I had the absolute pleasure to travel up the Sunshine Coast on Friday to attend the Analogue Digital Creative Conference.
There were six speakers in all - all impressive guests and creatives in their own right, discussing their journey, bad choices and better advice. It was interesting to see th works of Troy Archer, and Magda Sayeg specifically, who have both come up in my artists research in the past.
Troy's work - biro drawn portraits of old faces with juxtaposing bright sharp pattern - appeals to me on many levels. At the conference I spoke about meaning and although not wanting to go into some sort of 'conceptual depth', it's clear there's a story there, and one that is close to his heart - literally.
(below image Market Man - courtesy of Troy's blog site).
Magda Sayeg is considered to be the mother of yarn bombing, Magda's work has evolved to include the knitted/crocheted covered bus in Mexico City, as well as her first solo exhibit in Rome at La Museo des Esposizione in the summer of 2010.
I remember walking through Teneriffe, Brisbane a couple of months ago, and seeing a tree completely covered in bright knitting, and wow, the impact was immediate, uplifting and felt like a cause to celebrate urban life. To hear her speak about her progression with ideas was refreshing, unconvetional and inspiring.
Below image Bali Scooter courtesy of Magda's blog.
Overall the AD Conference aimed to give honest advice about working in design and art industry. The venue and casual atmosphere gave the event a friendly and comfortable vibe. The advice was plenty and while I still try to absorb the almost six hours of knowledge, I think a few tips stood out:
1. Just do it (SneakerFreaker)... don't wait, do what you do and do it well.
2. Take criticism and accept the experienced voice of others (Damien Aistrope)
3. Put your happiness and family first... all speakers.
4. Take jobs you want to do, and do them well - presenting your unique style as a 'brand' (Ill Studio and Troy Archer)
5. Don't Give Up.... each chocolate! (Troy Archer, We Buy Your Kids)
For me - the top mantra's of the day:
6. Find your 'thing' - For Troy, it's biro, Magda, it's knitting, for WBYK it's poster screen printing for bands, for SneakerFreaker founderSimon ‘Woody’ Wood it's about sneakers....
7. Have your PP (Passion Project) - spoken about by the We Buy Your Kids founders Sonny Day and Biddy Moroney and Simon Wood.
Big thumbs up to all the speakers...
There's more there... so I'll rethink the days event's and reference the days' events in my next posts.
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.