An exhibition opens in Brisbane on 18 November that truly breathes life into art…and needs regular watering. Green Nation is the latest show from Artisan, Queensland’s peak body for promoting unique and individual quality crafted design. This bold exhibition features art, craft and design exploring the next frontier of ‘green’ by integrating living, growing nature into the work.   The living works on display include moss graffiti, growing jewellery, permaculture design, contemporary bonsai, furniture, grass rugs, installation art and living garments. The artists featured in Green Nation are: Eliza Donald, Christian Duell, Donna Franklin and Gary Cass, Janet Laurence, Richard Neville, David Nicholson, La Chanh Nguyen, Claire Poppi and Nicole Voevodin-Cash. (m)art & Gallery artisan is at 381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. It’s open from 10.30am-5.30pm Tuesday-Friday, and 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday. Artisan is funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Federal Government through the Australia Council. Green Nation runs until 21 December 2011. For more information, visit IMAGE: Clare Poppi Growing bangle 2010. Recycled sterling silver, organic pod and organic grass, 90 x 90 x 90mm. Photo: Katie Stormonth.  


Rick Wells, internationally recognised ‘design integration’ leader, will make a presentation in Brisbane this week on how local designers can increase the demand for their services. On Thursday 17 November, at the Emporium Hotel in Fortitude Valley, Rick will give an overview of New Zealand’s Better by Design program, which was the model for the Queensland Government’s Ulysses initiative. The focus of Ulysses is to help Queensland businesses harness the power of design in their operations to boost their bottom line and increase their international competitiveness. Rick is an expert on this subject. He and his business partner transformed Formway Furniture from a small business with 12 staff to an operation employing 200 people, turning over more than $50 million a year. He now works with several design-led companies and is Deputy Chairman of the Design Advisory Board of the Better By Design program. During his Connecting Designers With Business talk Rick will cover the following topics:   The client’s business model: creating differentiation; Collaborative working culture; Business expectations; The design process: minimising risk; The living design brief: client buy-in; and Creating your own niche as a design practice. The event is hosted by the Australian Graphic Design Association and Design ...

Living with Growth: Have your say

As Queensland’s population hurtles toward the 5 million mark, The Courier-Mail is hosting a free public forum on growth tomorrow night (Wednesday 26 October). Living with Growth: How do we prepare for 5 million and beyond? is the latest of the newspaper’s Let the Sun Shine reader forums. With the Queensland Population Counter on the website of the State Government’s Office of Economic and Statistical Review showing our population increasing by one person every 7 minutes and 4 seconds, the forum couldn’t be timelier. Speakers include Associate Professor Phil Heywood from the Queensland University of Technology’s School of Urban Development, Brisbane City Council’s Neighbourhood Planning Chair Amanda Cooper, and Urban Land Development Authority CEO Paul Eagles. The forum covers issues like infrastructure, housing and transport. It runs for 90 minutes at QUT, IHBI Seminar Room, Level 4, 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove Campus. Entry is from 5.45pm for a 6pm start. To attend, email