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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Science fiction writers to help improve public safety

French defence authorities are aiming to improve public safety by challenging science fiction writers to dream up life-threatening plots for their army to solve. Writers have been briefed to create stories with challenging threats. It will then be up to the army and France’s other defence forces to devise counter moves to neutralise the threats, save lives and secure premises. Among the global risks most likely to dominate civil defence agendas in the near future are climate change, cyberattacks and natural disasters. www.neweconomy.media/2019/08/12/french-imagining-counter-terrorism-responses/

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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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A circus that uses stunning holograms instead of live animals

A circus that uses stunning holograms instead of live animals

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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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