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    On trend: Australian Chinoiserie

    On trend: Australian Chinoiserie

    Australian Chinoiserie is a unique take on an enduring trend in fashion and homewares. Find out more about this intricate artform.

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    Interview with La La Land's in-house artist Murilo Manzini

    Interview with La La Land's in-house artist Murilo Manzini

    How would you describe your art method?
    I don't have a preference for specific media. The current result of each artwork I create is a wondrous medley of various techniques and applications, including watercolour, acrylic, digital composition, markers, and mixed media. But I need to confess that because I have been practising more with digital illustration lately, the way I compose for other media has changed. Even my colour palette has evolved since then. And I'm very excited about it.
    What or who inspires your work the most?
    I'm fascinated by the human healing process. I see genuine beauty when some vulnerable experiences are overcome and turned into awareness and strength. I'm also a spiritualist and intuitive to everything around me, and I love to be surrounded by nature, and clean spaces.
    I'm also curious about the constant cultural exchange we are involved in. For example: in some of my recent authorial projects, I have been using Australiana fauna and flora and mixing them with my tropical roots, creating a bright space for people to feel welcomed and inspired. We are all made of various and distinct references coming together as one, and this is what makes us unique.
    Which of your personal or commercial artworks is your all-time favourite and why? (Include an image I can share).
    The artist's range I did for La La Land is a composition I'm proud of. It was surreal to create a scene where all of my favourites idols were interacting in the same space. I always say I would spend a significant part of my life talking to these guys at the bar if I could.
    There's also another collaboration I did with Hew Clothing for their AW19 collection title "ECOLOGY".
    It brings more than ten pieces with my artwork on it, and its debut happened on the runway at VAMFF last March in Melbourne. 
    Also, there is a mural a did recently for Broadway Shopping in Sydney. At the end of the three days of work, it was incredible to see the same artwork I did digitally stamp on a large scale like that.
    Where is your dream destination to visit for inspiration?
    It has to be Mexico! I made a range celebrating Frida Kahlo for La La Land recently. And when I was searching some references to compose the scenario for the illustration, I found an explosion of colours and patterns in the pictures. For sure, it is a must go.
    5. How did you come to work at La La Land?
    About a year ago I had the opportunity to send one of my artworks named Blooming to the person responsible for curation at La La Land. They decided to give a try to create a greeting card with that artwork. After a few months, they reached me to develop something to a brief. I made some options and picked up my portfolio and went there to present them. After a few adjustments, I was invited to become one of the in-house artist  which I have been doing since then lovingly.
    Do you think your background contributes to your art in any way? 
    I believe that every experience we have in life counts to the now. To work as a graphic designer in Brazil helped me a lot as well with my work for La La Land, especially in regards to packaging and finishing files. I'm also curious about techniques and media. So if I see something that instigates me, I'll give it a try.
    How do you manage the process differences between creating art and working to a brief? For yourself/someone else?
    Because I have a background in graphic design working for agencies in Brazil, I consider myself quite flexible when I'm creating for someone else. 
    I understand that I can bring some ideas but at the end of the day I believe it is a combinations of your work and being at the same page with the client.
    However, when I'm creating my original work or commissioned work, I like to follow my artist signature and to respect my current boundaries. If someone asks me to add something that I believe won't be an excellent fit for the artwork I will try to show them some alternatives. 
    The main goal is to find balance when I'm creating something.
     
    What do you get up to in your free time? Other interests/passions?
    First of all, art exhibitions! I love to spend hours walking through the silent corridors of museums and also to interact with other people's arts.
    Secondly, it's nature. To walk by the beach or some park and to sit there quietly doing nothing. 
    And, of course, family. I love to spend a considerable amount of time with those I enjoy cooking, watching tv,  gardening, and taking care of the place. I think I learn with my mom that a happy house is a tidy house. So, I'm always taking care of the place I'm living in as well.
    Who is your favourite La La Land artist and why? 
    My favourite La La Land artist is my partner at work Lilly Perrott (with all respect to the others of course). 
    I really enjoy spending time with her sharing knowledge and getting references for future projects. She is a real young talent, and I'm sure we all will hear a lot about her in the future. Mark this name Australia.

    5 Ways To Make A Positive Change This Earth Day

    5 Ways To Make A Positive Change This Earth Day

    We live in a beautiful, unique world that is very much under threat by climate change and the impact of mankind. There's a lot of pressure on society today to make a meaningful change that will help make a difference. Although the idea of the weight of the world is growing heavy on our shoulders and at times may seem overwhelming, we want to let you know that there are several EASY changes you can make as an individual that will go a long way. 

