Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Unlocking creativity through mosaic.

Town Hall Gallery is pleased to host Creativity Unlocked an exhibition by the Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand (MAANZ) exhibition, Victorian Branch.
For this exhibition MAANZ has invited mosaic artists of all skill levels to think creatively by challenging them to include objects not usually associated with mosaic into their work. For the purpose of this exhibition the objects are a lock and a key. Each artist will apply their own personal style and experience to the challenge, and as a result the public will see thought provoking and inventive mosaics in both wall mounted and sculptural forms.
There are two public programs being held in conjunction with this exhibition, both are free to attend and allow viewers insight into the fascinating process of mosaic.
In Conversation: Join selected exhibiting artists in conversation as they discuss the intricacies of mosaic. Saturday 9 April 2pm to 3pm.

Open Studio Saturday: join artists from MAANZ in their temporary studio adjacent to the gallery. This is a great opportunity to view them as they work on current projects and ask questions about mosaic. Saturday 16 April 12pm to 5pm.

Creativity Unlocked is open to the public from Wednesday 30 March to Sunday 1 May.

There is a People's Choice award as part of this exhibition, actually there are 6 awards!  You can vote for your favourite wall piece or sculptural piece via our poll!  Go to this link to view the works and select your favourite!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

T-shirt Spotlight on Malamoop!


Danielle Medalle is the lovely person behind label Malamoop.

All of her t-shirts are designed, stencils cut, screen printed and cured (that's heat setting the prints!) by her own hands! Phew, it sounds exhausting doesn't it!

When we asked Danielle about how she got started, this is what she had to say:

"My designs are mainly character based. I have a very cartoony style. I started printing t-shirts and plush toys for friends as gifts then a friend of mine opened a store and asked me if I wanted to stock my t-shirts. I base a lot of my characters loosely on friends and things that amuse me."

Malamoop t-shirts are all printed on recycled tees. Buying them from op shops gives each t-shirt its own individuality and no two tees are the same. The recycled nature of the tees means that they are super soft and worn in, you also won't get any weird colours running in your washing too!

You can also find Malamoop t-shirts at The Radical Grocery Store in Brunswick.  Oh, they are a super bargain at $28 too!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Movie tees with Midnight Maruders by Best Fiend

best fiend

Tee shirts speak in many tongues. Walk down any street anywhere in the world and you’ll be able to read the public by the art and slogans worn with pride. A mum with a pram wearing a Cannibal Corpse tee shows
that she still rages on the inside. A young Hip-Hop kid wearing an Original Fake tee shows that he or she is passionate about art, music and design and also wants to belong to a tribe.

It was this line of thought that inspired Best Fiend to create printed tees and keeps us inspired. Inside millions of wardrobes and laundry baskets around the world lie curated collections of cultural dialogue.

The Midnight Marauders collection fits snugly into the definition of ‘Curated Culture’. Adopting it’s name from arguably the finest album from A Tribe Called Quest, MM is predominantly about movies. Not just any movies but the films that define us as artists. Although part of a larger series, the three shirts presented for the exhibition are ‘Ted’, ‘Carol’ and ‘Andrei’.

‘Andrei’ is a tee inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky and his masterpiece ‘Solaris’. Tarkovsky serves as an inspiration due to his uncompromising vision which seems to be an ever shrinking phenomenon in contemporary culture.

‘Carol’ is inspired by the British director Carol Reed and the tee displays an image from his film ‘The Third Man’. The image of the character Holly Martens standing with his arms pressed either side of a storm drain seemed so enigmatic and perfect as an antidote to hollow fashion prints and overly referential design. It’s simple and will be recognized and understood by members of your tribe without screaming ‘I’m from a movie’.

‘Ted’ is named after Ted Kotcheff, the guy who directed Weekend At Bernies.It may seem like an odd choice to celebrate the low brow with the high brow but Weekend At Bernies has a special place in our
hearts. In someone else’s hands it could have been morose and morbid but as it stands is smart and creative.

The asthetic finish of these three tee prints could be labeled as ‘Psychadellic Noir’. Taking our cues from Norwegian metal bands and Post Rock stylings, the prints are stark and distressed, andding an extra layer of intrigue to throw seasoned pop culture savants off guard as well as cultivating a sense of mystery. The print used on ‘Ted’ was originally from an Italian release poster of Weekend at Bernies and unless someone informed you that the print and the film were indeed related, you’d be none the wiser.

