Category: Economics


Some ads from the 1950s and even earlier: (as seen on Pinterest)

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And who uses these appliances?

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That’s right! The lady of the house! Look at that beatific smile on her face as she irons, washes, hangs out the clothes, sews, scrubs and mops! Doesn’t she look like she’s enjoying every last second of it?

(Cue sound of DJ scratching record)

Luckily, you’ve come a long way, baby. Here are some household appliances, gadgets and innovations the modern house already has, should have, or will have in the very near future: (images also taken from Pinterest)

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All to make your life much easier…after you’ve just returned home from a long day at work and find that you’re still expected to cook, clean and tidy up after the kids and the husband.

Luckily, there are always willing slaves to help you out…The following images are from a witty little book called “Porn for Women” ;).

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Like I said, you’ve come a long way, baby!

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By this I mean external battery packs for mobile phones. Nothing to do with health drinks LOL.

My old iPhone 4 used to guzzle its battery power. It still does, only now that’s my kid’s problem and not mine anymore. I’m sure you all have your horror stories to tell about your own mobile devices.

I switched from Apple iOS to Android in 2012, and I haven’t looked back since. I am perfectly happy and satisfied with my Samsung Galaxy S4. I have no intention of upgrading to the S5, as it just doesn’t offer enough advancement and new features to qualify in my mind as a real upgrade. I’ll wait instead for the S6 next year.

Besides, with the iPhone 3 I really felt the lag in technology when the iPhone 4 came out. But with Samsung my S4 was simply able to keep up with any new operating system updates.

The problem with smartphones is that the smarter they are, the more battery power they consume. My S4 is not as bad as my iPhone 4 was, but it’s slightly worrying that I can leave my house in the morning with a 100% charge and not use the mobile for anything other than checking some emails and surfing the internet whilst on the bus/train…and by 3pm the battery indicator is already on less than 50%.

Here’s where “juice packs” come in. I must’ve been one of the earliest users of these external battery packs. My first was an Energiser in 2011, which boasted a measly 1000mAh. (mAh stands for “miliAmpere hour” – basically, the higher the number, the faster your device gets charged up. I’ll spare you the science). The Energiser was okay for emergency charging, though not for much else.

My S4 has a removable Li-ion battery (hear me roar! :D), so it was a no brainer to buy a couple of spare batteries to keep in my bag, for occasions where there might be heavy or continuous use of my phone. This worked well, but for the slight hassle of having to later charge up 2 batteries.

So, last Xmas I bought a Plox external battery charger. It cost $90. It worked alright for a couple of months, then I noticed the dreaded “loose connection” problem. I used to have this problem with iPhone chargers, where they would work for a while, then start giving you “charging with this accessory may not be supported on this device” messages. My Plox itself wasn’t charging up like it should. Or maybe its 4 blue LED indicator lights weren’t working. Maybe it was both…whatever the case, the Plox gave up the ghost in April, just 4 months after I’d purchased it.

I was lucky enough to get the Plox replaced with an identical one, as I’d thankfully kept the receipt. Sadly, Plox No.2 only lasted til the beginning of June, then it too went kaput. I went back to the store I’d bought it from, with the intention of substituting it with a different brand juice pack. But they didn’t stock any other brand.

So, instead, I got a full refund. I haven’t linked any mentions of the Plox to the company’s website in this post, as I can’t recommend it to anyone. The design is poorly executed and it doesn’t help when the micro-USB cable has to be twisted awkwardly in order to charge my S4; this weakens the cable whenever the charger is used. To have had the unit fail me for the same reason, not once but twice in 6 months, is unforgiveable.

I did some research on mobile juice packs, looked at dozens of models on eBay, weighed up the pros and cons of each one, then made up my own list of prerequisites. In the end, it was an unbranded Chinese juice pack that won the contest.

My new juice pack can be charged up via a wall socket, but also via solar power (that was the deciding factor for me). The mAh rating is a very respectable high 10,000. Granted, the solar panels would only get charged at 1000 mAh, but hey, if I was ever caught out in a zombie apocalypse in the wilderness with no electrical supply for recharging devices, I’d have the last mobile phone standing, with this baby. The unit weighs in at over 300g so it’s not a lightweight, but most of the weight is due to the solar panels and the rechargeable battery within the casing. It has 2 USB ports and a handy LED torch on one end. There’s also a loop for a clip on the other, in case you need to hook the unit up somewhere.

