30 June 2011

Capital Growth - Shane Thompson

Piggy Bank Concept:

The piggy bank is a ubiquitous domestic object. It symbolises hope, aspiration and wishful thinking as well as being a repository for unwanted loose change. Although the archetypal form is slightly abstract (pigs aren't really that fat and round, are they?), it remains quite literal. I am interested in the power of abstraction to provoke a rethinking of the problem and purpose when designing and the Zen idea of ‘richness through exclusion’. Accordingly, I have chosen to both abstract the archetype and create a richer idea of a piggy bank by excluding the form of a real pig, in silhouette, from a plain and simple box. Hopefully the result is perceived as simultaneously obvious and intriguing.

Artist Bio:

Shane Thompson is a prominent Australian architect who has been a Principal of BVN Architecture for 24 years. More recently he has established Shane Thompson Architects and is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. Thompson’s work has been awarded, published and exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally with over 100 awards and prizes, including the National AIA Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture and a Sir Zelman Cowan Award Commendation. Thompson’s work includes active involvement and board membership of a number of industry, cultural and environment organisations. He was recently appointed as a joint creative director for the 2012 AIA Conference to be held in Brisbane.

You can view more of Shane's work at:


27 June 2011

Capital Growth - David Shaw

Piggy Bank Concept:

Soft underbelly was inspired by thoughts about how critical the flow of cash is through our contemporary lives, and how difficult it often is to save. I saw my piggy bank as something very ephemeral, a place where it would be good to think it might be possible to stash some cash, but also a place that is in a sense regularly defiled by the ongoing demands we place on ourselves to maintain our perceived needs. In my case this manifests itself as an unhappy pig that has been rolled over exposing its soft underbelly to those constant demands conceding, under duress, to the need for instant access to the cash.

Artist Bio:

David Shaw has been a practicing designer for more than 30 years, with a career that includes stints as a Design Lecturer, Designer Maker, and in-house Designer for a number of creative organisations. Shaw established his own company (Street & Garden Furniture Co.) in 1991 to design and produce street furniture and undertake commissions for significant urban spaces. With the success of his company he has been able to bring other designers into the organisation, and provide a stepping stone in the establishment of their careers. Shaw is also an active contributor to the creative industries through his membership of various creative organisations. Shaw and his company's work is extensively published and has received many industry accolades.

You can view more of David's work at:


24 June 2011

Exhibition Opportunity - Fundraising Auction for Monte Lupo Arts

Monte Lupo is calling on artists to create/destroy/embellish/manufacture and/or re-invent a disused bowling pin and turn the pin into an artwork to be auctioned at Bowl'd Over. The event to be held in early December 2011, hopes to raise funds to build a studio gallery space for Monte Lupo - a Disability Enterprise of Multicap that employs over 30 people with disabilities.

To receive an information package about being apart of Bowl'd Over please contact: monteluparts@multicap.org.au or phone: 3340 9000

Capital Growth - Björn Rust

Piggy Bank Concept:

As we approach a cashless system, traditional saving rituals begin to decay. Pledge Identification Gateway (PIG) offers emotional incentives to save while representing the health of a virtual money box. Each PIG carries a unique QR code which is scanned with a smart phone to make a payment. The PIG then illuminates to reward the act, but slowly fades until completely dark, indicating that the money box has been neglected.

Artist Bio:

Aiming to surprise and inspire, Björn Rust believes in socially responsible concepts with clear semantics and appealing aesthetics. Seeking new materials and processes, he values honest and holistic solutions. Rust has studied and practiced communication and industrial design, while having also worked in architecture. His work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in the USA and Japan. In 2008 Rust co-founded Snack On, a design studio focused on independently manufacturing and distributing products he and his collaborator, Surya Graf, develop. He also runs his own practice while consulting for Street & Garden Furniture Co. on urban design concepts. During the past twelve months Rust has worked to create a collective of Queensland based designers to independently showcase local design and manufacture in Australia and abroad.

You can view more of Björn's work at:



Design in Focus at (m)art design store

This month @ artisan we celebrate what’s new in design from some of Queensland’s and Australia’s leading and emerging designers. Come in and see the variety of new designer product in-store now! Or visit (m)art design store online here.

