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BNE Girls



Hannah Roche and Dani Marano’s small print publication, BNE Girls, shines a spotlight on the abundance of talented women who call Brisbane home. Although Brisbane often wins the “bronze medal” in Australian creative capitals, the humidity and relentless sunshine that hits the city seems to inspire work that reflects the day-to-day life in the 4000. BNE Girls contains 27 portraits that celebrate female creativity and highlights the many artistic communities that Brisbane has to offer. We caught up with Hannah and Dani to discuss their inspirations and what’s next for BNE Girls.


Firstly, can you tell me a bit about your background and what you do? 

H: I am a fashion photographer living and working between Sydney and Melbourne. I’m interested in capturing the relationship between the female body, fashion and design.

D: I am a renaissance woman. A wannabe everything. I lived in Brisbane for 8 years before moving to Melbourne at the start of the year. I occasionally style shoots for local labels and as a day job I manage a women’s clothing store in Fitzroy.

What inspired you to create BNE Girls? 

H: Brisbane is full to the brim of talented creative women working in so many different fields. We really wanted to create a series that focused on and celebrated those women. Dani shared this passion, so we wanted to produce this together. Dani’s a really talented stylist and her ideas translate really beautifully.

D: The amazing women of Brisbane and working with Hannah.  Hannah has an amazing eye for detail and really knows how to make people comfortable in front of the camera. I have loved watching Hannah’s work progress over the past few years and am so thankful to work with her.

Where do you see small/boutique/start up labels sitting in the fashion world when there are so many large established labels to compete with? 

D: Small boutique labels may have large established labels to compete with but there is still a market for the conscious consumer. Ideally the conscious consumer considers their purchases and prefers to shop for locally produced labels. Being able to control all aspects of production can be used to a start-ups advantage and give them a point of difference against their chain store competition. In saying this it can be difficult for a small label to maintain their brand ethos and identity as they expand. We need to be more aware of what we are consuming and smaller labels have the ability to educate us and promote positive practices.

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Has the internet and broader scope of communication made it easier to start a label? 

H: Absolutely. It is so much easier to promote your work through the social platforms that exist. I have come across so many new labels to follow on Instagram. Instagram particularly is a great tool and allows for labels (and artists) to get beautiful imagery out there. Because of the Internet and social media you can also start a business from your bedroom, which reduces overheads and ultimately helps to get your business off the ground. In saying that, it’s also a heavily saturated place and people have increasingly shorter attention spans, so you have to be doing something different to stand out.

D: The Internet has made it easier for labels to engage the consumer through clever use of social media platforms. The customer is constantly provided with visual stimulus through Instagram, blogs and websites to create a cohesive brand identity. A designer can run a whole label from their studio or on the run with the help of the Internet.

Do you think Brisbane has a lot of opportunities for creatives? 

H: I think there is a lot of creativity coming out of Brisbane – great bands, artists, designers. In my experience it has been a great place to study, learn and collaborate with other artists, but it’s hard to get paid work here.  Often people end up moving to Sydney or Melbourne for paid work opportunities.

D: I think Brisbane has a lot of opportunities for creatives to collaborate and develop skills but not consistent paid work. There are always exceptions though, local businesses like Frank and Mimi, Bianca Mavrick, Lovestar and Talty Sargent found their point of difference and are going strong!

What local/Australian artists inspire your work? 

H: Saskia Wilson, Miso, Brooke Holm, Phebe Schmidt, Levon Baird, Frances Cannon, Intent Journal is an ethical fashion publication that is constantly inspiring me in terms of mindfulness in the fashion industry.

D: Margaret Preston, Julian Meagher, Miranda Skoczek and Elizabeth Barnett. I am a sucker for a good still life.


Do you think it is harder for females to become established in creative fields? 

H: I think in some industries it’s harder for women to be taken seriously. I’ve heard some stories! I’m lucky to know and be surrounded be so many women killing it in their creative fields. For me, the support from other women is something that encourages me to work hard every day.

D: Obviously there are some challenges in areas like architecture and music, but many women I know work in creative fields. They work in art galleries, own cafes, take photographs, make jewelry, create art and they work hard. They are establishing themselves in their chosen fields and gender has nothing to do with it!

What are you trying to achieve with this project? 

