Sunday 25 March 2012

    O Romeo, Romeo


    Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?

    A Love Story ~ The Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet.

    For never was a story of more woe 

    Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

    {Images: The Australian Ballet}

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    Friday 23 March 2012

    Love is a many-splendoured thing


    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…

    one pair of star-crossed lovers; two feuding families ~ the Capulets and the Montagues;

    and a corrupt world where forbidden love blooms fast, burns bright and dies young.

    Romeo and Juliet

    I will be celebrating The Australian Ballet’s golden anniversary tonight

    at the gala performance of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo & Juliet.

    The performance promises to be a visual feast with the choreography by the amazing Graeme Murphy who has “approached this classic ballet with an attitude of modernity”, and the “choreographer of textiles” Akira Isogawa designing the costumes.

    {Images: Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson in Romeo and Juliet, 2011. Photographer: Jeff Busby. Courtesy of the Australian Ballet}

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    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

    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! For the best treatment centers for drug addiction, check this link. 

    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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    Wednesday 18 January 2012

    Goodnight Sweetheart :: Nicholas Folland


    The works of Nicholas Folland are spectacular and I am so excited to finally have aone of his peices ~ a little splurge!

    It is a study for the larger works in Domestic Distractions shown below,

    where his artistry and  scavenging resulted in stunning crystal, glass and light scultural installations.

    Goodnight Sweetheart, 2010 Glass and crystal ware, timber table, perspex

    The Adelaide-born artist hunts down chandeliers where he can find them – op shops, garage sales, and even eBay –

    to create these staggering installations. Sometimes older pieces aren’t in the best condition,

    so he rebuilds the lights (but, despite this tinkering, still counts these as “found objects”).

     The exhibition light installations created by Nicholas Folland, ‘Domestic Distractions’, opened at Ryan Renshaw Gallery in Brisbane in November 2011.

    Nicholas Folland is a restless artist who is currently holidaying in his birthplace, Adelaide. He is a Samstag Scholar who studied within the research program at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam and the University of Barcelona, completing a Masters Degree at The University of Sydney in 2009. He has lived and worked in Australia and Europe, and examples of his practice are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia and the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, as well as University and Regional Galleries and private collections internationally.

    While Folland’s work generally highlights an anxiety for potential failure in everyday activity, the primary work considers this notion through a relationship between the controlled space of domestic dwelling, and the unpredictable chaos of the natural environment. By forcing everyday appliances to a point of excess, and by colliding their practical application with their inherent reference to naturally occurring forces, there is an attempt to highlight a fragile relationship to the world, and to shift our perceived sense of stability and security within the home. Speaking of appliances, if you’re looking for dryer or washer repair service, contact (780) 860-0673 or visit

    {For more: Nicholas Folland &  Ryan Renshaw Gallery}

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    Tuesday 17 January 2012

    After the rain on the beach at sunset


    Enjoy this lyrical pas de deux in Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain.

    Damian Smith and Yuan Yuan Tan dancing it on Fire Island

    with a backdrop of sea and setting sun.

    {via Behind Ballet}

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    Friday 6 January 2012

    folk music ♥


    The joy of festivals is experiencing musicians you love playing music live and discovering artists you’ve never heard off.

    My Woodford Folk Festival highlights were Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gotye, Skipping Girl Vinegar and Katie Nunnan.

    Buffy Sainte-Marie, Woodford Folk Festival 2011/12

    Buffy Sainte-Marie plays Woodford Folk Festival

    Buffy Sainte-Marie :: legendary!

    Academy Award winner and folk legend Buffy Sainte-Marie’s audacious attitude to life on and off the stage has inspired people around the world for over four decades. Buffy was accompanied by a rocking 3-piece all-Aboriginal band from Indian Reserves in Manitoba, Canada. WFF

    Inspirationally performing at 70, Buffy passionately uses her powerful voice to perform an astonishing fusion of hard rock, protest folk, country and pop songs. This Canadian Cree performer is an extraordinary concert artist, singer-songwriter, composer, pacifist, and social activist. Her singing and writing repertoire includes subjects of love, war, religion, and mysticism.

    Her haunting music, joyful spirit, and thought-provoking song writing has produced a rich catalogue of music including the Academy Award winning“Up Where We Belong” as well as her searing, political era-defining anthem “Universal Soldier” – a song that remains arguably the finest anti-war song ever. More of her most popular songs include “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and the much-loved classic “Until It’s Time for You to Go”.  To read more, go here.

    Gotye :: amazing songwriting + percussion + sound! 

    Gotye took to the stage to enchant the thousands of punters gathered at the Amphitheatre at Woodford Folk Festival last night.  From the moment Wally De Backer took to the stage, the crowd hung on to his every word. Opening track Eyes Wide Open instantly had the crowd dancing and as they erupted into cheers of admiration as he greeted those gathered with “you’re looking very big.”