I’m very happy with my Mandarin, as I call it. It’s Chinese and it has orange trimming…geddit? ;-)

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And if you’d like to know the eBay seller, it’s ly-solar. Items come from China, not Sydney, Australia. Postage worldwide is free, and this seller has impeccable after-sales customer care. I was kept up to date with package tracking, and the seller emailed me a number of times to reassure me that the item was in transit. Highly recommended.

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=191137152191&alt=web

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“It’ll never work,” said my friend Sheila. “It’ll get confiscated by Customs. You’ll never receive them, you’ve just wasted your money”.

Sheila was referring to my recent eBay purchase of 10 packets of Peony seeds from China (20 seeds in each packet). She was convinced my seeds would never get past the scrutiny of Australian Customs & Excise.

But, you’ve got to hand it to the Chinese. They are clever. They are cunning. They are enterprising. And they’ve been in this business long enough to know the loopholes.

It can’t be done? Tell that to the bumblebee, whose wings are so stubby they’d never support its rotund body. But it flies, does it not?

I received my package 2 days ago. It was packed really unassumingly, and the description on the jiffy envelope made me smile secretly to myself, and at the same time send a prayer of thanks to the gods above for the ingenuity of the Chinese.

Here’s how my Peony seeds got into Australia from China:

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Of course, when one feels the contents of the packet from the outside, it DOES feel amazingly like round beads. Similar enough to fool anyone, even an X-ray machine.

In Western Australia, it’s apparently too warm for Peonies to bloom. Seeds take 3-5 years to grow into a flowering bush, and then you’ll need a real contrast between hot and cold for the plant to flower. WA has mild winters, so it might never get cold enough for Peony plants to bloom. They might grow into bushes alright, but getting them to flower will be the real challenge.

I’m going to try anyway. Wish me luck!

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These Gemstones Rock!

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They’re actually layers of car paint. Yes, really. They’re called Fordite, or Detroit Agate, and they’re created from many layers of car paint drippings that have undergone the process of baking many times over.

I came across them while browsing Flipboard the other day. I used to play with layering different colours of polymer clay together, and rolling the resulting slab through a pasta machine, before forming the clay into ornaments or jewellery. The colours of Fordite remind me of my polymer clay experiments.

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Aren’t they gorgeous? And rare, too, as their supply is finite and demand is fast outstripping supply. If you love unusual “gemstones” and jewellery, get your hands on some of these babies pronto, before they are gone forever. They just don’t make things the way they used to, anymore. These days, technological advances in the field of car spraypainting i.e electrostatic spraypainting = little to no loss of paint = no more formation of Fordite/Detroit Agate.

For more information about Fordite/Detroit Agate, please check out these websites:

http://www.boredpanda.com/car-paint-deposits-fordite-detroit-agate/

http://www.fordite.com/History.html

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/05/fordite-jewel-made-from-layers-of-old.html?m=1

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3D Printing

Welcome to the world of 3D Printing. It was only a matter of time before this became part and parcel of everyday life. A while ago, I blogged that one day in the not-so-distant future we would be able to create the clothes we wear at the touch of a button. Okay, maybe that day isn’t quite here yet, it might take a while for 3D printing to become as common as having a fridge in your home, but it is certainly on the horizon and definitely in our lifetime.

My 11-year-old came home from a school trip to Sci-Tech, all excited because he’d bought a 3D printed spaceship keyring. I didn’t understand why he was so excited about a tiny, plastic-looking object, until a couple of weeks ago when we went to Fremantle for the Street Arts Festival over the long Easter Weekend. While there, we stumbled across MANY 6160, and had the privilege to speak to Leo Rolph, owner of OWNED.

The Kid was enamoured of a little 3D printed fully-poseable mannequin, that was balancing a number of chairs on his arms and one leg. Leo explained that the chairs came in a box of 20 and were a game of dexterity, the aim being to stack them up as high as possible without any falling down. The mannequin came separately. We bought both. (Back home, the Kid promptly set to with the stacking, and managed to get his mannequin to carry all 23 chairs.  Yes, 23, because we weren’t sure if the box contained all 20 or if some had been misplaced, so Leo generously gave us 3 more chairs as spares). The 3rd photo shows a sculpture just by Leo’s OWNED stall, of stacked chairs funnily enough – this was what inspired Leo to create his stacked chair game set.

