The evening couldn’t have been more perfect. It was the end of a stiflingly hot day, the beer was waiting patiently, condensation glistening on it’s frozen keg. From within the depths of the Create or Die fridge sausages sat screaming to be sizzled.

Mounted on the wall of the Create Or Die gallery were the twelve shortlisted entries in the first Message In A Bottle art competition. Thought provoking, emotive and beautiful pieces of art inspired by the very relevant problem of throw away plastics and their detriment to our environment.

By 7pm the gallery was a buzzing hive of activity. Artists, activists and passers-by rubbed shoulders whilst taking in the art and enjoying some seriously tasty sausages. Designs were discussed and votes were cast.

The beer, supplied by Stone & Woods brewing company, flowed freely. People sipped on cool Pacific Ale poured into real glasses (no plastic cups here!)

By 8pm it’s safe to say that most guests were suitably sozzled and sausage sizzled.  Tim Silverwood of the Take 3 initiative made his entrance fashionably late and in true laid-back surfer style. His silky beard shone in the golden glow of sunset and with beer in hand he delivered an inspiring and effortless speech. His passion for ending this plastic pandemic is clear. His gentle rant well articulated and told in precise and informed style.

Deb Morgan, founder of Create Or Die followed with a heartfelt speech thanking all those involved; Amy Kyriacou for inspiring the campaign with her strong cacoethes for change, Edwyn Shiell for his communications wizardry and Dan Marshall for his dazzling design work. This small team of determined people had turned outrage into something quite beautiful.

As darkness fell the soft glow of the Create Or die neon acted like a beacon to passing souls. As people cavorted on a makeshift dance floor memories were made and friendships sealed. We may all be but specks on a spinning ball in space, but tonight proved that we are each significant, every one of us with the power to change our world.

The decision was tough but is was Jenny Barnes who stole our hearts with her beautiful water colours. She won herself a trip to Byron Bay courtesy of Stone & Wood brewing company.

Late in 2012 the MIAB team launched a nationwide competition to design artwork for a range of ‘educational’ beer coasters.

The response was brilliant and the quality of entries astounding; so after much deliberation, beer drinking and sausage munching the top four designs were chosen at our first ever MIAB exhibition.

Searching for the most environmentally ethical coaster company to print our babies, we stumbled upon Coaster Kings. They use only plantain stock, recycle all waste, chose vegetable based inks AND they print right here in Australia.

So there we have it, phase one is complete. Our magnificent coasters are currently winging their way around Australia to be distributed in every Stone&Woods bar, in cafes and businesses who fly the Newtown Business Precinct flag and any place the enigmatic Appleman has frequented of late.

MIAB would like to say a massive thank you to the following:

HookTurn Industries

Stone & Wood Brewing Company
Appleman Cider
Coaster Kings
The Newtown Business Precinct
Create Or Die


~ by Amy Kyriacou ~

turtle todd
~ Turtle by Todd Clare ~
planet jenny
~ Planet Plastic by Jenny Barnes~

baghead claire
~ Bag Head by Claire Sewell ~




Message In A Bottle bar coaster design comp


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