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RAW Adelaide: FIXATE


RAW Adelaide: FIXATE

Adrienne Goode

Nothing stands in the way of creativity at RAW Adelaide—an event that shines a spotlight on our home-grown talents. As an internationally-recognised arts organisation, RAW offers an extravagant blend of art, fashion, dance, music, and make up (oh, and beer, of course). Friday night saw 35 underground creatives showcase their wares, performances, and brands at the East End Producers Bar for RAW’s most recent exhibition, FIXATE.

Jax and Co jewellery range

Jax and Co jewellery range

RAW unites several of Adelaide’s independent artists and encourages viewers to meet the makers. The opportunity to engage in the creative process alongside the artist is one of the many magnificent aspects of the event. Here, we were treated to some familiar faces (we see you, Cass and Brie Art) and some new ones too. Nature was the flavour of the night on the art front, with Emma Jones Art showcasing a gorgeous cacti collection, The Creative Escape bestowing an array of vibrant paints inspired by lands and oceans, and Art By Gem exhibiting florals and striking illustrations (just to name a few). Celebrating the personal touch and the natural world alike, these artists stood out for all the right reasons.

Images via Emma Jones Art (left) and Thomas Yeend Design (right).

Awe-inspiring work extended to a vibrant jewelery range by Jax and Co and a quirky ceramic collection by Maddie McDade. Our personal favourite of the night was the eye-catching glassworks by Thomas Yeend Design. Combining 3D modelling, 3D printing, and mixed-media components with glass-making techniques, Thomas created a variety of glass wares that we were totally in love with.

RAW Adelaide always produces some serious local musical gold, and Friday night was no exception. Ranging from infused rock and alternative to indie and acoustic tunes, the live music community at RAW is growing stronger than ever. Known for their energy on stage, three-piece alt/indie rock band Colour Machine had the venue booming with stand-out vocals and fuzz base lines. These guys were giving us major Wolfmother vibes and we were digging it to say the least. Switching up the genre was Cale Morgan Music with his gentle acoustic sounds and Jessica Rae with some sweet, sweet melodic tunes.

As always, the RAW aptitude on the runway was immaculate. Designs by Sarah Mason and Sarandipity made their way down the cat walk—all of which were heavily inspired by the 80’s. Moreover, boutique clothing by Grace McClelland and Skinnyfools were respectively admired and applauded. Both designers flaunted gorgeous wearable art through a diverse use of fabrics and textiles that were all utterly fixating.

RAW events are renowned fusing vivacious pub vibes with home-grown art, music and fashion aptitude, and their most recent exhibition FIXATE certainly held up to the high expectations. Let’s just say: the night was nothing short of magical.

Images via Adrienne Goode, unless otherwise stated.