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M A R C H / A P R I L
ISSUE 2) A change of season
INTRODUCTION FROM THE EDITOR March is a special month for me. It’s the month I was born into. It’s the beginning of leaves turning beautiful shades of brown, red and gold and falling to the earth. It’s the month that the second issue of Crash Bambi will be released. So I’ve ﬁlled it with some of my favourite things. Musician Wintercoats makes the kind of music that takes you away from where you are and places you gently where you wish you could be. University is the place that has shaped who I am for the past three years. And ﬁnally, A Walk In The Forest is a new favourite, with Lucy-Ann Moore’s nostalgic illustrations making me smile. So Crash Bambi readers, I hope you have a lovely March. I know I will.
Cat WOOD CRASH BAMBI BALLARAT EDITOR Cat Wood PRODUCTION GRAPHIC DESIGN & ADVERTISING Gary Morris
CONTENTS 4 Grafﬁti - Art or mindless vandalism 6 University 8 Waubra Tales 9 Ballarat Expat Muso 10 Gallery News 12 Up & Coming Designer Series 14 Small Business Reviews 16 Adventures of Chronic Man 17 Declan Clarke 18 Feature Artwork of the Month 20 Poets Corner 21 The Unicorn Story 22 What I’m Cooking Today 23 Up & Coming Monthly Muso CONTRIBUTORS J. Ivan LOCK Norika FRAUD Marcia KING Lucy-Ann MOORE Nathan CURNOW Sean M. WHELAN Matt MALONE PUBLISHER Gander Media 410 Creswick Road, Ballarat VIC 3350 M: 0438 324 074 email: email@example.com
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BALLARAT GRAFFITI WRITER CAX EXPLAINS! In probably every town in Australia, there is a perceived grafﬁti “problem” and Ballarat is no exception. This town is covered in tags, some shitty, some brilliant. The train line is littered with throw ups, and if you explore enough drains, you’ll see some nice pieces done by local and out of town grafﬁti artists. Self described grafﬁti vandal Katsu from the United States prides himself on being able to “strategically execute systematic vandalism.” He believes that grafﬁti writers should love grafﬁti, and people in the public should hate it. He states that grafﬁti is not art, it
is about promoting crimes, a view no doubt shared by many average citizens in Ballarat, but for vastly different reasons. Grafﬁti is seen by the law as vandalism and can carry hefty ﬁnes and even jail time, however this doesn’t seem to deter grafﬁti writers. The government has also restricted the sale of spray paint to under 18s. However you cannot go anywhere public in Ballarat without seeing a tag or throw up and seeing this “vandalism” causes many members of the community distress. There is never an article published about grafﬁti without the majority of
comments being people whining about what an eye-sore it is. Ballarat grafﬁti writer Cax explains that tagging is actually quite indicate and that to anyone who understands or has studied typography, these tags are quite advanced lettering. To the general public, they look like squiggles. To quote grafﬁti writer Earsnot, tagging is the very essence of grafﬁti. Currently there is a push for Ballarat to have some legal walls, where people can go and practice their writing. Cax is a supporter of this, saying there is a lot of pressure on young kids to do amazing work on their ﬁrst attempt, but no opportunity for them to build up the skills they need.
“Grafﬁti writers should love grafﬁti, and people in the public should hate it” This is obvious from the vast majority of average tags scattered throughout Ballarat. People need to practice their tagging before publicly unveiling it. The public perception of grafﬁti needs to improve. People think that grafﬁti is art, as long as its big, colourful and they can’t read what it says. They don’t understand why people do it, and once their own shed or fence has been tagged, they despise the entire culture of it altogether. Perhaps if Ballarat had some practice walls behind buildings or in laneways, sheds and fences wouldn’t be tagged by people wanting to practice their writing. Basically, grafﬁti is only a problem when you make it a problem. Some say it is about self expression, some say it’s about destruction and disrespect. Whatever your view, remember that others will disagree with you. And in- stead of knocking back a kids offer to paint your wall, accept it. You might enjoy the ﬁnished product. TEXT & IMAGES Cat Wood
University -Â it freaking rules (most of the time) There are people in this world who have real jobs, drink less than the recommended weekly alcohol intake and know how to actually pay electricity bills. These people do not go to university. These people may include you, reader; however my survey of the people in my Monday afternoon tute revealed that all seventeen people in the class attended uni and cannot make a case of beer last more than 48 hours. Coincidence? As a forth year student who is looking forward to a long life full of liver problems stemming from a several year bender, I do declare university is pretty awesome.
