Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hunter Carpenter

"Hunter Carpenter is the Indie Folk/ Rock project of singer/songwriter Callum Bint".(triplejunearthed)  These musicians from Perth have launched their debut EP which is available for download (even a free download) through bandcamp.com.  Have a listen and hopefully, download, you won't be disappointed! From Facebook , check out Hunter Carpenter's page. We love the music!
Cal's friend, Arron did some awesome watercolours for the album cover and while in Jakarta, Callum and Leah visited one of my favourite shops, "Asmat Frame", to have this artwork and CD framed.
Asmat, is a tiny little studio on a tiny street just off one of the main drags in Kemang.

It may not look like much, but great things happen inside!

You enter this tiny shop and are greeted by a wall of framing samples and the delightful business owners, Ibu Heni and Ibu Ati. Remarkably, when I returned to Jakarta after an eight year absence from this city, Heni and Ati still remembered me, knew my name and the name of my friend Linda - we were 2 pals joined at the hip in those days - and welcomed me with smiles and hugs and enthusiasm.

On this particular visit, Leah and Cal only had opportunity to meet Ibu Heni, as Ati was caught out on the roads in the flood and rain and wasn't able to make it in to work. Callum set to work, choosing options. Heni is an expert at her work and her eye for colour and design is very keen. She knows also that I don't usually choose the typical so she always lets me have a good play in her studio, and today was no exception...

I think that Mr Kelem and Leah, with Heni's guidance, came up with an amazing plan for showcasing Hunter Carpenter's EP. These artworks are going to look amazing!

Looking Well Pleased...

The art is sent off sight to a workshop where the timber is painted, distressed, painted again in whatever technique and colours required to achieve the exact look of the frame chosen in the studio shop. As well, the matting is cut, all is assembled, and a couple of weeks later, a phone call is received from the lovely ladies and this is the result....VERY nice indeed!

While braving the rains and floods to get to Asmat, we had a few other things with us for framing as well. This coffee crisp advertisement is for Robert and is an original magazine cutting from The Star Weekly, April of 1960. (Well sourced Leah!). Coffee Crisp is Rob's FAVOURITE chocolate bar, and authentically Canadian! I can picture this in our Perth kitchen, or Rob's office, but wherever it ends up, it is going to look sweet in its new frame home!

It's always fun to trek to Asmat - always a little creative adventure, always a pleasure to see the girls, always the anticipation of picking up the artwork, always the reliable service and the excellent product. In Cal's case, there was a a hiccup along the way, and the finished artwork required a do-over. (CDs back to front and layout not a mirror image.) That was unfortunate, but in the end we got there, and the 'finished' finished product looks very impressive as the picture above attests!

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