JMW Design and Illustration

I pulled my harpoon from my dirty red bandanna,
I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues,
Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby's hand in mine,
We sang every song that driver knew.

- Janis Joplin

An interview with Jessica Maree Walsh. Feast your eyes on her illustrations, not shy of colour, here. And you should also follow her Instagram

EDUN - Ryan McGinley

Here is an interesting collaboration.
An amazing photographer of admirable work, Ryan McGinley, collaborated with Edun (Fashion brand founded by Ali Hewson & Bono, and also part of teh luxury LVMH Moet Hennesy - Louis Vuitton group) and made a short fashion film for their spring 2012 campaign. It is stunning, and the butterflies are amazing!

Because the Sochi Winter Olympics are on our screens right now, check out his magic when he shot the
2010 Winter Olympics 

And here are some of my favourite works of Ryan McGinley

The Carni Life

"Indochina, Capa jumps Jeep, two feet creep up the road. To photo, to record meat lumps and war, They advance as does his chance - very yellow white flash"
- Alt-J

 

Do you understand Taro by Alt J? When i first heard it, I wasn't even going to attempt at pretending I did, or that I  was historically knowledgeable enough to know of a war photojournalist from the 40's/50's by the name Gerda Taro. But that has nothing to do with this post. Nothing.

The only resemblance could be that I don't really understand carnivals either. Except that i still love all the lights. I still want to chase that scary adrenalin feeling on the most unsafest ride. Dogem cars jolt the hell out of me and I never really liked them anyway. I never really got into fairy floss but felt I had to have one just to get that carni vibe. Showbags were the best, but i can't really remember why now. The guys in charge of the rides were a little odd when I was younger, but years later and they are still odd. My friend Alesha (who believes happiness is a pink flamingo) and I went to a small carnival in Coolangatta and got a free ride in the dogem cars.

Sigur Ros: Valtari

And i wish i was made of stone so that i would not have to see. A beauty impossible to define. A beauty impossible to believe.

- Nick Cave

 

" Two isolated individuals carnally collide in Swedish director Christian Larson's collaboration with Antwerp-born choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the orchestral rockers Sigur Ros. 'The dancers copy each other's movements and flow into one another' Cherkaoui explains of the sensual ritual. " - via NOWNESS

This is simply beautiful to watch. And im not going to say more. But that l'd love to hear what you thought...

 

Indisposable Concept

"Indisposable Concept is all about eliminating the technicalities and proficiencies of photography and providing a level playing field for everyone to contribute in a fun and easy environment."

 

First thing you must do is check these guys out! Secondly you must go grab some film and participate! Thirdly, you will have fun doing this and the anticipation will remind you what its like to create your own surprises in this instant world.

I grabbed a disposable for $8, took a few photos and shared them with these guys. Its a super rad project created by Stuart Chapman, a Creative and Art Director based in QLD. I see it as bringing back the use of film and all the other satisfaction that comes with it. The not knowing, the anticipation, the rawness of a single moment.

indisposableconcept.com

My Roll

Ben Briand

"I think it's an essential fact for any performer or artist to fail as poignantly as they can succeed."
- Nick Cave

 

Ben Briand is an Australian film director and writer.  He was my favourite speaker at Semi Permanent in Brisbane 2013. I was intrigued at all he had to say, but he got me at right at the start by quoting Nick Cave. Bang. Hooked. I was all ears then.

He went through his process of getting a script together stating "The script is almost like the third stage for me rather than the first". It seemed clear that music was the first stage for Ben, its where he gets many of his influences from, "Music sets a particular mood and a particular tone", "Get the sound and then start putting together look books"

The first thing I did when I got home was watch "Apricot", and then I found another favourite of mine. Watch them both below and visit Ben Briand's amazingness and tune into his vimeo for some more unique viewing.

James Franco & Seth Rogen

Can we please laugh at this & really enjoy it? Its perfect really.

Kind of out of wack with the rest of the website and blog. But I laughed hard at this, enjoyed it with a big stupid grin on my face. In awe of these two blokes kissing, and better than watching Kanye & Kim.

Phillip K Smith III created Lucid Stead

"Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteaders shack reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain as if a mirage or hallucination. As the sun trucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric colour fields emerge until they hover in the desert darkness".

- Phillip K Smith III
 

Using the desert as material and medium and grasping the full effect of light, Phillip Smith installed mirrors on this old 70's homestead in Joshua Tree, California to transform it into a splendorous light play. Its incredible how your sense of perception to your immediate surroundings are heightened as you watch the reflection of the desert evolve indefinitely.

Smith describes his work "Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert.  When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you.  It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change."

Read more about the royal project

Stephanie Somebody

Designer▲Stylist▲Art Director 

 

I'm not sure how i discovered Stephanie Somebody. I definitely know it was through instagram, and started following because I found her photos aesthetically pleasing. Her overall instagram tile look is pretty enough! So who is Stephanie? A  Melbourne based designer and stylist but also an editing genius with her photos.

Check her website www.stephaniesomebody.com and follow her for a visual simplistic interior appeal.

Dance for Me

From the earliest times, human civilisation has been no more than a strange luminescence growing more intense by the hour, of which no one can say when it will begin to wane and when it will fade away. 

-Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

If I didn't end up fighting Muaythai, I would have danced.  And this little discovery of a Madrid dancer Guzman Rosado featuring in Forest Swords - Thor's Stone had me mesmerised. The producer of the Video Dave Ma is also a freak of talent recording music vids for Flight Facilities and numerous ones for Foals. Read a little more on the production of the video through NOWNESS and then just keep pressing replay as you watch Guzman's incredible body move. 

Mondays Men

Guys - Boys - Men


Todays Mondays Muse is Men... Beautiful really.What about the age? the amount of hair or lack of hair. Famous or from Wagga Wagga. Pretty or Rugged. It's just a good way to start your week really. With Mondays Men.

St THOMAS STUDIO

Gold Coast Arts District

 

Claudio Kirac is a wonderful man who is creatively gifted with talent across many mediums of art and design. So I asked him to teach me a thing or two and I'm still learning off him! Congratulations to the launch of his studio in the Gold Coast. Tonight is his second solo exhibition called LOVE LETTERS. So more on that later. But for now check out the debut video of the opening.