This mural took some time to complete as it was finalised over the holiday season. The fine folk from Caba Creative and You and Bamboo wanted an illusion style mural (trompe l’oeil) and felt the plain wall needed some artwork which suited the area and included the local flora and fauna. Sauce used paint-brush for the black cockatoos and aerosol for some other the other features like the skateboard. It was an usual mural, as there were many different items to work around, including the ATM, the bird features were incorporated to work around these objects and I think it creates a sense of scale and proportion.
Yesterday, we held our first stencil art workshops in our studio in Murwillumbah. The turnout was great and the participants were an interesting collection of young and old. The seven participants watched Sauce paint a quick demo and spent the rest of the afternoon creating their own canvas with various stencil forms and patterns. It was fantastic to have some older participants step outside their comfort zones and explore a new medium. We can’t wait for the next workshop so we can meet some new faces!
The next workshop will be held on the 26th of January from 2-5 pm. For all enquires and bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date folks! We’re going to be at ENCOMPASS! Show your support by booking a ticket for the princely sum of $16.65 and get yourself to The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay on the 13th of November from 7 pm. Make sure you wear your party pants and are ready to boogie the night away. There will be all different types of artists so make a night of it and bring all your friends. See you there!
I’m going to interrupt the usual updates about aerosol art (But only for a minute) to talk about the importance of shopping local.
As a small business in a regional town, I cannot stress the importance of shopping local. Sure, I love my iPhone, iPad, Ipadmini and all the other consumer gadgets associated with multinational companies. Who doesn’t love some easily outdated and expensive fancy piece of technology? But sometimes, we need to think more about the consequences of our purchases.
When you buy a coffee from your local cafe or pick up the paper from the corner store your money stays in your town. If you care about local jobs and a healthy economy, you need to look deeper than balancing some ephemeral government black-hole blow-out. A weekly splurge at the local bakery on carrot cake or an old fashioned sponge can be the difference between ballet lessons for their children (With the local dance instructor, of course) or going without.
Getting to know your local delicatessen or grocer isn’t just about spending more money on things you don’t need. It pays to be mates with the locals. Just like your local hairdresser will have all the good gossip, the local businesses in town will have all of the in-knowledge when it comes to great deals, bargains and specials. Some places even have cross promotional deals, or if the business is feeling generous, you might just get Mates Rates.