TheVine story: ‘Talented, Creative Australian Expats’, May 2012

One of the more inspiring feature stories that I’ve had the pleasure of tackling. I chat to eight Australian creatives — Craig Redman (illustrator, graphic designer), Georgina Haig (actor), Ben Johnston (designer, director), Nick Crocker (healthcare entrepreneur), Elisa Mazzone (illustrator), Elisa Jane Carmichael (indigenous contemporary artist), Berkfinger (musician) and Lucy Dyson (music video director and artist) — who are all having an impact on foreign shores. For TheVine. Excerpt below.

The world feels like it’s getting smaller by the day. When it comes to the creative fields, a plethora or opportunities exist for any talented individual packing an internet connection and a Skype account.

But what about those who actually board a plane and take their talent overseas? TheVine spoke to eight creative and entrepreneurial types who are all travelling the globe and having an impact on foreign shores. We wanted to know what drove them to seek out opportunities away from Australia, and how these new environments have both inspired and rewarded their creativity.

Craig Redman / Artist, Illustrator, Graphic Designer

As one half of the celebrated duo, Craig & Karl, Craig Redman’s work has been exhibited across the world and commissioned by clients as diverse as LVMH, Google, Nike and Apple. But it’s arguably Redman’s illustrated blog character, Darcel Disappoints, that has brought him the greatest exposure. Chatting to Redman, you’re left with the impression none of it would have happened without a 2006 move New York.

“I’d been to New York a couple of times and I’d always wanted to move here. And I just drunkenly entered the green card lottery one year, and I won, so I thought I’d better go. It’s that simple.

I’ve been in New York almost six years now.  My first impression was that it was a pretty decrepit city, but everything else supersedes that. It’s just so inspiring. There’s so much incredible art and millions of new shows on constantly. It could be some hideous flier in Chinatown that sparks a new idea or it could be some massive show in Chelsea that sparks another idea.

The city has encouraged me to work so much harder, and put so much more effort and time and care into my work. For that alone, I think it’s worth living here. People here need to know that you’re based in this city, and it takes them a few years to understand that that’s the case. There’s a grace period, I guess, when you first move here, then they discover that you’re sticking around and they stick by you.

For the full story, visit TheVine. Image credit: Craig Redman by Ying Ang.

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