Annie Guo (Pencil Critter)
Hi there! I’m Annie (aka Pencil Critter). I’m an illustrator whose work is inspired by forests, museums and fantasy. I enjoy making little art goodies that bring a little bit of whimsy into your everyday life, and celebrate the adventure of being your authentic, curious self. All of my art is lovingly-made and sustainably packaged. My favourite colour is sun yellow.
Pencil Critter on Instagram
Billie Posters is a potter and printmaker who has been known to spend free time wallowing in performance art.
Posters is currently preoccupied with making tacky little vases that precociously considered themselves as tributes to classic camp cinema.
“The Valley of the Xans”
This series of vases is a dedication to the worst movie ever made. Valley of the dolls is notorious to film buffs as the original needle in the eye movie. But to queer people and their extended chosen family, this movie represents the Old Testament of camp.
First released nearly 60 years ago, the film reads as a contemporary story that beckons to the epidemic of opiate addiction and the unveiling of institutional sexual violence in Hollywood, that stain our view of society today.
Blake Wilson is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is informed by intimacy and mental illness. Being a non-binary trans boy his work draws from the queer community and embodying personal experiences. Creating in performance, textiles and photography his aesthetics speak to drag and DIY culture. Clowns are often a motif in his work of him; a way he relates to being an othered body in a binary world. ‘I Watch You Dance But I No Longer Join In’ was made during a breakup, an attempt to assert distance from my ex lover.
Blake Wilson on Instagram
Blake Wilson’s Big Cartel store
Chloe Kelly is an artist and writer practicing on Cadgial land. She is currently interested in the semantic, aesthetic and material patterns in our meaning-making practices and uses generative technology to try make sense and nonsense of them. Her practice engages in generative technology and meaning making, using the interaction of these forces to create moments of unlearning, and spaces for speculative performances of being, doing and making. She coordinated the 2020 UNSWeetened journal and writes essays, which live on her hardrive for now.
My work, 'Leftover Valentines', is a melted array of the aesthetic and semantic patterns of Valentine's day. Trained on images of jewellery, teddy bears, chocolates and roses, the work is a set of printed AI generated images. The images would be sold as both digital and physical prints. The physical prints would be printed on scented card and have a curated generated love letter printed on the back.
This work lingers in the constructed aesthetic and semantic meanings of love, lust and gifting. In the confusing mixtures of bodies, openings, lovers, words, objects and shapes, the original meaning of these gifts are lost, creating space for the viewer to speculate new meanings and non-meanings of the valentine gift and the love letter. In this, I hope they can speculate, imagine and revel in new performances of desire, wanting and love.
Chloe Kelly on Instagram
Sandra Gunniga Thomson
Sandra Gunniga Thomson is an illustrator and animator currently in her Honours year of a Bachelor in Media Arts. Within her works is a clear fondness for the absurd and fantastical, with a particular thematic interest in facades. Whilst at first glance the stories and worlds conveyed in her illustrations appear whimsical and lovely, there lies some hidden flaw - sinister or grotesque - that is slowly revealed upon close examination.
As an illustrator, I find satisfaction in seeing works that I've created digitally or on paper reproduced in a physical form - whether it takes the shape of stickers, zines, comics, or prints. My approach to art is through storytelling, and the subjects featured are characters designed with the intent of belonging to larger stories and worlds - that I often revisit across my artworks. Recently, I have enjoyed designing stationery and accessories as a new way to realize my illustrations.
Sandra Gunniga Thomson on Instagram
Natasha Tupas (The Constellation Co.)
The Constellation Co. storty began due to Natasha’s interest in fashion, jewellery and interior design. The collection of unique art, trinkets and souvineers from her local and international travels inspired her to create and curate her own brand.
The Constellation Co. on Instagram
The Constellation Co. Store