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THE cloth ISSUE march2013 4,567 days since we launched another idea by

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– – Rachel Burke


“Mistakes are okay.”

cover Luctor et Emergo By Stefanie Nieuwenhuyse Photography by Ezzidin Alwan

– – Natalie Encarnita

44 international


“Believe in something and stay true to it.” – – EMIL & SANDY CORSILLO

50 arts


“Feel free to be excellent.” 59 music

– – Anthony Standish


“Letting chance into one’s life is the best way to go places you’ve never thought of.” – – Arthur Gillette

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Anthony Standish

Hotel STRAF, Milan

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Kahlia Litzow


Gregory Crewdson

face 58 ticket 59 stimulator

Nicholas Inglis

neighbourhood search 18 pavement 14



Arthur Gillette


A thought, a note, a hope ...

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher. –– William Wordsworth

Welcome to map magazine’s 150th issue. That’s 150 issues celebrating dreamers the world over and striving to inspire the community to shape our environment into a wonderful celebration of human ingenuity and creativity, as well as a haven for every element of nature we can protect and preserve. I have always been passionately curious about people and the things they believe in, the reasons they do the things they do and where inevitably they find peace and happiness in life. Through an insatiable quest to ask questions and learn, I have been exposed to some incredibly inspiring answers to the many questions that form the ‘DNA’ of a map interview. What have l learnt?

Well, too much to put in this note, however there is one thing that is evident. When map first launched, the internet was still working itself out. Now, 14 years later, the internet is booming and people have the ability to use technology to propel their wildest dreams. Not a month goes by when we do not see evidence of this. The time has never been more ripe for dreamers! In saying this, I remember interviewing David Suzuki in our second issue of map who wisely suggested: “Solutions are in our nature”. I hope the next 150 issues of map see an uncontrollable explosion of dreamers who use technology to protect nature. Sleep peacefully this month and remember to dream ...

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“It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.” – – Claude Bernard


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The past few days I’ve been wandering the streets of Paris amidst the flurry of fashion week, as the world’s eminent designers launch their autumn ready-to-wear collections. It’s inspiring to see how, despite the icy chill in the air, fashion can still be used as such a wonderful means of personal expression. To see someone’s personality shine through in their outfit, in spite of what the current trends may be, is a truly great pleasure. For our March Cloth issue, we chat to Australian fashion designers Rachel Burke and Natalie Encarnita, as well as Emil and Sandy Corsillo, the brothers behind Brooklyn-based accessories label, The Hill-side. And not only is this our fashion issue, but it’s also our 150th issue of the magazine. How many different styles we’ve seen grace the pages of the magazine over the years – and we look forward to seeing many more to come!

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In developing countries, it’s harder than ever for women to achieve equality and respect within their culture. As a result, many young girls are denied the right to education – a luxury often taken for granted in the Western world. Girl Rising, from social-action initiative 10x10, is a feature film that hopes to bring awareness to this important issue. Using the power of storytelling, Girl Rising follows the journey of nine young girls from nine different countries, with each story narrated by a different actress, including Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. You can donate online to help spread the message. @

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“Be daring, be different, be impractical.”


There were many feathers to Cecil Beaton’s cap (including careers as an illustrator, painter and Academy Award-winning set and costume designer) but he is perhaps most well known for being one of the first-ever fashion photographers. With an innate eye for elegance, Cecil dreamed of capturing the sophistication and style he saw within his own fashionable social circles during the 1920s and 1930s.

INVITES YOU TO ... The Company You Keep As with many of his directing forays, Robert Redford’s latest project, The Company You Keep, sees the iconic actor step into the shoes of both director and lead character. After living a seemingly normal existence as a single father and civil rights lawyer for more than 30 years, Jim’s (Robert Redford) life is thrown into chaos when Sharon (Susan Sarandon), a former member of radical organisation Weather Underground, turns herself in to the FBI. As the search for other members of the organisation begins, Jim must attempt to clear his name as a former Weatherman and murder suspect to protect his daughter. For your chance to attend map magazine’s special screening at Palace Centro on April 8 at 6:30 pm, visit and follow the links. 112 lucky entrants will receive a double pass and winners will be notified by email.

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A vintage, open-minded, planetconscious citizen of the world. gets you out of bed in the morning Pressed orange juice. something you discovered this month An old Russian

watch brand named Raketa. It was popular during the 1960s and 1970s in Eastern Europe. I love to search for original models on eBay!

Friendly // totes Bonding over their incurable addiction to shopping at fleamarkets, fashion designer Shira Entis and lawyer Alex Bell first met at university and have spent their time rummaging through motley collectables ever since. Finding themselves amassing many an environmentally unfriendly plastic bag whilst shopping at fleamarkets, they devised a far more eco-savvy (and fashionable) solution, in the form of Fleabags. Made from organic and vintage materials, including vegetable-tanned and repurposed leathers, the limited-edition totes are roomy enough to house your fleamarket haul. @

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When a friend of mine told me the ‘true story’ of the invention of the hamburger. Switzerland, a bear and the CIA are involved in that story!

