30 May 2011

Capital Growth - Jason Bird

Piggy Bank Concept:

Whether we like it or not, the concept of saving money is society’s way of building. Rather than hiding your savings away in a traditional piggy bank, I wanted the money to be visible, allowing the child to interact with their savings, creating a visual reference to money as a building block. My design incorporates a 50 cent coin and is reliant on the coin for its structure. The pieces will not snap together and create their shape without it. The more that is saved the bigger the structure, which promotes the concept of the financial building block in a way that begins as a game.

Artist Bio:

Jason Bird graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Built Environment) and Graduate Diploma in Industrial Design. He began his career in luminaire design at one of Australia's largest commercial architectural lighting manufacturers before relocating to the USA. In 2001 he founded his own design studio, Acidlight. Experiencing great success in Australia with accolades from the Design Institute of Australia and Australian Design awards, Bird was named as one of Australia's Smartest 100 by Bulletin Magazine in 2004. With this growing local and International success, he established his own luminaire and object studio – Luxxbox. Recently, Bird’s stool “Tingle” has been purchased by Google Inc to be their exclusive exhibition and conference seating.

You can view more of Jason's work at:


27 May 2011

FRAGMENT - Kirsty Boyle

Kirsty Boyle’s work examines robots as subjects of culture with particular emphasis on how we experience and personalise our interactions with them. Her practice is truly interdisciplinary, encompassing skills in sculpture, theatrical performance, film and animation, digital arts and design, mechanical and electrical engineering and artificial intelligence.

Her passion for robots has driven her to travel the world in order to work with other like-minded artists, puppeteers, animators and scientists. In 2002, she began studying under Mr Tamaya Shobei, a ninth generation Karakuri Ningyo craftsman and the last remaining mechanical doll Master in Japan. Kirsty is currently his only student, and the only woman to have ever been trained in the tradition. Kirsty has been based in Zurich for the past three years, completing an artist residency at the University of Zurich and participating in major international exhibitions.

FRAGMENT is an ongoing series of interactive modular robots, handcrafted in a range of different materials. Kirsty is interested in the idea of ‘crafting’ and deliberately contrasts high-tech robotics with low-tech or natural materials such as the cardboard and Linden wood used in the construction of these pieces. The inflatable works continue this theme by encasing moss and bamboo fibre in the plastic.

FRAGMENT is an exhibition in progress. Kirsty will be working in this space creating more robots on the following days:

                                              Friday 27 May 10:30am – 2pm

                                              Saturday 11 June 10:30am – 4pm

                                              Saturday 18 June 10:30am – 4pm
                                              Saturday 25 June 10:30am – 4pm

The exhibition will evolve organically, with the outcomes revealed Saturday 2 July 10:30am – 4pm.

Capital Growth: The Piggy Bank Project and Kirsty Boyle - Opening Night Pics.

Chocolate Sculpture Workshop with Sally Colpoys.

Sally Colpoys recently held a Chocolate Sculpture Workshop just in time for Mothers Day. Sally was one of the participating artists in Critical Craftings Unleashd 2011.

26 May 2011

Last Chance - Artisan 'Meet the Makers' Studio Tours!

Just a quick reminder for all those wanting to join the Artisan Studio Tours, Friday is the last day to do so.

Places are still available so get in quick!

“Meet the Makers” in a private tour of three working artist studios and discover the artistic talent alive in Brisbane.

Be inspired and discover three of Brisbane’s unique and creative studios. Join artisan for a three and a half hour tour of these rare and restricted spaces.

Participants will enjoy personal presentations by the artists in the fields of jewellery, printmaking and glass making, art and ceramic and will be able to engage one on one with these senior artists. Additionally in some cases you will be able to purchase artists works directly from the studio.

Date: Saturday 28th May 2011

Morning Tour: 9:00 - 12:30pm
Afternoon Tour: 1:00 - 4:30pm
Cost: $48 per person (includes bus transportation from Artisan and a glass of champagne)

Book now!

24 May 2011

Capital Growth Opening Night Video by Bjorn Rust

Capital Growth artist Bjorn Rust has created a beautiful video from the opening evening of the exhibition. It is featured on Bjorn's blog here.

23 May 2011

Capital Growth feature on Indesign Live!

Julian Munro, Pingvinov Banka
We are very chuffed to see our latest exhibition Capital Growth: The Piggy Bank Project  featured on Indesign Live! Have a look and a read here

Capital Growth: The Piggy Bank Project opened last Thursday and the exhibition continues until 2 July. Make sure you pop past for a look and to vote for your favourite Piggy Bank for the People's Choice award!

20 May 2011

New Jewellery By Anna Varendorff

Bending to thought’ is the exhibition title of a new body of work by Melbourne jeweller Anna Varendorff on display until the 4th of June at Ari Jewellery located at 1/760 Brunswick St New Farm, Queensland.
Anna Varendorff has created jewels that map out and frame the body. Her graphic pieces place lines atop the body, mapping areas of ornament.

Formed of silver and powder coated brass they cut a graphic line on the wearer reduced to the most basic lines of jewellery. Living and working from Brisbane until 2009, Anna now lives, works and is completing her Masters of Fine Arts at Monash University.

Having exhibited precious metalwork extensively in Australia and internationally, Anna's practice also includes publci artworks, private commissions and sculptural work. Exploring the active space between Fine Art and Fine Craft practices, Anna's Masters work emerges as both jewellery and installation.

17 May 2011

Winter Wonders at (m)art design store

It's that time of year when you change into your flannelette pyjamas and that coat that has been sitting in your wardrobe sees its first outing for a while. Winter is on its way.

This month at artisan, we focus on our winter delights - all things blue and items guaranteed to keep you warm as we move into the cooler months. Take a look at our winter picks online.