Bittersweet – sugarcane’s history exposed by Footscray filmmaker

This week we’re featuring an article by Jessica Dean of West Art Now who interviewed Colour Box Studio founder and director Amie Batalibasi about her latest film project. Footscray-based filmmaker Amie Batalibasi has bid farewell to wintery Melbourne and headed north to the sugarcane fields of Queensland to direct Blackbird, a film that illuminates a dark […]

Q&A with Mary Long of Post Industrial Design

This week we chat with Mary Long of Post Industrial Design in West Footscray. They’ll be participating in our upcoming FOOT IT in West Footscray by Bike Art Tour with Wynter Projects on 4 July (click here for details). Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat to have a read and find out about the […]

Melbourne Artist Feature: Fred Fowler

Fred Fowler is a Melbourne based artist with a background in graffiti art who is currently exploring themes of colonialism in Australia through landscape paintings. His work has been showcased across platforms such as The Design Files Open House, a residency in north western Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria and he’s just about to […]

Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love

We’re excited to share the story of Thomas Banks, a young gay playwright with cerebral palsy. He unapologetically expresses his journey of finding love through a short autobiographical play and is currently the subject of a documentary film, ‘Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love’. In this Q&A Banks answers inspiring questions on overcoming challenges of rejection […]

Artist Interview – Steven Rhall

Steven Rhall’s work questions and explores the notion of ‘Aboriginal Art’ through photography, video and installation. He challenges assumptions by altering common urban landscapes and the people represented. Steven Rhall will speak exclusively about one of his recent works ‘The Biggest Aboriginal Artwork in Melbourne Metro (2014)’ on the 28th of March at Foot It […]

Interview with Arts Manager Chantal Wynter

The west of Melbourne is alive with creative talent including arts manager Chantal Wynter who over the last few years, has been working independently to foster and showcase artists and creative spaces through her unique and insightful art tours. Through her small operation, Wynter Projects, she’s hosted a number of tours around Footscray and the […]

Colour Box Studio – 2014 in Review

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Colour Box Studio kicked off the year with the ‘Disposable Containers Project’ pop-up exhibition – the work of several local artists was on show to the public for six days and was a stop on the Footscray Art Crawl, led by Chantal Wynter. We presented a fantastic program of creative workshops that saw people walking […]

INTERVIEW WITH ARTS MANAGER IMOGENE WHITTLE

This week we’re very excited to present an interview with Arts Manager Imogene Whittle, as part of our ongoing Arts Management Blog Series. Imogene has gained a plethora of experience and knowledge working within the arts in Australia and in this interview, she shares an invaluable insight into the industry. Read on to find out […]

Think Batch

Studio Batch Printed Vase

Studio Batch is a Melbourne based design studio operating primarily as a product and industrial design studio that specialises in 3D printing and digital fabrication. In addition to designing innovative jewellery ranges, they collaboratively design for clients and their work includes lamp shades, head wear for the Spring Racing Carnival, a case for the Raspberry […]

A Chat with Ms Murphy Flowers

Eavan Murphy brings a fresh and innovative approach to floristry and interior design with her signature concrete vessels, bold taste in flowers and keen eye for styling all under the name of her creative business Ms Murphy Flowers. Murphy’s outside of the box floristry style has blossomed from a background as a stage manager in […]

Nuts and Bolts with Melbourne Creative Kirri-Mae Sampson

Kirri-Mae Sampson of Kirri-MaDe. Image by Kristina Arnott.

Kirri-mae  Sampson is an inspiring Melbourne Creative who works with resin and textiles, often utilising reclaimed materials to create hand crafted and unique pieces in “a happy assembly of sugar and spice” for her label Kirri-MaDe. With a Masters Degree in Fashion and Textiles she puts a contemporary spin on Macramé to create necklaces, plant […]

Footscray Alleyway Will Come to Life with the Cosmic Forest

Tasha Whittle - Public Art Program - Colour Box Studio 2014. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Tasha Whittle will bring the old Colour Box Studio alleyway wall to life with her Comic Forest on 28th June. Come down between 12-4pm and immerse yourself in a world “filled with weird and wonderful characters, landscapes and adventures”. This is a free event as part of Colour Box Studio’s Public Art Program. And […]

Local artists set to project their best in the west

By Ashley Tarleton. “Come see Footscray in a different way. “Through projections, through buildings, through windows, through unlikely spaces,” encouraged the Curator of West Projections, Chantal Wynter. West Projections, a projections festival, constitutes six nights of video displays to be showcased at seven venues throughout Footscray. The screenings will occur from 6-9pm on the 5th, […]

The Super Rad Nail Sisters!

