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Lives and Levels: an independent skate company

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in Cool Websites on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Lives and Levels is my independent skate company based in Sheffield, England, passionate about skateboarding, great design, and quality products. The name Lives and Levels comes from when my brother and I were kids and we’d play video games – mostly Mega Drive back then. We’d take it in turns based on lives and levels […]

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Melbourne illustrator Stephen Baker

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Illustration on Sunday 3 March 2013

Stephen Baker is a Melbourne-based graphic artist and illustrator working out of Magic Johnston Art and Design Cultural Complex in Collingwood. His bread and butter is designing prints for various commercial and boutique clothing labels, but with every other spare moment, Baker illustrates, paints, prints and puts together shows. No wonder we like his work […]

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Sam Octigan: Gorgeous Illustrations out of Melbourne

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Art on Friday 22 February 2013

Sam Octigan is an artist/illustrator based in Melbourne. Working across a broad range of mediums and projects, he divides his time between meeting the needs of his commercial clients and creating personal work for solo exhibitions, events and collaborations with other artists, brands and agencies.

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Abandon Ship: limited edition art collections inspired by the sea

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Eco on Thursday 7 February 2013

Abandon Ship works exclusively with artists to create limited editions and collections inspired by the sea, It is a small initiative with a big ambition: one that supports the little man, the underdog, and small crafts from becoming extinct by huge mass-producing giants. All items are ethically produced, with a high focus on sustainability, using […]

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New music by Melbourne band Howlin’ Steam Train

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Music on Tuesday 15 May 2012

Melbourne group Howlin’ Steam Train are turning some heads. The guys have a new EP coming out, and if this single is anything to go by, it’s going to be one hell of a listen. Blues inspired rock’n roll … they definitely make you get up and boogie.

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Bespoke frames and wooden objects by Ryan Ward

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Art on Wednesday 9 May 2012

Ryan Ward of United Measures is a rare craftsman of the most beautiful bespoke frames and wooden objects. This trained designer has an amazing eye for detail. I recently had him frame my entire exhibition and they were the cherry on top.

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Bright colours and patterns by Peaches and Keen

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Art on Tuesday 8 May 2012

Peaches and Keen. How can you pass up that name, serving up a feast of bright colours, patterns and quirky details to tantalise your eyeballs.

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Illustrations by Ben Ashton-Bell

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Illustration on Monday 7 May 2012

My latest exhibition, If the world made sense, is currently showing at Lamington Drive. I’ve spent about six months working towards this from the initial concept of ideas: researching, referencing material, collaging compositions, experimenting with and refining techniques. All this before I begin sketching the finals, then spraying, drawing, painting, drawing, pulling my hair out, wanting to throw them in the bin and start again, spraying and more drawing. All this for a couple of weeks up in the gallery. But all said and done, I can’t wait to begin on the next one.

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Vibrant, colourful illustrations by Melbourne artist Lwnski

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Art on Saturday 5 May 2012

I’m excited to have recently discovered Lwnski. The Melbourne-based illustrator and I are paired up in an upcoming exhibition titled True Self. His bold use of colour, mixed with typography and loose lines, just works. It’s well worth a look at his band posters, too. So cool.

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