 D: To put it simply we wanted to acknowledge creative women and their contribution to to Brisbane’s creative communities. Brisbane is an underrated city brimming with amazing talent and we wanted to start a dialogue about that. We were also drawn to idea of creating a book rather than an online publication because the more virtual our lives becomes the more we crave the physical. I love being able to interact with an object, feel the texture of a books front cover and flick through the pages. You don’t experience the same interaction with a digital publication and a book stays with you for a lifetime.

What’s next for BNE Girls?

H: We’d love to take it to another Australian capital city so we have to figure out the logistics of that.. Stay tuned!


Hannah – @hanro
Dani – @dee_dee_sparklehorse




Local artist and children’s author, Anna Yum, highlights the everyday moments and heroic abilities in each and every one of us in her new book, “Everyday Superhero.” Written as a kind of therapy, the book is a lesson for children to accept themselves for who they are and celebrate their own unique qualities. We caught up with Anna before her book launch and exhibition at The Print Bar.


Can you give us a brief summary of what Everyday Superhero is about?


Everyday Superhero follows two characters, Rosie and Meeko, as they discover what it means to be an Everyday Superhero. The narrative focuses on the things we do everyday that makes a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.



What are the main themes and messages the book covers?


The book teaches kids that they are more than good enough just as they are. The way they care for their friends, the way they are brave when trying new things and the way they make mistakes… kids need to hear these messages to help them build their self esteem and realize they don’t need to change for people to like them.



Do you think we don’t celebrate the everyday moments enough?


Yes! And it is so hard to just stop, physically and cognitively, and realize how wonderful we have it. There are so many distractions, demands and stresses in our everyday lives, most of them telling us that who we are needs to change to fit with what is required.



What is your typical creative process and in the case of Everyday Superhero, did the visuals or story come to you first?


I have two little inspirations in my house, my daughters Genevieve and Imogen. So the characters in Everyday Superhero are a combination of their personality traits as well as the things they like to imagine they are. And this is a very typical way that my creative process takes shape. People and things around me inspire me; I look for colour, pattern, textures, personalities, feelings…all trigger ideas that make their way into my journals and can surface in artworks.




What artists inspire your work?


I studied bachelor of arts/education, so my background has always been in the visual arts. Rachel Whiteread was my first inspiration and she would cast the negative space around chairs, so you are left with a presence of a chair. This has always played a roll in my art concept developing- what impression are we leaving based on what we do and who we are. We have the ability to have a strong impact on those around us. Good and bad. Other artists I get inspiration from Beci Orpin, Lisa Congdon and Lauren Childs. All these artist use of colours, texture, pattern and material always inspires me.



What type of children’s book do you wish you read as a child?


I watch my daughters read all those fairy/princess stories and I never remember reading those stories as a child. I don’t know if it is because I was a tomboy and grew up with two brothers where the matchbox cars definitely out numbered the barbie dolls, but I don’t ever remember imagining those stories to be true. Don’t get me wrong, my imagination got a work out with great books like James and Giant Peach and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.



How do you find juggling being a mother and an artist?


I know that most people like to brag about how wonderful their kids are, but I swear my two are the cream of the crop! And they love being involved with any projects I am working on. They are well used to hearing me say “I have an idea for a workshop, do you gals want to have a go?”. And there is never a “No thanks mum” to that one! But in all seriousness, I would never have thought I could be running my own business, write and illustrate a children’s book and keep things all running at home with a young family. I think my kids and my hubby have helped to give me a balanced outlook on life, they have boosted my confidence and believed in me. Go team YUM!



What’s next for Anna Yum?


Well HQ is currently being renovated, so a lot of time and energy has been spent project managing this space. But once that is complete, art classes from 1 year olds to adults will be up and running.  I am launching my book at Avid reader in the September holidays with loads of workshops for kids and a special one for adults too. And I am working on my next children’s book, following on from Everyday Superhero. I can feel a lot of creative juice flowing at the moment!




An Interview with Buzz Studios




The Print Bar blackboard has showcased many amazing artists over the years. Not only the heart of Print Bar HQ, the blackboard is also a platform for the abundance of talent that walks through our door. One artist whose mural we can’t bring ourselves to dust off is local designer, illustrator and mural artist Adam Busby, aka Buzz Studios. We recently caught up with him to discuss his process and the themes portrayed in his work.


Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Adam Busby, born and bred American, now based in Brisbane where I have lived with my wife for the past 6 years. My background and study began in fine art, traditional oil/acrylic painting and drawing, which I really enjoy and still practice. At the time an influential and forward thinking teacher introduced me to graphic design which I had no idea about, from which I applied to the program and studied for the next 2 years. Those initial years away from the computer getting hands on with learning about paint, space and form was critical in developing the style and process that I use today.


How has your practice changed over time?

My practice has become much more regimented and clinical over the years. Most creatives try to be loose, flexible and avoid routine as a way to stay creative, but I find the exact opposite to be true. The stricter and more consistent schedule I have, the more creative I become and the more work I produce. I have learned and continue to learn that there are a certain number of terrible works you have to get through to get to something great, so it is really a numbers game, the more your produce, the better you get, and the work reflects.


Do you approach a canvas differently to a wall?

Definitely. A canvas is very much in isolation and is transient, you never really know the end resting place and surrounding. Walls on the other hand are very difficult to move, which means the art, the shape and the colours all have to interact with the surroundings, lighting and people in a more permanent capacity. I personally love this creative constraint and have used odd shaped or textured walls to help guide the direction of the artwork that goes on it.




What themes do you pursue in your work?

I try to explore all different themes, but some recurring ones at the moment are: plants, lines, textures, faces, and food. Also my colour palette usually creates more of a theme than the subject matter I am designing.


Describe a real-life situation that has inspired your art?

Ooh that’s a deep one. You could go one of two ways, sometimes the emotions and surrounding mood such as frustration or energy could influence my art, and on the opposite spectrum a texture of a leaf, the movement of a bird, or the architecture of a building might inspire a layout, design or illustration.


What do you like/dislike about your work?

I personally love the process. I nerd out hardcore over things like grids, prepping work and thinking about how things will translate. I wouldn’t say I dislike it… but getting people to value your work has been a challenge in the past in my career. Once you jump the hurdle of lining up the clients perceived value and your time, ideas and labor as an artist, you are smooth sailing and it is much easier to move projects along without convincing people of the value of what you do.




What is your dream project?

I’ve got my sights set on a few 5+ storey building to push the limits of how large I can go with my mural work. Also on the bucket list is to design/illustrate a beer and or wine label.


Which local artists have impressed you?

I am a huge fan of the work Frank and Mimi are doing in the sign writing and conservation awareness space. Georgia Hill has a hugely impacting textural style that is fantastic.


So what’s next for Buzz Studios?

Bigger murals, nationwide and overseas. My focus is also about being very intentional about who I work with, what my work communicates and who it impacts. I just want to create more passionate work with passionate people!




Check out more by Buzz Studios:

Instagram @buzzstudios

Twitter @adamsbusby

Facebook /buzzstudios


Apomogy Showcase


Rachel Lynch
Rachel Lynch


An earnest, heartfelt apology can often create some sharp edges. I’m sure most of us want to say sorry about something (after all, we are only human) and just need a little help to soften the blow. Apomogy is the ongoing community art project about saying you’re sorry with a pom pom. Since September 2015, Rachel Lynch has been receiving candid confessions from strangers following the broadcast of her own “apomogy” on Instagram. After showcasing these colourful-ornaments-of-anonymous-wrongdoings at her recent exhibition with The Print Bar, we caught up with Rachel to discuss what saying sorry really means and what’s next for Apomogy.

Firstly, tell me a bit about yourself.

I am 27, I have 2 sausage dog daughters, and l never expected to start a project about apologising.

What gave you the idea for the Apomogy project?

I made a few tough apologies at the beginning of last year and it got me thinking about what it means to apologise/not apologise.  These thoughts were just stewing inside me until one day, sitting at my desk, I made my first apomogy.  I shared it on social media and the response to the idea was amazing…that kind of inspired me to flesh out the concept

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Do you think the word “sorry” is used too often?

 I think it is too often used insincerely or as an alternative to other words.

 How has the project affected you? Have any of the apologies you’ve received impacted your thinking about the project?

 The project has had a pretty massive impact on my life.  There are some apomogies that have shocked me, made me cry…or just lingered with me for days after reading.  The most personally affecting though, was an apomogy that was explicitly directed to me.  A friend who I hadn’t spoken to in 7 years reached out to me via this project with her apomogy “I’m sorry we’re not friends anymore”, and we have remained in contact since.



