Light, linen and leather

IMG_1846 IMG_1870 IMG_1872 IMG_6287IMG_6282Wearing – Me & Arrow linen shift, Mr Sparrow necklace, Belmore shoes

Introducing a new love in my life – Belmore. The quest for local, handcrafted goodness caused me to stumble upon Belmore’s Instagram feed and I was instantly smitten. Honest, no-fuss aesthetic meets fine, quality craftsmanship.

What makes Belmore even more unique is that their goods are manufactured in a 100-year old factory in Sydney from local full grain kangaroo leather to produce beautiful durable shoes and accessories with a life and story of their own.

Be sure to discover the rest of their range here. Fascinating facts about their factory, team and process can be found here.

P.S. They’re having a sale and shipping is free within Australia!

The Stirling Ranges

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Good golly, where has all that time gone…? In all honesty it’s been consumed by all-work but that doesn’t necessarily have to mean no-play, and the time certainly hasn’t been dull. Jinn has been knuckling down to smash the crap out of a few exams, and I’ve been settling into a new job after a very hectic and often stressful year. All the more reason to come back to this space and create and express.

So whaddaya know? Western Australia has mountains – real, bona fide, actual mountains. Well, mini ones by global standards.

Over the deliciously long four-day Christmas weekend, we made the split decision to go camping. Lured by the views promised from the top of Bluff Knoll and other peaks around the Stirling Ranges, we had been feeling an increasingly insistent desire to detach and go hiking – so off we went. It was the perfect idea, the campsites were peaceful and secluded whilst everyone did the family Christmas thing and the weather unseasonably and mercifully cool for summer.

That said, the trip was not without hitches. Keen to get up those peaks, in embarrassing noob fashion we found ourselves with desperately low levels of fuel right smack bang in the middle of the sprawling national park with the closest petrol stations closed and enjoying their Christmas barbies. And let’s not forget to mention a certain person falling down a waterfall on our way back home through Pemberton. (Not me.) Despite the dramas, a couple of spats, and a few heart-stopping near-death experiences, we had an incredible time and will definitely be getting ourselves down here again soon.

Recommendations? Of course you’ve got to do Bluff Knoll because it’s the climb, and the highest peak, and do believe people when they tell you it’s windy up top – pack an extra layer, preferably of the windproof, windbreaking kind. However, we’d recommend Mount Trio as it’s nestled amongst a bunch of other small mountains and provides magnificent views too. Be brave and don’t mind a bit of rock-scrambling. Sunset views are just breathtaking so remember to pack head-torches for your descent.

Maybe together

adventure-13adventure-1-6adventure-2adventure-14adventure-1-10adventure-1-11 adventure-1-8 adventure-20adventure-1-9adventure-1-13Sometimes it’s hard for me to get out there and meet new faces. Growing up, I don’t think you could have met a more silent child than me, I was the product of being the youngest of a bevy of siblings and cousins who were more than happy to speak and think for me and a self-esteem so low that it often felt like social situations would cause tight chains to paralyse my voice and I preferred to pay more attention to words and worlds books could wind around me than the gaze of others. Things have changed, but that small girl still grips my heart once in a while because she is still me.

Last weekend we went to the Secret Garden. We enjoyed the company of many, and I always revel in the presence of those so free in expression, be it through body, music, art or speech. Judgement was something I feared from a very young age and to be in an environment completely free of it is a blessed feeling.

Surrounded by the deep greenery, black mud underfoot, the afternoon was whiled away with the best kind of people, the ones you feel free to be silly with (well, to be yourself with, which for me is truly very silly) and those where the conversation can be plenty or little, it doesn’t matter and it’s all good. The sun’s golden rays fell lower and lower until they were just peeking through the leaves and most departed to swim in the sea and we went on to enjoy a sunset film.

Happiness is freedom. You passionate, free people – you inspire me.

Artist Open House Fremantle

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Boy oh boy, are we all in for a treat this weekend! Hot on the tails of the Open House Perth, Artist Open House Fremantle is on this Friday through to Sunday.

Seven Fremantle residences (all within walking distance of each other) have been filled with local art and beautifully styled into living, breathing galleries. This unique concept showcases art in the home, so we not only admire it but can better see how it could fit and enrich our own living spaces.

