Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sydney Festival Jan 5-26

The Sydney Festival 2008 will be held between January 5-26.

"For three weeks each January the Festival offers a rich program of around 80 events involving upwards of 500 artists from Australia and abroad covering dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross media and forums...

Sydney Festival also presents a number of quality, free outdoor events such as the long-running Domain Concerts which attract up to 100,000 people a time. From 2008 the Festival will take to the streets with a new free event entitled Festival First Night, a large-scale celebration of music and performance which will draw up to 200,000 people into in the heart of the city..."


Events listing page:

Anne Wendlandt of Enna

Anne Wendlandt of Enna-online is a designer, craftster and shop owner. Her illustration work and the products she makes is beautiful, colourful, and cute. Her physical store is in Hannover, Germany.

Decor8 interviewed her recently: "She has an etsy store, a DaWanda shop, and a store on her website. In addition to all of this, she creates many things by hand, she's a talented illustrator, and a graphic designer along with a shop owner, so Anne is a busy lady.

What does Anne design? I guess a better question is, what doesn't this girl do? :) She does so much. She crafts earrings out of polymer clay that she then hand paints, she designs postcards, pillows, shirts, hoodies, and onesies for baby, plates, iron-on patches, wrapping paper, softies, marketing materials for her business, her website, the signage on the window of her shop, the list goes on and on. She is inspired by so much, she certainly doesn't want to limit herself to just one thing. .."

Anne Wendlandt interview on Decor8's blog:

Anne Wendlandt interview on etsy 29/11/07:

Enna store's website:

Thread Den - Melbourne

Love the idea of Thread Den in Melbourne.

"Thread Den is a sewing lounge and clothing retail space. Owned and operated by local designers and sewing enthusiasts, we are committed to providing an outlet for locally made and unique clothing...

Thread Den is equipped with sewing machines and overlockers for casual in-store hire. Mend, alter, or re-fashion your clothing; try your hand at making something new; or meet with friends to work on your projects together. There will always be friendly assistance available. For all your special projects, Thread Den have a great range of vintage fabrics and sewing accessories available for sale...

Thread Den aims to become a hub for local emerging designers and fashion enthusiasts..."

Upstairs, 16 Errol Street, North Melbourne, Access via Webbs Lane


akira fabric sale - dec 6-8

Fashion designer akira is having a sample archive fabic sale from 6th - 8th December from 9am - 5pm.

Address: Suite 5 Level 1, 2-12 Foveaux St, Surry Hills.

Source: SMH Nov 29, p19 of the Essential Style section

Akira's website:

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

More Ikea stores in Sydney maybe

In an SMH article, it says that KAustralia's Ikea boss, Kent Nordin "wants Sydney eventually to have four Ikea stores, all bigger than the 25,500 square metres at Rhodes.

The next store will be built in the city's south-east, possibly on the old Tempe tip, on the Princes Highway. The company is also considering areas around St Leonards, in the city's north, and Liverpool, in the south-west..."


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Dulwich Hill Street Fair - Dec 2

The Dulwich Hill Street Fair will be on Sunday 2 December, 10am - 4pm.

"This year's theme is 'Creating Community', which celebrates the creativity, diversity and character that makes locals so proud to be part of this unique community.

Marrickville Road and Seaview Street will pulse with excitement, bringing you entertainment, children’s activities and rides, demonstrations and workshops, and a wide range of stalls featuring arts and crafts, homewares, clothing, plants, food, jewellery and accessories, information, giveaways and much more.


11th Japanese Film Festival 2007 - Nov 29-Dec 8

11th Japanese Film Festival 2007

The 11th Japanese Film Festival will be on in Sydney starting November 29th. For more infomrmation about the films that will be showing at the George St cinemas, go to the website.


Asimo's Australian tour

Asimo's Australian tour

Asimo is the humainoid robot developed by Honda. He's currently touring Australia. He's at Darling Harbour today and then he goes onto Parramatta, then onto Brisbane.

In the performance, Asimo shows some of the things he can do including shaking someone's hand, kicking a soccer ball, carry a drinks tray and putting it down on a table, mimicking some dance moves, and talk.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

How should I vote? - Federal election Nov 24

GetUp have put together a questionaire to help you figure out which candidates most match your stance on various issues in the upcoming election.

"Enter your postcode and dive straight in to our quick twenty question quiz. It will match YOUR answers to the candidates in YOUR electorate and produce YOUR own unique personalised how-to-vote card based on which candidates are most like YOU!

How does it work?
We've asked every candidate in each electorate to answer twenty questions that cover a wide range of issues that are of interest to voters. Now you can answer the same quiz and compare your views to the people you are considering voting for. "


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Interesting South conference - Nov 22 Bondi

"This conference is not about brands, advertising, blogging or twitter but a wide variety of interesting, unexpected, original things. We've found 19 fascinating people and asked them speak for 3 or 10 minutes about something they care about. We want to replicate the experience of clicking from one really good blog to another, ranging across sciences, arts, music, jokes and whatever. The idea is to be informal and fast paced."

The line-up of speakers and topics sounds really interesting. Tickets are $25.

When and where: Thursday, 22nd November 2007. From 6.00pm - 9:30pm, Bondi Pavilion Theatre Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach.


Florence Broadhurst doco on SBS tonight - Nov 18

SBS are screening 'Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst' tonight at 9.00-10.30pm.

"In this spirited and highly original documentary, acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong reveals the many lives of one larger-than-life woman - flamboyant design pioneer, Florence Broadhurst.

Born in outback Australia in 1899, she was a singer and dancer in Shanghai in the '20s and ran her own fashion boutique in London in the '30s before sweeping into Sydney society as a painter and charity queen. But it was in her last incarnation that she really made her mark, shaking up conservative Australia with her bold, exotic wallpaper designs. Now, with her prints in huge demand internationally, the times have finally caught up with this glamorous, complicated, unconventional woman, whose brutal murder in 1977 has never been solved." Year: 2006.

Signature Prints sells Florence Broadhurst designs including fabrics, wallpapers, bags, cushions etc:

ABC Commercial website:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Growing Up Camper

Article in Metropolis magazine online on the Camper footwear brand.

"Spain’s family-run shoe manufacturer confronts the pains—and perks—of being a truly global brand.. For a brand of footwear built on heritage, Camper has shown a remarkable willingness to innovate and even, in a recent series of counterintuitive moves, to challenge its original business paradigm..."


Generation C - Feb 1 to Mar 8, 2008

Generation C

"Complex, contrary, creative: this exhibition showcases work by young photomedia artists from mainland China who reflect the ambivalence of their times. Born in the seventies they are the first 'me' generation - consumerist, connected and self-aware. They are vain yet vulnerable; wired yet lonely. They ride the rollercoaster of 'progress' while wistfully dreaming of the past. Abandoning any notion of the photograph as a document of the real each work is a performance, a visual fable that finds its truth in imaginative resonance rather than hard evidence.

Playful yet earnest, while some artists wield satire like a sword others evoke a quiet melancholy for lost tradition. Others still, weighed down by the burden of duty to family, ancestors, community, state and the competitiveness born of consumerism, simply imagine what it would be like to fade into another world or fly away like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis."

