Interview - Urban Cake Lady - INVURT

Snapshots – OBEY – Shepard Fairey – Vivid – Sydney

Our man Dean Sunshine was up in Sydney last week to cehck out Vivid Sydney – specifically, he was taking a bit of time checking out the Shepherd Fairey exhibition, Printed Matters, and mural that he was painting as a part of the event. This was a bit of the blurb from the show: “Iconic American artist Shepard Fairey blurs the boundaries of art and design. His unique style is instantly recognised in exhibitions and walls around the world. His body of work includes the OBEY GIANT art project, the Barak Obama HOPE campaign, and this year’s ubiquitous ‘We The

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti – May 2017

Winter is here, but that has not stopped the paint from going up on the walls. Braving the chilling conditions, our intrepid Dean Sunshine has, once again, sought out all his favourite pieces that have been painted on the streets of Melbourne! Theres a mighty fine selection this month, so check them all out below! 1. ELLE – St.Kilda 2. HA HA – Brunswick 3. LOV3 – Collingwood  4. Resio – Clifton Hill 5. Be Free – Northcote  6. Crisp – Hosier Lane, Melbourne  7. Heesco – Windsor 8. Steve Cross – Melbourne  9. JME NACK SICK BAFLE – Clifton Hill 10.

VR Snapshots – Immersive Media Lounge – State Library of Victoria

A few weeks ago Invurt was involved in creating the Immersive Media Lounge at Melbourne Knowledge Week 2017, hosted at the State Library of Victoria. The event was an awesome success with hundreds of people coming through the doors across the week, and some very cool artwork being created. I was pretty impressed with what the artists came up with (Senekt, Facter, Conrad Bizjak and RASHEE).  Invurt and Phoria had the HTC Vive rocking Google Tilt Brush against a Green screen – Hollywood Styles, resulting in  a mixed reality display combining what the artist was doing against the world they

Video – Wall To Wall Festival 2017 – Benalla

Another Wall To Wall has been and gone, but they’re got the video out, and it looks totally rad! “The Wall to Wall Festival is the largest regional street art festival in Australia. And also one of the most innovative community development initiatives on a national level. This year it hosted 35 internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and around the world, and attracted thousands of curious participants and observers from near and far. It’s changing the face of Benalla, one wall at a time. And changing a whole community’s identity, while it’s at it. ” Man, it’d be great to

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art and Graffiti – April 2017

Okay, here we go yet again (and again, can you believe this is No. 73? Jeezus) with Dean Sunshines picks for all the cool shit he saw around our city this month, and its a pretty nice colleciton indeed with everything from Lush and Dvate, to Love and relative newcomer Welin (who keeps getting up all over the place).   Check out all the rad images below if you know whats grand!     1. Lucy Lucy – Preston 2. Frosk, Facter, Keomatch, – Richmond  3. Ling – Preston 4. Lush – Brunswick 5. Awes – Melbourne  6. Arcy –

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiiti – March 2017

Well, we’re really late on this one, and my apologies for that, its been a busy month! Once again, we have Dean Sunshine providing us with monthly pick of all the great and grand work that has gone up around the walls of Melbourne, and this month is no exception. Always nice to see familiar names, but even better ot see some newer ones that have started to pop up – we’re especially loving the work of Julian Clavijio and Welin in recent months. Check it all out below! 1. Shida – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 2. Stormie Mills – Prahran

Through The Lens March 2017 – David Russell Photography

March has passed by leaving some pretty fresh art on the streets of Melbourne once again, the standout for me would definitely be the work of Rone in the now demolished Fairfield paper mills. The big Sinch tag rates as one of my favourites as well go big or go home as they say, also see some new works by Heesco, Choq,  Jason Parkers lovely portrait of Juddy Roller artist Goodie at Off The Kerb Gallery. Stay tuned for next month as Im going to the Benalla Street art festival over three days, this looks to be the biggest one

Snapshots – The Light In Us – Isolde – Off The Kerb Gallery

Congratulations to Isolde on her first solo exhibition at the iconic Off The Kerb gallery in Collingwood, run by the ever busy and beautiful Shini. I would have to say the work of Isolde would definitely be some of my favourite paste ups I have seen on the streets of Melbourne, in her many art covered lanes. Isolde’s work always stood out, her powerful images amongst the rust and ruin of some grungy laneway, this is where her work shines. For those that couldn’t make it down to Off The Kerb, I managed to garb some photos while having my

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Graffiti & Street Art – February 2017

Well, by now you know the drill! After several years, each time we do one of Dean Sunshines Top 10s of Melbourne street art and graffiti, we see work that is even better and better hitting our streets. This time around, he’s pulled some fantastic pieces together for this one, and looking through it .. well, all I can say is that I really love Melbourne summers!! Check them all out below!! 1. Vexta + ELLE – Collingwood 2. Kaffeine – North melbourne 3. Lucy Lucy + Ola Volo – Fitzroy 4. Ling – Collingwood 5. Phibs – Fitzroy  6.

Snapshots – Make Your Self At Home – GOODIE – Juddy Roller

Congratulation to my good friend and all round beautiful soul “GOODIE”, as she put up her first solo show at Juddy Roller a few weeks back. I feel these works gave you a little insight in to the mind of the artist, you always take a risk when you expose yourself like this, I think she executed it well. It’s always refreshing to see what the artists come up with in the Juddy Roller space, especially when there is and has been so much talent pass through those doors. So for those that couldn’t make it to the show here

Interview – Urban Cake Lady

If you haven’t seen her work around the streets, then you probably don’t live, or haven’t been to Melbourne in the past year or two– or, you don’t pay attention to all the blogs and websites that track down her work when it goes up. She’s been quite prolific in recent times, and her work always has a tranquil, at ease, naturalistic feel to it. This is the kind of street art that makes you stop walking, and take a few moments in appreciation of its presence.

