Connecting with others with kooky creations

Artist Phil Ferguson, known to his 130,000 Instagram followers as Chili Philly, became Insta-famous for posing in his crocheted hats — from pizza slices and burger buns to eggplants. Since August 2014 Phil has been creating crochet hats and posting them on social media platform Instagram with success. He now has over 100k followers and has been featured by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Frankie Magazine, BBC and even on Instagram’s account itself. His kooky creations and pop aesthetic have been so successful he has been able to leverage his social media popularity into pay, monetising his practice. https://www.instagram.com/chiliphilly/

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Creatively Connecting & Empowering Women

A collaborative community development project by Creative Tracks Art Consultancy, & RISE Ventures Pormpuraaw, Queensland. The project seeks to creatively connect and empower Indigenous women by mentoring them through business and creative activities. Their work covers jewellery making, textiles, weaving, painting… all materials and stories are derived from the environment they live in. They recently exhibited at the prestigious Cairns Art Fair with much success. @rirranthsew

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Inflatable solar light that packs flat

Architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta were asked to design a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, they considered the dangerous conditions at night in the tent cities and turned their attention to another critical need: Light. Now everyone’s getting the bright idea: hikers in Yosemite, backpackers in Whistler, and emergency workers in Nepal alike use LuminAID to light their way. Even the reality investment show ABC’s Shark Tank saw the LuminAID vision irresistible, and invited Anna and Andrea to premiere their product on primetime. https://luminaid.com/pages/about-luminaid

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Heather Mitchell’s TOAST PORTRAIT ART

Actress Heather ‘Mitchell’s toast art has fans everywhere. Richard E Grant, who appears with Mitchell in the film Palm Beach, has a ‘toast’ portrait. Mitchell has been long experimenting with the lifespan of her artworks. The longevity of a toast’s life has been trial and error. Toasts from eight years ago are still going strong, some have cracked – and one gave birth to a family of moths. “The toasts I make now are preserved in a solution, so although there is no guarantee of lasting a lifetime, they should survive intact many, many years if not dropped.” https://bit.ly/2LSzidh

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Artworks inspired by traditions

The M.A project is based in Mexico City working with artisans in different communities of Mexico – inspired by traditions, beliefs and local knowledge. They create unique pieces in wool and clay specializing in different ancestral processes. The project provides a bridge to the native communities of México, helping to preserve craftsmanship and create opportunity and income. https://ma-work.mx/About

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Reusable Bowl startup

RETURNR is an environmental initiative that aims to replace single use takeaway packaging with equivalent reusable solutions. They are managed and shared through the existing cafe network, minimising waste and resources. Return & reuse prevents single use packaging going to land fill. This reduces resource usage and the inefficiencies of recycling and down-cycling. Returning is like recycling but 1000 times better. RETURNR employs a shared pool of products & materials chosen for hygiene, safety and longevity. Request your food in a RETURNR. Pay deposit with cost of meal. Rinse then return to any cafe in the network to have your deposit refunded. Repeat. https://returnr.org/

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Black and Blue – Coal or Coral

Formed in 2014, The Light Collective photographers are leaders in their field. They are renowned for their interpretive and artistic approach. In their latest exhibition and publication they have chosen to juxtapose the adjacent coal mining industry with the Great Barrier Reef as symbols for a global conversation to ask an important question; can we find a sustainable balance between the continued extraction and consumption of fossil fuels and the well-being of our great natural ecosystems? We are being asked to acknowledge the relationship between one of the potential causes of climate change. www.thelightcollective.com.au

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Challenging Expectations

Studio A in Sydney provides professional career development for neurodiverse artists. This ABC Art Bites series profiles members of this Sydney-based collective with intellectual disabilities. They include Thom Roberts, Lisa Scott, Emily Crockford, Megean Pelham, Daniel Kim and Greg Sindel. Each artist is profiled and challenges our expectations about what they can do. Art Bites introduces us to the artists, their particular interest, inspiration, successes, family, mentors and their work practices at Studio A. Stream it on ABC iview now! https://iview.abc.net.au/show/art-bites-studio-a

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Integration needs Encounter

Mix It is a film project by young people with and without flight history initiated by Deutsche Filmakademie. They share a common goal to build bridges, trust and allow young people to exchange views. They deal with topics from their everyday lives. The joint filmmaking strengthens media and social competence and promotes the ability to work in a team. Participants are from Germany, Syria, Palestine, Iran, Jordon, Turkey and Pakistan. In a week, a sense of hope is created, self-confidence and faith in the window through which they see the world. https://www.deutsche-filmakademie.de/filmbildung/mix-it/

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A Micro-Gallery – F Tanner Baker – Rozelle Sydney

“I have lived in this old bakery for forty years on Sydney’s Balmain Peninsula and have wanted to honour its history and contribute to the local community by enlivening the street. The shopfront includes generous windows that lend themselves to a micro-gallery size exhibition space. I have established a non-commercial window gallery that exhibits works that stimulate reflection and, I hope, discussion” Helen Wyatt Gallery Owner, designer & curator. This year, F Tanner Baker has exhibited works by diverse artists, many of whom make pieces that can be worn. Exhibitions are up for approximately one month and are changed regularly. https://www.instagram.com/ftannerbaker/?hl=en

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TURNING IDEAS ON THEIR HEAD

Sharing negative reviews with purpose. The Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) barely spends anything on bought media, they rely on their activities being disruptive enough to generate their own momentum – and create controversy. Which is why, for Mona’s first ever brand campaign, they did the opposite of what they would usually do. They found their worst reviews, and turned them into ads and called it The Best of our Worst Reviews … The best thing about these reviews is they’re grounded in truth, and in their experience telling the truth is absolutely a risk worth taking. Check out their results.

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Keeping Language Alive

The International Year of Indigenous Languages is 2019. The Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) project celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry, music, dance and art. PIFL supports First Nations students in creating poetry in first languages by connecting them to First Nations poets, Elders and Language Custodians on country. Our aim is to strengthen connections of First Nations students to country, language and community to empower pride in their cultural identities resulting in enhanced wellbeing. https://redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-first-languages/

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