Thursday, 31 May 2012

TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

We're up for braving the cold now that the Vivid Sydney festival has started. The program gets more ambitious with each year, virtually hypnotising the crowds while providing a perfect antidote for winter nights.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

WHERE IS YOUR CHICKEN FROM?

We love food, as you may have guessed from our regular Sate posts. And we know we're not alone when it comes to wanting to know the source of tantalising treats. Taking that idea to the extreme is TV skit show Portlandia. The hipster couple pictured have asked their waitress about the origins of the chicken on the menu. After some research, the waitress comes back with the chicken's papers. He was called Colin and lived on a nearby farm. With that information on board the hipsters set out to visit the farm to see how Colin lived before coming back to order.

From poultry to porterhouse, we'd be keen to get our hands on a copy of a marvelous magazine from Meat and Livestock Australia called Chef's Special. It's informative, fun and just a little quirky thanks to inventive illustrations and layouts. Butchering tuition has never looked so interesting.

With proteins sorted we're onto the greens. Joost Bakker takes sustainable practice to a whole new level with every venture. His gardens are not only vertical, but edible too. We reckon it'd be easy to try growing this at home and be rewarded with with fresh ingredients at your fingertips...literally!

If you can't go vertical at home, then other options are sprouting up all over the place. Paddington's Trumper Park community garden (pictured) gives its local members fresh vegies, while medium strip and sidewalk gardens across town provide for all. For fresh flowers and fruit you can't go past one of our favourite Saturday morning haunt, the Bondi Markets who celebrated their first birthday last April. We love the social vibe and we're enjoying the opportunity to get to know the growers.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Monday, 21 May 2012

Thursday, 17 May 2012

HEAD OUT FOR HEAD ON

Around this time each year Sydney is taken over by the Head On Photo Festival. With over 200 events taking place over a month, there's bound to be something for everyone's fancy. The drawcard exhibition is the Head On Portrait Prize, which this year saw some 2,400 entrants with just 40 making the final cut. Pictured is SM05.02.067 depicting volunteer Marlene Ford from finalist Simone Rosenbauer's Small Museum series.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

WIGGIN' OUT: GEN Y AT PLAY

Emilio Gomariz's Alternated Spectrum animations are transforming everyday Mac visuals into mesmerising mini-movies. We could try and describe it, but we think it best you experience them for yourself. For more wacky Wiggin' Out treats check out cmdshift3.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

PAINTED PRIZES

The 2012 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes are in their final weeks at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with the usual fiery debate surrounding the judge's choices echoing. Tim Storrier dazzled with an atypical self-portrait, Imants Tillers took the Wynne and Nigel Mislom's pictured Judo House pt 4 (Golden mud) won the Sulman.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Friday, 11 May 2012

STACKING UP

With space at a premium in some Japanese cities and towns, it's little wonder that stacked stuff continues to rise. Japanese architects Met are the brains behind these innovative structures that allow shipping containers to be stacked. They're also portable with the firm using the system for their own office.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

HAIR'S BREADTH

Fairground rides have never looked so inviting as in Pep Ventosa's In The Round series of Carousels (top). Pep's whimsical photographs have an evocative colour palette that seems to sit on the edge of menace and rich beauty. Meanwhile, Korean sculptor Seung Mo Park has turned to portraiture using mesh and wire resulting in alluring and haunting images with eyes that mesmerise. This YouTube video gives more of an idea of how Seung's work comes together. Or read our earlier Barely There round-up.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

THIS IS: GRANNY COOL

Milan Design Week has wrapped for another year leaving in its wake a wave of innovative and inspiring directions. Wadebe's Granny chair was just one that made us sit up and pay attention. The resemblance to Eleanor Amoroso's F/W 2012 knits is uncanny, and we'd not mind being in knots with either option. Is Granny the new cool? (Image: Photographer - David Sessions; Model - Rachel Matthews; Select Stylist - Ben Schofield). It seems knitting continues to hold its own in the trend stakes with Wool Modern now on in Sydney's QVB and yarn-bombing hitting the streets both near and far.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Monday, 7 May 2012

SATE: WOOLLEN WONDERS

Thomas C. Chung's knitted food isn't new, but the idea is still fresh. Housed in small glass spice-like containers Thomas's miniature wool-works are meticulously detailed. We think the peas in the pod are cute, but to get us warmed as winter sets in we'll take the sliders and fries. We'll also keep on eye on Thomas to see what this Hong Kong raised, Sydney educated, Norway living artist dreams up next.