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Eva & Victor: Foreign Natives

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Eva & Victor: Foreign Natives

"We are Eva and Victor and we are, originally, from Barcelona. But after living in San Francisco for a year and a half, we decided to move to our custom converted Dodge Ram Van to explore America while keeping our part-time jobs. Traveling and living in a van is something that had always been on our minds, but it's difficult to find the right moment to switch. Now that we are on the road, we absolutely think this is the best decision we have ever made.

During the last six months, we have been traveling around USA and Canada. We are currently in Berlin for two months to work on a project, but we are going back to San Francisco soon to pick up the van again, and we will drive down through Baja California in Mexico, to as far South as we can get.

You can follow our stories at http://www.foreignnatives.co/

Victor runs as a competitive mountain and ultra runner. He also surfs whenever we are close to the ocean. Eva paints vans and illustrates a travel journal. Recently, she took a collection of painted vans from our travels and put them into a calendar that we are promoting through a Kickstarter.

Vanlife Illustrated is a project that comes from our road trip. During the last year, we have been taking photos of all the vans that we found on the road. We realized there’s a lot of different types of cars where people live in, from the most classic to the most weird: vans, cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, buses, etc.

So Eva started painting with gouache a set of vans that could express the variety of what we find on our way. The final product is a 2016 calendar, with one illustration for each month. Everything is handmade, even the typography!

She just started a Kickstarter campaign, where you can contribute and get your own beautiful vanlife calendar. You can also get a set of 12 postcards, or buy one of the original paintings. If you are also really proud of your van, Eva can also paint it!

Support us on our Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1HRH8XK"

Links:

Kickstarter: 
http://kck.st/1HRH8XK

Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/vanlifeillustrated/

Blog:
http://www.foreignnatives.co/

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Cesar: Jewellery Designer

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Cesar: Jewellery Designer

Cesar inspecting casting from a 3D printer borrowed to prototype new designs.

Cesar inspecting casting from a 3D printer borrowed to prototype new designs.

ROAR: From the moment we met you in your design studio it was clear you were at the top of your game in Jewellery design and we felt so intrigued and fortunate to step foot in such a creative space. How did you get into jewellery design? Did you start with another form of art, which lead to where you are now?

Cesar: My studio is the one place that maintains a strong sense of place for me. It’s where I live, work and play. I’ve made so many additions and alterations to this space over the past 10 years that shuffling things around has became a kind of therapeutic exercise that I need to undertake from time to time. Keeping the studio dynamic gives me the opportunity to experiment with the functionality of the space and test new ideas before they are implemented into the business.

I didn’t start out in jewellery design. In fact I took quite a winding road before realising that it was the perfect vehicle for exploring my own concepts.

I started out as an office junior at a large architectural design firm straight out of high school. My job was to archive architectural plans and maintain the plan printer. I was then assigned to the model-making studio and was later offered a traineeship in CAD (Computer Aided Design).

In retrospect I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to design, technology and making. I would eventually complete studies in Architectural Technology, Industrial Design and finally Visual Arts.

I chose to complete my BVA at the ANU School of Arts that offered a workshop specialization in Gold and Silversmithing. It was here that I could combine all of my previous experiences.

My original focus in this period was object design and silversmithing. I would make several scale models and maquettes before committing to a final design. Creating technical drawings and making scale models had now become part of my regular working methodology and before too long I began to think of these tiny models in context of the body.

I moved back to Sydney in 2004 and within a year opened my own Studio and Gallery, Metalab.

We specialized in showcasing Contemporary and Objects and began making jewellery for exhibition, retail and quickly began to discover the general publics desire for custom work.

ROAR: Who has inspired and mentored you to get to where you can now make a living from your creative passion?

Cesar: Ha!... Have you met Nina? Nina is my wife, business partner and responsible in no small part for awakening my inner entrepreneurial spirit.

Nina chatting with guests at an exhibition opening.

Nina chatting with guests at an exhibition opening.

Nina is a people person. She’s empathetic and generous with her time, so connecting with people comes easily to her.

Nina’s curatorial philosophy is based on establishing strong rapports with our customers; her approach is to cater almost exclusively for our clientele and to surprise them with what they want. With her keen eye, an excellent understanding of consumer behavior and an unrelenting work ethic it was Nina who set the tone for how we conduct ourselves in business and ultimately transforming a creative passion into a thriving business.

ROAR: You and your partner Nina created a hub to design and work with other contemporary designers.  From this you also started Courtesy of the Artist which is an amazing community building project/shop/events allowing the best designers to be able to showcase their designs and share their passions. As we have only just brushed the surface of what you do please give us some examples and a brief background of what it's all about and whom it is for.

Metalab operated from 2004 till 2013 from my current studio location in Surry Hills.

We curated and coordinated over 90 exhibitions, produced special events, held classes and workshops, hosted artist talks, mentored graduates, undertook commissions and represented over 100 studio artists in that period.

In 2007 we established Courtesy of the Artist not far from our studio and gallery in Surry Hills. It started as a retail case study for Metalab and quickly flourished into an independent and innovative retail brand in its own right.

It became clear to us early on that both the traditional representational gallery model and the existing retail format did not fit our vision. So we set out to define and execute a new concept for the presentation and retail of artist made jewellery and objects.

We currently represent approximately 60 studio artists, chosen specifically for their virtuosity but also their ability to create new work for exhibition, production and commissions.

Our concept centers around the artist and as their agent we actively promote them as individuals and create opportunities for them to showcase their work to the public.

We curate thematic exhibitions, offer the opportunity for solo exhibitions, product launches, instigate collaborations and present artwork for sale across all of our retail platforms.

We launched our Strand Arcade retail store in 2010 and in 2013 streamlined the business into a singular brand, Courtesy of the Artist.

Metalab became Courtesy of the Artist – Studio, and then in 2014 opened a second store in the Strand Arcade Courtesy of the Artist – Custom.

ROAR: What have been some highlights on the adventure so far?

