Feature Artist #8: Eloise Maree Crossman

Eloise Maree Crossman, like her images, is both soft and sharp. Often dressed in vintage cloths, and always with rosy cheeks, Eloise herself is somewhat of a dreamy figure of an era past yet our conversations are always filled with blatantly honest criticism and punctuated…

Dinner at Arras

Back in 2014, Sofie and I went for dinner at Arras. After our meal of steak tartare, snapper with confit mushrooms and duck liver, the most diverse and well-curated cheese selection I’ve ever had the pleasure of choosing from, and a buffet of petit fours, I was…

The Reading List 2.0

Current Reading Habits  I’ll admit it: until recently, I hadn’t finished a book in months. Chapters here and there; a smattering of online articles; a handful of academic journal articles that I never finished; and way too many mediocre BuzzFeed articles. Never has there been so…

Vanvlogs: the ART edition

The past couple of weeks have been filled with art, and I filmed the best parts to share with you! If you haven’t yet checked out my Youtube channel, you can do so here. And remember to subscribe because the videos often go live there before they get shared…

September/October Feature Artist: Kate Banazi

Kate Banazi’s compositions are oftentimes energetic: forms twisting; waves bending like audio signals; circles that look like they’ve been ricocheted around the picture plane. Perhaps this energy comes from Kate herself, who is infectiously humorous and most commonly found with a big smile on her face. I spoke with Kate in…

July/August Feature Artists: 110%

Aggressively optimistic,  110% is at your service. Consisting of three members – Kieran Bryant, Beth Dillon and Lachlan Herd – the interdisciplinary collective creates performative, sculptural and installation artworks that respond to the triumphs and challenges of being a 21st century artist. In anticipation of their upcoming work Holiday Feelings,…

This Podcast Life

In the manner that most people keep up with television shows, I keep up with podcasts. How I Got Into Podcasts At the end of 2013, deeply starved for entertainment, I clicked on the ‘Podcast’ app that comes pre-installed on all iPhones with the expectation that…

Canchánchara

  Recently back from her honeymoon in Cuba, my friend Lucinda made me this delightful local cocktail. I thought that the addition of honey with rum made for a particularly tasty concoction, so I asked if she could share the recipe! *** Canchánchara text by Lucinda Burtt According to…

Beauty Talk #3: A Little Bit of Morocco

I found it! My holy grail lipstick.  Part 1: For years, I thought that lipstick was “bold red or go home” and that it was something for special occasions only. That was, until I was given a Lancôme 312 Beige Byzantin Mat for my birthday. A shade that I…

An Afternoon with Amelie (11 months)

My goddaughter, Amelie, is now just over one year old, and can walk and dance (her favourite song is Say Geronimo)! I shot her at 11 months back in November, when she was just starting to stand up by herself! A big thank you to Mother Father PR…

Foraging with Bee Bowen

A few months ago, I interviewed the textile artist Bee Bowen about her practice and, in particular, her use of natural dyes (including vegetables, leaves and beetles). The foraging process is key to Bee’s work; the flora that she finds in surrounding areas often dictate the works that she…

MBFWA 2015

Last week, I photographed a few things at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia for POPSUGAR. These are a few of my favourite shots! You can see more here, here and here.           

December/January Feature Artist: Marty Cordoba

Layers of pastel pinks, gummy yellows, liquorice black and gleaming white make up Marty Cordoba’s most recent work Skin and Strata. The sculptures appear as gooey mounds from afar but are in fact compressed structures of confectionary and toothpaste, pressured together like metamorphic rocks. The sculptures alert your senses; some…

Dinner at Movida Bar de Tapas

 Tapas is one of my top-five favourite meal structures, up there with buffets, street food, yum cha and sushi trains. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, all designed to share; tapas requires that you order a variety of small dishes…

October/November Feature Artist: Melinda Young

Sometimes cheeky, always thoughtful; the works of contemporary jewellery artist Melinda Young are a reflection of a lifelong affinity with creating. An organic extension of her approach to life at large, Melinda’s works consist of a balance between theoretical research and contemplation with bursts of wicked humour.…

Exhibition Review: The SCAR Project

“It’s not always pink ribbons and charity runs. Breast cancer is often glamourised and commercialised.” – Vanessa T (October 15, 1981- February 23, 2014) Upon viewing the first photograph of David Jay’s The SCAR Project, a portrait of a young girl named Leah P standing aside a large…

Review: Brunch at Orto Trading Co.

Orto translates to ‘vegetable garden’ in Italian. But in my books, it translates to om nom nom nom nom. Ambience: Orto is bright and spacious, cool and friendly. An exposed brick feature wall, fresh flowers on each table, and large glass walls/doors mingle the outdoor and indoor…

Craving Gelato, Improvising Deliciousness

A few months ago, I let my love of gelato come between myself and my better judgement. A certain car company Uber held a promotion for their app by giving away free gelato Messina. Like I am sure most people do, I approach promotions with a healthy sense of skepticism, and had…

September Feature Artist: Bee Bowen

Silk and wool are Bee Bowen‘s blank canvas, flowers and leaves her palette. Whilst having learnt various dyeing techniques in India and Japan, it is Bee’s use of local, Australian flora that create the distinctive patterns and colours of her textiles. The leaves and flowers picked by Bee leave detailed…

Review: Lunch at 4Fourteen

With dishes featuring the likes of marrow, pigs tails, and tripe, the nose-to-tail philosophy of 4Fourteen makes for an intriguing mealtime. Ambience: 4Fourteen is light and bright at lunchtime. The wall-sized window and tall ceiling give the restaurant an airy, spacious feel, whilst the exposed brick feature wall…

Tummy Time with Amelie (feat. Kip & Co)

Born on Christmas day, my goddaughter, Amelie, is now just over seven months old! She has grown so quickly, already lifting her head up with ease at the Tummy Time stage. I shot Amelie just a few days after she was born (see here) and it is…