Sara Fanelli

Posted By Paul

A friend tipped me off to the work of Sara - she is a fine example of sticking to your niche aesthetic and being very successful for it. Link.

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Jenny Grigg

Posted By Paul

I have always loved the (Australian) designs of Petey Carey books…. maybe because I am a huge fan of his writing, I have read all of his books over the years and therefore have been able to admire a string of gorgeous cover designs by Jenny Grigg. It is pretty hard to track down much information about her - except that she came to book cover design from designing magazines and CD sleeves… and that in 2002 “she was named young designer of the year,g winner for best designed cover of the year and co-winner for best designed literary fiction book” (quoted from

Laughing Waters

Posted By Rachel

We are currently on an artist in residence at Laughing Waters just outside of Melbourne on the Yarra River. We are there to produce works for a couple of exhibitions later this year - and it is also a mighty fine place to sit and do some of our design work.

May 1st Reboot

Posted By Paul

Well our placeholder is up (or probably down by now) and we are keen to gauge peoples reactions on the new design… It has been a few years since we participated in the Reboot but it was about time we updated our site and this was the deadline we needed.

If you would like ti give us a vote, follow this link

The Present History

Posted By Paul

In November 2006 we launched a fine arts publication entitled ‘The Present History’. Here is a quick spiel: “The Present History was produced in Canberra, Australia by The Contextual Villains and contains the combined work of over 25 visual, sound and text based artists. This 700 copy limited edition release is hand numbered and signed by The Contextual Villains.”

The Present History recently won the Desktop Magazine Create Award in the category of Best Design for Creative Print Media. It has been featured in magazines such as Desktop, Oyster, Wooden Toy and appeared on the following websites FFFFound, BD4D, Coudal Partners, Australian Infront, Dexinger, The Artlife, Sarsparilla and many more…