BOOK TITLE: The Australia Times - Australian Made magazine. Volume 2, issue 1

Vol. 2 No. 1 August 2014
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We aim to inform, entertain,
teach, encourage, educate and
support the community at large by
facilitating communication between
all Australians. By providing the
opportunity for all opinions to be
shared on a single website.
Kristie Giblin
Lauren Dougherty
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Lauren Dougherty
We must truly be The Lucky Country to
have escaped the recent Global Financial
Crisis relatively unscathed. We are a
country that produces quality products,
and amazing talent, but we don’t always
appreciate it. Sometimes it’s just easier to
buy products or use companies that we are
familiar with, even if they are owned and
operated outside Australia. Sometimes it’s
just too hard to nd Australian versions of the
things we want or need. Always, though, it
is worth the effort.
Australian Made magazine is dedicated
to showcasing Australian artists, businesses
and producers of quality Australian products.
With this magazine I hope to encourage all
of you to buy Australian whenever you can.
This month we take a look at R.A. Printing,
a Melbourne-based printing company that
print marketing materials of impeccable
quality. I was also lucky enough to
interview TWO Adelaide-based artists:
René Campbell, whose fascinating and
incredibly detailed drawings will soon be
making themselves at home in my study; and
Andrea Fiebig, a glass artist who produces
beautiful pieces of art, some of which are
stunning as well as functional, while others
are just stunning.
So settle in, grab some Haigh’s chocolates
or a Balfours Frog Cake, and prepare
yourself to want to buy at least one of
everything you see in this month’s issue.
Lauren Dougherty
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Melbourn’ R.A. Printin
is setting a new standard in the
production of brilliant marketing materials
By Lauren Dougherty
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tanding in the doctors’ oce
the other day I perused a
stand of pamphlets, all trying
to interest and inform me on
topics ranging from colds and u, to
pregnancy and IVF. I remember looking
at them and wondering why they all
had to look so dull and basic. I could
have designed any one of them on my
computer myself using little more than
Word and clipart. They were all trying
to convey such important information,
information I needed, but none of
those pamphlets seemed to take their
job seriously. Of course, they’re just
pamphlets, and no one really cares
about pamphlets, right?
Fortuitously, later that same day I was
set the task of writing this article on a
Melbourne based printing company
called R.A. Printing Pty. Ltd. Just
as I was thinking that nobody cared
about the importance of well-designed
marketing materials, I was introduced
to a company whose passion for high-
quality printed materials has seen them
grow from a small Australian business
in 1977, to the market leader it is today.
I was sent a brochure, for R.A. Printing
itself, to examine before writing this
piece. Never before have I looked at a
brochure so intently. I’ll be honest and
say that I didn’t read a single word of
it at rst, as I was too enthralled by
the images; amazed at their colours
and clarity. The pictures themselves
were perfectly shot, but it was their
meticulous reproduction in the brochure
that really caught my attention. The
design and depth of colour was more
than you would expect from a brochure.
R.A. Printing Pty. Ltd prides
themselves on their ability to produce
many dierent premium and complex
marketing and corporate printed
materials. They have developed a
reputation for themselves amongst
blue chip design companies for their
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abilities to eciently, and cost-eectively,
produce premium stationery items,
magazines, postcards, booklets (saddle
stitched or bound), yers, presentation
folders, coee table books, A2/A3
posters and small to medium size run
annual reports, and all to your deadline.
R.A. Printing offers their clients
a complete range of highly
specialised services, including:
On site photographic studio.
In house pre-press services.
Complete colour management
solutions (ISO 12647-2).
High resolution multi-colour
offset printing on both coated
and uncoated stock (250/300 line
or stochastic screen). Not many
printers can achieve high resolution
quality print on uncoated stock.
They can, they do.
FSC accreditation to SGS-
COC-005090 level.
Fully accredited security printer.
Managed cloud hosting and data
centre facility.
KOP Varnish –a specialty
RA printing process that is an
environmentally friendly alternative
to UV varnish printed on paper.
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R.A. Printing owes a lot of its success
to its satised clients. A survey
conducted by Bluefrog Marketing in
2011 showed that 50% of their clients
came from referrals, and that half of
all customers showed a signicant
willingness to refer others. In the same
survey, when rating their services,
R.A. Printing scored an impressive
8.4/10. Customers were also asked
‘How R.A. Printing’s oer is dierent
to other printers’, and their responses
were that the sta were reliable,
attentive, ecient, professional and
good communicators. They also
said that they received personal and
prompt services, and that the materials
produced were of ‘exceptional’ quality.
