air, we say, and the fishes laugh mirthlessly. 'Think!' they say. 'Think,' they say, now gentler. And we think and we guess that air feels like hair, thousands of hairs, swaying ever so slightly in breezes microscopic. The fishes laugh again. 'Do better, think harder,' they say, encouraging us. It feels like language, we say, and they are impressed. 'Keep going,' they say. It feels like blood, we say, and they say, 'No, no, now you're getting colder.' The air is like being wanted, we say, and they nod approvingly. The air is like being pushed and pulled and yanked, punched and slapped and misunderstood and loved, we say, and the fishes sigh and touch our forearm sympathetically.

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See you next week.

— Jeremy Wortsman

Founder & Managing Director

The Week

Highlights from our Instagram

Adam Nickel created the illustrations for ‘Tiger's Troublesome Tooth’, a new book by Harishan Tharmarajah and Majuri Tharmarajah.

A sneaky look at Clemens Habicht’s work for Meredith Music Festival.

Ilya Milstein’s new work for Van Leeuwen Ice Cream in New York.

Daniel Gray-Barnett illustrated this Where’s Wally-esque map of Monstropolis for Pixar.

The Lamington Drive Residency group exhibition is now on!

The Podcast

This week! We’re going through our open tabs and will be discussing the art of creatives working with creatives and what dogsledding can teach us about managing creative projects.

“A good producer understands creative strategy and execution, and then adds to it their expertise in how to actually bring those ideas to life.”

// Lara Chan-Baker

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're look at 'How to Keep Your Cool, No Matter What'

And chat about working with agencies, producers and creatives.

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Shaka

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Grammarly (Jeremy)

We could have sworn we saw some Thumbs pointing Down around here somewhere...

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Georgia Perry is spreading flower power in her new post.

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Luke Lucas’ new layout for New Trail magazine.

A colourful new 3D work from James Briscoe.

Ilya Milstein’s work for WIRED UK, on China’s hidden mental health crisis.

James Gulliver Hancock designed this mosaic kitchen splashback for the new LinkedIn office.

A dreamy bookshop scene in progress by Marc Martin.

A poster for Outside Lands in San Francisco by Gemma O’Brien.

Carla McRae serving up some leftovers.

Georgia Perry is spreading flower power in her new post.

Jess Cruickshank got in on the tiger drawing action.

Luke Lucas’ new layout for New Trail magazine.

A colourful new 3D work from James Briscoe.

Ilya Milstein’s work for WIRED UK, on China’s hidden mental health crisis.

James Gulliver Hancock designed this mosaic kitchen splashback for the new LinkedIn office.

A dreamy bookshop scene in progress by Marc Martin.

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"Indiana Jones. He'd need me to make field sketches on our dangerous adventures abroad. I'd probably have to help him out of a few jams along the way."

// Jason Solo

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66 Days - Lamington Drive Residency Group Exhibition


Lamington Drive is pleased to announce 66 days, the resultant group exhibition of our third-of-its-kind LD artists residency!

The emerging talent for 2019, April Phillips, Nina Elliott, Ryan A. McShane and Tara Whalley, have enjoyed eight weeks of co-working in an open studio environment, with visitors to the gallery able to glimpse the artists’ unique processes and works in varying stages of completion.

Come visit us in gallery between 11-6 Wed-Fri, and 12-5 Sat, to see the works our residents have created during their time with us!

66 Days continues till Saturday September 7.

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.

"The Louvre is a good book to consult, but it must only be an intermediary. The real and immense study that must be taken up is the manifold picture of nature.”



// Paul Cezanne

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