Author: vanessalow

Feeling Alive at 25! Part 2

Read Part 1 here¬†‚ú® I have an enthusiastic but unskilled green thumb. I’ve invested in seeds, pots, and various plants but none seem to thrive under my care. My office plant, Steve, currently has mildew from over watering loving. I am half Singaporean and a…

Feeling Alive at 25! Part 1

Hello! It’s me and I’m a quarter of a century! I got this idea from my friend Rachel, to share some facts about myself at this point in time. Please excuse the indulgent nature of this post, but hopefully you find out something interesting in…

‚ėÜ May-June Favourites ‚ėÜ

EAT In true Japanese fashion, Chaco Bar is hole-in-the-wall tiny but massive on tasty dishes and yakitori (skewered meat & veg cooked over charcoal). Since stumbling upon it, it’s quickly made my list of favourites. The grilled rice balls with chashew are a comforting order…

An Evening with Archie Rose

In addition to expertly blended small-batch gins, Sydney-based Archie Rose Distillery offers gin blending workshops and sneak peak tours into their behind-the-scenes processes. Named after a slang word for illegally distilled alcohol (Archie) and its suburban location (Rosbery), Archie Rose is full of passion and…

‚ėÜ April Favourites ‚ėÜ

These are a few of my (April) favourite things ‚ô¨ READ Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders ‚Äď As a non-fiction fan, this¬†book (a fictitious imagining of Abraham Lincoln‚Äôs time in the graveyard with his deceased 10 year old son Willie) would not have…

REVIEW ~ Adman: Warhol before pop at AGNSW

Young, playful, dapper Warhol. Worldly, fashionable, commercial adman. In the 1950s, Andy Warhol‚Äôs formative years as a commercial illustrator resulted in a plethora of chic, witty and elegant illustrations, advertisements, fragrance displays and magazine covers. Adman: Warhol before pop at the Art Gallery of NSW…

Three Bars in Singapore

A few weeks ago, I travelled to¬†Singapore – home to late night roti prata, my beloved¬†extended family, and some of the neatest bars around. Whilst in town, I visited a few new haunts and was¬†impressed by their attention to detail – ice cubes embossed with…

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…

Canch√°nchara

  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! *** Canch√°nchara 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¬†Lanc√īme¬†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‚Äôs 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…