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Leo also kindly showed us his pride and joy, his 3D printer with which he creates his beautiful sculptural art pieces. This was my first time witnessing a 3D printer working in real life. WOW is all I can say.  Here are some of the 3D products you can find at OWNED.

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So, how easy is it to create something 3D printed? Now, if you’re thinking “piece of cake!” you’re halfway correct.  It’s a bit like icing a cake, as Leo explained. Only, instead of icing, the material is a polymer plastic that melts as it passes through the printer’s pen, and then solidifies again upon contact with the air. The pen builds up the object layer by layer. We watched Leo’s 3D printer print out the box and lid for the stacking chairs game, it took about 20 minutes. Pretty nifty!

I found Leo’s Facebook profile at https://www.facebook.com/leo.rolph

Excerpt taken from Leo’s FB page, where he’d shared a post about himself from the Facebook page of MANY 6160:

Meet the MANY 6160 people!

On this happy Friday we’d like to introduce Fremantle local, Leo from the dynamic retail space Owned . Open in MANY since February, Leo has a range of very cool handmade jewellery and acccesories, screen printed t-shirts and quirky gifts.

Leo originally studied fine arts then went on to become a fully fledged graphic designer, spending 5 years specializing in 3D and mulitimedia work, mostly in the mining industry.

Leo had a break from work to look after his gorgeous daughter Ruby, who suffers from cerebral palsy (you can see her story on her FB page Ruby Rocks the ‘beep out of Therapy). During this extra time at home he was inspired to learn something new, teaching himself how to make jewellery from YouTube tutorials. Mastering the basics of soldering and metalwork, Leo then purchased a 3D printer, which he began experimenting with different techniques, including printing, moulding and casting jewellery and objects. Leo said he was always inspired by the relationship between art and science, which can be seen in his sharp designs and methods. Soon his creative outlet led to selling his work on Etsy and the next natural step was to gain a retail space.

He heard about MANY from Facebook and decided to take a punt, as it was an affordable option for him to open his first store. Leo aimed to make and sell quality goods that were unusual and hard to find. With refreshing pieces, such as anatomical hearts, scarab beetles, complex shapes and various skulls he has done just that with his jewellery range alone.

Visit Leo in store at MANY to see his amazing range, and check out his 3D printer in action!

3D printing was in the news again recently, as an update on a very ambitious Kickstarter project, the Lix pen. http://lixpen.com

The Lix pen project generated so much interest that it reached its target for pledges only days after the Kickstarter project was launched. The Lix team are now well on their way to bringing a portable, handheld 3D printer to the masses, and making household 3D printing a reality. Watch the video link above, and be amazed. I showed the video to The Kid, and he wants one for his next birthday.  I can imagine the many applications this little powerhouse of a pen would have, from jewellery to toys to sculptures and wearable art, etc. Sure the refill cartridges may be expensive now, but I say give it time, and as technology improves prices will go down, and one day we shall all have a Lix pen in our greedy little hands homes.

Check out this website for affordable, and not so affordable 3D printers. http://3dprintersuperstore.com.au/collections/frontpage  There is a 3D pen available for just AU$139.  So, if you’re hands are itching and you can’t wait, head on there and have a look at it and at the larger, desktop models.

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The other day, I made the journey up from Rockingham to Subiaco in Perth, ostensibly to pick up a magazine called UPPERCASE from a little shop called Mr Sparrow, which stocked it. I was meant to go the next day, but couldn’t bring myself to wait, I wanted the hard copy of UPPERCASE in my grubby little hands so I could then spend the next day savouring it. The friend I was meant to meet there, Davinia, notified me that she was feeling under the weather, so we cancelled our meet-up and I went there a day early instead, by myself.

Subiaco is an affluent suburb of Perth, where the properties go from $1-6 MILLION in price. I, who am a Zillionnaire by comparison i.e having Zilch to my name, could never aspire to live in Subiaco. But hey, I could pretend…so I donned my most Sloane Ranger clothes, my sexy knee-high boots, threw a scarlet scarf round my neck and off I went.

