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Dragons for success by Chris Chun
A powerful symbol in Chinese culture. The dragon is considered to be the rainmaker and brings in winds of change. Displaying a dragon in your home will not only energise the house and the family, but it will also bring strength and vitality to everyone who resides there. An Australian designer with Chinese heritage, Chris honed his craft in Europe designing for textile design studios whose clients included the likes of Giorgio Armani & Missoni. A dragon in reds and oranges brings in the 'fire' element to create energy. The fire element represents success and inspiration in feng shui. https://www.chrischun.com/collections/dragon
6 September 2021 by Gillian Corba...

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Sheep Art - A Magical idea
Ben Jackson, a farmer from the NSW town of Guyra, felt helpless when his much-loved aunt died in Queensland and border closures meant he couldn’t attend her funeral. He came up with a touching way to honour her by getting his flock of sheep to form the shape of a love heart on his farm. The sheep art has struck a chord with Australians who have had to come to terms with saying goodbye from afar as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps families separated. The video was played at Deb Cowdery’s funeral alongside her favourite song, Bridge Over Troubled Water. https://www.instagram.com/p/CS7nqwKhkFV/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=1d02eff3-abaf-4f93-9486-9a5c379e4e08
30 August 2021 by Gillian Corba...

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Art in a vending machine - a whole new idea to buying and displaying art
Art in vending machines has been popping up all over the world but was first brought to the forefront in 1997 by Clark Whittington, in a small coffee shop in North Carolina. He repurposed a cigarette machine to sell 12 of his photographs, calling it the Art-O-Mat. The owner loved the idea she asked to keep the machine and continue to sell artists' works. This is when the Artists in Cellophane, a collective encouraging art consumption “by combining the worlds of art and commerce in an innovative form”. There are more than 100 Art-O-Mat’s all over the world. https://artpharmacy.com.au/journal/the-art-vending-machine-revolution-dispensing-more-than-just-art
26 August 2021 by Gillian Corba...

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Zoe Brand Jewellery Messages
Zoe Brand makes her provocative jewellery from a small village called Majors Creek near Canberra. Her pieces use jewellery archetypes, ready-mades and text to explore the performative nature of jewellery as a device for communication. “I am concerned with finding language that can describe both the object or the idea of the object, as well as the person who might wear the piece”. http://www.zoebrand.work/about
23 August 2021 by Gillian Corba...

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Backpack with built-in hoodie
What a great concept! This backpack features a built-in water-resistant hoodie that stows away to look like a normal backpack. This means you never have to make that risky decision between taking your hooded rain jacket or leaving it at home when you go out for the day. If it starts raining – or you need some extra warmth – just unfold the hood. The hood folds up and tucks into a hidden pocket near the top carry handle, concealing under the straps. To bust out the hood, just pull it out and unroll it. https://spy.com/articles/gear/accessories/backpack-with-hood-waterproof-champion-173767/
21 August 2021 by Haroon Shahab

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Olympic pictograms
The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games got social media talking. A highlight was a group of performers acting out shapes. They became known as the 'pictogram sequence'. Pictograms were first introduced at the 1964 Tokyo Games as a means of transcending language barriers. They were used to represent individual sports, as well as services that would help visitors get around. Designers for the '64 Games revolutionised the idea by creating symbols that could be used non-verbally without confusion. They even helped to create what are now universally used to distinguish between gendered toilets. https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/news/pictogram-dance-sequence-at-olympic-opening-ceremony
16 August 2021 by Gillian Corba...