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Standing On The Outside Looking In  [2017-2018 ]

Designs conjured from pencil sketches / Realised in adobe illustrator / Then laser etched, screen-printed or embroidered on enamel, fabric and paper.

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Standing On The Outside Looking In  [2017-2018]

A couple of tongue in cheek comments about Gold Coast architecture and abdominal muscles.  Don’t take it too seriously; think of it as a sarcastic love letter.

I’ve always felt that souvenirs are a time capsule. Especially when you find yourself being the tourist, they’re just a bloody great reminder of what transpired when you were on a particular trip. I even had this shirt that said “I’ve even been to Walpeup”.  Which is a complete fabrication, yet merely having this great shirt almost made me believe that I had been there. Just goes to show you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

I first came to the Gold Coast for boarding school back in 2000 and have been in between Northern NSW and SE Qld since. The ocean played a big part in my returning to the Gold Coast. If I’m based on the coast for a prolonged period I seem to forget just how beautiful the ocean is here, particularly during winter. Working in western Qld for long periods has a way of reminding me how lucky I am to be here. 

I don’t think souvenirs are obsolete by any means. For example, I’ve had a few friends go to the Himalayas and Nepal and get hand stitched designs done on the back of their denim jackets. It’s a really nice touch and once again a darn good reminder of the times you spent in that region. I would say that the lack of plastic and amount of love involved in this process makes it even more bitchin’. 


Meet Ashley Nixon

My art practice is a mixed bag of graphic design, sign-writing and healthy adoration of Australiana.  Throughout my childhood and adolesence I’ve been surrounded by my dad’s love for craftsmanship and humour. Namely in his collection of enamel signs, automobiles, Footrot Flats comics and Mad Magazines. These influences all resided in my dad’s shed. For me, all of these  had a common thread in their graphics. Whether it be brand decal on a lathe or the signwriting on a truck door I have always been fixated on the graphic itself, rather than the piece of equipment it was adorning or advertising. Via mouse, paintbrush or pencil; my work has to have passed through my hand at some point of the design process. For the most part, I aim to keep a fairly balanced graphic style occasionally thrown out of whack with a few imperfections. 

DOB:  

Born in Toowoomba, 29/6/1987 

Where do you reside on the Gold Coast?   

Surfers Paradise

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What brought you to the Gold Coast ?  

I first came to the Gold Coast for boarding school back in 2000 and have been in between Northern NSW and SE Qld since. The ocean played a big part in my returning to the Gold Coast. If I’m based on the coast for a prolonged period I seem to forget just how beautiful the ocean is here, particularly during winter. Working in western Qld for long periods has a way of reminding me how lucky I am to be here. 
 

What do you love most about the Gold Coast and making art here?

I would say the thing I love most about the Gold Coast is it’s southern beaches, in particular the stretch from Snapper through to Kirra. I don’t consider myself an accomplished surfer by any means, but one decent peeler out front of Greenmount is all you need for your life to be reaffirmed. I love that I can pretty much work from whereever I want to. However painting signs makes you slightly less mobile than when you’ve just got a sketchpad and your laptop.
 


What does a souvenir mean to you?

I’ve always felt that souvenirs are a time capsule. Especially when you find yourself being the tourist, they’re just a bloody great reminder of what transpired when you were on a particular trip. I even had this shirt that said “I’ve even been to Walpeup”.  Which is a complete fabrication, yet merely having this great shirt almost made me believe that I had been there. Just goes to show you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

 

What’s your perception of the souvenir in todays modern world?  

My view of the souvenir these days is that the amount of cheap plastic used is fairly disgusting. I have to say the majority of souvenirs I see around Surfers Paradise are just landfill from the get-go. Upon face-value there would seem to be very little artist input into these souvenirs, thus making them even less enticing. 
 


Do think souvenirs can be culturally relevant in todays day and age? How so and have you seen something before?

I don’t think souvenirs are obsolete by any means. For example, I’ve had a few friends go to the Himilayas and Nepal and get handstitched designs done on the back of their denim jackets. It’s a really nice touch and once again a darn good reminder of the times you spent in that region. I would say that the lack of plastic and amount of love involved in this process makes it even more bitchin’. 
 

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Do you have a memorable souvenir from the Gold Coast or another place you have been? And where might you find them?

I would say my most cherished souvenir comes from the woolshed where I grew up. One afternoon I was wandering around in the semi-dismantled 100 year old woolshed, and found a carton of old cordial bottles. The cordial is a local product from a small town called Warialda, and it also happens to have a great label design. It features a merino ram sheep surrounded by wheat, bathing in sunlight. The area around Warialda is a rural one so the label is a nice celebration of the region, I couldn’t tell you what the cordial tastes like though!

How do you find your involvement with Super Souvenir exciting?  

I’m pretty darn excited about working with Super Souvenir. I’m confident that my work fits quite neatly with what a souvenir needs. Some nice typography coupled with a stylized illustration of some Coastal iconology, should work quite well. 

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