Cesar: It’s often difficult to recognize the small victories when you’re on the inside looking out. But upon reflection, witnessing our business hold its own against more established players in the retail landscape is constantly rewarding. Having people seek out our artists specifically for significant custom orders is another rewarding scenario that has led to some outstanding outcomes and very satisfied customers. These moments are important to us.

We also consider hosting major or milestone exhibitions of an artists work in our gallery an honour. We have on occasion sold work from these exhibitions to major public and private collections.

Having a physical retail presence in Sydney’s landmark shopping destination, The Strand Arcade was a bit like a coming of age for us. So being invited to open a store there is a significant highlight.

ROAR: What are some challenges in starting a business from scratch and continuing it as it even outgrows your expectations or dreams?

Cesar: Before starting out I had practically no real experience with small business.

I had written a business plan, developed a marketing strategy and fumbled through a financial plan. The latter being an ever-present thorn in my side.

As much as I thought I was prepared, the reality of maintaining a business like Metalab was physically and mentally exhausting not to mention very costly.

Managing the finances of any business is an obvious challenge especially for a fledgling creative.

I think the biggest challenge when starting a creative business from scratch is coming to terms with the amount of effort, commitment and sacrifice that it takes to nurture it. And if you have little experience with managing others then it is a valuable skill to develop quickly as your business grows.

We are celebrating 10 years in business this year and we’re very grateful to have a great team of highly skilled individuals on our side.

We started this business because we believed in the importance of making well crafted and considered objects as well as maintaining a physical platform to showcase the best examples of Australian Contemporary Jewellery Design.

The challenge for us now is to keep walking the talk.

ROAR: What are some exciting things this year that people should know about what you guys are up too?

Cesar: At Courtesy of the Artist – Custom, we celebrate the bespoke as well as maintaining a monthly exhibition schedule.

In 2015 we will host 8 distinctly different events with the finale an exhibition celebrating our 10 years in business.

The Courtesy of the Artist Studio has also been working on developing new ranges of jewellery exclusively for our flagship store as well as new ranges in collaboration with other retailers, artists and designers. An exciting development for our brand and a direction we will continue to explore over the coming years.

The studio has also been commissioned to produce a series of art installations, awards for Amnesty International, an exciting collaboration with a beverage company and the second installment in our homegrown gemstone exhibition – Rare Earth.

ROAR: You guys are doing something so special in sharing and promoting amazing creative people and their work. Thank you for sharing a part of your story with us!

Follow and get in touch: Courtesy of the Artist Facebook @courtesyoftheartist instagram 

                                                      Courtesy of the Artist website 



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Lauren & Elythea: Octopus Garden

ROAR: We never knew plants could be used to create art!? After following you and Octopus Garden it's clear plant art exists! Tell us how your creativity took you to where you are today?

OG: Even before Elythea and I met, we always loved plants and flowers. Both creatively driven, it was so nice to pair up and motivate one another. We are both so different in our art/technique, we are constantly sharing, inspiring and pushing one another. Elythea loves the BIG projects, she is never intimidated by a large scale. I have learnt to take on bigger pieces and be excited about them. From me, Elythea may have learnt a bit more of the finer techniques and between the two of us, it makes sense. So I believe where we are today has been a collaboration of two passionate people whiling to share and learn from each other. 

ROAR: We love Octopus garden and when ever we are at Long Jetty we always drop in to say hi and see what you legends are up too. Who is involved and how did the brand come to life?

OG: Elythea and I (Lauren) are both owners/creative directors, started the Octopus’ Garden as a pop up and market stall. With an overwhelming response for events and weddings, Elythea invited me to partner up with her (I have never looked back).
The little A frame we get creative in now, came up for lease and I literally took the biggest risk of my life with Elythea. We worked so hard, together to create a beautiful space that would welcome, encourage and inspire people. I feel like Elythea and I have grown together as a team and the Octopus has rapidly grown with us.

ROAR: Who would be the main people or groups that purchase your goods and what other programs do you have going on that people can be a part of?

OG: The Octopus really does seem to attract all types of people off all ages, plants are welcoming. We do a lot of weddings, events, deliveries from the shop and workshops/private parties. The space is a really encouraging place to learn and enjoy creating. Elythea and I really enjoy running workshops and showing people what they are capable of making in a really fun and relaxed environment. 

ROAR: We loved it when you told us about heading to the markets in Sydney and exploring all things flora! Take us through a day at the markets!

OG: We wake up at around 4am, on an ideal morning, Elyhtea and I will drive together. We have a few favourite suppliers that we go to as soon as we arrive. We get our greenery, natives and seasonal flowers, pick up any pre orders, go to the wholesaler for any vases, wires or wrapping that we need. After that if we have time, we do love a little leisure lap where we can just slowly walk through and take a little extra time to notice anything weird or things that we haven’t seen before. There are some smaller growers that can be easily looked over in a rush while we carry big boxes or piles of flowers, so it is nice if we get the time to by those little extra bunches that give our shop and bunches that something different. There is also comic value to appreciate while taking laps through the market, growers bargaining and yelling at each other, cheeky remarks from people probably trying to pass time (or they are going slightly crazy from being there since 1am!!) The place can be absolute manic during peak hour and it is honestly one of our favourite times of the week.

Whether we have time or not, we never leave without grabbing a tea or coffee for the drive home, where we debrief and plan for the day and/or week ahead. I personally feel that these trips have been some of the nicest bonding times for Elythea and I, on both a professional and friendship level. 

ROAR: What are some challenges of running a business such as Octopus Garden and what are some highlights and achievements you guys are stoked on?

OG: Challenges are the same as any small business I guess, everything falls back on Elythea and I, sometimes waking up and feeling like you have had 3 hours sleep for the whole week. Sometimes making designs that aren’t usually our style, things like that. However, the good is all so much more than just worth it. Our work has been on the cover of two big bridal magazines, more weddings and workshops than we could have ever imagined. We get to fill our space with new amazing florals all the time, people trust us with their wedding florals, we get to be a part of some of the most emotionally charged occasions that people will experience, we are there to help people celebrate life and love, we can help people say "thank you" or "sorry". We get to work with some of the finest materials that Mother Nature has to offer.

