Casual weekender

Taking time to relax is a key must-do in my life. The weekends are a perfect way to wind down and enjoy the small things in life, while still doing something. This week's post is me being in my most comfortable self in my most comfortable clothing. Everlane's knitted jumper is my must-grab piece this Winter; either heading out or staying in. This jumper is probably the most comfortable piece of item I've owned for the year.  

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Favourite pastimes (other than mindlessly scrolling on the gram) find me being immersed in a good read and drinking tea. Normally, I'd go with chai but sometimes green or fruity flavoured options makes their way in the cup too. 

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Texture stitch jumper/sweater: Everlane, Pants: Elite Eleven.

Thanks to you - the readers - for coming on board in seeing 6 weeks with me come alive in this space of the website. This is the last week of this project and hope you learnt a little something about me, other from reading the about me section. A huge thanks to Alba from Albalone photography for being 100% behind this. Send all your support her way because this wouldn't happen without her!

Until the next post, hope you have a good week and happy reading. 

Words, Styling & Creative direction by Quoc Truong
Photography, Production & Art direction by Albalone.

How to see your friends

Another post inspired by the people around me, as always my friends, friends whom you see from time-to-time or catch-up with. The people who keep you on the ground and genuinely care for your well-being. This is a short guide you don't have to or can follow to set your day before and while seeing your friends. The list is as follows:  

  • Set your alarm on, unless you want to be that friend who comes late to everything on purpose.  
  • If you have pre-plans or post-plans make sure you follow up throughout in case spontaneous events happen whilst being with your friends.
  • Check that bank account, nothing quite like not being able to spend money on food. 
  • Whatever makes you-you or what cause you want to support. Don't forget to it bring with you. In this case, my custom coffee cup from Keep Cup for a #PlasticFreeJuly. In this case making my coffee runs on a byo basis. 
  • Feel free to add more to this list (in the comments section if you like), that's applicable to your lifestyle. 

There's something about seeing your friends where wearing clothes that make you feel comfortable in - is never frowned upon. While this thought is sentimental, it kind of adds value to the relationships you build upon. You don't just wear clothes to impress what you have or own, you're simply wearing them because it represents how you want to chase the day away. I'm forever trying to wear clothes to comfort my food baby after every meal. Since it is still Winter here, beanie's and black jackets are my favourite go-to staples to grab on the go. 

Beanie: Plane clothing, Denim shirt: Just Jeans, Jacket: The Academy Brand, Navy chinos: Just Jeans, Shoes: Vans. 

If you have been following, this post came a day later than usual this week. Here's to nearing this project of 6 weeks with me, see you next week, on the last week. 

Words, Styling & Creative direction by Quoc Truong
Photography, Production & Art direction by Albalone.

Family get-up

When it comes to family affairs, we often come bearing gifts for special occasions from birthdays to - in general - just spending time with them. Often at times, we dress up to the nines or take the extra route of coming in our comfortable sweatpants (in my own experience - yours may differ). This post is in homage to our families, who stay with us by blood and go through our troubles of growing up. Mainly for seeing us, while we sit in peace through; our sitting positions forever mindlessly scrolling, being our sources of entertainment by hitting the record button or helping them cook a family feast. This week's post, I'm playing the "you deserve the world" card and as lovey-dovey it sounds, our families do deserve the world, through thick and thin.         

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At very core of any family, I'm grateful to have a support system who encourages and is there for whenever I need them. I'm very much a homebody but also enjoys a night out eating food with my closest group of friends, and when I'm home, I get to spend it with my family and often-at-times ordering in takeaway food, mostly namely pizza.  

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Disbud flowers: Hampstead flowers, Long-sleeve denim shirt: H&M, Black chinos: Just Jeans, Shoes: Hush Puppies.

Now in week 4, to my readers who are still following my journey of 6 weeks with me thanks for being so committed and coming back each week. I see you guys. Hope this week treats you well. Tune in until next Monday, happy reading. 
 
Words, Styling & Creative direction by Quoc Truong 
Photography, Production & Art direction Albalone

Squad attire

This post is a homage to all my friends who put up with me. No squad - in other words your own crew, band of mates or group of besties - is better than the one you're a part of. May it be a close network of friends, the ones you've stayed with from the first day of school, a community of like-minded interests or your very own family. They're the ones who, lift you up, ground you and empower you to become a better person in all facets of your life. They're definitely worth their weight in gold.