Each day I rise at 10, just in time to watch yet another rerun of Friends over my cup of English breakfast tea. Bathing is deliberated, then eventually attended to, after your roommate asks if she can use the grease on your hair to cook her bacon in. Bitch. (Now before I go on, I must clarify that I am not an arts student. Iâ€™m just ďŹ‚ipping awesome at doing my timetable to ensure I get a decent 12-Â14 hour sleep). The day then consists of toddling off to uni to stare blankly at the wall above the tutors head whilst they yap on about ethics, leg ulcers and the correct way to insert a
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catheter, which you then get to practice on a mannequin that has pubes moulded into its plastic genitalia (cue childish giggling). Almost every night of the week can be a drinking occasion. Wednesdays are uni nights in Ballarat, Saturdays are for the billion 21st you have to attend (this alcohol is generally supplied by long suffering parents, so dig in) and Sundays are for the super wonderful Sunday Sesh, where we laze about on the grass, moaning about our hangovers whilst downing another beer. Fear not those who are â€œpast it,â€? mature age students can join these activities. So long as youâ€™re a cool, laid back surfer type and not an irritating divorced mother of ďŹ ve who posts pictures of their backyard on their Facebook. Or are pregnant and become outraged at my suggestion during class of removing an unwanted foetus by using a coat hanger (should I have said knitting needle instead?). University involves locating a heap of places with free wi-ÂďŹ (Beechworth bakery rules and you can get a bottomless cup of tea for $3!), op-Âshopping, not because itâ€™s cool and hipster, but because you canâ€™t afford new clothes and eating a shit ton of mi goring. Iâ€™ve eaten it so much I vomit in my mouth at the mere whiff of it.
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University has made me a rather resourceful person â€“ I can now hide alcohol upon any part of my body to save buying it at the pub (and who said I couldnâ€™t budget?). Iâ€™m also much ďŹ tter, because I walk or ride a bike most places to avoid ever putting petrol in my car. I have also worn the same pair of Converse all stars for nine years. To anybody contemplating going to university in Ballarat, I would recommend it. Itâ€™s a cheap place to live, thereâ€™s plenty of Melbourne-Âtype events, galleries and clubs and thereâ€™s usually a pub within walking distance. The downside to university is universal no matter where you attend: living below the poverty line. Some are lucky to have parents as loyal benefactors, who unwittingly arm their beloved children with enough cash to get sloshed on a daily occasion. However Ballarat is nice enough to offer student discounts at plenty of stores. To ďŹ nish on a more serious note, the University of Ballarat and Australian Catholic University do have excellent courses available, accompanied by a blitzer of an O-ÂWeek. So if you are considering studying in Ballarat, just do it. See you at the pub!
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Waubra Tales BY Gary Morris
BALLARAT EXPAT IN MELBOURNE - Wintercoats James Wallace, aka Wintercoats, is a master of ethereal, delicate yet moving music, haunting the listener long after the song has ﬁnished. His ability to play a myriad of instruments is just one of thing that makes Wintercoats’ live shows enthralling. Often, each song is crafted using a single violin, each beat looped around the next. Now Melbourne based, James spent several years honing his talent in Ballarat. He had the honor of treading the boards of Karova on many occasion, supporting a vast array of Australian music icons. You may have caught his delicious cover of TLC’s No Scrubs on occasion. Wintercoats is a prime example of people living in Ballarat going on to do great things. His debut EP Cathedral, recorded on a violin from ALDI in his bedroom on Peel St, displayed his natural talent for orchestral pop. Wintercoats is
now supported by labels Casine and Mistletone, the latter of which released his second EP sketches. The progression of his EP’s demonstrates his underlying love of ethereal pop, with beautiful melodies making each track linked, yet different. These days James plays more in Melbourne than Ballarat, a sad affair for all who live in the area. However it is worth a trip to see one of James’ stunning live shows, before he is snapped up by the international music scene and traveling the world playing his melodies in the US or Europe. Follow Wintercoats on Tumbler: http://wintercoats.tumblr.com/ and ﬁnd his music on iTunes.
