A VISUAL LIFE | Creative Direction + Design

TUCKER TIME // camperdown commons

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My childhood home always had a vegetable garden, fruit trees and even beehives! (kudos to my parents) So I grew up knowing the importance of fresh food and appreciating the process of growing your own crop. Thanks to the resurgence of organic and sustainable living, our generations are going back to this way of life. Unfortunately we’re living closer to the cities where space is limited, so a great alternative that has evolved is the community garden.

Camperdown Commons is an urban hub that gives locals and visitors a place to connect and meet. This green space is like a big backyard for everyone – interactive play areas for kids, spaces to exercise and yoga classes. The real beauty in this development is the working farm on display and the food on offer.

Pocket City Farms have established an ecological farm and they also run workshops so you can learn how to cultivate your own garden. There’s also a community food forest, chicken coop, greenhouse, composting program, vegetables and herb crops. Everything is grown organically and ecologically, and you can even buy direct from the market stall selling the harvest. You can taste the seasonal on-site produce as well as locally sourced food at the Acre Eatery. Otherwise you can enjoy a snack at the Garden Canteen or a coffee from the Container Cafe.

INSTA-JAM // 2016 countdown

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I know it’s like wishing time away but I think we all agree that 2016 has been a very interesting year that has been punctuated by loss and turmoil. Now that the end of the year is counting down, I’m looking forward to a new year of hope and beauty. I’m sharing some moments from my Instagram as a reminder of brighter times and moving into the future. Wishing you all a peaceful, fun holiday break and may 2017 shine!

DEAR DIARY // the big design market

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In perfect timing for Christmas, The Big Design Market was on at The Royal Hall of Industries over three days this weekend in Sydney (Melbourne is on 2-4 December). Starting in Melbourne in 2012, this is the first year it’s come to Sydney and I think it’s debut was a success. Showcasing the best of local and international art, craft and design with over 200 stands of unique, exclusive products. There’s an emphasis on ethical production, sustainability, quality, originality and good design. This shopping mecca caters to all ages with a huge choice of everything you could ever need – or just really, really want!

There’s also a limited number of showbags on offer with a selection of pieces from the designers involved. Another innovative extension to the stalls are the creative workshops hosted by stallholders and renowned designers such as Sibella Court, Beci Orpin and Home-Work. With free kids activities and areas to sit and relax, it’s an enjoyable day out for the whole family. You may need to refuel for energy, so there’s plenty of delicious food and drink from all your favourite local taste-makers.

MASTERSTROKE // frida loves diego

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Frida Kahlo has been adored as an artist worldwide and as a national treasure in Mexico. Her work and life is celebrated in literature and film, and she is still influential as a feminist icon today. Suffering injuries from an accident she began to paint while recovering in hospital. Initially fame came to her when she married the acclaimed painter Diego Rivera, but her auto-biographical paintings eventually gained her the respect and recognition she deserved.

Frida’s art chronicled her physical hardships and relationship betrayals. In particular her self-portraits feel intimately real but as if she were hiding the secrets of her personal life, with Diego even nicknaming her ‘the great concealer’. Diego focussed on painting the serious problems of the world and they both became involved in politics and the issues facing their country. 

The exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW was so popular that it was extended. The artworks are from the collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman who were their friends, although this friendship was complicated with extramarital affairs. Photographs and letters were also on display, which gave an insight into the family dynamics and the problems they faced. The bond between these two colourful characters is undeniable when you watch them lovingly interact in the Super 8 film footage shown on screens at the end of the exhibit. The couple had an intriguing relationship but ultimately their artistic world endures as well as their revolutionary and modern views.

STYLE FILE // collette dinnigan

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‘Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced’ at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney is the first exhibition to showcase the breadth of her work and design process. Featuring distinctive pieces from the archives grouped in a series of themes, the vignettes are offset by a video wall with continuous footage from catwalk shows. She is an internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer with a career spanning more than 25 years and a celebrity following. Photographs from editorial spreads and campaigns reiterate the label’s feminine designs and romantic aesthetic.

The highlight for me was the vision and creativity behind the scenes which is on display with a variety of moodboards in different colourways. It was interesting to see how inspiration was born from artistic influences, cultural travel, vintage details and natural elements. At the end of the exhibit you get a chance to play and sketch your own designs on paper cutouts which are then displayed in an illustrated Parisian backdrop. Overall it was an escape into the fashion world and an insight into the stages of how ideas evolve and transform into a collection.

DEAR DIARY // spring has sprung

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There’s nothing like the changing of seasons to give that sense of renewal and inspiration. While I can appreciate the cooler months, I am definitely more of a warm weather lover. Spring is here for the southern hemisphere with the smell of blooming flowers, pretty sorbet skies and clear days. It feels like a good time to not only spring clean the home but also the mind, body and spirit!

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