What’s the heaviest Apomogy you have seen so far?

 I’m sorry I’m disabled, I know that’s not what you signed up for when you gave birth to me”. No explanation needed, am I right!


What’s next for you and Apomogy?

I am excited to keep collecting the anonymous apomogies, and will continue recording stories for the podcast.  I will be doing a TED talk on the project later in the year (which I’m pretty jazzed about)…but otherwise, I’m just excited to keep it going and seeing what other stories it unearths.


Orange Sky Laundry


During our existence, The Print Bar has been lucky enough to work with an abundance of amazing artists and organisations. We have learnt that there’s a story behind every print we create, whether it be a joke between friends or the narrative of a new business venture. We recently partnered with Orange Sky Laundry and delved into the story of young Australians of the year, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi.


These childhood mates started a world first in 2014 by creating a free mobile laundry for the homeless and a platform of conversation and confidence for those whose voices are often ignored. Orange Sky is still growing, and their vision of “a world where the homeless are positively connected with the community” seems more feasible as the vans continue to circle the streets. We spoke to Lucas about the future of Orange Sky.

Firstly, how does it feel to be the first ever joint-winners of the Young Australian of the Year award?

It’s definitely not something that we predicted. We were blown away to even be a part of the 31 finalists in Canberra earlier this year and to then be awarded was incredible. From day 1 we have been blown away by the number of people supporting us, believing in us and helping us and that number continues to grow every day.


How did the idea for Orange Sky first come about?

Well, it really stemmed from Nic and I volunteering in a school van. Working in the van really opened our eyes to the massive problem of homelessness. Over 105,000 people are homeless in Australia every night; it’s one of the harsh realities of humanity and a sad truth that many of us try to ignore. When we finished school we had more time on our hands and wanted to harness some energy from us and all our mates to give back to the community. We initially thought about running a food van but then stumbled upon the idea of something new…something that hadn’t been done before. The ability to wear clean clothes everyday is a luxury we often take for granted and we thought that everyone deserves the right to clean clothes. We wanted to improve not only the hygiene standards, but also the confidence of the homeless, so we came up with this crazy idea of building a free mobile laundry.


Were there many setbacks in the initial stages of implementing the idea behind Orange Sky?

Definitely! Mainly people not believing in us and our idea. We approached various possible sponsors and after being turned down so many times, we decided to just go ahead and do it. Eventually a company believed in us and gave us some washing machines. It all went from there really…starting in the back of our old, fitted out van. I remember lots of trips to Bunnings and lots of power tool tutorials.

I understand the name Orange Sky comes from an Alexi Murdoch song. What was it about this song that resonated with you?

Well it’s definitely a cool song. The entire message of the song is about helping your brothers and sisters. These values are imperative to us and central to the whole project. It aligns with the simple idea of treating people how you wish to be treated, and that is something important to us both.

Many people forget that the homeless had a life before the streets and are just like you and me. Can you tell me a bit about the stories you have heard?

You hear a lot of different stories while running the vans. There are so many stories and people that have resonated with me, but one that will always stay is the first guy we washed clothes for, Jordon. He was hesitant at first and we had to show that we weren’t selling or preaching anything. I remember hitting go on the machine a realizing there was a lot of time to fill while waiting for the load to finish. So we just started chatting and I discovered that Jordon went to school up the road from myself and used to study engineering, exactly like me. He made a few poor decisions in his life and ended up on the street. It was really eye opening, it made me realise that we are all made of the same stuff and our life could change at any minute. We all have a story to tell.


What’s next for Orange Sky?

We plan to roll out our services all over major Australian cities by the end of July. After that, we plan to look into rural communities and possibly global from there. No one else is doing this in the world that we know of so we are in an exciting but very daunting position. We want to continue to help countless people everyday.

How can the general public lend a hand?

There are 3 main ways people can help out. Firstly, being aware about the extent of the problem. 1 in 200 people don’t have a place to call home every single night. It is a huge issue that needs addressing and simply spreading the message of Orange Sky or striking up a conversation about homelessness is a massive help. Secondly, we are always in need of more volunteers. We currently have 450 volunteers throughout Australia, however we are constantly growing and in need or more help. Finally, people can help out financially. It costs $6 to wash and dry a load of clothes and donations directly help the operation of our services. It would be like buying a batch of clean clothes for someone in need.



