Thursday, May 30, 2013

Yolanda Be Cool

There are a couple of upcoming events worth mentioning today.  On Sunday, an Alumni and Community Makers Market is being held at Ivanhoe Grammar School Ridgeway campus from 8.30 am to 2 pm.  Entry is gold coin donation to support UNACAS Orphanage.  Email: for further information.  Besides yummy food and coffee on offer, I've also spied some gorgeous hand made goods for sale including ceramics by Lene Kuhl-Jakobsen, hand made knits from local artist Teresa Bennett, beautifully printed textile bags and heat packs, felted bead necklaces, retro fabric aprons and hand made terrariums.  One for the early birds!
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Also wanted to mention the Gurrumul: His Life and Music by Robert Hillman (who will be signing books) book launch event at Montsalvat next Tuesday night at 6.30pm. Tickets are $85 per couple and $75 for singles and include a signed copy of the book and refreshments.  Bookings are essential on 9439 8700 or email:  I've seen and heard numerous video footage of Gurrumul performing and collaborating with people like Sting, Sarah Blasko and exciting new Australian artist Flume and I think the story behind the artist would make for a very interesting read.
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I'll be back with a new local profile for you tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Plants and Animals

Botanica is the name of the exhibition currently showing in the Access Gallery at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre showcasing selected work of NMIT Visual Arts students who spent a day drawing in the Royal Botanic Gardens earlier this year.  This exhibition of artworks interprets the natural world and is the first time their work has ever been publicly shown for some of these students.  The Royal Botanic Gardens are always wonderful to visit and if you have kids, the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is a must.  If you're heading to the peninsula, the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens are also a complete revelation (and oasis) with Australian indigenous flora and fauna on show.
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Big Game Hunting by Fiona Hall has also been showing at Heide Museum of Art for a while now.  A contemporary artist, Fiona Hall's works transform everyday materials into vital organic forms with both contemporary and historical resonances.  Her trans-disciplinary exhibition highlights her recent practice (think 21st century hunter's den which is a little on the dark side) and focus on the interface between nature and culture.
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Also just a last minute reminder too that Art by Twilight is on this Friday night at Heide.  I think if I had a spiritual home, Heide would definitely be it!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Winter is coming

Yes - I had to throw that line in for all you Game of Thrones fans out there.  It is hard to believe having experienced such a mild Autumn, but winter is less than a week away.  I was reading this morning that it's the first time David Jones has ever sold more bikinis than coats and jumpers this season.  Speaking of which, David Jones is actually celebrating it's 175th birthday this year and I do love the store.  I was always a Myer shopper being from Melbourne but after I was appointed PR for David Jones for Victoria many years ago now, I have never really looked back.  I do prefer the brands, the customer service and the store layouts.  There's also a book on David Jones written by Helen O'Neill who also wrote a book I have on textile designer Florence Broadhurst.
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There are a couple of sales currently on which are worth mentioning.  Obus is having a winter sale with up to 50% off some of its clothing range (limited stock).  Online sustainable fashion retailer Indigo Bazaar is also on sale with up to 40% off its brands and textile designer Nicole Cerini currently has 20% off all her One Planet bags.
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As for me, I have bought a few pairs of funky tights from Tightology online and look forward to wearing these over the winter - I think I will always be an accessories junkie!