Many of us have childhood memories of our parents telling us never to play with scissors. But when Mexican artist Graciela Fuentes laid eyes on a old pair of scissors from a Victorian-era doll house, she couldn’t resist experimenting. Using brass replicas of the original pair, bending and soldering them together at different angles, she crafted a collection of jewellery for her Brooklyn-based label, Tirana Jewelry. Using post-consumer recycled metals, Graciela also enlisted local New York artisans to help create her collection of jewellery. @

most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen A woman – her name is Marie. idea of complete happiness A good

balance between personal life and professional life. last time you did something for the first time I waited 28 years before eating my first sushi. makes you different To wait 28 years before eating my first sushi! scares you Global warming. world you imagine A world where finance stops ruling the planet. A world where governments take responsibility for making the necessary changes regarding climate change. Even if the job is done at 50%, I buy it. I am a rational idealist. words of wisdom Think different.

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The beauty of architecture is that its interpretation can vary depending on the eye of the beholder. Some see beauty in stark lines of glass and metal, while others find calm in what seems like structural chaos. When designer Brian Everett revels in the wonders of architecture, it is jewellery that springs to mind. His Spindle Bracelet, laser cut from birch plywood, is inspired by the clean lines of modern architecture. Of course, the bracelet itself is also open to interpretation, making it bound to become a conversation piece on its own. @

A peace agreement can be forever elusive between cultures of conflicting ideologies, impacting negatively upon their citizens. In an attempt to alleviate such impacts, fashion label A Peace Treaty creates employment for skilled artisans who live in countries of sociopolitical unrest. By making use of the artisans’ talents to create high-end fashion, A Peace Treaty hopes to provide them with a means for a better life. Each season, the label’s designers travel to a particular region and seek out local village artisans to create the limited-edition ranges of accessories such as scarves and jewellery. @

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A fashioninspired exploration of ancestry

An exploration into our own family heritage often begins the first time we are asked to draw our family tree at school. As we see the intricate branches expand under the weight of generations, only then do we start to sense that there is a history to our family that we haven’t yet learned. Designer Stefanie Nieuwenhuyse chose to use fashion as the vehicle to represent the fascinating story of her family’s heritage. Her latest collection aims to explore the regional traditions of the Dutch province of Zeeland, from which her ancestors hail. Attempting to symbolise a fusion of tradition and post-modernism, Stefanie used a combination of handcrafted techniques, such as macrame, with the more contemporary method of laser cutting. The resulting

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range of masks, headpieces, belts, and garments are, at times, reminiscent of armour, which is also reflected in the collection’s name, Luctor et Emergo (translated as ‘I struggle and rise’). As a designer, Stefanie is known for her use of laser cutting to create garments for her fashion collections. In 2011, she used discarded plywood scraps – sourced through a bio-waste firm – which she laser cut into forms that resembled reptile-like scales. Layering them onto garments, Stefanie devised a collection complete with trousers, corsets, floor-length evening gowns and neckpieces. The plywood concept was initially inspired after Stefanie discovered a pile of discarded woodchips, shaped like diamonds, on the floor of a student workshop at her university in London.

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Brisbane branch of Dr Sketchy’s, which is burlesque life drawing held in a jazz bar. Dr Sketchy’s is the largest chain of avant-garde life-drawing sessions in the world.

passion for collecting original screen-worn costumes and film memorabilia is now a career in itself. I collect, restore and preserve costumes and prop history. What training or qualifications do you need to fill this role? A love and appreciation of film costumes and a desire to preserve these pieces of history. Plus, enthusiasm to keep searching for that next piece. What are the key skills and responsibilities of the role? To be a good collector, you need a keen eye and need to know what you are looking for and where to find it. Being innovative in terms of where you look for and find treasures is also a good skill. How did you get involved in your profession? About 15 years ago, I came across an old auction catalogue selling film costumes and was hooked. Can you break in to the industry in other ways? Anyone can appreciate a good film or a costume on a performer. Taking the next step is as simple as buying that first piece – it’s just knowing where to look and what you are looking at. What do you hope to achieve within your industry? It was always my dream to display my pieces and that journey has started with my first exhibition at QPAC. Are you in the industry for the long term? Yes, as long as movies continue to be made. What advice

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What training or qualifications do you need to fill this role? Firstly, you need to apply and seek approval

from the head office in New York to start your own branch. Networking, event management and thorough research of burlesque history are crucial. What are the key skills and responsibilities of the role? To enchant and transport artists to another world and time. This is achieved through a careful concoction of lighting, music, burlesque models and a host that will make you think you are in an old Hollywood movie. Style, taste and eventmanagement skills are key. How did you get involved in your profession? I started as a burlesque photographer and was given a lucky break from Lola the Vamp (the previous branch owner). Can you break in to the industry in other ways? Yes, especially if you have a connection to the burlesque community, have a love of art and a knack for events. What do you hope to achieve within your industry? To continue enchanting Brisbane artists and providing paid opportunities for performance artists to model. Are you in the industry for the long term? Yes! For as long as I like art, martinis and jazz. What advice would you give someone looking to emulate your success? Stay passionate. Vision and intuition will follow. Did you always think you would be in this role? Never. The previous headmistress had danced

on stages around the world and knew Dita Von Teese. She groomed me for the position and I’m most grateful for her trust and support. What was your first paid job? Shop assistant at my mother’s clothing boutique. What would you love to do if you weren’t in this role? I’d be a costume designer or interior decorator. What inspires you? The strong and beautiful women in my family. Who is your rolemodel? My mum. She is very focused, goal oriented and intuitive. What are your words of wisdom? What would you do if you couldn’t fail?

