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 -