Cultivating Creativity

Will Morgan_Vintage IncNuala Honan and Sally Jenkinson_FollyRazi DazzleLiz SkitchCrafternoon

I recently provided some event assistance for Ink Pot Arts’ Cultivating Creativity program of events, as part of the 2014 Adelaide Fringe. Ink Pot Arts are a community arts not-for-profit organisation located in the Adelaide Hills, who presented a wide variety of inclusive events and activities for all ages, including musical performances, arts & crafts, poetry, comedy, magic, and cabaret. Above are a few of my personal favourites from all the photos I took during these events, capturing just a little of the artistic energy and creative talent on display.

Typographical Defense Bureau

Typographical Defense BureauTypographical Defense BureauThe ongoing war against bad typography continues!

In a world now flooded with poorly executed communication and promotional material, only a dedicated and vigilant resistance against offensive and unacceptable typographical crimes will see us gain a much needed victory. Be part of the solution and join the freedom fight from bad type today!

Scuttlepig’s classic Metal Mascara album

Scuttlepig – Metal MascaraIn 1982 hard rock gods Scuttlepig released their most ambitious album to date, the now classic, Metal Mascara. Taking new inspiration from divergent genres such as lipstick pop, disco beats, and hardcore metal, Scuttlepig produced a breakthrough sound that quickly became the defining shift in 1980′s popular music.

Featuring the worldwide hits Insanity Reigns, We Ruled Without Fear, and A Welcome Defeat, Scuttlepig’s greatest album is an inspired masterpiece loaded with complex, yet accessible, power rock anthems. Hailed by critics and fans alike, Metal Mascara continues to be acknowledged as one of the most significant releases in popular music during the 1980′s, and features prominently in all industry lists naming the important and influential albums from the decade.

Tales of Quahnarren: Great Statue of Tahsanook-Lai

Great Statue of Tahsanook-Lai

Situated in the spectacular rocky valleys formed along the western base of the Morning Mountains stands a towering monument to one of the most important and legendary figures in Quahnarren’s history. Carved from a rising outcrop of ancient sedimentary rock by a dedicated team of skilled stonemasons and local artisans, the Great Statue of Tahsanook-Lai is a striking 24-foot tall permanent remembrance, impressively honouring the visionary ruler of the Guahn nations, who thoughtfully initiated the permanent migration of his people to the unpopulated island landmass of Quahnarren.

The Great Statue was constructed nearly a century ago, and is considered to be an engineering and artistic masterpiece of considerable cultural importance. Tahsanook-Lai has been accurately sculpted wearing his winged battle helm, a famed and sacred symbol of everlasting victory, worn for both ceremonial and practical purposes by only the most revered leaders of the Guahn peoples.

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The most recent illustration for my Tales of Quahnarren fantasy series. Nice to have finally turned my initial quick sketch into a finished piece.

Tales of Quahnarren: Sacred Bone Tree

ToQ: Sacred Bone TreeIn a small glade surrounded by thick forest, an ancient tree, known as the Sacred Bone Tree, stands starkly in the centre of the clearing, isolated amid the brilliantly luminous grass that grows only in this singular location. Long ago it was believed that the great warrior, teacher, and protector Guahvaan, the purposeful and enlightened leader of the early nomadic peoples, met his untimely end in this location, most likely directed or influenced by tricksters summoned by demonic forces who sought to swiftly kill his rising influence. The tree is said to have risen from his fallen remains, fractured bones forming into a sturdy trunk and branches, enriching the soil and creating an area of remarkably fertile growth, offered as a parting gift to all his people and a demonstration of the genuine power of the human spirit.

See you at the ballpark

All-Star GameBite v Bandits programPlayer cards

Have been producing a few pieces for the Adelaide Bite Baseball Club, where I’m currently volunteering full-time to gain some useful event experience. These designs include game programs, web banners, player cards, flyers, and other promotional work. So far most of what I’ve created has been reasonably straightforward, but I’ll hopefully have further opportunities to work on some more interesting and involved designs during the remainder of the season.

Rain, rain, go away

Stangate House, AldgateUnfortunately, our community event at Stangate House had to be cancelled due to constant rain during the period required to complete the set up for our outdoor activities. It’s always disappointing when a lot of work goes into coordinating an event, and you don’t get the opportunity to see it all come to fruition – but that’s the nature of an outdoor event. As they say, one element you can’t control is the weather.

Even though we didn’t appreciate the falling rain, the gardens certainly did!

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