Exciting and new to AOHF is the Styled House, a collaboration with superstar stylist Jo Carmichael. Everything in this house from the art to the textiles to the furniture are for sale. We were lucky enough to be given the chance to have a sneaky preview look of this amazing location. As you can see from our photos, the place is just a dream, an absolutely feast for the eyes and unfastener of purse strings.

Well now you know what your plans this weekend are, start your day off at Ootong & Lincoln, not only serving up its usual tasty fare and coffee but also acting as the AOHF Headquarters this weekend! Be sure to head over to the Artist Open House Fremantle website to find out more details and download a map!

Artist Open House Fremantle / IG @artistopenhousefremantle / Facebook / Friday November 13th to Sunday November 15th

Get ready for Open House Perth 2015!

ohp-1-13ohp-1ohp-1-2ohp-statetheatre-1-3ohp-pre-2014-8ohp-pre-2014-9ohp-pre-2014-1This coming weekend sees Open House once again invite you inside, around and on top of more than 80 locations around our green and growing city. Running over Saturday and Sunday, explore the heights of the Central Park Tower rooftop, the unmistakable baroque excess of His Majesty’s Theatre, or even look inside some of Perth’s newest spaces such as the Cathedral Square and the Perth City Link.

An exciting change to the Open House program is the addition of a number of food and drink venues, such as Bar Lafayette and The Flour Factory, some of whom will be doing something a little special for the event such as tastings or exclusive menus. Personally, we can never go past a visit to the architect-designed homes dotted around the city. A quick glance at this year’s selection and I’m already certain that I’m going to end up inspired to makeover our own home yet again.

Take a look at the Open House Perth program over here to plan your weekend’s itinerary!

Open House Perth 2015 / Saturday 7th November and Sunday 8th November

Go somewhere

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Jumping a little ahead in time, New York was the last stop in our holiday. By this time, we’d roasted ourselves in the Californian desert and breathed in the pine-scented air of the Oregon forests, and now found ourselves on the other side of this vast country pounding concrete, dodging yellow taxis, and weaving through the busy streams of people.

We decided this time round to stay in Brooklyn in a sweet apartment in Williamsburg, a great decision as it took us away from the Manhattan bustle and into the smaller and (slightly) less trodden streets where it’s more about being effortlessly cool than the incessantly bright lights and flashy Broadway smile. Relaxed chic is the brand, and places selling vintage threads to boutique cheese ooze out of every nook and cranny.

Brooklyn is the Solange to Manhattan’s Beyonce, and no offence to the Beycrew but I know who I’d rather hang with.

Summer Camp

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Summer Camp is a gorgeous shop run by Rachel and Michael housed in a renovated old gas station that specialises in custom picture framing and faultlessly curated home decor, vintage collectibles with a healthy smattering of jewellery and other personal accessories.

Rachel, store curator and mumma extraordinaire, draws from the nostalgia and aesthetic of her childhood summer camps to create a space that really transports you there, almost as if you’ve walked into a Wes Anderson movie! Focussing also on locally made goods, her collection of ceramics and woodwork is an absolute dream. A single visit to this place and I guarantee you will feel like setting up a teepee and never leaving.

Summer Camp / IG @shopsummercamp / 1020 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, California

Meet Alina – artist, Tussie Mussie maker and flower whisperer

alina-tang-1 alina-tang-5 alina-tang-6 alina-tang-7 alina-tang-12alina-tang-15 alina-tang-8alina-tang-16Equal parts art and dream job combined, Alina Tang has been popping up around town with a cart brimful of flowers bringing cheer and bright bouquets to the streets of Perth.

Tussie Mussies is a unique art project by Alina commissioned by the City of Perth for Transart Experimental 2015. It explores the culture of gift-giving, the meaning of flowers, interwoven with the art of conversation. A beautiful contrast to our current society’s ethos of taking, winning and achieving, passers-by are drawn in by curiosity and the promise of a free little Tussie Mussie of flowers just for them.

What inspired the name Tussie Mussies and what does it mean?

The term “tussie mussie” is a quaint, endearing term that was used in the early 1400s for a small, round bouquet of herbs and flowers with symbolic meanings. My performative art project, Tussie Mussies, is a celebration of flowers, gifts and meaning-making.

