— Studio projects

Spring at Pearl in 2009

Spring image 01 by Andrew Ashton

Pearl Café Spring image 01 by Andrew Ashton

Pearl image 02 by Andrew Ashton

Pearl Café image 02 by Andrew Ashton

Café menu front and back covers

Café menu front and back covers

Pearl Café Spring cover and mini poster

Pearl Café Spring cover and mini poster

Mr Gunn called the studio last Monday and said – it is my last week at Pearl and I need to get the Spring image up next Sunday night.

Spring gardens in Melbourne haven’t peeped from the winter soils, the roses are just thorns, fresh stems and aphids. A call to florist found something simple, something white, something that complements the sky. A quiet photo shot with Pearl’s signature glass wear on Monday afternoon. Then the design, art and goodbye was ready Wednesday morning. Thanks you Mr Gunn and Mr Lindsay for all your support, another spirited outcome sprung from nowhere.

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Two Pools publication

Two Pools developed in August 2002, featured in Area_2, is a self initiated publishing project that came about from a last minute request. David Lancashire was putting Andrew forward for consideration for Alliance Graphique Internationale membership and wondered if one had some sort of print piece to give delegates at the AGI Congress in Helsinki. One could have developed some sort of portfolio print piece, or tell a story using design, photography and writing.

At the time he had just left Precinct Design and had started Studio Pip and Co. working out of his third bedroom in West St Kilda.

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One half of the project is a piece of writing investigating the place that disabled people have in our community, and the other is a photographic survey of public swimming pools in Sydney and Melbourne. We sold the first lot wrapped in string and housed in an window cut envelop. Completed in one take the hand lettering was again executed in watered down gouache with a fine sable brush.

A small run of this piece was printed by Gunn & Taylor in Melbourne. It is available for $10 plus postage, simply email the studio for your copy.

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Twenty Dollars Only exhibition opens

The opening night was hot, literally. So many people, many posters, a confined space — the temperature had to rise. Thanks again for everyone’s support, the show is up until 20 October, so feel free to drop by.Twenty Dollars Only is a poster exhibition that is a manifestation of the cliché — necessity breeds intent. Within the confines of modest budgets and great expectations one feels compelled to (pick up the camera; become familiar with pens, paints, brushes, inks, glue; understand collage, software filters; source props, locations, subjects and gestures) develop the best possible outcome. A2/A1 posters are $20, over 90 designs to choose from…Twenty dollars only at IMPpart of Melbourne Fringe 2007 FestivalAn exhibition of affordable posters by Studio Pip and Co.04 — 20 Octoberat IMP (above), Greville St Books145 Greville Street, PrahranOpens12noon to 5pmWednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturdaypipandco_20_only_06.jpgpipandco_20_only_04.jpgpipandco_20_only_05.jpgpipandco_20_only_03.jpg

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AGI Congress creative assignment

As part of the Alliance Graphique Internationale Congress in Amsterdam participants where asked to respond to Amsterdam’s marketing theme “I am Amsterdam”. Thanks again to Lee at Little Irrespressible Wonton for putting the clip together. Visit the congress’s website

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We painted the market orange in July…

Another Melbourne Design Market has been and gone. This year common sense and experience prevailed — our stock was pre-packed in a suit case. Then we sourced twenty metres of light-weight orange temporary fencing, an orange drop sheet, and these crazy hand clamps from our favorite store — Bunnings — the set was dressed, so to speak. David Lancashire came along with more Roo cards, posters and gags. Sarah and Simeon from OMA in Sydney tested Melbourne buyers with their unique version of things for kids. We were ready for trade by 9.45am, instead of the usual 10.28am.

The studio had two new postcards, three new greeting cards, and fifty-two new badge designs… It was a long, busy and great day. Thanks to all our new supporters, our regular card people, the spelling spotters who found our spelling faux pas and passers-by simply interested in what we do. Your feed back and comments are humbling. It makes what we do more relevant, connected and interesting. It is an invaluable experience for a designer to play client, create product and meet the marketplace head on. See you all at the next market.

For visitors who want to purchase more studio cards and print pieces click here for contact details.

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