Saturday 1 February to 8 March 2008
Tue - Fri: 12.00 - 7.00pm, Sat & Sun 10.00am - 6.00pm
Gallery 1, 2 & Foyer
Australian Centre for Photography, 257 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021
T: 02 9332 1455, F: 02 9331 6104

Curated by Alasdair Foster

IMAGE © Liu Lijie Another Episode 2006 Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York


Forgot to Remember exhibition - opens Nov 21

Forgot to Remember

"Jessica Porter, Fil Molitor, and Kate Beckingham are three Sydney creatives encouraging you to explore your Surroundings, past, and present.

If you're looking to take a trip through memories, personal experiences and the subconscious, then head to Somedays for Forgot to Remember, launching Wednesday 21st November.

Whether abstract or graphic is your bag, come and check out a mixture of ink, paint, and photography. The exhibition will get you in the mood with complimentary drinks and bangin' music."

Somedays Gallery:


Roses Only story - Nov 29 Sydney

Last Thursday Club talk: How to build a business that outguns the rest

"This month, discover how to leave your competitors behind by building a business that outguns the rest! James Stevens will tell the story of how he founded Roses Only and built it into Australia’s #1 online flower business.

You’ll also learn one of the most powerful emerging tools of influence in business today—storytelling. Emotional selling needs story telling. Facts tell, stories sell. So how can you use stories? by Gabrielle Dolan & Yamini Naidu, Directors of One Thousand & One.


Welcome to the CBD: all arteries, no pulse

"Venture into the the heart of Sydney and you'll find it is lacking ticker. Urban Affairs Editor Catharine Munro launches a Herald investigation into what is wrong with the CBD..."


Cut & Paste tournament - Nov 17

Cut and Paste 2007

"Hitting eleven cities worldwide this Fall 2007, we’re out to prove that immersive design is good cause for cultural gathering.

Watch as eight designers go head to head, Wacom to Wacom. For the crown, they’ll have to spin an idea with their own style in three, 15-minute rounds as projectors stream their living designs across the venue.

Each designer is equipped with an Apple® MacPro Workstation, Adobe® Creative Suite 3, and a Wacom® Cintiq® interactive pen display."

Try your own round at a workstation onsite for a shot at our Audience Design Contest. If you’re stuck at home, tune in via global webcast. Five all-star judges will make the call for the Jury Prize, but all will have the chance to vote for an Audience Prize online or by SMS."

Sydney Contestants:
Daryl Prondoso
Dave Follett
Haline Ly
Andrea Innocent
Matt Huynh
Michael Birchall
Morten Rowley
Oat Montien

When: Saturday, November 17th, 2007
Doors open at 7PM, Competition from 8 - 11PM

Where: The Metro Theatre, 624 George St
+02 9550 3666,

General Admission: $10 presale / $15 on door, Must be 18+


Glebe Street Fair - Nov 18

The Glebe Street Fair is on again this Sunday between 10am-5pm, on Glebe Point Rd, Glebe.

They'll be the Sydney Performers Challenge 2007, lots of food stalls and other market stalls.


Mag Nation - Melbourne

Mag Nation is a magazine store in Melbourne's CBD. It has over 4000 titles. It also encourages you to browse the magazines and have a coffee. If only there was such a store in Sydney..

Where: 88 Elizabeth St, Melbourne


Destfest - Nov 24, Dec 1, 8 - Sydney


"CarriageWorks, Sydney’s newest centre for contemporary arts, presents the inaugural Destination Film Festival. Three Saturday afternoons of film + talk, curated by Megan Spencer (Triple J, SBS’s The Movie Show). Launching on Saturday 24 November, each week will present a program of dynamic, unique films from everywhere - Australia, the rest of the world, and cyber-space. The films are followed by a panel discussion with film-junkies of all types from the yolk and fringe of Australia’s film industry.

DestFest is a showcase of new and old films, and the obsession with GOOD FILM. Spencer has uncovered cutting edge new films that are exploring and pushing the boundaries of contemporary film-making. There are also rare, lost and unseen shorts that have been liberated from garages and bottom drawers of the industry’s most innovative and creative film-makers...

The industry is changing, film-makers are evolving, and we will explore the new movement towards technologically advanced film-making and distribution methods, and how the film world is adapting with the times.

Dates: Saturday 24 November, Saturday 1 December, Saturday 8 December
Time: From 2pm
Where: CarriageWorks, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh
Tickets: On sale through Moshtix

The site also has a blog with entries by Megan Spencer.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Magazine city article in The Age

"Read all about it - in print. John Bailey reports on Melbourne's indie magazine boom... These days, the coolest kids don't play guitars: they start up magazines.

At least 10 indie magazines are produced in Melbourne alone, and it seems as if another one is launched every month. As Jamie Driver of Lifelounge puts it, "If you can't find the kind of magazine you want to buy, make it yourself" ..."

The article also gives a description of nine indie titles. These are:

Wooden Toy (2000 copies, $20)
Mess + Noise (10,000 copies, free)
Nerds Gone Wild! (6000 copies, free)
The Sex Mook (1500 copies, $16.95)
Is/Not (250 copies, $30)
A Cloth-covered Button (print run 800, $7)
Sneaker Freaker (print run 30,000, $10)
T-World (print run 5000, $15)
Lifelounge (25,000 copies, free)


Peter Stutchbury talk - November 15

"Stutchbury & Pape is emerging as one of the leaders of a new generation of Australian architecture firms.

Buildings designed by the firm have received numerous Australian architecture awards and have been widely published. Recent significant buildings include several houses around Sydney Harbour and the Northern Beaches, the 'Deepwater Woolshed' and new buildings on the University of Newcastle campus. Some of these include the Design Building, Nursing Building (with EJE Architecture), Life Sciences building (with Suters Architects) and 'Birabahn', the new Indigenous Centre (with Richard Leplastrier and Sue Harper)."

Where: Sydney Home Ideas Centre, 61 O’Riordan Street, (cnr Doody Street), Alexandria
When: Thursday 15th November 2007, 5.45pm refreshments, for 6.30pm Early Start!

For more info and to rsvp go to:

Play - UWS Graduation exhibition - Nov 27-28

PLAY: The University of Western Sydney 2007 Bachelor of Design
(Visual Communication) Graduation Exhibition

Opening: Tuesday 27th November 6-9pm
Continuing: Wednesday 28th November 9am-2pm

Venue: doltone house
jones bay wharf, pyrmont, piers 19-21, upper deck, 26-32 pirrama rd, pyrmont point


The Rocks - Markets by Moonlight

"Every Friday in November The Rocks Markets by Moonlight will be heaving with party-goers enjoying the perfect start to the weekend – a warm Sydney night, a cold beer with friends at the outdoor bar, delicious food, FREE live music and a wander through the night markets.

This year’s event features some of Australia’s hottest live acts - more than a market, it’s one big outdoor music event. Wind down after work and kick-start your weekend at Sydney’s favourite street party."

Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 November
Time: From 6pm to 10pm

Friday 16 November: Martinez and Deni Hines
Friday 23 November: Eran James and Jade MacRae
Friday 30 November: Pseudo Echo and Mental As Anything


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Girls Girls Girls Exhibition - till Oct 28

At the China Heights Gallery
Level 3, 16-28 Foster St, Surry Hills

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Abby Dobson - Nov 1, 2 in Sydney Nov 14 in Melbourne

Abby Dobson

Abby Dobson (ex Leondardo's Bride) has released a new solo album titled Rise Up. She's a great singer, songwriter, performer, everything!

She'll be performing at the Vanguard in Newtown on the 1st and 2nd of November and at Ruby's Lounge in Melbourne on the 14th of November.

