Friday, October 8, 2010


Red Hot Shorts and Blow Up Cinema are pleased to present the DVD launch party of the Banksy Film, Exit Through The Gift Shop.

This is a one-off screening of this brilliant film and it will be followed by a Red Hot Shorts VJ set and drinks at bar prices.



Just over a week ago I received the first copy of Loose Leaf in the mail from Perth as I submitted a photograph. Loose Leaf is a subscription-only zine sent to your mailbox once a month.  Each issue is ten pages of stories, drawings, recipes, gardening advice, jokes, photos, opinion and current affairs, travel stories, and tons of other good things. 

You can view the first issue for free online and you know you want to:


Jussi Twoseven is a new contributor to our zine from Finland! 

'Scenes on the Wall' Exhibition.
"The idea behind this exhibition is really simple:
I had a huge urge to have an exhibition where I could do my paintings directly on the wall.. So I started to seek for a place where I could execute my idea (without paying expensive gallery rentals). I wanted to keep this exhibition as much as DIY as possible. So, after seekin’, I finally found one place from local social center.  They gave me one white room, which they weren’t using at the time, for free use of mine to execute my ideas (for free!). I tried to create a own small world of mine to this room. I choose a consistent selection from my old stencils and painted my pieces."


Details for Film Night!

The Sweet Streets Film Night will feature four fresh short films about street art and by street artists. Three of these films will be having their premiere screening. Limited tickets available so book in early!

1000 Pound Bend
Thursday 14th October 7:30pm
Tickets $7 (+ online booking fee)

Graff Hunters 15 min (Premiere screening)

Graff hunters: Spud Rokk takes you on journey through Australia's
urban arts culture. On this episode he'll be venturing deep into the
unknown, and sometimes dangerous drains system of Melbourne. On his
adventure he discovers graffiti gems that lie dormant in Melbourne's
vast and highly fast paced metropolis.


Dots : India 28 min (Premiere screening)

English streetartist Cyclops travelled to India on a wild goose
chase; with no contacts or directions his ultimate aim was to track
down and collaborate with local streetsignwriters. During his search he
discussed how a life of self-destructive behaviour has had a positive
impact on his motivation as an artist today...


Hi! My Name Is... 18mins (Premiere screening)

A work in progress, sneak peak of upcoming Documentary on the
history of Melbourne's Graffiti and street art culture, from 1980 to


Ali and the Crooked Rib 35 min

Initiated and produced by the City of Melbourne's Arts and Participation Program, Ali and the Crooked Rib is a documentary film by Thomas Baricevic exploring the artistic collaboration between Crooked Rib and UK-based 'spiritual' street artist Mohammed Ali (aka Aerosol Arabic) in Melbourne during 2009. Mohammed was invited to Melbourne with the support of the British Council after the Crooked Rib expressed an interest to collaborate on a street art mural which remains in Sparks Lane in the heart of the CBD.

About the venue

The opening for the exhibition tonight is located at 361 Little Lonsdale Street, City of Melbourne. 

I must admit, I absolutely adore 1000 £ Bend. It is such a wicked place. I find myself coming here a lot. Some reasons include the $2 coffees in the morning, lovely food, FREE WIFI, the cosy atmosphere with couches, and the rotating exhibitions, installations and cinema! 


The zine is done and ready for tonight! Our experience so far has been amazing and we look forward to all the events happening over the next few weeks. The Sweet Streets Festival offers numerous exhibitions, tours of street art and an opportunity to participate in workshops. If you haven't got your tickets there's still time! 
Here are some of the workshops that are happening:

Street Art workshop using Recycled and Upcycled Materials

Saturday, October 09, 2010 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
MelbourneVictoria | Signal Creative Arts Studio

Advanced Stencil Class with Josh Cleary

Saturday, October 09, 2010 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
MelbourneVictoria | Signal Creative Arts Studio

Stencil for Beginners

Sunday, October 10, 2010 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
MelbourneVictoria | Signal Creative Arts Studio

Advanced Stencil class with Haha

Sunday, October 10, 2010 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
MelbourneVictoria | Signal Creative Arts Studio

Advanced Stencil class with Haha

Sunday, October 10, 2010 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
MelbourneVictoria | Signal Creative Arts Studio

Street Art workshop using Recycled and Upcycled Materials

Sunday, October 10, 2010 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
MelbourneVictoria | Signal Creative Arts Studio

Stencil Master Class for Secondary School Art Teachers

Monday, October 11, 2010 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
CollingwoodVictoria | Collingwood Underground

Character Design & Development

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
CollingwoodVictoria | Collingwood Underground

Character Design & Development

Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
CollingwoodVictoria | Collingwood Underground

Sweet Streets Film Night

Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
MelbourneVictoria | 1000 Pound Bend (cinema upstairs

