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Leo Yip + Ellaspede

In 2017 I teamed up with The Design Conference and Ellaspede for my first solo exhibition.

Meet Matthew Haynes, host and curator of The Design Conference. 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, before we knew it we are creating and curating an exhibition that piggybacks his event The Design Conference in May 2017. 

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.

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. In 2016, 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. 

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