Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A vintage affair

There are a couple of vintage events coming up.  Strictly Vintage by Take 2 Markets is on this Saturday at Northcote Town Hall with a heap of fab vintage clothing and accessories from Minette's Vintage, Smokin' Vintage, Lady Divine Vintage Hats and Circa Vintage.  It's a great opportunity to shop for a special outfit that no-one else has or treat yourself to a one off piece.  The event is open from 10 am - 3 pm with a $5 entry.
Image via Circa Vintage Clothing
There is a also a Vintage High Tea at The Thornbury Theatre on Sunday 18 August set to live jazz music.  Doors open at 3.30pm with the show starting at 4 pm.  The cost is a very reasonable $59 which includes high tea and entry fee and group bookings are available. You're invited to embrace the music and glamour from the 1920s and it sounds like a lot of fun as well as a chance to throw on your dancing shoes.
Image via The Thornbury Theatre

Monday, July 29, 2013

Art for the heart

How lovely it is to see my friend local mural artist (and Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital artist-in-residence) Lisa Foley in today's Age on page three no less!  She's just finished completing her Jack and the Beanstalk mural at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg.  All that colour no doubt will lift the spirits of all who find themselves at the hospital - as parents of young kids, we have already visited their emergency department a number of times since moving to Rosanna.
Paris fashion illustration by Angie Rehe
Speaking of art with heart, I did Angie Rehe's fashion illustration workshop at The Light Factory Gallery on Saturday and had an absolute ball.  I haven't picked up pencil and paper since I was at high school so it has indeed been a while.  My fellow workshoppers were all reasonably adept with the process and included a fashion design graduate, a primary school teacher, my best friend Jules who is a fashion buyer as well as Mr Rosanna's aunty Leah an artist.  Luckily I wasn't the only novice there!
Our collective efforts at the end of the day!
Angie is fabulously entertaining and I found out a lot more about the whole world of fashion illustration, particularly Angie's biggest inspirations in Bil Donovan (who she has visited in New York and has run a masterclass with here in Melbourne) and David Downton.  Angie's also looking at printing some of her illustrations on silk cotton squares so look out for these once they are online at her shop as they will be high end and limited edition.  She also writes about fashion illustration on her Patsyfox blog (named after her cat!).
...but wait there's more!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Northern Exposure

'Eat three oranges' is an installation incorporating dance, photography and shadow-play to explore how people react to small, yet precise changes in behaviour - the installation display will be up until Sunday  at Shop 234 High Street in Northcote while two free performances will take place in the window tonight and tomorrow night from 8 pm.  Sounds intriguing!  The three artists involved include two dancers Ashlea English and Emily Altis while Jenna Fahey-White is responsible for photography and projection.  Prints are for sale via email:jennafaheywhite@gmail.com or visit www.jennafaheywhite.wordpress.com  The project is part of the Northern Exposure Festival - the High Street Northcote Visual Arts Festival.
Image via High St Northcote website
Speaking of exposure, it's also Open House Melbourne this weekend and I was one of the 5,000 odd people who threw my hat in the ring to win ballot passes to visit the Flinders Street Station Ballroom.  I believe only 10 lucky people were chosen and it would have been fantastic to see inside.  Even more fantastic is that the council has finally started the ball rolling in terms of developing the station although I think it will be another 10 years before the project is even realised.  Flinders Street Station is one of Melbourne's most iconic buildings and the general public have actually been invited to vote for the design they like the most in the Flinders Street Station Design Competition - I like designs number 1 and 4 for very different reasons but this is your chance to have a say.
Image via Culture Victoria blog
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dream the World Awake

It's a great name for an exhibition and this one is at my old uni RMIT - Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the World Awake is the first major international event to be presented at RMIT Design Hub and opened last Wednesday.  The show comes for the Antwerp Fashion Museum which presented the inaugural retrospective exhibition of fashion designer Walter Beirendonck in Autumn 2011.  Beirendonck is one of the original members of the avant-garde collective known as the Antwerp Six and has built an impressive career over the last three decades.  He is known for his colourful designs, his spectacular Paris fashion shows from the 1990s, his label W.&L.T. and the images of the body he has brought to the catwalks inspired by technology, fine art, pop culture and ethnographic sources.  The exhibition is on until 5 October and is one for adults only.
Cabbage by Vicki McInnes
Still light by Vicki McInnes and The story so far...by Katz Cowley both open at The Light Factory Galllery in Eltham tomorrow and run until Sunday 18 August.  Vicki McInnes comes from a highly artistic background - her paternal grandfather WB McInnes was taught by Frederick McCubbin and was a seven time winner of the Archibald Prize.  The commonplace subjects of fruits, vegetables and flowers are the subjects that inspire McInnes for their natural beauty and truth in Still light and she sources her subject matter from the St Andrews, Yarra Glen and Hurstbridge farmers' markets.

