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Support our Pozible Campaign! by Kian West

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It is almost over, but we have some much further to go with your help!

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Stretching as far as we can with your support,

Mirage is keen to get cracking on a monthly Podcast so we are really pushing to kick over that $3,000 mark and start working on turning the dream into reality with your help!

There are some really exciting options including a Limited Edition Nathan Jay T-Shirt!

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Or if you are feeling extra generous go all out with a 4 pack T-shirt deal.

It doesn't stop with a Podcast,

Mirage have so many exciting projects on the horizon and are super keen to support the community even further if we crack higher goals like implementing a paid internship for students completing studies because, while we understand the gift that is professional experience, Mirage believes in supporting skills but making sure bills get paid. Coffee ain't free right?

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Sounds great right?

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60 seconds with... Tuesday Vintage by Kian West

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60 seconds with… Tuesday Vintage

With Rachel March

By Kian West

 

SOMETIMES THE UNIVERSE WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS. WE WERE BUSY AT MIRAGE HUNTING FOR FRESH NOVOCASTRIAN CREATIVE TO INTERVIEW AND STUBBLED UPON THE TUESDAY VINTAGE WEBSITE, A FEW HOURS LATER, BY PURE COINCIDENCE I RECEIVED A TEXT FROM RACHEL INTRODUCING HERSELF. IT SEEMED LIKE FATE SO WE STOPPED FOR A MOMENT SO SHE COULD TELL ME (AND YOU) MORE.

 

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So Rachel, Tell us all about Tuesday Vintage?

Tuesday Vintage is an online vintage boutique based in Newcastle, Australia. It is also a creative outlet where i can show cast the shoots i get to work on, the people who inspire me, but also I get to sell all these amazing one off hand selected clothing from around the world.

 

 

The website also states, “Styling” what does this mean?

It means i get to source and style amazing pieces of clothing on gorgeous models at photo-shoots.

 

And you are a photographer?

I've always had an eye for it but I’d rather be buying.. Or styling.. They are my things!

 

Where is your favourite place in Newcastle to hang out?

Rolador on Beaumont st, Cafe Inu in Carrington, The Lair in Hunter Street Mall.

 

Who inspires you Rachel?

My toddler. He's the reason I’ve been able to do all of this for so long! I'm continuously inspired by the people I work with on a daily basis whether they're young designers, photographers, labels, makeup artists, models, and creative. etc.

 

Anything else Novocastrians should know about you?

I don't work on Sundays. Sunday is for reading the paper and going to the beach xo

 

You can find Tuesday Vintage: tuesdayvintage.com

60 Seconds with... Outside The Five by Kian West

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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

linup B&W 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. Product spread_B&W2

Fresh to Newie: Stepping Stone Studio by Kian West

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One of the perks of writing for Newcastle Mirage is the invitations you get to visit new and exciting developments in our amazing city, such as the freshest of fresh: Stepping Stone Studio. 1800400_479240545515143_2024071473_n Well, to be perfectly honest, my mother is actually cooler than I am - she set up the introduction in typical fashion, dropping my name while she was checking out the studio and mentioning (I imagine it went like this), "My son writes in a local magazine, the Mirage" (or something similar) then probably pulled out baby photos or something equally embarrassing before handing over one of my business cards. Who needs a PR when you have a mum like that?

So Cate gave me a call and we set up a time to stop by SSS and chat all things art and such. I was lucky enough to meet one of the other in-house contributors, Nadia (left in image), who is originally from Port Macquarie and moved here about 5 years ago. I'm assuming because Newcastle is such a hot-bed of activity, but she could have her own reason...

I also met with Catherine (right in image), the reason I was visiting in the first place. Cate has moved to Newcastle recently to further her studies at the University of Newcastle. She has traveled some way to be here, hailing from some outback town outside of Geelong (I don't remember specifically). If you don't know where Geelong is, shame on you! It is in Victoria, the state below NSW with 4 seasons in one day.

Stepping Stone Studio is a Fresh Renew Newcastle addition inside the shop where Go-Lo previously lived at the bottom of Market Square, below Pocket Design. Their agenda (apparently according to the website) is to create ‘A diverse, thriving and valued community of Newcastle Artists creating and selling Art work together in a nourishing, inclusive and fun environment’.

"Stepping Stone Studios is an inviting and friendly Art studio and exhibition space located in the heart of Newcastle. Stepping Stone is proud to be part of the Renew Newcastle project. Through the Renew Newcastle, this space was offered to local artist for use as an Art space. The opportunity was taken up with enthusiasm and the space was soon overrun with a diverse community of artists.

The Art work at Stepping Stone is for sale! Any purchase made will be helping to grow and encourage our talented local art community and support the Renew Newcastle project.  At Stepping Stone you can discover small items that are great for gifts or adding colour to your home. You can also find treasures both for little kids and big kids (adults). With a diverse group of Artists we can boast a diverse collection of artworks in a range of themes, mediums , sizes, shapes and colours!"

Shop 7a and 7b Market Square, Hunter Street Mall, Hunter Street Newcastle 2300

Stepping Stone Studio opening hours:

Wednesday to Friday 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm.