Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top 5 outfits to wear to your next festival

The summer festival season is on its way, so there’s no better time to stock up on some festival fashion staples. There aren’t many rules when it comes to festival fashion – just think fun and comfort. Here are a few outfit suggestions that will suit a variety of figures and tastes – from girly girls to rock chicks. Read more...


Friday, September 21, 2012

Spring on a shoestring budget: 5 essential buys under $50

I know Spring is here when I find myself drawn to the colourful pieces in my wardrobe that look great with strappy sandals and tanned legs instead of boots and tights. The comfort clothes that cocooned me over winter are now uninspiring and I long for some fresh pieces to awaken my wardrobe. Reinvigorating your spring wardrobe doesn’t have to be expensive with these bargain buys under $50 that are sure to put a spring in your step this season. Read more...


Saturday, September 1, 2012

ACTease September 2012

Annabel Butler, 'Jigsaw Puzzle Rooftops', oil on canvas, 92x84cm. 'Over the Rooftops', Australian National Capital Artists gallery, until 23 September.

There’s a cool calmness unique to art galleries. Whilst the minimalistic style of many galleries encourages quiet contemplation, galleries inherently become places where we feel compelled to whisper, even if there’s no one else around, so as not to disturb the revered tranquillity. There’s no better example of such a space than the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). With such a big title to live up to, it’s no wonder there was a competitive selection process for the design of our Nation’s gallery. Read more...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Melburnin' August 2012

Nikki Toole, 'Caroline Dynybil, Skatehalle, Berlin, Germany' 2010, inkjet print. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.
I remember my first skateboard clearly. It was a hand-me-down from a cousin and featured a motorbike on the ‘deck’ (board bit you stand on) with unmistakable red and white branding from a well-known cola company underneath. I was a spectacularly bad skater-girl – twenty-four years later my damaged tailbone is still keeping my Chiro in business – and quickly learned that the safest position for me to remain on a skateboard was sitting down. Of course it was more difficult to propel myself along sitting down, which was where my dog Coco came in handy. I would throw a tennis ball and hold onto her leash as she chased it, pulling me along at the same time. Fortunately for other dogs, there are more talented skateboarders than myself, as Nikki Toole discovers. Read more...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Melburnin' June 2012

Max Dominic Piantoni, 'The Descent of the Dodo 1.4: “The moon can fly but it has no wings!”' 2011, archival Inkjet Print 80 x 64 cm. Courtesy the artist.

‘Hotel California’ by the Eagles is one of my all-time favourite songs. There are numerous explanations for the lyrics of this 1977 hit, suggesting the song is a metaphor for the American Dream and the hedonistic lifestyle of the music industry during this time. This month I was pleasantly reminded of Hotel California’s haunting (yet brilliant) lyrics, “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave” when I came across Counihan Gallery’s latest exhibition, First and LastRead more...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Danie Mellor's quest for consistent excellence, Trouble Mag, May 2012

'The Reality of Myth' 2011, pencil, pastel, glitter, Swarovski crystal and wash on Saunders Waterford paper 195 x 137 cm.

It was an accident on a prawn trawler that prompted Danie Mellor to reconsider his career options. When asked how he became an artist, he recounts, “What pushed me onto the right path eventually was an accident on the back deck of a prawn trawler in the Gulf of Carpentaria when I was working as a deckhand. We had trawled through a reef and damaged the nets, so hauled them up for repair, and two large rocks fell from the nets twenty feet above me, landing on my back while I was underneath them working. That left me a bit winded, shall we say, and I spent the next three months in bed recuperating and wondering what I should really be doing.” Read more...

Melburnin' May 2012

Brian Duffy (Great Britain 1933–2010), 'David Bowie: Aladdin Sane' – 1973, digital print, printed 2011, 38.2 x 38.2 cm. Courtesy Duffy Archive, London.

As the temperature drops in Melbourne, we find ourselves digging out those winter boots and jackets in preparation for the chilly months ahead. We’re over summer salads and start yearning for the comfort of warm winter soups and hearty roasts. It’s also a great time of year to head out to the Yarra Valley for a change of scenery and seasons. Not much surpasses the pleasure of snuggling up in a pub or winery with a nice glass of vino or a warm cappuccino. Even though the Yarra Valley is renowned for its beautiful wineries, it’s also a bit of a cultural hub, as TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) clearly demonstrates this month. Read more...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

RMIT Graphica, Melbourne

Nikolina Kucan; Linda Finger

RMIT’s Graphica fashion and textile exhibition last month formed part of L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF). The exhibition included a diverse selection of works from current students and recent graduates. Read more...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Melburnin' April 2012

Victor Greenaway, Passegiata, Orvieto (detail) 2011, ink on paper, 100 x 70cm.