23 June 2011

BEHIND THE SEAMS - artisan and Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Exclusive Tour

Artisan in conjunction with Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival is delighted to announce the ‘Behind the Seams’ studio tour evening.
‘Behind the Seams’ comprises a three hour guided tour of Queensland’s fashion related studios where attendees have the opportunity to see first-hand designers in their working environment.
Designers participating in this year’s Behind the Seams, include:
·       Paul Hunt
·       Matt Dwyer
·       Sharka Bosakova
·       Marni Franks
·       Kylie Bickle
Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Location: artisan (m)art , 166 Grey Street, South Bank
(Guests will meet at artisan’s m(art) store before transportation to the various studios. Guests will return to South Bank on completion of the tour.)
Tickets: $65 per person (includes drinks, light dinner and transportation) 
To book your tickets now, click here

Click here to visit the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival website
Click here more information about the designers 

22 June 2011

Public Program this Monday 27 June - 3D Printing for Jewellers

If you are a contemporary jewellery designer making innovative designs then this is a session not to be missed.

Rapid prototyping, or 3D printing, will shortly revolutionise the way we live and the way we design. Artisan will host a special talk by SOS Components, a Champion of Design. SOS Components is one of the most recognised prototyping companies in Australia. This session is designed to introduce jewellers to the new processes of 3D wax printing and will facilitate a glimpse into the future of manufacturing using new technologies. This will be of interest to anyone investigating new applications for production of contemporary jewels.

WHEN:           27 June 11:00am -12:00pm
WHERE:        artisan gallery 381 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley
RSVP:           Essential as places are limited, to info@artisan.org.au or 3215 0800

21 June 2011

Gallery Artisan Closed from 1pm Thursday 23 June 2011 - Piggy Bank Judging & QLD Premier's Design Awards

Gallery Artisan will be closed from 1pm on Thursday the 23rd of June 2011, whilst judging of the Piggy Banks takes place for the industry award.

The Piggy Banks will then be travelling across town to be showcased at the Queensland Premier's Design Awards!

(m)art design store will remain open on Thursday 23rd of June, with work on display by designers in the Capital Growth exhibition.

20 June 2011

Exhibition Opportunity

The 4th Biennial Australian Animal Studies Group Conference 2011 will be held at the Queensland College of Art on the 10th-13th of July. The conference theme is: Animals, People - a shared environment: http://www.aasg2011.com.au/

J&SO are hosting an exhibition of small works to coincide with the conference. The exhibition will be installed in the built-in locked cabinets in the QCA library and the Webb Building foyer.

This will be a selling exhibition, 10% commission will be taken on sales. A photograph of the work will replace works that are sold (to be supplied by the artist, or else will be taken by exhibition organisers).

All jewellers and small object makers working in any media are eligible to express interest. Artists will be required to pack, freight and insure their own works.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 28 June 2011 and should include dimensions and media along with an artist's statement (max 150 words).

Please send your proposal or enquiries to Elizabeth Shaw e.shaw@griffith.edu.au

Selected works will need to be delivered by 6 July to Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane. Delivery options and paperwork will be sent to exhibitors.

The exhibition will be installed on 8 July and will continue through to 31 July 2011.

Realise Your Dream Awards

One of the most unique prizes on offer for talented Australians, Realise Your Dream awards five emerging creatives of any age within their first 10 years of practice $8000, a return flight to Britain and the chance to connect with leaders from the UK creative industries.

Drawing on a vast network of professional contacts, the British Council works closely with winners to build a professional development programme that may take in introductions, secondments, short courses, obsevations and attendance at key cultural events.

For more information please visit http://www.realiseyourdream.org.au/

Applications close Monday 4 July 2011.

Accelerate: Australian Indigenous Creative Leadership Programme

Applications are now open for ACCELERATE, a unique professional development initiative designed to boost and further the careers of Indigenous Australians working in the arts.

ACCELERATE provides an intensive, fully funded programme for four successful candidates that includes tailored leadership development, mentoring and industry placements in Australia and the UK.

