Vee Speers was born in Australia and has been living in Paris since 1990. Her most recent work, The Birthday Party, is a series of short stories linked by the theme of an imaginary birthday party. In a conceptual and technical departure from her previous work, it is partly a self-portrait, sometimes woven with threads from her own childhood.
Nothing says I Love You like a bottle of wine with your face on it. At least that’s what the clever kids of Australia’s The Creative Method believe. And so was born the idea of BYO: Build Your Own Label with your face on it, that is. Originally conceived as a unique gift for this creative design agency’s clients, BYO has been turning a lot of heads — or faces, as it were.
You can search high and low, but sometimes the inspiration you’re chasing is in your own backyard. One site keeping it local, is Re:Collection. This online archive of Australian graphic design from 1960-1980 well and truly covers off the three I’s — inspiring, intriguing and influential. What more could you want?
You know you’ve made it in Australia when you have a song featured in a BMW commercial. Yup, The Presets have done that, and more. We asked Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes to write about the songs that have helped shape — in some small way — The Presets sound, finessed so superbly on their [...]
We recently unveiled our latest website, The Colour, a reader submitted collection of beautiful Australian-themed images. The Colour features the best in new art, photography, illustration, music, products and fashion, and it all comes with a Down Under flavour. Check it out and let us know what you think. And be sure to use the [...]
For a small country so close to Australia, so many of us know way too little about East Timor. Balibo makes it clear that the small nation was invaded by the Indonesians over thirty years ago, while Australia let it happen. This well paced, passionately acted portrayal of the events centres around the death of [...]
Drum roll please. Louder. LOUDER. Ok, that’ll do it. After several months of work, and numerous strong coffees, we’re pleased to unveil our latest website, The Colour, a reader submitted collection of beautiful Australian-related images. Yup, The Colour features the best in new art, photography, illustration, music, cool products and fashion, and it all comes [...]
I was lucky enough to attend the recent launch of the new Australia and New Zealand Guidebook by Mr & Mrs Smith. And let me tell you, if luxe travel is your thing, this is the book. Travel guide publishers have copped a bit of flack recently — especially after Thomas Kohnstamm wrote his hedonistic, “tell all” book Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?, in which he alleged that most of the content he wrote for Lonely Planet’s Brazilian guidebook was either fudged, or written in a drug-induced stupor. However, with Mr & Mrs Smith, Kohnstamm’s version of travel writing couldn’t be further from the truth.
I love the subtle acoustic finger-picking which weaves delicately into the wistful storytelling lyrics on the track, Brown Shoes, by Australian songwriter Ange Takats. In the tradition of local female-fronted acts such as Blanche DuBois and New Buffalo, Takats creates a sparse instrumental base, the repetitive guitar motif providing the perfect accompaniment to her elegant and timeless vocals. The artwork for her album — Aniseed Tea — on which this track appears is equally as impressive, the work of Brisbane artist, Danielle O’Brien.
We’ve been long time fans of Aesop, which is making quite a name for itself in the alternative beauty products space. So it was no surprise to hear they’ve entered the fragrance market. True to form, their new range of perfumes are distinctive, unorthodox and intense.
Unable to limit his art to the streets, Kid Zoom has happily defaced banknotes, vintage Playboys, and even his own studio with his brand of eye-catching artwork. A move from the sleepy suburbs of Perth, Australia, has seen Kid take on Sydney, so expect to see a lot more distorted cartoons and weepy skulls on the East coast from now on.
Struth! We’re now stocking the beautifully designed and overtly Australian range of products by Aussie illustrator, Eamo. Perfect for those of us living abroad, who miss the taste of Vegemite and the smell of the beach, or those whose fleeting connection with the big brown land has left them longing for more.
In a twist on the top places to see before you die, guidebook giants Frommers have released the more ominous publication, 500 Places To See Before They Disappear. The point they are trying to drill home is that, such is the rapid pace of change in the world — whether environmental or due to urban [...]