In this time of highly evolved visual language it has become more and more challenging to create unique signatures of your own that will also be recognized by your cultural kin. Midnight Marauders is an experiment in constant flux designed to achieve just that.

Spotlight on Bad Meet Evil...

Joseph Fonti is the man behind this new label Bad Meets Evil. He started printing a batch of t-shirts about a year ago and was surprised at how well received they were.

When asked about the design process for his t-shirts he stated that he works best at night, with some rocking tunes on and that he is never really sure how the design will end up. It's very much a creative journey.

So why the name Bad Meets Evil? Joseph responds:

"The way I see it, modern fashion is all about highlighting the supposedly beautiful facets of life, but it brushes over anything that is considered ugly or shunned. In my work, I feel like I’ve been drawn to the darker side of things. I think Bad, Meet Evil... tries to satirise the industry with caricatures of how I see life, and attempts to invite a new perspective on the glamorous world of fashion. The designs are influenced heavily by the underground graffiti scene and hip- hop mentality; there is an undefinable sincerity and beauty that accompanies the works of those who choose to use art as an escape from the harsh reality of our everyday lives. Bad, Meet Evil... tries to encapsulate both of these feelings."

Bad Meets Evil is also creating the merchandise for Aussie hip hop artist 360!

You can see more at

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I Wear My Heart On My Tee officially opened!

I Wear My Heart On My Tee exhibition launch 2011
So many tees to choose from!  I wonder if people recognized that our table was in the shape of a T?

A huge thank you to all that came out last Thursday to help us officially launch I Wear My Heart On My Tee.  This is the third exhibition in the series and it was lovely to see many new faces at Town Hall Gallery.
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Danielle from Malamoop and pals getting some photos with the t-shirts!

As per usual we saw lots of people buying t-shirts for their personal collections and artists and designers mingling with each other. 

This years exhibition features:  Almost Human * Silly Pear * Bike Path * Maru design * Amy Canals * Persistently Plastic * Bronze Temple * Indie * Bad meets Evil * 7 Breaths * Best Fiend * Tomorrow Never Knows * Georgia Thorpe * EDAR * Jessica Dib-Newberry *Grumpy Tommi * Ruffbat * T-shirt Garage *Ray L Design * Freyart * Malamoop *Ginger Ellie * Kristy Brown * Yvette Phipps

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T-shirt fan Jayne and Curator Mardi Nowak proudly displaying their t-shirt selections for the night.

We will be posting more on our designers and labels throughout the exhibition, so keep an eye out.  However, if you would like to know more, you can come along to our In Conversation program with some of the makers on Saturday 19 March from 2pm.  This is a great opportunity to meet the folk behind the t-shirts!
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Our lovely team of volunteers helping folk buy their t-shirts.
We are also glad to see that amazing jewelry designer JOOLZ posted about our t-shirt launch too!  You can check out her post here (you should check out her lovely designs too!).  It's always lovely to hear from others what they think about the exhibition and launches, so let us know what you think!

I Wear My Heart On My Tee runs until Saturday 26 March so you still have some time to check out those tees!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I Wear My Heart On My Tee... about to begin!

Some of the Ruffbat tees all the way from Queensland.

It's all about to begin again!  Our third I WEAR MY HEART ON MY TEE exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday 2 March until Saturday 26 March.  We will be featuring many of our artists and designers during the exhibition period so you can find out some more about the people behind the tees!

I love the wacky ruffbat art tees!!

We are very excited to have some tees from Ruffbat Creative!   Ruffbat are the combined creative forces of Josh Rufford (who you may know from our Beardo exhibition) and Rhiannon McLay.  Ruffbat have created a series of gorgeous hand screenprinted tees which feature some of their great illustrations as well as a small series of one-off art tees.  These wacky art tees feature small artworks, acrylic badges and soft sculptures.  They are so beautiful that you would probably want to pop these tee on your wall!

The view of my day... Setting up tshirt exhibition!
some of the tees on offer this year!

I heard a rumour that the Ruffbat tees were all lovingly printed in their backyard, possibly even on their lawn making each tee incredibly individual and definitely made with love.  You can pick up one of these great tees from us for between $35 and $60, you even get a I Heart Ruffbat sticker too.  I'm sure you will 'heart' Ruffbat wearing one of these original tees.

Don't forget that the exhibition will be open this Sunday 6 March from 10am to 3pm too!