Thursday, June 27, 2013

Spinning a yarn

We're now approaching mid Winter and it sure has been a crazy few days in Australia with the winter solstice, the super moon and now a new (old) Prime Minister.  I sometimes wonder what people overseas must think of us Aussies and all our goings on in politics.  Mr Rosanna and I have been watching Borgen on SBS most Wednesday nights and I almost prefer to watch a fictional TV drama series about the Danish female Prime Minister than turn on the television here....
I've been stocking up on vintage winter woollies and wanted to mention a couple of things.  Local textile artist Teresa Bennett is currently a Winter Artist in Residence at The Yarra Sculpture Gallery in Abbotsford and holding an Open Studio this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 5 pm.  Opening drinks are being held on Saturday and Teresa's works are quite sublime both in terms of the wools she uses to the designs she creates.
Siri Hayes image via
Yarn bombing has been popular for while now - think urban and suburban guerilla craft makers covering items in the outside environment in wool and you will get the idea.  Yarn Bomb Heide is being held this Sunday at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen where children are invited to join photographer Siri Hayes yarn bomb around Heide and then take a photograph of the scene just as Hayes has done for her exhibition at Heide.
Image via Elk Facebook page
Elk Accessories is also having a massive 4 day sale with up to 90% off previous seasons' stock - the sale started yesterday and runs until Saturday.  It includes discontinued jewellery, apparel, knitwear, shoes, boot and bags (no new season) - everything is at least three seasons old.  The sale is at their offsite warehouse at the old Peerless Glass Factory 296 Plenty Rd  in Preston from 10am - 5 pm today and tomorrow and from 9am - 3 pm on Saturday.  Parking is available in David Street and cash (less queueing for cash) and credit card (Mastercard & Visa) accepted.  BYO shopping bags.  You can call with enquiries on 9478 1800 or email:  They will also hold an online sale from 3 July the week after if you can't make it to the warehouse sale.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Happy snaps

Well the opening of The Ethics of Style at The Light Factory Gallery yesterday was a big success and it was great to meet many of the participating artists in the exhibition.  Sydney-based sustainable fashion designers Rachael Cassar and Gemma Anastasiou flew down to Melbourne to attend the opening.  Brisbane-based illustrator Kerrie Hess also came down for the opening while Melbourne-based illustrators Michel Canetti and Angie Rehe didn't have too far to come!  Some of the higher profile guests included Rina Chia from Take 2 markets and her husband Andrew as well as Georgia McCorkhill from The Red Carpet Project.
L-R: Kerrie Hess & Sigrid McCarthy photo by Patrick McCarthy
Congratulations must go to the gallery's talented, young guest curator Sigrid McCarthy - the show looks fantastic with each illustrator given their own walls and sections in the gallery to showcase their work and the three installations of 'looks' by fashion designers Joseph Jang, Rachael Cassar and Gemma Anastasiou are all pretty amazing.  I particularly love Rachael's beautiful couture outfits in black and white.
Me with Sarah - photo by Patrick McCarthy
Much of Kerrie Hess' illustrations have already sold so if you're after some original, one-off pieces for your walls, you need to be quick.  I've signed up for Angie Rehe's fashion illustration workshop on 27 July and there are still places left for both this and Leeyong Soo's refashioning workshops on 20 July for those of you who are interested.
The beautiful, blonde and very tall Kerrie Hess and me - photo taken by Rina Chia
Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant

Friday, June 21, 2013


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It's hard to believe with this lovely winter sunshine but today is actually the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere - the shortest day (and the longest night) of the year when the sun is at its weakest.  The word 'solstice' actually means 'sun set still' in latin.  And while I console myself with the thought that I might one day be in the northern hemisphere doing Solstice in Times Square (a mass yoga class and festival to celebrate the summer solstice), winter hasn't really been too bad so far.  With all the sales on the moment, I have bought an investment piece in a down jacket from Kathmandu which has been keeping me pretty toasty when the temperatures have been below 5 degrees these past few mornings.

Bonfire image via
Another thing which will keep you warm is the second annual Winter Solstice Bonfire being held tomorrow from 4.30 pm at Montsalvat, which I think is a fantastic idea in keeping with the tradition of lighting bonfires (using Yule logs) in the dark to rest and reflect, with the light symbolising the return of the sun and longer days.  The bonfire will be lit around 5.45 pm and there will be a lantern parade, live music and entertainers, food and beverage stalls and even the CFA in a big red truck (maybe to put the fire out if necessary!) and The Meeting Pool restaurant will also be open for dinner with bookings essential on 9431 2681.