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If casual and comfortable had a persona, this would be it. Still in the middle of Winter, a bomber jacket is my go-to grab (almost like a portable heater) when it comes to casual outings and meet-ups with my friends . When I'm with my friends, from time-to-time we're often doing things that extend our physical ability from the; casual dining-ins or grubbing sessions with food. Forever bonding on, spontaneous trips to the beach, going on children's rides, hikes to hotspots and forever-entering horror rooms with my ride and dies. 

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Cap: Goat Crew, Hoodie: Carré, Black chinos: Just Jeans, Khaki bomber jacket: Cotton On,
Black sneakers: Nike Roshe One.
 

Here's to hitting the mid-way point of 6 weeks with me, until next Monday - happy reading. 
 
Words, Styling & Creative Direction by Quoc Truong
Photography, Production & Art Direction by Albalone

Out and about

At my side - as of late - is a large cappuccino with 1 sugar to start the week. When a small errand presents itself or I have to step outside of the house for a moment, my go-to look is all black everything. A look, us Aussies here in Melbourne is recognised for and since it is Winter here, layering up is a must. Today's post is all about me supporting the 100% Human Rights campaign from Everlane.  

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Everlane is a brand I not only wear out almost on a daily basis but is also built on the core foundation of transparency. While this campaign is set upon the land of America, fellow Australians can follow suit in supporting a cause that shouldn't need to be a cause but more of a norm through the realms of acceptance, awareness of diversity and harbouring thoughts into words of support and love. The best thing about this is, Everlane is also donating 100% of their proceeds from the 100% Human Pride collection to the Human Rights campaign. Differences, looks and preferences aside we're #HumanTogether. 

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Dipped zip backpack: Everlane, Air raglan long-sleeve: Everlane, 100% human unisex crew: Everlane, Vintage slim chino: The Academy Brand, Cortez shoes: Nike

Here's to week 2 of 6 weeks with me, and tune in for next week. Until then, happy reading. 

Words, Styling & Creative direction by Quoc Truong
Photography, Production, & Art direction by Albalone

Introducing me

Sipping on an English brekkie cuppa, keeping warm in layers in Melbourne's 10 degrees Winter weather and ear drumming to Lorde's new album Melodrama. What seemed like the lost art of writing - in this case blog writing - has now found it's way back. Where I have been? Consequently, living life without the wonders of not updating on here and it's been good for awhile besides from keeping up to date online, notoriously being Instagram. 

If I haven't done so, my name is Quoc and I now start a blog project 6 Weeks with Me to show my readers who follow my journey on my other platforms to get to know me a little better. A series of posts to show my favourite brands at the moment and giving a face behind the work you see. I teamed up with photographer Albalone, who helped me bring this project alive. 

Being comfortable in my skin is something I bring along to all elements in my life. It is no different with the clothes I wear by keeping it casual and comfortable. My go-to look when I'm heading out from small errands to meeting up with people to follow me up on that thing - is chucking on a; pair of white sneakers, comfortable black pants and alternate between various sweaters. If I'm lucky when it's bright outside, a pair of sunnies as well. 

Hunter sunnies: Oscar Wylee, Sweater: Champion, Weekend chino: The Academy Brand,
Stan Smith sneakers: Adidas Originals

For what has been a tumbleweed moment on here, I now introduce you a weekly post update for the next 6 weeks with me. This is week 1 and until next Monday, happy reading.  

Words, Styling & Creative direction by Quoc Truong
Photography, Production & Art direction by Albalone

Completing the 30 Day Drawing Challenge

Hey what's up, I know it has been awhile. The last post I wrote on the blog was in May. Please excuse the untimely of all schedules but fear you not - I'm back with another post. I recently finished up (about a month ago from uploading this post) a drawing challenge I wanted to do a for a long time. I named it the 30 Day Drawing challenge and I wanted to completed it whenever I could - which I now learnt, I should have put up a deadline for. 

I started in October 2015 and completed in July 2016. The relief in finishing it up, was something I was aiming for and I'm so glad I got it over and done with. I wanted to do something like this because I got to improve on my craft and figuring out on how I want to spend a fair amount of time for each drawing. 

There wasn't any rules or set guidelines I had followed. I focused on drawing females with different ethnic backgrounds, I did this because much in the real world perfection and beauty is seen in many ways. At first I wanted to start to draw out the whole drawing from all of the hairs strands and full facial features and towards the end I went for the minimal appeal, leaving various parts of the face and hair to not be fully filled up. I drew each piece in black ballpoint-pen by Papermate on Derwent A4 sketching paper.  