ROAR: In one sentence give us your best advice for life!?

OG: Do what you love, do it well and share it with the world.

Lauren King Creative Director/Owner
Octopus’ Garden 
310b The Entrance Road Long Jetty
Shop: 0497082748
Email: octopusgarden02@gmail.com
www.octopusgarden.net.au
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@octopusgarde instagram

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Matt: Camp Illustrated

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Matt: Camp Illustrated

Camp illustrated did this art work of us!! @rebelonarainbow

Camp illustrated did this art work of us!! @rebelonarainbow

ROAR:Your illustrations are so impressive and meaningful. How did Camp illustrated and the idea to draw people's favourite camp photographs come to life? 

Matt: Thanks for being stoked about the stuff you see! The idea for Camp Illustrated came to me on a long drive out to California where I was moving. I had spent several weeks on the road camping and making art based on what I was seeing. I thought remaking other peoples rad outdoor photos into illustrations would be an engaging way to keep creating art while I wasn't outside myself and hopefully they would enjoy the work too.

artwork for @missholldoll

artwork for @missholldoll

ROAR: Have you always been an artist? Who has been important in encouraging you in follow your passion of art and the outdoors?

Matt: Drawing has always been an important part of how I see, and interact with the world. Over the past couple years as I finished schooling and tried to figure out the "what do I do now" questions, a constant quest to mix my love of the outdoors and art remained. I'm thankful to have friends and a rad girlfriend who encourage me to follow those passions and keep living the dream!

@radam2 (photograph of me painting)

@radam2 (photograph of me painting)

ROAR: It's clear people love what you do and Camp Illustrated is growing rapidly all over the world! How do people get in touch and get their favourite camp photographs illustrated?!

Matt: It has been humbling to use instagram as a way to share my stuff and consequently connect with people that I wouldn't have otherwise had the chance to interact with. Most of the stuff I put on instagram is made as a surprise for the photographer and I enjoy that facet of it. I am; however, available to do commissions. Lately I have been doing a couple per month but am starting to make art full time and excited to take on more commissions. Folks can either shoot me a direct message on instagram or use the contact tab on my website to get in touch about a custom piece! 

ROAR: Where have your adventures taken you and what are some places you absolutely love and why?

Matt: Until this past year I spent most of my outdoor time in the Rockies of Colorado, going on backpacking trips, tackling some 14'rs, and sport climbing. It has been a blast to live close to Yosemite this past year and spend several weekends in the Sierras as well as quick trips to Big Sur. The most memorable spot this year has been Cathedral Peak and the surrounding lakes off the John Muir Trail - don't miss it if you make it to Yosemite.

original photograph from sketching Cathedral Peak in Yos

original photograph from sketching Cathedral Peak in Yos

ROAR: We also love the outdoors and can't wait for the next adventure! What are your plans for places to explore and draw?

att: The next months are going to be some exciting ones for me as I take off on the road to try out making art full time. My tentative plans are to head North to Oregon and Washington for several months of camping, art-making, and meeting up with people. I'll see where the path takes me from there! Thanks for taking the time to ask me some questions! 

Follow and Contact: @campillustrated Camp Illustrated website

artwork for @andybest

artwork for @andybest

@_notfromaroundhere

@_notfromaroundhere

@missjulie (photograph of me in Yosemite)

@missjulie (photograph of me in Yosemite)

@loveyerland (digital illustration)

@loveyerland (digital illustration)

original camp illustrated piece

original camp illustrated piece

original photograph sketching in Colorado before Camp Illustrated came to fruition

original photograph sketching in Colorado before Camp Illustrated came to fruition

@forrestshearer (digital illustration) 

@forrestshearer (digital illustration) 

@ christian_adam_

@ christian_adam_

@calsnape 

@calsnape 

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Jess & Taylah: Tidal Magazine

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Jess & Taylah: Tidal Magazine

ROAR: Jess & Taylah, what your doing with 'Tidal Magazine' is so impressive! Tell us a little bit of background of the two of you and how this great venture came to life!?

Tidal: We went to school together and had been looking for some kind of project we could work on that would support ocean conservation. The very first idea to work together actually came from a conversation we had in the ocean mid-festival, and from that initial brainstorming it grew into Tidal. We knew so many young people who were insanely talented and really stepping up the creative game but just weren't being recognised for it. There is such a movement of creativity and culture happening on the Sunshine Coast, and beyond as well, and we wanted to showcase that and make it accessible to everyone. We've never just settled with what we're doing, we're always looking for ways to further grow Tidal and continue supporting the creative movement within young people. Tidal Presents was another major step for us as these events allow us to showcase creatives in a physical space and give the community something they can be directly involved with. The response from the community has been so motivating, it gives us so much drive to keep going. We've also started adding a few creatives to our team so we're really excited to be able to support their work and see where we can take Tidal with a growing team.

ROAR: The stories you share and events you support of young people doing extraordinary things is so inspiring! What are some highlights so far? 

Tidal: Everyone we meet is a highlight! Something we've always said is that Tidal is a huge assembly of young people making things happen, and every time we collaborate with someone we're building this massive, productive creative army and it's just epic! We really appreciate these relationships we build through Tidal, and it's rarely a one-off interview for us, we always continue supporting those people that support us. A lot of these people we continue to work with on other projects, or they become really good friends which is even cooler. We do have a few pieces that we're particularly stoked about though; we were so excited to feature Ollie Henderson in Tidal 2. Ollie is the boss lady behind House of Riot, as well as an amazing activist, model, artist and feminist. She's someone we've both held in the highest regard for a long time so it was crazy to be able to work with her. Another major highlight has been our recent pop-up art show. It was a collection of so many of our favourite artists, local and further down the coast too. We had people of all ages come on the night and there was just so much stoke and such a strong sense of community. Would happily do that night again weekly.