At last! A company that cares about
pamphlets as much as I do! The days
of poorly produced yers with Comic
Sans font and patronising cartoons
(what are we, children?) are over.
Finally, we have a company that can
produce artistic and beautiful materials
that can both inform and engage. R.A.
Printing recognises the importance
of quality marketing materials, and
they have the means and the talent to
produce materials of such quality that
half of their customers come through
In case you needed one more
reason to use R.A. Printing, I would
like to mention that they also have a
strong dedication to environmental
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conservation. Their contribution to
sustainable development is achieved
through many initiatives, including
‘recycling, waste and energy reduction
wherever possible, sustainable sourcing
(FSC) and specialist handling and
disposal agreements’. Additionally, in
association with the Australian Solar
Group, R.A. Printing is aiming to be
100% solar powered by the end of
this year, which will likely make them
the rst printing plant in Victoria to be
exclusively solar powered.
So there you have it; a locally owned
and run Australian company that
produces such good quality marketing
materials that their business has thrived
for 37 years on word-of-mouth. A
company that not only takes seriously
things that other producers do not, but
one that also cares about its impact
on our environment and actively
aims to reduce its carbon footprint
and contribute to environmental
conservation whenever possible.
The importance of quality marketing
materials for every business should
never be underestimated. Not only do
premium printed materials inform your
customers, but they also say ‘we take
ourselves seriously’. Not every printing
company can guarantee a satisfying
result on a short timeframe, and not
every company can meticulously
produce high-quality, informative and
engaging materials. Australia’s own R.A.
Printing can, and they will.
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Interview with
Adelaid Glas Designer
Andrea Fiebig
By Lauren Dougherty
have been interested in glass
design ever since I saw it on TV
years ago. Watching the designers
manipulate the glass into beautiful
and complex designs was fascinating.
I loved the heat and intensity, and the
looks of total absorption on the artists’
faces, and I thought of how dicult and
challenging this medium of art must be.
I never looked at glass the same way
again. Whenever I look at glass designs
now I think not of just the nished
product, but of the powerful heat and
concentration that formed such a piece.
I fancy that I like glass designs because
of the intensity it represents to me.
Also, glass is shiny and I like shiny
I came across the work of Andrea
Fiebig while researching artists for
this edition. When I found her website
(andreaebig.com.au), I immediately
started making a mental list of all the
pretty things of hers I should buy. I also
thought that I had better interview her
for the magazine and, thankfully, she
thought so too!
How in the Hell did you discover
something like glass design?
It was a total accident! Coming out
of school I wanted to study illustration,
and was looking at dierent Universities
and what they had to oer. At Monash,
in Melbourne, I stumbled into the Glass
Studio, and there were some students
blowing glass. I literally had to pick my
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jaw up o the oor. And that was it, I
had to make glass.
Where, and what, did you
I studied at Monash University in
Melbourne. I completed a Bachelor
of Fine Art in 2005 and an Honours
Degree in 2006, majoring in Glass.
Then I had a few years where I
wondered if I would ever be paid to
blow glass, before moving to Adelaide
to undertake the Associate program at
the JamFactory Glass Studio.
What are the most challenging
aspects of glass design?
Oh gosh, where do I start! It’s such
an amazing material to work with,
but it denitely has limitations. It’s
very expensive, so the cost can be
quite prohibitive. It’s heavy, so size is
challenging. Dierent colours react in
dierent ways to heat, dierent types
of glass react dierently... you really
have to know your material.
Have you ever nished
something, and then just
dropped it immediately? That’s
something I would do.
Oh yes. Denitely done that!
How would a person go about
getting into glass design as a
casual interest?
There are lots of places that oer
classes and workshops, in both glass
blowing and kiln forming. The best
place to start is probably through
Ausglass, a national organisation that
promotes all glass related things in
Australia. If anyone is interested in
watching some glassblowing, the
JamFactory in Adelaide and Canberra
Glassworks in Canberra both have
viewing areas where you can watch
people work.
What career prospects are
there for a glass designer?
It really depends on what direction
you want to go in, and how hard you
are prepared to push it. I think it’s
denitely possible to make a living from
glass design, but don’t expect to get
rich o it.
Most of the glassblowers I know, and
I include myself in this, are basically
running two practices. One is making
studio work, which is what sells. We have
a design, and make the same object over
and over. This way the galleries know
exactly what they’re getting and it makes
it easier for them to order. It’s good for
us as makers, not just because of the
income, but also because it keeps us in
practice. An example of this is my Sweet
Apples series.
