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Meet the VSAs – Marius

The VSAs are the amazing folk who greet you at the service desk, provide you with caffeine and support you in all your adventures through time and space here at the Edge. They are essentially humble super humans without whom this place could not run. We thought you might enjoy finding out more about these mysterious creatures, so we will be quizzing them and introducing them to you over the next little while.


I started working at the Edge…
Four months ago.

My favourite thing about the Edge is
The incredible facilities across a range of disciplines.  The focus on community engagement within the creative industries.

I am listening to…
Laura Jean

I am reading…

I am watching…

Beach or mountain?
Mountains and rivers.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Come talk to me about…
Anything but particularly music production and recording studio stuff.

Who needs words when there are pictures …?

Guest post by Sabrina, from the Photography in Brisbane meetup


Do you have a smartphone? Do you want to learn to express yourself in a new way? Then join our mobile photography and storytelling meetups where we will share, discuss and develop the views that different communities have of Brisbane.

I am a passionate believer in the power of photography to connect people by allowing them to convey meaning beyond words.  While I have always loved photography, it was only about two years ago that I took my first picture on a smartphone after a good friend insisted. Since then, I have found joy and taken solace in mobile photography – something I’d like to help others discover, too.

The meetups are free and open to all members of the public. They run every third Sunday of the month, from 4.30PM to 6PM. Simply sign up online. At the end of the meetup series, in April 2018, a selection of works that have been developed by participants will be exhibited at the Richard Randall Art Studio for all members of the public to appreciate.

I look forward meeting you at our next meetup.





Cardboard Kaiju – What?

Cardboard Kaiju is part of the One Last Apocalypse project that we’ve been delivering at The Edge for the past six months. It’s a project that has explored the idea of apocalypse as change and has given The Edge team the opportunity to reconnect with programming from years ago: The Zombie Climate Apocalypse.

There have been a number of outcomes from the One Last Apocalypse project – more news about those to come – but this post is about the Cardboard Kaiju project – what it is, and what it entails.

Kaiju is a Japanese word that means ‘strange beast’ and it is synonymous with a genre of cinema epitomized by arguably the king of the strange beast – Gojira – or as we know him in the west, Godzilla.

There has been a lot spoken about Godzilla, specifically and relevant to this point, as a metaphor for terrible things. The original 1954 classic as a response to the horror of atomic war and the most recent in last year’s reboot – the failure of bureaucracy in the face of calamity in the aftermath of the Fukajima nuclear plant meltdown.

Godzilla is one of a collection of kaiju (just like Pokemon) and with Cardboard Kaiju project we’ve worked with community to design a new strange creature, an Australian Kaiju. That could be a metaphor for any beast: bush fires, floods etc. In the end, it comes down to the player (you) projecting their concerns into the creature, engaging in a game of trying to stop it, and then handing the plans over to the next group to remix.

Would you like to come and play?

One day only, Sunday 3 December from 12pm to 4pm.

No bookings, just turn up and wait for your turn. Small groups or individuals welcome!

If you’d like to RSVP, you’ll receive an auto-email from Eventbrite with all our contact details and location.




Social Letter-Heads have The Edge

Guest blog post by, Helen Kelly of Brisbane Hand Lettering Meetup

We’ve come a long LONG way together The Edge & I. December 2017 marks the second year that Brisbane Hand Lettering meet-ups started. Little did I know the first time I booked 2 window bays that day and put the call out on social media, lettering enthusiasts in and around Brisbane would come out of the woodwork to embrace this free social session.

It’s a great way for us all to practice our varied techniques and share our knowledge with other like-minded creatives. Sure, sometimes we are so busy chatting away about inks, pens, nib reservoirs, etc, 2 hours goes in the blink of an eye!

We are a wonderful mixed bunch of hand stylers that get together every second month. Calligraphers, graffiti artists, modern brush letterers, tattoo artists, experimental with sticks & ink, iPad procreate app users, illustrative letterers, black / gothic style letterers, hand letterers vectorizing on laptops and even absolute fresh beginners with zero experience. There’s always a great vibe and it’s a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. It’s always exciting for me to see who comes along with a particular lettering discipline and decides to make the meet-ups a regular mark on their calendar.