My mobile flower-cart carries different flowers with meanings that refer to positive traits of human beings. I visit various locations around the Perth CBD where I create personalised bouquets for passers-by, talking to them about the many layered meanings and identities of the flowers they choose. Through these conversations I hope to find out stories about female identity and strength, using them to add and alter the meanings of the flowers. I just love how the artwork continuously evolves with each exchange, growing in complexity of meaning.

What drives and inspires you? If you could do just one thing all day long what would it be?

I love pretty, soft, sweet, handmade things. I am inspired by all the lovely, generous and hard-working people around me and other great artists in the world doing amazing things. I don’t want to be a lazy person either, so that drives me to make work too.

I would love to say if I could do anything all day long it would be cuddle in bed with a cute boy, eat sorbet and pick flowers! But more realistically I would love to spend a whole day uninterrupted in my studio making things with a grooving playlist. I wish I could do that everyday!

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would it be?

I love so many artists it would be so hard to choose just one! I would love to paint a giant mural with Lily Van Der Stokker, create an immersive work with Rebecca Louise Law, install an ephemeral floral, glittery, sugary magic world with Pip and Pop, perform with Miranda July, dream of love projects with Aleksandra Mir, and draw with Tracey Emin! (and so so many more – I hope they would love to work with me too!)

You’re a multiple hat-wearer and can be found in so many places around the Perth arts scene. Tell us more about all the different roles you have!

I have so much love in my heart for the Perth arts scene – there’s always so much going on! I work part-time at Beau Est Mien Prints and Design, a gorgeous printmaking studio and shop on William St in Northbridge. I manage most aspects of the business and also teach some pretty rad workshops on the weekend! I work with the best team of people including my best friends and a tiny sausage dog named Lulu. I couldn’t wish for a better job!

I also manage The Common Room at Paper Mountain, an artist-run initiative comprised of a gallery, studios and a creative co-working space. The Common Room is a bright and airy shared space of collaborative creativity with plenty of sunlight, pot plants and lovely people. Everyone who works at Paper Mountain is a volunteer, and we devote our time and energy to running it just because we love it!

I also work as an artist assistant for Pip and Pop (aka Tanya Schultz) creating magical, glittery, dreamy sugar installations all over the world. Most recently, we were at Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay in July, and last year in Taipei for Very Fun Park, and at the end of this month we’ll be at Cut Out Fest in Mexico! Tanya is the most generous and gorgeous human being to work with and most of our install time is spent chatting about boys and love stories.

Besides those things, I do my best to maintain my art practice and create new and exciting projects whenever I can!
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Come see more of Alina’s fascinating and engaging work at her upcoming exhibition, Anthologia, in collaboration with poet, Steven Finch.

Anthologia opens at Paper Mountain on Friday 9th October from 6pm. Be prepared for an evening that explores the combination of the spoken word with both visual and tactile art to create something truly and excessively beautiful.

Alina Tang / Be sure to follow @giantpansy on IG to find out where the next Tussie Mussies is going to pop up!

Finding Salvation

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Salvation Mountain / near Niland, California / Bring plenty of water, it is hot!

 

 

Ace Hotel Palm Springs

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ace-hotel-8ace-hotel-1-5ace-hotel-2 ace-hotel-3Palm Springs is quite possibly the coolest little desert gem ever. And within said gem, Ace Hotel & Swim Club is more than reason enough to take that absolutely gorgeous drive out from LA. A great place to soak in the endless sunshine and poolside vibes, its proximity to Joshua Tree National Park and other must-sees like Salvation Mountain and Moorten’s Botanical Garden and Cactarium means that it is the perfect spot to relax, down a cocktail or two and get a facial before continuing the rest of your adventure.

Effortless cool and decor that simply oozes Coachella Valley meant that the checkout process practically involved a crowbar and an eviction notice to get me outta there.

Recommend:

  • Feeling like you’re constantly in a photoshoot for some very cool magazine.
  • Ordering the queso fundido and ceviche and washing them down poolside with a cocktail whilst watching the sun set behind the mountains. Glorious.
  • Making funny faces in the old school photobooth. Again. And again. And again.
  • Releasing your inner diva at the Amigo Room’s regular karaoke night.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs / 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 / enquire.psp@acehotel.com

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