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The other side is making exhibition
work. This is really why we do it. I don’t
make exhibition work to make money,
I make it because I love it. These are
the individual, one-o pieces. They can
be time consuming and expensive, but
pay o in dierent ways. Studio work
isn’t going to get you recognised as an
artist, but exhibition work can.
Where can people buy your
work, and what kind of things
can they buy?
I have several stockists: In SA there
are the JamFactory shops, Art Images
Gallery and Red Poles Gallery. In VIC
there is Veronica George Gallery, Glass
Plus Gallery and Manyung Gallery. In
NSW there is Glass Artist’s Gallery, and
in ACT there is Canberra Glassworks
and the National Gallery. In QLD there
is The Sheil Collection. I’m always
looking to expand. Dierent galleries
will carry dierent work, some only
want particular items that t into their
style, and some only want particular
How can people keep up to
date with your work?
I have a website that I update with
new works:
Are you experimenting with any
new techniques? If yes, how’s
that going?
Yes, I’m quite excited about this!
I’m having a lot of work mirrored, so
one side will have a silvering solution
put on, so the piece eectively turns
into a mirror. What I’m interested in is
the light reecting, so I cut the other
surface of the glass. You can’t see your
reection in it, but the glass seems to
shine somehow.
Where do you nd inspiration?
My work is an exploration of my inner
experience. As a child and in my teens
I found drawing to be a very meditative
experience, I would be completely
absorbed in it for hours. In my early
twenties I began studying meditation
formally, and I began to explore these
experiences in my drawing and in my
art. I feel that the English language
just doesn’t have the words I need to
describe some meditation experiences,
so I do this through creating a piece
of art. Often I don’t know what I’m
making or why I’m making it, but I’ll
know that I just have to. Then through
this process the penny will drop and it
will help me understand my experience
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What are you working on at the
At the moment I’m working towards
an exhibition at Art Images Gallery, on
The Parade in Norwood, SA. I feel like
I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting
and pushing of my own boundaries so
it’s very satisfying to see a body of work
come together like this. It’s also my rst
‘solo’ show, which is a big step for me.
Can people commission your
Absolutely. I take commissions either
directly, or through any of the galleries I
deal with.
Andrea’s work will be featured in
an exhibition at Art Images Gallery in
Norwood, Adelaide, from July 4th until
July 27th.
Make sure you check out Andrea’s work
at: www.andreaebig.com.au
To nd more local artists like Andrea,
or to nd out where you can take
glass blowing classes or simply watch
the professionals do it, go to: www.
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The other day, while scrolling aimlessly
down my Facebook wall, the most
beautiful and curious picture of a tree
with a divided trunk twisted into a DNA
helix slid into my view. I loved it instantly
and sought out the artist to learn more
about them and discover more of their
work. The picture was ‘The Fabric of Life’,
and the artist was René Campbell, an
Adelaide-based bartender and student
of Marine Biology. Fascinated with the
incredible detail of her work, and very
pleased to learn that she is based in my
own hometown, I quickly requested, and
was granted, an interview.
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Interview with
Adelaid Artis an
Studen of Marin Biolog
Rene Campbell
By Lauren Dougherty
When did you rst start
I started drawing when I could rst
hold a pencil. Obviously at this stage
I wasn’t really sure what to do with
such a tool or what drawing was at
such a young age; I imagine it was a
very foreign thing. I was around three
or four years old when I actually recall
being able to scribble and doodle,
just as any child would. It was around
kindergarten, or just before, when I
actually started to observe the world
around me and draw basic gures.
Can you remember your rst
piece? If so, what was it?
I don’t remember my rst piece
specically, but I do remember learning
how to draw and nding out that it
wasn’t only something I enjoyed,
but was reasonably good at (for the
age of ve, of course). I would sit
down with my father and copy his
rather awesome cartoons of sharks,
snakes and lizards. I had a knack for
copying his style, and found myself
implementing this in my early work.
Nintendo characters such as Yoshi
and Pokémon, and creatures such as
dragons, became my main subject
for most of my drawings when I
was young. Often I just copied them
in their original poses, sometimes
more than once, but put them into
individual scenes. Occasionally I
would experiment with the pose or the
medium I used, to the point where I
could draw without reference.
What inspired you originally?
What, or who, inspires you
My father’s drawings, dragons,
dinosaurs, reptiles and insects, video
game characters (Pokémon, Yoshi,
Spyro, Digimon). Now, pretty much any
of the artists that I follow on Facebook
or DeviantArt are pretty inspiring.
Things they do make me think, ‘wow, I
wish I could draw that!’ or ‘why didn’t
I think of that rst?’ I think my main
inspiration comes from nature and the
environment around me. Dreams and
music sometimes play a part as well.