You can read about my Subiaco Jaunt in my next post, because right now I would like to review a café, and the reason I feel the need to review this café right now is because I am not a very happy bunny…and I need to work this out of my system right away, otherwise my next posts will be emotionally marred. Not happy at all with what should have been a Nice Cup Of Tea. Especially a café that looks so posh and upperclass on the outside as well as on the inside, and has lots of yummy looking cakes and savouries in the displays. It should be the place you bring your beloved Mother to for Mother’s Day, where the tinkle and chink of good quality china and muted conversation should be the only things you hear.

OK. Time to name and shame. The café in question is called Brew-Ha. I love that name, pronounced the Spanish way it means witch (bruja). I had visions of having a witch’s brew there, so that’s where I headed for elevenses. Here are a couple of photos I took of the establishment, you can tell it’s posh. Check out their website, you’ll see they pride themselves on being purveyors of fine coffees and teas from around the world.

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So, what’s wrong? The first thing that struck me as odd was that the place accepted Cash Only.  No cards. Not even Debit cards. Hmmm…maybe it was part of a cost-cutting exercise, maybe Brew-Ha didn’t want to pay Amex/Visa/Mastercard a percentage for the privilege of using their services? Could this be in order to keep the prices low? I doubt it. I ordered a pistachio macaron, an almond Valencia cupcake and a pot of English Breakfast tea. The macaron was $2.90, the cupcake I think was $4.50 and the pot of tea $4.80. So it was not cheap. Luckily I had just enough cash on me to place my order. I waited a short minute while my order was put together, then that’s when I saw it…

…Maybe I was expecting a posh place to serve their fine teas in a fine teapot, cup and saucer. Maybe my Sloane Ranger get-up was creating expectations that were too lofty. I would’ve been chuffed if the china had been mismatched, but equally pleased if it was just good quality china. But this was shock! horror! served in a plain white teapot and not even a proper teacup, but a standard white coffee cup. My Nice Cup Of Tea fantasy vanished before my very eyes as my tray was summarily handed over to me and I wandered outside in a daze to find a table and chair before I collapsed from indignation.

Wait, it gets worse. I noticed that the teapot had odd grey marks upon it, which were NOT part of the design. Rather, this particular teapot had seen the insides of an industrial dishwasher way too many times. To add insult to injury, I saw that there was a big chip on the spout. I nearly cried. Hello, Brew-Ha??? How can you call yourself a classy establishment if you can’t be bothered to replace your china once it’s seen better days? For a wild moment I considered stealing that teapot, taking it home and giving it a new purpose as a flowerpot. I have the evidence here. Not a pretty sight, eh? I’m cringing right now. Ewwww!!

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But, what about the cakes?  To give credit to Brew-Ha, the pistachio macaron was delicious. Moist, not too crumbly, just the right size, texture and flavour. Thumbs up for that. The Valencia cupcake was not really a cupcake, in my opinion…it was more like a muffin. It tasted okay, there were enough flaked almonds on top of it to give it a contrasting texture and taste, but it felt stodgy going down. Both cakes came served atop a serviette each on two individual plates, so after I’d eaten I removed one of the serviettes to wipe my mouth. And that’s when I nearly fainted at the major social faux-pas that Brew-Ha had committed.  I couldn’t believe my eyes, so I whipped off the other serviette and…

…One would expect cake to be served on a side plate, dessert plate or cake plate, after all that’s what they’ve been created for. In high society, there’d be an entire range of plates and cutlery in a single meal setting. For the hoi polloi, a simple side plate would suffice for the serving of cakes. But please, please don’t use A SAUCER, for the love of God!

Yes, both my cakes came in a saucer. Now, I wouldn’t know a side plate from a dessert plate from a cake plate, as I was not to the Manor born, in a manner of speaking. But I do know that you DO NOT SERVE CAKE ON A SAUCER!

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I’m not fussy, I’m not high-class, I’m not a rich snob. But I DO like my cup of tea to be served from a decent teapot, teacup and saucer. And I do like my cakes to be served on a proper plate. This was completely unforgivable, and actually I’ve tears running down my cheeks as I write this.

OK. Rant over. Deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Brew-Ha…Boo-Hoo!! I hope that the next time I visit, you’d have gotten your class act together. Please. Or, there goes the neighbourhood! I can forgive you for having noisy major construction work going on right opposite you, as that is beyond your control. But presenting your valued customers with decent teaware and using the appropriate plates for your food, these are certainly within your control.

