MOFO festival // Hobart Tasmania

Painting by Florence Blanchard

IMG_4153_1200I spent the beginning of this year in Australia, painting walls in Melbourne & Hobart. I had an amazing time hanging out in the beautiful nature of Tasmania, such a great way to start the year. One of the murals I painted was in one of the venues of MOFO festival in Hobart. I also painted another mural with Kid Acne in the city center. I wish for more positive vibes like this for this year. A big thank you to Kira for organising everything, you’re the best!Painting by Florence BlanchardPainting by Florence BlanchardIMG_4029_1200IMG_1735_Florence_Blanchard_1200IMG_4208_1200IMG_4186_1200IMG_4199_1200IMG_3977_1200IMG_4003_1200IMG_1733_Florence_Blanchard_1200IMG_1557_1200

 

Kodama 木霊

It took 6 days to paint this mural – we worked really hard going up and down tall ladders but on the last day the stars aligned and we were able to use a cherry picker. It’s always such a treat to work with these machines – I just wish I had my own! A big thank you to Mika Ohtsuki, her family, Ito San, and Niwa San families for making this happen.

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Back in Betsukai-chō 別海町

So I finally went back to Japan again after a mere 9 years went by since I was there last. This time I was painting a big mural in Betsukai/別海町 Hokkaido and visiting my good friend Mika and her family. Mika has been a tremendous help with organizing everything. Weather was really hot and we had to paint at the end of the day when the sun starts going down. The rest of the time was just about eating amazing food, tasting sake and hanging out with the cat.
It was just amazing.

First day was all about finding a solution to get to the top.

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ACCESS SPACE

While on Sidney street I drank 6 cups of tea, spoke with about 25 people, ignored a good 55, rescued someone from a parking garage, indicated where to find shops, train station, college, restaurant, heard ‘you missed a spot’ about 33 times, and in between managed to paint this. Pfeww xP1110341_EMAc

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Thanks James, Jonathan, Rupert & Libby x

Bushwick is Beautiful

A couple of weeks ago I followed my friend Jenevieve to work.

Jenevieve works for Big City Walls, an institution, that coordinates murals with youth organizations in schools across New York City. She recently completed a mural at the corner of Knickerbocker and Myrtle avenues with teenagers and young adults aged 13-21 from the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. The mural took four weeks to complete, from conceptualization to realization and was funded by several organizations including Make the Road New York, CopWatch and Big City Walls itself.

The role of such community outreach associations is to bring awareness and help to kids and their families on topics such as educational, immigration and housing justice, youth programs and police brutality, which are relevant to the Bushwick population.

In this podcast episode you will hear Jenevieve Reid, her coworker Emilia Wiles and their students discussing the themes pictured on the mural and how they apply to their personal lives.

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Thanks go to Jen, Emilia, Patrick, Bryan, Nathalie, and the rest of the people who accepted to be interviewed.