ROAR: Your events sound epic and we hope we can get to one soon. We can tell a major part of what you do is supporting ocean conservation and awareness for this important concern. Why is this so important to you and what organisations do you support?

Tidal: Aside from the fact that the ocean is the cornerstone of all life on earth, no matter where you live, it's even more strongly aligned with our life here on the coast. It's part of our everyday life; it's where we go to picnic, to drink, to celebrate, to mourn, you hear it when you're lying in bed, there's a constant trail of sand in your car and probably your house as well. It's the blue heartbeat of the planet and we need to look after it. We don't have set organisations as such that we support as we like to be able to work with causes depending on what issues are currently on the table and in a way that is going to make the best use of our skills and network. In saying that we are big supporters of Sea Shepherd, and on a more local scale, Sirens for the Sea and their Protect the Reef movement. It's insane the amount of people that don't know what's happening to the Great Barrier Reef, and that's going on right in our backyard. There's a great article by Sirens founder Malia Rouillon in the second issue, definitely worth checking out.

ROAR: We have never stopped loving printed magazines with great content. Where can we get yours? And where can we check your stories and find out about events?

Tidal: We love print too, and that's a major part of Tidal that will never change. With so much focus on the digital age, we think there is still so much value in having a physical piece of work that can be held and treasured. Currently we have a number of stockists on the Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, and will hopefully be expanding this further soon as well. You can also buy Tidal online via our website and we'll ship it out to you! www.tidalmagazine.org is our little internet home where you can shop and check out all of our online features and editorials. Instagram is probably your best bet for staying in the loop about events and other rad projects.

ROAR: What are some exciting events coming up?

Tidal: We're launching two Sunny Coast labels next month, which will be super exciting. We've also got a big event down in Sydney in the works which we're ridiculously excited for. It's going to be rad to be able to bring Tidal to a whole new audience and connect with some of the creatives down there, the Northern Beaches have some seriously talented young people. 

ROAR: Sounds rad! A big part of what you do is collaborating and supporting young creatives. How has this changed your perception of our society?

Tidal: There is such a movement towards collaborating that's redefining the way everything is being done and it's so rad to see. Some people expect the creative community to be really competitive and isolating but it's exactly the opposite. On the coast in particular, there is so much support within our community, people are so genuinely stoked to see creatives working hard and doing well. It definitely makes you feel proud to be a part of such an amazing part of the world. Collaborating in itself is just such a brilliant concept, people should work together more often.

Social Media Links: www.tidalmagazine.org / www.facebook.com/tidalmagazine / @tidalmagazine
 

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Cally: Sea Borne Art

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Cally: Sea Borne Art

ROAR: Hey Cally! Let us know about your awesome brand. What is Sea Borne art and who is involved?

Cally: Sea Borne Art: ocean-inspired, sustainable candles hand made in bohemian Bondi. It’s a creative endeavour, up cycling found, preloved and everyday materials into sustainable art. I also stock the amazing sea-inspired art of Bondi locals. Shell art, mandalas and mini-surfboards made from broken boards. Everything is recycled or handmade in Bondi. 

ROAR: We love these ideas! When we met you it sounded so rad how you get your resources and how you transport products to customers. Please share what you do and why!?

Cally: I’m so lucky to live in a suburb that has a huge transient population. Not only is there always a great flow of interesting people, but there is always treasure to be found on the streets! I collect unwanted items, visit second-hand stores and people have even started to bring me bags, wrapping and trinkets to use in the candle-making process. It's a completely green operation - the energy I use to heat the wax is solar powered, and I skateboard deliver to local customers. 

Sea Borne came from a place of wanting to use what we have to make things of beauty, and encourage others to do the same. Be inspired to create! As for the skateboarding deliveries - what better way to get to know your area than to skate around? Plus, it’s a bonus when I can personally deliver a gift! 

ROAR: Skateboard delivery is the best idea! We also heard you have an awesome work space that people always seem to be dropping in to say hi and hang out? Tell us about this creative space.

Cally: Ah yes, the Candlearium! Also known as my garage. It’s such a chill place. When I first moved to this apartment, I had a lot of furniture that couldn’t fit. It ended up in the garage. Then, when I decided to start making candles in the garage, the furniture stayed. So it’s like a mini home, that smells like 200 candles! It’s a little oasis in the back streets of Bondi. What I love is how comfortable people are when they pop in. They plonk down on the couch or come and hover over the back table and chat away as I make candles. I was in the surf today and a girl asked me if I was the one who ‘has the little candle garage’ - stoked that people know the Candlearium! 

ROAR: Awesome community vibes! Congratulations on starting your own business and already gaining a good range of happy customers! Tell us how this idea came to life?

Cally: Oh thanks! I’ve been making candles for about six years - just as gifts for friends. A few people had told me I should sell them, but I didn’t have time, and to be honest it felt a tad strange selling something I had always given away. About a year ago I finished working the 9-5 and had all this time on my hands. While trying to figure out what to do next, I thought I would just literally open the garage, make some candles and see what happened. The gorgeous, generous people in my neighbourhood did the rest! Now I stock local stores, market stalls and have an online Etsy store. It’s been a beautiful organic growth. 

ROAR: Tell us about your thoughts on sustainability and eco friendly products and why it is such a focus for you?