This last session for 2017 on December 3rd, The Edge is treating us to a larger space up on the mezzanine level. I will also have someone bringing in their machine that can clean metal nibs, and other metal writing tools for us – so please bring along those hard-to-clean writing tools for a freshen up. I’m also able to organise a larger seating allocation for this meet-up. You will be required to register for this one as always, and it will run for an extra 2 hours from 2pm-6pm.

Seating allocation will go live the week prior on Sunday 26th at 8am (via this link) so put it in your diary if you wish to come along and join us for some lettering goodness.

Don’t forget to bring along your lidded cup and grab yourself a cuppa from the ‘Coffee Stop’ at The Edge on first floor whenever you are visiting this space. This will save you 50c and help the environment while supporting The Edge.






– Helen Kelly

My Edge Residency

Guest post by, Rachael Bartram

My name is Rachael and I am an emerging artist based in Brisbane.

Collage and drawing are intrinsic to my art practice, with mixed media and video also forming significant channels in work. My work explores issues concerned with identity, feminism, self-awareness and reflexivity. Through my collage work, I switch between fictional and non-fictional structures and in doing so, create scenes that appear like ‘interrupted realities’. Many of these scenes interconnect through a common thread or concept. Others offer the viewer an insight into a world of banal, humorous, introspective and strange situations.

Earlier this year, I contributed some of my existing collages to promote The Edge’s One Last Apocalypse project and I took part in an Edge residency. In the lead up to my residency, I got busy planning, and started and thinking about what my aims were. I decided to go in with a few ideas and then experiment with new equipment and build projects from there. So, once August rolled around, I went in one day a week to work experiment and make use of the excellent facilities and equipment.

The timeline of my residency looked like this:

Week 1:

  • Grand tour of The Edge with Olivia. I met most members of the team and learned about the different functional areas of The Edge and Fabrication Lab.
  • I completed an induction on both the Laser Cutter and 3D Printer. Through the inductions I was able to learn how to start, operate and basically make something on both pieces of equipment.
  • Collage work on site (whilst brainstorming what I could do next week).

Week 2:

  • Met with Joan from Queensland Memory to learn about sourcing out of copyright materials to use for collage and the development of art projects. Joan showed me how to use Onesearch effectively and how to call out archived materials for viewing (including postcards, books, news clippings, photographs maps…the list goes on!).
  • Back in the Fabrication Lab, I jumped on the small-scale stop-motion capture set-up. The enclosed light space with a rigged up SLR camera allowed me to use some of my collage materials to make short, moving collages. Using this setup also introduced me to Dark Table, a photography workflow and raw developer application. Using this software made the instant photo capture process quick and easy.

Week 3:

  • Between week 2 and 3, I conducted my own Onesearch library catalogue research at home and found some absolute gems. I downloaded a series of out of copyright coloured postcards and items of ephemera, one of which was a photo of a girl (c 1900) dressed as a bottle of Bulimba Gold Top Pale Ale for a fancy dress ball. I then began thinking about this Beer Girl becoming a central figure to a series of collages or a stop-motion animation.
  • I continued using the stop motion set up in the Fabrication Lab to capture a series of images of the Beer Girl moving through different scenes.
  • Later in the day, I had a meeting with SLQ staff Jacinta and Thom in regards to the development of a collage based workshop for the Fun Palace event using State Library’s catalogue of old WWI postcards.

Week 4:

  • On my last day, I got on the Laser Cutter to make some simple plywood circles to use for wall mount collages/artworks. Having predominately used paper based media in my artwork, the Laser Cutter provided the means to make artwork bases/surfaces out of an alternative material.
  • After finishing up on the Laser Cutter, I moved onto compositing my Beer Girl stop motion animations in Adobe After Effects. I made a start on at least three sequences, which when finished, will run on a loop as the Beer Girl character travels through the different scenes.

My activities each week varied and I did not pressure myself to come up with resolved projects or artworks by the end of the residency. Rather, I focused more on learning, experimenting and brainstorming. On that point, I should note that the staff at The Edge have a wealth of knowledge and are not only enthusiastic towards the development of new work and ideas – but they are also patient, helpful and open minded.