Abby Dobson tickets at the Moshtix site:


Abby Dobson's website:

Sydney Stencil Festival 07 - till 28 October

Where Have You Been by Joshua Smith
Where Have You Been by Joshua Smith

Horns and Buttons by Nem
Horns and Buttons by Nem

Untitled by bfourb
Untitled by bfourb

Through the Cities, by Imok
Through the Cities, by Imok

© Melbourne Stencil Festival Inc. All rights reserved.

Went to the Stencil Festival exhibition in Chippendale last Saturday. Artists featured include: IMOK, Ape Seven, bfourb, Joshua Smith, Alison Telford, Reko Rennie-Guuybilla and others.

There is also a film night on Thursday 25th October showing Jisoe and Infamy, and a stencil art workshop from 12-3pm on Saturday 27th October and a few other things happening.

Where: Pine Street Creative Artist Centre, 64 Pine St, Chippendale. P: 02 9245 1503

For more info go to:

San Churro Chocolateria, Glebe

San Churro

Tried out the San Churro Chocolateria in Glebe last week. The churros - Spanish donut sticks were served warm and crispy. We shared the tapas plate. There was a small pot of melted chocolate to dip the churros into. V.yummy. The truffles and mint chocolate milkshake were pretty yummy also. The place was totally packed out on a Saturday afternoon.

Location: 47 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. P: 02 9692 0119.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Not Quite Art - Marcus Westbury

"The art show that believes there is life outside the galleries. Host Marcus Westbury, founder of the This is Not Art Festival in Newcastle and the former director of Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, investigates various artistic expressions- posing the question of whether these new forms of ‘art’ can legitimately be called art..."

Just watched the first episode and really enjoyed it. It's a three part series screening on Channel 2 at 10pm on Tuesday nights. Two more episodes to go.

SMH review:

Press release:

Wikipedia entry for Marcus Westbury:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Young Blood market stall call for applications

The Powerhouse Museum is now accepting stall holder applications for the Young Blood Designers Market Christmas event. It will be held on:

Friday 7th December, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 8th December, 8:00am – 5:00pm
at the Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street Ultimo

Call for entries open - Monday 1 October
Entries close - Friday 2 November


Ron Arad - architect talk Oct 29

Ron Arad architect

"Ron Arad presents the next Design Quarter Talk at the Powerhouse Museum.
A central figure in contemporary design, the Israeli-born, London based designer and architect Ron Arad gives an illustrated talk at the Powerhouse Museum when he’s in town to present the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award." Supported by Bombay Sapphire.

Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street Ultimo
Monday 29 October, 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Cost: $30/$25 members and concession
Bookings: or tel 02 9209 4614

Ron Arad Associates website:


dfactory: Designing for Good - Oct 25

"Our four guest speakers come from diverse design practices, however they share a common drive to utilise design to improve people’s lives, through projects that are having a real impact with tangible social outcomes. Join host Nell Schofield and a panel of design savvy individuals, Jane Rothschild (architect), Sam Crawford (architect) and Jodie Fried (designer) to discover how they are ‘designing for good’."

When: Thursday 25 October, 6.00 -9.00pm. Talk starts at 7pm.
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo. Event at the Courtyard Café – enter via Macarthur Street


The Rocks Market will be changing

"After 16 years as a Sydney icon, The Rocks Market is being revitalised. Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is introducing fresh produce to create the city’s premier Farmers' Market, open only to genuine farmers and producers.

The Authority is also introducing a new directional Designers' Market which will showcase fashion, home wares, accessories, artwork and gifts. And the traditional area of The Rocks Market will be devoted to goods, products and services that are unique, authentic, high quality, inspiring, current, contemporary, relevant, customised, and Australian...

The Rocks Farmers' Market will commence trading on the second weekend of December 2007...

The revitalised Rocks Market will continue to operate every Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm, at the northern end of George Street, The Rocks.

Changes to The Market will be implemented by late January/early February 2008.

To receive a Stallholder Application for Registration for The Rocks Designers' Market or the revitalised 'traditional' Rocks Market please email, fax 02 9271 5327 or phone 02 9240 8702.

The initial call for applications closes Friday 26 October, 2007. We anticipate Applicants will be notified by email whether their application has been successful, before the end of November 2007."


Meet the Bloggers

"With an unorthodox mix of reporting, commentary, and activism, a new generation of architectural pundits is making its voice heard—online.."

Article in Architect magazine on architecture bloggers. The article lists the person/s behind the blog, their age, where they're based, when they first posted, total posts, unique visitors received in May 2007, and a description of the blog. Blogs mentioned are:

Architecture My Ninja Please:
City of Sound:
A Daily Dose of Architecture:
Life Without Buildings:
Miss Representation:
Super Colossal:

Super Colossal is the blog of Sydneysider Marcus Trimble. He's also one of the main organisers of the Pecha Kucha Sydney events.


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

High tea in Sydney

Article in the SMH which mentions three places offering High tea in Sydney. They are: The Tearoom Gunners' Barracks, The Observatory Hotel, and The Victoria Room. "The 2008 Good Food Guide features a 10 of the Best High Tea selection, which includes the three above."


Ben McKenzie singing Mad World

Really enjoyed Ben McKenzie's performance of the song 'Mad World' last week on Australian Idol. Someone's put it up on Youtube.


Lara Cameron of Kirin & Co

Kirin & Co

There's an interview with the very talented Lara Cameron of Kirin & Co on the Victoria-e site. Lara's an interactive and graphic designer who has a very cool blog and has also designed some beautiful fabrics. She's based in Melbourne.


Kirin & Co's blog:

Watch live band performances online

The SMH has an article titled 'Mobile mosh pit' that talks about a new Australian website that lets you legally download shows by top musicians.

"As of last week, those who attended Paul Kelly's Stolen Apples show at the Sydney State Theatre can legitimately download the full performance - live banter, crowd noise and all - from for $15..."
The idea is to generate additional excitement and sales for bands, while providing instant satisfaction to fans used to the immediacy of the internet without infringing digital rights.."

The idea "came to Jamie McDonald, a partner in the company, as he walked out of a concert in Melbourne two years ago wishing he could recreate the event's mood and make the show last longer.

"I came out and I thought, 'This is fantastic.' I bought all the band's CDs but it wasn't what I wanted. It wasn't the same atmosphere," he recalls.."


Live Band website:

Spring Book Fair - Sep 15 Sydney

"S.H. Ervin Gallery is holding its annual Spring Book Fair in September. Thousands of books will be on sale at bargain prices. There will be something for everyone from art, history & travel, biographies, fiction & cookery books. There will be a children's & youth section, plus study aids, magazines & more. Come along & enjoy the fair and take home a treasure!

The fair will be held at National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Rd Observatory Hill, The Rocks on 15 September 07."

For more info visit:, or phone (02) 9258 0173.

Source: Lipmag enewsletter:

Monday, September 3, 2007

Sydney Underground Film Festival - Sep 7-10

Sydney Undergound Film Festival 2007

Film sessions: Recycled Cinema, Manufacturing Dissent, Love/Sick, Desire & Lack, Re: Animation, [x] Narrative, Material Affects, and The Memory Thief.

Where: The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Enmore.
Factory Theatre:


Shirty 07 - Sep 15 in Newtown, Sydney


Shirty 07 is a new design event. You can buy cool designer t-shirts direct from the maker. The price of t-shirts will be capped at $69. There will also be live music and drinks at the event.

