Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Australia Project

Adelaide jeweller Alice Potter created these exquisite mixed media collage necklaces for The Australia Project.

Adelaide street artist Benzo's submission.

Sydney-based illustrator Nigel Buchanan makes a statement about consumerism in this brilliant Australia Project illustration.

The Australia Project is a unique creative collaboration. It brings together a series of varied creative ideas, with the common goal of exploring national identity in Australia through contemporary arts-based projects. The project is curated by Chris Edser, Scott Heinrich and Yianni Hill - very clever peeps who have, impressively, each spent time in residency at the brilliant Fabrica creative thinktank in northern Italy. (aka JAIME HAYON's career launchpad!)

Fabrica is an applied creativity laboratory where young creative people from around the world come together to develop innovative projects and explore new creative ideas, mentored by leading international figures in art, design and communication. No surprise that Chris, Scott and Yianni have come home bursting with inspired creative ideas!

There are already some great creative responses up on The Australia Project website... however the curators are seeking more talented Australian creatives to participate! If you are a great illustrator / designer / craftsperson / filmmaker / basketweaver, you should totally check it out! For more information, please visit the Australia Project website.

The Australia Project will present some of it's findings at the AGIdeas International Design Forum in Melbourne, 26-29 April 2010.

Industrial designer Alexander Lotersztain created these postcards bearing familiar Australian slang expressions. He explains these were inspired by a trip overseas in which he found himself strangely missing these unique Aussie colloquialisms...!