Drawings 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8  

Drawings 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8  

Drawing 4

Drawing 4

Drawing 5

Drawing 5

Drawings 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14

Drawings 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14

Drawings 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20

Drawings 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20

Drawings 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26

Drawings 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26

Drawings 27, 28, 29 & 30

Drawings 27, 28, 29 & 30

To see the drawings as a whole piece you can check them out here on my Tumblr. 

Words, drawings and photography by Quoc Truong

The quotruo store is now open!

The store is finally open! You can now purchase two cards from my online store and I’m so happy to have these two designs finally showcasing what this new venture will entail further on down the track.

It has been a long-term goal of mine to open my own store and I finally took the guts, went through all the logistics it took to get it up and running. The first two cards are; a birthday and a thank you card. I'm way, way excited to see them arrive on your doorstep one day and get given to the people you dear most. 

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Let me know if you use any of the two cards by tagging me on Instagram @quotruo. I can't wait to see them in your happy moments for others. 

Chase your goals, you and me both.  

You can visit the store here

Words, design, and photography by Quoc Truong

Holding onto that creative dream.

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As a practicing creative – who holds a lot of skills in many creative areas – you’ll see yourself inspired and wanting to be the inspiration. Ever since social media has landed, there has been this pressure of being well known or having lots of followers. That’s understandable. Yet, artists, designers and creatives in all sorts of fields need to make money. Whether, it is being employed from full-time to casual work. And the time and effort needed to be put into our creative pursuits can often be left behind due to contributing society, economically wise. It can often be even harder, when the support you think you need isn’t reciprocating.

Don’t get to caught up on why your friends aren’t liking your work or responding to your own work. More often, we go to our friends for support and more often, it’s just for moral support. Their interests and past times are different and, if you ever have an opening or a showing – and they don’t rock up. It’s important to understand, sometimes your dreams aren’t as important to others. Basically, people also have lives.

Years may have passed but it seems what you’re doing isn’t going anywhere. I think many of us feel this way, especially if you also have to earn some income to help build our creative pursuits. If it’s working, keep going. If not, change some areas in your life to help forward your ideas and goals. Sometimes, all it takes is to write down your plans in a notebook.

Take the time to think, reevaluate and live a balanced social/work life.  Get different perspectives, do something out of the ordinary but manage what you can do and can’t do. Every now and then, we keep ourselves distracted or busy enough to not see where we can improve and make adjustments. Determine what is working and what isn’t working.  

The hard part is putting in the work. Establish when you can focus on the work you want to do. There are so many ways, to help you set in the mood; play a music playlist, eat chocolate to concentrate and simply just putting your mind to the task. Allocate time with short breaks and think of how it can be doable.

Like many have said before, dreams don’t work unless you do.  

 

Words, and typography by Quoc Truong

Here's to 2016.

The New Year has begun! It's almost the end of January and here I am typing this away like it's a journal who has a mind of its own. That's the thing with any year and 2015 was a great year to rewind to see where we can improve on. Each year we aspire to be the person we thought we could've been in the previous year. What better way than to start now and be exactly that person you thought you could have been a year ago or the years before. 

I'm not the type of person to admit their resolutions publicly amongst my peers or amongst my network of connections as there could be that defining where the going gets tough. A few weeks earlier in the year, that's when I started to get tangible goodies to stop myself from them relinquishing moments that resort from giving up. As someone who has been loyal to a few a brands, one brand stands out to me being the most appropriate for this month of; beginnings, fresh starts and the power to become.   

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Mi Goals annual addition of their diaries is the perfect way to start by going through areas of where you can see yourself this year and answering that big question of where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Something I did enjoy doing was creating and visualising the vision board for the year ahead. I grabbed and printed of images from Tumblr and Instagram from people who inspire and have made the impossible, possible. No matter how little mundane things perceived to be achievable or not, it's a refreshing way to create a compact way of seeing the little goals or potential achievements through imagery to represent elements of attainable dreams.  

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There is something about the little goodies highlighting the small things in life. So I've been using the following goodies like the Daniel Wellington watch (which I wear religiously now) and the very suave wallet by Ralph Lauren when heading outside. Whilst living in a digital its always good to keep in track with a weekly small planner reminding what lies in the future and a notepad on the desk to quickly write down those significant small piece of information. Who's ready for 2016? Wishing you all the best for the new year and go smash them dreams to become what you've always wanted them to be. A reality.  