Details: Saturday 15 September, at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (1 Bedford St, Newtown). 12pm to 12am.

Go to the Shirty 07 website for more info on the designers' that will be featured at this event.


Image above is from the Shirty07 website and is by designer: Smitten by Stephanie.

Jan Gehl talk - Sep 11

City Talk: Creating a Great Pedestrian City - The Work of Jan Gehl

"Internationally renowned Danish architect Professor Jan Gehl will share his observations on the ways we can make Sydney a truly great pedestrian city at this free City Talk.

For over 40 years internationally renowned Danish architect Jan Gehl's career has focused on improving the quality of urban life, especially for pedestrians.

Jan will discuss how his research on public spaces and public life has been applied successfully in cities across Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Australia. He will also share his observations on the ways we can make Sydney a truly great pedestrian city.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP will introduce Professor Jan Gehl and the MC will be James O'Loghlin, 702 ABC radio evening show presenter and host of the ABC-TV 'The New Inventors'.

The free City Talks presented by the City of Sydney and The Sydney Morning Herald, are designed to stimulate discussion on our urban environment..."

When and Where:
Tuesday 11 September, 6.30pm - 8.00pm (Doors open 6pm), Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay

Tickets are essential and available from the City's Angel Place Box Office. Bookings can be made by phone on 8256 2222 or click here to book online.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

This Is Not Art - Newcastle Sep 27 - Oct 1

This is not art 2007

"This Is Not Art is Australia’s premier independent, emerging and experimental arts festival held in Newcastle, Australia. The 2007 program presents five heady days of creative over-stimulus with workshops, exhibitions, artists presentations, readings, roundtables, performances, panel discussions, project presentations and screenings. All FREE. It's only the gigs that will cost ya!"


Translucent World exhibition - Aug 29 - Nov 11

Translucent World

"Translucent World is an exhibition of Chinese jade from the outstanding collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, featuring the manifold uses of jade depicting nature as a reflection of human beliefs and emotions.

Since ancient times, the Chinese have revered this ‘heavenly stone’, carved to produce the most prized ornaments and ceremonial implements. Nature, worked in a diversity of themes and styles over the millennia, has remained a potent source of inspiration for artisans. Since China's Neolithic period, real and imagined creatures of the earth - turtles, birds, dragons or other monsters - were endowed with special attributes, as revealed by their depiction in jade. Gradually the flora and fauna of nature became jade’s most important subject matter. After the Tang dynasty, the landscape with its mountains and streams came to occupy a distinguished place within jade’s thematic repertoire. Designed to decorate cultural implements or sculpted into evocative boulders, these works embodied the universal longing of cultivated individuals to escape their quotidian world to commune with nature. As a crucial component of the nature and its rhythms, humans are represented as part of this translucent world.

Chinese depictions of nature through jade are seldom mere representations of the external world. Rather, they explore nature as a reflection of the human ideal. These ideas about nature, as well as their manifestation in jade, are consistent with Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism, all of which stress humanity’s oneness with nature..."

Where: Asian Gallery, Ground level, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road
The Domain, Sydney


Australian Bookbinders Exhibition 2007 - July 16 - Sep 27

Australian Bookbinders Exhibition 2007

"In the world of digital publishing the artisan bookbinder could well be an endangered species. Annual exhibitions of the bookbinders’ art have been held since 1997, providing a focus for practitioners' skill and creativity. This is the first time it has been held at the Gallery."

Research Library, Lower Level 1
Art Gallery of NSW
Monday - Friday, 10am–4pm (excluding public holidays)
Until 9pm Wednesdays



Evolve exhibition by Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott - Sep 6-29

Evolve - Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott

"EVOLVE - Solo exhibition by Australian glass artists Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott.
With botanical creations by Saskia Havekess of Grandiflora, Sydney..

Opening night and artist talk 12th September
Sabbia Gallery presents this long awaited solo exhibition by two of Australia’s most successful contemporary glass artists Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott.

Evolve marks their 15th year together in a partnership rarely seen within any art medium. This exhibition further explores their recent exploration of botanical forms in the Australian environment, and the play of light through the form and surface cutting. It is built on the life that they share together in Sydney’s Northern Beaches..."


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

COFA Spring Fair 2007 - September 15

COFA Spring Fair 2007

The COFA Spring Fair is on again 15 September at COFA UNSW.
This year's program of activities include:

* Art Exhibitions at Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Kudos Gallery and COFAspace
* Fine Art & Design market
* Open Studio Walks
* A live DJ area
* A series of Short Courses on digital image portfolio, felting, gilding, Shibori dyeing and stretching a canvas
*COFA Talks: Meet the Makers: Soda_Jerk screen and discuss their indie opus: ¡®Pixel Pirate II: Attack of the Astro Elvis Video Clone¡ The Art Life: Art on the Idiot Box with Andrew Frost
* Science-Fiction/Science-Fact: Show and tell with SymbioticA resident, artist Boo Chapple
* Printmaking demonstrations, coffee, cake and MORE!

When: Saturday September 15, gates open at 10 am
Where: COFA UNSW, Entry via the Greens Rd entrance


Hope Street Markets - Oct 5, 6, 7 Sydney

Hope Street Markets, Surry Hills

The Hope Street Markets will be on again on October 5, 6, 7. Designers will be selling their products including clothing, jewellery, accessories, object desgin and art at the markets.

Address: 182 Campbell St, Surry Hills. Open Fri 5/10 from 6-9pm, Sat 6/10 and Sun 7/10 from 12-5pm.


Once - movie

Once movie

"Once is the inspirational tale of two kindred spirits who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin. One is a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his own songs. The other is a young mother trying to find her way in a strange new town. As their lives intertwine, they discover each other's talents and push one another to realize what each had only dreamt about before. Once is their inspiring story. Written and directed by John Carney (On the Edge, Bachelors Walk), Once is a nod to the classic musicals of the past, while it is also grounded in the bohemian world of struggling young Dubliners that he knew from his days as a young musician." Director:John Carney, Cast:Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

The movie opens in Sydney August 30 at the Dendy. Looks like a movie worth watching!

Once movie's website:

SMH review:

Dendy cinema website:

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Saturday InDesign

Saturday InDesign Sydney was on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July. There are a number of design showrooms that open their doors mainly for the design profession (architects, interior designers, specifiers etc) to visit. Many showrooms offered cloth bags with brochures of their products inside, food and drinks, and even live music. They had buses carting people around to the various showrooms as well. The areas covered included: Pyrmont, Surry Hills, Chippendale, Waterloo, and Alexandria. I enjoyed the new PYD building. It houses a number of showrooms including Roger Sellers bathroomware and Koda Lighting. Showrooms visited over the two days included: James Richardson, FY2K, Steelcase, Hafele, and Porters Paints.

Saturday InDesign:

PYD Building, Waterloo:

More photos of the day over at Flickr:

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Chris Chun's Fragile Beauty exhibition - opens Sep 13

Chris Chun

The Fragile Beauty exhibition will feature New Works on Paper by Chris Chun.

The exhibiton will run from 11-30 September at the Washhouse Gallery in Rozelle, Sydney.
The opening night will be Thursday 13 September.

Chris Chun's website:
Washhouse Gallery's website:

Monday, July 16, 2007

Monday to Friday tshirts

I like the idea of these tshirts, especially the Friday one.