You know the saying, “It never rains but it pours”? Well, yesterday was one such day. Perth, Western Australia saw its wettest day of the year so far, with a few showers in the morning, then an almighty thunderstorm in the evening.

And I somehow ended up with not 1 but 4 books/magazines to read. Two I bought on a gallivant to Subiaco, an affluent suburb of Perth. Two more were delivered by my postman the same day while I was out.

Guess what I’ll be doing today then?

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Vogue Living is one of my favourite interior design/home decor magazines. I have this on subscription. I wish the postman wouldn’t keep folding it in half to shove it in my postbox, though. One of my pet peeves is creased book/magazine covers/pages. I haven’t dogeared any of my books for over 20 years now, I just make it a point to remember what page I left off on.

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ART ABANDONMENT is a worldwide project started by Michael deMeng and his wife Andrea Matus deMeng. Check out their Facebook page on https://m.facebook.com/groups/ArtAbandonment/

I got the book to guide me along, as I intend to start abandoning my Art in Perth. I wonder how West Australians will take to the idea. And I wonder if anyone else in Western Australia will join the movement so we can have a WA “Chapter” and can Art Bomb Perth together? Is there anyone out there, hellooo??!

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I picked up this book from a high-end kitchenalia store in Subiaco called Table Culture. Orla Kiely is a well-known Irish designer, famous for her iconic “Stem” design. This book is like an autobiography, it tells of how Orla got started, what inspires her, how she runs her business etc.

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This was the reason I traipsed up to Subiaco…to get my copy of Issue 21 of UPPERCASE magazine, from a tiny little curio shop called Mr Sparrow.

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I have used butterfly clip art in my photographic art for a while now. They started out as being secondary to the flowers I used as my main subjects. But just recently butterflies have become even more important in my work. First, I found a beautiful piece of wooden hanging wall art featuring butterflies. Next, a visit to the Natural History Museum in Perth gave me dozens of photos of butterflies. Everywhere I turned, butterflies seemed to beckon to me.

And then I started searching the likes of Etsy and eBay for butterfly-themed collectables and paraphernalia. I hit the Jackpot when I stumbled upon Clear Cut Crafts, an Australian business specialising in acrylic butterflies.

Excerpt taken from their homepage:

Clear Cut Crafts have been operating since late 2007 and the business is now offering the largest range of 3D Butterflies in the world.
Still owned and run from just outside of Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia.

The business has grown in leaps and bounds but still maintains a high quality handmade product. Over 8000 Butterflies were used in the launch of the apple Iphone in Optus stores Australia wide. Toshiba recently purchased 3000 butterflies for the marketing of a recent release of one of their new laptops. Also last year over 1400 large Monarchs were sent to Canberra for the Floriade flower show.

Another huge success for our business is the wedding market, although not originally designed for weddings they have proven to make stunning displays in floral arrangements, bouquets, cake toppers, table decor and head wear.

Many more hands are busy cutting our little critters and we have ventured into wedding accessories, crystal butterfly craft and much more.

That convinced me to try them. So I sent off for some butterflies. I ordered 12 for $13. If they were any good, I could always get some more. Clear Cut Crafts claims to have the world’s most extensive collection of realistic 3D butterflies. They also do other insects, such as dragonflies and ladybirds. As their strapline goes, they do “More than just butterflies”.

They didn’t disappoint. My 12 butterflies arrived in the post a few days later, and they are truly beautiful.

This is my modus operandi:
1) take photos of the butterflies
2) use AThumbCut to digitally cut out the butterflies
3) apply as clip art to previously processed backgrounds

Here I have decided to pose my butterflies in natural surroundings, so you can appreciate just how realistic they are. The pack came with glue dots, and you can fold the butterfly wings upright if you like, but I prefer my butterflies stretched out flat.

Remember, if it’s high quality realistic butterflies you need, head over to Clear Cut Crafts.

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T2

No, not Terminator 2, much as I love that movie franchise. I’m talking about the chain of shops called simply T2. Their hashtag is #gentea, which stands for Generation Tea. Their website is http://www.t2tea.com and their blurb says:

T2 is cherished by tea devotees all over the world – it’s the tea that thousands of people start and end the day with. With 50 stores nationwide and in New Zealand, T2 is Australia’s leading tea retailer, offering the country’s largest range of premium, fragrant tea and tea wares from all around the globe. A select range of T2 teas is also served in some of the best restaurants and cafes throughout Australia while packaged T2 tea can also be found on the shelves of leading food purveyors. T2 has unfurled and blossomed over the last 18 years, and now sells enough tea per month to make 9 million cups! The iconic brand is beautifully packaged up in an experience that is both unique and immersive; a celebration of the centuries-old art of tea-making.

