Part Six of the Biodiversity Guides complete, Doug and I are now looking at more animal based projects.
Look at this gorgeous spoonbill photographed by Rick Playle at Railway Dam recently for our cover. Wonderful!
This is an excellent guide and we are really proud of it. As always with these projects we hope they give people a strong understanding of the endemic plant and animal life at these locations, coupled with a love of the landscape.
A project which took up the greater part of the last few months of 2016 was detailed illustrations for a calendar. Despite the fact as a result of these drawings I now have RSI, an unknown spinal issue, and am legally blind, I am told it's quite effective.
The first run sold out in a week.
Part five of the biodiversity project has bunny-hopped the Toolibin Lake guide, but coincided with the state government's announcement to build a 1000km 'rabbit proof fence' (read cat and fox proof fence) around Dryandra Woodland, one of the last remaining habitats of the numbat in Australia. Sean Van Alphen and I discussed this guide for a while, and did a trial in social media circles which was really well received. Sean's photos are fantastic, and his techniques for spotting numbat are evocative. He has worked with Australian Geographic, ABC, and The Guardian, and has probably spotted more numbats in the wild than many DPaW staff. Cool animal based project which was fun to design.
Client: Foxes Lair Nature Reserve
Foxes Lair attracts people from all corners of the planet. Its biodiversity, coupled with being fairly close to Perth, brings birdwatchers, wildflower enthusiasts, and photographers, as well as the normal tourist looking to spend a nice day in nature. The old material was an A4 page of B/W info which was hard to read, and hard to understand.
New info guide: 8 page, fold out A3 brochure and detailed map. History, walk trail information, tips for sightseeing. Thematically driven to encourage visitors to 'Look Closer'. Also intended for use in attracting more financial support from funding partners.
Social media response to project was sensational, and led to more design enquiries.
I was thrilled to be asked to design another banner for the Banners in the Terrace competition in 2016. Banners in the Terrace by WALGA is the largest community arts project in WA.
Wickepin Shire is the home of Albert Facey, and I have been a fan of his autobiography, A fortunate Life, since I was a kid.
The artwork got tonnes of great feedback on social media which was super.
The quote is one of the most famous in the book. It takes a little bit of thought, but almost everything Mr Facey wrote is a dreamy poem.
Writer: Geire Kami. Published in The Wanderer Magazine (national syndication) March 2015
With tourism coming in as the third biggest industry in Australia, lots of interesting events have started to pop up across the minor interior to cater for visitors and locals alike. While you’ll discover the energy and the isolation of the outback, you’ll also experience the vibrancy of some of Australia’s hidden gems.
Many of the big RV and caravan shows have increased in size over the last several years, showing a marked increase in self-drive tours across the country. Recent tourism research in Western Australia has shown a nice spread of intra/interstate, and international tourists taking in the sights.
You would be forgiven for thinking that 4WD, caravanning, and RVing are fast becoming an Aussie tradition as more and more people discover the freedom of the open road, but we have long known the benefits of hitting the highway for a memorable holiday.
The Dryandra Country Art, Food and Wine Trail has been building in popularity over the last couple of years in a pretty and accessible region of southern Western Australia. It is definitely worth the visit if you are thinking of heading out west for some scenic touring in autumn.
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