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Preloved Roots Garden Nursery
Not everybody has a green thumb—and sometimes it takes a plant-related failure to realize this. As a resource for such situations, Sydney, Australia's Preloved Roots provides an alternate ending. In a way, it's an orphanage for plants needing revitalization...
DESIGN
Interview: Hayden Cox of Haydenshapes Surfboards
At just 32 years old, Sydney-born Hayden Cox has exceeded in making his mark on the surf industry. With Haydenshapes—his line of performance boards—the self-taught computer programmer, web designer and shaper embodies the spirit of modern surfing...
STYLE
FEIT Shoes
Founded by the Price brothers, FEIT has been admired for some time—not only for their minimal design aesthetic, but also their dedication to "fighting" the retail system and swimming against the current. This battle includes having craftsmen sew...
DESIGN
Blakebrough + King Incense Kit
With a delicate elegance, much like the aromatics it carries, Blakebrough+King's Incense Kit holds each ceremonious stick upright with class and style. Handcrafted from the home/workshop of Australian design duo Ben Blakebrough and Sarah K, the...
CULTURE
Interview: Becky Crew
Becky Crew spent her childhood in the picturesque Blue Mountains in Australia, with her (human) family and a menagerie that included dogs, cats, pigeons, crabs and all kinds of critters. Suffice to say she has always had a bit of a fascination with...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Todd McLellan's 50 Disassembled Objects Skilled lensman Todd McLellan likes to take things apart. What began as a meticulous photo project dubbed "Disassembly Series" has now expanded into a new book for Thames & Hudson, called "Things Come Apart...
DESIGN
Yours to Care For
Liane Rossler and Sarah Kings's latest project, "Yours to Care For," transforms approximately 1,000 recycled straws into charmingly simple, single-stem vases. The crafty concept is one of several sustainably-minded ideas they have brought to fruition...
CULTURE
The 18th Biennale of Sydney
by Alex Vitlin Since 1973 the Biennale of Sydney has presented an exciting three-month program of contemporary visual arts throughout the city. This year's 18th Biennale of Sydney is built around the theme, "All Our Relations," a deliberately rich...
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MCA Australia Relaunch
by Alex Vitlin Following an 18-month, $53 million redevelopment project, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia relaunched in late March. The addition of "Australia" at the end of its title is appropriate: the MCA is no longer merely great art...
TRAVEL
Lighting the Sails
For the city's second annual winter celebration, Vivid Sydney tapped the immensely talented and ultra creative performance artist Laurie Anderson to transform the famed Sydney Opera House. "Lighting The Sails" does just that, turning the shell...
CULTURE
Plastiki
A 60-foot catamaran comprised of recycled PET and reclaimed plastic bottles, Plastiki proves the power of imagination and ingenuity with British eco-adventurist David de Rothschild at the helm. More than just a boat, the Plastiki symbolizes how...
STYLE
Beat Poet Menswear Fall/Winter 2010
Beat Poet Menswear delivers another thoughtfully minimalist line with their upcoming Fog collection. The line works in tandem with their spring/summer line, Desert, a conceptual approach taken by the Sydney-based designers to produce a full year-round...
CULTURE
The Matchbox Project
What began as a joke—twenty tiny presents enclosed in matchboxes mailed anonymously out to friends—is now a full-on project with matchboxes left randomly around the world for strangers to discover. The initiator, a 24-year-old journalist...
DESIGN
Sculptor Emily Valentine Bullock
Sydney-based Emily Valentine Bullock sculpts, primarily using feathers, which she collects from birds killed by cars and cats, and from people's dead pets. More recently, she bought a trapping and killing machine to collect feathers from Australia...
CULTURE
Sydney Garden Gnome House
This isn't an outdoor art installation, but it is still somewhat curated. Or maybe hoarded is a better description. Somewhere in the inner western suburb of Sydney's Summer Hill, a brightly-colored collection of garden gnomes sits on display...
STYLE
Saint Augustine's Academy
We breathed a sigh of relief when we first discovered menswear label, Saint Augustine Academy. Since its inception in 2002, the Sydney-based team has risen to cult-status among individuals with a keen eye for sophistication and intelligent design...
CULTURE
Fergus Brown
Recently announced as the support for American singer-songwriter, Martha Wainwright on all eleven shows of her Australian tour, we checked in with Sydney-based songwriter Fergus Brown to get the inside story on his wonderfully quirky and catchy pop...
CULTURE
Pivot
Lost At E Minor featured Pivot's Secret Playlist recently and now they have an awesome new album out. With members scattered across the globe (though with roots firmly planted in Sydney), Pivot create lushly ominous electronic music that seeps...
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Circle
Sydney band Circle have just released their debut album Just Keep Swimming and boy does it make me smile. It's an album that works hard to take your mind elsewhere—and succeeds. Driven by piano, the album is a layered sing-a-long pop fiesta...
CULTURE
Four Creatives, One Studio: Kate Hurst, Elle Kramer, Fiona McGee and Matt Weston
Studios can often act as hubs for creativity, but what happens when you share a small space with four equally creative and artistic people? CH spent a day at the shared Sydney studio space of fashion designer Kate Hurst, jewelery designer Elke Kramer...
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David Capra: Always Driving into the Sun
Australian artist David Capra's new exhibition features works that "reference sculptures from gateways of neighboring homes like pebbled steeping-stones made from plasticine and a paper mache concrete lion." Always Driving into the...
STYLE
Ubantu Clothing
Ubantu is derived from the Zulu word for humanity and promoting the virtues of kindness is the ethos behind this new girls streetwear label which was set-up by South African raised, Sydney-based designer Aimee Pezaro. The t-shirts in particular are...
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The E.L.F.
The E.L.F. is the new side project of Gerling frontman, Darren Cross. A genre agnostic, Cross throws a tantrum on "Stevie Nicks Hearts," the first EP created el solo in the dark underbelly of his Sydney home studio. The indie-infused aesthetic...
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David Capra: Nativity
Australian artist David Capra has an exhibition kicking off at Sydney's Mori Gallery this week . Titled Nativity, the show will feature "a garden of pom poms, rainbow paper towers, lakes of melted wax, caves of crinkled-up paper and Barbie...
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