THIS MONTH WAS A GOOD MONTH. ON MY FREE SATURDAY MORNINGS I SLID OUT OF BED, HAD AN ICY COLD REFRESHING SHOWER, TURNED MY CAR KEY AND BURNT RUBBER TO THE OLIVE TREE MARKETS AT THE JUNCTION, IN THAT ORDER. BETWEEN STUFFING MY FACE WITH CARAMEL CINNAMON DONUTS (FROM OUR FRIENDS AT DOUGHEADS) AN BEING SERENADED BY JAMES BENNETT (ALSO IN THIS MONTH, AT THE BACK), MY EYE WAS CAUGHT BY THE CREATIVE OUTSIDE THE FIVE STALL. I FOUND OUT MORE ABOUT BEN FOR THE MIRAGE.
With Ben Stevens
By Kian West
So Ben, tell us a little bit about yourself? Well, after ignoring my creative instincts in high school, I made the decision to rebuild that part of my brain, undertaking graphic design studies a few years ago, whilst working full time outside of the creative industry. Since then, it’s been all about playing 20 years of catch-up, trying to find my voice within the gamut of creative outlets these days.
I spotted your stall at the last Olive Tree Markets. For those that haven’t heard of you, how would you describe your stall? Not one Bunnings table in sight! It’s more like a construction zone than anything. A walk in space where my tees, bags, prints & stickers are hung, stacked, and spread - ready and waiting for the punters. I just try to make it different from what people may expect. When you aren’t at the markets, are there other places people can catch you? My online store, www.outsidethefive.com.au is pretty much the shop front between markets. Working full time outside of this caper makes regular additional markets tricky, but I normally let people know when I will be doing a cameo. The usual social media channels get updated with that info.
Where can people catch you in September? Olive Tree Market on Saturday the 6th is the main gig. I’m looking into a possible appearance at the Sydney Rock n Roll Market on the 14th as well. Locals can always hit me up via email and Facebook in between times.
Tell us a little bit about where the idea came from? The name originated from an old Goodies episode where they set up a pirate radio station outside the 5-mile mark in international waters. Kind of metaphoric for me challenging myself to step outside my comfort zone, even if a little bit. The whole idea behind the project is for me to try different design ideas and share them with people. It’s a bit of a vehicle to help me find out what is MY style and what formats I may be best suited to.
Anything else readers should know about you? I’ve been trying to improve on my traditional sign painting techniques, with some help from Brett Piva at Pocket Design, so there is likely to be some more use of those techniques in the future.