Also a reminder that the Monty Farmers Market is on tomorrow from 9 am - 1 pm at Montmorency Primary School, 60A Rattray Road in Montmorency.  If you're in Monty, it's also worth checking out  Espresso 3094 and The Second Hand Shop.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Ethics of Style

Christine Pan
It's been a long time coming but The Ethics of Style sustainable fashion design and fashion illustration exhibition starts today at The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham with the official opening on Sunday from 2 - 4 pm.  It's an exciting one for me given my love of both eco-fashion and fashion illustration and I have really enjoyed telling people about it.  I have my own fashion illustration print at home in my bedroom and there are some amazing works from Australia's leading fashion illustrators on show including Kerrie Hess (sister of Megan Hess), Brooklyn-based Edwina White, Michel Canetti, Christine Pan, Caitlin Shearer and Angie Rehe.  Angie is also taking a fashion illustration workshop on Saturday 27 July for $110 from 10 am - 4 pm.
Kerrie Hess
Edwina White
The work of three sustainable Australian fashion designers will also be on show including Gemma Anastasiou (who features in the current issue of Peppermint Mag), high end designer Rachael Cassar and newcomer Joseph Jang.  Truly inspiring stuff!  Peppermint Magazine's Leeyong Soo will also be running two consecutive refashioning workshops at the gallery on Saturday 20th July for $60 from 10 am - 12.30 pm and 1 - 3.30 pm.  The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am - 4.30 pm.  Entry is free.
Gemma Anastasiou
Rachael Cassar
Joseph Jang
Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


My immediate and extended family are Chinese Australian, yet many of my family members have long had a fascination for Japanese culture and stints living in Japan over the years.  I guess that's the beauty of being born in multi-cultural Melbourne.  Sadly, I've yet to go myself but it doesn't stop me liking all things Japanese in terms of its food, art and culture.  I'm not the only one, Asia has also inspired local artist Nerina Lascelles and her 'Japonism' exhibition starts today at Montsalvat's Long Gallery and runs until 25 August.  The official opening is being held tomorrow night from 6.30 - 8.30 pm with a 'Meet the Artist' event being held from 1 - 3 pm on Saturday 13 July, 3 & 24 August.
She Oak Moon image by Nerina Lascelles via
I like Japanese art because a lot of it is nature-inspired - think bamboo, cherry blossom, peonies, orchids and flying cranes.  I've been lusting after a kimono robe from Beautiful Robes for a while now but can't make up my mind as all the designs are pretty lovely.  The environmentalist in me also likes the fact that they do a bamboo robe as well, bamboo is known for its thermal qualities and given how cold it's suddenly got, I'm liking anything that makes me feel warmer!
Cherry Blossom Kimono Robe by Beautiful Robes

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Little Melbourne Kitchen

Is it Tuesday already?  Surely not!  Winter has descended and I think I spent most of the past weekend eating.  It's been a while since I caught up with my besties - they've been popping out babies, moving houses and going back to work so it was great to have brunch with them at the aptly named Friends of Mine cafe in Richmond on Saturday.  It was jam packed inside and my BFF Jules somehow always manages to score a park outside the front as well as an inside table (she got there half an hour before us) where there was enough space to park not one, but two prams and strollers.  A little different from the brunches of past when we were all single ladies - we spent most of the morning manhandling babies and wrangling errant toddlers.  The food and coffee were excellent - I had the smashed avocado with poached eggs and left an empty plate.
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Mr Rosanna and I also had a very impromptu yum cha with the boys post swimming class on Sunday morning at Golden Dragon Palace in Lower Templestowe.  It was the perfect thing to do after exercise mid-morning on a winter's day.  We rang straight after swimming had ended and they managed to squeeze us in for an hour between 11.30am and 12.30pm which was fine when you're in and out with young kids.  As for the boys, I think they'd died and gone to food heaven macking out on fried calamari, spring rolls and crispy skin pork (the naughty stuff) plus an assortment of steamed dim sum and noodles topped off with egg (custard) tarts.  It doesn't get any better than that people!  And you get very sumptuous surroundings at normal yum cha prices.  Even more of a surprise for a nondescript building (from the outside) located next to McDonald's.

Speaking of food, Lady Bower Kitchen in Reservoir will be holding a pop up cafe every Saturday at the Winter Artisans Markets at the Northcote Town Hall over the next four Saturdays.  You can book their full afternoon tea on 9469 5851 or visit  I've also been watching The Little Paris Kitchen on SBS most Thursday nights since winter started and think in my next life, I'd like to be fashion PR turned Cordon Bleu chef, food writer and TV presenter Rachel Khoo living and working in Paris.  Aahh!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Winter goodness

