30 November 2010

Exclusive Cherish Christmas Shopping event!

Artisan is delighted to invite you to an exclusive breakfast of Christmas Shopping at (m)art design store. On Tuesday the 14th December only, artisan would like to offer you a 20% discount off all products.
Commencing at 8am, join us for a morning of festive celebrations. Enjoy a light breakfast while browsing some of the finest affordable design products in the country.
Select from distinctive and original jewellery, retro ties and streamline wallets for the individual man, clever ceramics and whimsical objects for the home. Sip champagne while enjoying good conversation with friends and for a gold coin donation, go into the draw to win the newest creation by Marc Harrison - the bauple set valued at $171.

WHEN: Tuesday 14th December, 8:00am - 10:30am
WHERE: (m)art design store 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
RSVP: essential to info@artisan.org.au by Friday 10th December

A light breakfast of coffee, orange juice, champagne and pastries will be served.
Marc Harrison’s New Bauple set will be raffled off on the day.
Artisan car parking can be booked though artisan, booking must be swift to ensure a space.

23 November 2010

What's your big idea?

The State Government is putting up $2.5 million to support Queensland businesses that have the 'big ideas' to improve their company's performance and the overall strength of the Queensland economy.

The program 'What's your Big Idea Queensland?' invites businesses across the State to put together a proposal that can be supported with up to $50,000 from the Queensland Government.
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22 November 2010

Jaishree Srinivasan & Yuta Badayala & Cherish opening night photos

Mandyam Srinivasan, Jaishree Srinivasan and Brenda Campbell
Meagan Streader, Lyn Streader and Damian Buckley
With Jaishree Srinivasan's piece Witness
Mandyam Srinivasan and Tedd Nugent
Musicians - Hikayat
Meagan Streader and Jaishree Srinivasan
Jaishree's Family
Jaishree's Mother and Erica Bader
Divya Pattabiraman, Nivetha Gunasekaran and Prahatha Venkataraman
Mandy Smith, Jaishree Srinivasan and Roger Leong, Curator,
International Fashion and Textiles National Gallery of Victoria
Bruce Medek and Alex Eckersley
Renee Munro and Joanna Pittava
Thea Samios (designer Thea and Sami) and Voyt Reich
Chetana Andary artisan CEO speech

Roger Leong opening speech, Curator,
International Fashion and Textiles National Gallery of Victoria
Sasha Titchkosky (koskela) speech
Sasha Titchkosky and Michelle Wicks
Amanda Cole and Marc Harrison (with his Husque bowls)
Some of the happy snaps from last Thursday night's triple opening extravaganza at artisan of Jaishree Srinivasan, Yuta Badayala: In a New Light and Cherish, (m)art's Christmas shopping showcase. A big thank you to all who attended and made the evening the fantastic night that it was!
The exhibitions and Cherish, continue until Christmas Eve (catering for all the last minute shoppers out there!)
All photos: A. Higgins (artisan)

Fashion Incubator : Call for Emerging Fashion Designers

The hunt is on for talented and innovative fashion businesses and designers to take advantage of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia's (CEA) new fashion incubator.
Online applications are now open for the CEA Fashion Incubator program which will provide up to three years of made-to-measure business support for selected designers seeking to grow their labels locally and internationally.

Applications are now due November 30.

For more information or to apply, please visit www.creativeenterprise.qut.com.au 

17 November 2010

Jimmy goes to China!

The exhibition Jimmy Pike: Desert Psychedelic has received funding to go to the Ningbo Art Museum in April 2011 for the Australia-China Council.

It has now been included in the Federal Governments platform called Imagining Australia – the Year of Australian Culture in China and will receive marketing and promotion assistance from the Embassy in Beijing as well. 

The Darling Foundation is also sponsoring the exhibition. Their contribution will allow artisan to commission Carbon Media, a wholly owned Aboriginal multi-media company, to develop a presentation of Jimmy Pike’s life in both English and Mandarin.

Tinsmith finishes….or does it ?

Barbara Heath’s fabulous exhibition Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance was an outstanding success with excellent sales, and two great articles extending the media coverage into the Australian and Inside Out magazine. The exhibition has now been packed up but Museum and Gallery Services (MAGS) are keen to tour the show and have sent out Expressions of Interest to regional galleries. Fingers crossed it appears again so more people can experience this thought provoking and well crafted show. Well done Barbie and MalE!

Artisan Funding

The wait is over! Artisan has finally received notification that its funding application to Arts Queensland’s funding program S2M (Small to Medium) has been approved and the organization will continue with triennial funding.

Aseem Pereira Commission for QSL

Artist Aseem Pereira has been busy cultivating and shredding cans in preparation for some serious weaving for his commission with QSL facilitated by artisan. We will keep you posted as the work progresses!

One Lost Earring

This new and interesting project is open to craft and design practitioners, artists and the general public. The blog provides and opportunity to tell stories, and remember a loved object. The author asks three questions, where did you get the earrings from? When or how did you loose the earring? Why did you keep the lost earring? 

