ART ON THE STREET

In a bid to keep their local streets free of graffiti, Sydney's Inner West Council devised the Perfect Match initiative. Local residents and property owners plagued with graffiti are matched with street artists who transform the unsightly publics wall into works of art. Perfect Match 2016 took place earlier this month. Having recently moved from the inner west, to New Zealand, I haven't been able to check out any of this years walls, so here are a few photographs I took from previous Perfect Matches. Artists include Fintan MageePhibs, Dallas Clark and Stephen Evans, Mulga, Jumboist,  Ears, Sid Tapia and Peque,

And while the organised tours and events associated with the Perfect Match weekend may be over, you can still download the map and take a self guided tour of this impressive outdoor gallery.

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MYVILLE

Illustrated map of inner west Sydney. It is almost 6 months since my husband and I left our little home in Sydney, for a new adventure in Auckland, New Zealand.

A couple of weeks ago I went back to Sydney to be part of an exhibition that explored Sydney's Inner West and it's inhabitants. I am quite enjoying life in Auckland but I do miss my old neighbourhood and everything it had to offer, so I drew this map as an ode to all of my favourite places, in and around Marrickville. I have since realised that my Sydney life pretty much revolved around eating and drinking—cafès, pubs and restaurants seem to dominate the landscape!

I really enjoyed working on this and am now planning a series of maps. Maybe Auckland next? It will be a good excuse for me to get out from behind my desk and explore more.

Oh! And I want to give a quick shout out to Endemic World who helped with the printing and transportation of my map. Not only do they offer fine art printing, they also stock a great range of contemporary, limited edition prints by New Zealand and international artists.

SO LONG SYDNEY BUDDHA

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Hey Sydneysiders! This is your last chance to see the wonderfully serene, Sydney Buddha. Zhang Huan's 5 metre tall, 20 tonne installation is at Carriageworks for a few more days, the exhibition closes this Sunday, March 22nd. Installed in January as part of the Sydney Festival, I had hoped to return and photograph the giant incense sculpture and it's aluminium cast in the evening, when the shadows would be less harsh and also to see how the delicate ash figure had degraded over time but once again the days have gotten away from me.

“The piece conveys the collective memory, soul, thoughts and prayers, and collapse of mankind. It implies a collective ineffectiveness, arising from taking action when none should be taken, upsetting the natural order of things. As time passes, and humidity in the air changes, the ash crumbles to the ground naturally, I believe that in the moment that the Buddha collapses, innumerable groups of souls will be flying back to the east.” Zhang Huan

If you haven't seen the Sydney Buddha yet it really is worth a look and better yet, entry is free!

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

HelloPetal_pleasevote I have long been a fan of pattern and textile design, recently I was inspired to begin experimenting with illustrated patterns of my own. I even entered one of my designs into a competition. The lovely ladies from Frankie and Swiss Boutique Textile Company are holding a design competition as part of Craft Cubed. And this is where I need your help, one of the categories is decided by the public, so if you like my design and have a few seconds to spare you can cast your vote here by clicking the like button. The winner will be announced at The Frankie and Swiss Open Studio on the 23rd of August, that's this weekend! There are some truly beautiful designs in the running so it is well worth checking out the rest of the entries.

Thanks for reading (and voting ;-) )

ON THE HOUSE!

ownourhouse Do you remember my post, roughly 12 months ago, about the Sydney Opera House? Well last year was a big year for this beautiful building, which also celebrated it's 40th birthday. Last month, I too celebrated a birthday. If you follow me on twitter you may have noticed that one of the gifts I received was a tile on one of the largest sails of the Sydney Opera House! I didn't receive an actual tile but in purchasing a virtual tile, my husband and became Housemates. The funds raised via this project will go towards maintaining and renewing this iconic building for the next 40 years. If you too would like to support the Sydney Opera House, or see who else is a housemate, you can visit the Own Our House website or see frequently asked questions here. We could be housemates together!