"Beep, beep, BEEP, BEEP, [hit snooze] Beep, BEEP, SHIT! Yep, you're late again, and you don't even have time to decide which pair of underwear is cleanest, let alone what you actually want to wear.

Monday to Friday tees are the answer to what to throw on in the mornings, the lazy man's (and woman's) uniform. Super-comfy, instant fashion, every working day of the week.

Just say 'no' to crippling clothing indecision, get yourself some of
these puppies, lay back and hit your snooze button. Twice."


Sunday, July 15, 2007

d/Art/07 - Jul 13 - Aug 18

Friday 13 July to Saturday 18 August 2007

Tue - Fri: 12.00 - 7.00pm, Sat & Sun 10.00am - 6.00pm
Gallery 2

"d/Art/07 is the tenth anniversary of Australia's premier screen and digital media arts events presented by d/Lux/MediaArts. d/Art/07 examines the increasingly fragmented edges of the digital media world, where device shifting, bandwidth and media distribution technologies are fast becoming the key apparatus of contemporary screen culture. Exploring multi-user online environments such as Second Life the exhibition looks at how artists are penetrating the 'In World' to access the new audiences and unique opportunities these spaces offer.

d/Art/07 provides a sophisticated point of entry to some of the best examples of recent digital media works from Australia and overseas, complimented by a program of online and real-world screenings, industry discussions, talks and public forums."


Fernando Romero architecture lecture - August 8

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture 2007: Fernando Romero

"Fernando Romero, eminent Mexican architect and founder of LAR (Laboratory of Architecture) presents an illustrated lecture on this internationally recognised practice. Since establishing LAR in 1999, Romero has generated unprecedented spaces such as his award-winning Bridging Tea House Jinhua City, China, demonstrating his commitment to the exploration of new geometries and materials that redefine the contemporary built environment.

Distinguished for their dialogue between context, culture and refined spatial forms, Fernando Romero’s two architectural studios LCM (Laboratory of Mexico City) and LAR have been recognised with numerous national and international awards. These include the International Bauhaus Award 2004, SARA Prize (Society of American Registered Architects) 2005 and The Red Dot Award - best of the best, for Bridging Tea House 2006.

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture is presented by the MCA and Arts NSW, in association with Sydney Design 07, the Royal Institute of Architects and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs."

Date: Wed 08 Aug 2007
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art 140 George St, The RocksInternational Architecture Cost: $15/$10 MCA and RAIA Members and Concessions
Bookings essential: 02 9245 2484 or email


Sydney Design 07 - August 14-19

The 11th Sydney Design festival will include the following events:

SD07 International speaker: Joel Gethin Lewis of UnitedVisualArtists
Date: Mon 06 Aug 2007, Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Venue: Powerhouse Museum

Romancing wool - Akira Isogawa in conversation with curator Glynis Jones
Date: Wed 08 Aug 2007, Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Venue: Powerhouse Museum

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture 2007: Fernando Romero, eminent Mexican architect and founder of LAR (Laboratory of Architecture)
Date: Wed 08 Aug 2007, Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art 140 George St, The Rocks

d factory: Great design for under $10
Date: Thu 16 Aug 2007, Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Venue: Powerhouse Museum

Young Blood: Designers Market
Date: Fri 17 Aug 2007, Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Sat 18 Aug 2007, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: Powerhouse Museum


Looking Back Looking Forward - July 17

Architecture Foundation Australia and The University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning present: Looking Back Looking Forward

Speakers: Glenn Murcutt, Peter Stutchbury, Richard Leplastrier and Brit Andresen.
"Four of Australia's foremost award winning architects will reflect upon their past works and suggest how we go forth to meet the considerable challenges of the future. The lecture will be presented in conjunction with the seventh annual Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class, with participants from around the world."

Free public lecture. No bookings. First in best dressed.
Place Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney.
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Friday, June 29, 2007

Sydney Opera House Celebrates World Heritage

Sydney Opera House

"Sydney Opera House was formally recognised as one of the most outstanding places on Earth with its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List on June 28.

Sydney Opera House is now listed alongside other universally treasured places such as the Taj Mahal, the ancient Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef.

The expert report by the International Council on Monuments and Sites to the World Heritage Committee states, "Sydney Opera House stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind."

Sydney Opera House Architect Jørn Utzon received the news that the building is to be inscribed on the World Heritage List, saying "World Heritage Listing is fantastic... thank you very much."


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pastizzi Cafe, Newtown

Pastizzi Cafe recently opened at 523 King St, Newtown. They have savoury and sweet pastizzis. We tried the chicken and mushroom, empanada, and spinach and ricotta ones. Tasty and great value at $1.60 each. They have them on the trays behind the counter. Also tried the chicken and mushroom ravioli $9 and it was really fresh and yummy.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Takayon exhibition - 4-17 July in Newtown


Yoshie Takahasi is holding her 1st solo exhibtion titled KM5 at the Beehive Gallery, 441 King St Newtown from 4-17 July. Her portfolio website is called Ghinjo Graphica and you see more of her illustration, graphic design and multimedia work there.


Beehive Gallery website:

Cool building in Chippendale

Walked past this cool building in Little Queen St, Chippendale the other day. I like the font/lettering of the signs.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Clothes swapping rather than shopping

Article in the SMH titled: 'Swap till you drop' about the new trend of swapping clothes with others either online or at swap events.

Websites mentioned: Clothing Exchange, Swapstyle and Vogue


Saturday, June 16, 2007

LTC Peter Irvine - Gloria Jean's Coffees - 28 June

The next Last Thursday Club (LTC) event topic is: From small to big..
The event will be "packed with info on how you can transform your small business into a large one and build a brand to be one of your greatest business assets.

Speaker 1: Peter Irvine, Managing Director, Gloria Jean’s Coffees
"If you’re interested in fast growth; what to do when no one wants to work for you; how to handle cash flow stress; and giving your customers a consistent experience every time, then you’ll love the Gloria Jean’s Coffees story. Peter Irvine will reveal the genius behind the Gloria Jean’s empire and how he built it to be one of the best known brands and fastest growing businesses in the country."

Speaker 2: Carolyn Stafford, Connect Marketing Professionals will talk about "Small Business, Big Brand"


Saturday, June 9, 2007

Inaluxe interviews artist, craftser Anna Blandford

Inaluxe's Kristina interviews Anna Blandford of the label Anna Laura on her blog. Anna Blandford is based in Melbourne and she creates beautiful artworks, bags, pouches, wallets and badges.


Anna Laura art blog:
Inaluxe's blog:

Hope Street Markets - till Sunday 4pm, 10th June

Hope Street Markets

"The Hope Street Markets are a creatively supported environment for young talented designers to promote and expose their talents through different mediums.

Hope Street Markets is a collaboration of young designers in: clothing, accessories, jewellery, object design, and art..

Hope Street is a non-profit organisation. We will be donating money from the markets to help support Hope Street - Urban Compassion projects helping bring Hope to the streets of Sydney’s homeless."

I visited the market this afternoon and it was great! The space was really cool - kind of like a club atmosphere with a DJ spinning records, lots of people milling about and designers selling colourful, fun, interesting products from coasters to bags to jewellery to brooches.

Designers at the markets are listed here:


Monday, June 4, 2007

Blogger's blogs of note site

"Interesting and noteworthy Blogger-powered blogs, compiled by the Blogger Team.
For historical context, see Concerning the Historie and Nature of Blogs of Note."