Has working with the homeless made you appreciate what you have a little more?

Absolutely! The best thing about Orange Sky is the people you meet and the stories you hear. It is the most humbling and eye-opening thing I have ever done. It is an absolute privilege to help out our friends on the street. Sometimes the simplest ideas can have the biggest impact.

instagram @oslaundryau

She Skills. Celebrating International Womens Day – March 8

There is a lot to celebrate on International Women’s Day. Each year we reflect and celebrate the social, economic and cultural achievements of women, we step closer towards a planet deemed 50-50. One company currently making movements and breaking gender stereotypes is She Skills. Their mission is simple; to empower women with the skills and confidence to imagine, design and create anything they want. So, in conjunction with IWD, we thought we should share the story and ethos behind She Skills.

She Skills started with Meg Solly and her vision of shattering an old stereotype. You know…the classic picture of a stoic male hammering and grinding away in a dusty shed. Well, She Skills aims to reset the universal typecast that power tools are for men and men only. Meg grew up on a farm in country Queensland where riding horses, fixing fences and driving tractors were just a part of everyday life. Meg moved from the farm to the predominately male world of the mining industry. Feeling somewhat out of place, she searched for an inclusive organisation that taught technical skills to women and finding no such place existed…she decided to create her own.


With weekly workshops in basic timber construction and power tools skills already underway, She Skills will be expanding it’s offering to include mosaic tiling and building with pallets starting in early April.

She Skills offers women the opportunity to create using raw materials and their own hands, the only boundary being the limits to their imagination. Meg stated “highly successful women in top level jobs have confessed to me that they feel disempowered when forced to call their dad or brother or neighbour to fix things around the house.” She Skills not only teaches women the foundations of timber construction and proper use of power tools, but also how to build more confidence in tackling jobs that are stereotypically considered masculine.

She Skills hosts weekly weekend workshops at

54 Standish Street, Salisbury, Qld.

For more information visit or

instagram: @she_skills

For more info on International Women’s Day:

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is March 8 and the 2016 campaign theme is Pledge For Parity. Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women

How To Design Online: An Animated Walk Through

You think you have what it takes to make it in the t-shirt game? Well then step right up, it’s time to show us what you can do.

Welcome to The Print Bar’s animated How To Design Online step-by-step tutorial. On this handy-dandy webpage you’ll find all the info you need to create your own custom printed garment yourself, from the comfort of your own cat’s pajamas!

Hopefully you have come prepared for this momentous occasion. The humble shirt is the most important part of any outfit and we want to make sure you get it right.

Before you get started you should take a moment to look through our works, see our designs and, if you want to know what is going on behind the scenes, be sure to read our blog and hit the Follow button onFacebookInstagram + Twitter.

Many of you have wicked designs and killer pictures itching to be custom printed on choice garments, but first you better make sure they look good. Our printers individually make each shirt you design with their own hands and admire them with their very own beautiful blues. You don’t want to let them down, do you?
Alright! Let’s make you a shirt!

Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS!! You’ve successfully completed your first mission –  finding us and our website! Now you’re here it’s going to be super easy to create + print together.
You will find all the products you need and more under the Design Online Now link on our home page.
Simply hover your mouse over the heading and a drop-down menu will appear featuring all the products, categories and brands you can choose from. You can also find pillow cases, tea towels, mugs, aprons, jumpers and much more.
Just pick already!

Now that you’ve chosen your canvas for creation (aka garment/product!) it’s time to get down to business and begin creating your masterpiece.
So you’ve clicked a product and the online designer is beginning to open! Before you hastily close the informative pop-up window open before you, you should definitely give it a read.
The STEP TWO window details all the necessary information about:

  • Achieving the best print result
  • Which file formats to use + how to use them
  • How to remove a background in your image; and
  • Your order time frame options (rush or regular)


​Plus it also helps you move into the design phase, with options to either

  • Add a design
  • Add custom text; or
  • Add a team name

At this point you may also be thinking about how many shirts you are ordering. If you’re needing 25 or more shirts then you are eligible for a Bulk Discount Quote. Visit our Bulk Discount Information page, or give us a call / send us an email. We can give you some personal attention and sincere praise.

