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Whisky Bravo limited edition silk scarves

Spotted these colour-rich accessories today and thought they were fab enough to share! They’re a newly released limited edition selection by label Whisky Bravo, and the handiwork of designer, Ruth Kirkland, a self-professed love child of art and design! Each design is printed as an edition of 100 on 1 metre squares of silk twill using cutting-edge digital print technology. The original photography and vector graphics come to life with vibrant colours and
distinct patterns.

The theme and underlying manifesto of this business is design with meaning. Embedded in each narrative are values, including heroism, a life of purpose and respect for romance and dreams.

Rome

Rome

Catalina

Airport

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Art and About on Sydney streets

Sydneysiders may have come across a touch of artistic flair  throughout the city streets in the last few weeks and, the good news is, you’re not losing your mind! The collaborative arts festival, Art & About, is currently underway in town and it’s brought a riot of colour along for the ride.

Sydney Life – large-scale photographs of this year’s 22 finalists.

Up till October 21, locals can revel in an array of arresting art and inspiring creativity that utilises unconventional public spaces as its canvas. The theme for 2012 is Colour! How artists play with varying shades and the influence it has on how we experience the space around us, is celebrated with a curious collection of exhibitions and events.

Open street art.

Whether it’s city laneways, busy streets, popular galleries or public gardens, no space is off limits for this dynamic festival. This year’s line-up includes a house that rains on the inside, ghosts of bohemian Sydney, eerie faces in the park, an urban jungle cube and free vintage bus rides.

By the Pool by Louise Whelan from Sydney Life.

Head to Hyde Park where 3D images projected onto trees will unveil the faces, past and present, who shaped the natural haven, or visit The Hotel Australia that will be revived through a large-scale video installation to its former glory of entertaining the ‘who’s who’ of society before it’s demolition in the 70s.

Last drinks: one more round at The Hotel Australia.

An inspired feast for the senses; the visual fun is combined with a month of music in unusual spaces with Modular and the City of Sydney co-presenting a series of secret lunch-time gigs. Art & About Facebook followers will be privy to gig details featuring some of Sydney’s best up-and-coming bands with one mission – to enliven the city’s most popular haunts!

Always was, always will be by Reko Rennie.

“A uniquely Sydney experience, Art & About rethinks the way contemporary art is presented to the public, engaging artists to produce projects across all artistic forms in unusual locations – projects that allow us to see the city and ourselves differently, and that inspire thought, emotion and change,” says Gill Minervini, Creative Director/Producer – Events, City of Sydney.

Ed and Ruby rates: Night, lunchtime, weekend and children itinerary suggestions for the festival. Check them out here.

Visit Art & About for more details.

Have you experienced Art & About? If so, what’s been your favourite event?

I wish you hadn’t asked by James Dive and The Glue Society. Photography by Nicolai Lorenzen.

Friendly billboards! These cheeky installations from Sydney-based artist, Jasper Knight, and architect, Isabelle Toland, are popping up in various city locations encouraging you to take rest at a comfy chair nearby or simply indulge you with a wink or smile!

Now and Then: creating a window into the past.

Spring to life by paper engineer, Benja Harney.

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Max Dupain photographs & Penny Farthing Design House

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Gone fishin’

Hi Friends! We’re currently holidaying in Asia and will be back shortly to share cool stuff with you again. Here’s one our favourite snaps to date taken with a Canon EOS camera.

Chat soon!

Benny Grylls on Phi Phi Island, Thailand

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Interview: Cate Legnoverde, photographic artist

Layering textures is the key to Cate Legnoverde’s work. She creates unique and vibrant photographic artwork, combining the two mediums to — in her own words — transform ordinary and long-forgotten photographs into objects of beauty.
We spoke to Cate about the remarkable method that brings to life her vintage-inspired art.

Cate Legnoverde

Tell us about your artistic process – do you start with images, experiment with materials, or do you have a fully formed idea in mind before you start?

It all depends on the image. Out of the blue an idea will form in relation to a photograph I took years ago that’s been neglected on my hard drive. For vintage work I start with a clear idea of the colours I want to use then choose the textures. My husband, Javier, takes some beautiful photographs and I sometimes use them for my work such as A Little Fishy, and build on it with colour and textures.

A Little Fishy

Where did you get the idea to turn your photographs into art? What encouraged you to experiment with textures and layers?

I painted watercolour abstracts a few years back but I can’t paint or draw people or animals, so I figured combining different effects to make hybrid photographic art would be the best thing for me. My first attempts were on old photographs that were low resolution and technically poor quality. I soon found I could transform a not-so-great photograph into something that was potentially gallery-standard.

How long have you been creating artwork for?

I became serious about creating artwork 12 months ago. I always had an interest in photography but didn’t do much with it, and I had been fooling around in Photoshop for a few years but hadn’t yet taught myself how to use it extensively. Last year I had a major health-scare and decided life is too short to keep putting things off so, I bit the bullet, set up my own website, had an exhibition of my work in Melbourne, and started producing a lot of work to get exposure!

Lip Service

Where do you find your inspiration?

Each photograph provides the inspiration. With my vintage work I’m inspired to breathe life into 1920s portraits and give them a contemporary twist. Our apartment is full of brightly coloured furniture and artwork and I feel inspired just being there. Javier has been hugely supportive and gives me the encouragement to keep creating.

Do you have a preferred part of the process (taking photos or layering the image)?

I enjoy photographing trees and buildings. My favourite part is layering the image and I love seeing it develop in stages. The hardest part is deciding when to stop
the process!

Bâtiment

What has been your favourite collection and why?

Vintage is my favourite. Transforming an old image into something beautiful and timeless is very satisfying.  The brighter the colours the better, too! I also love to turn buildings into art – an office building can be a beautiful thing.

