Author: vanessalow

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…

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…

Review: Dinner at Miss Peaches Soul Food Kitchen

So¬†this¬†is Southern food! A one way ticket to Mississippi please! Ambience: Miss Peaches – consisting of booths, tall tables with stools, a bar, a balcony, a DJ space, and a dance floor – is groovy and comforting. The large¬†restaurant space¬†is made cosy¬†with warm, dim lighting;…

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…

August Feature Artist: Su-An Ng

Su-An Ng‚Äôs films are powerful in their refined style. But extensive ¬†sketches, research, planning, and hands-on experimentation are all part of¬†her artistic¬†process. Working with a combination of animation techniques including digital, hand drawn, stop motion and 3D animation, Su-An‚Äôs films have a tactile characteristic that…

Dinner at Ms G’s

The playful nature of Ms G’s¬†is indicated by its name,¬†a cheeky¬†take on the notorious food enhancer MSG.¬†With its urban street interior decor paired with a stunning view of the Sydney city, Ms G’s is four stories of tasty¬†dishes that play on Asian cuisine¬†standards, served up…

In Colour: Mark’s tattoos

Last July, my friend Mark had¬†colour added to some of his tattoos, and let me tag along to see the process. What was your first tattoo? Is there a story behind it?¬† Well, my first tattoo was a gold fish. It was designed¬†by my older…

Bright Lights & the Big City

Vivid Sydney – festival of lights, music and ideas – has certainly taken it up a notch over the past few years (click here to see my photos from¬†2010)! Whilst there were quite a number¬†of special events that had been put on as part of…

SUMMER EDITION Pt 2: Roma! From Trevi to Trastevere

¬†The city apparently founded by two twins raised by a she-wolf, Rome/Roma is full of history of grand proportions. Whilst there I wrote of the city: Roma is filled with cultural artefacts – architectural wonders that command your attention and awe. They are almost other-worldly.…

In the Studio with Kaylene Milner

A little while ago¬†Lucinda¬†and I visited designer¬†Kaylene Milner¬†at her studio, for a feature published in¬†Curium¬†magazine.¬†It was a treat to get a behind the scenes look at Kaylene’s design process – definitely one to watch! These photos didn’t make it into the magazine, so I thought…

July Feature Artist: Kieran Butler

Kieran Butler is an artist and fellow COFA honours student. Working within the field of¬†post-photography, Kieran is currently investigating¬†notions of vision by exploring the perception of¬†colour.¬†¬†Sculpture, installation, and video are also used in Kieran’s practice to create works that question the nature of the photographic…

A Very Lush Easter Hunt

Easter is just around the corner! A time for celebrating life whether religious, cultural, familial, or social. Treating oneself is an important part of Easter celebrations, especially poignant in the Christian tradition as the Lenten period of fasting and abstinence ends. And whilst this indulgence…

Matcha Made in Heaven: A Thrift & Thread Collaboration

WORDS¬†Lucinda Burtt¬†|¬†PHOTOGRAPHY¬†Vanessa Low A sponge sandwiched with strawberries and cream is one of afternoon‚Äôs delights.¬† If you can‚Äôt beat a classic, add a twist. Matcha is poison green but fine in flavour ¬†and the powder pairs perfectly with vanilla. – PREPARE – You‚Äôll need a…

A Few New Favourites

Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant (I tried it one day and bought it the next. Leaves skin with a most satisfying silky-clean suppleness) and resin bangles from Glebe Markets (I adore the clank-clank sounds they make as I walk).

Hey girl! Where’ve you been!?

Greetings! This Summer I spent a lot of my time on planes. Sydney ‚úą Singapore Singapore ‚úą Doha ‚úą Rome Milan ‚úą Paris Paris ‚úą Dubai ‚úą Singapore Singapore ‚úą KL ‚úą Sydney Can’t wait to fill in the gaps and share some of my…