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would you give someone looking to emulate your success? Collect what you love, follow your passion and

never give up. It took me 15 years to put my collection together and to exhibit, but it has been worth the journey. Did you always think you would be in this role? No way. I never thought I would even own one of these pieces, let alone the collection I have today. What was your first paid job? As an usher at QPAC – 23 years later, and I’m still there. What would you love to do if you weren’t in this role? If I could turn this into a full-time career, I would. What inspires you? Theatre, music and art, as well as the every day – we just need to learn how to see it. Who is your rolemodel? My parents. What are your words of wisdom? ‘Work hard, do the best you can, don’t ever lose faith in yourself and take no notice of what other people say about you.’ – Noel Coward.

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Family // Tradition As the granddaughter of a cobbler, Isabelle McGreevy appreciated from a young age the beauty of a handcrafted pair of shoes. Naturally, when it came to creating her label Oak & Hide for her fashion studies, she turned to the family trade for inspiration. Her graduation collection referenced the Australian aesthetic and Isabelle is now in the process of crafting her first release of handbags and slip-on loafer shoes that will be available this year. All of the leathers used in Oak & Hide products are procured locally from sustainable sources and indigenous communities. @

TREASURED // relics The idea of treasure is somewhat arbitrary, meaning something different to every individual. If antiques rate highly on your list of coveted treasures, you’ll find your own ‘Cave of Wonders’ at the Aladdins Antique and Collectables Fair in Windsor on March 24. Stalls offering antiques ranging from jewellery to glassware, books and linens, lure budding collectors and bargain hunters alike to the market. When mapping the route to your destination, mark an ‘X’ over the Brisbane Table Tennis Association Hall on your map (or GPS for the modern enthusiast). @

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Evolving // Garden

Far from being a clandestine retreat, Lock’n’Load Bistro announces its presence on Boundary Street with a jovial crowd of locals gathered around its large windows that overlook the streetscape. Just in time for the oncoming autumn chill, head chef Rachel Lawton is preparing a new menu characterised by dishes of warm yet clean flavours and fresh, local produce. The new autumn menu will be released later this month along with an updated wine list, which offers drops as eccentric as the locale, including the ‘killer’ Killibinbin range of wines. @

The reopening of the revamped Wintergarden last year was greeted with much expectation by city dwellers and now, almost 12 months on, new shops and cafes are still popping up in the retail hub. This year has seen an assortment of new neighbours move into the centre, including the green-hued coffee-pit-stop Gramercy, where you can sip juices squeezed and bottled in-house, as well as coffee from Sydney’s Reuben Hills roasters. Fashion retailers Guess and AW-SS have also moved in, furthering Wintergarden’s mix of fashion offerings. @

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discover: // tailor // tools The ability to sew on a button or hem pants are skills that were once commonplace, but have become somewhat lost with younger generations. English draper Merchant & Mills is doing its best to keep such waning artistry alive with its Selected Notions Box Set. The embossed sewing box comes with removable inserts that accommodate what Merchant & Mills considers to be the nine sewing essentials: fine-quality needles, wide bow scissors, a needle threader, dressmaking pins, tailor’s beeswax, chalk and thimble, a seam ripper and a tape measure. Hopefully, the rather dapper presentation of this particular sewing kit is just the way to reduce reluctant sewers into submission. @

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“A world free from stress.”

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where there is more music.”

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About hidden precincts around the city. I recently moved to Brisbane and was surprised to find James Street at the bottom of Fortitude Valley. what fashion item has caught your eye recently? Levi’s jeans and t-shirts from Death by Zero.

There are beautiful walking tracks and rainforests around Samford and Mount Glorious. what fashion

The Scratch in Milton is one of the best local bars. It has a great atmosphere and selection of craft beers. what fashion item has caught your eye recently? I recently saw a pair of Popissue pants that look like tracksuit pants with kneepads sewn onto them. what

About the Up Late shopping events that happen on James Street. what

item has caught your eye recently?

I just got a new keyboard and I am learning how to play it. what issue

floral pieces at The Dawn, which are amazing. what is stimulating you at the moment? I’m really into interior decorating lately and experimenting with different textiles and cushions, as I’m in the process of moving house. what issue

needs immediate public attention?

needs immediate public attention?

The cost of public transport needs to be addressed – it is too expensive.

I am in awe of the achievements of my supportive group of friends.

I believe that we should always try to learn new things. who is inspiring you and why? I am inspired by music producer Shlohmo, because he makes really great music with interesting sounds.

Parking in the city is too expensive and there isn’t enough of it. what are your spiritual beliefs? I don’t follow any particular religion, but I try to lead a spiritual life. who is inspiring you and why? My mother. She is an art teacher and she really loves what she does. I admire that in her and look up to her work ethic.





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getting in to Australia’s coffee culture since I moved here from England, so much so that I now work as a barista. what issue needs immediate public attention? The situation with North Korea. Western countries need to take steps to sort it out. what are your spiritual beliefs? Try to find a funny side to everything. who is inspiring you and why? My girlfriend. She has just taken a really big and brave step by moving cities.