Cally: Sustainability for me, is all about balance - living a fulfilling life, doing it with minimal negative impact on the earth and those around you. My not-so-inner-hippy was raised on a 40ft yacht my father built. My family lived a wholly sustainable (and adventurous) life, visiting pristine places and enjoying nature. We carried our own water, used solar power and didn’t even have a fridge until I was 15. We saw first-hand the devastating damage plastic can have on the ocean, harming the environment and killing animals. I’m grateful to my folks for the insight into our connectedness to and impact on the natural world. But we also lived a good life - I didn’t want for anything and mum taught me how to Op Shop like a pro! So my land-lubber life has been about finding my own balance - living a life where I don’t deprive myself of anything, but also being aware of how my purchasing behaviour can make a difference. 
Sea Borne is an extension of those principals. When researching sustainable candle making, I learnt that many candles are toxic. Lead-dipped wicks and paraffin (from petroleum) wax and synthetic scents. A candle is a delicious luxury for many, and this treat shouldn’t be harmful to you, or the planet. And so I use recycled bags, the wax I use is certified sustainable, cotton wicks and natural scents. And all decorations are found or pre-loved! 
Each of us has the potential to make positive change in the world - by learning where your favourite brand makes it’s clothes, and how those people are treated, to buying the tuna that is hand-caught, so as not to harm dolphins. By supporting the brands, people and products actively trying to do good, we can make a huge difference. 

 ROAR: So you are set up mainly around Bondi and are gaining a really good name for yourself. Are you thinking of expanding and if so where to? We can't wait to get some for the van!!

Cally: Ultimately it would be wonderful to travel around like you and live in the van, make candles, surf and explore… Sea Borne is starting to venture out of Bondi - stocked in yoga studios, organic cafes, and down the coast, a friend is opening a eco burger bar soon, Sea Borne will be lighting up the night there (can’t wait to see that!), and there are plans afoot to travel far and wide to markets spreading the love! Friends are also stocking Sea Borne in their refurbished vintage caravan and hitting the road - will forward you their details - so much happening! Ultimately though I would love to be involved with an art healing organisation - helping others find their creative fire and find peace. 
I would love you to have a candle in the van -  we have a travel candle in our camper van too! Drop in any time - across from 70 Denham Street, Bondi. 
@seaborneart - Instagram
Sea Borne Bondi - Facebook 

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Lauren Webster: Artist

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Lauren Webster: Artist

ROAR: We met Lauren through an art/music collaboration event. Safe to say we are huge fans of her illustrations, paintings, murals and more! Lauren, how did a country girl end up in the city being at the forefront of edgy creative art and designs?

Lauren: Ah thanks guys! I landed in the city after school when I went straight onto art school for university. I knew I wanted to study art and I only applied for the one school in Sydney because my art teacher (who was totally rad) had gone there and said it would be up my alley. According to her I would be in a band and painting in all my spare hours… Laughs* So I didn't even look into anything else. I’ve been kicking around here in Sydney since and lucky for me I still get to splash paint around.

Oh, I don't have a band yet by the way… Still working on that!

ROAR: We can't wait for the band! We see the name 'Lost Boys' with your work? Where does it come from?! Very intriguing and mysterious haha! 

Lauren: Good segue… laughs* Speaking of my band the ‘Lost Boys’ will make up drums, base, keyboard and banjo! Ah, there’s actually a few reasons for that name… I have a habit of rambling so will take care not to write you an entire essay. The main reason is that it refers to my tendency to indulge in a bit of Peter Pan syndrome. I don't think I have grown up just yet and I don't see it happening anytime soon. The pseudonym encompasses all of my creative pursuits, not just my visual art, and so it’s an overarching perspective and state of mind that I try to impart upon all my work.

ROAR: I think we have Peter Pan syndrome too! We love all the cactus art and American roadhouse images you create? Where does this inspiration come from? Did you grow up watching cowboy flicks?

Lauren: Ha, no! It’s funny you ask that. I actually kind of hated Westerns as a kid… Those themes are something that have been with me since I was young though. I travelled to the US when I was quite young and visited some interesting and inspiring places full of cowboys, cacti, Navajo silver, steel guitars and deserts. I loved it all even then!

In more recent years my attraction to this imagery has evolved to encompass a romantic ideology of the outlaw character. The wayward traveller. The misunderstood pirate. The lonesome lover. The sentiment of the sailor and his sea. Once again, I have conjured some convoluted notions and tales about these characters over the years… They are who I often speak of in my work.

ROAR: These characters you write and draw about are epic! We especially love your fonts with bright retro colours and styles. Do you find these go hand in hand with your artworks?

Lauren: I have been using text in my work for a while now and really enjoy it. At first I actually found using words one of the most daunting things to do. As someone who has always painted and drawn I don't really have many qualms sharing pictures, but words felt like a whole new level of honesty. I’m not so shy about it now and generally keep the text lighthearted on the surface. The fonts and fun typography are another way to contrast a message that might be a little heavier underneath. At the end of the day I like to have fun with it but I might also be using some flashy bright pink to sneakily distract you from something else. 

ROAR: We have been following your progress for the last few months and have noticed some massive opportunities coming your way. Tell us about some of them and how you hooked them up!?

Things have been pretty flat out lately which is great. I’ve been working away on a few collaborations which are starting to be released and have some more exciting ones up my sleeve!

I’ve teamed up with Australian fashion label Backstage to create a capsule collection, BACKSTAGE X LAUREN WEBSTER which was launched with a  preview of a few pieces at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last week. So that was a whole lot of fun and there’s plenty more to come from that collab so am looking forward more goodness with those guys.

I’ve also been working with an awesome skateboard company from Byron Bay, Lark Skate Co. We're doing some limited edition skateboards which has been a blast.

I’ll also be collaborating with an iconic Australian surfboard company this year which I can’t wait to get to to work on. As well as that I have some fun product designs and a bunch of other art projects on the way!

I guess most of those gigs have come about by being a friendly (potentially over-friendly) stranger and chatting to people… ha. Either that or because some of those guys have stumbled upon my work and just been really open about expressing an interest in doing something together. Which I love!

ROAR: Safe to say your smashing it!! Nothing better than collaboration. We are in love with the ocean and pirates similar to some of your pieces? Has this style come naturally to you and if so why?

Lauren: The ocean is something I have been drawn to a little later in life. I never had much to do with the sea or the beach as a kid growing up in the country but more and more I  am seduced by it’s charms. Nowadays I live near the ocean and it’s become more important to me than I thought it ever would. My artworks which reference those things must be somewhat a result of that. I never really thought about it to be honest… It just crept in. The pirate though, the guy I mentioned before, he’s another one of my anti-heroes, much like the outlaw, who’s story I like to tell. I doubt we’ve seen or heard the last of him.