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RED BRICK GALLERY WHAT’S GOING ON - by Marcia King
“Tas Wansbrough, recent Ballarat Arts Foundation Alumni winner has exhibited her work at Red Brick Gallery. I love her sculptures, I’m able to picture any one of them taking pride of place in my garden or even inside my home. I love the contrast between the steel and the wood that she uses and the strength that comes not just from the materials she uses but also the subject matter, shapes and forms that she creates.
Despite my love of Tas’s work and having seen her work in other exhibitions before, I have never picked her brain about how she does what she does. What kind of gallery owner am I?... not asking these types of questions. When I look at any work of art I often get lost in the ‘how’ element. I’m fascinated by the technical side of creating artwork and want to know more especially with work like Tas’s. These big bits of wood... which if I looked at them, would just look like big bits of..... wood! But she makes something beautiful from that same bit of wood. This makes me go WOW! :) So I quizzed Tas and begged her to send me photos of the creative process so we can all have a peek into her fascinating world. How cool is it that Tas get’s out there with an angle grinder and sometimes a chainsaw and chips away at this wood making these ﬁgures, then has the vision to combine that wood with metal as well. So I asked Tas some questions.... Q: How long do your pieces take? A: I have no idea how long the pieces take , sometimes I can cut one out completely in a day but then keep working on it for weeks staining sanding ﬁnishing etc. But it can be surprisingly fast because of the power tools.
Q: What type of tools do you use? A: I use an arbotech tungsten blade on a small angle grinder to carve. *If you are like me and don’t know what that is... this is it :) Q: What type of wood do you use? A: I use all types of wood, today I am at Greg’s farm so am carving cypress from a fallen tree. At home I use mainly recycled wood such as pine and Oregon and also a little red gum from sleepers. Q: Do you work from sketches or let the wood dictate the form it will carved into A: I mainly work from sketches as ideas but often have to go freestyle if the wood has a crack or tricky knott. Q: Who inﬂuences your work: A: I love heaps of sculptors like Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Louis Bourgeois, Dora Gordana. I Have been reading too much Italian and greek sculpture stuff lately and am now ﬁnding it really hard to think abstract and get too caught up in ﬁgurative works
For more information contact - Marcia at the Red Brick Gallery -- Red Brick Gallery & Emporium www.redbrickgallery.com.au 218a Skipton Street, Ballarat 3350
I’m so excited by Tas’s work and just want to grab an angle grinder and try carving some thing but I think I’ll leave it up to someone with a natural knack and ﬂair for this type of artwork like Tas.
“Ballarat’s YOUNG Designer Series” FEATURE ARTIST - LUCY-ANN MOORE Remember the good old days in the 1950’s and 60’s when space toys were all the rage, soft-serve ice creams for 10c and the many household appliances that made the old meter long radio shake in it’s boots?
“During the 1st year of TAFE, I was trying to work out what I could do in the design industry. Then many late nights and mock design briefs later, I started to develop an interest for illustration, especially with the new vast range of vintage and retro styles that were beginning to rise.
Well Lucy-Ann Moore wasn’t there, however she’s bringing the easygoing, nostalgia back and mashing it up into colourful, bright and bubbly illustrations similar to the time.
