regional roundup

regional roundup: sydney [part 2 of 2]

by anne

when i came across the work of milan [pictured above], aka moofus, an 11 year old esty seller living in sydney, i was completely charmed. not only do his illustrations have a very julia rothman-esque feel, but a portion of his sales also go to charity (this month is international animal rescue). can you get any cuter than that? it also happens that he also has an awesomely talented (and funny) “mum,” kate banazi. check out both of their responses, along with liane rossler from dinosaur designs and carolyn price + martin shields of non-fiction, featured below (click here for the full post or just click “read more” below. if you missed part one click here, and  all of the roundups (including melbourne) here). –anne

Dinosaur Designs

1. Where are you from? Where do you live  now?
I am from Sydney and live in Sydney

2. Describe your work
We  design and make jewelery, house wares and accessories – each piece is hand made in our Sydney studio. Our pieces have an organic feel and a rich variety of colours and tones.
3. How is your work influenced  by where you live?
We are inspired by nature and art. There are so many beautiful places in Sydney – gorgeous parks and amazing beaches with clear aqua water,  the glistening harbour, and the clear, bright light. There is a dynamic contemporary arts scene and a great energy in the city.
4.  Where do you go in Australia when you wa
nt to feel inspired?
Inspiration is everywhere. There are so many beautiful and  diverse places to see in Australia. Central Australia, Tasmania, Broome, The  Daintree, Melbourne – each place has its own special magic.

5.  How would you describe the Australian design scene?

Thriving. It is an exciting time. Lots of great things going  on.rossler3.jpg
6. If you could go anywhere where would you go? 
Everywhere I have been is amazing. I love Japan,  and could go to Tokyo any time. India is amazing for the colour and  vibrancy. I’d love to spend time in the Scandinavian countries – they have  an amazing sense of design. New Zealand has the most amazing scenery.  Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places I  have been to. I love to go to any place that has  a unique culture, and also love seeing places where nature is  untouched.

Click here for more work by Dinosaur Designs.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the Sydney roundup….

Kate Banazi

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I am from London, but presently, we live in Sydney about 4 miles from the city centre. 2 miles if you swim.

2. Describe your work
My work is a mixture of silkscreened handcut stencils and photographic with drawing, usually all at the same time with some happy accidents and a scalpel injury. I work generally on board and paper but right now I’m screenprinting on glass and perspex, internal doors and record covers.
3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
The weather is a great influence, physically and mentally, its very different from working in a studio under the Westway in London, which is what I came from. Come the summer here, I’m happier with a bit of sunshine, but as I use waterbased silkscreen ink, the heat makes the screens dry very fast, so work style changes to adapt to that. I don’t use air conditioning or heating in my studio, as I’d have nothing to complain about if I did. . . I’m discovering Australian artists, whom I much admire every day. A visit to the Aboriginal gallery in the Art gallery of New South Wales is a must and I’ve just seen some of the work of John Mawurndjul which has knocked my socks off. . . My friends are the biggest influence on me as they’re full of constructive criticism, plus a lot more criticism bordering rudeness.
4. Where do you go in Australia when you want to feel inspired?
I still consider myself a tourist, so even when I walk my dog, its a mini adventure, a ferry ride, a visit to a gallery, talking/ arguing with friends. And John, my local butcher, he’s always good for a laugh, plus I love the smell of meat. Being a visitor is always inspiring, plus the pace of life here is so much slower, I feel like I’ve got time to look at things more carefully. Admittedly, some people think it’s staring, especially the handsome young man on the bus this morning. He was inspiring.

5. How would you describe the Australian design scene?
Eclectic and vibrant. The architecture is some of the most forward thinking in the world for climate, social and environmental responsibility.
6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
Back in time to find the person who invented puff pastry to either assassinate them or thank them, I haven’t quite decided yet. Failing that, Trinidad or Cricklewood Broadway.

Click here for more of Kate’s work and Kate on Etsy. She also happens to be Moofus‘s  secretary/mom.

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I am from London, and now I live in Sydney with my mum and dad.
When I grow up I want to go back to Live in London and run my own skateshop.

2. Describe your work
I do drawing with pen or pencil on paper and then digitally colour them with photoshop.
My mum has just got a drawing tablet for the computer for me, so I’m learning how to use that.
3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
I like the city and skyscrapers, and Sydney has a great skyline which I like to draw because we can see it from our house.
I can sit on our roof and draw the city. I like Howard Arkley and Jeffrey Smart. But my favourite is Terry Gilliam.

4. Where do you go in Australia when you want to feel inspired?
I go to the skate ramps and skate for a while, and play outside with my friends. I go snorkelling with my dad and come back to draw the things I’ve seen. Once I saw a turtle.
5. How would you describe the Australian design scene?
I like Eamos work.
6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
Under the westway to skate board with my London friends.

Check out more of Milan’s – age 11 -work on Etsy (where a portion goes to charity). Click here to see his mum’s work.


1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I grew up in Sydney & still live here – Martin & I currently share a little blue terrace in Alexandria with our cat. Martin was born in Canberra & spent his childhood in Washington DC before returning to Australia to live.

2. Describe your work
Our illustrations usually start as pencil or charcoal sketches or as linocuts. Sometimes these become the final artwork; other times they’re transformed into vector graphics in Illustrator. Our product lineup includes t-shirts, greeting cards, totes and prints & this season we’re launching our first guys tees too! It’s important to us that our products are made locally, and of course, they all feature our cute & quirky graphics.
3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
For a start, it tends to be on a fairly small scale at the moment! We work from home, and tend to do most of the actual image creation at night, when it’s quiet and there are fewer interruptions. I love living in this area – something always seems to be going on & it’s great too that our screen printer and many of our suppliers are only a suburb or two away. If I’m thinking about colour combinations for a new project, a short walk along the terrace-lined streets provides plenty of inspiration.
4. Where do you go in Australia when you want to feel inspired?
One of our favourite places in Australia is Fraser Island. While we draw inspiration from countless images from design blogs, art exhibitions & films, there’s nothing to compare with swimming in the soft water of the lakes & disappearing into the endless sand dunes at the north of the island. Many of our ideas are drawn from nature & this place is incredible! For day-to-day inspiration, we love to walk through the backstreets of Erskineville, up to Newtown for coffee, window shopping & perhaps a purchase at one of the music stores.

5. How would you describe the Australian design scene?
We share a passion for Australian design & launched our blog, indie art & design, about 18 months ago. There are so many wonderful labels we’ve discovered since! I think people often struggle to make the transition from hobby to successful business but there seems to be growing support for indie products from stores as well as the public.
6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
Somewhere in South America. I really miss one of my friends who is currently living in Columbia. I would love to meet up with her – perhaps at the Galapagos Islands!  Hopefully, Martin will agree…

Click here for more work by Non-Fiction.

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