Creating Large Scale Murals Using Stencils

Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
CollingwoodVictoria | Collingwood Underground

Stencils for Beginners: Sun 17 Oct, 1-4pm

Sunday, October 17, 2010 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
CollingwoodVictoria | Collingwood Underground

Yarn Wrapping & Bombing - getting the knitting done

Sunday, October 17, 2010 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
MelbourneVictoria | Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Illustration and techniques for works on paper

Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 9:00 AM 
MelbourneVictoria | Collingwood Neighbourhood House

You can purchase tickets on this website:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ben Ashton-Bell

Ben Ashton-Bell is a wicked illustrator / designer from Melbourne who will be contributing to our next issue called SWEET STREETS. Ben works from his bungalow studio where he constantly challenges and evolves his style. The development of his intricate technique sees him working in a variety of mediums, however his work is based mainly with pencil and inks. Ben is represented by the Jacky Winter group and works on both commercial and independent projects.

The works that you're getting a sneak peek at are the first of a trilogy called 'As Thoughts Fall'. These works explore ideas of transformation, life and death in the midst of a falling world. As Thoughts Fall is the beginning before the madness and has an openness to interpretation upon viewing. Ben uses the contrast of soft fragile line work and vivid, sprayed colour to help set mood and devolve imagination. 

All works are for sale so for more about Ben and his work please visit

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Issue 12 will be Launched at...


We are currently up to our 12th Edition, themed SWEET STREETS as part of the 2010 Melbourne Street Festival! Sweet Streets is a 16 day festival of exhibitions and events across Melbourne. We will be launching this issue along with the Sweet Streets Award Exhibition, which will feature the best Urban and Street Art at 1000 Pound Bend on the 8th of October.

Anyone is welcome to submit anything related to Urban or Street art styles including stencil, graffiti, illustration, collage, mixed media, paste ups and anything else you can think of!

The exhibition has a number of featured artists including Max Berry, Apeseven, Beastman, Junky Projects, Haha, and DRYPNZ (NZ). Cash prizes will be awarded to the best in show and best emerging artist. We hope you can join us on the opening night. Other cool events happening through the exhibition:

Film night: Thursday 14th Oct
Fundraising Night: Thursday 21st Oct
Charity Auction: 4pm, Sunday 24 Oct

For more information about the festival and where more events and exhibitions will be taking place, check out:



Friday, August 6, 2010

Interview with Davey Canellis


- How and when did you get into writing?

When I was young, around nine or ten, I was your typical prepubescent fantasy nerd. I was really into Terry Pratchett and video games so I started writing terrible, terrible fan fiction. Even earlier than that I wrote a short play involving shadow dinosaur puppets for my (female) teacher in Year Two, so I guess that's where it started. I've been writing short stories and other things for a little over a year now, though – and ditched the fan fic. Shadow puppets are still cool though.

- What would you say influences your work?

Other people. I think if you want your work to really connect with people it needs to not only reflect who you are, but also respond to what other people are forced to respond to as well. Love, hate, sex, money can influence me, if I see someone or something that appears to reflect any of those things then they can influence me enough to write about whatever it is they've reflected. Other writers and a lot of things about philosophy inspire me a lot, as well.

- How would you describe your style of writing?


- Do you write about people and events in your own life?

I do, it's hard not to. I mush people together, make three people into one person and take a lot of liberties, though. I tend to steer clear of writing about people directly because most of the time it's too easy and not very interesting. My writing isn't autobiographical, but writing a story that can be honest and plausible means it has to be rooted in some truth.

- Are you working on any current projects?
I'm piecing together ideas for my first novel which will be finished “when it's done”.

- What do you like to read? Ie. Comics, novels, nonfiction, the tv guide?, daily. Novels and short stories mostly though, and too many text books for University. Qwantz and other web-comics like it are extremely good for your health, too.

- Can you share a little of your current work with us?

As of right now it'll be set over two parts and about how love grows from something so innocent to something bigger than any of us can tame. Nawwh.

- What do you find most challenging about being a writer?

Not being cheesy. Anyone can tell the truth, be honest about their opinion or their outlook on life, but in the end you've got to say it in style. That in itself is challenging.

- Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

It's cliché, but at Bukowski has been my favourite author for a while now. I really don't read as much as I want to, I've got stacks of unread library books next to my bed that taunt me all the time. Bukowski's writing is just so inherently male. It's raw, crude and it goes to those darker places the male mind is capable of going to. Apart from him, people like Chekhov and Tolstoy really strike me as intensely honest writers.

- What's your working process like?

If I'm lucky enough to get an idea then it's still about a month off from actually writing it. I have to think about something from a few different angles for a long time before I put anything into words. It's frustrating but alcohol helps.