I recently attended one of L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Industry Forums, The New Consumer. The topic of discussion was the future of consumer’s shopping habits. A key emerging trend identified from this discussion was the concept of ‘editing’. Businesses that want to stand out from the crowd should focus on making life easier for their time-poor customers. Hot Picks, Key Items, Top Five, lists, etc. are all just some of the ways that successful retailers are re-packaging information to help consumers ‘edit’ their options. This prompted me to think about the similarities between the editing trend and what we try to achieve with Melburnin’ each month. The myriad of Melbourne’s monthly exhibitions can be overwhelming. Whilst it’s challenging to restrict our picks to 1000 words, our ultimate objective is to sift and edit. So if you’re looking for the hottest, freshest art in town, stick around. Read more...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival National Graduate Showcase

Chris Ran Lin/ Ju Young Seo/ Natalia Grzybowski

There was a buzz of excitement in the air as designers, models and Melbourne’s fash-pack donned their finest for the annual L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) runways.

Whilst it’s always a thrill checking out what the established designers have up their sleeve for the season ahead, the National Graduate Showcase is another little gem on the LMFF event calendar. The graduates featured in the Showcase hail from a variety of Australian Universities and colleges and have been carefully selected from a large pool of ‘rising stars’. It’s always a pleasure to witness the debut of Australia’s next fashion generation. Read more...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tamworth Textile Triennial: Sensorial Loop, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

Twins, Paula Do Prado/ Framework, Esther Paleologos

The first annual Tamworth Textile Triennial exhibition, Sensorial Loop, is currently showing at the RMIT Gallery, Melbourne in the first stop of its tour of Australia. Featuring twenty-two Australian textiles artists, the show highlights the development of the country’s textile industry.
The exhibition will allow visitors to see the ways in which contemporary artists are pushing the boundaries of textile design by combining traditional and modern-day construction techniques. Read more...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Melburnin' March 2012

Debra LUCCIO, Butterfly in Blue (detail) 2011, monotype on Velin Arches 75 x 52.5cm

I’ve been trying to identify a common theme shared by Melbourne’s exciting line-up of exhibitions this month, but I’m stumped. From photography to religious sculpture, painting, Indigenous art and multimedia, March seriously has it all going on. Add these exhibitions to a stack of Melbourne festivals and events taking place this month and you have one mixed bag of fun. So I guess the key message this March is diversity – grab every opportunity to try something new and you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised. Read more...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Melburnin' Feb 2012

Albert Tucker, John Perceval and Mary Boyd (detail) c. 1944. Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne © Barbara Tucker.

It’s the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese Zodiac. Generally speaking, Dragons are pretty cool characters. They are independent types who prefer their own company and thrive when left to their own devices. Read more...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Monash University Visual Communication Graduate Exhibition 2011

“The final year students of Visual Communication in 2011 have set a staggeringly high bar of achievement with their enquiring, challenging, and intelligent approach to graphic design practice,” says Gene Bawden, Course Coordinator for Visual Communication at Monash University. Typography, branding, image, colour and narrative were just some of the elements that students were encouraged to employ and master in their work to communicate effectively. Read more...

RMIT Slip Below Ceramics Graduate Exhibition

‘Slip below’, the title of RMIT’s Ceramics Graduate Exhibition is a play on words: “To slip down might have a hint of slapstick about it, and even a fear of hurting oneself in the process, however in all seriousness this invitation is merely encouraging you to slip down to the ceramics studio in the basement of building 4 at RMIT university.”

Work from the ten BA Fine Art graduates featured in the exhibition is comprised of wheel thrown pieces, sculptural forms and installations. These works “have a sense of freedom which belies the constraints of traditional ceramics, introducing mixed media components and removing the pedestal plinth which for so long has dominated the medium.” Read more...

RMIT Absorb & Reflect Graphic Design Diploma Graduate Show

The thirty-plus degree Melbourne weather did not deter revelers from joining the celebration at RMIT’s Graphic Design Diploma graduate show, Absorb and Reflect.

The work on show was of an extremely high standard, ensuring that all students will enter this competitive industry armed with a creative, yet commercial eye and a professional portfolio. All areas of business, from corporate reports to board games, product packaging and stationery suites were represented. Read more...