Article on successful people who didn't finish school

Article in the SMH titled: 'I never finished school'. Successful people who didn't finish high school include Sandra Yates, chairwoman of Saatchi & Saatchi, Lindsay Fox of Linfox, Tom Potter, founder of the Eagle Boys Pizza chain and others. The article talks about some of the characteristics and attitudes of these people which have helped them be successful.


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

South End cafe

A new casual cafe has opened on King St, Newtown near the St Peters station end. Tried the South End brekkie with halloumi, olives, fried eggs, sausage, and bacon and the Chorizo, chickpea stew which was on the Specials board. The chocolate milkshake was pretty refreshing too.

Out of the box - architecture talks 18 July and 9 August

Out of the Box

"Join leading architects, academics and urban designers in lively debate followed by informal chat with drinks and nibbles at the MOS bar.

To coincide with the Homes in the sky exhibition we begin with the subject of sustainable housing for our future and the viability of ecologically sustainable housing design.

Out of the box 1 | Wednesday 18 July
Can we reduce our global footprint or is it too late? What does the changing demographic of Australian cities mean to the quarter acre block and the barbeques in the backyard?

Speakers include:

Adam Haddow
Adam Haddow is a promising young architect, a Director of SJB Architects and the 2006 recipient of the 40th Anniversary Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship.
Recently returned from a 4 month sabbatical, Adam will discuss new movements in medium density housing projects from his investigations in the USA, Europe and Japan.

Frank Stanisic
Frank is the Director of Stanisic Associates and has designed collective housing projects throughout the Sydney metropolitan area including Mondrian, Zone, Edo and Rose. Winner of the RAIA Premier’s, Wilkinson and Special Jury Awards, his projects focus on ideas of eco-minimalism to create unplugged, breathing and permeable environments. He teaches at UTS Design Studio V and has been published locally and internationally.

Rod Simpson
Rod Simpson of SW Architects was instrumental in developing the NSW Government’s BASIX legislation, designed to ensure that all new homes use less water and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Rod has also worked on the Metropolitan Planning Strategy to show the big picture for the state’s future growth.

Caroline Pidcock (Chair)
President of the Australian Sustainability Built Environment Council and past president of the RAIA. Her principal in practice focuses on the ecologically sustainable design.

Out of the box 2 | Thursday 9 August
What can architects and designers do to help solve the energy and resources crisis? Houses in the sky? Medium density living? What more must we do to address the problems facing us all in the years to come.

Speakers include:

Kim Crestani
Principal of Order Architects and designer of the innovative add-on called the Pod System,.Kim is also the recipient of the Marion Mahony Griffin Award for her contribution to architecture.

Tina Engelen
Designer for the Altair apartments astride the Cross City Tunnel, Caroline has formed a new design company to address the issues of medium density living.

Stephanie Smith and Kim Mcbryde, Innovarchi Architects
Stephanie and Ken met during the 4 years they were working with Renzo Piano in Genoa and Paris. They established Innovarchi in 1996 and were the local representative architects for Renzo Piano on Aurora Place (Macquarie Apartments and ABN AMRO Tower). Innovarchi then went on to design the Podium of the Q1 tower, one of Australia’s tallest residential buildings. They are now working on a sister project, an 80-storey residential tower in Dubai, and a 3-hectare master plan adjacent to the Auckland CBD involving 20 buildings and 1400 apartments. Both projects are driven by underlying concerns for sustainability.

Peter Droege (Chair)
Conjoint Professor, School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Newcastle. Author and public speaker on urban design, author of The Renewable City and director of

Museum of Sydney on the site of first Government House | 6pm – 8:30pm | General $20 Conc/Members $15 | Includes a tour of Homes in the sky with curator Caroline Butler-Bowdon from 6pm and refreshments from 8pm following the talk | Bookings essential T 02 8239 2211

Each hour of participation in these events may contribute to the annual informal CPE requirements for architect’s registration."


10th Sydney Writer's Festival - till 3 June

For program details go to:

Australian Timber Design Awards - entries close 31 August

The Australian Timber Design Awards are a national competition to promote and encourage outstanding timber design in the built environment professions.

The aim of the Awards is to develop a timber design ethos through the encouragement and showcasing of superlative timber design in a variety of applications. A broad range of entry categories demonstrates the diversity of timber and permits recognition of achievement in a variety of areas.

The Australian Timber Design Awards are open to builders, designers, architects, engineers and landscapers: to anyone involved in the design or building of structures that feature timber. A separate section in the residential category is available to students and entrants aged 30 or under.


Furoshiki: Reviving a Dyeing Art - till 1 June


"In his latest exhibition, artist and Tsutsugaki Yuzen master Shumei Kobayashi combines the classical Japanese hand dyeing technique Tsutsugaki Yuzen, with the delicate furoshiki wrapping cloth..

Living and working in Kanazawa, the birthplace of Tsutsugaki Yuzen, Shumei is among one of the few Tsutsugaki Yuzen practitioners left in Japan and continues to work hard at sustaining the legacy of this dyeing craft. Tsutsugaki Yuzen is a classical hand dyeing technique, which evolved approximately 400-years ago, and is characterised by its complicated process. Similar to batik, the artist will make an outline of the design onto fabric using a resist paste. The resist paste - a steamed mixture of glutinous rice powder, rice bran, lime, water and salt - is applied to the fabric using a finely pointed funnel-like utensil. After the outline is drawn onto the fabric, the artist will use a selection of natural pigments to add colour and bring the image to life.

Furoshiki will showcase thirty of Shumei’s new furoshiki designs as well as a number of his larger trademark noren (door hanging) works. On the 18th and 23rd of May Shumei will hold two workshops where participants can learn about the many ways to fold and use the furoshiki. Shumei will also be demonstrating the Tsutsugaki Yuzen technique on the 15th and 26th of May."


Green Building Seminars - 3-6 June

Designbuild 07 have a list of green building seminars you can attend for $33 per session. Topics and speakers include:

* 6 Star Building Performance: the 40 Albert Road Experience by Mark Lister, Szencrop, Energy COnservation Systems Pty Ltd
* Climate change means a change in Climate design by Tone Wheeler, Environa Studio
* Innovations in Green Building Design by John Macdonald, DesignInc
* Living the Green Building Dream by Siobhan Toohill, Stockland
* Going beyond appearances by Frank Stanisic, Stanisic Associates Architects


Beautiful Minds Nobel Prizes exhibition - till 30 June

The Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Prizes

"What is creativity and how can creative activity best be encouraged?"
"Which is more important to the creative process: the individual or the environment?"

"Beautiful Minds examines these questions by presenting selected Laureates and milieus from the 100-year history of the Nobel Prize. The Exhibition does not provide specific answers, but gives visitors the chance to think about these questions for themselves.

Characteristics of creativity are explored through the research of more than thirty Laureates such as physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, the work of Peace Prize Laureate Martin Luther King, and the literary works of Selma Lagerlöf..."

Where: UTS Tower Building, 1 Broadway, Ultimo


The Leonard Da Vinci Machines Exhibition - till 1 July

Leonardo da Vinci

"The Artisans of Florence bring to you the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci, in Sydney for the first time on the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter. This remarkable internationally acclaimed exhibition displays over 60 models of Da Vinci's famous machines, inventions and designs based on ancient codices.