This post features the following goodies: 

2016 diary: Mi Goals

Magazine: Collective Hub featuring work by Blacklist 

Weekly notebook planner: Moleskine, Peanuts collection 

Watch: Daniel Wellington 

Wallet: Ralph Lauren

Letter Q notepad: Gift from a cousin 

 

Words, and photography by Quoc Truong

Learning from the Best

It was October 10th, on a Saturday morning so early I could've been sleeping in but for what reason - other than having a lazy start to a weekend. I made the decision to take on another workshop class this year and this time hosted and taught by the talented Carla Hackett and the esteemed Barbara Enright. 

Photo by Carla Hackett. 

Photo by Carla Hackett. 

So what did I learn? Many things. The art of typography and calligraphy like any craft, can't be learnt just like that. It does take time to acquire the technique, which showed throughout the process of my visual diary which we practised doing the alphabet and later on, flourishing. Flourishing is about making a word or your typography design one step further by giving it a bit of a fancy element through strokes that's fluid, rounded and intricate smooth lines around the type work. 

Here's a little piece I did after the workshop.

Here's a little piece I did after the workshop.

I even walked away with a brush perfect for script and hand lettering work, along with a folder with my name on it by Barbara. Even met some awesome people who were passionate in the field of script and hand lettering, it was great to discover the diversity of people who won't just only use this towards a design practice but intertwine the script, towards other areas of practice such as, event management or name tags at the company they work at. 

Here's to progress and more progress. 

Life behind the desk.

Desk situation at the end of the day of being an intern. 

Desk situation at the end of the day of being an intern. 

The term hustle and keeping at it can definitely become a struggle when the thoughts of getting nowhere overcome your present day thoughts (well for me, not sure about you). It's a true art when what you do becomes something you do more of than being thought of or talked about in getting it done. 

Fresh from my first duties of being an intern for a social media agency. I've walked out feeling not only inspired to do better but also see how the office environment can be. I've walked in my fair share of office environments and yet one doesn't stand out as the one I'm currently working in. Something about big open spaces, working in the same room with the employees who not only worked in the company for many of years but are also there to guide you along the way. 

A few thoughts whilst undertaking duties as an intern. 

A few thoughts whilst undertaking duties as an intern. 

Besides from the duties you get given to complete. With sophisticated ergonomic chairs, joyful stickers on big computer screens and bountiful of social media related visuals in the office - intern life is #icouldgetusetothismore. 

For now, this is my life behind the desk.   

Learning Quick and Slick lettering

Sleeping in the weekend? This isn't an option when you take a workshop class starting in the early hours of the day. The Quick and Slick Lettering class hosted by Brett Piva, was a day filled with lots of learning, struggle and awe moments in hand lettering. Taught in the inspiring interior of The Hungry Workshop, the class took off practising the art of brush strokes in casual and script lettering. 

Brett made hand lettering look so effortless and easy. His demonstrations and information about how-to's and sharing of his career experience gave the workshop that little extra.  

Below are work-in-progress pictures I have took whilst at the workshop. 

Getting some practice with casual lettering strokes

Getting some practice with casual lettering strokes

Piece of wood painted in a coat of blue 

Piece of wood painted in a coat of blue 

Sketching out the words "Turtely Awesome" on paper before applying it to the final design

Sketching out the words "Turtely Awesome" on paper before applying it to the final design

Adding the light mint green to the typeface

Adding the light mint green to the typeface

Final result

Final result

Words, photography and lettering by Quoc Truong 

A Day with Milly

It was back in mid April 2015, when I saw one of my creative friends who made a facebook page for their photography work. Feeling excited, supportive and wanting to see how they are doing. We spent a day in April, just randomly taking photos and craving for brunch at Hobba. Sadly, we arrived so late they were about to close - got ourselves hot chocolate and some small nibbles instead. The day was quite freezing to be adventuring in and we walked past a dog who was playing fetch with their owner. It was quite funny when the dog came up to us and placed the ball at our feet. After a long day, Milly was happy to answer a few questions about her work and what inspires her.   

The hot chocolate and small nibbles at  Hobba

The hot chocolate and small nibbles at Hobba

Milly smiling for days

Milly smiling for days

Hi Milly, how are you? It’s so cool and awesome at the same time that I know you as a friend, awesome baker, hard-worker and now a professional photographer. What would you say to someone who hasn’t met you before?

Hi Quoc!! I'm excellent, thank you for asking, albeit busy! Thank you for the compliment although I'd hardly say "professional" photographer haha, "amateur" is more like it!

If I'd never met a person before, I'd probably chat to them and find out a bit about them - although to be honest, I can be a bit shy and introverted, so sometimes I really have to work to be sociable!

