Saturday, September 28, 2013

Chronicling Art and About

To celebrate the end of Liz’s mid semester exams (and the beginning of our mutual week-long holiday), we decided to explore Sydney’s Art and About Festival. Art and About showcases the talent of our local artists, from children to adults, who express their “private lives in public places” through Sydney’s main thoroughfares. 

Art and About have an extensive array of exhibitions that range from day to night, exclusive to every day and free to paid. Although, the one thing they all have in common, is their amusing and eclectic expressions on the strangest of canvases. The first art display we saw, was “Sydney Life”, a photographic display in Hyde Park where the vast landscapes and diverse community of Sydney were publicised.

The next display we saw, is probably the most iconic one of Art and About 2013, called "Snailovation". This exhibiton included 24 huge neon snails, sliding into Sydney’s most iconic and public spaces. We saw the snails at the Queen Victoria Building, Hyde Park, Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place and they promised to bring a few smiles and embarrassing photos (we decided not to upload)

The last exhibition we decided to visit, was “Little Sydney Lives” in Hyde Park, featuring 20 images taken by kids under 11 years of age. Not only did this exhibition make us feel extremely subordinate in talent to children half our age, but also brought us great insights into the perspectives of our youngest citizens. 

After all the meandering through Sydney’s streets and parks, we headed back to Pitt Street to stock up on Frozen Yoghurt at Moochi in Westfield. We then headed back through the mall and (typically) stopped to take in the local talent of Sydney’s buskers. Today, Everything After were performing their rendition of Vance Joy’s, Riptide, pulling in copious amounts of people, including ourselves. Their Indie Roots sound and resemblance to a young Mumford and Sons is aided by their quirky use of a Mandolin and good humour. They are definitely worth a listen, with our favourite summery sounding track, Heart and Mind, perfectly matching a day on the beach with Bulmers and friends.

After this long day, we headed back to Hyde Park to unwind by Sydney War Memorial’s Lake of Reflection.   

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chronicling Milan

With Liz studying for uni exams, and me doing assessments in my uni "break", we haven't had a lot of time to blog, so we apologise. Although we will be back on track very soon so here is a little inspiration until then.

Milan fashion week has just wrapped up, and once again many designers delivered traditional Italian aesthetic and handcrafted garments whilst keeping the designs and atmosphere fresh and exciting. Often the real spectacle is on the streets though, with street fashion photographers such as Tommy Ton capturing moments of pure drama and class.

Therefore, our inspiration has been in capturing the theatrics of fashion, whilst being mindful of the smaller details. And yes, in another form of procrastination, I did paint a little bow tie on my fingernail.  

P.S. If you're needing a break from uni/ work or just a bit more fashion inspiration, do yourself a favour and watch the film 'Anna Karenina'. I did so the other day, and whilst the film itself was a bit different and received mixed reviews, the costumes were breathtaking.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chronicling Dural

Sydney's lovely Sunday morning called for breakfast at Dural's, Wildpear Cafe. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Chronicling Sydney Harbour Bridge + Kirribilli

On this gloomy Friday morning in Sydney's CBD,  we decided a caffeine fix was vital. Although, what probably wasn't "vital" was our choice to do the 3km walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge to get it. Thankfully, it was the best coffee either of us had consumed in a long time, in an intimate, rustic cafe lining Kirrbilli's Upper Pitt Street. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chronicling J.A.C. Draws

All these images are by J.A.C. Draws, a Sydney-based artist who is just beginning to share their creations on Instagram (below). Check out the beautiful watercolour and pen creations that capture Sydney's eclectic inner-city suburbs with more life than any photograph. Every work is individual and reflects a great amount of artistic talent that only few are lucky enough to have. 

Instagram: @jacdraws

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Chronicling Jess' Playlist

Here is a list of Jess' favourite Artists and Albums that make up her Spring Playlist (in no particular order). 
They are all available on iTunes so she strongly recommends that you do 3 things:

Download. Play. Love.

1. One Republic - Native
2. Ed Sheeran - +
3. Mumford and Sons - Babel
4. Vance Joy- God Loves You When You're Dancing
5. Paradise Valley - John Mayer
6. Imagine Dragons- Night Visions
7. Of Monsters and Men- My Head is an Animal
8. Matt Corby - Resolution

Chronicling Liz's Playlist

Here is a list of Liz's favourite Artists and Albums that make up her Spring Playlist (in no particular order). 
They are all available on iTunes so she strongly recommends that you do 3 things:

Download. Play. Love.

1. Dane Austin - Love, Loss, Life
2. Joe Moore - Symphony EP
3. The Gaslight Anthem - The 59' Sound
4. The Coronas - Heroes or Ghosts
5. Michael Fuhrman - Little Step
6. Eskimo Joe - Wastelands (full album released 20/09/13)
7. Matt Corby - Into the Flame
8. Missy Higgins - The Ol' Razzle Dazzle