Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Dates in our Diary: Primavera

Primavera has just opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art and this year the guest curator is Katie Dyer from the National Art School. Showcasing the best work from the brightest talent under 35, Primavera promises to please. The artists selected have been chosen not by contemporary trends, but for their individual achievements in their particular mediums. Primavera runs to November 21 at the MCA, Sydney. Image: Wrong Solo 2, 2010 courtesy the artist, Agatha Gothe-Snape.

Monday, 30 August 2010

It's all in black and white

Black and white is rarely out of favour. In Sydney right now Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington is showing The Cell, a large black and white jumping castle by Brook Andrew. Primavera artist Agatha Gothe-Snape makes maximum impact in monotone. Renowned photographers Mario Testino and Troyt Coburn have captured the likes of Kylie, Emma Balfour and Rachael Taylor in nothing more than a white sheet for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. While these striking black and white photographs promote a great cause they also link perfectly with the 2010 Collection in the same palette. Make a bold statement in graphic fashion and feel good about it as the designers of this year's range will donate at least 25% of sales to breast cancer research.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

This is: Turquoise | Enews

This is: Turquoise

Reused and reinvented to striking effect for centuries, turquoise is currently having another moment in the sun. As winter draws to a close down under, we are tantalised by the swathe of cool designers making a splash with the colour of the Caribbean.

There is no denying the emotive aspect of colour and turquoise is no exception. For many it conjures images of idyllic waters, exotic jewels and mood of positive calm. Turquoise is also recognised as Pantone Colour of the year 2010, but where are those who are less than inspired, including the famous trend researcher Li Edelkoort. When chatting to Good Weekend's Amanda Hooton she was crystal clear in her forecast for 2011. "Water is the metaphor – fluid – the fluidity of the fabric, the drape, even in heavy velvets or corduroy. Blues will be important: dark blues and navies ... and turquoise. Not my favourite colour." Nevertheless we've found others who prove it can be worth taking he plunge...

1. Zimmerman has just the thing for a trip to the Caribbean. From floaty and feminine (pictured) to skin tight and slinky, turquoise is set to please this season.

2. Taka Hayashi's sneakers for Vans Vault have an element of surprise with a turquoise outsole and street cred to boot.

3. The Family Jewels is synonymous with turquoise. As the signature colour of this enduring brand it is important to keep the recognition factor fresh. We recently created this gift certificate to be as beautiful as receiving the jewellery itself (almost). With a white exterior the envelope is simple and it is the inside which is designed to surprise (pictured).

4. Tumbleweed artists Francesco Simeti and Andrea Salas were behind Moroso's stand at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2010. Turquoise ripples above in a beautiful light play which contrasts with the furniture to graphic effect.

5. Kettners in London features hues of turquoise throughout their Studioilse designed establishment. Marvel at a modern twist in The Apartment where a jolt of colour awakens the senses in this eclectic interior.

6.This is one bag we would be happy to be clutching. Mui Mui made turquoise precious in ruched leather for Spring Summer 2010.

7. Paola Lenti takes a tactile approach on the Ami chair. Here the chunky weave cleverly adds another dimension to the colour.

8. And who can forget Meryl Streep's dressing down of Anne Hathaway for her ignorance of the subtleties of colour in The Devil Wears Prada? More than just blue, Prada takes a confident step forward with their Resort 2011 collection.

Like it or not, the colour turquoise looks set to stay. Dive in.

Paddington Alive

This week saw Paddington Alive kick off for its second year. Backed by the Paddington Business Partnership, City of Sydney and Woollahra Councils, and the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival it promises to be not only interesting, but fun too.

First up, Blender Gallery will exhibit Ethan Russell's Let It Bleed:
The Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. Tour for the first time in Australia, a must see for Rolling Stones fans. At the Australian Centre for Photography fashion is in focus with Robyn Beeche's London Calling exhibition featuring her collaborative work with such luminaries as Vivienne Westwood, Leigh Bowery and Mary Quant. Step back in time to the 1980s and marvel at the astounding use of make-up. While you're there, step into the main gallery for Zeitgeist Becomes Form where Helmut Newton and Wolfgang Tillmans' work can be seen among many others.

We've signed up for the 'In Conversation' series which sounds great, offering a further insight into the world of fashion from the designers' perspectives.

Paddington Alive culminates with the William Street Lane way Festival on Saturday the 28th. With a quirky mix of old and new William Street is always worth a wander, but we'll be sure to make it there this Saturday when the shops are pulling out all the stops. For a festival sugar fix you can't go past Just William Chocolates, the caramel bomb is to die for.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

This is: Solace

Vanila Netto's new exhibition Solace opens at Breenspace this Thursday. Solace sees the artist embrace natural light, compose images more freely and focus on male subjects. The resulting images are distant yet warm. We're looking forward to seeing the full show.

This is: Bookish

The good news about finishing The Millenium Trilogy is that this year we're free to find lots of new books to enjoy before lights out. Recent favourites are Mr Pip, Water For Elephants, and One Day. Next on the hit list is a little bit of history Although worlds apart, we're keen to learn
more of the seafaring tale Cruiser: The Life and Loss of HMAS Perth and Her Crew by Mike Carlton and the inspiring story of The Widow Cliquot, the grand dame of champagne behind the Veuve-Cliquot empire. Painted by Léon Cogniet, the portrait of the above intrigues us even more.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

This is: Inception

With distorted reality and an Escher-esque dimensions, Inception truly managed to lift our perspective. Like many others, we left the cinema feeling slightly disoriented as we we pondered the film's key ideas of lucid dreaming and dream incubation. But we can't deny that this mind-bending experience had lifted our winter blues. The film explores the idea of people sharing a dream space where it is possible to not only access another's unconscious mind, but to create things impossible in reality, such as the Penrose Stairs. We are genuinely inspired and not the least bit curious about what really goes on while we are sleeping.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Dates in our diary: Jailbreak

Sydney artist Damian Dillon's latest exhibition Jailbreak is the result of time spent in Ireland recently. The photographs have a rebellious character with their digital graffiti obscuring the image below speaking of nostalgia and the idea of 'something else'. It's on now at Artereal in Rozelle.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Must hurry

It's hard to believe that Third Drawer Down's short sojourn in Sydney is coming to a close. Taking on the pop-up format, Third Drawer Down are open for business at Blank_Space in Surry Hills. We're big fans, as evidenced by the number of our friends with growing pillow case collections and our own array of arty tea towels. With just over a week left in Sydney, we're heading across to replenish stock.