There are a couple of exhibitions which start today including an exhibition of shortlisted works for the Nillumbik Prize at Montsalvat's Barn Gallery.  The winner and two special commendations will be announced tonight's opening at 6.30pm by this year's judge Christopher Menz - the former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.  Also opening today is 'Earth Matters' - an exhibition of clay art by children at The University of Melbourne's Early Learning Centre with artist Ann Feguson being held at the St Helier Street Store + Gallery at the Abbotsford Convent.  More information at or call 9415 8022.
Hand made magnets at the Ivanhoe Makers Market
And a couple of markets on this weekend - the Ivanhoe Makers Market on Saturday where you might want to start stocking up on hand made and fair trade winter goodies as well as the last Suitcase Rummage at The Thornbury Theatre on Sunday.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Warming up

Brrrr!  Winter has really hit today and I hope you are keeping warm.  There's a poetry and jazz night at Watsonia Library on tonight which I think is a great idea - a culture fix on a number of different counts!
Miss Marie cafe image via Five Senses blog
The Age Epicure ran a Zone 2 dining guide yesterday and as I have long suspected, it is slim pickings in these parts of the woods, or as they said themselves, 'foodie flat spots' from Ivanhoe to Hurstbridge.  And yes, it is a first world problem but why do people assume if you move out to the 'burbs then your sense of taste and desire for something a bit more sophisticated is automatically removed?  Of course, Miss Marie cafe in Rosanna got a mention as well as Indian restaurant Ginger Garlic in Eltham.  Further north, Lady Bower cafe in Reservoir made the grade as well as Off the Boat pizzeria & gelateria at 203 Edwardes St in Reservoir.

In the east, Redcup cafe in Box Hill is one of the few places you can get a coffee in an area known for its dumplings rather than cafe lattes.  Mr Rosanna loves a bit of roast duck and Simon's Peiking Duck Resaturant and Roast Duck Inn in Box Hill are apparently the places to go if you're out that way.  Cafe Vue at Heide Museum of Modern Art would also be on my list of places to go for food in Zone 2 - I was there a couple of weeks ago and had the best almond croissant I think I've ever eaten matched with a good coffee. Yum!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Greening it up

It's World Environment Day today so it seems fitting to post about a few things green.  I've been busy the past few weeks and months not only working on PR for The Ethics of Style sustainable fashion exhibition at The Light Factory Gallery but also Avant Card's Postcard of the Year Awards which were held in Sydney last week.  And I was thrilled that the winner selected by a panel of industry judges was Melbourne Water's 'Build a Raingarden' postcard - a seeded card which could be planted afterwards to grow a native lemon myrtle!  How cool is that?  And even better, it was printed on 100% recycled paper using vegie dyes.
Image via
Speaking of seeds, you can now buy these (just peas and beans at the moment but more to come) online at Bulleen Art and Garden with free postage and no minimum order.  Sounds good for those of you wanting to continue to garden over the winter.

Pure & Green Organics is currently having an end of financial year sale with 30-50% off selected skin and body care products while Biome Eco Store is also offering 20% off all books.

I did make it to the Alumni & Community Makers Market at Ivanhoe Grammar School on Sunday where one of the things I bought was a gorgeous mini terrarium from Petite Garden which is now taking pride of place on my kitchen window sill.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Local Profile - Aliki Zouliou

Well firstly my apologies must go to Aliki as this was supposed to go up on Friday - the day that got away from me.  It's now officially winter and one of the nicest things you can do is book yourself or a loved one in for a massage and try to build up some immunity over the cold winter months.  And even better with a shiatsu massage where you don't have to take your clothes off and bare skin!  I've already told Aliki I think I'll be booking a massage in with her at some stage and lucky Miss Rosanna readers can even get a 25% discount!  Read on for more about Aliki.
Name: Aliki Zouliou
Occupation: Shiatsu Therapist
Lives/works: Eaglemont
How long have you lived/worked here: I have lived here for over 10 years and worked here for the past  2 years.
Describe yourself/what you do:
As a Shiatsu Therapist, I feel that I am very fortunate to be doing a job that I love.  Being able to make a difference to someone's health and wellbeing is extremely satisfying.  Shiatsu is a wonderful therapy that combines both physical and energetic bodywork to return the mind, body and spirit back to a natural state of balance.  So, as a practitioner I have an underlying knowledge, but I am also guided by my intuition and physical touch as I go.  Each treatment is as individual as the client, which keeps my job interesting, colourful and forever changing.
Best thing about living/working in Melbourne's north-east:
The convenience of having everything close at hand, without the congestion of being in the CBD.  I can enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Eaglemont where the Heidelberg School Artists used to paint, and when I need to get into the city, it's only a short trip on the freeway.  Working in this area is great too because I find that the locals are turning more and more towards Complementary Therapies, as they realise the importance of preventative health and the benefits of Shiatsu.

For more information:
Mobile: 0415 369 964
(By appointment only)
Mention 'Miss Rosanna' and receive 25% off your first treatment!