Has there ever been a piece of artwork that hasn’t come together as you planned?

I have a stack of old photographs I have yet to find a use for. Every few weeks I try to do something with them and I’m slowly transforming them.

Landscape

What can we expect from you next?

I’ve just expanded my website to offer canvas as an option, as well as prints of varying sizes. I’m looking forward to re-discovering abstract painting with watercolours and in the near future I’m hoping to add pottery, decoupage and decorative stools to my website.

Which artists do you admire?

I love 1950s advertising artists like Coby Whitmore and Robert Meyer, and the painters Henri Matisse and Frida Kahlo.

The Memory of Trees

Do you have any advice for emerging Australian artists?

Set up a website for your art. It’s difficult getting exposure if you’re self-taught as you don’t have that advantage of contacts in the art or design world. Creating a website is the first step to getting exposure. I use onlinegalleries.com.au – they provide excellent technical support and templates for reasonably prices. Contact decorating blogs and online art sale sites to get your work out there. If you’re going to exhibit, choose the gallery carefully.

View more of Cate Legnoverde work here or purchase your very own photographic artwork at catelegnoverde.com 

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World’s first Smart Printer launched in Australia

A world first for all smart phone users was launched this month in Melbourne. The Bolle Photo BP-100 Printer is a compact printer that’s compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices.

It caters to the growing trend of smart phone users taking snaps on their phone as opposed to using a camera. The beauty of this creation is that it requires no computer – it produces 6in x 4in prints directly from your Smart device.

Printing your smart phone images is now a breeze, simply ‘dock’ the device or connect via the inbuilt USB port for both printing and charging. It prints on photo-quality paper that’s tear, fingerprint and water-resistant and offers a number of fun templates.

The Printer is available nationally from leading camera retailers and is distributed by Australian Photo Supplies.

Visit www.apspl.com.au or call 1800 619 319 for further details.

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Interview: Fabrizio Maltese, international photographer/SFF Hub main attraction

This June, the Sydney Film Festival will play host to international photographer Fabrizio Maltese. He’s the star attraction at the new Film Festival Hub, which we’ve spoken about recently here. He’s renowned for his film-related photography, snapping some of the world’s most famous faces including Woody Allen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender, Jeff Bridges and more.

Locals can now revel in the Paris-born photographer’s mesmerising large-scale photographic portraits of iconic film stars and filmmakers at the festival’s Hub. Here we chat to Fabrizio about his work and inspirations.

Fabrizio Maltese

What is it about the Sydney Film Festival that appeals to you?

I’ve never been to Sydney or even Australia, so that’s exciting for a start. I love exploring new cities and new festivals and, on top of that, the Festival Hub is something new to the Sydney which is very exciting to be a part of.

Describe your photographic style in three words?

I would have to say that the right answer to this question should come from the critics, not the photographer. But if I had to choose three words, I would say: intimate, cinematic, and inquisitive.

How did you get involved in professional photography and photographing celebrities?

I started out photographing the student unrest in my native Italy in the 1980s. I would take portraits of my classmates as well as demonstrations in the street. I came back to photography later and started doing celebrity portraits because I was involved with the film festival circuit so, naturally, the most interesting people to portray were the filmmakers and actors themselves.

What made you pick up your first camera?

One of the strongest influences on my developing visual sense as a youngster was Woody Allen’s film Manhattan, with its gorgeous widescreen black and white photography by Gordon Willis, who also shot the Godfather films. I’ve it so many times and it never fails to impress. My interest in portraits was fuelled by the intrigue in exploring and suggesting the character of a person portrayed in a still image. Portraits allow the viewer to enter into the intimate space of the person portrayed.

Have you ever been star struck when photographing celebrities?

I work with famous artists for a living but I don’t tend to be impressed very much by the fact that they are famous. I wouldn’t be able to do my job, otherwise! Of course there are certain subjects whose work I admire more than others but, even then, for me it’s always very specific. I like the work of actress X in film Y, which makes it much easier to deal with, as I’m impressed with a specific performance rather than the person per se.

What are you inspired by at the moment?

I’m inspired by performances and the mechanisms that lead to a strong performance. The transformation of one person into another is fascinating to me and, as a photographer, a rich source of inspiration since I need to try and peel back the layer of performance to try and capture something of the person.

Is there a key element you try to capture in your work?

In the case of actors, specifically, I try to pierce what you could call the ‘performance barrier’, to get them to not perform as the ‘actor in public’ they so often seem to play when promoting a film. I try to find and put something of their own personality in the portraits I shoot. The results depend a lot on the person and their mood, which can be fragile or defensive, but I always try to establish some kind of connection between the person I’m portraying and myself, behind the camera, to capture something previously unseen that I can then share with the audience.

What has been your favourite photographic assignment to date?

I get this question a lot and each time my answer is different! I shot Gary Oldman in Venice last year for the world premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I was a big fan of the novel the film’s based on when I was a youngster, so I was intimately familiar with the character Gary portrayed so well in the film. We talked a lot before the shoot, and then when it was time to actually take the pictures, things were very easy and straightforward. It was all very natural.

If you could shoot anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

I don’t have a place-specific wish list but I do love to discover new places and absorb the essence of them. I love open spaces, abandoned places and metropolitan areas, they all have interesting textures and opportunities for unexpected compositions. Any place can become a new favourite place; it’s my job to quickly assess from which angle to capture it!

Fabrizio will photograph Sydney Film Festival guests throughout the event, adding new work to the exhibition daily.

www.fabriziomaltese.com
Sydney Film Festival

Where: SFF Hub – Lower Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney 2000
When: 7-17 June, from 5-10pm
How Much: FREE

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