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There’s nothing quite like watching your family unwrap something they’re going to love, you loved choosing and the creator loved making.Canberra’s creative community has been busy making presents galore in the lead up to Christmas. To take some of the pressure off your Christmas shopping we’ve created the ultimate wishlist for the twelve days of Christmas, stocked exclusively by local Etsy makers. Skip the crowds at the shopping centre this holidays and support a local artist instead.
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Day 2 – Canberra pride
Quintessentially Canberran, Oh Little Spark has created customised prints of Canberra icons. Who would have thought the Skywhale and our signature bus stops would work so well together?
The Canberra Times
by Bree Element.
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So you’re a fan of the Belconnen owl - but have you hit ‘wear it all summer long on a t-shirt and stubby holder’ level?
Because if you have, local artist and public servant Sophie Kristine's got your back.
She's designed a new fabric that features a few of Canberra’s favourite things: bogong moths, a little bunch of Canberra bluebells and there, taking pride of place, is our favourite feathered phallic friend from the north.
Thanks to online store Redbubble, you can have the blue Belco owl design printed on basically anything your little heart desires - from phone cases, wallets, and bumper stickers to baby onesies and doona covers. (To whoever got me in the Secret Santa draw this year, I'm a size 'Belco owl' in literally everything.)
The owl print is Sophie's follow-up to last year's pink Skywhale print, featuring the booby-licious lady of the sky, Telstra tower and our iconic bus shelters. Leggings in the Skywhale print were hugely popular last Christmas, as were stubby holders and tote bags. Sophie sells under the artist name ohlittlespark_art.
"I'm a born and bred Canberran which is why so many of my designs feature Canberra-centric things," Sophie says.
"I genuinely, genuinely love Canberra so very much. And there's a whole breed of people who are Canberra lovers too, which is so exciting.
"I just started out making designs for myself but then people started saying, 'Where can I get that?' and it's grown from there."
Growing up on the southside - "I was born southside, I've lived southside my entire life, my kids go to the same primary school I went to" - Sophie says the artistic talent of her grandmother Della had a huge influence on her life.
"Instead of toys [for Christmas] I'd get pencils and paints, and she always believed that kids should be given the opportunity to use good quality products which makes a huge difference," Sophie says.
"When my grandma passed away her art supplies were split between the three artists in the family - one of which was me.
"And from there I used the process to grieve a little bit because in using her products I realised that I'm my own person, I've got my own style and it's ok to be different."
Sophie's design signature is "smashing iconic things together". She started out with a magpie / fairy bread print, then launched a bin chicken / VB stubby / bin print, and then a print featuring the arboretum's 'Wide Brown Land' public art sign. She now sells her designs on both Redbubble and Etsy.
"I was on my lunch break the other day and a lady walked past with one of my Skywhale bags," she says.
"I was like oh my God what is happening? It was totally surreal.
"I just love how people get as much joy out of my designs as I do."
The Canberra Times
by Elliot Williams
You can read the full article here.
One happy pairing was Team Beetle Sex, who got their name from the ANU's Megan Head and her research into the mating habits of Eucalyptus Beetles.
Dr Head's research examines how sexually transmitted infections in the beetle population affect mate choice.
"One of the benefits of mating with an attractive beetle is they've got the good genes," Dr Head said.
"But if they have these good genes they've probably been mating around with lots of other beetles and might have picked up these STIs."
She said she hoped to see how theories on mating applied to the beetle population and whether they could similarly be applied to other species and if STI's could be used as a method to control pest populations.
She said the process of partnering with artist Sophie Kristine had been plenty of fun and the shirt they created was wonderful way to explain her research.
"It's made me think about how I explain my research in a more accessible way and reminded me that not everyone is into beetle sex - but I don't know why not!"
For Ms Kristine, who is a full-time public servant and pursues art as a hobby, she said her partnership with Dr Head was a "match made in heaven".
The self-taught artist mainly works in lino prints but loves capturing native species in her work so the chance to capture the native Eucalyptus Beetles was a real thrill.
"I've always loved science and when I was studying art actually got put on the backburner for biology," Ms Kristine said.
"It was especially meaningful for me because I'm married to a scientist and I'd noticed the communication bit in the middle was always the most difficult."
She said that became particularly obvious when her husband was two years into his PhD and he pulled her up for still explaining it incorrectly to others
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5. Ultimate Canberra notebook
Write down your goals, hopes and dreams for 2018 in this ultra Canberra notebook. Starring our gorgeous Skywhale, famous tower and iconic bus shelters, it's a great conversation starter at coffee with a new client or a great way to take your Canberra pride with you on interstate business trips. It's available on redbubble here.