Monday, May 27, 2013

A lunch to remember

Mr Rosanna and I celebrated our anniversary last week with a special lunch in the city.  There are a few places I've been wanting to go to for a while, which all start with the letter 'C'.  And while I will have to wait another day to visit Cumulus Inc and Chin Chin, we had a lovely afternoon, and mid-week break, in the subterranean depths of Coda on a cold, wintry day in Melbourne.
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After bypassing a truck about to unload in the lane way, we were seated at a corner table where I got to look out, and up, at passers by on street level - it felt quite New York.  I'm glad I got a little dressed up as the other tables mainly consisted of corporate diners all wearing suits.
Pacific oysters with coriander, fingerlime & tabasco - yum!
 We had really great service (all male on the floor) and the food was excellent as you would expect - I loved the fact that quite a lot of what is on offer is Asian-influenced or seafood, which made me feel right at home.  Mr R and I went a la carte spending roughly $170 (there are also set menus) - starting off with the freshly shucked Pacific oysters  followed by crispy prawn and spanner crab starters both made with betel leaf, rice paper rolls, a sensational shared main of the 12 hour beef ribs matched with the calamari and green papaya salad finishing off with the pistachio sponge made with roasted figs, spiced crumble and pannacotta for dessert.  It's making me hungry now just thinking about it!
12 hour beef ribs with radish kimchi and calamari, green papaya and cucumber salad
So much to choose from in Melbourne, I am yet to go to a Mexican restaurant of any kind which has been big for a while here and I've also heard great things about Attica for a long time now as its star has continued to rise not just here but globally.  We are spoilt for choice!
Mr R and I after demolishing the dessert

Friday, May 17, 2013

Local profile - Siobhan Wolff

While Mother's Day may have been and gone, I always think one of the nicest presents you can give to your mum, your partner, parents or other significant people in your life is a beautiful photograph taken of you and your family.  While they say never work with children or animals, photographer Siobhan Wolff does this on a regular basis - she is one brave woman!  She also took my children's photographs and as you'll see from her pictures of her own beautiful family, she is a natural with children.  Read on for more about Siobhan.

Name: Siobhan Wolff
Occupation: Newborn, maternity, children and family photographer
Lives/works: Kew
How long have you lived/worked here? I have been in the Kew area 8 years
Describe yourself/what you do: 
First and foremost, I am a wife and dedicated mother of 3 beautiful children.  After having children of my own, I was looking for a professional vocation that didn't take me away from my children and add to the pressure of running a household of 5.  My passion for photography has been long lived, and finally I found myself with the opportunity to invest in my passion, with an ever increasing hunger to improve my skills and hence allowed me to start my business.  I believe the power of a photograph to provide a memory to last a lifetime is a timeless treasure.  I personally have a complete gallery of photographs of my children decorating my kitchen wall, and they truly make me smile every time I walk past them.

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne's northeast:
I am South African born and lived in the UK for many years, and have been fortunate enough to have travelled extensively.  I truly believe Melbourne is the best city in the world to live in.  I love the culture here, the weather, the people and it is a fabulous place to bring up children.

For more information:
Mobile: 0406 065 397

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The great indoors

There are a few markets on this weekend.  Closer to home, the outdoor Eltham Craft and Produce Market is on this Sunday.  I actually bought a gorgeous headband with detachable flower clip from Little Cookie the other week at the school Mother's Day pamper night but I'm happy to see Kirsten sells her wares at this market and if you have a little girl in your life, then these are the bomb!
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The Take 2 Market is also on this Sunday at the Northcote Town Hall where close to 50 stall holders will be selling their gear.  I've still got jacket envy after seeing Rina Chia's zebra patterned vintage number the other week - I think it's a great opportunity to pick up some amazing, one off pieces of clothing for your wardrobe this winter.
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Finally, Love Vintage starts tomorrow at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton and runs all weekend.  If the weather stays as cold as it's been all week, then this would be a great day in(side) for all you vintage lovers out there.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A wild life

We have a bird fetish in our house and I think it's because of the amazing bird life out this way - we get owls who come and sit on our TV aerial at night, marauding cockatoos (such clowns!) attaching the lawn and trees during the day, ducks crossing the road near Warringal Park and everything in between.  My son Thomas has now moved on from peacocks and is back into birds of prey.
The Ghost Cockatoo by Darren Gilbert
Speaking of which, the four wildlife artists known as Wild 4 Art - Darren Gilbert, Janet Matthews, Vida Pearson and Rodger Scott - are once again showing at The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham from 16 May - 16 June with the official opening this Sunday from 2 - 4 pm.  Gilbert's work included finely cross hatched black and white work and recycled metal sculptures, Matthews' shows animal and bird personalities in pencil, Pearson's work includes strong, colourful linocuts while Scott's work is extraordinarily realistic.
Who's a pretty boy? by Janet Matthews
While the show mainly focuses on birds, there will also be some African animals in the mix as well.  Pearson favors big game and birds, Gilbert concentrates on Australian fauna, Matthews draws predominantly Australian creatures and Scott paints Australian and North American birds.  Entry is free.
Red Tailed Blacks by Vida Pearson
Nb.  Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Modes of Impact

