Today Eamo Donelly announces the launch of his new studio and site The Island Continent, which is the result of a 12 month labour of love. The site will feature selected projects from the multidisciplinary studio, as well as an ongoing, curated gallery of Australian design history from the past 30 years.
In Eamo’s own words The Island Continent is described as an “online digital archive of the Australian image: the colour, nostalgia, fashions, design, the people, the places, the vibe and the humour.” If you’ve seen any Eamo’s illustration work in the past, you’ll know that he has a deep appreciation for Australian iconography and culture, so this promises to be something truly special.
An online store is also being launched today, and in addition to original prints and merchandise, a new book titled Milkbar: A Photographic Archive Volume 1 is available to purchase. The book catalogues the iconic Australian milkbar in all of its faded glory - conjuring up memories of 35¢ ice-creams, BMX bikes, plastic fly door strips, and bitchumen bubbling summer days.
It’s an exciting concept and it’s great to see more of Australia’s design history being unearthed, particularly with a focus on the wild technicolor graphics of the 70′s and 80′s. We look forward to taking this big, bold, and bright journey across The Island Continent.