- Where can we see more of your work?

If I write anything it normally ends up on my Wordpress at Updates to be regular, one day.


You may recall us writing an entry about the photography competition held at Brunswick Street Gallery.
We would like to congratulate the winner Sean O’Carroll.

Friday, July 30, 2010



Patti is one of our latest contributors to our zine. Her work is featured in our last issue number 10 called 'YOU'. She is also our first contributor from Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

The art work featured in 'YOU' is a self portrait called "Mijn Tuin," which means "My Garden."

She feels this art work (as shown on the right) fits nicely with the concept of 'YOU' because not only does enjoy her 'vermin infested front garden,' but it gives her great pleasure to know it annoys her neighbours who are 'very intolerant arses'.

The art work is a pen ink drawing with some watercolours.

We were really intrigued with her art work so we decided to ask her some more questions..

  • How and when did you get into art?
For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawing. As a child, trying to WILL my dreams come true by depicting them, later to try and improve on reality. Painting I only started out of necessity for my job. The commissions for my pet portraits became, at one point, about 6 years back, a string of small white fluffy dogs, very hard to do in pen and ink... GREAT to do in oils!!  

  •  What would you say influences your work?
Some of the people that have inspired me include; Jeronimus Bosch, Rembrandt van Rhijn, Marten Toonder, and more recently Maya Kulenovic.

  • How would you describe your style?
In my commission animal portraits work I can't get away from realism, although when customer allows I like to build in a bit of theatre and drama. In my own work I strife to be part of the "worldwide Kitsch" movement.
In short, I denounce being part of the -art is for the elite- trend but I dedicate my self to depict recognisable emotional work and painstakingly try to become technically perfect.

  • What's your working process like?
I work slow but intense. I look for drama and humour at the same time and are obsessed with finding the beauty in things in general considered ugly.

  • What materials do you work with?
I like most 2D mediums apart from pastels, I particualiry love pen and ink and oils but pencil and watercolour pose great opportunities for depicting work in too.

  •  What kinds of themes are running through your art?
Animals mainly, alive and dead, particularly fantasy animals and horses

  •  Where can we see more of your work?
My website:


And at my studio after an appointment!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Scarlett Jane, one quarter of the JTAY family, is putting together a project in which she will be collecting small drawings of ducks and she needs contributors!
You don't need to have any particular artistic abilities to contribute, nor does the image have to be a perfect rendered likeness, a quick 2 min doodle is perfect!  
The aim of the project is to collect many different interpretations of the common animal in as many different drawing styles. Encourage your family and friends to do one too and send them over to
These drawings will be published in the wonderful Zine ‘Photographing Children’ a Melbourne based Zine that is sold at ‘Sticky’ under Flinders Street.

Photography Exhibition

Amy Boots from the crew has taken part in… 

It is a photography exhibition with $10,000 in prizes, featuring 380 photographers and 1000 photographs!

Open for viewing until 29 July 10am-10pm everyday

It is not often you can see so many photographers under one roof. Featuring some of Australia's best and up-and-coming photographers. Come along, bring your friends and maybe take home a bargain. Official opening and announcement of prizes this Friday, July 23 at 6pm.

Hope to see many of you there :)

Brunswick Street Gallery 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065

Monday, July 12, 2010

Friend Magazine

Just recently I came across ‘Friend Magazine’ - a free magazine for the creative, which includes art, music, fashion, photography, travel, writing, food and anything else you want to be recognised for. Pretty cool, right?

Friend magazine is based in Brisbane and can be posted throughout Australia and a select few overseas. If you can't get hold of a hard-copy, you can download an online version. The magazine is run by a bunch of creative people striving to create a magazine you can relate to, and build a network of friends you can rely on.  

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Photography Club

A photograph by Tom Hines. 
If you enjoy photography then we invite you to join this awesome new photography club. 

The club is a group based on facebook where everyone can upload their own work, add links, put information about up-coming shows, discounts and other cool things related to photography. What especially makes this club awesome is that they organise gatherings and events. While still in the process of organising the club, Lucinda hopes to arrange get togethers at least once a month where people can have the opportunity to discuss art, techniques, equipment and also their own work.

Interview with JTAY


· How and why did you start the zine?

Amy: I am very passionate about art, and wanted to get involved in the zine community. At the age of 14, I discovered the zine store Sticky and started buying zines there all the time. At 16, I actually decided to do one myself. I ended up receiving positive feedback and a lot of interest. A few months down the track I was getting emails from emerging artists, kids at my high school and even a couple of art galleries approached me about having my zine there. From there it just grew and the reason the zine is still going is because now we have our own little art community. One thing I love about the zine is that if ever I’m struggling with my art or writing I can always turn to the theme of the zine and have something to work towards. Having a different theme for each issue makes me think in ways that I wouldn’t usually and I love a challenge.