Possum by Katz Cowley
Katz Cowley is an award-winning children's book illustrator best known for her first book 'The Wonky Donkey' (200) which went platinum in its first year of publication and has been a number one best-selling hit in Australia and New Zealand with the lovable flatulent donkey paving the way for Cowley's next 5 books.  The story so far... exhibition documents illustrations and behind-the-scenes sketches from Cowley's 6 books as well as a retrospective from the artist's lesser known works and creations, including her found object sculptures and journal sketches.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant.

Monday, July 22, 2013


What a wet and wintry weekend that's just been and gone!  Mr Rosanna and I actually ventured out to Montmorency on Saturday with the boys as The 2nd hand Shop was closing down (the owners are moving to Creswick but will still sell online) and we are on the hunt for some retro wooden shelves for the music studio Mr Rosanna is finally setting up.  There wasn't much left by the time we got there but we did pick up a couple of small pieces.
Donna Parker from Only Just - image via TEAR News
It was absolutely freezing down Were Street and I stopped in briefly at Only Just to look at their gorgeous fair trade wares and toys (which you can also buy online).  There is a vacant building being renovated next door to Only Just near the corner of Binns & Were Streets which has a fantastic huge arched shaped window (just like in Play School!) and doors leading out to the back of the building and I am curious to know what's going to go in there - it looks exciting.  Both Espresso 3094 and The Were Street Food Store were jam packed so we jumped into the car and headed to the Brougham Street Bazaar (next to The Light Factory Gallery) in Eltham which also has a big shed in the adjoining industrial block on the left hand side.
Image via Urban Spoon
Again, no luck with finding some shelves but Mr Rosanna and I found some Le Creuset cookware at bargain basement prices, an Art Deco salt container and a full set of flying ceramic ducks from the 1950s (Japanese not Beswick) in perfect condition which are now taking pride of place above the fire place in our living room where we sought refuge most of the weekend.  Hope you had a good one!

Friday, July 19, 2013

What's on

There are a few markets on this weekend.  The Ivanhoe Makers Market is on tomorrow at The Livingstone Community Centre and takes place every third Saturday of the month.  I always love going there to see many of the local stall holders who have become my friends as well.

Image via Sally's Soap Shoppe
I've not been to the Rose St Artists Market in Fitzroy but it is also one of the stayers on the market scene celebrating 10 years of handmade this year and is located in such a groovy location for those of you who live in the inner north or don't mind travelling from elsewhere.  You can now also shop online for some of the wares sold at the market if you can't get there in person.
Me and Rina Chia at The Ethics of Style
And finally the Take 2 vintage clothing market which celebrates its 6th birthday this year is on this Sunday at the Northcote Town Hall and is run by my lovely friend Rina Chia.  I think you can find some absolute bargains at this market as well as higher end vintage clothing, unique one off pieces and designer labels.  I love vintage clothing for all sorts of reasons and have almost started buying only vintage or second hand clothing.

Have a great weekend - it's the second half of winter so we are getting closer all the time to spring! Yay!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Random events

There are a couple of exhibitions on at the moment which I just wanted to mention.  The 2013 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award exhibition is currently on at the Manningham Art Gallery -  two Banyule artists Lene Kuhl-Jakobsen and Irianna Kanellopoulou made the list of finalists and there were over 140 submissions from artists around the state.  A biennial acquisitive art award and exhibition which began in 2009 - the exhibition is on until Saturday 17 August.
Image via This is Art
Illuminate - an artistic celebration of mosaics bursting with colour and energy - starts tomorrow at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and is also a biennial exhibition from The Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand (MAANZ).  It features both 2D and 3D work in contemporary and traditional styles featuring some of the finest examples of mosaic styles gathered together in the one place.
Heteractis Magnifical 2013 by Mikiah Nguyen image via Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
Meanwhile, Plenty by photographer Tim Handfield is currently showing at LUMA (La Trobe University Museum of Art).  The exhibition is the outcome of 5 years work watching and photographing the ever expanding housing developments along the Plenty Rd corridor in Melbourne's north.  It includes photographs taken along the margins of Plenty Road between Bundoora and South Morang which mark the beginning of urban development from the 1940s to now - a time capsule "which captures what was, what is and what will be."
Image via Otto Espresso

