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Illustration by Cari Vander Yacht.

Wed 04 Dec // 2019

As sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. And thus we turn to the final page of our novelty oversized beefcake calendar and inch closer towards the interminable Australian Summer holiday epoch and naturally our own inevitable fate.

Much like other American traditions which have slowly grown over Australian culture like a fine, yet highly destructive moss (Halloween, anyone?), it is my sincere wish that the December holidays can somehow get be restrained into a more reasonable time period cloistered around the actual public holiday dates rather than the current approach which basically turns December into this Tarantino-esque Death Proof march barrelling towards VERY SERIOUS DEADLINES ALL THE TIME that have no actual meaning but basically just in place because all of Australia basically just stops working until like, April, and you have to say happy new year and ask about people's holidays until at *least* early March and it's all a but much now really.

In case you haven't realised from my previous writings on the matter, I have many feelings about Australia's frankly bizarre approach to public holidays. I get it though. It's hot, we all want to be outside and be doing non-work things, but the whole idea of unstructured time just really bristles against my already very fragile state of constant existential dread, so yeah, what do *you* have planned for the holidays?

If you're anything like me, you'll be scrolling away as usual, but perhaps from a more exotic location. In which case, don't let me stop you from getting a head start, so scroll on and check out the latest and greatest from the JW crew this last week!

— Jeremy Wortsman

Founder & Managing Director

The Week

Highlights from our Instagram

Karan Singh’s got your arse (and presents) covered this holiday season with Who Gives A Crap’s reusable gift packaging.

Anthony Calvert draws up the blueprints for WirtschaftsWoche magazine’s article on AI patents.

Neryl Walker’s making us blush with her cheeky illustration for Four Pillars gin and Arbory Afloat.

Stop in at The Coffee Club to meet some of Ilya Milstein’s charming characters.

‘Tis the season to bring out our JW Christmas tree, with custom baubles by The Letterettes!

The Podcast

This week, it’s all about Producing Magazines, and we're thrilled to be joined by the absolutely fabulous Sophie Kalagas.

"Something important I have learnt is learning when to step away and know that something is good enough. As someone who is a perfectionist...it’s so easy to just keep going and going."

// Sophie Kalagas

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

Sophie introduces us to the hunger4words instagram, featuring a talking dog!

Jeremy brings us... a picture of a box! With his favourite freight forwarder Shipito.

And Lara shares the mysteries of the universe.

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Shaka

Ice skating rinks that haven't been updated since the 90's.

Not having gone ice skating since the 90's, so naturally falling over and trying to do so as gracefully as possible (is not possible).

Feeling like one of The Mighty Ducks, regardless of skating ability or lack thereof.

The Artists

New stuff from the JW roster

It would be a mistake to miss ‘Never Again’ at Ellen Porteus’ solo exhibition, opening in Melbourne, Dec 12.

Gemma O'Brien is back in the studio this week and we are totally feeling it.

We’re feeling a little bit parched thanks to Ross Murray’s glassware collaboration with Garage Project.

Good things come in threes, so no wonder Patrick Edell has three works in Society of Illustrators Exhibition and Book!

Elin Matilda Andersson is a top pick with her snapshot of a new self initiated piece!

Ilya Milstein helps to spread awareness for homelessness this holiday season with Crisis UK.

We’re tying up loose ends with Jessica Meyrick’s latest fashion illustration.

If you're fishing for gift ideas these holidays, look no further than Janelle Barone’s online print shop!

Rilla Alexander makes our day with her collection of board books for Chronicle Kids.

It would be a mistake to miss ‘Never Again’ at Ellen Porteus’ solo exhibition, opening in Melbourne, Dec 12.

Gemma O'Brien is back in the studio this week and we are totally feeling it.

We’re feeling a little bit parched thanks to Ross Murray’s glassware collaboration with Garage Project.

Good things come in threes, so no wonder Patrick Edell has three works in Society of Illustrators Exhibition and Book!

Elin Matilda Andersson is a top pick with her snapshot of a new self initiated piece!

Ilya Milstein helps to spread awareness for homelessness this holiday season with Crisis UK.

We’re tying up loose ends with Jessica Meyrick’s latest fashion illustration.

If you're fishing for gift ideas these holidays, look no further than Janelle Barone’s online print shop!

Rilla Alexander makes our day with her collection of board books for Chronicle Kids.

"It’s really important to dedicate time to personal work because a lot of our new ideas are sparked in the process. We spend a lot of time developing our own work, because we’ve found this is where we can push ourselves into new territory—we always want to be developing new ideas."

// Craig & Karl

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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!

Mascots


Join us tonight from 6—9pm for the opening of 'Mascots' – a collaborative exhibition by Andrea Innocent and Cat Rabbit!

Cat Rabbit, known for her plush characters who inspire good feelings, and Andrea Innocent, known for her character design and emotive illustrations – have come together to create a series of ‘Everyday Anxieties Mascots’.

Each mascot supports a particular feeling, mood or anxiety produced by modern living and the human condition. The characters act as a sort of talisman to the anxious and the introverted – to those who find the world overwhelming and confusing at times.

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.

"Art will never be able to exist without nature."



// Pierre Bonnard

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