Have you taken many art
classes, or are you primarily
I am self-taught, but I don’t deem that
as superior in any way. I could be much
better if I had taken art classes. In high
school, I did art as a subject and that
was as close to an art class as I could
get. I didn’t learn an awful lot and often
got bored of the things we had to do.
This actually held me back and it took
my art teachers several years to push
me out of my comfort zone in terms of
style, medium and subject. I have found
tutorials and art books quite rewarding
however, and owe a lot of what I know
(which is actually not that much) to
those resources.
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Do you think people can learn
to be artists, or is an artistic
personality something you can
only be born with?
The great thing about being Human is
our ability to learn and create. Anyone
can learn anything if you give it time
and practice. There are many great
artists out there who have little talent
but through practice and training are
just as phenomenal; just because
you’re talented, doesn’t mean you’ll
be any better at what you do. Some
artists use talent as an ‘excuse’ to
slack o, while those who are in-
training actually push themselves to
learn and improve their skills. Practice,
Perseverance and Patience, or ‘The
Three P’s,’ as I call it, are really a recipe
for success to anyone who is talented
or willing to learn in any area.
Your pieces are for sale, do
you have difculty parting with
I actually haven’t parted with many
original traditional pieces of mine,
apart from a few at exhibitions and a
few that I’ve given away. I do feel a
little sad parting with them. Although I
have a digital copy of the piece, there’s
nothing quite like being able to hold it
and physically feel each stroke you’ve
made. But it’s a liberating thing I
guess, passing on what was an artistic
journey to someone else in hope that
they can enjoy it just as much.
What mediums have you
experimented with, and which
is your preferred?
I’ve experimented with quite a few
mediums, at least once. I have a thing
for pen, specically ballpoint. I also
enjoy felt pens, and coloured pencil,
and I love combining the two. I tend to
strictly use pencil and dry pastels only
for realistic pieces. Graphite is fun to
work with as well, but I nd charcoal
gets a bit messy. Digital artwork is
pretty awesome, and owning a tablet
is one of the best things I’ve ever
done. My least favourite mediums are
the paints; I enjoy acrylic the most
and then maybe watercolour. I’ve
never really tried oils as I’ve never
had the money or the opportunity
to do so. Painting is also the most
dicult; mixing colours, layering them,
and waiting for the paint to dry is
frustrating. I haven’t done it a lot so I
don’t really know how it works or what
I’m capable of, but I know I can do it
(just patience is the key). I have a new
easel in my room and am hoping to
take up painting once more in the near
future, but I have a lot to learn!
What is the purpose of your
My art doesn’t really have a
‘purpose,’ other people tend to nd
more purpose and meaning in my
pieces than I do. Some of my pieces
reect biological diversity, and I try to
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evoke more environmental aspects in
my work (being a studying biologist, I
feel this is relevant to me). I’ve never
been big on portraying controversial
meaning or aspects in my work; I draw
because I like it and I can. Recently
however, I’ve been trying to branch out
and actually impose thoughtful ideas in
my art, but that’s a journey within itself.
Do you have a favourite artist?
If so, who is it, and why?
As stated earlier, most artists who
inspire me are any that I follow online.
I wanted to be a concept artist for
some time, so I tend to favour those
who work in that industry. As for the
classical, contemporary artists, I feel
ashamed to say that I know very
little about them (I didn’t do a lot of
art history or analysis in my past,
and many of my fellow artist friends
get annoyed at that). I’d have to say
M.C. Escher; his work is phenomenal.
Incorporating mathematics and
physics into art is mind-boggling. I
have yet to see many artists that can
do it since, at least not without the
help of special programs.
Do you believe that artists have
a duty to inspire and/or provoke
Please explain your answer.
Art is subjective to both the person
who makes it and to those who view it;
it is rather loose in denition and I’ve
never seen a straight answer. It can be
strictly for aesthetics or for provoking
some rather substantial messages
and emotions. Nowadays, this gets a
bit silly, the line between art, drawing,
illustrations, ne-art etc. Art will always
be a reection of one’s freedom to
think, analyse and create, which in my
opinion, is always a choice and not a
Can people commission your
work? If so, could you give an
estimation of price ranges?
At the moment, no, however I do
currently have a print account in
the meantime. I wanted to take up
commissions but became rather lazy
and selsh when it came to drawing
things I did not want to draw, or within
certain time restrictions. Throw in full-
time university and a job in hospitality,
and whatever time and motivation is
left becomes very little. However, I am
hoping to open commissions soon.