ROAR: Sounds rad! What is in the near future that excites you with your art and creative mind?!

Lauren: Well for starters the projects and collaborations I just mentioned have definitely got me pretty darn excited! So they're number one in my sights right now. Aside from those though I would love to go for a bit of a wander, nomad-gypsy style of course, and spend some time travelling and gathering ideas to start creating a new body of artwork. I think by the time I get that under my belt and out of my system it should be high time for me to have another solo show… your all invited to come play!  

Follow Lauren: Facbook Click Here, Instagram Click Here, Website Click Here, lauren@laurenwebster.net, pH: 0407021411

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MAKU: ARTIST

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ROAR: How did you get a love for art? Who inspired or nurtured your talents and creativity

MAKU: I guess this would be down to my family. We are all pretty creative and we all love to pick up a pen or a paintbrush. Our styles are each worlds apart, which is pretty cool. I used to envy that my sister was so good at drawing and she would always tell me 'its just because I'm older you'll get good one day' 

I think initially my mum nurtured our creativity. She would frame all of our drawings and hand them up in around the house. Actually she hung them all on the walls in our bathroom so I guess we spent a lot of time sitting in there looking at the drawings and paintings haha.

ROAR: We love your style, it covers so many genres, was this a natural progression?

MAKU: Yeah definitely a natural progression and it took me a long time to come into my own style... For a long time I was heavily influenced by street artists and Japanese pop art, cartoon style stuff and my work was not what I would call original. I think now I've found a style that suits me. It has that rebellious, free sort of feeling to it. So yeah I still have that love for real street art style, I guess my style and taste has just evolved into something more of my own. 

ROAR: Are you looking to make a career or lifestyle through art? If so, how are you going to achieve this?

MAKU: That's the Dream! I'm not putting too much pressure on myself to make a career out of it. I'm enjoying it for now and if I get the opportunity to do more I will always go for it because it makes me happy!

ROAR: What have been some highlights along your journey as an artist?

MAKU: I guess an obvious highlight would be working for Rusty, in less than 3 months of putting my art out there to the world I had this massive brand contact me. I never expected it. 

Getting on the Block NZ was  a huge surprise but honestly I'm just blown away on a daily basis, that people are finding my work and appreciating what I do. There's nothing better than producing a piece of work and having other people understand it and love it. Some even so much, they have gotten them tattooed! Very cheesy I know but its humbling to say the least. 

ROAR: Who is your favorite artist and why?

MAKU: I have a few -
Josh Meyer - Just a rad dude and I genuinely love his art work. 
Jamie Brown - PUNS! I love any art to do with puns and not to mention its just freakin cool.
Abby Drielsma - Tattoo artist. Her attention to detail is incredible.
Prudence Caroline - Drips and colour. Her work is just stunning and bold. 
And Otis Carey - Love the relaxed vibe of his work.
Georgia O'keefe - Probably the first artist I remember falling in love with as a kid. 
Oh one more! Andrei Svetov - Tattoo artist. Just the most rad concepts. 

ROAR: What are some of your other inspirations such as music, traveling, surfing?

MAKU: Snowboarding, Music, Traveling. Music mostly I would say.

ROAR: Any exciting things happening in the Near future?

MAKU: My sister is having her first baby. I get to follow up that amazing event with a solo exhibition in March 2014 at the Brunswick Street Gallery. I'm hoping it will kick start a year of big things. The rest of the projects will be unveiled over the next few months. Exciting new collaborations!

MAKUSART™St Kilda, Melbourne || 0422563980 ||  Facebook: Makusart Instagram: @makusart 

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Tim Boyden: Artist & Woodworker

We met Tim in the town of Eugene as we were adventuring and van living our way through Oregon. His unique art and woodwork grabbed our attention and we were impressed with Tim's ability to create individual pieces out of recycled material and driftwood. Tim told us some of the stories of going to the coastline and local rivers to explore and find wood and bits and pieces, which he could turn into functional tables, coffee tables, chairs, cutting boards etc. A very interesting story was when he went to the Oregon coastline and found pieces of furniture that were very unique and had come from the country of Japan, possibly from the nuclear explosion. Tim has his own gallery in downtown Eugene called Out On A Limb Gallery. You can get in contact with Tim and follow his adventures and rustic style of fine woodwork by following his interesting and creative blog timboydenart.com. On his blog Tim states "I strive to use locally salvaged or gathered materials whenever possible! Be it collecting river stones and driftwood along the Willamette River by my home or from the gorgeous Oregon coast, buying locally harvested and milled trees or by using our cultures broken discarded items". We at ROAR love meeting creative and interesting people in our travels, who are offering something positive to their community. All pictures used in this article are from Tim's blog.

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Brayden Wilkinson: Artist & Skate Brand

Brayden is a talented young Graphic designer and artist from Newcastle, Australia. I was lucky enough to teach him at School when I was a full time teacher. As a teenager Brayden was constantly sketching and designing ideas in and out of class. His classmates and I knew he was going places with his art. It is so exciting to see that he has started his own skate and design business with Head Quarters. We hope that you are as inspired as us to check out his adventure in starting his own business. We at ROAR will be keeping a close eye on Brayden for sure, as he follows his dreams and uses his talents to offer something fresh to the community.

ROAR: What inspired you to get into art?

Brayden: When I think back on when I first started drawing or being "arty", I was definitely most inspired by my older sister. We were and still are pretty competitive throughout most of the things we do together. I used to see all her sketches and water colourings she would leave scattered throughout the house and it became something of a goal to be as great as I saw her to be. As time passed and I was found constantly drawing on desks or my arms during class, staying up till morning hours trying to imitate other artists work that I would find online. Driven to learn their line work and produce my own originals. After that, I was just very lucky to have received an overwhelming amount of positive reinforcement from family, friends and peers at school, which only put fuel on the fire for me to seek out art to be a lifestyle that I wanted for myself.