A beautiful handcrafted beaded bracelet I bought on a recent overseas holiday. what is stimulating you at the moment? Seeing the rejuvenation of my garden after the recent rain, as I am a member of Landcare’s Backyards for Wildlife program. what issue needs immediate public attention? School curriculums need to cover emotional intelligence. what are your spiritual beliefs? I try to see the light in everyone and radiate happiness into the world through small daily actions.

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Rachel Burke At just 24, Rachel Burke has carved an eclectic career for herself as a self-taught fashion designer, maker, photographer, blogger, and pompom-making craft queen. Driven to squeeze the most out of every day, Rachel admits she gets “jittery feet” if she isn’t working on multiple projects at once. Her chief focus is her fledgling women’s fashion label, The Hiding Tree, sold through Princess Polly boutiques nationwide. Rachel explains that her fervour for fashion started in 2010, when she challenged herself to make dresses and auction the creations online to raise money for children’s charities.

From her office at Lightspace – a creative hub in Fortitude Valley – Rachel Burke designs monthly collections for her new label, The Hiding Tree. She also covers freelance photography shoots and still occasionally makes pieces for her first label, Yellowcake, which launched in September 2010. She’s also an artist and avid crafter, and her most recent exhibition, titled Pomiscuity, celebrated her love of the humble pompom with imaginary worlds sprouting soft and pretty sculptures of ice-creams, clouds and flowers. Rachel has sustained her hectic work pace since August 2010, when she launched her i make, you wear it blog, followed by her i make my day blog. Both projects challenged her to make dresses from scratch and auction the pieces online. Between the two projects, she raised close to $10,000 for children’s charities. Through her various projects, Rachel admits she is on a personal quest. “I guess I want to prove myself and to achieve and produce good work. I always want to reach the next level and make great clothes. Also, on the other side of the spectrum, I think I’ve got such a privileged life that I should use the tools I’ve been given to push it as far as I can go. I would feel like I was wasting my time if I didn’t.” Rachel feels blessed to have found her niche in life. She stumbled for a few years after finishing high school in 2005, dabbling in degrees in education, musical

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theatre and creative writing. In 2008, she moved to Melbourne to take up a coveted place in the theatre program at the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts. She followed her passion for musical theatre, which encompassed her love of storytelling and exploring magical worlds. But after one year of study, Rachel realised theatre wasn’t the right fit either. “That was a really tough decision, because musical theatre was something I was so passionate about and loved and, at the time, I couldn’t really think of anything that could replace that passion.” After returning to Brisbane, Rachel did some soul searching. She recalls her childhood dream was to be a scientist, which no longer resonated, and to own a dachshund. “That’s about to come true,” she notes with glee. She also loved to sew, a skill handed down from her mother and grandmother. She then enrolled in a creative writing degree at QUT, which taught her about blogs. “I thought, what could I do that merged these things – telling a story, making things, and bringing in performance in terms of the way I present it? What if I made a dress a day, to make a difference and to get noticed?” Rather than throwing herself into the gruelling challenge of making one dress daily for 12 months, Rachel started small by making one new dress every Saturday for 20 consecutive weeks. She christened

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her 20-week challenge i make, you wear it and launched a blog in August 2010 to share the journey. “I would make the pieces on a friend. We’d have a little party while doing it and film it and put it online,” Rachel explains of the project, which raised a total of $5,000 for the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. The success of her blog inspired Rachel to launch her first clothing label, Yellowcake, where she sold her handmade creations online. Her Yellowcake garments drew upon some of the whimsical and feminine designs she was experimenting with for i make, you wear it. In April 2011, Rachel felt ready to take on the challenge of making a new dress every day for 12 months. She launched her i make my day blog and started sewing. Rachel saw the clock strike midnight many times over the project’s life, but her efforts were worthwhile. Again, she raised close to $5,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Making a dress a day was really challenging and I don’t know if I’d recommend it to anyone,” she laughs. “It was also quite expensive, but great in terms of providing me with heaps of samples for what has now become The Hiding Tree, my new label. Even though it was a year ago, I still look to those designs.” The pressure of having to make a dress

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a day forced Rachel to think ingeniously. Materials she used ranged from silks and cottons to coffee cups, paper napkins and postcards. Her fascination with wearable art in her high school years came in handy. “It was all about using different textures and materials and looking at what constitutes a dress and how I could push those parameters.” Her Yellowcake designs caught the eye of Brisbane-born fashion boutique Princess Polly, which then began stocking her garments. Rachel credits Princess Polly for helping her take her business to the next level with her second label, The Hiding Tree. Born in early 2012, The Hiding Tree has since become one of Princess Polly’s in-house labels and is stocked nationally. The Hiding Tree’s party frocks, daywear and standout pieces are pretty, playful and feminine, and channel a world of whimsy and adventure. Using plenty of frills and froufrou, sparkles and sequins, Rachel likes to think outside the box in terms of shapes, silhouettes and ways to give her pieces the handmade, adventurous aesthetic she is known for. For inspiration, Rachel buries her nose in books and loses herself