    Like a little kid at Christmas, his smile was infectious and it was evident throughout his entire set that there was nowhere else he would rather be. The crowd was in rapture by De Backer’s energised drum solo at the end of The Only Way. As De Backer worked through tracks from his latest album, Making Mirrors, each track was accompanied by quirky animations projected on a the three screens, behind and on each side of the stage. A half-man, half-bear clip accompanied Smoke and Mirrors, while an organ taking over a family complemented State of the Art, which he explained was about “recreational music culture.”

    He dipped into the back catalogue with Thanks for Your Time, before playing the ’60s song Seville which De Backer sampled for his acclaimed Somebody That I Used to Know. As the intro into Somebody That I Used to Know began he appealed to the audience, “You’re going to have to help us out because she (Kimbra) can’t be here tonight.”

    After a collective sigh of disappointment, it was a magical moment as thousands of voices sang in unison Kimbra’s part of the hottest song of the year.

    Gladstone Observer

     Katie Noonan and the Captains :: Elixir back at last! {I’m a George fan!}

    With Katie Noonan’s trio of 14 years Elixir about to release their long awaited second album First Seed Ripening, and in the wake of their recent national tour supporting the American jazz legend Ron Carter, the group performed fantastically at Woodford. via here

    Skipping Girl Vinegar :: I really enjoyed this Melbourne independent alt-acoustic pop four-piece band. Taking their name from the iconic Melbourne neon sign of Audrey the ‘Skipping Girl’ in Richmond, the band features Chris Helm, Mark Lang, Amanthi Lynch and Sare Lang.

    Skipping Girl Vinegar debut single ‘One Chance’

    {Images: 1 & 2 Buffy by max_wedge; 3&4 Woodford Folk Festival 5&6 google images}

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    Friday 19 August 2011

    table decadence :: Liana Yaroslavsky


    Liana Yaroslavsky is a Paris-based artist and designer who proves that the beauty of traditional chandeliers can be found on the floor as well as on the ceiling.

    The “Haute Couture Coffee Tables” collection by Liana

    combines baroque decadence with modern materials, and are assembled in her Parisian studio.

    Yaroslavsky has created a series of artistic coffee tables with a limited edition of 12 in each story. The plexiglass coffee tables are filled with antique chandeliers that have been dismantled and recreated in an exciting, eye-catching way. Materials such as Murano glass chandeliers, Napoleon III tapestries, Versailles floors and Bohemian crystals are some examples of the unique nature of Yaroslavsky’s deliciously decadent work.

    Decadence ~ Swedish chandelier, its crystal braiding falls like fine champagne from a gold leafed crown over the 18-century tapestry of Napoleon III with its serpentine arabesques.

    Maure de Venise ~ Black mirror occupies the floor base while a black crystal Murano chandelier rests on top, its branches shooting out through the plexiglass.

    L’Esquisse ~ 19th century watercolors are strewn about the base of the table under the 17th century Murano chandelier, its branches dispersed like a fallen star.

    Cocaine ~ a broken lustre white chandelier lies on a snow white tile base, like a junkie who succumbs to the merciless white lady.

    Le Bal ~ Inspired by the Tsar’s royal ball in Anna Karenina, Le Bal includes piano keys, wings made from real feathers, 19th century piano compositions, and two crystal chandeliers.

    Liana’s own description is quite poetic: “The scence, inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, centers around the Tsar’s royal ballet. Keys of a neglected piano form a circular fan around two white wings made from real feathers…we are, after all, at the Ball of Angels. 19th century piano compositions for lovers are scattered within the base of the coffee table.  The crystal chandelier (also 19th c.) are embellished with feathers. Allegro moderato, yes, but who is leading this dance? Who are the dancers? The answer is obvious: our own imagined memories.” 

    The ‘Haute Couture Coffee Tables’ collection by artist and graphic designer turned furniture innovator Liana Yaroslavski mixes baroque decadence with modern materials. Venetian chandeliers are dismantled, turned upside down and put back together to be encased in sleek plexiglass; precious and rare tapestries, original Versailles floors, Bohemian crystals and the like are incorporated into the mix like a still life painting of unexpected styles. Yaroslavski does all the fabrication and assembly in her Parisian studio, but the beginnings of her collection were unexpected even to the designer herself.

    After falling in love with and buying a Murano chandelier at Drouot, Liana had the brilliant idea of incorporating it in to an old coffee table she was in the process of rejuvenating. “I turn the chandelier upside down, spread its branches on a bed of watercolours and inserted the whole thing in a plexiglass cube,” she explains. “This is my first creation.”

    After years of development and the chemistry of creation,

    Liana Yaroslavsky has produced a collection of tables with a

    sophisticated mix of Versailles and Rock ‘n’ Roll aesthetics.

    And how we do adore them!

    Qld Homes

    {Images and source Liana Yaroslavsky website ` it’s beautiful with the most divine artist sketches}

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    Saturday 6 August 2011



    This painting is posted in homour of my mum. During a quiet moment at a family funeral this week, I remembered all the things I love about her and the importance of kin. I miss her often.

