Diemen Awards 2018

 

The opportunity to put a couple of my illustrations into Tasmania’s creative industry event – The Diemen Awards came up and I’m really pleased to announce that I made the finalists this year. It was great to catch up with some people I hadn’t seen in ages and mingle a bit with the greater creative community here in Hobart. So much talent out there working on big projects. Getting the recognition at this level was really cool too, and it’s lit a fire under my ass/arse/bottom to work a lot harder in 2019. See you next year Diemen!

Mane Liquor

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Australia’s number one craft beer bottle shop, Mane Liquor, asked whether I’d be keen to do a poster illustration for their upcoming party in the carpark, and having a soft spot – especially around the mid-section for craft beer (cue moan), I said yes.

The brief was really open and I had free reign to come up with something that suited the beer and wine ethos that the team are so passionate about. So a temple for beer popped in my head and out popped this illustration. Two versions – black and white and watercolour.

These will make their appearance on posters and fliers for the store’s annual party in the carpark this November. So get yourself to Mane Liquor and check out the beers and wines they’ll have on offer there – including something a little special from Dormilona. Stay tuned!

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Dormilona 2018

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The newest Clayface labels for Dormilona wines are in the wild, and it’s been great to work with Jo on these again. The latest piece mixes fruity flavours with coastal Western Australia. Wine X Life Aquatic. The only thing missing –  Portuguese versions of my favourite Bowie songs.

New Wine Label Commissions

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In Margaret River, Western Australia, there is an independent batch winery called Dormilona, who I’ve been working with for a while aside my normal art practice, creating illustrations for their labels.

Dormilona means ‘sleepyhead’ in Spanish, and somewhere along the lines it was decided we create a lethargic skeleton mascot to head up the brand- so he has been the feature in this mini-series of illustrations for a few years now. We have been working on a narrative, a sort of horizontally panning diorama, with lots of lush moss covered stones and trickling streams since 2013, but this year I’ve been given free reign to do something special for their limited addition amphora pot red and white, coming out early next year. See above skeleton illustration. This is just one of the two labels for wine coming on to the market in the next few weeks. If you fancy learning more, head on over to the website (link above).

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metabolism in the buildings…

Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills is currently holding an exhibition of various architectural work based on the concepts of metabolism pioneered by leading 1960’s architect Tange Kenzo. Based on his idea to build the city of the future where the buildings themselves could take on some of the features of their inhabitants, growing and adapting to the environment around them, his legacy and the works of other architects he subsequently inspired will be on display until late January next year. With a bit of luck, I hope to get down there myself and check it out, but in the meantime have a look for yourself, here.Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills is currently holding an exhibition of various architectural work based on the concepts of metabolism pioneered by leading 1960’s architect Tange Kenzo. Based on his idea to build the city of the future where the buildings themselves could take on some of the features of their inhabitants, growing and adapting to the environment around them, his legacy and the works of other architects he subsequently inspired will be on display until late January next year. With a bit of luck, I hope to get down there myself and check it out, but in the meantime have a look for yourself, here.

Kiyoshi Awazu…

Kiyoshi Awazu is a multi-disciplined award winning designer and artist, whose work has spanned over 5 decades. He has a website with a great archive of illustrations, paintings, book and environmental design well worth a look too. The 70s, psychedelic inspired work above really got me for it’s ironically bright and cheerfully illustrated atomic bomb. Modern theme and wild palette aside, it still reminds of me of the typical Japanese woodcuts.

今日僕は怠け者。日本語のインフォメーションをコピりました。さ〜せん!kokoda.

粟津 潔さん、
1929年東京都目黒区目黒本町に生まれる。絵画・デザインを独自に学ぶ。
1955年日本宣伝美術会展・日宣美賞受賞、1958年世界フィルムポスターコンペランス最優秀賞などを経て、1969年粟津デザイン研究室 <現 (有)粟津デザイン室>設立。

以降もグラフィックデザイナーとしてデザインの第一線で活躍する傍ら、建築・音楽・文学・映像など様々なジャンルを超えたアーティストらと共に都市設計・博覧会設計・映画制作なども行い、その活動・作品歴、及び発表は多岐に渡る。
1997-98年には、ポーランド共和国・4都市4国立美術館にて大回顧展を開催。近年ではデザインの原点である視覚伝達(ビジュアルコミュニケーション)に着眼し、象形文字・ロックアートなどを追究し、さまざまな方法を用いて発表を展開している。