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Wed 04 Sep // 2019

Helo Mark Lobo!

Wait, before you go - I know your name isn't Mark. Mark is actually a our resident photographer for Creative Mornings and a good friend of mine. Mark does actually read this newsletter intro, and told me that he actually liked it! (In his words "It's like livejournal...but better?" - THANK YOU MARK!). In honour of Mark and everyone else who actually reads this newsletter, I thought I'd address it directly to him, so Hi Mark - thank you for reading my content. Everyone else, you can just skip this paragraph. But it's probably too late now for you, unless you read things from the end to the beginning like me, in which case, I just saved you some precious time.

Anywho, hey! Look now, our brand new website has finally drunk some metaphoric Red Bull, grown wings, and is now floating out there in the vicious and fetid soup that we all know as the internet. Scratch that - not in, but above. Soaring majestically. There.

So yes, this is the last of our three launches for 2019, and definitely our biggest. We have so much to say about this, but at the moment we're just slowly letting the air out of our collective lungs. Sort of like when you get that weird cannoli-like rows of inflated air cushions in a package and you have to stab it with a sharp object before putting it in the recycling and you feel kind of guilty for doing something so violent to an inanimate object. Like that. Exhale. Oi! Don't look at me like that - you know you've done it. You aren't going to pop them, are you? It's too loud. You have to cut them open, and it feels weird and terrible.

What doesn't feel weird and terrible though? Our new website! For which we'll have more to say on next week! And the artists and artwork contained therein and of course, as always, down below...

— Jeremy Wortsman

Founder & Managing Director

The Week

Highlights from our Instagram

Ellen Porteus and Giulia Giannini McGauran transformed their work into a permanent installation at the Facebook offices in New York!

Carla McRae’s poster designs are now up in Readings stores for Father’s Day!

Mel Matthews illustrated ‘Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime’, a new book from Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith and Melbourne University Publishing.

Adam Nickel illustrated this portrait of the founders of Made In The Shade Group for Broadsheet Melbourne.

Currently on show at Lamington Drive is ‘66 Days’, the resultant exhibition from our third-of-its-kind LD artists residency.

The Podcast

This week! As we’re on break in between seasons we’re jumping into our podcast time machine to bring you some highlights from Episode 75! Where we go through our open tabs and discuss the psychological traps of freelancing, instagram anxiety for artists, and graphic design as performance, all with the help of our very special guests Tin & Ed!

“It’s not about playing around with technology for technology’s sake, it’s ’Does this technology allow you to actually have a new conversation?'”

// Edward Cutting, Tin&Ed

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

First Hand — We need to talk about Instagram: Illustration agency Handsome Frank on algorithm anxiety

The Psychological Trap of Freelancing

Typography Dancing Like It’s Never Danced Before, Thanks to Variable Font Technology

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Shaka

Selecting coloured pencils and choosing the perfect colour combinations. It was just really great. (Ed)

People spitting everywhere, all the time. (Tin),
How difficult it is to communicate with Jeremy without sound while we’re recording the podcast, using weird baseball style hand gestures. (Lara),

Going grey. (Jeremy)

The Artists

New stuff from the JW roster

Matt Huynh shared his cover for The Penguin Book of Migration Literature, due out in September.

Go inner city bird spotting with this book ‘Urban Aviary’ written by Stephen Moss and illustrated by Marc Martin!

En Garde! Mimi Leung designed and painted this fencing mask for an upcoming charity project.

Georgia Perry is teaching us the rules of life with this new piece.

Kate Banazi has created silkscreen prints of her deconstructed life drawings for the Sydney Contemporary art fair.

Jessica Meyrick created this work with gouache, looking at snakes and the female form.

Massive congratulations to Adam Nickel on his recent nuptials!

Jake Foreman shared this new design for a bold back piece.

This illustration by Kat Macleod is ushering in Virgo season!

Matt Huynh shared his cover for The Penguin Book of Migration Literature, due out in September.

Go inner city bird spotting with this book ‘Urban Aviary’ written by Stephen Moss and illustrated by Marc Martin!

En Garde! Mimi Leung designed and painted this fencing mask for an upcoming charity project.

Georgia Perry is teaching us the rules of life with this new piece.

Kate Banazi has created silkscreen prints of her deconstructed life drawings for the Sydney Contemporary art fair.

Jessica Meyrick created this work with gouache, looking at snakes and the female form.

Massive congratulations to Adam Nickel on his recent nuptials!

Jake Foreman shared this new design for a bold back piece.

This illustration by Kat Macleod is ushering in Virgo season!

Q: How would you describe your creative process?

“Most of my work starts with terrible thumbnails. Then I scan it into Photoshop to create something a bit less horrifying. I often get asked why my roughs are so messy. The answer is that I work mostly with colour, so I’m bored by the black and white stage.”

// Sophie Beer

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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!

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.

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



// Pierre Bonnard

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