Is this Melbourne's coolest pad?

Design: Is this Melbourne’s coolest digs?

  Architect John Henry and his wife Deb Ganderton have built their dream home in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Eltham. It's a mind-boggling 1,000 cubic metre space, with 6.5 metre high walls. John and Deb bought the block of land for $105,000 in 1998. Then they spent around $250,000 building the house running out of money several times…

Te Ao Maori and the aesthetics of cosiness

An indepth exploration of the aesthetics of cosiness

There’s a lovely subreddit I recently found called Cosy Places, which calls for people to submit their log cabins, hideaways and cosy loungerooms. This is a veritable treasure trove of different ideas for cosiness. Someone even parsed the photo content in the subreddit and came up with the recipe and criteria that make up a…

An interesting holistic model for health according to the eight tentacles of the Octopus, Te Wheke in Maori culture

An interesting holistic model for health according to the eight tentacles of the Octopus, Te Wheke in Maori culture

The Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) which includes myself, have a very different way of defining health outcomes compared to western medicine. Te Wheke (the octopus) is often used as a symbol to define integrative and holistic health. This holistic approach to health encompasses ten elements in Maori life. Funnily enough this holistic…

Linden Frederick: Night swimming through urban landscapes

Linden Frederick: Night swimming through urban landscapes

Linden Frederick paints ultra-realistic everyday scenes during the nocturnal hush of the evening. In the real world many of these buildings would be unremarkable, but in the hands of Frederick these shabby homes and plain looking commercial buildings take on a different form at dusk and night, there is a mysterious imagining of the building’s…

Lucy Sparrow's Fantastical Felt Mountain of Consumable Goods

Lucy Sparrow’s Fantastical Felt Mountain of Consumable Goods

Lucy Sparrow is a quirky felt artist who mass produces felt replicas of branded goods like grocery store items, fresh fruit and veg, daily papers. She loves to recreate well-known and loved foods from British households and then sell them in quaint corner stores where people can purchase these reasonably priced and bite size pieces…

Lebensader: a little girl finds the whole world in a leaf

Lebensader: a little girl finds the whole world in a leaf

This is a luscious trip into a parallel microcosmos where colours, sounds and mystical beings all abound and swirl together. Lebensader is a short film with a sweetness, innocence and curious wonder about it that will stay with you for a long time afterwards. It was created in 2009 by animator Angela Stefffen who works…

Phantasmagorical Paper Recipes to Fuel your Belly

Phantasmagorical Paper Recipes to Fuel your Belly and Brain

As you probably have realised from previous posts about the automated paper town called Paperholme, I'm obsessed with paper art. And here is yet another fragile and whimsical creation that I've fallen in love with. Paper is a medium that can trump rocks but not scissors, and in these stop motion animations you will discover…

Every Picture Tells a Story: A Surreal Midnight Dream

This etching by a Reddit artist called JDrift01 reminds me of the Google Deep Dream generator which ran amok on the internet about 2 years ago. Suddenly the online world was jammed with ten eyed dogs and sushi that had faces on it. Infact this art reminds me of a post from a few years…

Flying Nun Records: The Chills

Haling from Dunedin, The Chills are a 80's and 90's band with aural stories that recall childlike wonder and a free-wheeling and expansive youth in the South Island of New Zealand. There's a happy-go-lucky psychadelic pop and folk sound that (possibly) found its way into the sound of Split Enz and Crowded House later on. The…

Paperholm: A delicate ever-expanding paper universe

Paperholm: A delicate ever-expanding paper universe

Paperholm is a tale of the dedication and tenacity of one very determined Scotsman named Charles Young. It all began in 2014 with 200 gsm watercolour paper and PVA glue. Young set himself the challenge of building a tiny paper model of a building every day for a year. Then 365 paper models later and…

Music Review: Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Jaakko Eino Kalevi (Full Album) 2015

Music Review: Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Jaakko Eino Kalevi (Full Album) 2015

Jaako Eino Kalevi is a Finnish dream pop and electro musician. He lives in the same indie realm as previously reviewed artists Cate Le Bon and Pat Moon. This is Kalevli’s first full length album and it’s brimming of lush aural delights and lunar daydreams. Kalevi’s distinctively long blonde tresses make him look like an…

The sacred feminine: The art of Chie Yoshii

Chie Yoshii's oil paintings explore timeless psychological themes and the inner landscape of women's experiences. There's a hint of luminosity to her panels that's reminiscent of traditional Flemish paintings, although also a pagan symbolism and a dark sensuality to them as well. Born in Kochi, Japan, Chie Yoshii moved to the US to complete a BFA at Massachusetts…

Tilda Swinton recites Rumi's 12th Century Poem: 'Like This'

Tilda Swinton recites Rumi’s 12th Century Poem: ‘Like This’

The beautiful and transcendental love poems of Sufi mystic Rumi meets the modern day artist Tilda Swinton in this evocative reading of the poem 'Like this'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-Yb7HQMqRg If anyone asks you how the perfect satisfaction of all our sexual wanting will look, lift your face and say, Like this. When someone mentions the gracefulness of…

Album Review: Limit of Love by Boy & Bear (2016)

Album Review: Limit of Love by Boy & Bear (2016)

Limit Of Love is a crisp and melodic third full-length release album from Australian indie rock stalwarts Boy & Bear. This is a stripped down to basics album full of naked sincerity and swooping guitar loops and tight melodies. The third album for an artist can either make or break their sound in the public…

The art of Kulning: Night-scented stock are called in for the long summer evening

The art of Kulning: Night-scented stock are called in for the long summer evening

Kulning is an ancient, sweet and sorrowful form of Scandinavian music used to herd cows and goats back down from their high mountain pastures in parts of Norway and in certain provinces of Sweden, Jämtland and Härjedalen. In practical use since medieval times, the mysterious tones were also thought to be a deterrent to potential predators like wolves…

Album Review: January Tapes by Cut Copy (2016)

Album Review: January Tapes by Cut Copy (2016)

Cut Copy are electro-pop icons of Australia. The band is  known primarily for glitchy, synth-laden and uplifting beats that are perfect background music for pool-side BBQs in the endless Australian summer. Although quite unexpectedly this September, Cut Copy released a limited edition, 44 minute collection of ambient music entitled the January Tapes. It’s their first…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

An Interview with Dreamy Dark Ambient Ingénue: Pat Moon

Pat Moon is the artist name of 26 year old musician Kate Davis. She’s a busy woman whose record label Track and Field in Portland Oregon is in its third year of existence and pulling in eclectic musical talent from LA, Australia and beyond. Don’t Hide from the Light by Pat Moon is a holy…

Supermodels from the 90's: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2...

Who makes the perfect body?

34x25x36 is an off-beat film that looks at who creates the ideal body as a commodity. Norman Glaser of the Patina-V Mannequin Factory in California, has created the perfect woman: she’s tall, slender, and made of plastic. Glaser has the vaguely creepy job of being a mannequin maker, here he candidly talks about manufacturing what he calls…