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I'm teaming up with The Design Conference and Ellaspede for my first solo exhibition in May. I'm excited, nervous, behind schedule, and flat out tired. How'd I get here you ask? Let's go back a few months to where it started. 

Meet Matthew Haynes, host and curator of The Design Conference (TDC). We meet at Maroochy Festival of all places, he knows a close friend of mine through a company called Work Shop. If you haven't heard of them you should check them out, they run educational workshops for practically anything. Matt and i get to chatting, i show him some of my works, here we are creating and curating an exhibition that piggybacks his event TDC in May. 

It's one thing to decide you want to do your own exhibition, but choosing your subject matter is something else. After much deliberation we decide to team up with a local motorcycle company and curate the exhibition for motorcycle enthusiasts. We knew choosing such a niche market was risky, but it also gives us the opportunity to do something original and make it cool at the same time. It was also important to make sure we'd peak the interest of all the design minded people attending TDC. 

Introducing Leo Yip, founder of Ellaspede Custom Motorcycle Company, Brisbane. Turns out Leo was teaching Industrial Design the same year i started my study... we couldn't work out whether or not i'd been in his class, still cool to know how far we've come since then. Last year, Leo and the team at Ellaspede created their unique take on a custom Suzuki DRZ400. The bike itself has a number of innovative design qualities that make it very different from anything that's been done before. By a process of elimination the bike became the focus of the exhibition, to be featured in over half a dozen of the pieces. 

When i first started drawing i never saw myself producing motorcycle artwork. All my early work was based off organic forms (animals, nature etc). I've always welcomed the challenge of drawing something new but the truth is I've been struggling. Drawing such technical subject manner demands time, attention and above all patience. You have such little margin for error with manmade objects, every line and curve demands perfection or you risk loosing perspective and realism. 

Okay, now you're all caught up. I'm still behind, with only 1 piece that i'm confident will appear in the exhibition. Producing art that doesn't turn out the way you want it can really take the wind out of your sails.  


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