It’s amazing what can happen when just a few people say ‘let’s do this’. For the 4th year in a row, we are celebrating Indigenous Business Month this October.
It is well known that Indigenous businesses are more likely to employee Indigenous people. Thus supporting the growth of Indigenous businesses is an important strategy in community development.
This year we are excited to be working with Dr Chris Matthews and the ATSIMA team as part of a series of STEM workshops for Indigenous students throughout New South Wales. We will be running our new Which Way for Computers workshop where we will work with Indigenous young people to show them how to take old computers and get them up and running again.
This weekend the Iscariot Media team are off to Supply Nation for the Connect 16 event in Sydney. Supply Nation is the national Indigenous supply and procurement body in Australia. It seeks to bring together (kind of like a dating agency) independent Indigenous businesses (the suppliers) and corporations and governments (the members). In addition to a
Vernon has now arrived in Istanbul to participate in the 14th Istanbul Biennial. The Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IKSV). This year’s curator is Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev whose Australian connection was the 2008 Sydney Biennale. Carolyn’s concept for the 2015 Biennial SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms,
Today we’re in Cairns working at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. We (Iscariot Media) are representing proppaNOW, and selling artwork and tshirts. It’s a funny thing, thinking about where the business has come from over the past two decades. I would never have imagined myself speaking confidently about the artists and their works. It’s easy with the proppaNOW group though, as their work is clear in it’s intention and I know their bodies of work so well.
I’m looking forward to the next three days. It’s a completely self-funded event, so fingers crossed, Cairns will love (and then buy) our shirts.
July is crazy.
In addition to the Blog Carnival Deadly Bloggers is hosting, we worked last week at Teneriffe Markets for twelve hours, which I posted about on my Iscariot Media blog.
We are also launching Dark and Disturbing in two days at Musgrave Park. HOLY!!!!!
I also have a bunch of SEQICC duties, including meetings, social media-ing, and attending two corporate function.
I’ve done no exercise for the past two months and I’m beginning to feel it. Anita Heiss is currently training for a half-marathon, and she manages to do that and train. She’s getting up before dark, in winter, in Sydney. Surely, I could find time to walk around the park once a day?? I wish I was addicted to exercise and movement. I love it when I do it, but when I stop, I’m completely stationary.
That’s it. It’s all I can afford right now. I have a report to finish before I get to bed, and tomorrow is bump-in for Musgrave, and a couple of meetings, and a corporate gig and art exhibition in the evening. *le sigh*
Come and say hello if you’re going to Musgrave. I think we’re in tent 106. See you there!!
It’s the morning after arriving home from 12 hours straight (at least 11 of those hours were on my feet) at Teneriffe Festival. Selling proppaNOW tshirts and books, we barely made $100 (taking into consideration cost of goods sold and festival expenses). But, being me, I refuse to use this as anything but a learning experience. I realised while watching thousands of well-ish heeled inner-city-suburban types walk past, that we have a big job to do. There is a point to this story, so please bare with me. I need to do a quick back-track to last October.
Deadly Bloggers received a brief media mention today from Carly Lane, an Aboriginal curator based in Western Australia.
It’s 8.50pm on Sunday in Hawai’i, and here I am blogging for the first time in how many days?!?!? I can’t believe it. I had intended to write each day but I’m afraid, each night this week I had either ran out of internet connection, energy or reliable cords, so it just didn’t happen.
This week Leesa was proud and humbled to be presenting at the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (2014) in Hawai’i. The WIPC:E conference was born in Canada in 1987. Every three years a new host nation takes responsibility for it. Conferences have been held in Aeotearoa, Hilo, Albuquerque, Woollongong, Calgary, Melbourne.
2014 will see the launch of our tshirt brand Dark and Disturbing. This project will be curated and directed by Vernon. In preparation for the launch, we decided to add one of our collection to Redbubble for people to order now. It’s called i see deadly people, and those of you who know Vernon’s work, will recognise the design style.
We will be launching Dark and Disturbing properly in the second half of the year, but til then, i see deadly people.
If you would like to purchase a Dark and Disturbing design from Redbubble, click here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/darkdisturb
As I mentioned previously, we’re gradually taking the leap from Blogger to WordPress for all our blogs. This month, Deadly Bloggers and The Critical Classroom will both be migrated. Unfortunately, the migrations are taking a bit longer than I anticipated. Note-to-self: never underestimate the time it takes to create a website.
In my opinion and experience Blogger really is a great place to try out ideas – it’s easy and it’s inexpensive. You can use Blogger to explore a concept and allow that idea to keep evolving. But, depending on what you want your site to do, you will more than likely move to a self-hosted site, like a WordPress one – there is way more functionality and control.
After much to-and-froing, I’ve decided to stick with the Twenty-Twelve theme. I want to keep this site simple and functional, with all our energies going into our project spaces. I have to say, I was really tempted to get out and try one of the new one page responsive themes. I was up very late (early in the morning) exploring ThemeForest. The one page responsive themes are perfect for portfolio sites – lots of gorgeous and eye-catching images. I’m looking forward to one day developing new sites using this style.
If you’re not sure of the one-page responses designers, have a look at Nicole Jensen‘s revamped site (which I love) and I noticed the other day that Carbon Media is also using this style. The blue on black, and the big bold circles, looks great and really suit their brand.
|Thumbnails of some of the work Michael Gilsenan and I have created over the past few years under the Blacklines’ banner|
Yes. It might be Sunday. But apparently there’s no rest for the wicked – or the learning. Today I spent 90 minutes with Masters of Creative Industries students at QUT. This is the third lecture in previous semesters I’ve done in this course convened by Michael Doneman.
This time though I took Michael Gilsenan with me and we applied some the ideas of the lecture to indstury practice in the design industry. I reckon there’s a conference paper or two (and maybe a thesis) in some of the stuff we talked about today. Something to ponder ….