Leonardo da Vinci dedicated himself with passion to scientific studies in anatomy, biology, mathematics and physics. His manuscripts, exhibit ingenuous solutions to practical problems of his time and he was able to imagine future possibilities such a flying machines and automation..."

Proudly Sponsored by IWC Schaffhausen

Till Sunday, 1 July 2007


Does it really get recylced? - 16 June

Marrickville Council: Does it really get recylced? Come see for yourself

"Marrickville Council residents recycle more than 8,700 tonnes of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal each year. As part of World Environment Day, Marrickville residents are invited to a free tour of the VISY Recycling Facility to see what happens to their recycling after the trucks collect it. The tour includes transport and will take approximately 2 hours. Refreshments and a free gift will be provided as well as a trivia quiz with prizes. Meet at Marrickville Council Depot, 15-17 Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters, on Saturday 16 June at 10.30am & 1.30pm. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Call 9335 2131 to secure your seat on the bus. Limited to ages 14 and over.

Saturday 16 June, 10.30am and 1.30pm
Meeting Place: Marrickville Council Depot, 15-17 Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters


MUJI Award 02

Theme for 2007: Re. Re-think. Re-design. Re-use. Re-fuse... Show us how you can discover and conceptualize Re in a familiar, everyday thing.

"MUJI is proud to announce the second in our series of MUJI Award Internaional Design Competitions. Our theme for 2007 is RE, which stands for the reinvention of everyday life that is MUJI's greatest resource. So we ask designers submitting proejcts to focus on reality, in which people are both part of the environment and whose lives create the environment. Each submission should embody a new angle on the everyday of a kind that provides the foundation for everything that MUJI does. We look forward to seeing this competition inspire the creation of future MUJI products."

Entry period: 15th May - 31st July 2007

Gold Prize winner (1 award) 20,000 US dollars
Silver Prize winner (1 award) 10,000 US dollars
Special Prize winners (6 awards) 2,000 US dollars


Monday, May 28, 2007

Tokyoflash - Cool Japanese watches

For new ways to represent the big hand and the little hand check out these watches.

"Limited Edition and exclusive to our store. You will not find watches like these anywhere else in the world except for specialist shops in Japan. We ship worldwide, direct from Japan to your door & we promise a fast and friendly service. If you're looking for a super cool watch, then you've just found the only place to buy one."


d factory Design Literacy discussion - 31 May

"Some would say the talk surrounding design is as important as the design itself. Elegantly produced books, design journals, a growing array of design related websites indicate there is a global community critiquing design and an equally appreciative audience tuned into design issues. Regular d factory host Nell Schofield joins Karen McCartney, publisher/editor of InsideOut and author of 50,60,70 Iconic Australian Houses: 3 decades of domestic architecture (to be published November 2007), Kate Bezar publisher/editor of Dumbo Feather, pass it on and Dr Paul McGillick, Editorial Director of Indesign Publishing to look at what it means to be a part of the design publishing world."

6pm – 6.30pm Drinks and music in the Café with DJ
6.30 – 7.15pm Design Literacy discussion
7.15 – 8.30pm Drinks and more music

Where: Powerhouse Museum, Courtyard Café – enter via Macarthur Street


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Atelier Bow-Wow: Tokyo Anatomy

Archinect features an interview with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-wow.

"Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, along with his partner Momoyo Kaijima, is one half of the Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-wow. Founded in 1992, Atelier Bow-wow is one the most unique practices of its generation... Bow-Wow embraces a kind of accidental urban vernacular, using their research/work to chronicle the complex - and often unforgiving - logic of the city. Acting as urban detectives, Bow-wow has catalogued the agility of Tokyo's fabric to produce radical programmatic collisions (Made in Tokyo) and nuanced micro architectures (Pet Architecture).

These observations have figured heavily in their own work, as documented in recent publications Post-Bubble City and Graphic Anatomy. Armed with the understanding of architecture's maneuverability in Tokyo, Bow-wow posits a practice engaged in what they call "lively space." This is a kind of space that is willingly infected with the accidents of site and program rather than trying to control or sterilize them.

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto recently completed teaching a studio at Harvard GSD and runs a lab at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

I caught up with Tsukamoto in Toronto at the TD Centre and later in Tokyo at Bow-Wow HQ to talk pets, public space, stairs, zoning, metabolists, and manga kissa. - Mason White

Part two of this conversation is available in Mark Magazine #8."


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bear on the street

Blue Bear

Saw this very cute blue bear resting on top of a bin on the street. What was his name? Why did he get placed outside? Did the giver and receiver of this bear break up and he was too painful a memory?

He spent two chilly nights out on the street. Late this afternoon, someone claimed him. Hope he went to a nice warm home.

May Lane street art

May Lane street art

Mays website:

Jim Woodring exhibition at Kinokuniya - 24 May to 12 June

Jim Woodring

Catch Jim Woodring - creator of the comic books Frank and Jim at Kinokuniya, the Sydney Opera House, and at the Sydney Writer's Festival.

Jim Woodring's website:

Jim Woodring's blog:

Monday, May 21, 2007

Marc Newson designs Qantas' new first-class lounge

Article in the SMH titled: 'Qantas unveils new first-class lounge' about the new Qantas first-class lounge at Sydney International Airport designed by Marc Newson. The budget is $20 million. It opens for business on May 23.

SMH article:

Photo gallery:

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Angelo Candalepas talk - 17 May

"Angelo Candalepas graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney in 1992. He runs a practice of around 20 people in Sydney and is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales

Since commencing Candalepas Associates in 1999, the practice has been involved in the design and construction of institutional, university, schools, commercial, aged care, residential and interior design projects as well as large-scale projects of master-planning and town-making. Refreshments will be served in the lobby from 6.15 pm, and a copy of the the Australian book "Austral Eden" will be given to one lucky person in the audience."

Free to attend. Book at the link below.

When: Thursday 17 May 07, 6.15 pm for 7 pm
Where: Home Ideas Centre, 61 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria 2015, in the auditorium upstairs from the bookshop.


Breaking Down the Visual Effects of Frank Miller's 300 - 6 June

"Join Popcorn Taxi for a look behind the creation of the stunning visual effects on Frank Miller's "300", and how Animal Logic brought the film's stylized world to life.

Animal Logic's Senior Compositor Lindsay Adams will break down the process of how the Sydney based team created millions of Persians battling 300 of Sparta's finest soldiers in fully CG environments.

The talk will feature a look inside the film with a detailed breakdown of the process behind some of the heaviest digital compositing work done on the show, including the Crazy Horse sequence where a 3 head camera system was used to capture multiple lens lengths of the same action that were seamlessly composited together to achieve one massively long piece of killer action.

Lindsay will follow the visual effects process from start to finish, demystifying the tools and techniques that are used to create the amazing images you see on the big screen. The presentation will include a selection of clips and previously unseen material.

Lindsay Adams specialises in visual effects and digital compositing for feature films and has worked on films such as House of Flying Daggers, Stealth, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, Happy Feet and 300.

This Program Is Rated: MA
When: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 - 7:30pm
Where: Greater Union Bondi Junction
Address: Level 6, 500 Oxford Street, Westfield Bondi Junction
Entry: $16/$14


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Ashley Goldberg interview on Etsy

I enjoy reading Ashley Goldberg's blog over at She sells prints of her illustrations through Etsy. Etsy did an interview with her in their featured seller section.