So I began incorporating illustrations to my assignments, and since then I’ve built my own webpage from scratch (with the help from WordPress), started my own project titled “Illustration a week” which was a way to build my portfolio and also touch up on skills, and this year I’m planning my own YouTube series called “Walk In The Forest TV” and have opened an online shop on Society6 where you can buy illustration prints and other goodies. Stay tuned!”
WEB: www.walkintheforestdesign.wordpress.com SHOP: www.society6.com/walkintheforest YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/WalkInTheForestTV
Cake on Main Rd...
Jennifer Hipke gives us an insight into owning a unique small business... What inspired you to open Cake? A trip overseas a few years ago to Europe & America made me realize that I wished Ballarat had a sweet little cafe that sold cupcakes and macarons. I decided, instead of wishing for it, I’d just make my own. How long have you been open? We opened Queens Birthday weekend almost two years ago! How and why did you chose the location you are in? We were looking for a space large enough to ﬁt our beautiful old workbench which has found a new life as a large communal table. We also wanted somewhere with character close to town and Main Road deﬁnitely ticked all the boxes. What kind of food do you have on the menu? We are a cafe that serves cupcakes & macarons. What crowd are you aiming to attract? Anyone who likes a sweet treat. What feedback have you received from your customers? Most of our customers are regulars who keep coming back for more which is really the best kind of feedback we could hope for.
You also have other products on the shelf ? What are they and how do they ﬁt in with your range? We sell a wide range of party goods from cupcake paddy pans, old fashioned paper straws, cups and plates...cake stands..... a range of T2 Teas... the sorts of things you might need for that special tea party or children’s birthday party. What is your most popular cake range? Our most popular cupcake would deﬁnitely be the red velvet with cream cheese icing, and for the macarons, the salted caramel is very popular. Where do you see yourself in 2 years? Hopefully expanding into more delicious sweet treats and who knows, we might take our retro caravan out more often and pop up about town. 30 MAIN ROAD, BALLARAT • PH: 5333 3384
Ballarat Patchwork A unique & special store
In 2002 Emma Jansen was a freelance textile designer living in Ballarat, and her mother Pam Jansen had recently retired as a midwife. Both of us were keen patch workers and saw a deﬁnite hole in the market for fresh bright patchwork fabrics and so Ballarat Patchwork was born in December 2002. Emma completed a degree in Textile Design at RMIT and as a textile designer she designs and draws patterns that are printed onto fabric. 99% of all the fabric sold in the shop is printed fabric, so that means a textile designer has designed these fabrics.
This enables Emma to easily create quilt patterns and select fabric for quilts. Emma also designs original quilts and patterns, setting Ballarat Patchwork apart from other patchwork shops. Right from the beginning, Ballarat Patchwork has always offered classes, ranging from a beginner’s class which teaches the basics of patchwork, through to more advanced techniques. They have a wide range of tutors offering diverse projects, and their classes are very well received by their customers. In August this year American Sue Spargo will be teaching. Very exciting! You can ﬁnd Ballarat Patchwork at - 54 Victoria Street, Ballarat.
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Declan Clarke Video Ever since I was a child Iâ€™ve been interested in ďŹ lmmaking. I started shooting stuff around the house when my brother managed to get the â€œEyeToyâ€? for PS2 working as a webcam on our computer. I created an extension cord for it and I would do all kinds of ridiculous stuff in front of it, with no real intention to show anyone what Iâ€™d been up to. As you could probably imagine, I got sick of only being able to ďŹ lm in the one room so I had to ďŹ nd another way to capture my antics elsewhere; a digital camera. I guess thatâ€™s where everything kind of began. I would spend hours outside either alone or with friends, just shooting whatever was happening at the time and not really caring if anyone saw it or not because it was just something so interesting to me. To have the ability to capture a moment in time exactly as it happened is still something that makes me feel so powerful â€“ as long as I have a camera with me, I can always relive whatever amazing moment I happen to ďŹ nd myself a part of.
really stupid) and thatâ€™s when I kind of realised that the internet was my new best friend as far as ďŹ lmmaking was concerned. It was, and still is the best way to reach a high number of people in a short amount of time. Now that quite a few years have passed since I began itâ€™s become a possibility to do what I love and actually make a living off it. How crazy is that? Right now, I have a couple of short ďŹ lms in the works, a couple of music videos on the way and Iâ€™m always shooting live bands at The Karova Lounge in Ballarat. With perseverance and patience I have no doubt that my audience will grow and more people will notice what I can do! I aim to do this for a long time coming. You can ďŹ nd my videos by liking my Facebook page, â€œDeclan Clarke Video.â€?
