Saturday, 24 June 2017

Don't Believe The Type

So I've been off here for a little while now but I've been busy don't worry! I've been practicing my typography with a project started way back in Bristol called Don't Believe The Type where I and a friend make up type based pieces quoting hip hop lyrics. There are too many pieces here to reference them all so I'll leave them here and hopefully you will find them all by yourselves.

Otherwise check out my new Instagram account where I've posted these (but also the song tracks) @fivefingerdesigns

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Pierra St. Peacock

   This was a recent project held during a street party that was organised by Small Block cafe, Brunswick East, Melbourne Australia. Which for the first time saw me handing over the creative direction almost entirely into the hands of the public. The day started off with being on site during the morning, painting the outlines and the peacock's features, after which I was handing out brushes and paint pots to anyone that came along and signed them up to get involved.

   It was a great opportunity for me to let go in directing how the artwork grows and I have to say that I was really impressed by the result! It is by far the most colourful piece that I have ever been involved with and I was thrilled by the response that I received from the residents of Pierra Street, not only all the positive comments but also at the sheer quantity of people showing interest and getting their hands dirty. It was a really successful project and it is hopefully something that I can do more of in the future.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

The 8 Percent

The most recent project was painting this mural for the media and marketing group The 8 Percent. It's not my usual style but that being said it was certainly good practice for my straight lines, especially over the brickwork. It was a big task to take on but managed to get it done relatively quickly when considering the size of the thing! Best of luck to The 8 Percent in their new function space and I'm glad that I could work with them on bringing the area to life.

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New LoRay

A new small chalk A-frame for LoRay this time getting the most important detail in there - happy hours!

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Lo Ray

New chalks up at the soon-to-be open Lo Ray wine bar in Preston, Melbourne. They were made up for a great couple and I hope that their new business is a dream come true. After all, everything happens for a Riesling . . . .

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Carrieton Swimming Pool Mural

The final and biggest creative project which I undertook in Carrieton was painting a mural on their local swimming pool building. It took a little over one week and incorporates many of the native animals specific to the region as well as a few which are seen here since the time of settlers such as sheep. The aim was to make the pool brighter and more inviting for people passing by but mostly for the neighbouring children who go there to complete their VAC swimming course.

I would like to give a special thank you to the whole Carrieton community for choosing me to undertake this mural, the Rodeo and Cropping committees contributions, Carrol and Garry for putting me up during the project, and of course Shane and all of the Rowe family for supporting me throughout as I couldn't have done it without them.

 I had great fun painting this one and I think out of all the animals the koala holding up the pools plaque is my favourite, how about yours . . . ?

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Almerta Station

Whilst here in Australia I recently spent some time learning about the ins and outs of the station hand role as I lived and worked on Almerta station in the Flinders Ranges, SA. The work was varied and has given me a lot to learn, think about, and take away with me. The family  and everyone whom I met on the station are great, the land is stunning as well as ever changing, and they also offer accommodation for tourists and visitors so I must suggest that if you ever are in the area then you absolutely have to stay with them for a while. You can find them at and on Facebook, or simply pull in at the old car!

During my time there I also had the extra pleasure of refurbishing some of their old signs, making some new ones, and also getting along with a few other creative projects too . . .

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