in blogs, most recently reading Grace Coddington’s memoir and following Ebony Bizys’ crafty and creative Hello Sandwich blog about life in Tokyo and making art. Closer to home, Rachel is inspired by the creative folk she shares her office space with at Lightspace. Rachel admits the pressure of financing her self-driven ventures is a constant challenge, however the creative rewards motivate her. She counts the final day of her i make my day project as one of her greatest achievements. “I really felt elated. I’d completed something I’d begun and it had such a great response,” she recalls. Another high point was spending a fun day making pompoms with sick children through the Starlight Children’s Foundation. “I wasn’t doing anything huge, but it was something that, five years ago, I hadn’t thought I’d be doing.” When Rachel faces challenges with her label, she tries to heed her own wise words. “I tell myself that everything is going to be okay. I try to look forward and, even if I worry about whether I can afford a venture, I always feel it’s going to work out in the end. Even if I feel overwhelmed, I never feel finished.”

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What do you do? I am a mother. What are you wearing today? I am wearing a Victoria Beckham dress and a Prada bag. Describe your style?

Garçons t-shirt, Zara denim shirt and Industrie shorts. Describe your style? Neat and relaxed. Where is your favourite place? Perth – it’s so beautiful and relaxed. What is the best advice you have ever received? Never be afraid to ask your parents for advice. Who is your rolemodel? Michael Kirby. He has always stuck to his guns.

to mix and match pieces and wear a lot of vintage. Where is your favourite place? Brick Lane in London. What is the best advice you have ever received? Don’t wear stripes with prints. Who is your rolemodel? Alexa Chung. I like the way she writes about music and she has a great sense of style.

I like beautiful clothing that is fashion forward and comfortable. Where is your favourite place? Noosa. What is the best advice you have ever received? Never turn down an opportunity. Who is your rolemodel? My husband. He is a great humanitarian and does a lot of good for others.

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An explorer with a discerning yet playful approach to life. gets you out of bed in the morning I feel extremely lucky to be able to work with the creative people with whom I interact every day, and to have so much encouragement from these people I admire. last thing that made you smile My husband ... so many times for so many reasons.

love // braid For some, the definition of love is the entwining of two souls that, despite coming from different backgrounds, merge to become one. This romantic notion was the inspiration behind Satsuki Shibuya’s Braid of Love, created in collaboration with online boutique, Koshka. The neck accoutrement is crafted using a combination of linen and leather entangled together, which is intended to celebrate the fact that our society is a cultural mixing pot that can be brought together in a harmonious sense of love. @

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most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen Nature always astounds me.

The artists and designers who I admire most always seem to have some connection with nature. I see in their work this respect for nature and desire to live with it … that is the most beautiful thing. idea of complete happiness To be in a perpetual state of learning, sharing and creating. scares you Doubt, whether it is of myself, my creations or of the people around me. worth fighting for Dreams … and love. environmental beliefs Environmental awareness is something that has become a part of the way I live and work due to my love for nature. world you imagine A world where fashion is slower and people care more in general. words of wisdom Always give fully and then just let go … or vice versa.

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Jewellery designer Lisa Salzer learned her craft young while immersed in her family’s estate jewellery business. Her own label, Lulu Frost, takes antique, vintage and modern elements and blends them together to reinvent timeless classics. Her Let’s Bring Back collection finds its muses in three doyennes of yesteryear: Belle Epoque heiress Marchesa Casati, Jazz Age activist Nancy Cunard, and designer Elsa Schiaparelli. This Muse Tassel Necklace was inspired by the elegance of Marchesa in particular, combining a layered brass chain with a crystal pendant. @

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To be labelled brassy or sassy is not always a compliment, unless, of course, the comments are in reference to a watch. The Brass and Sassy Sometimes watch, designed by Denis Guidone for Projects Watches, is of a minimalist aesthetic with elongated hands juxtaposed against the black dial, accentuated by a suede wrist band. In envisioning the design for the timepiece, Denis tapped into his experience in the fields of architecture, design, visual communication and urban planning. The resulting modernist creation is both reliably functional and unmistakably eye-catching. @

It can be tempting to jump aboard a fleeting fashion trend, but often you find yourself a year later with a wardrobe full of items you wouldn’t be seen dead in. And then there are those brands, such as the Brooklyn-dwelling Fischer, that design for stylish longevity. Using classic (but far from boring) cuts along with traditional fabrics, the men’s and women’s casual garments appear like they’ve long been beloved. The women’s collection features ethereal dresses, summery shorts and print blouses, while gents are accommodated for with dapper chinos and sharp button-ups. @

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if the world is taking notice of me, but I would like the world to take notice of the campaigns and the products we design. describe yourself in ten words An impatient, humorous and compassionate girl enjoying the beauty in life. gets you out of bed in the morning The peaceful moment of waking up my sleeping kids. The blessing to go to work and create new things every day.

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fresh: sleep a lot, have a lot of fresh air, a little bit of sun and take a cold dip in the ocean and then let your hair drip-dry. biggest inspiration Life itself, from architecture, nature and food, to psychology and human behaviour. words of wisdom Have fun!

