Although Ibiza has never made it into my top 5 (or top 100), I was not one to turn down the invitation of a week of luxury to celebrate my friends 40th on a super yacht off the coast.
I have heard over the years that there was more to the notorious party island, so I put in a little effort to scratch beneath the surface between sunbathing, paddle boarding, sea bobbing, jet skiing and long lunches.
I flew to Queenstown to have a concentrated meeting with my architect & visionaire, Kelvin Ho & Justin Hemmes. Unfortunately for the meeting, we got a little distracted by very fast boats, racing cars, local food & wine and the most amazing backdrop ever!! Here are some of my pics.
I am coming back in October & most definitely planning to have Queenstown & its surrounds in an upcoming book.
Amongst the many Matisse paintings in the Barnes collection, I noticed quite a few that seemed familiar from the exhibition of Matisse & his textiles, a Met production from quite a few years ago that I saw with my mum. It was one of those life altering exhibitions, that made me look at the world a little differently.
I have been asked to work on a rug range & I wanted to base it on my mum’s collection of textiles, but after seeing these it made me want to combine a double inspiration of not only my mum’s things, but also a shared experience & love of this exhibition. We spoke of it often & I look forward to starting & combining this research, as well as coming up with something new, that my mum would love too.
I dreamt up the shop’s Christmas theme a couple of weeks ago, it seemed so right, that we have decided to run with it in a big way.
Although I am not yet ready to reveal all, I will tell you I am on the look out for an old school, 1950s small scale caravan (if you want to lend us one, unload one or know of one), we will be auditioning for fortune-tellers & seers and need many coloured knitted squares (yes, we’d love you to donate yours).
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a part/contribute to any of the above. We will be launching our Christmas transformation on Saturday December 1st. Come & join us for the festivities: stocking stuffers, decorations, presents galore & your fortune told.
The Society inc. team & I were long overdue for a school excursion! I’ve been totally MIA on the install for Mr Wong and we all needed to get out of the office/construction site. Just our luck, we caught the ferry to Cockatoo Island in our big coats on a perfectly crisp & blue winters day. We lasted about five minutes on the deck before we moved inside and made the most of the sun through the windows.
Our excuse was the Biennale but we had the ulterior motive of checking it out as a shoot location. I was swept away by the textures and different scale offerings of the buildings, so many opportunities! When it came to the art & installations, the whole thing was a must-see but I did have my favourites (including the cool pop-up bar!):
-The installation of reeded grass & paper that looked like petals. It was a collaboration between a polish artist and an Aboriginal group of artists & papermakers.
-The beautiful video of boats on the Ganges.
-I loved the rooms in Theatre of Speaking Objects. The study without the walls and the semicircle of old curtains with the theatre chairs were the best.
-Of course, my top pick was the natural sculpture: a seagull’s nest on the ground in a doorway. So simple, so beautiful.