ROAR: What types of art are you involved in and what types do you enjoy the most?

Brayden: I tend to do a lot of doodling. And these doodles tend to be focused around previous conversations I have had with friends about our childish ideas and imaginations. A lot of my art tends to be cartoons with a dash of japanese influence. All my art starts out as pencil on paper and eventually make their way onto a computer screen to be digitally coloured in or adjusted slightly. But I do love nothing more than to sit down with a screen full of japanese tattoo designs and just become inspired to create my own pieces, drawing waves, masks, demons, foo dogs, dragons and the list goes on. I find it to be such a beautiful balance between detailed line work and serene simplicity that it demands you to focus and almost meditate on what you are trying to create.

ROAR: We heard you have started a brand with your art?  Tell us a bit about it?

Brayden: I've got a brand named Head Quarters, and it started when I was out skateboarding a couple of months ago, and one of my mates was raving about how sick the design was on the bottom of his board. And all I remember thinking was "I can do that". So I decided try and walk the walk, make a few phone calls and start putting plans together to get a business going. It's all still very much trial and error at this stage, with getting stock and trying to maintain funds. But I'm having fun and thoroughly enjoying the experience so far.

ROAR: Where can people check out your work?

Brayden: Most of my work and the lead up to finished projects gets put up onto my instagram @bwiliknson, up at the loop www.theloop.com.au, I also have facebook.com/hqskate but not to much is really going to get posted up there until more of my business plans really get nutted out.

ROAR: What are some exciting things planned for you and your art in the near future?

Brayden: I am a little excited about a couple of projects I've got coming up. I've got some work with an emerging band The Crispens, which has been so fun just to have artistic freedom with these boys that have just come back from winning the hunter schools rock off. But I'm looking forward to a collaboration I've got coming up with one of my friends projects called the Secret Cabin, everything is a bit hush hush keep it on the down low at the moment. But it's gonna be supercali-friggen-awesome.



Thanks for sharing your art and a bit of your story with ROAR. We are so excited to see where this venture take you. Good luck!

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Aaron & Ben: Stupid Krap Art Business

Ben Frost from Stupid Krap.

Stupid Krap takes a fresh and innovative angle on selling and promoting limited edition prints from some of the best emerging and established artists locally and internationally.  Check out our interview with the lads who founded and run this exciting and inspiring company.

Aaron Craig from Stupid Krap.

Aaron Craig (AUS) 

Aaron Craig (AUS) 

ROAR: How did Stupid Krap start and what is its purpose?

Aaron: Australian pop artist, Ben Frost, founded Stupid Krap back in 2005 as a way of selling and promoting urban and street art independently from the conservative gallery system. Our goal is to create another platform to present promising, fast-rising and established artist’s original work to the world. We are interested in providing limited edition, highly collectible artwork to collectors in both Australia and internationally, and also offering a user-friendly and less confronting way of discovering artists and buying art outside of the traditional gallery system.

 ROAR: Who are the main people involved in this company and what is their background in the art industry?

Aaron: The team at Stupid Krap is super small. There's Ben Frost, myself, and a silent partner. 

Ben is an Australian painter who has been making art in a range of genres for the last 15 years throughout the world. His work can be pretty confronting and innovative and is often branded ‘controversial’ for his graphic social commentary of consumerism and advertising.

I am a graphic designer with a background in fine art and photography. I have been creating art for years but have never really taken it too seriously other then exhibiting in the odd group show. I studied fine art in Newcastle and graphic design in Brisbane.

Our silent partner is also a graphic designer and handles most of our web-based stuff.

ROAR: What are some highlights and achievements of Stupid Krap so far?

Aaron: Before my involvement in Stupid Krap, Ben curated 'Paste-Modernism', which was the largest 'paste-up' exhibition in Australia. It featured 50 artists and filled over 150 square metres of wall space on Cockatoo Island. SK also curated notable exhibitions and installations at the MCA Sydney, MTV Gallery, Splendour In The Grass and Playground Weekender to name a few.

Currently we are about to host the Australian premiere of global graffiti documentary, Bomb It 2, at the State Library of QLDthis Friday. We have a new print exhibition in Brisbane opening in a few weeks titled 'Breaking The Seal', and we have also just opened up submissions to the first Red Book Art Prize. It is a bespoke hard cover art book we are releasing in conjunction with Blurb Books and the Analogue/Digital Creative Conferences. People can get more details and submit their work via this page: http://www.analoguedigital.com.au/stupid-krap-red-book-art-prize-proudly-supported-blurb 

ROAR: How can people be a part of your exciting company if they want to purchase art, go to events or if they are an artist themselves?

Aaron: Original and/or limited edition artwork is available for purchase through our site (www.stupidkrap.com), we release new artwork weekly. To stay up to date with events we are hosting and new releases, jump on our mailing list.

Our door is always open to artists sending in their work for us to check out, in fact its one of the great parts of the job, being in touch with so many talented people. I'd obviously recommend any aspiring artists also enter their work into the Red Book Art Prize.

 

ASKEW MSK (NZ)  For sale on Stupid Krap   

ASKEW MSK (NZ)

For sale on Stupid Krap

 

BEN FROST (AUS)   For sale on Stupid Krap   

BEN FROST (AUS) 

For sale on Stupid Krap

 

NUMSKULL (AUS)   For sale on Stupid Krap   

NUMSKULL (AUS) 

For sale on Stupid Krap

 

BEASTMAN (AUS)   For sale on Stupid Krap   

BEASTMAN (AUS) 

For sale on Stupid Krap

 

BEC WINNEL (AUS)

For sale on Stupid Krap

Thanks guys for taking the time to share your passions and offering an alternative and fresh way to share and promote art.  For people who want to keep following Stupid Krap or aspire to get their own art on the site click on the link below.

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Brodie Bannerman: Graphic Artist / Fashion Designer

Graphic artist & fashion designer, Brodie Bannerman.