Now we’re ready to have some real fun! Welcome to The Print Bar’s interactive, online designer specifially for custom printers + creative geniuses (aka YOU!) We’ve broken our top design tips into sections to pass on our insider tricks so you and your new custom printed tshirt or garment is fully pro!
A good rule of thumb for uploading any image or design: “bigger is better”. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise – size does matter!
Click “Add Design” and simply select + upload your chosen image. If you have a small quality/low resolution file you wish to use then the chances are your print may turn out poorly and be very blurry – but don’t panic! We have an inbuilt image quality meter which goes from green (high quality) to orange (medium quality) to red (very low quality!) so you can see this change when you upload an image / increase your image size.
If you’re image is in the red when you make it larger we recommend:

  • Sourcing a new image (Google search rules!)
  • Asking your designer to provide a larger file for print (specs below)
  • Giving us a call / emailing our team to chat about your options

If you’re creating your own artwork for print we recommend exporting your image as:

  • PNG file with transparent background
  • RGB colour mode
  • 300 DPI
  • Scale artwork to fit an A3 artboard

​You can also check out our Top Ten Design Tips blog post or our Top Free Photoshop Resources for more handy hints here.
Just want to add a catchy slogan to your tee? We got your back! You can add custom text anywhere to your shirt, change the colour and even choose from a plethora of fancy fonts to give your textual tshirt some panache!
Just click ADD TEXT or ADD TEAM NAMES and follow the prompts. Once you’ve added text/team names to your garment, you can use the contols on the right hand side to change the text colour, font and even the size and position of the text (pictured below)

Using the online designer you can also:

  • Change garment brand, colour and size
  • Add multiple designs
  • Let us know if your design is a reorder / if you require background removal for your artwork
  • You can also save your layout and if you want to come back to it later; and
  • You can also email your design

If you haven’t yet registered with us then this will be the time to do so. This option is at the top of the right of the page.
If you’ve got a big idea but need some help creating your design just shoot us an email – we’d love to help you out!

Now that you’ve got your design sorted it’s time to make sure you receive your order when you need it!
We have a range of different regular + rush methods available, which you can learn about on our Shipping Information page, but we’ve included a short run down below:
Our standard orders take 7 – 10 business days to print, and if you are in Brisbane you can choose to come pick-up your shirt from us personally or, if you don’t wish to come high-five the team who made your one-of-a-kind shirt, we can deliver it to your location in Australia for an $8 capped shipping fee.
If you have left it to the last minute and need your shirt post-haste we also have a 3-Day Express  / 3 Day Rush Pick Up or an Overnight Rush / Same Day Rush Pick Uporder option so you can receive your shirt next day.
Just do us a favour and give us a call to see if your chosen shirt is available for an express delivery. You’ll be able to select from our shipping options once you have moved on to “Checkout”.

Congratulations! You’ve almost brought a brand new design to life!!!!!! We’ve just a few final thoughts before we send you on your way and your mad creation becomes a reality.
If your shipping address is different to your billing address then please make sure you have changed this option. The last thing we want to do is send your shirt to the wrong person. What if they are not honest like you and get to wear your sweet threads without putting in any of this hard work? That just won’t do.
Before you proceed to payment method you will also see an option which allows you to add notes to your order. If you have any instructions about your order regarding background removal, delivery notes or a deadline for delivery (unless it’s a rush) then you can include it here. This will help us make sure we give you exactly what you need.
From here it is a matter of payment and confirmation. We think you can handle it from here.

Thanks for ordering with The Print Bar. Be sure to wear your shirt with pride and make sure to @theprintbar / #theprintbar on Instagram + Facebook – we love seeing the faces of creative peeps like yourself and fantastic new homes our custom prints get sent to!

Animations by Joel Matheson

Designer Spotlight – Phoebe Paradise


We all know the love-hate feeling a Brisbane summer can cause. It is a unique steaminess and we spend our time trying to escape the sun as it gatecrashes our periphery – most fling themselves into the sea for some respite, while others seem to enjoy an overdose of our subtropical paradise. The city blooms this time of year and highlights all the little things that make up our culture.

