Happy Wednesday, everyone. First off, big thanks to everyone who showed up the RELISH LA party. It was and we were stoked to meet some of you in person. In Ello News this week, we’ve got a quick Android update, the selected artists for the Displate Artist Invite, an interview with John Johnston, head of iMAE, some pics from the RELISH party, and some dope giveaways.
A quick note to all our Android users: We know. Our Android app sucks. We initially built it out as a web wrapper and thought we could add native components over time. We did build out the editor as a native experience, but the wrapper just isn't performing.
That’s why we recently started work on a native Android app. Please be patient as we (probably slowly) roll this out: we have a small mobile team that’s got lots on their plate. Want to be one of our Android testers and get early access to releases? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feature Reminder: Buy Button
This week I’m taking a minute to go over how and why to use the Buy Button.
Simply use the the “Sell” button when creating/editing a post to add the Buy Button to your post. You will need to add your store url in the modal. Then every image in your post will have a new green $ icon. Clicking the icon takes people to the store url you set.
Using the Buy Button also puts your post in the Shop stream of whichever category you post into.
Use the Buy Button. Make that money.
Announcing the Displate Selected Artists
Congratulations to the artists selected to be featured on Displate.com as part of the Displate x Ello collection: @albulena, @aryovth, @away_i_flew, @collinscreations, @cytone, @durimhoti, @gatomontaner, @gradient_folder, @irisaz, @janvanpersie, @jeromebizien, @johnfelixarnold, @jucamaximo, @karinkarst, @kemi_ii, @leonidkogan, @lucawist, @mauriliers, @migsyd, @mzkmzk, @ninhol, @nishe_ink, @saturnno, @shiift, @thedotisblack, @thelastdodo, @vansdesign, @veuliahart, @wito, and @zen4.
…and a big high five to the top 5 artists who will have their individual collection featured on Displate's site and social media accounts: @andres_marti, @fatetroppobelle, @zasetiawan, @ben-staley, and @ericrandall.
Peep their selected submissions here.
RELISH LA Wrap Up
RELISH LA was . The magazine and exhibition were top notch. It was awesome to see the work of so many artists from our community in person. Thanks for a killer job @gross_mag / @relish_mag. Looking forward to the next one.
Meet John Johnston, Head of iMAE
John Johnston is Head of international Masters Artist Educator at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands. He is also a visionary when it comes to the impact art can have on current society. Ello, iMAE and ArtEZ recently collaborated with See All This Magazine to curate work addressing our current patriarchal society. Learn more about that project.
We sat down with Johnston to discuss the iMAE program, the current state of arts and culture, and how artists can become agents of change.
Read the full interview.
Moonlight Artist Invite
“Moonlight” is an initiative to inspire the New Zealand creative community by connecting emerging and established talent through a common passion: moonlight projects.
“The brief? There is none. But that’s the whole point. See, magic happens after the hours of 9-5; for many, that’s when true creative flare ignites, sparked only by personal passion. That’s the type of work we’re looking for.
Painting, pottery, knitting, photography; we want to see whatever it is that gets you out of bed in the morning, and keeps you out of it at night. Submissions can be anything, as long as they demonstrate passion, and it happened above and beyond your course work."
Not only will Moonlighting projects be seen by a global audience of millions on Ello, but 12 students will have the exclusive opportunity to have their passion project selected for the upcoming Moonlight exhibition at Allpress Gallery in Auckland. If selected, artists will also be individually mentored by a respected industry leader, in preparation for the exhibition – where their work will be displayed alongside that of the mentors’.
• Exposure to a global audience of millions through Ello Artist Invite x DINZ Moonlight
• 12 students will be selected by 12 industry professionals to participate in the second phase: DINZ Moonlight Exhibition at Allpress Gallery Auckland
• These selected students will gain exposure through DINZ social media channels and PR around the exhibition
• Gain contacts and a foot in the door with established professionals within the NZ creative industries
Learn More & Submit
This Week’s Giveaways
Hungry Ghost Press Giveaway
Based in Providence, Rhode Island, @hungryghostpress is an art and apparel shop “inspired and fueled by horror & sci-fi movies, porn, pizza, caffeine and never taking naps”. Comment through Thursday and win 1 of 3 bundles of their “Death Kiss” tee and “Always a Bummer” patch. View more of their work here.
Shane O’Malley Giveaway
Irish artist @shaneomalleyart paints colorful and geometric contemporary and street art. Comment Thursday through Saturday and win an archival print of “Routes” No. 2 by the artist. View more of his work here.
Jeremy Booth Giveaway
Artist and illustrator @jeremybooth creates digital illustration and large, abstract paintings. Comment Saturday through Tuesday and win a limited print of “Reality” by the artist. View more of his work here.
Awesome background image by @mariajett.
Missed a previous update? Find them all here.