Category Archives: Art and Culture

The Young Ones are at The Front

Elanna Woods (23)

Last night was the opening of The Young Ones, an exhibition brought to us by the wonderful guys at Us Folk magazine as part of National Youth Week 2013. Featuring work from young Canberra artists, the exhibition, being held at The Front Gallery and Cafe, is designed to showcase emerging talent from the nations capital.

The exhibition features some seriously impressive new talent, including digital printers, photographers, and old school coloured pencil artists, as well as paper cutter extraordinaire, Alex Lundy, who I saw doing her unique snap-shot stories at Art, Not Apart.

Running until Sunday, 14 April, you best get in and check it out now (more details at the bottom of this post). Here are some snapshots of the event, kindly provided by Lily Kane.

Tessa Mues (20) TYO3
Wen Huang (Spae) (25)TYO4
Wen Huang (Spae) (25)TYO5
Konrad Horbacki (19)TYO6
Larissa Cook (23)
Becky Worth (Henderson) (22)TYO8
Becky Worth (Henderson) (22)
Jake Silvestro (22)TYO10
Alex Lundy (20)TYO13
Jarrah Domaschenz (19)TYO15



Blogs To Become Obsessed With

Deciding to start blogging seemed like a natural step after becoming obsessed with a number of exceptional, entertaining and inspiring blogs, while I trawled the internet not trying very hard to find a job after my move back from London.

Today, I will share with you the blogs I check everyday. Notice a heavy focus on DIY but don’t judge me for it, it’s beautiful.

A Beautiful Mess

Elsie and Emma are sisters and co-authors of A Beautiful Mess, a blog focused on creating a beautiful life.

They share daily wisdom on making life a little prettier, with crafts, fashion, decor, and recipes.

In particular, their ‘5 Tips…’ feature is fantastic and covers everything from 5 Tips For Keeping Red Hair Bright, to 5 Tips For Small Business Owners. This is the blog that inspired me to try my hand at a little DIY action, which resulted in this (probably should have read their 5 Tips For Great Indoor Photos first) –



Jenni Radosevich (image)

I Spy DIY is a blog created by Jenni Radosevich. Working at a fashion magazine in Manhattan, she wanted to show that luxury looks could be affordable and provide inspiration for using DIY to add a personal touch to your style.

Her photo tutorials are amazing and super simple, check out how to add a neon strap to your ballet flats for an easy alternative to the ankle cuff trend. Or try these super cool colour wrap bracelets (that remind me a little bit of 90’s hair wraps but look way trendier on your wrist).

Daniel Kanter (image)

Manhattan Nest
Before you read on, I must warn you that reading this blog by Daniel Kanter will leave you feeling like the biggest dag/dork (depending on where you’re reading), because he is the coolest man on earth and I even felt lame writing that.

His blog, Manhattan Nest, is all about thrifty DIY, focused on making his apartment in Brooklyn a nice little home.

The best bit about Kanter’s blog is that he is hilarious. Read his post about restoring his dresser, which is long (like the rest of his blog), but so worth it. Also if you follow him on Instagram (which I do, @danielkanter) he takes a lot of cute photos of his dogs.

If you know of any other blogs you think I would enjoy, please let me know!

Art, Not Apart


A few weekends ago I went to the Art, Not Apart festival in New Acton. It was a really great show of Canberra’s art scene, was not at all exclusive (read wanky), and presented an impressive selection of street art, craft, poets, performers and musicians, in a welcoming creative atmosphere. I was excited by the public Pastey wall, where people were invited to create their own street art and paste it onto a giant slab of concrete wall, just like a regular Bansky (see my contribution bottom left, proud much?).

Presented in collaboration with You Are Here, a festival which ran from 14-24 March to showcase the best of the capitals independent arts and culture, Art, Not Apart featured Canberra’s own street art celeb Abyss (pictured bottom right corner), a suitcase rummage, hands-on art projects, roving performers, a short-film festival and much more, and has proved to be a huge success, with attendance tripling since it begin six months ago. The event coordinator and cultural manager, David Caffrey, told The Canberra Times  “I guess the festival is using art to present the richness of life. We wanted to present Canberrans well. Art Not Apart means connection and this is shown through well-presented, quality art.”

And while we’re on the topic of Canberra and art, local artist Barbara van der Linden has created a series of portraits as part of the 2013 Centenary Celebrations. Each portraits’ subject is a local Canberran, chosen in collaboration with nominations from the local community. Faces of Canberra will be unveiling each portrait individually, to celebrate the subject and their life in the city, and will be exhibited from 9 May, 2013 at the M16 Artspace, Griffith, Canberra and later at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Here are my picks so far –

Iain Stokes

Stasia Dabrowski

Sandra Moffat