Works by Aussies feature in $125,000 Oscars gift bag

March 5, 2015 by  

This year’s Oscar nominees may not have all won a golden trophy for the mantelpiece, but each was able to take home a little memento from South Melbourne, Victoria, as part of their Oscars gift bag.

The Australian touch to the Hollywood Oscars’ $125,000 gift pack was provided by author Merryn Snare and Carrum artist Nathan Ferlazzo.

Ferlazzo’s contribution was his exclusive stationery pack, while Snare’s featured product was her book entitled Annihilate Stress and Anxiety.

The gifts are part of an impressive list of inclusions such as a Canadian Rockies train ride and an Audi car 12-month rental.

Ferlazzo, who designs wildlife-themed luxury stationery and prints at his Chelsea-based studio, described the opportunity to showcase his wares to Oscar nominees in this way as very exciting, and said it was a great way to put his brand on the world stage.

Being a wildlife conservation supporter, he said it was hoped that the exercise, which involved more than 2,000 items being shipped to the United States, would help raise much-needed funds for animal conservation organisations.

Stationery printing has won him many accolades over the years, but Ferlazzo said the thought of top actors such as Reese Witherspoon, Michael Keaton, Bradley Cooper, Steve Carell and Julianne Moore using his unique product was a great feeling, and he hoped it would lead to more interaction by people with organisations such as the Australian Koala Foundation and World Animal Protection.

Snare, a teacher, psychologist and author, was equally delighted that celebrities who often suffer with stress issues would have her book at their fingertips.