Urban Cake Lady is as down to earth as her images. With work pasted up all over, and having partaken  in several shows and events in the past year, such as the Irene arts festival, Sweet Streets, as well, this coming Sunday, the first Melbourne Tiger Translate show, there doesn’t seem to be any stopping her – and, really, who would want to?

Invurt was really happy to get a bit of her time this week, and to finally find out a bit more about this highly expressive, creative lady …


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There’s a bit of an air of mystery about you and your work – can you tell us a little about your background, and why it is that you started putting work out into the street?

I moved to Melbourne from NZ about three years ago. The plan, like a lot of kiwis have, was to save for about six months and then go travelling. Well – that didn’t work out, and after a year or so I felt like I hadn’t done anything really creative, and I really missed it. I’m not really sure where the idea of doing street art came from, exactly, probably just from living and breathing in the Melbourne culture. My hometown is fairly small and quiet, so there’s nothing like the laneways of Melbourne there.

When I moved into my current home, my housemate instantly said she’d be keen for some late night missions as well – having a buddy to go with initially was a huge help.

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Your work is colourful, vibrant and instantly eye catching – can you fill us in on the processes and methods that you use when you are putting your work together? 

It usually goes from a photo, to a sketch, to an acrylic painting – then it gets pasted. The smaller pieces can take me about eight to ten hours, and the larger ones anywhere between fifteen to twenty hours.

I actually work full time during the week, so I paint into the nights and weekends. I’m usually pretty wrecked at work, but I’ve pretty much got the painting routine down … take photos and sketch it up in a night, paint the stripes the next night, use the weekend to paint the rest and then start or finish a second painting – then paste!

The following night I usually crash out early – and then I just start again …

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In the past year, your work has really progressed from your earlier experimentations and you seem to have hit a stride – one of your recent characters is now instantly recognisable – zebra tights, red hoodie, head down, crossed legs – does this character have a specific story, or do you prefer to leave that up to the viewer?

Her character really resonated with me from the first one I made of her, it’s been something I can relate to, and something I’ve put a lot of love into. I’ve been actively making goals, and trying to challenge myself, so i can keep improving – and I’ve been loving every second of it.

They’re self portraits in way, but only in the sense that, physically, it was me under there for the photo – but I see her more as a character that I create and explore, not just sticking up paintings of myself all over the place.

She doesn’t have my face underneath the hood, so people can fill in those unknown details themselves.

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Many of your works also often involves an organic or naturalistic nature as well – tendrils, vines, and flowing hair – animals themselves also play a very prominent part – what is it about these natural elements that you feel adds something special to your work?

I’ve always loved natural, flowing, whimsical kind of things, so I guess it’s a real part of who I am. To me, they evoke feelings of calmness, and a bit of nostalgia … and I  like to think that I can stick up a quiet little moment,  that’ll maybe make someone zone out from whatever might be going on around them.

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How do the (il)legalities of this kind of stuff affect the work that you put up – have you so far managed to avoid any run ins with authorities, or complications of that nature?

I’ve been caught a couple of times, but have never had to do a runner.

I think the police were more amused than anything, and I hate to say it, but being a polite girl probably worked in my favour. I’m not risking as much as others are if I’m caught with just paper and paste, but I’m still fairly cautious, and I try not to draw attention to myself.

The time that freaked me out the most, though, was when some guy in Fitzroy yelled at me from his apartment “Piss off! We don’t want your art here!” – I guess it could’ve been a lot worse. I can laugh about it now, but I’d only gone out a couple of times by myself at that point, and it did get me pretty jittery. After a while, you do desensitize to these things sometimes, so it’s good to keep from getting over confident.

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You also have a good use of positioning with your work – how do you go about finding an appropriate placement for your pieces, and do you believe that location plays a key part in the effectiveness of them?

I usually try to avoid using brick walls because of the red on red – so that cuts out quite a lot. I often keep my eyes open for other coloured walls, and go for little scouting missions to look for new spots. Otherwise, it just ends up being a pretty long night biking around and looking for somewhere – I prefer to have a place in mind, and be focussed on that.

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Where would you like to take your work to, are there any larger plans for it, or are you happy with where it is taking you at the moment? I see Tiger translate in the cards – what other shows or events or just random adventures are coming up for you in the future?

I’m still spinning out about being in Tiger Translate, I’m not sure how I got to be a part of it! Adnate is a legend. My nerves are working over time, but I’m really looking forward to it. Having such an amazing line up of artists involved is a really good incentive to make sure that I end up with paste-ups I feel area going to be worthy of being alongside these other artists – all of whose work I follow and admire. I feel very appreciative to a lot of people who have been positive and embracing about what I’ve been doing.

As for the future … I might be getting some prints for sale soon so that’s pretty exciting. I’ve been saying no to a lot of lovely people who’ve asked for commissioned work – it didn’t feel right to do it just to make a buck, but I was recently approached by someone I really admire, and it felt like a natural, and comfortable, way of moving into potentially selling some work – so fingers crossed that that works out.

Apart from all that, I’m saving at the moment so I can take a pile of paste-ups overseas and do a bit of a mission around – I’d like to be able to do that next year some time, but for now, Melbourne has my heart ♥

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Check out Urban Cake Ladys blog – theres a lot more awesome art on there. Also, check out the Tiger Translate site, where she’ll be doing some work this Sunday alongside a bunch of other incredibly talented people.

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