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natalie encarnita The daughter of hippies who couldn’t quite decide where in the world they wanted to live, Natalie Encarnita spent her childhood moving every few years between the sun-drenched city of Perth and the chilly climes of Edinburgh, Scotland. When the time came to chase her dream of fashion, she chose the University of Leeds to embark on her studies. The sojourn saw her stay in the UK for the next nine years, building a successful fashion career with her namesake label (stocked locally at Blonde Venus). A year ago, after a two-year hiatus from fashion, Natalie, 27, finally moved back to Australia, embarking on a new chapter in her journey with Melbourne as her home.

My mum was a seamstress … not professionally, but she was always making clothes when I was a kid. And her mum was a professional seamstress in London, so ever since I was small, I’ve been sewing. Even my brothers can use a sewing machine and they used to make sleeping bags for their action figures! I really liked Japanese designers … when I was a teenager – people like Issey Miyake. I was interested in the way things were put together, particularly the techniques that Japanese designers used for their construction. It was really a time of discovery for me. There’s definitely an influence … on my designs from having studied and lived in England for so long. I don’t really use much colour, whereas it seems as though a lot of other Australian designers do. I’m very hands on … with my designing and I really love making stuff. A lot of people who study fashion love it for the design side of things and seeing the collections on the catwalk, but they’re not actually makers. I think because I’m also a maker of my designs, it’s allowed me to do things differently. It seems sometimes as though everybody thinks that it’s beneath them to sit down at the sewing machine, but I like feeling that I understand what’s going on with the garment. And I also really

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love that I can make whatever I want for myself. I started selling my designs … to independent stores while I was still a student in the UK and it sort of had a mind of its own. I didn’t have a plan for what I was doing – it all just kind of happened. I didn’t have a clue about anything … when I first started out when I was 18, and I think it all just got on top of me and became too stressful. Then I got picked up by ASOS and Topshop approached me to do a diffusion collection for them and I remember I was just this little girl in the Topshop offices thinking: ‘What the hell are they talking about?’ I took two years off … from doing my fashion label, which was in about 2010. Because I had started working on it when I was a student and then it kind of continued on without a plan, in the end I didn’t really have any control over it. And because of that I ended up doing what other people thought I should be doing rather than what I really wanted to do. So I just had to stop it and cut it off completely. I’d had a few bad experiences and at that point I didn’t want to even design anymore. I started work as the production manager for the UK label, Aqua, which I did for about a year. Then I had another year when I didn’t really do much

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at all and kind of just went travelling around on holiday! It feels really good … to be back in it now and to have a fresh start and have had that time away from it all. I’m really enjoying it again. What I’ve learned about myself … as a designer is that I don’t need to overthink things as much as I used to and that it’s not the be all and end all of everything in life. You can’t let it control you. It should be a more natural part of your life – it’s much more enjoyable and useful that way. And you’ll be a lot happier. My old designs are drastically different … from what I’m doing now. I definitely design things for longevity and I like more classic things. I’m really proud of the fact that now I feel like I can be really low key in my designs, rather than being really ambitious or feeling like I have to try really hard to be successful. My creative process … is very visual. I’ll have a starting point for an idea and there’ll be one little thing that I’ll kind of be fixated on and I’ll visually research that. It’s really about putting everything together in a kind of visual language. I really like the challenge of then working out how to turn that into a nice garment. For my autumn/winter collection … it was less about what I could add to

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the garments and more what I could remove from them. It really was about trying to simplify things. Success to me … is being able to work every day in a way that I am comfortable with and that I enjoy and can be creative in – however that can be interpreted into a commercial venture. If I could give my 18-year-old self a piece of advice … I would say just to chill out about everything and not get too stressed out about it all. Also, you need to work out the production side of things really early on so that you know exactly how things are going to be made – it’s not just about drawing a picture or making a pretty dress. What really inspires me in life … is going on holiday and really being surprised by places. I went to Cambodia about a year ago to stay with a friend of mine who lives there and it really was the most backwards country I’ve ever experienced. They’ve had civil war until quite recently and it seems like they’re rebuilding everything from scratch. The horrendous atrocities that happened there were quite recent and it’s still really tangible when you go there to visit. There are people


who are the same age as me who went through it all. My dream now … is still to be able to live in other countries. I’d like to be able to spend a few months a year working overseas and then come back home and work. I’ve never actually been to the United States, so I’d really like to go there and visit New York and the south, and also Mexico and places like that. I really find peace ... in being in a new country and having that feeling of being somewhere that you’re not familiar with – getting lost in a city where you don’t know anyone at all. It’s peaceful because you’re not thinking about any of the things that you’d normally be thinking about. The wisdom I live by is … that mistakes are okay. I had a teacher at school who was a bit of a hippy and she doesn’t know this, but she’s actually one of my biggest influences in the way that I approach things. She was my art teacher and one day I made a mistake in the way I was doing something and I was really flustered about it. But she just said to me: ‘That’s okay – now it’s just something else.’ I really love that.

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European-style degustation is a menu revered amongst the world’s food enthusiasts and experts. The culinary art form focuses on awakening the senses with innovative culinary creations and fresh produce. Esquire Restaurant in Brisbane’s riverside Eagle Street precinct specialises in set degustation-style menus. A handful of tasting plates are served, with four- or seven-course options available for lunch, or the option of a shorter tasting menu and signature full tour for dinner. Corporate events and off-site catering are also available for functions with a distinguished gourmet edge. For a less formal affair, you can enjoy share plates and drinks at the adjoining Esq.