Developed in response to the lack of representation of Indigenous Australians in positions of influence within the creative sector, ACCELERATE recognises future cultural leaders and equips them with the profile, skills and networks to drive their own careers, both internationally and at home.

The programme is designed to meet the needs of individual participants, with two parts taking place in Australia and the UK. Eight shortlisted applicants will participate in a cultural leadership workshop in Australia, with four subsequently selected to travel to the UK for a formal professional visit within Britain's world-renowned creative sector.

We're now seeking expressions of interest from Indigenous creative leaders across Australia. Applicants should have 5 - 10 years experience in their creative field and be poised to take the next steps in their careers.

Organisers will be working closely with participants to create a programme that suits their area of expertise and professional aspirations. Applicants are invited to self-nominate, or can be nominated by community peers and industry leaders.

Application forms, selection criteria and further background is available at http://www.accelerate.org.au/ or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.au

Expressions of interest are now being accepted and will close on Friday 22 July 2011.

Capital Growth - Cox Rayner Architects

Piggy Bank Concept:

This little piggy bank is a cube which subdivides into three compartments, representing three roles – living, saving and giving. Living is for week-to-week, month-to-month living expenses. Saving is for building up a fund for investment or a rainy day. Giving is for donating money to worthy causes, and is thus good for the soul. All three have slots for inserting money of course, but they are also perforated with tiny apertures so that you can see your money accumulate in each. Each segment is an irregular shape cut in the likeness of a fault-line, indicating that the condition isn’t stable until all three abut in the ‘complete’ cubic form. Thus, the piggy bank is not just a piggy bank, but an embodiment of a life in harmony – where living, saving and giving find their perfect alignment.

Artist Bio:

Our piggy bank has been designed by Casey and Rebekah Vallance, two of our most revered design architects, and Troy Rafton, head of our 3D visualisation team. Casey has been design architect for SW1 South Bank, Marina Point Cairns and the new University of Queensland Oral Health Centre about to begin construction adjoining Royal Brisbane Hospital. Rebekah has designed two houses and the children’s playground at Elysium Noosa, and is currently design architect for the mixed use Mosaic development in Fortitude Valley. Casey and Rebekah also design plate steel and aluminium furniture.

You can view more of Cox Rayner Architects' work at:


17 June 2011

Capital Growth - Julian Munro

Piggy Bank Concept:

Initially, it was hard to resist the temptation of taking a cheeky approach and re-working the humble form of a ‘piggy bank’ into something a little juicier. In the end though, the inspiration was Matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls). The nesting birds lend themselves to many interpretations of capital growth through their size, increasing ‘investment capacity’ and ‘returns’, and the basic idea of starting small and growing over time. There is also the physiological reference to reproduction and growth of numbers, in this case a family of penguins - each lending its services as a bank to a different member of the family. This way mum, dad and junior all have a ‘penguin bank’ of their own – allowing saving to become a more socially rewarding activity for the whole family to enjoy.

Artist Bio:

My path to design came from my father teaching me how to make things with my hands, and my mother who nurtured my artistic tendencies through art and craft. I attended a Steiner school in Byron Bay and then studied fine art at university before graduating with a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Queensland University of Technology in 2009. Since then I have worked as a freelance artist and designer but now enjoy the stimulation of working on all facets of interdisciplinary design challenges at Studio Derlot.

You can view more of Julian's work at:



Short Course in Wheel Throwing - Ceramics

at Brisbane North Institute of Tafe

Course Overview
This course provides skills and knowledge in the production of wheel-thrown ceramics.
The course is suitable for beginners or those with previous experience in wheel throwing. You will learn practical skills in the design and making of a range of functional and decorative forms as well as methods of finishing and glazing work. You will also be encouraged to develop individual creative concepts applicable to contemporary
wheel thrown ceramics.

Study Area
Units contributing to Certificate IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft

Entry Requirements and Enrolment
There are no entry requirements for this course.

You will be required to attend the Ithaca Campus, Block 3, Fulcher Road Red Hill from 9.30am to 12.30pm every Tuesday for 9 weeks.

