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The Strutt Sisters create jewellery, music, bespoke interiors … and artwork

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By Kate McCarthy in New Design on Friday 8 November 2013

The Strutt Sisters are a creative package of two. Forgetting their devotion to creating gorgeous jewellery, music and bespoke interiors, their artwork reminds me of carnivals and big city pier funparks. Tom Waits’ Coney Island Baby would sound nice in their Newcastle studio.

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Jan Svankmejer’s surrealistic vision of Alice in Wonderland

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By Kate McCarthy in New Film on Friday 8 November 2013

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland always was a bit creepy, but Jan Svankmeyer takes it to sublime Victorian pop up book and Punch and Judy beautiful creepy. With Faust (1995), it seems as if Svankmejer’s editorial assistant on the production might actually have been Satan.

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John D and Me: new kids book illustrated by Kate McCarthy

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By Kate McCarthy in New Illustration on Thursday 7 November 2013

Sonia Penny’s new book John D and Me is the story of a cheeky little gorilla named John Daniel. His character is based on the ‘John Daniel’ of twentieth century fame who was brought into London and lived above a shop with his devoted owner. He ended up in New York before he eventually died. […]

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Alabama Hotel: an art hotel in inner city Hobart

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By Kate McCarthy in Cool Travel on Thursday 7 November 2013

Hobart is becoming so art centric, it’s seriously brilliant. The Alabama Hotel is situated in the inner city and has been recently revived and re-opened after a near-decade long hiatus. Its boutique budget status keeps a personal creative feel without costing a year’s pay. Artwork on the walls includes Tom O’Hearn, Aeden Howlett and Stu […]

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Leisuredome: a mobile leisure centre and theatre

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By Kate McCarthy in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 October 2011

Cassionova, the renowned electrocabaret popstar (retired), can be found around the venue hosting Zombie Brainspace Productions in Victoria, Australia. It’s also where you can enjoy slot car racing, performances and marvel at the uber-impressive Leisuredome: a mobile leisure centre and theatre, promoted as a ‘future-retro Spiegeltent’.

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Wunderkammer store: full of odd, strange & fantastic items

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By Kate McCarthy in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 October 2011

Wunderkammer is the commercial pusher for those who are afflicted with Morbid Curiosity. Which, I also believe, is a misnomer for being fascinated by history. If you like blogs such as Curious Expiditions, then you will stumble through the door in a stupor to empty your wallet at Wunderkammer.

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Morteza Zahedi

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By Kate McCarthy in New Art on Thursday 8 September 2011

How fun is Morteza Zahedi’s work? Even the landing page on his website is made of plasticine, replete with finger marks. Zahedi was born in Iran and studied painting at Azad University of Art and Architecture. He’s had solo shows from Tehran to Tokyo and is a prolific children’s book illustrator for books with cool titles such as Aunt Cockroach, Where are You Going To?

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Karlee Rawkins

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By Kate McCarthy in New Art on Saturday 3 September 2011

I’ve loved Karlee Rawkins’ work for years, for its spontaneity, rawness and honesty. It has an edgy innocence reminiscent of Brett Whiteley, or is it just the recurrent zoo themes? Or the Sydney-ness?

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