It’s been a tough few weeks, not going to lie. From the tragic passing of The King of Spin to whatever was happening at The Player’s Championship, we’ve had mixed emotions for what seems like forever. But all is not lost. Like the last few chips unearthed at the bottom of the Macca’s bag, we’ve unearthed some gold. Strap yourselves in, here’s Feel-Good Friday for this week.
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Converse Teams Up with Aussie Artists
Footwear legend Converse has teamed up with renowned makeup artist, Rowi Singh, and three emerging Sydney-based creatives for a bold new project. Tapping Daniella Ocean, Shen Osaki and Ibrahim Intwari from its ‘All Stars’ program, the new effort encouraged the creatives to step outside their comfort zones in celebration of the new seasonal ‘Chuck Taylor All Star CX’ range.
As part of the undertaking, the three artists were tasked with creating a completely unique walk-through experience in just seven days, incorporating their individual creative styles and work, to launch the new seasonal range. Best of all, you can check out the immersive space for yourself when it opens to the public between Friday, 4 to Thursday, 24 March – at 68 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills.
Blancpain Affirms Ocean Commitment Initiative
Since the 1953 launch of its Fifty Fathoms diver’s watch, iconic watchmaker Blancpain has put ocean discovery and preservation on notice. In 2022, the brand is once again diving deep, announcing a new partnership with Biopixel Oceans Foundation and Biopixel. According to Blancpain, the collaboration will support scientific research, propose innovative restoration solutions and raise public awareness of the need to preserve the Great Barrier Reef.
Under the new partnership, Biopixel Oceans Foundation’s scientific research, led by marine biologists Richard Fitzpatrick and Dr Adam Barnett will be able to analyse the movements of marine animals such as sharks and manta rays, between protected areas and endangered zones. The mixed medium research will mean that the public can also track several of these animals online in real-time, observing their journey across the Great Barrier Reef. To complement the research, Biopixel will produce a new series in high definition (8K), with each episode be built around spectacular underwater footage telling the story of scientific and ground-breaking research. The series is set to be launched in the last quarter of 2022.
Xbox Announces Mentorship Program Lead by Women Leaders in Gaming
In honour of the recent International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2022, gaming icon Xbox has vowed to support the next generation of women in gaming. According to the company, the newly-introduced mentoring program will connect women leaders at Xbox with aspiring talent through one-on-one coaching sessions.
“As a champion and member of the fellowship of the Women of Xbox UK initiative, I had the opportunity to help connect the community of women who work across our UK studios,” Louise O’Connor, Executive Producer, Rare said. “Mentorship and leading from a place of empathy encourages a culture of women uplifting and supporting other women, and I hope to inspire others to do the same. Xbox is committed to building a community where everyone is welcome to play, and to creating a space where it is safe to do so. It is in this spirit of mentorship that we hope to see more women become part of the games industry so that they can see themselves as the hero in the games they play and in their own lives.”
Xbox is hosting a series of sessions aimed at the next generation of female gaming leaders. To check out more, visit the link below.
Young Henrys Announces Brewing Scholarship
Sydney beer lords Young Henrys have certified their legend status by announcing a new brewing scholarship. The Newtowner producer has confirmed it will fund tuition for a female brewer to complete a Certificate 3 Brewing Course every year and offer mentorship from prominent figures in the Young Henrys community, including Head Distiller Carla Daunton, Head Brewer Jesse Searls and Rene Delmas from the Young Henrys lab.
“I’m really excited to see the impact this opportunity will have not only on the brewer each year but also the industry as a whole by showing genuine and practical support for women in brewing” – Carla Daunton, Young Henrys Head Distiller.