Grill’d Eagle Street Pier is a healthy burger specialist, with a self-proclaimed mission to make burgers that not only taste good, but are also healthier for you. The burger expert makes tempting burgers from the highest-quality and freshest of ingredients, using produce sourced locally. Before opening the doors each day, the staff carefully prepares the ingredients that have been delivered straight from suppliers to the restaurant. Each meal is also made fresh to order right in front of you. In each of its burgers, Grill’d uses 100% grass-fed lean beef and lamb, and all meat used is free from added hormones and antibiotics. Veggie patties are also

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Casual inner-city eatery Pig ‘N’ Whistle prides itself on its deliciously hearty mains, created from the freshest local ingredients by a team of experienced and dedicated chefs. The kitchen is now led by wellknown Brisbane chef Deniz Coskun in the executive position, formerly of Bretts Wharf and the awardwinning Tank Restaurant and Bar. Deniz brings with him to Pig ‘N’ Whistle an interest in perfecting the classics and creating modern twists on the venue’s most popular dishes. Under Deniz’s guidance, Pig ’N’ Whistle will also continue its dedication to partnering with local suppliers to create dishes made with fresh, local produce in mind. T H E cloth I S S U E march 1 3

available for those who wish to go meat free. For days when you don’t quite crave a hearty burger, Grill’d also offers a delicious range of salads crafted from quality ingredients such as pomegranate, quinoa, dukkah and Meredith Dairy Goat’s Cheese. Grill’d Eagle Street Pier also has the popular Grill’d Rekorderlig Slushy on tap. This icy deliciousness is only for those 18 years and older, but for those under 18 years, or who prefer a non-alcoholic drink, there is always the option of a Grill’d Virgin Slushy. Grill’d Eagle Street Pier is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For information on menu options and opening hours, visit the Grill’d website,


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A passion for authentic bier and cuisine has helped to craft the menu at Bavarian Bier Café Eagle Street Pier. Notorious for providing genuine tastes of Bavaria to Brisbane locals, the waterfront restaurant also offers sweeping views of the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge alongside your choice of delicious meal or cold drink. With indoor and outdoor seating, Bavarian Bier Café is a popular choice for those wanting to make the most of an inner-city casual drinking and dining venue. Offering lunch, dinner, after-work drinks and weekend breakfasts, the venue welcomes groups both big and small, and is committed to offering quality fare at reasonable prices.

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While it has become a popular meeting spot for the corporate crowd during the week, Bavarian Bier Café also has child-friendly menu options, which are ideal for weekend family outings. There’s something to cater to all palates – you can indulge in meals that include hearty schnitzels, warming pork knuckles, sweet strudels, light salads, large burgers and pan-fried prawns. Accompany your meal with options from Bavarian Bier Café’s extensive beverage menu of schnapps, wine and Pure Bier. If you are having difficulty deciding on a drink, take advice from the Bier Meister, who can recommend the best Pure Bier to complement your chosen dish.

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Saké Restaurant & Bar contemporary A contemporary Japanese dining den, Saké Restaurant & Bar is located at Brisbane’s iconic Eagle Street Pier. The venue’s formula is award winning – since opening in 2010, Saké has won the award for Australia’s Best Asian Restaurant at the prestigious annual Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence each year. Saké Restaurant & Bar provides guests with a range of dining options, with an a la carte menu carefully crafted by executive chef Shaun Presland. The menu’s extensive mouthwatering options are also the result of head chef Shinichi Maeda’s extensive knowledge of regional produce, which delivers the freshest seasonal additions to the main menu and unique bar menu. Diners can combine these taste sensations with a range of Japan’s finest sake and shochu varieties available at the bar, ensuring guests are able to enjoy Japanese authenticity with a modern twist. To complement your dining experience, Saké is housed in a chic

designer setting, which features a delicate cherry blossom tree in the bar. Lit with fairy lights, the tree is a delightful backdrop for after-work and weekend drinks enjoyed by the loyal group of corporate and cocktail patrons of the venue. The buzzing atmosphere of Saké also makes it a popular destination for playing host to celebrations and special occasions – festivities can be enjoyed by groups of guests in a choice of private dining rooms. The exceptional service paired with delicious cuisine available at the inner-city location helps to make Saké an enticing option for lunch, dinner or drinks, seven days a week.

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A house isn’t quite a home until the owner’s personal touches and accents have been placed in an abode to make it truly individual. Before you begin accessorising, it’s important to have a great base, starting with stylish floors. With Queensland’s climate, tiles are one of the most practical flooring options, as well as one of the easiest ways to create a design statement within the home. For expert advice on how to transform your living quarters with tiles, consult the experienced team at ASA Tiles. The store has been in operation for 12 years and offers a huge range of high-quality tiles to decorate your home. The team’s advice can help you to

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Make a style statement with an individual pair of frames from Eye Candy Emporium. The boutique is a purveyor of chic eyewear, with an impressive collection of rare woods, acetates and embedded laces. The renowned Oliver Peoples is just one of the many illustrious brands on display. The brand’s latest creation is part of the fourth collaboration series with fashion label, Takahiromiyashita TheSololst. The three distinctive designs created in the partnership successfully blend the vintage aesthetic of Oliver Peoples with the layered style of the Japanese label. Eye Candy is one of just five stores in Australia and New Zealand with this exclusive set in stock.

