Colour Hunt

We have teamed up with Brisbane Open House this year to curate an engaging kid’s adventure throughout the inner-city.

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to go on a Colour Hunt!

Start your adventure at the BOH information booth in King George Square.  Pick up your very own colour kit complete with orienteering map, activity sheet and colour swatches to guide you on your quest through some of our beautiful buildings and unlock the colours of Brisbane.

In amongst the hard, built environment, colour is just waiting to be discovered.  From mesmerising stained glass windows, to mysterious tiled baths, to vaulted doors and maybe even a fire truck.  Search like a detective to see if you can discover the super powers of colour.  Be careful though, colour has the power to brighten up your day!

This free colour journey will be sure to keep the kids entertained as they join the adults on their own journey around BOH!

Competition

There will be 2 special prizes up for grabs. Although everyone is welcome to join in the hunt, only kindy and primary school children are eligible to win.  The first prize is for kids under 8, and the second for kids over 8.  To enter, simply:

1. like us on Instagram @studioussam.
2. post a photo (or photos) of your child’s colour hunt.  For example the photo(s) may show the colours they found,  their fun journey or the power of colour.
3. use the hashtag #BOHcolourhunt.
4. provide your childs age and school or kindy name.

We will select the 2 winners based the photos that are posted.  We will make the grand announcement on Friday October 19th @studioussam.

 

Yarn Yurts

Sam was recently engaged by C&K to create a temporary breakout lounge and creative activity for their 2018 QLD Early Education and Care Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The lounge, titled the ‘Yarn Yurts’, was created to celebrate the 2018 conference themes of: cultural diversity and inclusivity; inspiring imagination; and cultivating language.  It was provided to spark conversation, the sharing of ideas during and after the conference and to promote peer to peer learning, collaboration and a sense of community amongst the 800 delegates.

The space was inspired by the floor living cultures of the world.  Gathering and residing on the floor for everyday activities such as eating, cooking, resting, socialsing and crafting is a common tradition between cultures around the world. Sitting on the floor is one of our most natural positions (being a favourite with children) and there are many benefits.

The ‘Yarn Yurts’ lounge was set amongst artisan made yurts on a bed of floor rugs.  It provided a casual space for delegates to relax, have a yarn and contribute to a collective, modular artwork using the global languages of colour, pattern and smiling.

For more images please visit us on instagram @studioussam and #yarnyurts.

photography Sam Parsons

Jurassic Jungle

Several years ago now Sam created and facilitated a kids workshop at the Queensland Museum titled ‘Jurassic Jungle’.  The workshop ran during school holidays and coincided with the Explore-a-saurus exhibition.  For more images please visit us on instagram @studioussam.

Millions of years ago when the dinosaurs perished so did a vast majority of the plants they ate and the habitat they lived in.  What would their landscape have looked like? Lush, tall, jungle like? What plants would have flourished?

Using paper and cardboard help craft and watch the jungle grow.  Who knows the dinosaurs may even come to visit!

photography Samantha Parsons

Bespoke Bookscapes

Sam was invited to participate in the QLD Museum’s 2013 ‘Bespoke’ exhibition.  Sam designed and developed a new series of works titled ‘Bookscapes’, which explored interior surface topography.  The pieces were a culmination of Sam’s design background and her passion for folding, colour, fabrics and form generation.  These undulating wall surfaces, like Bookscreen, utilised discarded hardback book covers.

photography Sam Parsons

Musing Sustainability

‘Sam Parsons: Musing on a Sustainable Practice’ was a special feature on the Craft Australia blog in 2011.

This is what I had to say:  “To me sustainability goes beyond material selection, recycling and minimizing environmental and social impacts. These should go without saying.  To me sustainability is about asking the bigger questions. Do we really need more designer furniture?  Does the design contribute something worthwhile?”

“As a designer I grapple with questions like these on a constant basis.  I am consequently committed to designing solutions that have real purpose, respond to everyday needs, are adaptable, contribute to the quality of life, can transcend transient fashion and importantly challenge society’s ‘throw away’ mentality”.

Please read more at Craft Australia Sustainability Forum

Thank you Belinda for inviting me to participate.

QLD Export Awards

Studio Sam and seven other leading Queensland practitioners were invited by Artisan to showcase some works at The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2011.  Some of our Sienas and book sculptures were used as table centre pieces and provided “a fabulous talking point for the 800+ guests”.

photos provided by Artisan

Part of a Collection

article Well Played

publication Inside Out, May-June 2011

product featured Mini Bookscreen

photographer, sylist and author respectively Derek Swalwell, Jason Grant, Carrie Hutchinson

The article features the Elsternwick home of creative pair Dean and Tanya Cherny.  Dean has been an “avid art collector” for 13 years.  A Mini Bookscreen is in some great company with paintings by David Bromley and Tim Storrier.  The “house relies primarily on a white palette, but strong colour is introduced in dramatic artworks and accessories”.  The Mini Bookscreen’s bright colours pop on top of a  custom designed, dark timber shelving unit in the living room.

Peppermint Interview

article Indie Insights: Studio Sam

publication Peppermint magazine, Autumn 2011

author Jess Noble

We felt very privileged to be interviewed by this sustainability focussed magazine who showcase “the best in eco and handmade design from Australia and the rest of the world”.

Sam heard Kelley Sheenan the editor/publisher present at Bubble and Speak in 2010 and really admired her work and commitment to sustainability.

 

Asia Pacific Designers

article External Influence

publication Surface Asia, February 2011, Issue 02

author Anne-Maree Sargeant

Anne-Maree, with an ongoing quest for unearthing originality, identified Sam as one of five Australian designers “who’ve got the goods”.  The 4 other designers included Alexander Lotersztain, Trent Jansen, Tomek Archer and Simone LeAmon. The article was included in a special feature showcasing 20 emerging Asia Pacific designers.


Bubble and Speak

The DIA invited Sam to be a speaker at their ‘Bubble and Speak’ Breakfast series.  Each seminar features guest speakers from some of Australia’s most interesting and established design professionals from a broad range of design-related disciplines.

During her presentation Sam talked about how Studio Sam started and some of her experiences and creative processes.  Sam also presented a range of Studio Sam’s interior design projects and 3 of the studio’s key product ranges.

date October 2010

images graphic design for the Bubble and Speak series by Design Front

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