And lastly, to throw in something completely random, I do love an Australian re-interpretation of the iconic Italian Atomic stovetop coffee machine - the Otto Espresso.  I've always loved the classic design of the old Atomic machines but the new Otto has apparently got the thumbs up from the coffee snobs out there producing something closer to modern cafe espresso machines.  At $800 a pop (you can find them cheaper) they would be needing to produce pretty good coffee - one for the coffee aficionados and design fans (with money to burn!) to take on the road when glamping!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Working it

I always think winter is a creative time spent indoors being industrious and there are a number of workshops that I just wanted to mention in today's post.
The very stylish Leeyong Soo
There are still spots left for Leeyong Soo's refashioning workshop as part of The Ethics of Style exhibition this coming Saturday at The Light Factory Gallery.  Leeyong is a bit of a star in the eco-fashion world - she's previously worked at Vogue Japan, currently writes for Peppermint Mag and has her own blog Style Wilderness.  And wait, you guessed it, she's also a dab hand at upcycling garments (which is basically taking existing pieces in your wardrobe and giving them a new life or creating new pieces from fabric scraps).  I think she's a bit of a modern day magician myself!
Image via Diamond Valley Leader
I also wanted to mention that artist in residence at Montsalvat Jeanette Dyke has also starting running jewellery classes in her gorgeous studio at Montsalvat overlooking the pool, which is all a bit Great Gatsby if you ask me.  My sister-in-law and her sister have previously made rings for each other and the sentimentalist in me thinks it is a really personal, individual and unique thing to do either for yourself or as a gift to someone and a memento that will live on throughout the passage of time.
Image via Heide
Finally Snap and Stitch is being held at Heide Museum of Modern Art this Saturday for knitters wanting to do something a bit different by yarn bombing the Heide gardens and creating a stitched photographic image using similar techniques to Melbourne photographer Siri Hayes in her exhibition 'Back to Nature Scene'.  You will be joined by Siri and places are limited - bookings on 9850 1500 cost includes museum admission and photography materials but you will need to BYO knitted material.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant.

