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Hold Strong Gal

This project has been a long time in the making and it’s with immense pleasure and pride that we’re finally able to share with you our first project where we’ll be donating 100% of sales raised from the purchase of this card.

We made this card for some of the stellar women we’ve known and cared about who really got a shit deal in life and have had to put up with more than they ought to. For me it’s also about how I usually feel like I’m doing a lousy job of supporting them despite best intentions and this is a little something we could do to try and help a bit in some small way.

We figure there’s probably other folks out there like us that know someone going through a tough time and probably don’t really know how to support them or tell them they’re thinking of them all that well and then they end up not saying anything for lack of finding something meaningful to say.

So this card is both for the people that need to hear it and also for the folks that don’t know how to say it.

Hold Strong Gal.

We’re thinking of you and we want to let you know and we’re hoping that helps in some little way.

In the true spirit of JTTC this has been a collaborative project and wouldn’t have been made possible without the kind assistance of Daniel Grant Photographer, Nelson James Hogg and Hunnay What You Wan? Catering who along with the other JTTC members all generously donated their time and efforts to make this happen.

100% of sales from this print will be split and donated equally between MS Australia, The ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society of WA and SAFE WA.

Purchase a print of it on our Etsy Shop here.

 

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

JTTC Hold Strong Gal

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See the full photo set over at our Flickr page.

 

Ben and Stef’s screen prints

Today we have something very special to show you, a series of four one-off screen-printed artworks by our very talented fellow Two-Toner Marcus Taylor (head of Studio Papa).

Here is what Marcus had to say about the project: “Ben is from New Zealand. Stef is from Germany and the UK. They met in Australia and the rest is sweet history. Now they have a house, they’re getting hitched and having a kid. Things are serious you could say. So with that they decided to commission me to do a series of screen prints about all of their favorite nostalgia from the four continents that brought them together.

This project has been epic to say the least but I’m proud as hell as to how it turned out. Images of what they wanted were hard to come by and I had to embrace a Ben Frost inspired sense of copyright to get the job done. Library’s were pillaged. Research books were purchased. The internet was plundered for whatever I could find and then what I did find was res’d up to buggery and halftoned to within a fraction of screen-print-ablity. We failed a lot in the process but we also learned a lot about our craft. I couldn’t have done it without the great help of my fellow Two Toners who generously pitched in on this project.

These prints represent a little part of my life and now I’m happy to send them on their way to my good friends on the East Coast where they will forever remind them of an important part of their lives that brought them together.”

The club was super excited to help Marcus print his master-pieces and we’re chuffed with the results.

 

Screen print of Australian motifs

Screen print of Australian motifs

Screen print of Australian motifs

Screen print of Australian motifs

Screen print of United Kingdom motifs

Screen print of United Kingdom motifs

Screen print of New Zealand motifs

Screen print of New Zealand motifs

Screen print of New Zealand motifs

Screen print of German motifs

Screen print of German motifs

Screen print of German motifs

JTTC – Ben and Stef's screenprints

JTTC – Ben and Stef's screenprints

Photos by Daniel Grant

Interview with Mr Ben Hagley

You may know him from his hand modelling career in Sweden or you might have seen his name plastered over pamphlets for his upcoming group exhibition, to some he’s the mysterious man from up north, to us we simply know him as Ben. One of our founding members and all around nice guy, ladies and gents we’d like to introduce you to fellow Two Toner Mr Ben Hagley.

Where are you from?
Perth, Western Australia.

What’s your day job?
Scumbag Graphic Designer.

Why screen printing?
I really like the textures and the imperfections of screen printing. The evidence of a process in the final piece of work is nice.

Whose screen printing do you most covet?
Little Friends of Printmaking and Spike Press are pretty rad.

Your top two PMS colours?
I don’t really have any favourites. What ever works for what I’m doing at the time.

Your top two songs to screen by?
‘Broken Friends’ by Wax Mannequin and  ‘Element of Danger’ by MSTRKRFT

Your top two blogs?
These are good, www.retronaut.com and this kottke.org.