By Oi Loon See. It is no surprise to you, dear readers, that we are huge fans of The Super Rad Nail Sisters (or in short SRNS). We revive our love for them and all things nail art in the upcoming workshop on June 1st. The Super Rad Nail Sisters is the non de plume […]

Interview with Arts Manager Suzi Cordell

This week as part of our Arts Management Blog Series, Suzi Cordell, Education and Families Manager at Regional Arts Victoria generously shares the stories and arts management experiences that have led her to where she is today. Suzi provides a wonderful insight into the industry and discusses her journey entering into arts management work as […]

Interview with Lia Pa’apa’a – Arts Management Series

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It’s been a pleasure to showcase our creative community of artists over the past year or so and continuing on from that, we’re presenting a special Blog Feature Series around the wonderful people behind the scenes – Arts Workers and Arts Managers. This series has come about from listening to our creative community – many […]

Q & A with the interior designers of the Summer Pop Up Shop

Colour Box Studio Summer Pop Up Shop 2013

Colour Box Studio recruited two super talented volunteer interior designers to design and set up the current Summer Pop Up Shop. Bridgit Ryan and Kirthana Maddugaru are the creative forces behind the pop up shop and working with limited time they came together to create an amazing interior design. Make sure you come on down to […]

Interview with Gabrielle New of The Space Between Performance Collective

As part of the Colour Box Studio Summer Pop Up Shop Program The Space in Between Performance Collective will be performing their new piece ‘The thing with Feathers’ over two unique and alluring nights. (BOOKINGS: Click Here) To set the scene, imagine… Walking the streets of a grey city, the shadows attempt to penetrate. From […]

Interview with Summer Pop Up Shop Participants Silly Rabbit

Hayley & Emily of Silly Rabbit are featured in the Colour Box Studio Summer Pop Up Shop until 21 December 2013. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. We’ve known each other for over 15 years, we went to High School together and have pretty much been besties ever since. We […]

Interview with Summer Pop Up Shop artist Kirri-maDe

Macrame Necklace by Kirri-maDe available at the Colour Box Studio Summer Pop Up Shop

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I’m Kirri-Mae and I do many things. The more I have on my plate, the more productive I seem to be, so I try to keep myself heavily (not always healthily) loaded up with projects, jobs and creative endeavours. At the moment I’m studying […]

Interview with Summer Pop Up Shop Artist Ida Suod of Studio 941

Studio 941 Ida Suod silk fashion Melbourne

Studio 941 Silk paintings, scarves, shawls are showcased in the Colour Box Studio Summer Pop Up Shop until 21 December 2013. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I am a Melbourne-based Australian silk painter with an extensive background in architecture, landscape architecture and project management. I make hand-painted and hand-dyed silk […]

Interview with Summer Pop Up Shop Artist Sarah Streeter of Urbanearthwear

  Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. Hi, I’m Sarah Streeter and I design women’s underwear for my online business Urbanearthwear. I am also a wife and stay at home mum to a 21 month old boy. Some people might think of me as a ‘mumpreneur’. How did you start […]

Artist Interview with Summer Pop Up Shop Designers Deer & Pato

Deer & Pato is a Melbourne based company that creates handbags, accessories and jewellery made with upcycled and reused materials. They design and create original pieces with materials that would otherwise end up in landfill. Because all the materials they use come from different sources each bag is one of a kind. There is no […]

Q&A with Colour Box Studio Director about her creative practice & up coming workshop

Colour Box Studio Director and filmmaker Amie Batalibasi will be facilitating the Night Photography – Painting with Light workshop at Colour Box Studio on 27th November. Read below for more information about how she got started with her own creative practice. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I’m Founder and […]

Q&A with artist Kate May Good – exhibiting at Colour Box Studio

Kate May Good - It's Lentils for You, Baby! Photo by Vincent Long.

Artist Kate May Good is exhibiting an installation entitled “B.L & AL” as part of Colour Box Studio’s Members and Volunteers Showcase program (launch event – Throw Up Your Art, Thursday 31 October, 6pm). We chatted with Kate to find out more about her arts practice. [Above Photo by Vincent Long] Tell us a little […]

Artist Interview – Hannakin

Hanna Mancini is a Melbourne based illustrator, crafter, procrastinator whose art practices span the exploration of multiple mediums. Her own creative label ‘Hannakin’ encompasses a wide range of things she makes and does, including archival quality prints of her whimsical watercolour and collage illustrations, and textile/soft sculpture works. In both her illustration and textile works […]

SHUTTERMAIN x 2ND THOUGHT INTERVIEW

Rachel Main aka Shuttermain is a photographer, documenter, filmmaker and educator. As a freelance artist she produces a range of work that includes street photography, music photography as well as music and krump videos and documentaries. She also facilitates workshops and teaches high school Art and Photography. William Stephanus aka 2nd Thought is a producer and beat […]

Get Fixed On Wax with DJ Kut One

On Sunday the 13th of October DJ Kut One and Yung Phily will be facilitating an Introduction to Djing Workshop as part of the Colour Box Studio Music and Sound program. DJ Kut -One has been a DJ of 16 years, playing various clubs around Melbourne from Level One, First Floor, Laundry, International Lounge and more. He has also performed on […]

INTERVIEW WITH MUSICIAN AND AUDIO ENGINEER GARTH SHERIDAN

On Saturday the 12th of October talented musician and audio engineer Garth Sheridan will be facilitating an Audio Editing for Video Workshop as part of our Music and Sound Program.  Garth’s music and audio experience is impressive. He has worked on short films, as a sound designer for theatre and circus, produced recordings, performed electronic music […]

Robert K Champion does residency at Colour Box Studio

Robert Champion Colour Box Studio Profile

As part of the Music and Sound program running until the 25th of October the extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter and guitar player Robert K Campion will be residing in the Colour Box Studio to work on developing a collection of new music. At the end of the residency Robert will showcase his work as part […]

Interview with Artist Diego Ramirez

Diego Ramirez is an artist who works primarily with video. His practice is driven by an interest in identity and cult media. Ramirez’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and video festivals in Australia and abroad. We are excited to have Diego’s video Radish featured in our Interface – Night Projections, which is on […]