To read the latest Featured seller interview, go to: You can also read archive interviews by clicking on the interviews on the right hand side.


Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair - 27 June till 1 July

"The Craft & Quilt Fairs are Australia's premier craft event. The Fair tours 10 locations across Australia and New Zealand making it a must see event for any craft enthusiast. The Fairs are a dynamic combination of inspirational displays, education, and access to buy the latest products, tools, kits and accessories for every craft imaginable."

Where: Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont NSW
When: June 27 - July 1, 2007, Wednesday - Sunday 9am - 5pm Daily
Craft Classes commence Monday 25th June.


Saturday, April 21, 2007

May Lane street art

May Lane street art

Mays website:

iinovate podcasts blog

"iinnovate is about innovation and entrepreneurship. We're looking to bring you exclusive interviews with some of the world’s foremost innovators, and to have them share their unique experience, advice and outlook. We seek to feature leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and designers."

The blog was created by Matt and Julio, students at Stanford's Business and Design schools.

Podcast interviewees have included:
Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google
Craig Newmark is the founder of Craigslist
Dr. Ed Catmull, co-founder and President of Pixar
Alex Tai, Vice President of Virgin Galactic
Philip Rosedale, Founder of Linden Labs and Second Life and others...


Young Blood Designers Market on TODAY - till 5pm

Young Blood Designers Market

Went to the Young Blood Designers Market last night. It started at 6pm. The products were really cool. The design quality was really great. Definitely worth a visit.

Stallholders include:

Akina - Bear Massacres range of t-shirts and pins. There's also the Teddy Bears Picnic Range featuring Akina's interpretation of classic Fairytales.

Imok - Art / Fashion / Illustration. Cool characters on tshirts and pins.
W: and

Bilingual - Unique unisex rings. Sterling silver.

EllA Fashion - unique clothing designed by Pamela McGraw.

People Like Us Style - iPod skins. Sticker art that also protects your iPod.

Smug Designs - Objects, jewellery by Rik Juod and Marcelo Zavala-Baeza

Hamb - illustration artwork by Simon Obarzanek on clothing.

In-Sync Design - contemporary jewellery designed by Iris Saar Issacs and Jane Barwick

bholu - home, lifestyle products designed by Jodie Fried and created by the Gujarati women in India

Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street Ultimo
Friday 20th April, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 21st April, 8:00am – 5:00pm


Monday, April 9, 2007

Festival of German Films 07 - 19-29 April

See a range of German films presented by the Goethe-Institut Australia at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington and The Palace Cinemas on Norton St, Leichhardt.


d factory podcast archives

The Powerhouse Museum run free monthly d factory talks. If you missed a talk, you can now go to their podcast archives to download and listen to it.


High Tea with Mrs Woo talk - 15 April

The fashion designer sisters from the High Tea with Mrs Woo label will be speaking at the The Powerhouse Museum as part of the museum's 'Insight on Sunday' program.

"Our Sunday illustrated lecture series features a great variety of topics and passionate speakers. Join us afterwards for an informal debate in ‘Speaker’s corner’ at the Level 4 cafe. Free with Museum admission."

Talk: "Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it"
"High Tea with Mrs Woo, fashion design team Life is hectic, challenging and wonderful for the 20-something year old, three sister Chinese-Australian fashion design team from Newcastle. Join them for an afternoon of conversation and tea as they cook up a juicy Sunday feast of fabric and frock-making, travel and inspiration, short circuits and burnt pockets, fashion chaos, sustainability and design."

Target Theatre, Level 3, Sunday 2.00–3.00pm
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo


High Tea with Mrs Woo's website:

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Pecha Kucha on tonight! - March 29

Pecha Kucha Sydney Volume 3 is on tonight. Presenters will include:

Mel Young - Contemporary Jewellery
Kate Bezar - Editor, Dumbo Feather
Lou Weis - Artist
Kate Porter - Environmental Engineer
Matthew Taylor - Animator
Leanne Rule - AGDA Cockatoo Island Project
Brendan Cowell, Alice Babidge - Wharf2Loud, STC
Lisa Cahill - Glass Artist

Where: Commercial Travellers Association, 19-29 Martin Place, under the 'Mushroom'. Bar opens at 6pm, presentations start at 7pm.

W: Pecha Kucha Sydney info:

Friday, March 23, 2007

Akina exhibition at Kinokuniya 14-27 March

Akina exhibition at Kinokuniya

View Akina's The Teddy Bear's Picnic exhibition at the Kinokuniya bookshop gallery from 14-27 March 2007.

Level 2, The Galeries Victoria, 500 George St, Sydney

Akina website:

Monday, March 19, 2007

Bholu products


Bholu is the work of Australian designer Jodie Fried. The products are bright and funky looking.

"Bholu products are designed in Australia and brought to life by traditional Gujarati women artisans from the remote desert communities of The Rann of Katchchh, Western Gujarat, India. Each piece is hand embroidered using traditional techniques, giving each product its own unique and original personality.

The philosophy behind Bholu is about creating products that we love and live with, while benefiting people we work with along the way. By using their traditional skills, the women artisans gain an income, hence independence and opportunity.

Bholu designs are simple, textural and bold and are designed for contemporary interiors and modern day living. Bholu products include cushions, throws, slippers and journals all made from wool felt with silk hand embroidery stitching. Further we are introducing a new kids range called "Bholu Bubalahs" featuring individual drawings from underprivileged children in India."


Tezuka: the marvel of manga at the AGNSW


"TEZUKA Osamu is acknowledged as an artistic master, and is revered as the figurehead of the manga and anime industries in Japan. In the West he is best known for Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion which were serialised internationally for television in the 1960s.

Manga is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. Manga is respected both as an art form and as a form of popular literature. Manga has a huge global following and has had a major influence on international comics and animation.

Tezuka Osamu (1928-1989) drew over 150,000 pages of manga and created over 700 manga titles during his lifetime. His work is acclaimed for its complexity and originality and his drawings showcase an extraordinary calligraphic dynamism.

Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga is a tribute to the importance and depth of Tezuka’s creativity. The exhibition features over 200 original works from the late 1940s to the late 1980s including black and white ink drawings as well as colourful designs for covers and posters.

Philip Brophy, curator of the exhibition and Australia’s leading authority on Japanese manga and animation and said “This is the first time Tezuka’s original drawings have been seen outside of Japan. The exhibition presents the unique power and importance of the manga form within Japanese culture”.

Organised by the National Gallery of Victoria in association with Tezuka Productions in Tokyo, the exhibition features work from the two main streams within Tezuka’s prolific output; his manga for children and youth-based audience (including Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor and Princess Knight), and his gekiga (drama pictures) that are more seriously toned, adult orientated narratives (including Crime and Punishment, Buddha and Phoenix)."

Associated programs include:

Studio Ghibli free film series
Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
21 February to 29 April 2007
Broadening and expanding the horizons of the artform of anime (Japanese animation), Studio Ghibli is one of the most significant animation studios in Japan. Established in 1985, it continues in the philosophical tradition of Osamu Tezuka, the visionary creator of Astro Boy, producing magical, award-winning animations by renowned directors such as Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and others. This film series, screening in conjunction with "Tezuka: The marvel of manga", is a comprehensive showcase of the output of Studio Ghibli and includes such classic titles as The cat returns (2002), Spirited away (2001) and Kiki's delivery service (1989).

23 February to 29 April 2007
Art Gallery of New South Wales