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Tree Change Dolls

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One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right? This is definitely the case for Sonia Singh, an Australian mother, who began a beautiful and inspiring story of the Tree Change Dolls. It all started when Sonia rescued a collection of high-fashion dolls from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. She transformed these dolls by removing the factory paint from their faces and repainting them with a more down to earth style. Sonia also collaborated with her mother who knits and sews the dolls’ clothes, and the results are incredibly charming.

It’s so inspirational to see old and used products being rethought in such simple yet enchanting ways. This story has made us think twice about what we purchase and what we throw away.

Gemma O’Brien Talk

 

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It is so inspiring to be amongst other like-minded creatives and last week’s ‘Defrost’ talk, at Frost, was no exception. The very talented Gemma O’Brien delivered a fantastic talk on the importance of authenticy and how the industry has evolved in response to brands all over the world demanding a more human and handcrafted approach. It was a wonderful reminder that technology is not always the answer and sometimes just putting pen to paper can achieve a much more heartfelt and engaging result.

Semi Permanent 2015

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2015 brought an incredibly talented lineup of creative speakers from all over the world to Semi Permanent last weekend and a few of our designers were lucky enough to attend the event. They shared some of the inspiring knowledge they learned over the 2 day conference with the team.

Friday’s event was highlighted by the WXD Panel including Editor in Chief Scott Dadich from Wired Magazine; Graphic Designer and Partner at Pentagram, Natasha Jen and Architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG. Natasha’s thought provoking talk resonated the most as she took us through her creative processes and included a few case studies with some extremely challenging obstacles and how she overcame these with persistence and calm.

The most fascinating speaker of the day was Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels, who took us through some of his most innovative and resource conscious projects while explaining the importance of play and playfulness in design. One of the projects he discussed was how he will resolve Copenhagen’s excess waste issue into a waste-energy powerplant and combine this structure with a 31,000-square-metre ski slope that will trail down the roof, allowing it to double-up as a new visitor attraction.

Melbourne’s The Company You Keep and illustrator Beci Orpin were also among the stellar lineup on Friday and both delivered some very engaging discussions on how they find their inspiration.

Kass’s Australian Tour

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It’s Throwback Sunday, and look what I’ve found! This is me and my terribly clever business partner on the night of our graduation, almost exactly twelve years ago. It wasn’t that long after this that we decided to bite the bullet and set up our own design studio. By ‘studio’, I mean small corner of Kass’s Surry Hills apartment, where we sat about 3 feet away from each other on our fancy, speedy Apple Emacs. I’m pretty sure neither of us even had a mobile phone back then – but we had a landline, and darling Kass would make me a cup of tea and give me a high five of encouragement after every 20 cold calls.

We have continued to work about 3 feet away from each other, until now. Last week, Kass packed up her house and piled her family into a (specially designed and styled within an inch of its life) caravan with a plan to explore this great south land from now till Christmas. She’s still working with us and her clients, but remotely – in the most remote, back-of-bourke sense of the word.

I feel like I’m missing my left arm.

All’s not lost, however. There’s so much ahead for us this year which I’m excited about. To begin with, Kass and I have just launched a new business. It’s called Austockphoto, and basically our vision is to create a carefully curated, comprehensive collection of authentic Australian imagery – so that graphic designers like ourselves as well as people from other artistically driven industries can access relevant and beautiful shots of local people, spaces and objects which tell a real Australian story. As you can see, this fits very comfortably with the trip-around-Australia idea. Check out the website so far at austockphoto.com.au.

Second, we have welcomed a talented Senior Designer to our already brilliant and capable team. Gil will be wearing Kass’s shoes as well as carving her own path at Boheem. She’s come from an advertising agency, is smily and smart, and has already proven to be a great asset. We’re really excited to see where Gil takes some of our campaigns and brands this year.

And finally, for all of us not in a caravan waking up to waves crashing on the shore or Lorikeets singing at our window, we get to vicariously live through those who do. Follow the Pine/Hunts as they adventure their way around the countryside: check out the Austockphoto blog or find them on Instagram (austockphoto).

It’s a girl!!

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When Claire packed up and left the studio on Friday afternoon after another busy week, little did we know Dylan would be joining us the next day!

Cute as a button with a shock of black hair, Dylan Jean is the newest honorary member to the Boheem team.

Congratulations to Claire, Aaron and big sister D’arcy. We all look forward to watching this little lady grow.

From Farm to Cup: Belaroma’s Coffee Process

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Surely nothing says “2010’s cafe” better than some fancy chalkboard type and accompanying hand drawn illustrations. We created this masterpiece to sit front and centre at the Belaroma headquarters: it’s their unique and meticulous coffee making process, from farm to cup. We’re so excited to see it up and finished, hurrah! Well done to the Boheem Team, in particular Kat (another design project she left as part of her amazing legacy!) and Emily.

 

A sad day for Boheem

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They say all good things must come to an end. Don’t know if I believe that entirely, but I suppose in my heart I had to know that Kat wasn’t going to be part of the Boheem Team forever and ever.

Today was this dear girl’s last day with us. Kat has found an exciting opportunity to bring some variation to her career path and explore a different aspect of design, and will be working just up the road in a studio similar in size to ours. Those of us left behind are pretty devastated, as anyone who’s worked with this vibrant, and incredibly talented young woman will appreciate.

Thanks, Kat, for everything you’ve brought to this little family. Your utterly contagious positivity, your unending creativity and your generous spirit. You’ve been with us through some really significant times in Boheem’s history, and we know that this place will be experiencing a Kat-shaped void for quite some time. We think you’re completely wonderful and wish you all the best in what’s ahead.

True Detective

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I’ve recently enjoyed watching the first (and only, so far) season of True Detective. It’s great, I highly recommend it. Particularly enjoyable was the opening sequence – seductive, eerie layerings of still photography partnered with simple and beautiful typography. Was so taken by it that I looked up who was the genius behind it… and low and behold, it’s Patrick Clair of Antibody – just down the street!  They’re located in Chippendale and have created a host of successful video reels for numerous national and international TV series and other film studios. Inspiring stuff!

 

The Club of Odd Volumes

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We designers love a bit of home or fashion DIY. And we also love that options for print-your-own gifts have come a long way since the days of cheap looking calendars and heavy builders mugs featuring cheesy family portraits. The Club of Odd Volumes is a great little online store where not only you can buy one of many gorgeous tees, totes and tea towels, you can also upload your own design to be printed on the item of your choice in Melbourne and delivered within days. Kass has already tried and tested the system, and the results were great – print quality and service gets a thumbs up from us! Check them out here: theclubofoddvolumes.com

A Fairy Queen on a Trampoline

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Kids make great artists – all that endless time-to-kill and unencumbered creativity. When I asked my 4yo what she was drawing recently she said ‘a fairy queen on a trampoline’ as if it should be the most obvious thing in the world.

I have since heard about a wonderful mother/daughter collaboration whereby illustrator Mica Angela draws the head and face and her 4yo daughter completes the body. The outcomes are imaginative and whimsical – a dino-man, mouse-lady, mermaids and peacock-people.

The process of collaboration, letting go, not being so rigid in a particular project or process is really the essence of creativity. After looking over these lovely illustrations I have made a point of taking more notice of fairy queens on or off trampolines and other ingenious musings – you just don’t know when they might come in useful.

You can read more about Mica here: http://busymockingbird.com/2013/08/27/collaborating-with-a-4-year-old/

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