The outcomes from my time working and experimenting onsite have grown to become ongoing studio investigations at home. Since beginning the Beer Girl stop motion project I have also started constructing a three-dimensional rainforest diorama made from collected cutouts and a central image of a cascading waterfall on Mount Tambourine. A photographic postcard I found whilst conducting research on Onesearch inspired this diorama idea/side project.

All in all, I had a great experience as the Artist in Residence at The Edge and I will definitely be returning to make the most of this fantastic public resource.


Instagram: @rachael_bartram_art



Apocalypse Design Meetups

We’ve run book clubs, game nights, and ideation workshops on the theme Apocalypse, and now, we’re preparing to realise your ideas of an apocalyptic world with Apocalypse Design Meetups!

Earlier this month, in the ideation workshops you (our wonderful community) sifted through ideas, thoughts, fantasies, and big brainstorming to round out four solid ideas for an apocalyptic world (and an Edge take-over in December).

  • Silence: When do we lose a sense of time?
  • Artificial Intelligence: The A.I. Judge.
  • Collapse of technology: How would you react in a crisis?
  • Kafka-esque world: A bureaucracy maze.

With these four ideas on the table, it’s now time to decide which one/s you pursue and realise. (We’re also discussing and expanding on these ideas in our Facebook Group – come and join in on the conversation!)


Join us for the Apocalyptic Design Meetups in September and October. Come to one, some, or all of them!

  • Sunday 24 Sep: 12-2pm
  • Sunday 8 October: 12-4pm
  • Sunday 15 October: 12-4pm
  • Monday 23 October: 6-9pm
  • Sunday 29 October: 12-4pm

Tell us your coming, RSVP here!



One Last Apocalypse

Pay less for coffee and save the world!

Responsible cafe

If you’ve heard of ABC’s “War on Waste” series, you’ve probably noted that the café industry generates and enormous amount of waste, especially with its coffee cups. Well, over the past few years, we (The Edge’Coffee Stop) have been taking steps to reduce our (and our community’s) carbon footprint. One of the most significant changes we have implemented is to swap from our old cups and lids to 100% biodegradable and compostable alternatives. We have also swapped out most of our cleaning products for biodegradable ones and more recently, up-cycled our empty milk bottles by incorporating them into one of The Edge’s workshops – using the flattened plastic to create molds for chocolate eggs and bunnies!

Our latest step has been to join the Responsible Café movement, aiming to reduce waste by minimising the amount of disposable cups and lids we use. As part of this movement, we are offering a 50 cent discount on any hot beverage purchase if you bring your own non-disposable cup. Not only will you take part in saving our world, but you get to fuel your inner super hero with a discounted coffee in your favourite cup!

We hope to see you at The Edge Coffee Stop soon!



Would you like to know where AUXILIARY X can take you as an industrial designer? Hear from AUXILIARY graduate + designer, Raymond Dunlop (and his award-winning design boss!), talk about what he learned and where it took him.

AUXILIARY X: Where are they now? from AUXILIARY on Vimeo.

“The thing that I loved the most about AUXILIARY was having that real interaction with the client”, says Ray, now an employee at Street + Garden in Brisbane’s West End, a studio of award-winning industrial designers who specialise in furniture design for public spaces. “Having to actually interact and talk with the clients, and meet real deadlines, it was awesome”.

Ray was a participant of AUXILIARY X Sunbeam Australia, AUXILIARY’s inaugural program which put nine emerging designers in front of Sunbeam’s design leadership team. As practicing designers, the AUXILIARY Directors know the skills and quality of work needed to pitch projects to a client of this magnitude. Industry-standard skills and knowledge were imparted over a rigorous 14 week program delivered in The Edge’s Fabrication Lab, which offers all the tools and technology necessary for a hands-on industrial design experience. The results of the inaugural X program spoke for themselves with three products retained by Sunbeam for further mass-production consideration, including one designed by Ray himself.

Auxiliary Design School

“From my personal point of view, [AUXILIARY] has been a success for me because I’ve been able to employ Raymond Dunlop, who is a graduate of AUXILIARY.” says David Shaw, Founder & Creative director of Street + Garden. “The skills Ray brings to us is an understanding of design, which has been enhanced through his time at AUXILIARY. There’s no question that he is a key part of the business now and a very valuable member of our team.”

