Wednesday 22 February 2012

    ocean trash photo collages by mandy barker

     

    UK photographer mandy barker has developed a series of images entitled ‘soup‘ which depicts plastics and discarded items salvaged from beaches around the world.

    soupruinous remembrance, Plastic flowers, leaves, stems, fishing line
additives: bones, skulls, feathers, fish

    soup‘ is a description that is given to the plastic debris that is suspended in the sea. it is a title which makes particular reference to the mass accumulation of refuse that exists in the area of the north pacific ocean, also known as the ‘garbage patch’.

    For each still, individual pieces of plastic are photographed on a black background as well as in combination with other articles of a similar size. barker then overlays these images with one another, illustrating the smallest up to the largest items of trash, creating a feeling of depth and suspension in the final visual.

    To view more works visit Design Boom.

    {Image and text via Design Boom}

     

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    Monday 20 February 2012

    the flower room

     

    A beautiful discovery today was The Flower Room,

    a little shop full of fragrant flowers from local Hobart gardens.

    Staffed by local seniors who enjoy carrying on the shop’s tradition

    ~ the community spirit here made my heart sing!

    I sadly forgot my camera,  however this pic from feathers and cupcakes and Katrina’s note

    encapsulates the essence of the Flower Shop:

    These bunch of fragrant garden roses have been sitting on my table since Tuesday, when I bought them at a gorgeous little shop in Hobart called The Flower Room. I love them so much I have been putting them on my bedside table at night so I can experience the beautiful fragrance as I’m drifting off to sleep …

    The Flower Room is a product of World War II that became a Hobart Institution. The shop was instigated in 1944 by the two Bailey sisters who lived at Runnymede House in Newtown.

    You’ll find blooms that are not always available at florist’s — bunches of perfumed roses, divine smelling sweet peas and intriguing exotic blooms. Fresh seasonal fruit and vegies are also available, along with golden-yolked free range eggs and Lucaston Park Apple Juice at a price as tempting as its taste.

    “We have one recently retired lady who joined the Flower Room in the 1940s. She is 95 later this year.”

    The story via ABC Radio :: When The Flower Room opened in Hobart nearly 65 years ago the planet was in the grip of World War II. The idea of shopping in a supermarket for produce and cut flowers was only just taking off in the U.S.A. and far from the minds of most Australians who were pre-occupied with the possibility of a Japanese invasion

    In order to assist the war effort a group of Hobart ladies got together and formed the Flower Room. The shop stocked flowers, vegetables, cakes and preserves with all the profits going towards assisting Australian troops on the front line.

    Today, The Flower Room Co-operative is a non-profit organisation for small fruit, vegetable and flower growers; local cooks, and craftspeople of all description.

    Despite the many changes the Flower Room has witnessed since 1944 the organisation still maintains the same community spirit it began with when the Allies needed all the help they could muster. It provides somewhere for the members to belong. Some of our members have been with us for over 40 years.

    Membership of the Flower Room is limited to 70 individuals who must each assist in the day to day running of the organisation by either volunteering their time in the shop front or providing produce for sale to customers.

    {Images via feathers and cupcakes; Lolita; & ABC RAdio 612}

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    Monday 20 February 2012

    I love MONA

     

    MONA – Museum of Old and New Art  :: on the banks of Hobart’s Derwent River in Tasmania, Australia.

    MONA is extraordinary ~ a place that once experienced can be addictive!

    David Walsh built it for everyone to enjoy and share his passion for Art.

    Built by art-lover and self-made-gambling-savant David Walsh,

    this privately funded museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art.

     

    {Image via Australian Design Review}

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    Monday 20 February 2012

    take me away :: barcelona, spain

     

    The second largest city in Spain, Barcelona has a history that dates back long, long ago—2000 years ago, in fact, with a spellbinding vibe of light, passion, culture and character.

    {Images via This is Glamorous}

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    Wednesday 8 February 2012

    snow in Rome

     

    Snowflakes falling in Rome and beyond ~ thinking of my Italian friends in the cold as I enjoy an Aussie summer!

    Italian snow scenes:  on February 4, 2012.

    The snow-covered dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, seen from a hill in northern Rome :: Snow surrounds the ancient Colosseum Rome :: A Red-bellied Woodpecker perches on a suet feeder during a winter storm ::  A layer of snow caps the forest of openwork pinnacles and spires set upon the flying buttresses of Milan St. Ambrose’s Cathedral.

    {Images via The Atlantic ~ there are many great pics of the snowfalls across Europe.}

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    Wednesday 8 February 2012

    winter & horses

     

    Some lovely winter white horses from Vogue China, 2005.


    Capes and Coats
    Photographer: Sølve Sundsbø
    Model: Carmen Kass

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    Wednesday 8 February 2012

    sexy white

     

    Cara Delevingne & Lily Donaldson for W Magazine January 2012

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    Tuesday 7 February 2012

    sea breeze

     

    Enroute to the beach for brunch, we stop by to say hello to Louella and Mark Tuckey. Their beach front home is beautifully relaxed ~ can I just stay here for the day and hang out please?

    free and easy ~ Inside Out featured this gorgeous home of furniture designer, Mark Tuckey and his stylist wife Louella. Situated on a beachfront in Clareville, one of Sydney’s northern beaches, it is the epitome of relaxed living.

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    Tuesday 7 February 2012

    A bubble of fun @ the northern beaches…

     

    Time with my great friend, Tim is always a spontaneous laughter-filled adventure. And the phrase of the weekend was ‘it’s complicated’ to avoid explaining anything!

    The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under licence in a number of different countries, including Spain,Belgium, France, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Produced in the post-World War II years, a time when cheap short-distance transportation was most needed, it became one of the most successful and influential city carsever created. Because of its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a bubble car.  Wikipedia

    {Image: Isetta Tech}

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    Tuesday 7 February 2012

    summer stillness

     

    Ah the lazy days of summer…napping in a hammock by the beach.

    Sometimes life gets in the way of posting on the blog.

    I’m again energized after a fun filled week in Sydney full of social shenanigans!

    Hence my blog silence for the past week.

    I will share some of my adventures in the next couple of posts.

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