 

And now T2 has spread its wings and opened its first branch in Shoreditch, London, UK. Its founder is Maryanne Shearer, who discovered a niche in the market in a world of coffee drinkers, ironically whilst sipping a cup of tea in her homewares stores office. Read about Maryanne’s epiphany here.

Going to T2 is quite an experience.  It isn’t just a shop where you pick up a packet of tea and head off, it’s a place where you linger to smell, taste, feel and savour the whole experience.  And THEN buy a packet of tea or three.  Or a teapot, or a teacup and saucer, or try some new flavour combinations at the T2 Brew Bar.  Free tea, anyone?  There’s even jams, honey, biscuits and sugar cubes for sale in their stores; sometimes the jam becomes part of a new concoction which is then trialed on unsuspecting customers at the Brew Bar.

There is even a T2 Tea Society, a loyalty programme where members get notified ahead of time of events, new products, gifts, discounts etc. If you can’t find a T2 store near you, fear not, you can order online and the freight is free. There are even T2 videos on the various types of tea available, how to brew them, little tips and trickson the ary of making that perfect cup of tea.

I make it a point of taking snapshots of the displays whenever I visit my “local” T2 stores, in Booragoon or Perth CBD, and these photos make their way into my social media albums as photographic art. I have 3 T2 teacups, 2 are in my display cabinet while the 3rd, an eBay purchase, is in the post. I have my eye on a couple more, to add to my stash for my photography projects.

I know you’ll be wanting to hit the T2 website now and see for yourself what the fuss is all about.  So I’ll leave you here with a few photos that I took of the displays the last time I visited a T2 store.

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I was reading Issue 9 of Renegade Collective magazine just today, and one particular article struck a chord in me. The article was called “The Art of Stealing”, and it was about one Lukas Renlund’s project called “Steal My Photograph! (SMP)”. Essentially, it is an Art movement where Lukas hangs framed prints of his photography on a wall in the street, with the invitation to simply take what you like. It started in Copenhagen, where the Finn was living and working, but now Lukas has taken his project to Barcelona, London and Cape Town, and is now preparing for a global tour. Each “exhibition” is filmed by hidden cameras installed behind the photo frames to capture the art thieves in the act of stealing.

Here are the videos of the Copenhagen, London, Barcelona and Cape Town “exhibitions”. Copenhagen Oct 2012, Barcelona Aug 2013, London Oct 2013, Cape Town March 2014.

The premise of Lukas’ social experiment is simple – steal a framed photograph, hang it anywhere you like, take a photo of it and email it back to Lukas. I love the idea.

A similar concept was hatched by my favourite Assemblage artist, Michael deMeng, called “Art Abandonment“:

Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O’ sweet abandon! So leave some art. Leave a contact email for the finder…and if you get notified share the message with this group. If you prefer you can use the contact email: i.found.artwork@gmail.com we’ll be checking it often and share the results.

Here’s an intro page on Typepad for full explanation:http://michaeldemeng.typepad.com/art_abandonment/   

Have fun!

The Art Abandonment Project is now also a newly published book by Michael and Andrea Mateus de Meng, available on Amazon.  I’ve just sent off for my copy, which I will share with my friends and hope that they will join me on this…as I  intend to give away some of my Photographic Art for free.

Actually, I’d come up with a very similar idea last year, which I mentally called “Random Arts of Kindness” and involved me giving out free art at subway stations, with the instructions that the recipient takes a photo of the piece and emails it back to me. Then last December I resigned from my workplace, which meant I was no longer commuting to the Perth CBD every weekday, so the idea went on the back burner. I did toy with the idea of having a Flash Exhibition at the Rockingham Library…but then quailed at the logistics of transporting the pieces and hanging them up and then the whole event being the world’s shortest exhibition lasting under 5 minutes as a flashmob of varsity students stole my Art during their tea break and I never heard back from any of the recipients. But now, perhaps, as a member of Michael deMeng’s Art Abandonment Project, I might be more motivated to get my arse into gear and actually practise what I preach?!

 

 

 

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