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INSTA-JAM // 2020 be gone

          

To say this year was a nightmare is an understatement! Here in Australia we started with the bushfires, then floods, then the Covid-19 outbreak and to cap it all off we have storms thanks to La Niña. The world has been rocked by the pandemic which keeps fluctuating and wreaking havoc on lives. Since we were all in lockdown at various stages I didn’t get out much, but here are some highlights from my Instagram that I hope shines a little bit of light amongst the dark times. On a positive note, with less distractions we spent more time outdoors and went back to enjoying the simple things in life. I guess you always have to look at the bright side and with that I say… good riddance 2020!

MASTERSTROKE // revamped classics

Newtown has always been a creative hub and the artwork on display is always changing, so it’s worth taking a stroll to see what gems you find in the streets and laneways. Even the supermarket car park walls have been covered with paintings depicting the faces of the local people, but my favourite is the beautiful mural on the side of a terrace house next door. It covers the whole building but I was unable to capture it all with parked cars blocking the rest of the illustration. It shows a woman reclining surrounded by flowers, cats and birds with a stack of books at her feet (which I’ll try to photograph another time if the car park is ever empty). The style and colours are reminiscent of Katsushika Hokusai‘s print ‘The Great Wave Off Kanagawa’. Taking inspiration from his Japanese woodblock art, the line work is simple yet detailed and the colour palette uses a minimal but tonal range.

Venturing further I came upon other homages to famous artists like Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh. I love how this street art is inspired by renowned traditional artists but in a new expressive interpretation. Wolf&Kitten is the collaboration between Dolan Reskov and Juliette Furio, the artistic duo use paint and collage to create layered chaotic pieces. I’m loving how all these examples have revamped the classics in their own way and I’m looking forward to what I will discover next.

STREETSCAPES // love is the answer

It sure is! With the end of the year approaching we can all agree that 2020 has been the worst (to say the least) and we are ready to move on. We need to love and respect each other, as well as being kinder to ourselves. I’m continuing my LOVE project which began when I continually came across the word LOVE. I started the series here and it has been far too long since my last post. Now more than ever… ‘love is the answer’.

ECO LIFE // fred hollows reserve

We are all aware of climate change and the environmental issues facing our earth, with most of us doing our best to try and improve our carbon footprint. I want to celebrate the beauty of nature as well as share any ethical, sustainability and eco-conscious information I find useful in my own life.

Going on a weekend walk I stumbled across Fred Hollows Reserve which is a hidden oasis in the heart of Randwick. This two hectare park is a natural area originally called Glebe Gully, spanning between two major roads and tucked away between dense housing. It is an easy short walk along a well designed boardwalk that follows the gorge leading to a footbridge crossing over the creek. With lush vegetation of ferns and tall trees creating a magical canopy, it transports you to a tropical rainforest in the middle of an urban area.

Historically it was used by early settlers for hunting and woodcutting until the land was subdivided in the 1880’s. Neglected and under threat as high rise apartment buildings were developed in the 1960’s, it was thankfully saved by conservation efforts. Weeding and replanting has restored the landscape and encouraged native animals to return like the rare Gully Skink. In 1993, the reserve was renamed in honour of renowned humanitarian and eye surgeon Fred Hollows. This parkland is an encouraging win and perfect example of the benefits of preserving the environment.

TYPE-RIGHTER // waverley cemetery

 

Waverley Cemetery sits above the cliffs at Bronte, giving the heritage-listed site one of the best locations in Sydney. Opened in 1877, it is occupied by many significant Australians such as poet Henry Lawson. His grave wasn’t easy to find, but an old hand painted metal sign lead the way, which was as simple and unassuming as his grave.

There are many grand, immaculate Victorian and Edwardian monuments adorned with beautiful inscriptions, crests and insignias. Walking around and looking at the creativity and craftsmanship on display is a lesson in typography from another time. It is interesting to see which fonts and symbols have been used to represent the person, marking their life and their final resting place.

TUCKER TIME // india v australia

India v Australia – sounds like cricket right? So with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force across most countries, many of us aren’t venturing out as much as we used to. Lots of restaurants and cafés are offering takeaway or delivery options which is great but I’m still cooking a lot. The extra time to plan meals has allowed me to be more creative and try cooking dishes I’ve never made before. I thought I’d experiment with making a traditional dish that represents a country’s culture and cuisine. This cauliflower tikka masala was a delicious vegetarian version to represent India, and I also added potatoes (recipe here). Sausage rolls were an obvious choice for Australia but I swapped the sausage mince for lamb and used carrots, celery and sweet potato as they were the vegetables I had on hand (recipe here). It was such a great test match that I still can’t pick a winner…

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