Your top two typefaces?
At the moment, Brandon Grotesque Bold and Trade Gothic Bold Condensed No.20.

Your top two procrastination activities?
The internet is the root of all procrastination for me.

Your top two things that start with T?
Triangle chokes and Three Toed Sloths.

Please describe your dream design project.
Nothing speciific but it would involve all or some of the following ingredients: a great idea, collaboration with a good crew, doing something great for someone good, travel, beer, wine, spirits, zombie hookers from space.

Finally, show us your work.

Ben Hagley Cake logo

Collaboration with Globe Advertising Group

 

Ben Hagley Ellen Sundberg logo

Collaboration with Studio Papa

Collaboration with Marcus Taylor

Collaboration with Marcus Taylor

 

Ben Hagley Sauce King illustration

Hell yeah Gocco

What’s better than after work drinks? After work drinks with Gocco.

To celebrate Papamarcus’ return to Perth and our new HQ at Studio Bomba, a bunch of us got together one Friday night in May to play with Gocco and create some new prints.

Based on an earlier design from Papamarcus, we each supplied an illustration (including a Nintendo controller, bird, bunny, floral pattern and even a walking tuba) and printed them over Marcus’ custom designed Hell Yeah type.

Here are some video highlights (I went a little nuts on Vine) interspersed with some great shots from Studio Bomba’s resident photographer Dan Grant.

Prints will be available in our Etsy store and in the Studio Bomba shop very soon. Stay tuned.

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Early Days

Holy cow, the JTTC folks have been so busy of late we haven’t even had time to check our horoscopes this month!

Brendan had another baby (don’t ask me to remember the name but it was a boy), I’ve been busy at my day job at Studio Papa designing the hell out of the Perth Fringe World Festival and have just finished the Studio Bomba rebrand for their exciting new share-studio/shop/café which I’ve now relocated to and found a new HQ for the club at the same time. If that wasn’t enough, Studio Lost & Found have been busy jet setting about for wine judging competitions and packing up their studio for an exciting new location which is how we came to stumble across our first exposure rig tucked away in the corner of their shed.

Back when we first formed JTTC we were trying to figure out how to expose silk screens on a budget and I Macgyvered this rig together that did a pretty decent job. At this point I should insert a full disclaimer that I don’t suggest you go and do this at home, nor do I suggest that this rig is really that safe in any way. It was something I built that did the job at the time but now we’ve moved on to a bigger, professionally built and more importantly a safety tested unit that we love that wont burn down our friends homes or children – something you come to care about as you get older.

HOWEVER, this thing is pretty boss right? I bought the only positionable outdoor light housings I could find, sawed the housings down so I could mount the most powerful UV lights I could get my hands on and screwed them to a piece of pine with a power board taped to it. I had a careful arrangement of strings that I would suspend the rig with from the ceiling of my garage at the time (“the caddy shack”) with adjustor strings to tweak length of the suspension on the left and right side before taping it off.

Whilst this will never compare to a pro unit with a bed of long UV lights to give a nice even exposure, this DIY unit was the thing that let us get our toes wet without burning the bank or luckily our fingers, and I don’t think I can bring myself to dismantle it just yet. I think I’ll tuck it into another shed corner for now and look forward to discovering it again in another few years.

International Doughnut Day

Oh my lord, has it been this long?

It’s not you, it’s us, really… we’ve been busy – crazy busy in fact with our day jobs, making festivals & fairs, studio renovations & relocation’s, migrations from West coast to East coast and then back to West coast and generally a bunch of other things we’ve been doing that we can’t tell you about yet or wouldn’t really make any difference for why we’ve dropped out of your lives. We’re really sorry – reaaaaaaally sorry, and that’s why we want to make it up to you with our new project – the third installment in our annual Public Holiday Project series.

Just when you thought you’d seen all the public holidays that 2012 had left, we threw one last one in there for you – International Doughnut Day. That’s right, an international day to celebrate that halo of happiness in all of our lives that transcends nations, gender boundaries, age & economic boundaries and any political difference you care to muster.

