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Art constructed from hundreds of photographic fragments

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By Courtney Beck in New Art on Saturday 20 August 2011

Take a journey into paradise with Marco Eychenne’s latest exhibition, Photo Crash. Rainbow colours abound and melt into each other, as the characters in his pieces transform into what only could be called the human version of birds of paradise.

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The Killage: an independent Australian horror movie

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By Courtney Beck in New Film on Tuesday 2 August 2011

Love horror films? Think you’ve seen them all? No, you haven’t! Keep your eyes peeled for the Australian film, The Killage, created by ArtSpear Entertainment. This low-budget independent horror film will have you in fits as it exposes every horror cliché’ ever made.

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Melbourne artist Miso

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By Courtney Beck in New Art on Tuesday 28 June 2011

The detail involved in Miso’s work really needs to be seen to be believed. I saw some of her latest work which involves hand-cut and pin pricked images of animals and cityscapes, and literally sat in awe at the beauty and was totally perplexed at the time and patience it would have taken to create these pieces. Often using white on white, or black on white, it re-iterated to me that sometimes in a world full of colour, there is a still a place for just white.

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Ghost Patrol

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By Courtney Beck in New Art on Tuesday 28 June 2011

I was lucky enough to catch self-taught Melbourne artist Ghost Patrol’s latest exhibition recently, and it was magical. Ghost Patrol’s work ranges form fine ink drawing, street art, and commissioned murals to soft sculpture.

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150 letters you were never meant to see

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By Courtney Beck in New Products on Tuesday 28 June 2011

Call yourself a romantic? Then you should definitely get your hands on a copy of Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant To See, collated by Bill Shapiro. Written only for a lovers eyes, inside this book you’ll find a collection of love notes scribbled on everything from napkins and postcards, to text messages, to ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ relationship-enders via email. 

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MINI Scooter-E

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By Courtney Beck in New Eco on Thursday 16 June 2011

The MINI Scooter-E can be charged directly from any household mains, thanks to a plug and 4.5 metres of spring-loaded retractable cable stored beneath the driver and passenger seat. Each full re-charge is expected to take around four hours, which means recharging your scooter as easy as recharging your phone. What a damn beautiful piece […]

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Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005

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By Courtney Beck in New Events on Saturday 19 March 2011

If I had a time capsule, I’d programme it to take me to all of Annie Leibovitz’s photo shoots from 1970 to now. Highlights for me would be Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 Rolling Stone cover, the extremely personal last photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono (which were shot five hours before Lennon’s death in 1981), and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A album cover shoot.

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New Zealand’s Murder Burger

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By Courtney Beck in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 22 February 2011

As an internet-lover, it’s almost an orgasmic moment when you find a website that really cuts through. Kind of like a chef’s knife through a premium piece of steak, it just has that ‘something’. Why am I giving this crazy analogy? Well, a friend of mine told me about a Kiwi burger joint called Murder Burger.

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Microchip Art by Yuri Zupancic

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By Courtney Beck in New Art on Friday 18 February 2011

I was at a creative catch-up night when I met an American man with a small, rectangular suitcase. The size of the suitcase could have held an old Western hand-gun, or perhaps a flute? But it didn’t contain any of the above. It was a small art gallery.

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Zombie Cupcakes

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By Courtney Beck in New Products on Tuesday 2 November 2010

If someone gave me a Zombie Cupcake, I can’t decide if I would be too scared to put it in my mouth, or if I’d want to put it in an air-tight glass jar and keep it. And now you have the opportunity to make that decision with Zilly Posen’s Zombie Cupcake book.

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Cheeky Tiki

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By Courtney Beck in New Design on Tuesday 2 November 2010

Do you love a bit of cheeky tiki? Well, if you’re a fan of Polynesian tiki-style, or perhaps you’d like to wake up feeling tropical every-day, then this is the website for you. If you don’t know what ‘Tiki’ is, according to myth it was the name given to the first man and to the Gods of Polynesian culture.

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Rhodia: beautiful French stationary

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By Courtney Beck in New Eco on Friday 22 October 2010

Said to be the most popular stationary brand in France, everything made by Rhodia is a thing of beauty to me. I’m not sure if it’s the soft texture of their journal covers under my fingers, or just the well thought-out design of their meeting books. It might even be the distinctive orange used for all their products, which has been around since the 1920s as the standard hue for cardstock and has been kept to this day.

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Erin Flannery

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By Courtney Beck in New Illustration on Friday 22 October 2010

Stumbling upon great artists is like a mini holiday for the mind. And if you are in need of a hypnotic holiday away from the day-to-day, I would encourage you to sit with a cup of Rhubarb and Apple tea and stare at Erin Flannery’s work for as long as you need for your heart and mind to feel full again.

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Design Hotels

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By Courtney Beck in Cool Travel on Thursday 7 October 2010

Hotels these days are like works of art. Unlike the hotel experiences I had when I was a teenager — where everything in the hotel seemed beige — the hotel industry of today is a totally different world. Beige is dead, and the visionary company changing the landscape of this traditionally boring world is the Design Hotels group.

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Amanda Visell’s monster art

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By Courtney Beck in New Art on Saturday 25 September 2010

Remember those monsters that used to hide under your bed? Well, I met their mother! And no word of a lie, Disney’s been paying her to give you the creeps. She’s been right under our noses the whole time, drawing, painting and planting her evil monsters in the imaginations of people around the world. Amanda Visell’s art transports me to a place in my imagination where Captain Hook wouldn’t last two seconds because of the cannibals, and Peter Pan would have been eaten by a giant hippopotamus rather than an alligator.

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