Letterboy Workshops Announced

Posted On: 24th of April, 2017
Posted In: Out and About

Swedish type master Letterboy is heading back to Perth for a new series of workshops for letter enthusiasts.

These workshops will teach you the basics of calligraphy and hand-lettering.

It covers everything from script to gothic styles. Drawing by hand gives artists and designers an understanding of why and how letters are built and also to get a genuine feeling that most of the time gets lost when using computers.

This workshop fits the beginner and people who have dabbled in calligraphy and hand-lettering in the past.

Registrations are now open here.

Where's Wally?

Posted On: 21st of April, 2017
Posted In: Store News

Our favourite Classic Striped Staple tee is now available in red and white!

$30.00 - View in the Online Store.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Posted On: 21st of April, 2017
Posted In: Out and About

More than 150 rare and iconic sneakers are coming to Perth

After popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn and Atlanta, the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Cultureheads to AGWA for its only Australian presentation.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world

International exhibition opens Saturday 13 May | FREE
Sneaker Saturday – 10am-4pm, Saturday 13 May | FREE

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first museum exhibition in North America, and now in Australia, to examine the sneaker's complex and fascinating social history, from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture.

Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and organised by the American Federation of Arts, the international travelling exhibition has had popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Oakland, and now heads to AGWA for its only Australian presentation.

On display are shoes from the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and Puma, as well as private collectors such as legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love) and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneaker collaborations between celebrities, artists and high-end fashion houses, including Rihanna, Kanye West, Sophia Chang, Tom Sachs, Damien Hirst, Prada, and Lanvin.

Sneakers are worn by billions of people around the world. Across fashion, music, sport, street, self-expression, work – there's a sneaker story to be told, and AGWA's asking for yours. Thanks to Singapore Airlines, you could win a trip for two to San Francisco, simply by sharing your favourite sneaker story via Instagram. It could be the pair that saw you travel around the world. Fashion kicks that scored cred with your crew. Or maybe the ones you were wearing when you took 3 for 6 at cricket. Sport, street, fashion, travel or work … if it’s your story, AGWA wants to hear it. To enter, simply submit a short video with #mysneakerstory.
The competition runs 10am, 5 April 2017 through to 5pm, 4 September 2017 (AWT).

Check out the promo video here Sneaker Heads

Many 2.0

Posted On: 6th of April, 2017
Posted In: Out and About

The lovely folks MANY in Fremantle have been busy busy the last few weeks preparing their beautiful new art, retail and creative space on Adelaide Street in Fremantle.

Join them for their opening party this Saturday night! The new space and adjoining Westgate Mall will be alive with music, food vendors and a bar for the opening party.

Plus! Many's new gallery, Smart Casual, are opening their exhibition programme with 'Living Alone and Looking at Memes' by Dionne Hooyberg.

Join the fun any time between 5pm and 9pm, more info on the Facebook event page here.

Art Bites

Posted On: 6th of April, 2017
Posted In: Out and About

Have you checked out the ABC's new Art Bite series yet?

Directed by the ever talented Selina Miles, The Wanderers follows artist including Amok Island, Ian Strange, Dabs Myla, Guido Van Helten and more into regional Australia as they meet locals and create new works.

Watch the series free on iView here.

Easter Weekend

Posted On: 6th of April, 2017
Posted In: Store News

Trading Hours

Good Friday - Closed
Easter Saturday - 10am to 6pm
Easter Sunday - 11am to 5pm
Easter Monday - 11am to 5pm

Good Friday - Closed
Easter Saturday - 9:30am to 5:30pm
Easter Sunday - 11am to 4pm
Easter Monday - Closed

Fine Brush Liners

Posted On: 31st of March, 2017
Posted In: Store News

Ironlak have added to their ever growing family of graphic markers, for fun sketch times.

These new Technical Drawing Pen with fine brush tips are an instant classic.

$3.95 - View online here

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White Winter

Posted On: 31st of March, 2017
Posted In: Store News

Looking forward to a white winter? AS Colour has you basics sorted, with these new blanks instore now -

$46.50 - Box Crew

$49.50 -Stencil Hood

$85.00 -Cyrus Windbreaker

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Spray Painting Vinyl

Posted On: 28th of March, 2017
Posted In: DIY Projects, Chucks Know-Hows

We are often asked recommendations for painting vinyl banners - with so many one use event banners printed, they can be a great surface to repurpose with spray paint, yet can be very frustrating if your paint doesn't stick.

Some spray paint solvents seem to react with the vinyl, either peeling off very easily, or never truly drying - making a huge sticky mess.

We have put our paints to the test and have excellent results with Sugar Artist Acrylic spray paint. This spray paint contains a solvent made from sugar cane alcohol, while most of our paints use acetone based solvents. In our tests Sugar has dried perfectly and creates a surprisingly strong bond to the flexible vinyl. Coming back to our samples several months later and bending and scratching the surface shows no wear and tear.

Check check out our samples for your self in store.

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Painting on Fabric

Posted On: 14th of March, 2017
Posted In: DIY Projects, Chucks Know-Hows

We are often asked for recommendations on painting on to fabric. Most acrylic paints are suitable for fabric surfaces, we stock both tubes of heavy body acrylic, bottles of fluid acrylic and markers filled with fluid acrylic that work great on fabrics.

We have recently put some to the test - you can check out our samples in store.

We chose a very dark denim with stretch to test the products to their full capacity. For our sample shown here we used a Ironlak Basic Acrylic Set (you can also buy individual tubes here) and Ironlak Fluid Acrylic.

We applied the paint with a brush, but Fluid Acrylic can also be put into an empty marker, or purchased as a pre made marker here.

We were impressed with the coverage on dark fabrics, even colours like bright red covered well without any base white coat. We found the tubes of acrylic were a little more flexible on the stretch fabric than the fluid acrylic, though both performed well.

Once completely dry we heat set the design - we used an iron for a few minutes on the back side of the fabric, and on the front covering over the painted section with a light tea towel. A hair dryer or tumble drier could also be used.

We have washed our samples a couple of times in a regular wash cycle with no effect on the design.