18 October 2010

Urban Arts Projects and Unlimited dinner

artisan's CEO Chetana Andary had the pleasure of attending the dinner party held by Urban Art Projects (UAP) on Wednesday 6 October as part of Unlimited: Designing in the Asia Pacific inaugral design triennial.

As the Australian Design Review wrote about the evening: 
"Held at the UAP studio and workshop in Northgate, Brisbane, the dinner celebrated the creative potential of the dynamic and multi-faceted design industry. Curators, commentators, designers and creative thinkers gathered in the dramatic setting of the UAP foundry to toast the successes of collaboration.
The evening’s themes reflect the work of UAP – a specialist consultancy that works together with architects, designers and planners to create public artworks – as well as one of the main tenets of the Unlimited program: promoting collaboration and the role design can play in shaping future opportunities for business, community and the world.
Urban Art Projects is a design consultancy creating bespoke art and design commissions for architectural and landscape projects, promoting art and creativity in the public realm. Established in 1993, the company is one of Australia’s leading providers of creative outcomes and public artworks."

Photos from Urban Art Projects’ dinner at Unlimited, celebrating collaboration in the design industry.
Photographer: Tobias Titz
Photographer: Eva Luenig
Photographer: Pancho Colladetti

15 October 2010

Barbara Heath's House Geisters from Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance

Featured above are some of Barbara Heath's beautifully tinsmithed House Geisters that form part of the magnificent body of work in our current exhibition of Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance. The show reveals the fascinating forgotten history of tinsmithing in South East Queensland and launches her collection of extraordinary new objects such as the House Geisters pictured above. Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance is on display at artisan until the 13th November. Work is available for sale from the gallery and will soon be available for sale from our online store. A catalogue designed by Mal Enright that details the lost craft of tinsmithing in South East Queensland is also available for sale at the exhibition.

14 October 2010

Audio Design Museum Launch

The streets of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are being transformed into giant gallery spaces with the launch of a new project by Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design.

Object, based in Sydney, has worked with independent curators, local designers and Queensland’s design organisation artisan – idea:skill:product to create two Brisbane
guided audio tours that lead listeners on a trail of the best design and creativity.

The tours take in the Fortitude Valley, West End & South Brisbane areas. You can download the tours to your MP3 player at the Audio Design website to discover all the other wonderful places featured on the tours.

The Brisbane tours are presented in partnership with artisan through Creative Sparks, a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

On Thursday 7 Oct as part of a huge week of design related events around Brisbane, artisan launched the Audio Design Museum. Formally launched by Councilor Geraldine Knapp, Chair of Creative Communities, a dedicated group of Queensland design supporters attended the launch event at the artisan gallery and were delighted to be immersed in the beautiful Barbara Heath exhibition.

After a glass of champagne and some really good conversation a small group of design devotees did the short walk down to James Street to the first venue on our tour, the Francis Leon shop. Thanks to Jo and Cat for a lovely talk about fashion and business in their beautiful retail studio. Tinh was pattern cutting in the studio and Thuong was machining which exposed us to a serious fashion studio in action.

It was then a couple steps to the next venue FIO, a stunning new jewellery gallery recently setup and run by Matt Dwyer. He invited us to access the back of house work space that he teaches his gold and silversmithing classes from. This was a truly unique experience and one that will not be forgotten. 

We then walked around the corner to Chester Street which is the location of Jason Bird’s Objx shop. Jason and his team often collaborate with other Queensland designers with the resulting works being celebrations of both savvy contemporary design and wild colours. Jason also showed us a new chair design that he and his team where working on.

The tour then returned to Brunswick Street and the last stop on our list the fabulous Fallow store. After finding our way up and into Cameron House we approached the black door with a deer horn handle and just knew that we were in for a treat. After being welcomed by the lovely Khatra we discovered a treasure trove of a shop. At Fallow you will find the most desirable of fashion, jewellery and collectable objects all in shades of white, black or gray! 

We then headed back to artisan for the launch of Barbara Heath’s new exhibition Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance, which was the perfect way to end an afternoon of design discovery around the Fortitude Valley precinct.

11 October 2010

Dots and Spots!

Ceramicist Shannon Garson has just delivered her new range of dotty cups and vessels to us here at artisan and we are bespotted! These cute new pieces are on the shelves now at our Fortitude Valley (m)art design store.

08 October 2010

artisan Exhibition Opening Photos of Barbara Heath, Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance & Patricia Bianco, Memory Strands

Franca Golotta and Elizabeth Pertile

Paola Milani, Patricia Bianco and Antoinetta Cilmli

Barbara Heath

Opening Speaker Philip Follent

The Gillespie Family - Genevieve Siddle, Deborah Heinemann and Andrew Gillespie

Opening Speaker Philip Follent and Barbara Heath

Opening Crowd

Michelle Mitchell, Casey Vallance and Remy Gaffney

Michael Wickson and Jamie Mumford

Lyn and Allin Dwyer

Louise and Gerard Ryan

Kym McKeand, Mal Enright, Susan Lincoln, Andrea Higgins, Claire Barnett and Simon Wright

Joe and Margaret Blaszczyk and Mal Enright

Helga Neidhart, Gayle and Glen Spry

Erin McMeniman, Opening Speaker Phililp Follent, Marilyn McMeniman and Marcia McMeniman

Julie Birks, Christopher Harwick and Eryn Begley

Jeanette McGhee and Fiona Garrett-Benson

Catrina Vignando, Barbara Heath and John Stafford

Rebecca Valance & Brendan Gaffney

Patricia Bianco exhibition "Memory Strands" in the Crucible space

04 October 2010

Michael Hofmeyer - Atlas of Crystal Forms

Some shots of the beautiful jewellery by Michael Hofmeyer from our last crucible show "The Atlas of Crystal Forms". These beautiful pieces are now available for sale from our online store.