· How do you commission contributors?

Because our zine is more about garnering exposure for emerging artists than making money, our contributors tend to be very passionate about their projects. This often manifests itself through lots of 'word of mouth' advertising and social networking- most people find out about us either through friends or through sites like facebook and blogspot. While we don't 'pay' our contributors in the strictest sense, we offer exposure to their work, create a small art community that allows people to be involved in something collaborative.

· What is a typical print run and sales?

We generally print approximately 70-100 copies at a time of one issue, which are then sold over a period of several months, usually 3-4.

· Who is your audience?

Because our zine is all about being part of a community, we find that a lot of our audience are contributors, and vice-versa. It's got this great interactive vibe going on- someone might read our zine one month, like what they see, and contribute the next. We try and make our zine as inclusive as possible, and the open nature of the internet really facilitates this.

· How many people do you send to?

We send free copies to all contributors , usually 15-20 per edition. Retails at all major zine stores in Melbourne, mostly Sticky and Polyester Books, and at some art galleries in the Fitzroy and Brunswick area. In addition, we have some interstate distribution in Newcastle, NSW, plus our online store generates a small amount of international interest.

We also get involved in art festivals such as the Melbourne Zine Fair, art markets, and this creates more 'word of mouth' advertising amongst the art community.

· How many people work there? Is it all volunteer work?

Any profit generated goes back into zine production. This covers the costs of printing, paper, stamps, envelopes etc., so we're not for profit.

We have a team manager that performs organisational duties, and then a creative team of four that edit, create content, and decide the theme for each issue. 

Anyone is welcome to come and share ideas with us.

· How/Where do you produce the zine?

Our contributors are left to their own devices, and then send their contributions by email. We then print at Sticky Institute and it is handmade into the final product. 

· Do you run the zine out of pure love or do you aim to make a profit?

Well, if we’re doing it for profit we're not doing a very good job.

I think that part of the zine aesthetic is the underground culture surrounding it, and I think that huge success would taint that. It’s like being part of a secret that only a few people are in on. A certain amount of financial success would be nice, but if we started printing a glossy colour publication it would lose some of the grittiness, and alienate people in the process.

We’ve been told by someone that they like our zine because it’s not pretty, and I think that speaks volumes about our zine and what we're aiming for. We're not trying to move huge numbers of units, we're trying create an intimate and honest publication.

Melbourne Freeze Frame Project

In 2009 I took part in The Melbourne Freeze Frame Project and have been following the random fun events since. I posed for 5 minutes at Bourke Street Mall pretending to take a photograph on my Diana camera. These events are run through Stefasaurus Productions. STEFASAURUS PRODUCTIONS is a Melbourne based flash mob, activity and event group.

I could not attend this years Freeze Frame Project because I was minding the gallery but it appears they got more creative this year and I hope this continues in years to come! Here is a link that I found on youtube of the event.

This is a quote taken from the girl Stef who runs these events -

"I'm glad I'm not the only one in this world that enjoys random events, group gatherings & dress ups. You're only as old as you feel. It's good to know that even in this crazy day & age, with all the horrible things happening in this world with money, power, depression, poverty, war... I would like to think that creating these random events help people forget their problems for a little while & smile. If I have achieved that in any of my random events, then I dare say I'm the luckiest girl in the world. ♥"

STEFASAURUS PRODUCTIONS ★ is the official brain behind "The Melbourne Freeze Frame Project 2009", "The Melbourne Pirate Parade Project 2009", "The Melbourne Spaghetti Western Project 2009", "The Melbourne Banana Phone Project 2009", "The Melbourne Bride Stampede Project 2010", "The Melbourne Freeze Frame Project 2010" & with more events coming your way!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hello little monsters,

The last couple of months have been so insane for us. I don’t know how we managed to survive university, exams, produce 4 zines AND curate a show all in a few months! Despite the madness, it has been an amazing experience and we look forward to our next show. A huge thank you to all those that came down and supported us! Here are some photos taken through out the show.

Now that things will settle down, we look forward to keeping you more informed about future projects, meetings and zines.

Speaking of zines, if you did not make it down to our exhibition then you probably don’t know what our new theme is all about – the theme for our 11th issue is ‘ANONYMOUS’. During our exhibition we had an activity table (as shown on the right) with a very special submission box. People came and sat at this table and were free to use typewriters, do drawings, create badges, or select anything that tickled their fancy from the collage materials box. Some people even came back with work from home and submitted.

Since the exhibition is no longer running, we have arranged a separate email account for anyone to log in and send their work anonymously to that account.

Password: '11edition'

We had a sneak peak through the box and this is something someone submitted -