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Illustration by James Gulliver Hancock.

Hello!

Time once again to crack open the porthole of my brain, give it a bit of a stir with a wooden spoon, taste it gently, and then immediately spew it back out all over the splashback. Metaphors are running deep this week folks. (Hint: John Lennon is the splashback)

We're still flying high from the amazing good vibes experienced at the Climate March last week both in Melbourne and NYC. While the context was of course deeply upsetting from an existential perspective - being a part of such a huge physical gathering was a truly connecting experience, not to mention a real showcase of some of the most inspiring copywriting and signage I've seen in recent years. (Advertising agency recruiters take note!) It was also one of the most surreal experiences in my life - marching down Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD with 150 thousand others, seeing people still shopping and browsing at all the designer stores at the same time like nothing was going on. A true physical embodiment of our shared conundrum if there ever was one. Anyway, we probably only need to do that march every day for the next year to actually shift the needle, but I'll take what we got for the time being.

While you marinate in my incredibly deeply thought-out political commentary, I'll leave you with one solid recommendation for the week which is Sugar-free Extra Gum, Tropical Flavour. If you chew bubble gum as god intended to, i.e, to actually blow bubbles - you might have realised by now that sugar free gum does a pretty bad job at it. NOT EXTRA TROPICAL THOUGH! Through some unholy act of chemistry, this gum actually blows bubbles, and retains it's taste for many hours. It's probably the next best thing to vaping and totally won't kill you. Also anything tropical flavoured is just good - Like, can you actually be unhappy while eating anything mango flavoured? It's not physically possible. Try it.

This isn't sponsored content btw, I just feel very passionately about certain things, like our amazing artists, who put on another great show for us this week - check out some of the highlights below.

More soon!

— Jeremy Wortsman

Founder & Managing Director

The Week

Highlights from our Instagram

Carla McRae created a collection of pen drawings for Jill Stark’s latest book ‘When You’re Not OK’ with Scribe Publications.

Kat Macleod’s solo show ‘Reverist’ opened last week at Lamington Drive.

On Friday all JW offices went dark to attend the climate strike.

Janelle Barone worked with art director Jackie Elliott to create an illustration for Brisbane International Film Festival.

We’re giving away a bunch of stickers designed by the one and only Diego Patiño, all for the gags.

The Podcast

This week! While we're on break we're taking you back to episode 78 where we're going through our open tabs and discuss the question of multiple styles, how to draw a startup, and why you might be attracting bad clients.

“There are very few people I think that do the multiple styles thing well… and that’s just because of the plain fact that it is hard to be really, really good at lots of things.”

// 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 discuss the question we hear most often - as an illustrator is it better to show a wide range of styles or to have a finely honed speciality?

and then we’re talking about ‘Why bad clients keep coming your way’.

Then we're looking at 'How To Draw A Startup' podcast, discussing the marriage between the tech industry and the illustration world, and the differences in working as an inhouse vs. freelance illustrator.

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Shaka

Surprised my fiancé with a cake for his birthday, when it arrived at his office the cake read 'Happy 23rd Birthday Symphony', Dave is not 23. And his name is Dave. (Bianca),
Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. (Jeremy) ,
My first Thai massage, I was pretzelled. (Lara)

Just spreadin' the posi vibes.

*A tumbleweed slowly rolls across the screen*

The Artists

New stuff from the JW roster

Mel Matthews brought a dose of adorable to RUOK day.

Craig & Karl’s latest installation ‘Chromagic’ is currently suspended over 3 levels of the Siam Center in Bangkok.

While in Boston Kate Pullen found a new favourite and plenty of inspiration in ‘Six’ the musical.

Jess Cruickshank will be showing in the ‘We’re the Women’ exhibition in support of The Women's & Girls' Emergency Centre by For The People.

Diego Patiño is featured in the first issue of Champions Journal with his illustration of Glenn Strömberg.

Jessica Meyrick will also be exhibiting, with the show featuring limited edition prints from 16 Australian female artists in support of WAGEC.

‘We’re the Women’ opens in Sydney, October 3rd, with prints of the exhibited pieces available online now, including a new work by Carla McRae.

Janelle Barone shared her Carnival Row character illustration and colour timelapse.

Brining a new meaning to highlights for your hair, Georgia Perry has a new collection of enamel accessories in her online store.

Mel Matthews brought a dose of adorable to RUOK day.

Craig & Karl’s latest installation ‘Chromagic’ is currently suspended over 3 levels of the Siam Center in Bangkok.

While in Boston Kate Pullen found a new favourite and plenty of inspiration in ‘Six’ the musical.

Jess Cruickshank will be showing in the ‘We’re the Women’ exhibition in support of The Women's & Girls' Emergency Centre by For The People.

Diego Patiño is featured in the first issue of Champions Journal with his illustration of Glenn Strömberg.

Jessica Meyrick will also be exhibiting, with the show featuring limited edition prints from 16 Australian female artists in support of WAGEC.

‘We’re the Women’ opens in Sydney, October 3rd, with prints of the exhibited pieces available online now, including a new work by Carla McRae.

Janelle Barone shared her Carnival Row character illustration and colour timelapse.

Brining a new meaning to highlights for your hair, Georgia Perry has a new collection of enamel accessories in her online store.

"When creating my work, I try to never limit myself to one medium. I love to mix drawing, modelling, painting and digital methods in order to achieve a unique outcome."

// Sam Bailey

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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!

Reverist - Kat Macleod


‘Reverist’ is a new collection of works by Kat Macleod, observing the human form in a state of reflection, contemplation and in search of space. Drawing on her favourite themes – the female figure and botanic shapes – Kat explores the process of being deep in thought and lost in space.

Exhibition runs until October 12.

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 takes nature as its model."



// Aristotle

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