Brett Piva

Australian Artist

Brett Piva specialises in bespoke, hand-crafted lettering, signage and murals – and his skillset means the unique elegance of a handmade aesthetic is woven through all of his creations through his studio Pocket Design.

A curious mix of ultra-modern and old-school, Brett has studied and worked in the traditional trade of Signwriting throughout his career, and is dedicated to the craft of hand lettering and its culture. But he has also designed with agencies in London and Sydney with a portfolio including work for heavy hitters like Coca Cola, Cadbury, Virgin Mobile, Disney, Kodak and Subaru.

Over recent years he has travelled throughout Australia and the world to conduct research and collaborate with everyone from traditional signwriters in little country towns, to world renowned artists, and continues to lead workshops that pass his hard-won skills to new devotees.

A practicing artist, Brett uses traditional reverse glass painting techniques with gold leaf and enamels along with timber sculptural pieces. Brett develops natural patterns and lines within his work that are found whilst adventuring in the Australian bush and within forestries of the East Australian coastline of New South Wales and Tasmania.

Brett is also the founder and curator of MAKEit MADEit Conference in Newcastle. A day of artist, maker and designer talks presented at Newcastle Museum with a focus of sharing knowledge and practices. For its second year running, Brett has invited speakers from Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, New Zealand, America, South Korea and France to share their practice.

First Coat 2017 Mural ' - Chrysalis'
"This piece shares a story on the early life cycle of the scribbly gum moth (Ogmograptis scribula). The moth Lavae mine the barks of various smooth-barked Eucalyptus species, causing zigzag patterned scribbles on the surface of the bark. The mine consists of a sinuous, zigzag gallery that widens gradually as the larvae grows while feeding on sapwood. When the larvae is about half grown, it reverses course and mines back parallel to the old mine with an increased line width. 

Chrysalis or Pupa is the life stage of some insects undergoing transformation. It is the next stage in a butterfly or moth's evolution with pupation taking place in grey ridged cocoons within cracks of the eucalyptus bark. The building that this is painted on houses an Accountancy Firm. I wanted to link in the natural environment in the area with this businesses practice of client growth and transformation. Therefore the word Chrysalis become a good fit."

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