Once I was able to acquire a proper camcorder I started creating little skits and putting them on YouTube to show my friends. I didnâ€™t have a tripod, or anything else for that matter so I would just sit my camera on whatever I could, hit record and continue acting horribly. I had fun and my friends seemed to enjoy them (even if they were really,
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TINDERBOX The Tinderbox is a weekly music and arts show on Ballaratâ€™s community radio station Voice Fm. Tune in at 99.9 or stream online at voicefm.com.au for an eclectic mix of tunes new and old, folk to funk, plus creative news, chat, and guests. The team are also currently curating and hosting Art Sparks creative gatherings for artists from Ballarat and surrounds.
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Love Song #5 (in exuberance) paparazzi on ﬁre, in exuberance unicorns towing clouds, Coke cans and lovers palming brandy balloons amid kisses, a variety of Christmas trees, tinsel, more tinsel, snow domes blizzards of quavers, of people about to sneeze card games beneath chandeliers, popular words like ‘sepia’, the tone of our rocking chairs rocked by distant wars, I will ask if your hat is hard enough I will ask if you’ve fed the monkeys hand you poetry as a necklace, this lyrical wash of elephants in feathers, hold the pianists cause here come the glowworms on dolphins Nubian goats I have taught to tap dance sticks of hoar frost in molasses, station wagons doing burn outs, we are lying in the back accidentally brushing hands, as treacherous as ninjas breaking each other’s hearts this silence making fools of us more tinsel
Nathan Curnow www.nathancurnow.weebly.com
When We Kiss When we kiss old men wake up in the middle of the night and turn to their wives. They place a consoling hand on their arm and try to explain that kisses like that are rare don’t take it personally try not to think about it go back to sleep my darling
Solomon (For Hank Williams)
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© Matt Malone. 2012.
King Hiram was born upon Mt. Olive, not a stone’s throw from the great blues river. He never knew his Father, & lived in the eye of the Mother. the son of mary. selling peanuts, newspapers, and shining shoes. after the empire theatre he went on to become the drifter. the wine became spirit, & the last miracle never was to ld.
THE UNICORN - TO OPEN ONCE AGAIN? It seems that no one in Ballarat seems to remember when The Unicorn Hotel was last operating. Too much time has passed, and expectations have come and gone. This iconic building ﬁrst established itself more than 150 years ago (1856 in fact) as a timber structure situated in the precinct they called “The Corner”. In its day, the venue was one of the best known and most popular, closely involved with the mining interests of the then known, Golden City. In 1866, the brick facade was added to the structure which has survived till this present day but, in 1938, the bluestone footings were cut back and tiles were added to the then facade. Stories abound that in the early days the hotel was frequented by leading sportsmen, footballers, cricketers, rowers as well as miners and a variety of business people. There was a magniﬁcent billiard room on the ﬁrst ﬂoor with two of Alcock’s best tables in perfect condition. The balcony (which is the only one of its kind left in Australia) was adorned with exotic potted palms surrounded by the slender cast iron columns with corinthian capitals. Originally, as seen in the photograph, there was a unicorn statue mounted centrally on the front part of the roof with an elaborate parapet featuring a set of balusters. Also the facade embellished swag bellied balcony panels, a double timber bressumer with frieze iron inserts, cornice and brackets.
