Sunday, August 26, 2012

THE LAST STAND OF THE FREJ - Wet Plate Collodion Photographs by Matthew Kovacs

My buddy Matthew Kovacs is amazing. Having traveled the world as a photographer for Triple J and Lonely Planet, he is now back in Melbourne in a make-shift backyard darkroom pumping out some of the most beautiful photos you'll ever see in preparation for his upcoming solo show at Bower Gallery, The Last Stand of the Frej.
I spent yesterday morning with Kovacs at his house in Richmond helping him put together one of the last pieces for his show - a portrait of me doing what I love best - drawing. Kovacs photographed me working on this same drawing at home a while back and he wanted to try shooting another version, this time photographed on ruby glass.
I followed him around like an eager assistant, having no idea what I was doing as I tried to keep up with the mixing of chemicals, trying to remember what would burn my skin and what would be ok to breath in, how many minutes in the darkroom, how many minutes we had to shoot before the wet plate started to dry etc. It was amazing watching Kovacs work in his superbly organised, urgent manner, and lots of smiles were had as we finally got to watch the picture of me he had carefully planned emerge from the ruby glass under a running tap, revealing me in his perfect depth of field and composition. I am so stoked to be in this show.  
The Last Stand of the Frej opens on the 6th of September 2012, from until 9pm. The show runs until the 23rd of September at Bower Gallery: 31 Glen Eira Rd Ripponlea, Victoria, Australia xxx

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Illustrated yardage for CO Exclusives

I drew this 50's car yardage for the CO Exclusives range that has just been released. Inspired by the Prada Spring 2012 RTW Collection, sunny days and the style of the 1950's, this print was so much fun to draw and colour up. I drew all the outlines with fineliner, and finished it off with colour and a two-way repeat in Photoshop. This CO Exclusives SS/12 campaign was styled by super stylist Romy Frydman. The Cadillac Bomber and Cadillac Peplum top are available now until sold out - each piece is limited to 150 units so get to it! xxx

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Risographica 2

Dave and I braved the rains and headed out to Lamington Drive for the opening of Risographica 2, which I wrote about in my last post. The space at Lamington Drive is amazing, a warehouse conversion with high ceilings and gorgeous timber finishes. If I could live in a space like this I would. The room was shoulder to shoulder with other rain-bravers, there to enjoy the Risograph prints by 37 of Jacky Winters artists - including me! I submitted one of my patterned flowers to be printed as a two colour print - the actual print is orange and gold - but the screen view of this doesn't capture the contrast so I've bumped the gold over to pink for the sake of this post. The artwork by all of the artists was beautiful, so many different illustrations all brought together by a 4 colour pallette, giving the show a beautiful synergy between all of the artists. My favourite piece was a purple and orange seagull print by Clemens Habicht. I don't have a picture of it for now, but you should definitely check out Clemens' work - amazing! The Risographica 2 prints are only $50 each, in editions of 10 - with proceeds going to Vision Australia. The show runs until September 29 2012 xxx

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Risopgraphica 2 / Exhibition

I've been a bit quiet on the blog for the last few weeks - truth is that I haven't had a spare minute to pat my cats, let alone sit down and blog. Cotton On world is in full swing taking over the world one printed tee at a time, and the freelance work diary has never been so full. Combined with this my dear Grandfather Frank passed away a couple of weeks ago, so while my work has been full steam ahead it hasn't been without some personal struggle along the way. Frank was 95, a damn good effort by anyone's standards.

A huge positive has been the anticipation of the next Lamington Drive show - Risographica 2, in which I have a limited edition Risograph print on show and for sale. Here's an excerpt from the Jacky Winter / Lamington Drive blog:

Following the success of Lamington Drive’s first foray into the world of Risograph prints, the Drive are proud to present the much anticipated Risographica 2. This group exhibition will see 37 of Jacky Winter’s most celebrated artists explore the medium of the Risograph via an A3 2-colour print. All works will be sold in limited editions of 10 for $50.00 each, with a percentage of each sale being donated to Vision Australia.
Please join us for this very special opening on Thursday August 9 from 6-9pm.
The exhibition will run from August 10 – September 29.

The list of artists I am sharing the Lamington Drive walls with is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G, see for yourself: Allison Colpoys, Andrea Innocent, Beci Orpin, Ben Ashton-Bell, Ben Sanders, Caitlin Shearer, Cat MacInnes, Christopher Nielsen, Clemens Habicht, Eirian Chapman, Emma Leonard, Fleur Harris, Guy Shield, James Fosdike, James Gulliver Hancock, Jane Reiseger, Jeremy Ley, Karan Singh, Kat Chadwick, Kate Banazi, Kat Macleod, Lachlan Conn, Lilly Piri, Luke Lucas, Madeleine Stamer, Marc Martin, Marguerite Sauvage, Mark Godoy, Mel Stringer, Melanie Matthews, Mimi Leung, Neryl Walker, Oslo Davis, Paul Nolan, Steve Scott, Tim Molloy and Travis Price.

See you Thursday!! xxx