Category: Sydney

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Brunch at the Grounds

Flat white & Mocha ¬†Thai chilli cashew nuts Fresh loaves Donuts ¬† Grilled corn ¬† Mi piace il formaggio! ¬† Parpadelle ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†The Grounds ¬†Busy day at…

Inside McLeod’s Antiques

Anyone heading into the Sydney city from the east or vice versa will pass McLeod’s Antiques. At the corner of South Dowling street, the shop of curiosities sits at a main intersection – thousands of people must see its window displays filled with elaborate vases…

Yummy Cha

N«ź h«éo!¬†I am currently taking Chinese lessons, which is proving both very challenging and very rewarding. After visiting¬†Beijing¬†last year I realised the value of knowing at least some basic conversation – especially when bartering in the markets! My two main practical goals are to be…

An Afternoon with Lucinda

¬† Let me introduce you to my dear friend, Lucinda. A graphic designer by day, a fashion devotee by night – I first met Lucinda when we were both contributing to¬†On the Streets of Sydney, and since then have come to appreciate her also as…