Finally Sydney ladies and gents got what they wanted. Topshop opened and some people actually lost their minds. Thank you Daniel and Shae-Lee.
Syrenka put on their Christmas concert at the Polish club in Ashfield this weekend. The senior group performed beautifully especially the Spisz. The youngest dancers were super cute in their Kashubian costumes, some of the performers were only 5 years old. The only downside was being on a detox regime and being in charge of selling the pączki (jam donuts). TORTURE.
Some shots from the set for Absorb's most recent fashion film shoot for the History Council of NSW partnered with Vogue Australia. With models from Priscillas, shot and lit by Focus Film Lighting, makeup by Chereine Waddell and Directed by Chiara Bianchino and Costa Vakas. Shot in the dead of night at the State Library of NSW.
My sister Freya graduated from The National Art School last year. Her final printmaking work was housed in her very own purpose built little house. The Get Better Box was based on a childhood tradition, when we were sick we pulled down a special box from the attic. It was full of fun minatures, word games, collected niknaks, boxes within boxes and lots of glittery treatures. Because we were so ocupied adventuring around the contents of the box we forgot how sick we felt. (Or in my case, I forgot to stick the thermometer under the light bulb to fein illness.)
The Old Tythe Barn (est. circa 1970) in Blackheath holds some of my strongest childhood memories. Every shelf and surface is covered in minatures, tin toys, antiques and collectables. I am as overwhlemed by the place as when I first stepped in there at age six.
It is open Saturday, Sunday and Thursday 12.30-5.30pm or by appointment: 47877284 or 47878620. Bring your credit card.
Sophie Toupein and Jesse Neale are Newcastle based artists. Every time I visit their house I enter feeling Sydney stressed and rushed but leave feeling centred and inspired. Their house is teaming with treasures. They are a pair to watch.
Karen and Amber are Sydney based designers. They've been best friends forever and share a label 'Me and Amber'. These fine ladies have been busily putting together a website for all their wares. Everything in their range is made to last, made out of beautiful fabrics and papers and made with lots of love and warmth. They were a great pleasure to work with.
Kacey Devlin's peices have no fastenings or clips. Instead the clothes wrap and layer the body. I wanted to capture the thought she has put into the space of her garments, how they move and interconnect. Kacey "inception, opens a new space where bodies can traverse freely: a space where we are no longer passive consumers, but rather active co-creators of meaning."
Model: Samantha @ priscillas
Hair and Make Up: Casey Gore
Creative Direction: Chiara @ ABSORB
1000 pies were made by hand. 34 bottles of French Champagne were drank. 2 otto bins were filled with bottles. 1.5 hours were spent walking home in bare feet. 2 wonderful women had the best party party boom boom EVER.
Another Absorb collaboration bore some beautiful fruit. In the words of Chiara "We used some interesting black dresses designed by the 3rd year UTS fashion students as well as a heap of Dinosaur Designs jewellery, and footwear and accessories by Stillier, Events and Carmen Steffens." There is a behind the scenes video and more on Absorb.
Last week I was in Portugal soaking up the sun in Lisbon. There is a weekly flea market or as they call it in Lisbon a Thief's market. Not surprisingly I had no more space in my luggage so couldn't buy much of the tack that was on offer.