Glen Henderson Artist in Residence with QUT Creative Industries

Artisan member Glen Henderson, artist-in-residence at the Creative Industries Precinct, presents part one of the The Lightness Matrix, a three part Parer Place project extending into 2011. The opening event will be held at the marvelous Glass House with Peter Lavery is opening it on 24th November.

about the work:
The Lightness Matrix is a response to microscopic biological structures where all of the patterns are interrelated and the injection of each unexpected physical image reinterprets the space. From the smallest living organisms to designed and fabricated formations the lightness matrix looks at the way things are connected. 

In this work, the connections that play out between the scientific, the architectural and the infusion of selected imagery may seem like leaps of the imagination. Yet the process of bringing this material together frame by frame transforms what might be read as disparate elements into a seamless language of idea.

I see the brain as patterned environment. Through exposure to stimuli recognition takes place and the patterning evolves. In an endeavour to realize the new, the movie and the photographic prints chart a course through my recent practice, extracting from research material, constructs and processes. As a maker of imagery, I feel like a disjunctive poet bringing complex elements together and this introductory work is an invitation to enter stage one of a space-time continuum.
The underlying patterning of Matrix One reveals a shifting contingent of relationships between things of long interest to me. Viewers may decipher the codes and diagrams that link the sometimes disparate images by trailing back through to Glen's website, catalogues and publications. www.glenhenderson.com

Lightness: Whether the focus is a nerve cell, a Mongolian desert tent or a Stealth bomber, there is no shape without material and effort so the more we value minimal energy consumption the lighter (more efficient) the form becomes.

The Parer Place Project s an innovative outdoor projection exhibition series celebrating the moving image in all its forms - film, television, games, new media and art. The Urban Screens are solely dedicated to providing a digital canvas for emerging or experimental artists, with artworks animating the bold architecture of QUT's Creative Industries Precinct each night at dusk.

15 November 2010

We heart Bridget Bodenham's white porcelain brooches!

Shannon has been busily photographing a selection of our new Cherish stock to ensure that our online store is choc-a-block full of goodies for Christmas. Cherish, (m)art's annual Christmas Shopping Showcase launches this Thursday the 18th November at (m)art design store Fortitude Valley, coinciding with the opening of the last two artisan exhibitions of the year - Jaishree Srinivasan and Yuta Badayala. A portion of the Cherish selection such as the lovely white ceramic brooches by Bridget Bodenham (above) will be available from our online store from Thursday. So if you can't make it to one of our stores don't despair, (m)art design store online will be brimming with Christmas gift ideas.

12 November 2010

How to Design a Car

Bryon Fitzpatrick's public program ‘How to Design a Car’ on 29 October at Toowoomba Motor Museum for artisan's touring exhibition Industrial Desire.

09 November 2010

In it's last days - Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance

This Saturday will be your last chance to view artisan's current exhibition Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance (pictures of the exhibition above). This stunning exhibition by Brisbane designer, Barbara Heath, reveals the fascinating forgotten history of tinsmithing in Southeast Queensland and launches her collection of extraordinary new objects, inspired by the lost craft of the tinsmith.

Rediscovering the simple skills of tinsmithing, of bending, folding and tinning, Barbara Heath has made striking candlesticks. She has also created Hausgeisters and Hanging Crowns -  magical protective objects for the home or garden – as well as a Japanese-inspired rain chain,  a downpipe substitute that creates a water feature from roof run-off.
With their sophisticated rusticity, and redolent with history, these beautiful objects will enhance the interior or exterior of any home.

‘New tricks from old trades’ is how Barbara describes this new work. Best known for her superb precious jewellery, this is an exciting new direction for her.

This exhibition also gave Barbara an opportunity to research in-depth the history of the trade. “I had no idea tinsmithing had such a colorful local history,” says Heath. “Tin was once as common in our everyday lives as plastic is today. There were many tinsmiths in Brisbane and the R.C. Verney & Sons factory in Fortitude Valley even combined tinsmithing with jam making.”

Early tinsmiths used a few simple tools to produce utilitarian wares such as downspouts, kettles and bath tubs. Later they produced architectural detailing including window-hoods and delicate roof finials. Tinsmith : An Ordinary Romance exhibits a collection of old tinwares from private collectors, and even the tin patterns of Graeme Gillespie, one of Brisbane’s last working tinsmiths, alongside Barbara’s new objects. This reveals the link between her work and the techniques, shapes and forms of the early Queensland metalworkers. 

 “The very word ‘tinsmith’ evokes nostalgic, romantic connotations; nomadic fixers of things, outsiders, tricky, silver-tongued salesmen who charmed the farmers wives with their glinting wares” comments Barbara, and she cleverly captures this mystique in her work.

Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance offers an opportunity to rediscover our past and see how it has inspired an artist to take a new direction.

Don't miss out on this fantastic exhibition - gallery artisan is open Tuesday - Friday from 10:30am - 5:30pm and Saturday 10am- 4pm. The exhibition will end on Saturday the 13th November.