The next program commences on Tuesday 12th July 2011

$111- Full fee, $ 60 - Concession

An additional $35 administration and utility fee will be charged per calendar year where applicable.

Prices are subject to change at any time without prior notification, please check at time of enrolment for current pricing. Fees are per course unless otherwise stated. Refunds are generally not granted after a course has commenced. Materials will not be refunded if they are considered to be used. Please check at time of enrolment for full refund requirements.

Units of Competency: (E=Elective)


How do I find out more?
Customer Service Contact Centre: 13 12 48
Email: enquiry.bnit@det.qld.gov.au
Web Site: www.bn.tafe.qld.gov.au

13 June 2011

Capital Growth - Marc Harrison

Piggy Bank Concept:

Pygg refers to a type of clay used to make household items around the 15th century. Often money was kept in Pygg clay jars, and so the term Pygg Jar became Pygg Bank. From there the name evolved to become the Piggy Bank. My design references the original Pygg Jar, in this case a round-bottomed jar that achieves balance through the ballast of the coin. The coins slide off the lid into the jar without removing the lid. It is much easier to save if we have a purpose and so my design has a personalised element as a reminder of this goal. This is incorporated by a card clip in the lid where a symbol or picture can be inserted as a reminder and an encouragement.

Artist Bio:

Marc Harrison studied Interior Design at the Queensland College of Art and began a furniture and fittings design label soon after graduating. His early designs included furniture, lighting, accessories and door hardware, and he manufactured and sold directly to national retail shops. One of Harrison’s designs was selected for the International Design Year Book 1996 by Alesandro Mendini, an Alessi design pioneer, and this launched Harrison’s designs overseas, eventually leading to the development of Husque in 2003. Husque products use a unique composite material of recycled Macadamia shell, are sold in 8 countries and have been taken up by the Museum of Modern Art, New York and more recently Paul Smith, London. Harrison continues to design experimental one-off pieces like this piggy bank as well as developing the Husque label.

You can view more of Marc's work at:


10 June 2011

Capital Growth - Surya Graf

Piggy Bank Concepts:

With so much of our banking being done electronically now, the idea of saving for things with real money is disappearing, so the idea of a piggy bank needs to change. Cash is now used for small daily purchases, rather than being something that we try and stash away. Most people tend to have a jar or a bowl filled with coins that they dive into whenever they need some quick funds. The Nest is a twin layered bowl that can be a place to keep your loose change but also your keys, jewellery and mobile phone. It is intended to be that home spot for your precious things as well as something that you use every day. While the form was initially inspired by an image of a traditional Roman clay money box from the 3rd century AD, the Nest would be manufactured or finished in materials including anodised aluminium, polished stainless steel and brushed copper.

Artist Bio:

With a background in Architecture and Industrial Design, Surya Graf has predominantly focused on furniture design within the urban environment. He has designed products for major streetscape projects throughout Australia and internationally, and been nominated for numerous design awards. Graf develops interior furniture, lighting and homeware products through his own studio, while also collaborating on events and exhibitions. In 2008 Graf co-founded the Snack On design label and online store. While always focused on functionality and a refined simplicity of form, his design practice is influenced by new technologies combined with an innovative use of existing materials and processes.

You can view more of Surya's work at:



DIA Fresh Ground - last event 16th June

The final Fresh Ground Seminar for 2011 is this Thursday 16 June and we are fortunate to have two important speakers willing to share their insights into international and local Business Transformation programs that leverage the power of design thinking. You will also get to hear about the results from international programs and the first phase of ULYSSES. The transformation is happening, but how big is it? Are local designers up to the task? Are you able to meet the opportunity?

Assoc Prof Sam Bucolo QUT www.bee.qut.edu.au/about/schools/design
Nigel Spork Centor http://www.centor.com.au/
Emporium Hotel
1000 Ann Street
Fortitude Valley
(Parking available).
6.45am for a 7.00am start, 9.00am finish
(Breakfast served promptly at 7.15am)

09 June 2011

Asialink 2012 Arts Residency round NOW OPEN!

