Monday, January 21, 2013

2013: In Collaboration

The year has begun in full and as we both race and tread tenderly Into The Dark buoyed with the incoming contributions from the most INCREDIBLE collection of kids and artists, we are excited.
And as ever, still learning!

We are also working on our second MAN Festival and have an awesome line up including the gorgeous new Mother Load project, and a VERY new mother artist. If you would like to be considered for an upcoming festival send us an email with MAN in the title to

To kick off 2013 we will spend this week in Sydney for days of on-the-floor pagination and BIG dreaming with our two not-so-baby girls in tow. We have a BIG meeting at the Opera House (grin!) and trips planned to various galleries and of course, the beach. My boys have been promised the next trip but this time it will be a girlie escape :)

Even though we are so used to the long distance magazine-making and have certainly developed unspoken telepathic creative processes to enable side by side looking from afar, it is always so wonderful to be hands on in the same room, actually curating, writing, drawing, painting, dreaming and watching the work come to life.

As we head into the making of our FOURTH and FIFTH issue this year, we are joined by a quietly expanding team, namely my mum who is helping us to make very slow motion sense of gst and other such number feats and Lilly's brother who, via the US, supports us in our business renderings.  We tackle every day the demands of a small business and this help is invaluable. BIG is a full time as yet unpaid arts project that does not just publish existing content -  the curation and creating of content means that we are in constant collaboration with each other, with our designers, with international projects and organisations, and with the artists and kids who we invite to participate. The making of this BIG artwork is a side by side project of mammoth proportions! It is incredible to watch it growing so fast from the inside and we are both looking forward to another BIG year :)

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Light bodies and grass houses under falling earth. Side by Side collaboration by Lilly Blue and Twyla, age 4

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