The demand for my artwork has grown
immensely and I’ve had some great
oers, so it’s denitely something I
am considering in the near future.
Prices for originals would depend on
the materials used (obviously more for
traditional work), the time taken and
the amount of detail.
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Would you be interested in
designing cover artwork for
It’s something I’ve been oered, but I’d
probably only accept it if I can actually
be immersed in the story. I love reading
(and I loved writing stories in the past),
so being able to imagine myself in the
author’s world would make the cover
artwork not only easier to create, but
more meaningful as well.
What is your opinion of
controversial street artists such
as Banksy?
Art is controversial, and there’s nothing
wrong with that. I enjoy street art; I
think it can be very well done and can
portray some interesting aspects about
the everyday, modernised and urban
world of which we live. I know many
people are opposed to it because they
automatically label street art as ‘grati’ or
marking property, but I disagree (tagging
and vandalism however are completely
dierent). Street art is just an entirely new
genre in the art world. The only dierence
is that our streets are the canvas, and
I nd that street art portrays the uid,
dynamic evolution of our everyday lives
quite well.
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René’s work can be found and
purchased from several websites,
including DeviantArt and Society6. All
the links to which will be at the end of
article. On Society6 you can purchase
a variety of pieces in prints, on
canvases, in frames, or even on mugs,
hoodies, phone cases and more.
Inspired by René’s success I think
I shall try and sell some of my own
artwork. If you’re interested, I have a
doodle here of Gareld wearing a hat
on a serviette. If you like, I can give him
a lasagne, too.
For more of my art, stay tuned. For
more of René’s, visit:
Deviantart: http://renecampbellart.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.
Tumblr: http://rene-art.tumblr.com/
Tumblr (portfolio only): http://
Society6: http://society6.com/
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ver since I accidentally
stumbled upon the Finders
Keepers Markets back in their
early days, I haven’t missed
an opportunity to explore what these
quaint stalls have to oer.
Being a big advocate for buying
local, these markets make this not
only easy but certainly appealing.
Gathering together designers and
crafters alike from all over the country
and presenting them as one big arty
family at The Royal Exhibition Building,
a market lover’s dream.
Although the layout may leave
something to be desired, with the
many rows of stalls making it hard not
to miss perusing a single business,
that may be due to the increasing
demand for a spot.
This year’s rst Melbourne market
(two are held in Melbourne each year)
has seen an expansion opening up
a whole new back section and even
more talented crafters as well as some
workshops helping you to create your
own pieces to take home.
It’s not all about new craft, with
Frankie Magazine heading up the
Vintage section, and as usual they
brought along the iconic Betsy the
caravan alongside many other vintage
There was plenty to keep you
nourished while you browsed with
food trucks out the side of the building
along with coee doing a roaring
trade, and a stage in the middle of the
building providing entertainment.
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Studio Cockatoo
I was absolutely blown away with the geometric patterned animal and portrait
prints by Studio Cockatoo. The Brisbane based company have a fantastic
concept which is really eective. They oer quite aordable art as well, and even
create custom prints. Needless to say there will be some of these appearing in my
home in the near future.
Some of the fantastic Australian
Businesses which caught my
eye include:
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Urban Cartel
If you are the kind of person who likes pastel coloured cloud shaped ceramics,
then Urban Cartel have got you covered. They also do plates, milk bottles and
much more. Quirky yet useful, now that’s my kind of art.
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Hart + Barnes
I’m a sucker for Melbourne themed home wares and Hart + Barnes’ Melbourne
suburb prints t the brief exactly. With pillows as well as varying sized prints, the
company also make other styles of cushion covers to decorate any modern home.
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Paper Love
Stationary, as most things, is coming back into fashion and Paper Love are
ready to full all your gift wrapping needs. If their logo is anything to go by then
you know they certainly have an eye for style.
Emily Green
With jewellery her main product, Emily Green has also done a collaboration
with Dale Hardiman to create Up Up, a beautiful Pendant Light manufactured in
Melbourne. A very popular stall and so it should be with beautiful printed scarves
and of course amazing jewellery.
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Finders Keepers Markets (http://www.thenderskeepers.
com/markets.php) happen in Brisbane, Sydney and
Melbourne twice a year. If you can’t make it to a market
then be sure to check out their blog (http://www.
thenderskeepers.com/blog/) for detailed interviews with
their great artists.
Spring/Summer - Friday 17th (evening) & Saturday 18th October
Spring/Summer - Saturday 8th & 9th November
Spring/Summer - Friday 12th (evening) & Saturday 13th December
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