Monday, July 15, 2013

A whale of a time

The first two weeks of July are traditionally the coldest of the year so where did we decide to go during the school holidays?  Warrnambool - that's right - one of the coldest places you can visit in south western Victoria.  Let's just say that I got my money's worth from the down jacket I bought a few weeks ago... Mr Rosanna's parents are both originally from that part of the world so it was great to take the boys there for a visit to see where Nan and Papa both grew up.  A tip if you do go: take the inland route via Foxhow Road as it cuts at least 30 minutes of travelling time from the usual 3 1/2 - 4 hour trip and you can stop half way in Inverleigh.
Will & Thomas at the Breakwater on top of the old aquarium tanks
Of course, we'd timed it well as the award winning Fun4Kids Festival was on the week we visited so there was lots to see and do despite the cold weather.  It was sunny the day we arrived so we took the boys down to the Lake Pertobe adventure park and maze opposite the Surfside caravan park down a boulevard of trees all the way to the Breakwater where the views of the rough, rugged surf and coastline are fantastic.  You can also take a walk along the boardwalk to Thunder Point (I love all the names!) .  It's worth a visit to the Pavilion cafe for a coffee or meal which looks out onto the water and is relatively new - the staff were super friendly.  We didn't visit the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Heritage Centre (think Sovereign Hill but for shipwrecks rather than goldfields) but will save this for another time.
Me and the boys at the Warrnambool Hotel restaurant
I actually celebrated my birthday while we were away and despite the miserable weather, we had a fantastic meal in the very stylish environs of the Hotel Warrnambool restaurant in front of an open fire after venturing to not one, two but three pubs in Port Fairy before turning back.  I've heard great things about the Stag restaurant there but the pubs in Port Fairy were all a bit sad looking and feeling.  Mr Rosanna and I went back to Hotel Warrnambool for a counter meal with the boys in the bistro later that week before catching a movie on one of the rainy days we were there.
Warnnambool Fun4Kids Festival
We did also go to the Fun4Kids Festival which thankfully was indoors and under cover.  It wasn't cheap - $135 for a family day pass - but we got to see some live music (and there were also magic, science and other shows on the main stage), visit the baby animal farm which the boys loved and spend time at the huge indoor playground where we bumped into comedian Dave Hughes (who grew up in Warrnambool) and his family and yes, he really does speak like that in real life.  There were heaps of other things to do there from craft making, to racing slot cars, sword fighting, sand sculpting, badge making, plank building as well as eating at the temporary food court.  You can bring your own food in but not takeaway.  I must say though that the highlight for the boys was probably playing air hockey for 10 minutes (for which we paid $2!) and eating fairy floss in the amusement parlour/bowling alley section...there were a lot of families from Melbourne who'd visited every day with a weekly pass.
The boys outside the old bank building where Papa once lived upstairs
We also managed some day trips out of Warrnambool - the Tower Hill nature reserve (inside an extinct volcano!) is well worth a visit on a better day.  This was near Koroit where Papa grew up and we went for a walk down the main street before grabbing a drink at Mickey Bourke's pub - some of the old buildings are beautiful and the town has a lot of character and is where many Irish people first settled.
Inside the main shed at the Mailor's Flat Antiques Store
Python at the Warrnambool Undercover Market
Mr Rosanna and I even managed to go to a few antique stores with the boys including Mailor's Flat where the antique centre was something like out of American Pickers - huge with lots of treasures inside including an old train carriage with pressed metal interior.  There is also the Warrnambool Independent Traders Market run out of the old Fletcher Jones clothing factory where I picked up a vintage clutch from Hong Kong and a Japanese silk screen print - both were $15 each - a bargain!  And we went to the weekly Warrnambool Undercover Market where the boys got to hold a snake and baby crocodile!  We also grabbed hamburgers from the award winning old school cafe Kermonds on our last day which the boys loved.
Sand dunes at Levy's Point
Other things worth doing included visiting the sand dunes at Levy's Point as well as trying to see some whales at Logan's Beach lookout.  Sadly there were none to see but we managed to have a lot of fun in the five days we were down there.  Warrnambool is one of Victoria's biggest regional towns (bigger than Geelong) and given all that's there, there really isn't much to want for outside of Melbourne in terms of food and culture, perhaps just some upmarket clothing stores to choose from if you're wanting some retail therapy.  Warrnambool - we will be back again one day!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wish I was there

It's been a pancake and pyjama day here at Chez Rosanna.  I've been struck down with a virus that has me sounding like a barking seal and left me with the oh so fun job of juggling work and entertaining small children from home.  Oh well...them's the breaks and I won't complain as I know lots of you have to travel to the CBD and back every day to work in an office.  I hope you're keeping healthy.
Speaking of Melbourne CBD workers, I am shamelessly promoting a competition on behalf of my super duper client Avant Card as you can win a return holiday for two people to Noosa specifically aimed at us Melbourne people.  It's about this time every year I start dreaming of sandy beaches and warm weather so I reckon this one's a no brainer.  The 'Noosa - You could be here' campaign is currently doing the rounds of the CBD with a Melbourne tram wrapped in a Noosa beach image with the same Tourism Noosa image used on Di Bella coffee cups and Avant Card postcards.  You just need to take a photo when you spot the 'Noosa - You could be here' image while you are out and about in the city if you spy the tram, buy a cup of coffee or pick up a postcard and enter the comp via the Tourism Noosa Facebook page or hashtag #NoosaBeHere on Instagram or Twitter.

The other thing I wanted to mention is the new Pentridge Market on every Sunday behind the prison walls of the former Pentridge Prison in Coburg.  It's a pretty novel idea I've got to say - the prison has now been re-developed into a mixed use housing and commercial development with the market selling craft, produce and artisan wares and taking place in the former D Division prison cells and outdoor surrounds.  Local musicians and children's entertainment are also on offer every Sunday from 9 am - 2 pm.  Stay warm people!