Photographing events which I've done a few times has therefore been both challenging and rewarding, as I am forced to meet and chat to people. It's been a great way to make new friends!

 

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On our way to Hobba

What inspires your creativity? Do you have a favourite muse, idol, or person who inspires you to become a better person?

I don't have an inspirational figure in my life actually, and I'm not even sure if I'm really creative! I write, bake and take photos because it is something that I enjoy, and oftentimes it's about capturing a feeling or mood that I hope can carry across to the audience.

Inspiration therefore comes from a myriad of sources - personal feelings, thought provoking events, interesting things I see while out and about...!

 

In 3 words, name yourself as a superhero? And what superpower would you have?

Oh gosh haha, I'm not too good with pop culture so I can't really name a specific superhero I would be like!

Milly playing with her hair like she just doesn't care

Milly playing with her hair like she just doesn't care

Is there a book you’re reading right now? Would you recommend it? If you’re not reading a book, what book would you want to read right now if you had the time?

Yes! Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell is a personal account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War. It's incredibly descriptive and well written.

 

What’s on your to-do-list for the day?

Nothing! ... I wish.

Top of the list is a lot of work for uni. Further down the list are quite a few photos to edit, photoshoots to plan and travel planning! I'm leaving to go overseas in a few weeks so need to get on top of planning!

Smiling Milly 

Smiling Milly 

What made you get into photography? What is your favourite subject matter to photograph?

I think it is a wonderful creative medium, and I only really noticed how expressive it can be when I joined an art website called deviantART many years ago. Although I don't use the site much anymore, at the time I remember sifting through loads of artwork - photography, traditional and writing. Initially, I loved everything, but with a greater exposure over time, I started to appreciate some of the great work they have (amongst some more mediocre stuff).

Waiting for our tram feat. Milly's peace sign 

Waiting for our tram feat. Milly's peace sign 

Seeing all of that inspired me to get into it myself. I'm not big on drawing, but writing and photography I was interested in, and I discovered I actually loved!

There's no particular subject matter I can pick out as a favourite - I like a range, from landscapes to portraits, to food and still life styling and photography. There's others too that I'd be interested in trying - urban landscapes or cityscapes, street photography and wildlife photography to name a few. Underwater would also be super cool to try!

Funny photo of Milly and I

Funny photo of Milly and I

If you could take a selfie anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? In 25 words or less.

Probably somewhere very ridiculous or terrifying. Underwater or while skydiving, maybe! I love travelling so I’m sure that I would be able to have the chance to take lots of selfies elsewhere so it'd be cool to challenge myself and move out of my comfort zone. I think the same can be said of what I want from photography, too!!

Thanks Milly!

 

Check out → Milly Huang Photography 

Words, photography and lettering by Quoc Truong

Monday goes alright with these guys

Mondays, the day after a weekend of relaxation or joy to yourself, friends and family. We sure do love our Mondays, wait, our weekends.  

Here are things that made my Monday this week much more better. A reminder why living to life's fullest should be your main focus. This awesome free calendar is from Big Picture Stuff, MITT magazine from Men in this Town, and a goal card from Mi Goals.

When you're in moments of not feeling motivated, remember there are things that can help move things along.  

Words and photography by Quoc Truong 

Stop Scrolling and Start Living

It's Friday and I started the day waking up - looking at my phone screen opening various feeds. Just casually scrolling away. I have decided to break this habit and wake up for more uplifting goals. 

Although, we can't stop scrolling on our devices and tech gadgets. It's becoming more of a trend where people are now looking down rather than up to the people around them. It's disheartening because there could be that one individual putting their focus on their feeds rather than the people they're with.

I am all for sharing content but sometimes it's also good to stop scrolling and start living.

Words and lettering by Quoc Truong 

Sainthood by Eirian Chapman at Lamington Drive

Pictured above is Jacky Winter's bird logo above their front door, and inside - their gallery name Lamington Drive in neon lights.You may of have heard or not heard of  The Jacky Winter Group,an agency representing some of the best creative and talented bunch of artists from illustrators, makers and photographers. Lamington Drive is their gallery, housing and showcasing the work of these creatives for the general public.

The people who runLamington Drive are an amazing group of people. I was luckily enough to help out alongside them for Supergraph back in 2013. Do say hi to Shena, the gallery owner, if you ever go by and visit the gallery during their shows. She will make sure your experience is an eventful one.

Installation of The Patron Saint of Shiny Things and Interstellar Tennis by Eirian Chapman at Lamington Drive.  