    SHOP SMARTER

    Pick up a strong, sturdy shopping bag that will fit all your groceries as an alternative to single-use plastic bags at the shops. You can also avoid those single plastic bags in the fruit & veg section and bring your own sustainable mini bags if you like to compartmentalise. The average reusable bag has a lifespan equal to that of more than 700 disposable plastic bags. One person using reusable bags over their lifetime would remove more than 22,000 plastic bags from the environment 
    WALK OR RIDE YOUR BIKE
    If you can swap jumping in the car and driving to school or work for simply walking or cycling on your bike then give it a go! Cars are responsible for roughly half of all transport emissions. Collectively, Australian cars emit roughly the same per year as Queensland's entire coal and gas-fired electricity supply. Despite these pledges to tackle climate change, Australia's emissions continue to rise, particularly from the transport sector.  B.Y.O.C. (BRING YOUR OWN CUP!)
    If you're not making your own tea and coffee at home or the office and you need that caffeine fix, bring your own coffee cup to the cafe. All it requires is a second of forethought before you leave to go purchase one. Over a year, the use of reusable coffee cup reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 92% compared to disposable cups. It is estimated Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year which is approximately 2,700,000 paper coffee cups are thrown out every day! 

     

    CREATE A COMPOST

    Whether it's in your house or in your office, everyone creates food waste and it can be converted into valuable compost that can feed the plants and soil around you, causing them to thrive and attract beneficial insects like bees, butterflies and ladybugs. Besides, a greener planet is a happier planet. Before starting have a quick read up on what can and cannot go into your compost and within a month you could be feeding your plants and garden some serious rocket fuel that will boost their growth whilst reducing methane emissions from landfills and lowering your carbon footprint. 

    POWER DOWN
    In this modern age, we rely on technology and electricity A LOT! It's pretty crazy to think that simply boiling the kettle at home can use precious natural resources that are farmed right from our own earth which we will eventually run out of. By being aware and trying to be energy efficient you can help cut down on your need for electricity and rely less on carbon-intensive power plants. This reduces your home’s demand from the plant, which in turn benefits the environment by reducing their carbon dioxide emissions. Simple things like; turning the lights off when you're not in the room, setting your laptop to sleep mode after 20 minutes of being out of use, and turning powerpoints off at the switch can help make a difference and save you on your energy bill.

      Healthy, Fun and Yum!         How To Make Rainbow Popsicles.

      Healthy, Fun and Yum! How To Make Rainbow Popsicles.

      We all love to celebrate Australian Summer with our favourite nostalgic ice-creams including rainbow paddle pops, Gaytime, Splice and Bubble O Bill.

      The colours and flavours of Summer are packed with sugar and colouring that we don't always want to give to our kids.

      So here's a recipe thanks to The First Year Blog which is inspired by the icy rainbow swirls of Summer paddle pops.

      Now you can make your own guilt free and flavour packed.

      Ingredients:

      RED LAYER

      • 1 frozen banana
      • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
      • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
      • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
      • water or liquid for blending

      ORANGE LAYER

      • 1 frozen banana
      • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
      • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
      • 1 small orange
      • 1/4 cup frozen mango
      • water or liquid for blending

      YELLOW LAYER

      • 2 frozen bananas
      • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
      • 1 cup frozen pineapple
      • water or liquid for blending

      GREEN LAYER

      • 2 frozen bananas
      • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
      • 1 handful (or more) spinach
      • 1 cup frozen pineapple
      • water or liquid for blending

      BLUE LAYER

      • 2 frozen bananas
      • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
      • 1 cup frozen pineapple
      • small amount of blue food coloring
      • water or liquid for blending

      PURPLE LAYER

      • 1 frozen banana
      • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
      • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
      • water or liquid for blending

      MAGENTA LAYER

      • 1 frozen banana
      • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
      • 1/2 cup sliced canned beets
      • 1 cup frozen strawberries or raspberries

      Directions:

      FOR EACH SMOOTHIE

      1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid to help it blend if it's too thick.
      2. Transfer the smoothie to a bowl or container, rinse the blender and prep the next smoothie.

      TO ASSEMBLE THE RAINBOW POPSICLES

      1. Carefully layer each colour smoothie in a popsicle mould in rainbow order.
      2. Layering the smoothies in the mould is easy. Use a spoon or tablespoon to scoop the smoothie mixture into the mould. It’s natural for the layers to blend a bit, but I have noticed that spooning the smoothies into the mould versus pouring the smoothie in from a glass leaves better results.
      3. Once the moulds are filled, add the sticks and freeze the popsicles overnight.

      Celebrate Australian Summer with your kids, keeping it cool, fun and yum!