The doughnut is to the sweets world what the sandwich is to the savory world and deserves to be better celebrated like it’s more respectable brother. Dress it up or dress it down, the doughnut is a building block of enjoyment.

Whilst there are already a number of semi-established anniversaries of the doughnut like National Doughnut Day (U.S.), National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day (U.S.), International Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day and Buy A Doughnut Day, never before has there been a public holiday conveniently celebrated in December to summarize these various species into a single genus until now.

It turns out that the doughnut is as tasty as it is mysterious. Created by Dutch Settlers, an American boy on a lime-trading ship, a gift from a higher power? One thing’s for sure – the doughnut has thrown a life ring around the hearts of many nations with various recipes originating in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America and a myriad of other exotic cultures.

So do yourself a favor and go grab a sixer right now and celebrate this December 30th in a few minutes of neon devouring silence. Not time for your coffee break yet? Hell, you shouldn’t even be working on a public holiday. Take that break right now, tell your boss Johnny said so.

 

Angela Mitchell of Studio Bomba

 

International Doughnut Day - Brendan Hibbert

Brendan Hibbert of Brendan Hibbert Design

International Doughnut Day - Leah Dent

 

Leah Dent of Studio Bomba

 

International Doughnut Day - Marcus Taylor

Marcus Taylor of Studio Papa

 

International Doughnut Day - Michelle Leslie

Michelle Leslie of Michelle Leslie

 

International Doughnut Day - Natasha Muhl

Interview with Studio Lost & Found

Studio Lost & Found is a Perth-based creative agency that specialises in strategic brand development for the gourmet food and beverage industry.

For our next interview, Duncan sat down for a chat with founder, designer, and all-around nice chap, Daniel McKeating.

Where are you from?
Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia.

What’s your day job?
I manage Studio Lost & Found with my wife Rebecca.

Why screen printing?
Design + illustration + messy inks = awesome. It’s also an excuse to hang out with a fantastic group of talented, inspiring individuals.

Whose screen printing do you most covet?
Jason Munn – his work is incredible. Great ideas, beautifully designed, and screen printed to perfection.

Your top two PMS colours?
At the moment I’d have to say PMS 297U and PMS 804U.

Your top two songs to screen by?
1. Karma Police by Radiohead.
2. Scooby Snacks by The Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

Your top two blogs?
At the moment I’d say my favourites are FPO (For Print Only) and LovelyPackage.

Your top two typefaces?
At the moment I really dig Brandon Grotesque by Hannes Van Döhren, and Stag by Christian Schwarz.

Your top two procrastination activities?
1. Messing about with Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
2. The Plants vs. Zombies game on my iPhone. It’s very addictive!

Your top two things that start with T?
1. Typefaces.
2. Tria markers.

Not including any people or pets, apropos the catchy studio moniker, tell us the most devastating thing you’ve lost and the most brilliant thing you’ve found…

Most devastating thing I’ve lost: I had the coolest Danger Mouse t-shirt when I was a kid… my Nan sent it to me from the UK. Somehow it disappeared… I was devastated!

Most brilliant thing I’ve found: I managed to infiltrate the new Perth underground railway tunnel a few years back whilst it was still under construction (I was a bit drunk). I found an official WA Rail hard hat and air horn which was pretty cool. That same evening I also infiltrated the old Boans building which was being used as an office by the construction workers at the time. I managed to get into the attic of the building and found a can of oil from the early 1900s.

Finally, show us your work.

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International Walkman Day

In the second installment of our Public Holiday Project series, we here at ToneCorp decided to create a series of posters paying tribute to one of humankind’s most amazing inventions to date; the Walkman. 32 years ago today the first Walkman was released to the world and things would never been the same. Though the functionality inherent in the TPS-L2 had been around for some time in professional models for journalists, never had they been collected in a unit affordable for the common music fan. Debuting at ¥33,000 (US$200), to coincide with Sony’s 33rd anniversary the unit was a slow seller at first but quickly gained popularity with an innovative advertising campaign from Sony.

