Paul Budnitz owns and runs Budnitz Bicycles, a luxury bicycle company, Ello, a social network, and is well known as the founder of Kidrobot, the world’s premiere creator of art toys, fashion apparel and accessories. Budnitz is also an author of several books, exhibits as a photographer and filmmaker, and has founded over a dozen companies.
Selina Miles is is an Australian Film Director that produces commercial work, music videos, documentaries, and anything related to graffiti and street art.
Supremely talented, Miles dropped out of uni and learned everything she knows about video out of pure desire, drive and necessity. Having worked with the likes well-known Aussie street artists such as Sophles and Numskull, as well as hiphop music legends the Hilltop Hoods, Miles has been achieving a great deal of clout and recognition in recent years.
Creative/work tips to live by:
1. Find Mentors/Be a Mentor
2. Self-education is key
3. Presentation gets the jobs
4. Value your work (charge what you are worth)
5. Don’t ask, offer
Sometimes we don’t know that we feel in control or know what we are doing, but that’s a far better place to be…
Gary Seaman is an artist from Adelaide who works mainly with aerosol and paint on self-constructed wood canvas, but also dabbles in street art, sculpture, screen printing and mixed media. Seaman is also a full-time graphic designer. Seaman believes it is important to surround yourself with things that inspire you, as much if not all of the time. Though his work as a designer bears influence on his creative process as an artist, ultimately, it’s Seaman’s work as an artist that he feels is most driving him forward.
There are two types of art: Art that is for me, made by me – pure and simple, private, pleasure. And Art that is for fun – made with collaborators, exhibitions, etc. My pictures are only for myself, while everything else is more about the experience – creating an experience for others to share in.
Dan Withey emigrated to Australia in 2004 and lives in Adelaide where he studied at the University of South Australia (B. Visual Communication). Though specialising in illustration at uni, he is a self-taught painter with more than 17 successful solo shows to his name in Australia. As one of the ‘Next Gen’ presenters at the Analogue/Digital Creative Conference in Adelaide 2013, Withey spoke about the value of process and sketching, showing us how these things can inform and evolve (in his case) into a body of absolutely brilliant work.
James Somers is a writer and programmer living in New York. He earns cash from coding so that he can write for kicks and pleasure.
1. ARE CODERS WORTH IT?
In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do?
2. KIDS THESE DAYS
Millennials are as hard-working as anyone else – so why does pop culture pretend that all we do is party?
Molly Crabapple is an artist, writer and entrepreneur living in New York. She has worked as a life model and a burlesque performer to support her art, and developed her style as house artist at the Box, a new York City nightclub. Called ‘An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery’ by the New Republic, she has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi’s migrant labor camps, and even with rebels in Syria. In 2005, she created Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, an alternative drawing salon that meets in bars and clubs around the world, and published a companion book for the school.
Crabapple is also a columnist for VICE, and has written on politics, activism and art for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Simply put, she is to die for.