    Chrysanthemums :: Cheerfulness, optimism, rest, truth, long life, joy.

    Horace G. Hewes, Chrysanthemums  1880, oil on wood panel

    Chrysanthemum are considered to be a noble flower in Asian culture, with a history that dates back to 15th century B.C. Chrysanthemum mythology is filled with a multitude of stories and symbolism.  The chrysanthemum signifies a life of ease. Symbolic of powerful Yang energy, this flower is an attractant of good luck in the home. Named from the Greek prefix “chrys“ meaning golden (its original color) and “anthemion,” meaning flower.

    Daisy-like with a typically yellow center and a decorative pompon, chrysanthemums symbolize optimism and joy. They’re the November birth flower, the 13th wedding anniversary flower.  A symbol of the sun, the Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection, and Confucius once suggested they be used as an object of meditation.  It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life.

    Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb. Tao Yanming was the first historical breeder in 400 A.D. After his death, his native city was named ~Juxian~ meaning ~City of Chrysanthemums. It is believed that the flower may have been brought to Japan in the 8th century AD, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal and sat on the Chrysanthemum throne.  There is a “Festival of Happiness” in Japan that celebrates the flower. The flower was brought to Europe in the 17th century.

    {Image Horace G. Hewes via Debutantes Ball}

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    Tuesday 26 July 2011

    “My paintings are all about celebrating life”


    Vale Margaret Olley ~ beloved Australian painter acclaimed for her still lifes and domestic interiors paintings.

    In the 50′s my mother lived in a flat under Olley’s West End home. My mother had fond memories of that time and would occasionaly model for the artist. She was witty and forthright, and enjoyed the banter of conversation with my grandfather Ted when he visited.

    Prolific, free-spirited and much-loved artist Margaret Olley

    “I insist on having interesting people around the dinner table: painters, writers, people who are doing things. Barry Humphries is an ideal guest – a most intelligent and amusing person. I’m a little frightened of Dame Edna Everage, though, so have never invited her to my table!” The Artist’s Lunch

    Her terrace house studio was the scene of lively dinner parties attended by the likes of Barry Humphries and Leo Schofield.

    Margaret Olley Untitled (Still Life with Cornflowers and Grapes), oil on board

    Margaret Olley Flannel Flowers, 1976

    In 1965 she bought her Paddington terrace home in Sydney, a former hat factory, that was also her studio. It was a mecca for artists, bohemians and intellectuals. It became famous as a magpie’s bower of bric-a-brac and treasures – littered with flowers, fruit, vases and books (and ashtrays) that were the subject of her still lifes, scattered about in various states of completion.

    Margaret Olley’s house and garden is a sublime jumble, famous by reputation.  Her clothes, often worn in layers, a collection of blouses, sheeny, with light scarves, sometimes cheap sometimes expensive, speckled or striped, over-jackets of Chinese silk and quilted velvet, Van Eyck bonnets, battered straw hats, and an old cardigan for a cold body. Margaret Olley’s mind reverberates with causes; but in the end her purpose in life is to turn this world, this illusion in which we live, into art.  Barry Pearce, Head Curator, Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales

    Still Life PomegranatesOil on Board

    “She could be grumpy, forthright and immoveable – but she had a heart of art.”

    Stuart Purves, owner of Australian Galleries

    Far from a Still Life, 2005 biography by Meg Stewart.

    THERE’S nothing like painting what you’re familiar with,” says Margaret Olley. “You can do all sorts of things with the ordinary.” She pauses to consider the alternatives. “To go off and paint the Swiss mountains is a monumental task, best left to God!” But though Olley, 76, mostly paints still-lifes and the interiors of her own house, her world is anything but limited. She is a knowledgeable benefactor, who has given to public galleries works by Arthur Boyd, Edgar Degas and Georgio Morandi, as well as early Indian sculptures and miniatures.  Sue Smith

    Margaret Olley, Brisbane River 1956. Ink and watercolour on paper.

    Born in Lismore on 24 June 1923, Olley began painting as a young girl at Somerville House boarding school in Brisbane, going on to study at the Brisbane Central Technical College and then at East Sydney Technical College graduating in 1945.

    In the 1980s, philanthropy became a passion, partly prompted by her inheritance of the Hughes estate. In 1990 she established the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust, providing purchasing funds for regional galleries in particular. She also donated more than $7 million in art to the Art Gallery of NSW, including works by Picasso, Cezanne and Bonnard, and many of her own paintings. Comprehensive estate planning was instrumental in the smooth transition of her valuables.

    Olley was the subject of this year’s winning Archibald Prize portrait by Ben Quilty {above} and in 1948 sat for William Dobell’s prize-winner.

    Margaret Olley never married and when asked about the subject said “I had a few lucky escapes.

     She ”never liked the institution of marriage – I dislike the notion of being owned”

    and shunned motherhood: ”I never had that nesting urge.”

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