Asialink's 2012 application round for arts residencies opened on 1 June, and will close on 1 August 2011. Residency grants are available for visual and performing artists, writers and arts managers. Each year Asialink sends up to 40 Australian artists to live and work in Asian countries. Since its inception in 1991, the program has sent more than 600 people to hosts in over 19 countries.

Made not Manufactured: London Design Festival

Following its successful integration into the London Design Festival last year, Origin: The Contemporary Craft Fair will return to Old Spitalfields Market from 22-28 September 2011.
Origin offers a rare opportunity to see and buy a diverse range of high quality, original craft from over 200 makers in one convenient location. Disciplines range from ceramics, furniture, metalwork and glass, to fashion accessories, jewellery and knitwear.
Situating Origin in a vibrant location in the creative East End and during the London Design Festival, has brought new audiences to this established event and highlighted the huge appetite for craft within the design industry.

Aki Mori

06 June 2011

Capital Growth - Jon Goulder

Piggy Bank Concept:

My first reaction to this project brief was to be political or to make a statement. I thought of all the things we are forced to throw money into – petrol pumps, banks, multinational companies that dominate the market place. After growing bored with these thoughts I pondered on how you depict a rainy day in the form of a piggy bank, because everyone saves their coins for a rainy day. Finally I focused on the rapid prototyping process and a form that I would like to see as a piggy bank. This is how Scrooge the tug boat evolved. It could be from watching the tugs in Fremantle harbor with my sons, plus I have always liked the squat and broad form of tug boats, they seem to have a great proportion and as an object for a child’s room Scrooge fits well.

Artist Bio:

Jon Goulder designs and builds timeless furniture that can be handed down through generations. In 1992 he completed an apprenticeship in upholstery and furniture making to become a fourth generation craftsman and in 1994 he began designing soft furnishings for large commercial retailers. Since then he has designed a body of work which positions him as a stand-out Australian designer. He describes his clean-lined design sensibility as something of a reaction against the antique styles he was exposed to in his initial training. Goulder’s work has featured in major exhibitions and publications around the world and his designs are in the collections of many national and international museums and art galleries.

You can view more of Jon's work at:


03 June 2011

Capital Growth - Neil Davidson

Piggy Bank Concept:

Why are piggy banks so negative and boring? The Addi+ion piggy bank aims to change traditional concepts of the porcelain moneybox. Positivity and growth are key themes for this innovative little piggy bank. Coins are easily inserted through the “+” shaped money slot which reinforces the concept of saving money and adding wealth. Once a layer is filled, the Addi+ion piggy bank can grow and expand with extra layers providing extra savings capacity. As the bank grows it visually, emotionally and positively reinforces the act of saving money. When no more money can be added, the bank can be flipped over, snap in cover removed and the saver rewarded with their capital growth!

Artist Bio:

Neil Davidson is the Design Manager for CMD Product Design and Innovation, one of Australia’s most progressive design consultancies. Davidson’s work covers all aspects of design management; from style, innovation, function and product life cycle through to user safety. Starting his career as a CMD intern while completing a graduate diploma of Industrial Design at Queensland University of Technology, Davidson has gone on to grow with the company and now manages CMD’s large team of talented designers who have won eight Australian Design Awards in the last five years. A career standout for Davidson involved the design of the Cox Stockman Lawn Tractor which received numerous awards.

You can view more of Neil's work at:


01 June 2011


Renowned for recognising talent on the rise, Realise Your Dream nurtures Australia’s best emerging creatives with a professional development programme in the UK. Five lucky people will be awarded $8000, a return flight to Britain and a chance to connect with UK creative leaders.
In its nine year history 40 winners have travelled to the UK, with many making lasting connections that still inform their work today. The British Council helps award-winners with hook-ups to exchange ideas with like-minds, helping to build their networks and audiences.

Applications are open to people of any age, from any creative field and living anywhere in Australia. You just need to be in your first 10 years of creative practice and tell us how you’ll benefit from the chance to connect with Britain’s best.

Visit www.realiseyourdream.org.au to apply and find out more. Entries close Friday 4 July.

Realise your Dream is a British Council initiative made possible with the support of major partners NAB, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Stamford Hotels and Resorts, triple j and BBC Knowledge in association with PPR , Boccalatte and Show Group.