Graphic artist & fashion designer, Brodie Bannerman.

Newcastle, NSW, Australia is a growing city, thriving with talented artists, musicians and fashion designers. If your walking through Newcastle Mall you will see some of this talent at a shop called Nook Store. If you drop in you might find a very humble, very creative graphic artist and designer Brodie Bannerman. He will probably be hard at work on one of his unique t-shirts or hoodies for his label, One Undone. Brodie's talents allow him to design, dye and screen print all his own apparel, which he sells at the Nook Store. Jonny's band 'The Black Cats' from the Central Coast love his shirts and wear them often on stage. Next time you are in Newcastle be sure to drop into the Nook Store to get some fresh threads and support local designers.

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The Nook Store in Newcastle Mall. Such an epic place with rad brands

The Nook Store in Newcastle Mall. Such an epic place with rad brands

Jonny wearing the 'Steel City' t-shirt by One Undone during a Black Cats gig.

Jonny wearing the 'Steel City' t-shirt by One Undone during a Black Cats gig.

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If you want to purchase some original fashion or follow Brodie, check out more through the links below.

 

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Rhiana Griffith: Artist

Rhiana and her gorgeous daughter Poppy.

Rhiana and her gorgeous daughter Poppy.

This girl blows our artistic mind. Rhiana's gallery is filled with emotional pieces that really send a message. With a style that is raw and honest, it is easy to get lost in her work.  We are thrilled to share a piece of her story with you, we hope you are as inspired as we are.

What contributed to you becoming an artist.

I am an artist by nature. It's natural for me to create, but what contributed to me making a living as an artist I suppose was the support and encouragement I got from my parents and my inability to do things that aren't creative.

What is your goals with your art works.

I don't really think about goals. If anything I think it benefits me to begin a painting with no boundaries. I like to let my hand inform my mind as much as my mind informs my hand. I like to get past my intellect and let the intuitive flow. The results are suprising and revealing to myself. Once I have formed a basic sketch I will then find a strategy to bring it to life on a larger scale but the initial concept is kind of goal free.  I guess the purpose of my art is to express something I'm experiencing through imagery and to share that with others.  Self expression and communication.  My work generally explores emotion and the human condition and embraces many methods of expression. I'm extremely interested in contrast and polarity and conversely unity and connectivity. And of course birds. Birds are this incredibly diverse symbol for me, managing to represent almost anything.

What are a few of your favourite parts of the lifestyle that you live.

I live in Bondi. Even if I don't get to the beach everyday I'm really happy to know it's there. I love the easy access to good organic products and the wonderful community vibe. My favourite part of my lifestyle is raising my daughter Poppy in the best way I can.

How can people purchase your products.

My work is available through the Butler Goode Gallery in Paddington and or make an enquiry via my website to contact me directly regarding stock work or commissions etc. www.rhianajade.com and jadeland.design@me.com  Also check me out online through Art Pharmacy http://www.artpharmacy.com.au/

Rhiana's art will be showcased in a Sydney gallery as part of an exhibition called Contemporary Urbanism. The gallery is located at 118 oxford st and will run from Thursday 16th May to Sunday 26th May.


BELOW: Nest, this picture represents something to me about my transformation from girl to woman through motherhood. It's about accepting the weight of responsibility and exploring new inner territory.

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BELOW: This is one of my darker moments. It's fear. When I initially painted this I thought it was horrible and confronting and I was sure others would feel the same. But by the time I had it hung up at the gallery my feeling toward it had changed and I saw beauty in it. I think when you do look fear in the face you give permission for it to change and have the opportunity to then watch it blossom into a beauty you wouldn't have otherwise seen. And interestingly it was most people's favourite piece from that exhibition.

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BELOW: Tulip, I just love her pale skin against this blue. I like her mixture of strength and vulnerability. Power in an open heart. 

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BELOW: Bird, I keep hanging this one up and it never sells which I'm always super relieved about. I think I'm done trying to get it rid of it. The bird stays with me now.

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Thank you Rhiana, for taking the time to share your passionate lifestyle with us, you are amazing! 

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Allan Wrath: Artist

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We were super stoked to get a chance to interview high profile talented and well spoken artist Allan Wrath.  His story will give you the kick in the pants sometimes necessary to start your passionate journey and share it with others.  ROAR just ordered one of his prints tonight through Allan's online store.  Can't wait to get it on the wall!

What lead you to being an artist?

When I was 6 my grandad taught me about Michaelangelo, it inspired me so much that I decided from that moment I would make a living as an artist. I believe in following your heart and serving the things that you most love. Then you are guaranteed to live a life that you are satisfied with.

What do you hope to achieve through your art?

Through my artwork I want to inspire a positive message that is life changing. I want people to feel like they can look at my artwork and feel like they can do anything.

Where is your artwork located and how can people get pieces of your work?

I stock a couple of cafes in the greater Auckland area of NZ, I also have my own online gallery called the Allan Wrath Gallery http://allanwrath.myshopify.com/ I plan to one day setup a Gallery/Cafe which is currently on the cards. I have just recently done an amazing piece in a cafe in Auckland. I have had quite a bit of publicity worldwide with it. Check out the time lapse Cafe art video below!

What has been the highlight of your career?

Highlight of my career, hmmm. I just finished a huge illustration job for Lion Nathan Sydney. It was for their new Sydney Olympic Park head office. I spent a solid 8 weeks working on illustrated graphics for their walls. It is a 4 story building with a fully illustrated 4 story stairwell. Every wall in the whole place has quirky graphics everywhere.

What do you use as inspiration?

I'm always looking through blogs and I have my select artists that inspire me. I like to get out on my 9'6 single fin for a few waves. My local is a beach called Muriwai where a guy actually got killed by a great white yesterday. That was pretty out of the blue and really hit home. I find surfing has an amazing power to help you just chill out. It seems to put life in perspective. It makes the dollars seem less important and doing what you love more possible. heck out Allan's gallery, link below.

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