The earliest reference to the Unicorn was in The Miner newspaper of 22 August 1856 when Thomas Vaughan was the publican. It was the third hotel to be be erected in West Ballarat after Craig’s Royal Hotel and the George. It gained its name from the Unicorn mine, which was close to the original site, with the ﬁrst stockbokers ofﬁces also right on the corner of Sturt and Lydiard Sts, many of them butting onto the laneway at the side of the hotel. Later, stock trading was was transferred to the Mining Exchange (Mechanics Institute). History refers to the many deals and incidents which were conducted in the main bar, even high stakes games, such as dice, were played and paid for with gold or sovereigns. The Unicorn Hotel was owned by many family names such as Honan and Beacham (look closely at the top parapet and you can still the Beacham name) which were synonymous with their era. Finally in 1958, the hotel closed its doors and has had several different invester owners trying to restore it to a operational capacity since. Now in 2012, there has been a determined goal to reopen its doors by a small group of individuals teaming together to run a cafe/restaurant which is looking to open in the next month or so. So keep your eyes open when you pass this magniﬁcent historic building, step inside, and be a part of history in the making. You never know, that one day in 2160 your relatives may be scanning through the newspapers looking for stories of their great grandparents frequenting the famous The Unicorn Hotel. Your name may come up! Thanks to: The Mechanics Institute & Ivan Loch
THIS IS WHAT I’m cooking for dinner... Chicken Curry Laksa for one. Tumeric powder Fish sauce (Squid juice) Crushed garlic Red curry paste Light coconut milk Hokkien noodles Premium chicken breast Chinese mixed vegetables Spring onion - diced Choy sum - 4 chopped leaves Brocholli - 4 small pieces Cashew nuts (unsalted)
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Heat small saucepan with 1 cup of water, add oil with a jigger of ﬁsh sauce and 3 shakes of tumeric powder, half a teaspoon of crushed garlic, half a jar of red curry paste and 1 can of light coconut milk. Fry chicken breast in a pan sprayed with canola oil till tender then add to sauce base whilst slowly adding warmed noodles. RECIPE Put a handful of chopped chinese veges into Gary Morris your serving bowl with spring onion and cashews. Blanch the choy sum and brocholli together in micowave, then add to bowl. Once Laksa sauce base is just about to simmer, pour in bowl and serve. Basmati rice as optional side dish. Cold drink recommended.
UP & COMING MONTHLY MUSO’S Lachlan from The Mimes, tells us about how the band got it together 1. What inspired you to get a band together? Bourkey was in year 9 and he started just picking up the guitar and mucking around with it and he was just like “you and I should start a band” so I, of course, picked up the bass. The others came later, then after about a month of initially saying we should start a band we started under the name set of Kent. The Mimes title came later. 2. How long have you been together? We have been together since the end of year 9, so two & half years now. 3. What kind of music do you play? We have never been able to decide within the band but people tell us we are alternative rock, pop punk, pop rock, so we have a very eclectic style. 4. And is most of your music original? When we ﬁrst started we did a cover of In Bloom by Nirvana but from then on we have written all our material. Recently we have been messing around with Honey Bee by The Vasco Era. 5. How many in the band? 5, Rhiannon on drums, Chris (Fran) on guitar, Matt (Bourkey) on guitar, Kaine on vocals and myself (Lachlan) on bass...
6. Played any professional gigs? If so where & when? Yeah we have played a few profesional gigs with Stoneﬁeld, The Vasco Era, The Shake Up and The Electric Sunkings along with many gigs with other Ballarat acts. All of these were from mid last year to the end of last year. 7. What’s coming up for the band? Any recordings or tours? We have almost ﬁnished putting our EP together so that should be released in the near future, We have two Melbourne gigs coming up in March, Sunfest on the 17th and Scorcher on the 25th, Come down and support us! 8. What are your personal inﬂuences? My personal inﬂuences are Frank Zappa, Primus and Tool. We, as a band, however are all inﬂuenced differently and it kind of creates our sound. 9. Where do you see the band in 10 years time? In ten years time I hope we are still jamming together and making music, I would love to release an album.