Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sylvania Lighting Australasia has an excellent web service. An easy to use, consumer friendly, highly informative site. With information on lighting solutions for both the urban and industrial domain.
Each lighting service has detailed features as well as downloadable data sheets.
Images of stock includes the unit itself and the fitting being used in a commercial situation.
For more info go to www.sla.net.au
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
While doing some research for our presentation I came across an Artist - Christopher Marley - who has turned wunderkammer into an art form! (See bottom picture)
If you take a stroll down Cardigan st in Carlton, you will step through 4 different worlds. The Biker, The Traveller, The Vogue and The Retro. Watch your step though, for the bright and bold colours of Typo's stationary might just rub off on you!
For the last five weeks group 2A have been preparing for the installation of our first major window display. Being lucky enough to work with stationaryretailer Typo, this fun and infectious brand gave us incredible merchandise to play with.
As well as working with this unique stock, we explored new techniques like working with decal cutting machines, the new laser foam cutters and lighting. We liaised with industry professionals from signage manufacturers to the Typo VM team. We sourced our own props from various retailers around Melbourne including Ikea and various smallerboutiques like antique stores.
Working in groups of five to accomplish our goal was both challenging yet just as rewarding. the collaboration of different ideas, energies, strengths and weaknesses saw us really explore a range of options in production methods and creativity.
We are all so proud of each other and what we managed to accomplish!
Please check it out at RMIT Building 94, 23 - 27 Cardigan St, Carlton
Thanks to our teachers Sue Robinson, Normal Ireland and Simon Stephenson as well as Typo.
For more information on Typo products and store locations head to www.typoshop.com.au/
Head to http://www.homelife.com.au/ for regular updates! Follow gallery links to find inspiration on colour blocking, utilising unique materials as well as craft and general decorating tips.
His collaborations have also included Bjork and most recently Lady Gaga's infamous bubble dress.
Chalayan's mastery explores the combination between art and fashion design, including pieces with LED lasers and technical mechanics sewn into the fabric.
This has to be seen to be believed!
Fore more info click http://www.husseinchalayan.com/#/home/
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Last week, we sat down with one of our most encouraging and inspirational teachers, Justin Compton. While teaching us for our VM presentation class in semester two of last year, we came to learn a little of his VM background and past experiences within the industry. We jumped at the opportunity to interrogate our teacher just that little bit more for the purposes of our blog. Here is how our interview rolled out.
A&A: Where and what have you studied?
J: I completed a year of Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and decided it wasn’t for me. So I then went to RMIT to study Visual Merchandising and completed the two year diploma. The program now however, has really grown & developed even further. There are more teachers with industry experience as well.
A&A: What jobs did you have while you were studying?
J: I began working in fast food stores until second year where I began to do a little bit of freelance work, mainly at book stores. After graduating I got a job at Henry Bucks as their Visual Merchandiser. While at Henry Bucks I still did freelance VM work on the side, styling for Gasworks, designed and made props, ticket writing and catalogue styling.
After three and half years at Henry Bucks I moved on to Nike and became involved in the opening of their then new store on Bourke St. I was flown to the U.S for training which I then rolled out and taught to employees at the
A&A: How did you find that transition?
J: It was a big jump moving from Henry Bucks a smaller more intimately run company to an international corporation like Nike but I enjoyed the challenge.
A&A: How did you learn about the job opportunity at Nike?
J: Newspaper advertisement
From Nike I moved to Daimaru the department store. Again a big change from a retailer specialising in one type of merchandise to a department store ranging from cosmetics to home wares and clothing but a great learning experience. Daimaru then closed down and through word of mouth got a job at Myer Melbourne. While working at Myer I began teaching the Introduction to Visual Merchandising evening course at RMIT and really enjoyed the teaching aspect of the industry. From there I moved on to teaching the VM course full time.
A&A: Was teaching something you were interested in while you were still studying?
Nooo. I never thought I’d end up teaching. I was always interested in windows and in store merch displays. But I enjoy teaching and being part of the mentor program is great.
A&A: What has been your best and worst experience?
J: The best would be that the industry isn’t static; you’re always learning and following different trends that are forever changing. The worst is you have to be prepared for a third party to let you down or for something to not go as planned. However, overcoming a problem like that is extremely satisfying and you definitely learn from it.
A&A: What has been your biggest challenge so far?
J: The Nike opening, being in charge of the VM for the entire store. There was also a lot of media attention in the lead up to the opening as well as a launch party. Various newspaper articles were published as well.
A&A: Any future endeavours?
J: At the moment I’m pretty satisfied. You can’t plan too far ahead; I’m always open for new opportunities.
A&A: What is the best advice you’ve received?
The best advice I’ve been given is to make sure you’ve thought out all options and have an organised plan.
The best advice I’d give is to always treat people fairly and with respect. Build on your network and take the opportunities that are given to you.
A&A: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
J: Strength – I’m good at making and sourcing props, and I’m well prepared and organised. Weakness – perfectionist.
A&A: Where have you travelled and where is VM most prominent?
J: VM in
A&A: Who are you inspired by?
J: Art in general, stores like
A&A: How do you collate your inspiration? Mag cut outs, hard drive?
J: I’m a bit of a hoarder with my magazines and notebooks.