Supposedly Sony Chairman Akio Morita asked his team to create a portable device so that he may listen to his favorite opera’s on his frequent trans-pacific flights. 30 years of court battles and a whole bunch of cash would reveal that Sony may have borrowed the idea pretty heavily from Andreas Pavel’s Steroebelt, first developed in 1972, seven years before the Walkman would debut.

At the end of the day the Walkman was an amazing invention that for the first time in history would allow anyone to completley replace their audio input. No longer did you have to listen to the birds chirping outdoors, your mum telling you to make your bed or oncoming traffic honking as you jaywalk a red light. For the first time you could be in a private space whilst in a public space, a phenomena that would later be termed the “Walkman effect”, something that continues frequently today with iPod listening. Perhaps most importantly, this was the first time you could create your own soundtrack to what you were doing. No longer would you have to watch the Rocky montage with envy, now you could live it.

Today is a day to remember. Today is International Walkman Day.

 


Ben Hagley and Papa Marcus Design

 

Studio Lost & Found

 

Papa Marcus Design

 

Studio Bomba and Michelle Leslie

 

Brendan Hibbert Design

 

Prints available in our Etsy shop soon.

CXXVI

It’s not you, it’s me. I’m really sorry, I’ve been meaning to write but… I’ve been really busy. Really I have… I’m not just saying that. I’ve been thinking about you a lot but have been too involved in my day job, which has also been becoming my night job a lot of late – one of the perils of working for yourself.

Before I forget I should probably mention to those of you that don’t follow our Facebook page that we finally opened our much-anticipated (by us) Etsy shop which has been ticking over nicely in the last couple of months. Almost everything we’ve done is available for sale at this point and we’d like to extend an enthusiastic high-5 to everyone who’s already bought some loot. You can find the link to the shop under ‘Store’ in links menu of our site.

So I haven’t had a chance to print anything lately but I have had the time to spend countless hours if not days trawling the internet for information on African flora & fauna, compelling sandwich photography, bike repair tutorials, and of course a bit of hand lettering. It was during this pilgrimage of procrastination that I managed to track down the work of Jon Contino, an artist whose work I’d been seeing pop up on various blogs over the last couple of years. Whether it’s his work with former design studio One Twenty Six, or his new work with his clothing company CXXVI Clothing Co. (126), this guy has the Midas touch in my opinion.

I’d been eagerly awaiting the relaunch of the CXXVI website as I’d been discovering illustrations from some of the shirts and when it launched 2 days ago I couldn’t have been more impressed. To top it all off it turns out that not only do they do super rad illustrations, but the prints are all hand pulled screen prints. Screen printing anything is enough to make me happy but telling me you hand pull your screens is like telling me: ‘I box without gloves’; ‘I bake cake without flour’; ‘I play banjo… with my mind’. Needless to say, I was pretty excited. Whilst screen printing will give your design a lot of punch, hand pulling your screens is fraught with equal shots of danger and reward as any number of unexpected things can happen on each pull. As CXXVI say on their site; ‘Each shirt is individually printed by hand making no two pieces alike’. The fact of the matter is that it’s a whole lot of fun to print stuff by hand and just see what you end up with.

I can’t wait to earn a few spare clams so I blow them on an order to these guys. You can check out more of the CXXVI Clothing Co. here.

 

One Twenty Six

CXXVI Clothing Co.

Build your own screenprinting exposure box

Johnny Two Tone Club just added to it’s asset column with a fully custom built 900mm x 600mm light box/exposure box complete with a rack of six Phillips ‘Actinic’ 18W BLACK LIGHTS (from Lamp Replacements Balcatta WA). Glass, lights and materials came to around $250, and the blueprints will be available here soon, however, in the meantime, feast your two-tone eyes on this baby.

Also, good friend and fellow AGDA national committee member Nathanael Jeanneret from Tassie, has released a great PDF for Screenprinting for fun at home.

Direct link to the fact sheet here.



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