Auxiliary Design School

Reflecting on his experience with AUXILIARY, Ray adds: “it was awesome to be able to be a university student, work on a project from concept to prototyping, present that in front of heads of design and marketing in a massive corporation, and then for them for turn around and say ‘look we liked your presentation and product so much that we would like to take this the next step further from just a concept to actually look at manufacturing it’”.

Applications are now open for AUXILIARY X BCF.

This program will educate emerging industrial designers through a design and engagement process with industry client BCF (Boating Camping Fishing).

The program runs October 2017 to March 2018, and is open to emerging designers and design professionals. To apply, visit or send an email too with enquiries.


AUXILIARY X enables you to learn supplementary, sought-after knowledge and skills from experienced practitioners. Tackle a real design brief to meet strategic objectives of industry client BCF. Develop, prototype and pitch a product to industry standards for further commercial development consideration. Exhibit your work and enter design awards to engage with industry and promote young Australian design excellence.



The Edge POP CULTURE Book Club

The Edge’s first book club series was such a wild success, that we’ve decided to offer Part II. Sticking with the not your average book club style, we’d like to introduce you to the POP CULTURE Book Club!

Through the months of September, October and November we’ll be dedicating the third and fourth Mondays of the month to exploring popular culture through different media: novels, games, short-film, TV series, and comic books.

Join us for one, some, or all of them!

To kick off the series in September we will be looking at the chilling novel The Handmaid’s Tale.  Whether you’ve read the book, or just dived into the TV series on SBS, come and join us!

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Monday 18 September 2017
  • Sorry, you’ve missed this event!
    Check out our Facebook page or What’s On calendar, for events that pop up in-between newsletters.

Next up we will be playing Fiasco – a role-playing game with no game master. Cue, Wikipedia.

  • Fiasco
  • Monday 25 September 2017
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Free – RSVP HERE – spaces limited


October will bring us to GOMA again to see two small films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

  • The Bridegroom, The Comedienne and The Pimp + The Little Chaos
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017 (Yes this is a Wednesday. The only one, we promise)
  • 6pm – 7pm
  • GOMA
  • Free – RSVP HERE


Then, we will play the awesomely fun game Werewolf! Up to 19 players can play at once! It is seriously one of the best games.

  • Werewolf
  • Monday 30 October 2017
  • 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Free – RSVP HERE – spaces limited


In our final month, the book club will explore the TV series ‘Cleverman’ a critically acclaimed, action-packed, sci-fi drama that is set in the future.

  • Cleverman
  • Monday 20 November 2017
  • 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Free – RSVP HERE


The book club series will end on Monday 27th November with The Walking dead comic books.  Yep, the walking dead is a comic book – well, there are 168 issues! No need to read all of them 🙂

  • The Walking Dead
  • Monday 27 November 2017
  • 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Free – RSVP HERE

#MadeToday: ‘Villa’ Laser Cut Illustration

I recently made this vector illustration ‘Villa’ of an impossible place I’d like to be. It has nonsensical architecture, a deck and a secluded location. After doing the digital illustration I thought a physical laser cut version with some depth and texture would be an interesting variation.

A Guest blog post by Mike Healy – Edge user and maker


Mike Healy

1) Digital Illustration 2) Laser cut pieces 3) Printed and glued result

The original was already a vector design so it seemed like a good piece to adapt for The Edge’s laser cutter which uses vector shapes for cutting and etching. To give the piece more depth and interest I decided to cut different parts of the illustration as different physical pieces, sitting at different heights, and re-assemble them rather than simply etch the whole design onto one piece.

I removed colour and detail from the original artwork and separated out the major components (interior etch, building, walls, deck, table and shrubs). I kept some of the detailing as etched areas.

Mike Healy

The laser cut piece was originally planned to be plain plywood as I quite like that material’s raw colour, but after cutting it lacked contrast, so I painted each element. Again I had thought I’d colour only some parts of the piece, but that looked out of place so in the end almost all of the illustration was painted. The laser cut version has a warmer ‘Spring’ colour scheme to contrast the original’s Winter feel.

It’s great having a facility like the Edge to provide the technology that lets me bridge the gap between fully digital and analogue techniques. I also found a lot of the laser cut and coloured design elements around The Edge to be an inspiration for this sort of work.

Mike Healy