Known for his loud, grinning murals, Japan-based artist yoshi47 has been on our radar for Random Acts of Art for many moons.
Take one look at Lee Lai’s wildly imaginative work & it’s no wonder we picked her for our 12th run of Random Acts of Art. The first Melbourne-based artist to give our bags new life, Lai & her maze of coffee creatures have eaten our hearts out (seriously though, they've got an appetite)!
Rounding up our 2017 lineup of Random Acts of Art bags is Sydney-based artist & illustrator, Mike Watt. From a freelancing neighbour at our Surry Hills crib to our feature artist for edition no. 11, Mike & his astro-zombie make an outta-this-world addition to our coffee & art project.
Artist Brent ‘Biffy’ Smith brings us our 10th Random Acts of Art bag, which features a kookaburra in a balaclava. No rapper or Pussy Riot innuendo, no coffee meaning, just sweet random subject matter, so good to know our art project is on its trackless track.
It’s all here on our Random Acts of Art #9 coffee bag by the way-talented Neil McCann, aka Captain Pipe – myths, realities, beasts, a big ... oh look, you’ll have to have a squiz at the bag for yourselves. A big thanks to Neil for this wicked little number & for sharing some words below. And thanks to Lisa, our stellar York St CBD manager who put us in touch when Neil was frequenting the café last year.
Over to your art in a moment but quickly first…
We started this Random Acts of Art project in late 2013, and 3 years later have seen several wicked artworks across our 1kg bags, not the least of which is our latest from Sindy Sinn. It’s our first art bag as officially ‘Single O’ so to celebrate, we’ve splashed a good bit of orange on it. Sindy calls the piece ‘Bottlerocket’, inspired in our briefing chat by the phrase “cannot be contained”. Referencing coffee, the zestful lively types who work with it, and love it. We reckon it also sums up Sindy. Hear from him below!
Gotta love it when artist friend introduces artist friend, especially when the introduced artist friend is Kentaro Yoshida, who does kick arse skeleton and skull illustrations. (Thanks Georgia Hill for the intro, just another reason to love ya.) Below, our 7th Random Acts Of Art artist Kentaro talks motorcycle gang manga, bowling pins, his creative process and more. Have a squiz and we hope you love his art as much as we do. Keep an eye out for it this month, on bags and also on postcards in our coffee stand at Splendour In The Grass! (more…)
Random acts of art next batter up is artist Jay McCaffrey, who we hotly pursued after finding her art penned on a napkin left in our café. (Jay’s a bit of a serial scribbler when out and about; at a later date, at Mary’s with Aisha & Ed, she pulled out a permanent marker and graffitied the wall with a little hamburger dude. Look out for it at your next Mary’s stint - back corner booth, ground level!) (more…)
Random Act of Art #5 is about to hit the hopper!
We met Al via Twitter, when he tweeted us a sketch & a thank you earlier this year. We fell in love with his lines - how could you not?! - and a few months later, here we are.
We hit Al up with a Q&A to shed some light on the project. (more…)
We’re kicking off another round of the Random Acts of Art Project, this time with artist Rochelle Buckley. The project, which sees our 1kg bags and other ‘random’ objects in our world get art on them, started in 2013. Since then we have seen artists Brett Chan, Adrian Repeti & Georgia Hill's incredible artworks adorn our 1kg bags and various places around our cafes and roastworks. (more…)