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Crowdfunding — Kickstarter launches in Australia!

November 4, 2013
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Kickstarter

Last week, I attended Brisbane’s inaugural Kickstarter information night at the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse. This free session was filled to capacity with excited creatives from every imaginable discipline, hungry for extra tips and insider knowledge to help them create a winning crowdfunding campaign.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Kickstarter, head over to their website for a great overview of what they do. In a nutshell, Kickstarter provides an online platform to profile a creative project that you wish to undertake, but don’t have the funds to do so, and ask if people might like to contribute towards funding it and in return receive a ‘reward’ (which could be in practical terms—a physical item, or in feel good terms—some involvement in the project).

Based in New York City, Kickstarter’s original mandate prescribed that you had to be an United States resident in order to list a campaign, even though you could back a campaign no matter where you lived in the world. We have had our version, Pozible, in Australia for a few years, which has provided a similar platform. But from November 13, Kickstarter is going to be available to creatives in Australia too! So now we will also have access to this truly global crowdfunding platform.

There’s just one question we need to ask ourselves now: “Is crowdfunding right for my project, or should I pursue other avenues to make it happen?”

Hightide Exhibition

October 28, 2013

Hightide Exhibition Invitation

I’m not going to tell you what I learned last week, instead I’m going to let you know what is happening this week!

If you’re in Brisbane, I would love it if you would join me at the opening of Hightide: Queensland Design Now at gallery Artisan on Thursday 31 October 2013.

“The exhibition surveys Queensland design over the past decade through the work of 22 designers and design firms and provides a glimpse into the bright future of design in our state as a global force to be reckoned with. Profiling well-known names and introducing new ones, Hightide gives recognition to the designers who are paving the way forward in Australian design.”

The exhibition is curated by Simone Jones, based on the publication by Jason Bird and includes my 2009 wallpaper and textiles collection, Falling Leaves. Paul Fairweather, Queensland architect, artist, designer and creative catalyst will open the show.

I hope to see you there!

Details
Opening: 31 October 2013, 6-8pm
Venue: Gallery Artisan
Address: 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Exhibition Runs: 29 October 2013—14 February 2014

JEANBAG™ – Product shots

October 21, 2013

JEANBAG Montage

I mentioned in the last post, In a snap, about the fun photo shoot I had for JEANBAG™ with my photographer, Troy Hansen. The goal was to take shots for the yet to be launched website—images that clearly depict JEANBAG, from all angles and in detail. While the website is a little way off yet, above is a wee montage I whipped up with the raw images to give you a sneak peak!

Many thanks Troy for the great images!

JEANBAG™ – In a snap

October 14, 2013

JEANBAG Product Shoot_B&W

This is just a quick post to share with you the wonderful experience I had last week with my dear friend and photographer, Troy Hansen.

Troy photographed JEANBAG™ for the ‘yet to be designed’ website, to capture those all important product shots that allow you to view products from all angles, zoom in and get a real idea of what you might be about to buy. I love product sites that give you an honest impression of what you are looking at and leave you feeling absolutely no buyers remorse when you receive the actual product.

We conducted the shoot in my humble apartment, thanks to its great natural light and lovely floorboards, armed with a trusty list of the shots we had to get and shots that were, time permitting, ‘nice to have’.

Being on a photo shoot is quite exhausting, but if you are organised, you can certainly have a whole lot of fun. It’s very focused and often quite physical work (moving things around, running back to the laptop to see if the shot is right, adjusting things some more), so in order to not burn out too quickly, you must be super organised. Then, you can pace yourself and have a few laughs along the way… Which is exactly what we did!

Many thanks Troy for such a professional job and great day. If anyone is looking for an experienced, good humoured and technically spot on photographer, you should check out Troy’s website.

Meanwhile, I promise to bring the JEANBAG™ website to you very soon, so stay tuned!

Will it work?

October 7, 2013

Will it work?

Do you ever doubt yourself? Your skills? Your process? I have a hunch that you do. Why? Because we all do, even if it’s only from time to time.

We are all prone to asking questions that stem from doubt. Will it work? Have I done enough? Could I have done it better? Will they like it? These questions can often be far from constructive, but can we turn that around?

With JEANBAG going live soon, I’m both excited and full of doubt. In fact, all the questions I’ve written above, I’ve asked myself. I think the key is to not be afraid of the questions, but to ask them and pay attention to the answers. Will it work?—I don’t see why not. Have I done enough?—I can’t think of anything more I could have done with the time, skills and resources I had. Could I have done it better?—No, I’ve given it my absolute best. Will they like it?—Some people will, some won’t. I hope those who like it, will LOVE it!

These questions don’t seem so terrifying when answered truthfully. And, if your answers reveal that you could do more or you could do better, you know what you need to do…

So, with these questions answered for now, there’s one thing left to do… Get on with it!

JEANBAG™ – On the cutting room floor

September 30, 2013

Denim hems

Last week I cut out the first five JEANBAGs and I’m pretty darn excited!

I want to make the best use of my materials in the construction of JEANBAG™, so I am using most of the denim from the jeans, excluding any studs, waistband fasteners and zippers. This is because I imagine some people may use their JEANBAG™ on wooden floors and I definitely don’t want any metal parts to scratch their flooring. I am keeping these items, however, as I’m sure there will be a use for them down the track. I just haven’t figured out what yet!

For the most part, I’m also not using the hem of the jeans in the construction of JEANBAG™, as I don’t want any ‘lumpy ridges’ to compromise its comfort. So, I’ve been playing around with all these little denim hems and thinking about how I can use them in a new way…

This week I’m constructing the first official JEANBAG™. It will undergo a final wash test at full scale. Then, it’s off to my friend’s kid’s playroom for a ‘slam’ test. If it survives everything that a nine year old Australian boy will throw at it, it’s game on!

Hightide – Exhibition Development

September 23, 2013

Hightide - Exhibition Development for Falling Leaves Display

Last week I spent time developing my contribution to the Hightide exhibition opening in October at Artisan gallery, Brisbane. The exhibition accompanies the book of the same name. Launched earlier this year, it celebrates the last 10 years of design in Queensland and I’m delighted that my Falling Leaves collection of wallpaper and textiles is included in this historical publication.

Almost all the work featured in the book will be displayed in the exhibition. Work that is too large or unable to be brought to the gallery for various reasons will be represented photographically. I’ve been developing the display for my work in collaboration with the team at Artisan. I’ve also been working with Tahn Scoon on styling the display, discussing proportions, colourways and composition. The challenge here is to take the wallpaper and textiles from a domestic setting (in the home) and make them work in a gallery space, where the products are displayed rather than used. I’ve had lots of ideas and I can’t wait to show you the result!

In playing around with my three-dimensional ‘mood board’ (pictured above) I’ve included a couple of wallpapers that are not part of the Falling Leaves range… Some of you may recognise them? 

Stay tuned for details of the exhibition including dates, launch event and more!

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