Only 2 days left of the Sainthood show by Eirian Chapman’s, my visit to her show was inspiring and a great way to take a break from studying. The first time I had seen Eirian Chapman’s work was through her project Teeth & Hair, exploring hair ornaments in the most imaginative ways. Notoriously known as the graphic artist queen, her work can be seen with clients such as; The Big Issue, Elle magazine and with the Commonwealth Bank. Her work is bright, full of colour, and takes you on this journey of a fun, tropical and wild adventure.

Sainthood delivers these attributes. Her 4 strong, independent women known as patron saints, these works stand high and are a force to be reckon with. The Patron Saint of Drunken Sailors 1, a mermaid fighter surrounded by the lack of humility by land inhabitants. The Patron of Shiny Things, flys high with swooping birds with a mega force of colour in the background. The Patron Saint of Interstellar Tennis, her seductive prowess takes her into space. And finally, The Patron Saint of Drunken Sailors 2, hides behind a fence of plants with her back to the onlooker.

Chapman’s print method isn’t only with paper but also with a textile rug. I really liked this connection with this traditional print artform and show the importance of these Patron Saints in a contemporary platform who could be heroines and goddesses.

Sainthood by Eirian Chapman at Lamington Drive, runs in October 3-25.

The Patriot Saint of Drunken Sailors (left). Clockwise: Martini, Jungle Head, Birds of Paradise and Fireflies (right) by Eirian Chapman.

The Patriot Saint of Shiny Things (left). Clockwise: Safety Pin, Sky Head, Magpie and Rainbow (right) by Eirian Chapman.

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The Patriot Saint of Interstellar Tennis (left). Clockwise: Space Leg, Cat, Space Head and Racquet (right) by Eirian Chapman.

The Patriot Saint of Druken Sailors (left). Clockwise:  VB, Hook, Mermaid Head, and Fish (right) by Eirian Chapman.

During my gallery or exhibition visits, there would be a few pieces that stand out or pick out as favourites. Some of the A4 pieces I liked from the show are pictured below. 

Magpie and Sky Head by Eirian Chapman.

Rainbow and Safety Pin by Eirian Chapman.

Fish and VB by Eirian Chapman.

The Sainthood exhibition will be ending in 2 days. Go, and check it out! 

 

Many thanks to Shena at Lamington Drive

Artwork by Eirian Chapman

Words and photography by Quoc Truong   

The Finders Keepers Melbourne Spring/Summer 2014

It has been about a year, since I first heard about The Finders Keepers. It was during same time when I discovered the likes of Tin & Ed, Beci Orpin, Alice Oehr, and Julian May – just to name a few. What is The Finders Keepers? I see it more of a design and art festival for families, students, couples, and anyone who is interested in this wonderful celebrated world of colour, shapes and form. When it is a design and art festival, with lots of local and national designers around Australia, food stalls, live music and workshops. An exhausting list but it would be a thrilling, fun-filled adventure for all. 

Armed with a digital camera, and a backpack ready to be filled with business cards from the various stalls. I took as many photos I could while walking around and exploring the many stalls inside the Royal Exhibition Building.

White November’s stainless steel and sterling silver pieces were intricate and delicate. Some of the pieces reminded me of star constellations and the fine details on foliage.

Poster sign situated next to the stall of OldSchool New School, who held their copperplate lettering workshop at the festival.

Pilar Rojas’s ceramic ware and porcelain jewellery were an absolute treat to see in person. 

I had a small chat with Pilar, who was very nice and passionate about her designs.

Renee Treml’s illustrations are a marvel to view, her work of animals is dreamy and showcases a strong use of line and shading. My favourites are the Nested series, where various types of birds sit themselves in teapots and other handmade goods.

Handmade-jewllery made from porcelain and homeware by Lavallier.

Elk, a unisex brand who recently just released their women’s range are a brand offering accessories, apparel and leather goods. If my wallet wasn’t so empty, I’d purchase from this store in an instant.   

Bespoke Letterpress, displayed some of the coolest letterpress products I’ve ever seen in such abundance.

Cool cat print design cushion from The Club of Odd Volumes.

The adventure ended on a positive note. Linnea – Swedish Design works are bright and colourful. A perfect addition to a living space as a little reminder about life.

During their Spring/Summer visits, The Finders Keepers will be heading to Brisbane on the 8th and 9th of November and Sydney on the 12th and 13th of December. To find out more visit, The Finders Keepers. Happy traveling!

 

Words and photography by Quoc Truong