One of these highlights is local artist, musician and designer, Phoebe Sheehy. Her label, Phoebe Paradise, draws inspiration from flora and fauna, Australian debauchery and everyday items that often go unnoticed.

Lobster Dress

Our own Luke Zahnleiter caught up with local designer Phoebe Paradise to discuss her new summer line and how to keep creative while slowly melting.

Firstly, tell me a little about yourself and Phoebe Paradise.

Well, my name is Phoebe Sheehy and I am the maker behind local fashion label Phoebe Paradise. All of our apparel is based on illustrations and textile designs hand drawn by myself. I also play in Brisbane based band Pleasure Symbols and operate my personal art practice.

How long has Phoebe Paradise been operating?

I’ve been drawing since forever – but only started taking it seriously outside of people telling me I should make t-shirts or whatever from about 2010. It was about that time that I started making posters and art for bands, which is 100% my favourite thing in the world to do. The fashion label as a separate entity officially launched early 2014 after I started making a few hand-drawn tees and found myself with about 45 orders from friends and strangers and just thought, what the hell, I should start printing these or else my hand is going to fall off. It just kind of took off from there! 

FINALsuburb+bakcyard dresses

Is there anything in particular your designs aim to represent?

BRISBANE! My influences come from where I am situated. Last year I was making illustrations based off of the valley where I lived, and Murrarie where I worked, so it was a mixture of polluted riverside mangroves and inner city familiarity. This new summer collection, it’s connecting a little more with the suburban roots, now that I am living in Windsor which is just like, land of the classic Queenslander home and all that comes with it. I’m really inspired by the way that Bris is equal parts sub-tropical paradise and struggling metropolis. Everyone says it’s a small country town dressed up as a big city… and it’s true. The culture surrounding creative people in Bris is a small and supportive community – people who operate in circles like the Brisbane Collective are doing great work supporting emerging artists.

I agree. To me it feels like Brisbane has a more supportive and less competitive creative circle than bigger cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Are there any local artists that you stand out to you?

Artists in/from Brisbane who are objectively good in my opinion- Sam McKenzie, Nikki Tea, Jonathan McBurnie (expat but my new fave artist), Phillip Dearest and Adrianna Mammino. I could name a hundred more but these guys are all great and good people too. Brisbane also has a great music scene and with bands like 100%, Workshop, Corporate Vibes, The Occults, YOU and Keep on Dancins’ creating amazing stuff. But again, I could name so many more.


What would you recommend one do on a typical sunny day in Brisbane?

Now that I’m living on this side of town (Windsor) my favourite 2 hot-weather things to do has been taking my dog for a walk to The Low Road cafe for delicious smoothies or a taco-flavoured beer – the guys that run the Low Road are angels. I’m also really loving the Downey Park markets every Sunday, which is just down the road from my house. It’s pretty hard to beat just hanging out with pals and drinking one million beers at home though – everyone interstate I know has commented on how much people in Brisbane open their homes up to friends and strangers for hanging out/drinking as opposed to going out – this might have something to do with how gross and heavy the summer can get here – the outside world can really punish you in this town haha.

Tell me a bit more about the new collection out this summer. What can we expect?

The HOME collection is an illustrative reflection of the domestic side to Brisbane. It’s all Queenslanders, Pets, Wheelie bins, summer bugs, crushed tinnies and a pile of durries. The line includes a bunch of new colourfully illustrated t-shirts, enamel pins, totes, socks and cute AF summerdresses – a bit of something for everyone in another bloody Brisbane summer.


Phoebe Paradise products are available online and at Junky Comics and Violent Green in the Brisbane CBD. –

insty : @phoebe.paradise for commissions


Infographic: The creative process of Kevin Finn

Here at The Print Bar we know we’re lucky that our weekly adventures have us meeting incredible people on the daily. But it’s definitely not everyday that we have the pleasure to work with individuals who have and continue to shape the design industry.

All true “DESIGNerds” will instantly know the name in the title, but if you’re not a total design fanatic we know you’ll at least recognise the iconic works Kevin Finn has developed. 

The designer behind the de Bono GlobalSBS and Brisbane Festival rebrand, Finn is also the director of design practice TheSumOf and has a plethora of self directed initiatives to his name, most notably as the creator of critical design journal Open Manifesto, and design trivia app + card game DESIGNerd

A heavy weight graphic designer to say the least, we had the absolute pleasure to chat with Finn to develop an infographic documenting his creative process so all you freelancers, creatives and students could see how and why a true pro operates. 

