Roosters Rock

A lot of my friends are roosters this year including myself. My birthday JUST made it before the Lunar New Year calendar – for the longest period of time, I thought I was born in the year of the dog. To show some chicken love for the New Year, I’ve devised a list of some of my favorite  21st-century chickens that I randomly stumbled across.

 

1. The Chickens from Resident Evil 4

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The Resident Evil games are my favorite (currently playing the latest RE7 on the ps4) and in Resident Evil 4 I remember spotting chickens running around innocently as depicted in the screenshot. Don’t worry they weren’t infected by the zombie virus but if you shot them you’d get a healing egg. I didn’t shoot them anyway. The chickens helped shed a little light on the dark nature of this series.

 

2. Los Pollos Hermanos

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Those times Gus and Walt would go about their business in this fictional fast food chain. As a Breaking Bad fan I would LOVE to see this fried chicken chain open up in real life. Their chicken looks so good, you forget their meetings are about drugs because the crispy chicken gets in the way.

 

3. Torchic

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You wouldn’t recognize this Pokemon if you only followed the 1st generation category like me. I only recall Torchic as one of the first pokemons you choose from Pokemon Ruby on the Gameboy advanced. I found Torchic and Mudkip the cutest.

4. The Chicken from Orange is the New Black

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My favorite chef from OITNB once said: “All I ever wanted was to eat that chicken, that is smarter than the other chickens and absorb its power”. It was the only chicken featured in the series and potentially the tastiest for the inmates. After 4 seasons, it still hasn’t been caught.

 

5. Crossy Road

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I’ve never played this game on the iPhone. I only started playing it a couple of weeks ago on our Apple TV and after this experience  I think it’s better to stick with the phone instead. I’m hopeless with the Apple TV remote. Besides that I can’t get enough of the look of the chicken in this game!

Finally, I drew a Rooster a while back as part of a family Chinese zodiac drawing. The rooster gave me the toughest time to draw in comparison to the other animals I drew next to it. Will I ever draw a rooster again? Most likely not.

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A date with Viktor & Rolf

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The National Gallery of Victoria have housed some big artists and designers with the likes of Warhol, Degas, Hockney, Gaultier and Monet. They continue to do so as next year’s event calendar looks promising. When I got an email from the NGV team telling their subscribers that they’re bringing The House of Dior  in 2017, I was over the moon. I’m THAT excited I could book tickets right now!

After visiting the Ai Wei Wei and Andy Warhol exhibition  this year I immediately heard talks of a Viktor and Rolf exhibition coming into town. I revived my subscription to NGV newsletters so that I was completely up to date with all of this. If you’ve seen their creations on TV, you’ll know how mesmerising they are.

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The tour guide explained how experts today didn’t know how  those holes were cut so perfectly on that red dress. Up close it looked like a million stitches done to each layer of chiffon. I stared at this for a long time and nearly accidentally touched it.

This is literally wearable art. While they do have ready-to-wear collections, Viktor and Rolf’s speciality lies in haute couture. The dutch duo continually re-invent the wheel, using fashion as a core tool for artistic expression. The saying “Fashion is Art, Art is Fashion” is evident in their body of work and remains at the forefront for the trends we’ve seen the last decade. The Viktor and Rolf: Fashion Art exhibition is held at the NGV until early next year. I highly recommend sparing a few hours for your entertainment – they even have a kids hub much where you can take photos with different backdrops that turn into animations!
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Designing with an Olympian

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The day is finally here where I get to creatively collaborate with a childhood friend of mine. This past  week I’ve been helping out  on a few bits and pieces for an interior wall makeover. My friend Vicky, a badminton player  in the 2012 London Olympics  and now an interior designer, organized this project to take place on what seemed to be a tight schedule. Vicky is still heavily involved in the Victorian badminton community, regularly coaching students of all ages. The badminton facility she coaches at needed some life to it – the walls were covered  by  fingerprints and the majority of paint was off-white.

Ever since I found out she took interest in design a while ago I had a feeling there would be a collaboration looming ahead. Now there is.

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This project required two walls and a door to be designed and repainted. Primarily experimenting  with  water-based paints and Washi tape, we  had some rough concepts that were tweaked along the way. We treated the white wall like  they were huge canvasses and decided to work our way through the mural instead of having it all precisely planned out.elevation-main-hall-doors-lets-play-concept

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There were another  two painters who sped up the process by taking care of most of the orange and blue on the long wall. Vicky and I took care of the details on both walls which we managed to finish in two days.

When picking colors it’s always hilarious having deep conversations about which shade of color pairs best with the other. Talking about this with Vicky and the painter reminded me of what my year 10 art teacher always used to  say to me and my friends…”it’s not blue, it’s ultramarine. It’s not brown, it’s burnt umber. Use the correct terminology!”

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The last time I was involved in  anything close to  interior design was the RMIT communication design graduation show. Apart from that I’ve done some planning work around my  house with changes to our flooring, walls and kitchen this year. It’s a hugely fun process choosing materials and designing a space the way you imagine it to be. These encounters taught me how to be resourceful, in fact you NEED to be resourceful because you’re dealing with a large space and a budget. Things like reusing the same paint for another wall or element – really pushes you out of your comfort zone and to think strategically…luckily we didn’t run out of tape or paint!

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One lady from the gym walked past our finished product and asked what our concept was, Vicky and I paused and looked at each other. We actually didn’t have a word to describe our concept. But it was self-explanatory in the end. We agreed, “badminton” is the concept!

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