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Aaron Craig

Aaron is an Australian graphic designer with a background in fine art and photography. Based on the Sunshine Coast, he runs a small design studio, Handball Friendly.

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Final issue of Australian art magazine, Empty

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By Aaron Craig in New Products on Thursday 18 April 2013

Cult Australian creative magazine, Empty Magazine, is calling it a day and have decided to go out with a bumper issue instead of going silently into the night. Issue 22, the final issue, is out now and is packed with 152 pages of awesome artwork from a bunch of stellar artists including the likes of […]

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Upfront: a celebration of t-shirt art in Newcastle

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By Aaron Craig in New Art on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Upfront is a celebration of t-shirt art for those that appreciate the difference between images that are meant to be worn and those that aren’t. Organised by Marcus Dixon, a young artist who is psyched on bringing quality events to his sleepy hometown of Newcastle, Australia, the exhibition features established and emerging artists from Australia […]

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Australian digital publication No Cure Magazine

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By Aaron Craig in New Design on Saturday 9 March 2013

No Cure is an independent magazine out of Queensland, Australia that is bursting with designer profiles, artist interviews, creative studio spaces, new products and events worldwide. They are heavily involved in the creative scene in Queensland and strive to open doors in the creative community worldwide. Currently an online-magazine, No Cure aims to go to […]

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Mixed-media illustrations by Sydney artist Danilo Brandao

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By Aaron Craig in New Art on Friday 8 March 2013

Danilo Brandao is a Sydney-based Brazilian artist and graphic designer. I had the pleasure of exhibiting some of his work in a group show last year and immediately fell in love with his style. If there is a true all-rounder out there, it’d have to be this guy. From producing eye-catching detailed collage work, to […]

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The Rebels: new music by Canadian rap duo The Antiheros

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By Aaron Craig in New Music on Monday 23 July 2012

Canadian rap duo, The Antiheroes, have just released their new tune The Rebels complete with a killer music video. Polished by the skills of editor Micah Rix-Hayes, it’s a mix of fast motion effects, slow-mo’s and life size cutouts for the stop motion effects. Have a look, have a listen.

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Arktip Inc: a beautifully designed art magazine

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By Aaron Craig in New Art on Saturday 14 July 2012

Arkitip is a hand numbered four colour art book. Each issue is like an original piece of art that is affordable to art collectors of all economic levels. ‘Support the arts. Promote freedom and expression. Make art affordable and accessible’. These all sound like admirable founding principles of a magazine to me. If you’re into […]

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Analogue/Digital Creative Conference in Australia

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By Aaron Craig in New Events on Saturday 14 July 2012

Formed in 2011 to provide inspiration to students studying the creative industries in regional Australia, Analogue/Digital Creative Conference returns to Australia’s Gold Coast on October 12. With eight world class presenters, including artist Anthony Lister, design guru Christopher Doyle and street art heavyweight Numskull, and the introduction of three Question panels, Analogue/Digital is delivering plenty […]

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Pulp Art Book by Neil Krug and Joni Harbeck

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By Aaron Craig in New Art on Saturday 14 July 2012

This multi-media collaboration between photographer Neil Krug and his wife, model Joni Harbeck, is filled with grainy, sun-scorched photographs taken on polaroids years past their sell-by date. The hardcover LP-sized book now has Issue One and Two, the themes ranging from a spaghetti western to a Bonnie and Clyde revival. Anyone into the current revival of analogue photography and beautifully crafted books will find this Pulp Art Book irresistible.

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Bodybuilders World: a new series by Kurt Stallaert

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By Aaron Craig in New Photography on Saturday 14 July 2012

Belgian photographer Kurt Stallaert’s hyper-realistic series entitled Bodybuilders World is hauntingly beautiful. At first glance, it seems to capture the everyday mundane take on modern living, but upon closer inspection, the bodies of the characters have been augmented into those of muscle bound bodybuilders with tense faces.

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PUK Espresso: a new cafe in Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point

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By Aaron Craig in Cool Travel on Friday 11 May 2012

When entrepreneurial couple Antonia Kelly and Bradley Wakefield told me they were opening a cafe in Brisbane, I immediately got excited. The two of them have been involved in a swag of venues and initiatives in Brisbane over the years, including the well known Good Guide and Brunswick Social dumpling bar.

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Magda Sayeg: the yarn bomber

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By Aaron Craig in New Art on Wednesday 9 May 2012

I had the privilege of listening to Magda Sayeg talk the other day at the Analogue/Digital Creative Conference on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Sayeg has made a name for herself by pioneering what has become known globally as yarn bombing. The idea behind yarn bombing is to cover an object in the public environment with knitting and crocheting. Simple enough, but no small feat when you see the scale of some of the projects she has produced. Apparently covering a bridge is next on the horizon. It’s rad to see someone out there producing street art in a different context.

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Edgy new design work by French-based Ill Studio

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By Aaron Craig in New Design on Wednesday 9 May 2012

If you’re into the design scene at all, you may already be familiar with the top-end work that this multi-disciplinary French studio produces. But if you aren’t, Ill Studio have their own evolving style encompassing creative areas such as art-direction, graphic design, photography, typography and motion design.

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Sculptures made from skateboard decks by Haroshi

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By Aaron Craig in New Art on Friday 6 April 2012

Haroshi became infatuated with skating in his early teens so it’s only natural that he started using decks as the medium for his artworks. His wooden mosaic style is made by stacking and gluing a heap of decks together and shaving the final artwork into the decks. Any object that gets a second life is okay with me, especially when they have been crafted into sculptures as beautiful as Haroshi’s.

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Collage art by Melbourne-based Kareem Rizk

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By Aaron Craig in New Art on Thursday 5 April 2012

I first fell in love with Kareem Rizk’s work at Retrospect Gallery in Byron Bay a few years back. He is a Melbourne-based collage artist, illustrator and designer who works in both the digital medium and the more traditional collage mediums of acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, solvent transfers and acrylic transfers.

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Epic hyper-realistic drawings by Paul Cadden

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By Aaron Craig in New Art on Wednesday 4 April 2012

Remember those art classes at school? I once thought I was pretty good at drawing until I came across Paul Cadden’s hyper-realist work. The ‘hyper-realist style’ focuses more on its emphasis on detail and the subjects depicted, where the virtual image becomes the living image and an intensification of the normal. Simply mindblowing.

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