(Designed by our very own Joel Matheson.)

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Print Peeps Vol 2: The Best Co-Work Spaces in Aus


With the end of the year fast approaching we know there’s plenty of projects, assignments and loads of study that need to be completed before 2015 wraps up! We know having an awesome co-work space to get your creative mojo flowing makes things so much easier, especially if you’ve got to get some group work underway!

To help all you creative cats find the best places to co-work for short or long term we teamed up with Lani from Yelp Brisbane to put together the best co-work places in Oz (and one cheeky one in New Zealand, too!) But first, you should meet Lani…


Hi, I’m Lani the Community Manager of Yelp Brisbane. Yelp is a city guide in the palm of your hand. From the free app you can find everything from your new co-working space to an end of day drink. As the Community Manager I fly the flag for Brisbane for Yelp hosting regular events for Yelpers, write the Weekly Yelp, and explore all the great stuff happening in our great River City!

Here are our Yelp picks from around Australia of the best co-work spaces. The prices vary – some are free and some are super affordable, but all are guaranteed to inspire and help you get the job done!


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 Workdays as a ‘location independent worker’ can be a lot sweeter when you walk up the staircase to 104 Edward Street, aka Show-room Brisbane. This well curated retail store is also home to Workroom – a co-work space with a difference. Surround yourself with beautiful small batch designers, solid wifi and an easy-to-get-to CBD location.

Other Brisbane cowork space gems include SLQ’s The Edge, New Farm’s SaltHouse, The Thought Fort between the Valley + Brisbane City, and Little Tokyo Two in Spring Hill.


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 From early morning coffee to late night vino, Sun Moth is a beautifully designed oasis in the middle of the city. There’s large communal tables and free wifi and they don’t mind you taking up space for an hour or two while you work and eat your way though their wholesome menu. Hot Tip : avoid lunch time when this place is packed!

Although Melbourne is has plenty of fantasitc work share spaces, others we recommend are Inspire9 in Richmond, Launch Pad 1 and 2 in Richmond, and Brunswick East’s The Co Work Co.


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 Pornographic views of Sydney Harbour and the Usain Bolt of wifi, there is no reason not to come and work at the MCA Cafe + Sculpture Terrace. Sit outside and take tea and cake while you work on that screenplay, or sit inside and watch a storm roll in over the Opera House while drinking a latte. Need a break? There’s an art gallery one floor down.

If you’re not into stunning harbour views, no sweat – Erskinville’s The Commune and Hub Sydney in Darlinghurst have got your creative crew covered!


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 Are you having a hectic day? Prepare to be welcomed with a smile, coffee and earthy meal at Bambi’s Kitchen. This homely cafe is spread over two levels and offers a funky space for you to escape, recharge and be creative. Upstairs you will find some vintage tables where you can set up your co-working space and enjoy the view over East Rundle Park. Be sure to check out the Halloumi Wrap and wholesome salads to satisfy your belly in a healthy way!

Some more funky creative collab spaces are Hub Adelaide on Peel St and Majoran Distillery (who have a super funky website too!)


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 Hands down the coolest co-work space we’ve seen in ages, Spacecubed is decked out in everything to encourage creativity and non-rigid collaboration. This super cool space used to house Perth’s Reserve Bank (fun fact: the old safe is still intact). If you’re looking for a space for collaboration and innovation this centrally located office with hot desks, meeting and seminar rooms might just be for you. Also: cubby house!

Other sweet venues in Perth on the list include Fremantle’s FSpace and CityHive in Geraldton.


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Wall art, Eames style chairs and a cozy atmosphere make up New Zealand’s Welcome Eatery. It’s run by super friendly folk, the coffee is on point (Supreme) and they’ve got free wifi! Our one recommendation? Make sure you try their daily soups. With flavours like spiced tomato and chickpea with shredded lamb and tzaziki they’re worth leaving the office for!

 Hopefully this little guide will help you in you’re search for a little nook to get stuff done in! Don’t forget – your local cafe is a fabulous place to relax and create, too! Yelp’s online guides have lists of wifi friendly cafes.

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