This is the name of an exhibition which is currently showing at LUMA (La Trobe University Museum of Art) and forms part of a partnership Arts Exchange Program with the Alteneo Art Gallery Collection of Video Art at Alteneo de Manila University in the Philippines.  Modes of Impact is a selection of video work recently acquired for the Alteneo Art Gallery's permanent collection and represents a snapshot of the current socio-economic and political landscape of the Phillipines and the new urban landscape brought about by globalization and the country's rapid economic growth. Ph: 9479 2111 or visit  Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 5 pm.
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Meanwhile, the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is currently showing Tooth and Nail - cross cultural influences in contemporary ceramics - a dynamic exploration of contemporary artistic practice and cultural influences by Asian and Australian ceramicists.  There is also a Curator's Talk by Stephen Gallagher detailing the outcome of a 10 year partnership between RMIT University and educational institutions in the Asian region with a particular focus on the Hong Kong Art School.  RSVP 9496`060 or
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Local ceramicist Lene Kuhl Jakobsen's wares can now be found at the NGV shop co-inciding with the opening of the Monet's Garden exhibition.  Would make a lovely Autumn/Winter's day out in the city now that the weather has started to turn cold...
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hello Hollywood

I was given complimentary tickets by my client Avant Card who is one of the sponsors of Hollywood Costume currently showing at ACMI in Fed Square.  So today, I got a chance to go taking as my guest the fabulous Rina Chia (wearing an amazing vintage zebra patterned silk jacket no less!) from Take 2 markets and Miss Moneypenny.  Wow!  It really is an exhibition you should all go and see.  There are costumes from over 80 major Hollywood movies ranging from Gone with the Wind to The Wizard of Oz, Breakfast at Tiffany's to Blade Runner.
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You're greeted in the dark underground space by a big screen showing a montage of images from a series of iconic movies and Nicole Kidman's costume from Moulin Rouge is also displayed up on high.  From there, the costumes are grouped into three different 'scenes' which are all broken down into sub-groups.  What makes it particularly interesting is the use of screens - every costume shown then depicts the 'head' of the actor from the movie, as well as other talking heads like the movie Directors and Costume Designers.  Both Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep have almost one section entirely devoted to them and their costumes over the years.  It all makes for one interactive, exciting experience if not on the noisy side given the buzzing screen conversations and movie theme music playing in the background.

I particularly loved a lot of the amazingly detailed and very glamorous gowns from the 1930s as well as a trio of dresses from Chicago, The Seven Year Itch and Breakfast at Tiffany's - the latter two showing how small both Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn's waists really were (tiny!).  The men are not forgotten either, with superhero costumes, suits from James Bond movies as well as a whole host of other action movie outfits in the 'Gunslingers & Blades' sub-group.

A tip for visitors: go first thing during the week and to avoid the crowds at the front, I would actually start looking at the exhibition from the back or right hand side of the space. There is also an associated film program 'Gowns by Adrian: Dressing MGM's Leading Ladies' which also starts at ACMI on 16 May offering a rare opportunity to see some of the biggest stars dressed by one of its most talented costume designers from the Golden Age of Hollywood (1930s). Big tick!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Affairs of the Art

