Sapphira’s Pro Showgirls

We created a new look for Sapphira’s Pro Showgirl night at Red Bennies in Melbourne. We’ve taken Sapphira’s neo-burlesque style further and created this distinct artwork.

The night was one of the biggest nights ever at Red Bennies. Whilst a photo wasn’t taken, Prince himself passed a giant A0 version of this poster a week or so before when he played there!

Sapphira’s Showgirls is pretty much the most popular burlesque class in Melbourne right now, with classes in many major districts. For more info, check out:

sapphirasshowgirls.com

To see more Artballs design for Sapphira, click here.

A surprise from Sapphira’s Showgirls

I’m really quite touched to have received this photo, taken in Red Bennies, Melbourne by Sapphira and her Showgirls!

Thank you!

Artballs has been working with Sapphira for some time now, upping the game with new designs for her posters and website. People have really noticed – especially the posters put up around Melbourne. We’ve made two sites, misssapphira.com and sapphiramusic.com, and posters, xmas cards etc. to promote her business.

Sapphira by Artballs

Sapphira xmas card

Sapphira, one of Australia’s best known burlesque artists and teachers (and co-producer for Australian Burlesque Festival 2011) wanted something a bit cheeky, cheesecake and retro for her Christmas card. My first thought for an xmas card was ‘snow’. You’ve got to have snow on an xmas crd, right? Well, not in Australia you don’t – it can be 45 Celsius on the 25th of December! I must admit this was a bit of a challenge to a Brit used to the ‘festive season’ being pretty parky.

The chosen colours are reminiscent of ice cream. This in turn allowed me to use beautiful snowflake patterns. The resulting design suits the Aussies, viewing their xmas cards through a pair of sunglasses with a cold Cooper’s in hand, but remains firmly… festive in the good old British sense!

misssapphira.com

Sapphira Music website now live!!!

sapphiramusic.com
Sapphira is an electronic/dance singer who works with top dance producers, such as Faithless, Audio Fly, Kayden, Black Dog and others.

The site is a lush full screen image of Sapphira, with a glossy transparent overlay. The site features a jukebox with her latest tracks, buy links to her released music on iTunes Music store, full discography with SoundCloud audio files.

The site also features an easy to update events calendar, and newsletter sign up.

sapphiramusic.com

 

Sapphira’s burlesque course poster

Sapphira wanted a new poster design to advertise her prolific burlesque teaching across Melbourne. She runs five classes a week in five locations. Somehow we needed to get all of this information onto a poster, as well as making it exciting and easy to read – and enticing!

The design is an extension of the work we’ve done remaking her website. Anyone who knows me knows that I want every poster I make to be nice enough to put up at home too. The design is a loose take on a late 40s–early 50s music hall poster. I didn’t want to get too tied down to looking completely vintage (especially as the Sapphira logo has a more contemporary classic look), but I did want to capture the excitement of live performance, and of course Sapphira’s favourite word of the moment – razzmatazz!

For more information on the burlesque courses, see misssapphira.com.

 

misssapphira.com now live!!!

Sapphira - Tease

So, hot on the heels of the recent design we made for australianburlesquefest.com, we continue the burlesque theme, we are delighted to present Sapphira’s new website!

Sapphira wanted a distinct site to replace the site she’d made in iWeb. She’d done a great job with it, but anyone who has used iWeb knows that beyond a few basic design tweaks, it really is the Fisher Price toy of web design, so…

We looked at a lot of sites together. Well, over Skype as Sapphira is in Melbourne and I am in London – and narrowed down a list of site features that she wanted.

Sapphira wanted razzmatazz, red curtains, butterflies, (Callithea Sapphira, of course!).

So, with the operative word being razzmatazz, I decided to see if I could put all those elements together, and still keep the look showy, but elegant and easy to navigate.

We came up with the ‘postcard header’ idea. Sapphira has some really great photos that show off her personality. Each page features a different photograph and a different aspect of her persona.

We also put in the butterflies AND covered them in glitter!

The site features some lovely if subtly and slightly geeky other features, but the main points are that it is easy to manage and update. Homepage news can be updated in moments, there is a form builder for Sapphira’s showgirl classes, so she can make her own online enrolment forms.

Sapphira runs her own burlesque academy called Sapphira’s Showgirls. She also co-promotes the Australian Burlesque Festival (27th May–12th June, see australianburlesquefest.com for details)… She is also a damn fine singer. You can see and hear more of her on the new website:

misssapphira.com

 

 

Doloresdaiquiri.com now live!!!

Dolores Daiquiri is a a very prolific performer based in Melbourne. She co-runs the Australian Burlesque Festival with Sapphira and Rosy Rabbit.

The site features a slide up ‘safety curtain’ on the splash page. The curtain slides up under a diaphanous menu bar. It sounds like a bit of frippery, but actually, it allows for a heavily visual splash page, but also keeps the news posts on the home page for good search engine visibility.

The pages all scroll up under the header, giving a very theatrical feel to the site.

doloresdaiquiri.com