We’ve long been big fans of Leonard Mattis and his unique approach to hairdressing and art presentation. His studio space in Sydney’s Surry Hills is a clean, white and minimal breath of freshness into the often boring world of “hair cuts.” We caught up with Mattis for a quick chat about his latest art photography […]
Spanish Magic are a rad underground music label from Sydney. Selling a bunch of stuff at Vox Cyclops in Newcastle until they shut down, Spanish Magic releases are now most easily accessed via their online store. Dropping everything from noise rock to trippy electronica, you can always expect to have new musical worlds opened to […]
Marna Hattingh is a Cape Town-based artist, active in the art world since 1999. She is also a well known children’s book illustrator. As a contemporary South African artist, Hattingh works forms part of the new school of expression. There may be elements of an African-ness in her work, particularly the use of colour, but she […]
RockCorps is starting to kick along nicely here in Australia. With The Script, Tinie Tempah and Guy Sebastian taking to the stage in a matter of months, we had a chat to RockCorps CEO Stephen Greene about all things volunteering and music. LAEM: You’re the CEO of RockCorps. How did you gain that position? SG: […]
Established in 1913 by Harold Chapman Jr., the Original Doll Hospital is located in Bexley, Sydney and is now run by the third generation of the Chapman family. Well-stocked with replacement parts, the hospital staff perform miraculous repairs on toys beyond dolls, such as teddy bears and rocking horses. The hospital recently celebrated its 100th […]
We sat down with Sydney artist Judd Shoppee – the man responsible for painting a mural in just four hours at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for Optus RockCorps – to ask five sneaky questions. Loose, simple and fast, that’s his motto and it’s definitely how our chat felt. LAEM: How did you get into painting murals? […]
RockCorps is really about two things; doing good for the community and music. The powerful combination has worked many times in many locations because of the pure magic that is made when the two combine. One of the volunteer crews from the RockCorps project in France have created this video that combines charity work and […]
You know a bit about the Optus RockCorps program in general and a bit about the musicians, but what about the volunteers? What about the people like you? Jose was involved in cleaning up a vacant lot in South Central LA to earn tickets to a Rock Corps event; the video above is his story. […]
Chris Round gave up on painting when he decided that the results didn’t come fast enough. He was just a kid when he switched to the speedier art of photography. Now the Sydney-based photographer consistently produces solid work centering on the concept of human alterations in the environment. Every image seems to have humanity’s finger […]
‘It’s totally self indulgent’, confesses Megan Clune – classical musician and World’s Only Zine Editor. ‘I studied the clarinet and since graduating I’ve really struggled to find good performers, venues and stuff to read’. Clune’s musical palate is a dirty little hybrid; growing up on a mix of classical, pop, indie and her dad’s insane […]
Vanishing Elephant are an exciting, Sydney-based fashion label that offers men’s and women’s clothing with a classic aesthetic. While not trying to reinvent the basics, the label aims to highlight the many subtleties of clothing. Started in 2008 by Arran Russell, Huw Bennett and Felix Chan, Vanishing Elephant have grown in leaps and bounds, opening […]
So now that you all know what Optus RockCorps is about, we thought we’d help you make more sense of it by taking you all the way back to 2007, when Busta Rhymes performed at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. As you can see, the crowd is absolutely lapping it up: and they […]
Ian Strange, aka Kid Zoom, is an Australian-born visual artist now based in Brooklyn. Just when we thought we’d lost him to the US forever, he recently returned home to built a giant replica of his childhood home inside Cockatoo Island’s famous Turbine Hall in Sydney. Running for just over a week, the project also […]
Lucid Skateboards are a company from the Northern Beaches of Sydney that have just launched their astonishing debut range of skateboards. Covering everything from longboards to shortboards, Lucid even have a special Fibreflex range (a unique blend of Canadian maple and fibreglass). From their site, you can pick up pre-made skateboards or purchase your deck and hardware separately if you’re feeling a little creative. Moderately priced, beautifully constructed and expertly finished … you should be glad they ship worldwide.
Sydney-based artist Lisa Rodden’s multifarious background shines through in her artwork. She is a colour consultant, an interior designer and an arts volunteer in Aboriginal communities. Her amazing hand cut paper creations present the beauties of life in a different light: cranes, peacock feathers and waves all cut and coloured with expertise. Did we mention she takes commissions?