It's a great name for the title of this book by Katrina Strickland, which is being launched at Montsalvat tomorrow at 7 pm.  The book explores the role that benefactors play in burnishing an artist's reputation after he or she dies and includes interviews with those handling the estates of artists including Fred Williams, Brett Whitely, John Brack and Howard Arkley to name a few.  The cost is $45 for singles and $55 for couple and includes one signed copy of the book, a glass of wine and nibbles.  Prepaid bookings are essential on 9439 8700 or
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Speaking of art, Heide is holding an Art by Twilight event on Thursday 30 May from 6 - 9 pm where you're invited to join them for an evening of art, music and enlightened conversation with artist Fiona Hall and curator Kendrah Morgan to the sounds of Breaking and Entering DJs.  BBQ and drinks available for purchase from Cafe Vue.  Cost is $25 for adult and $20 for Heide Member/Conc (includes admission and a glass of wine on arrival).  Places are limited - call 9850 1500 to book.
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Finally I was out and about to day and stopped in at the Elk Accessories retail showroom and head office at 395 Plenty Road in Preston (parking out the front or in side street).  You can find the occasional bargain necklace there if you go through the accessories drawers on the right hand side wall and there are some lovely clothes, leather goods and accessories for sale for all the funky mums in your life.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Local Profile - Rosanna Ceravolo

Well technically she's from the inner west but furniture designer Rosanna Ceravolo's work can still be seen here in the north east at the Home: Reframing Craft and Domesticity exhibition at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space until 11 May (hurry - last days!).  And besides, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have someone called Rosanna feature on Miss Rosanna!  I love the simple, bold geometric lines of Rosanna's work, which to me is a little Art Deco-inspired.  Read on for more.

Name: Rosanna Ceravolo 
Occupation: Architect and furniture designer 
Lives/works: I live in West Footscray and I work in the cbd.
How long have you lived/worked here?
I have always lived in the inner west.  I have been working in the city for the past few years.

Enzo sidetable
Enzo sideboard

Describe yourself/what you do: 
Like most architects, I have always been passionate about furniture and product design. Having an architectural background is a great platform for other creative pursuits. I know many architects who have delved into fields such as fashion, art and product design. A couple of years ago, I began work on my debut furniture collection which was released in 2012. Since then I have been working on expanding my product range as well as on commission - based pieces for private clients. 

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cruising around

There's a lot happening around the place this weekend.  If Saturday is as beautiful as today, then the Olympic Village Makers Market would be well worth a visit.  I've been meaning to get to this one and West Heidelberg is slowly being re-newed along with Heidelberg Heights which is also an up and coming area.  Don't forget to visit Jam & Cream if you're in the area and needing refreshments!

Also on this weekend is Nillumbik Artists Open Studios celebrating 25 years.  If you're feeling like a cruisy drive around the Nillumbik region - there are 25 participating artists you can see practising in their own studios over three different zones in Nillumbik.
For those of you who like cute, furry animals, it's also National Alpaca Week 4 - 12 May and locally, Sian Rickards of Bee Sew Crafty and Omaru Bed & Breakfast is holding an open farm event to celebrate, Kingsview Alpacas just down the road from Sian at 190 Hildebrand Road will also be holding an event. Contact or call 9714 8796 for more information.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sometimes chaotic

Lots on this coming weekend which I will post about tomorrow.  Mother's Day is also coming up and there are a few online retailers that currently have special offers on or are worth a look including Blue Caravan, Elk Accessories and Nicola Cerini.  Both Elk and Nicola Cerini are offering a Mother's Day gift with purchase if you subscribe to their newsletter.  If you're a lover of design, the new Lightly online shop is also highly recommended.

Mr Rosanna and I took the boys to WaterMarc in Greensborough for the first time last weekend and it was definitely worth going to - the boys had a ball with the water playground but were a little too small/scared to try the biggest water slide in the southern hemisphere!  Lots to like - it's all very clean, big and state of the art when compared with a lot of other neighbouring aquatic and leisure centres.

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There's a new exhibition which starts at Heide this weekend called The sometimes chaotic world of Mike Brown - I think the name of his exhibition sounds a lot like my life at the moment!  More tomorrow.