A well-fitted garment can take an outfit from average to eye-catching. Find quality alterations at Alter Ego, where a team of professional dressmakers can help to pin and style an outfit perfectly to your individual form. The expert staff specialises in high-end fashion, bridal and formal wear, helping to craft well-executed garments for special functions and events. Each piece created in the studio merges top-quality fabric with the staff’s impressive breadth of pattern-making and design knowledge. Alter Ego has also expanded to include a men’s made-to-measure suiting service for the dapper gent, as well as shirt tailoring and basic alteration options.

Tucked away from the bustle of nearby James Street in Newstead is the welcoming oasis of colour and quiet, Tangle Yarns. Tangled Yarns has been providing quality knitting and crochet supplies to Brisbanites for the last four years. A wide range of yarns, needles and accessories are stocked, and new arrivals and pattern ideas are curated and photographed by owner Kelly Kingston to appear in her weekly newsletter. Drop by on a weekend and you’ll be greeted by a store full of people browsing and meeting for social knitting. Classes are run regularly, for absolute beginners, seasoned knitters and crocheters looking to acquire some new skills.


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A long sleep in is one of the easiest ways to recover and rejuvenate from a busy day. Unfortunately, this luxury is often overshadowed by the lack of breakfast options at many eateries after midmorning. Luckily, Our Haus in Hawthorne specialises in scrumptious all-day breakfasts, like Eggs Riding (pictured). The cafe prides itself on its fresh food combinations and hearty plates, which are the ideal partner to a brew of delicious Merlo Coffee Espresso Blend. Enjoy the ease of full table service at the venue and its split-bill options. Seating is available indoors, as well as outside, where your canine companion is invited to join you while you enjoy your meal.

A delicious meal is often made all the more memorable as a result of the setting it is enjoyed in. Settled at the quiet end of Bulimba’s busy Oxford Street is The Jetty Oxford. The open-plan interiors of the sleek den unfold to views of the curving Brisbane River, which laps at the banks just metres from the restaurant’s front. The stylish design and decor have helped to craft a chic riverside affair that emphasises the unique waterfront location of the dining spot. Recent renovations, including a polished concrete bar complete with tap beer, and lounge seating on the new front deck enhance the experience for guests even more. Once settled inside, you can

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Autumn calls on Queensland in March, replacing the stifling heat of summer with a mildness better suited to lounging out of doors. Why not enjoy the change in seasons with outdoor entertaining and picnics in the sunshine? Green Grass Home and Body will provide all the essentials to enjoy autumn, with a large range of stylish homewares in stock, including those from Orla Kiely. You can cater to your outdoor events with a miniature barbecue or some colourful cushions, and embrace new-season fashions from Mesop, Lazybones and Holiday Trading. After shopping in the boutique, take a break with a coffee at the adjoining Park Bench Espresso Bar. 34 map magazine

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For some, yesteryear is symbolic of a time when hearty dishes of freshness and flavour were served with a smile. Bungalow 4171 is an eating nook inspired by these charms of times gone by, albeit with a modern twist. Old-fashioned favourites pervade the menu, with rustic breakfasts aplenty and delicious Genovese coffee to accompany. Conveniently, breakfast is also served all day, allowing plenty of time to enjoy a late start in the morning. Homemade treats are also available for some indulgence, delivered to your table by a team who appreciates quality service. Bungalow 4171 is open from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm daily, providing a seasonal menu that features classic

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Hawthorne Garage fresh On Hawthorne’s main drag sits a sprawling store with an eye-catching vintage ride out the front. While Hawthorne Garage was once a reliable centre for car services, today it is a hub of gourmet activity. The product of brothers Dan and Andy Palmer, the store’s intent is to share foods of distinguished quality, variety and flavour. Shelves in the grocery store overflow with tantalising goodies, sourced from some of Brisbane’s most beloved specialty creators. Scrumptious products of great quality have been brought to the grocer, including Leavain Bread, cakes from Jocelyn’s Provisions, The Bagel Boys, Gundowring Ice Cream and the floral statements of Campbell & Bradley Flowers. Hawthorne Garage now welcomes customers to enjoy takeaway coffees and delicacies from the store and enjoy them on the front verandah. Complete with free Wi-Fi, the dining space offers a great way to check your emails or even host a work meeting while

indulging in a yummy breakfast of ready-to-go fresh sandwiches, wraps, fruit salads and toasties. Hawthorne Garage can also help cater to your next event with fresh platters of fruit, salads and gourmet sandwiches. The store has recently become even more involved in the local community, by introducing a new range of events. Resident chef Nelly has commenced a series of healthy cooking demonstrations and on select Sunday afternoons, there will also be special sessions held, complete with a two-piece band and product sampling. You can keep updated on all events via the Facebook page and when in-store.

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A well-fitted shirt that hugs the body, without being too intrusive, is a joy for its owner to don of a morning. But unless it has been custom made for you, such a shirt can be difficult to find. Offering a solution for those who appreciate the form and fit of a garment, Tinker Tailor is a clothing alterations service where you can have your clothing tweaked by the tailors at The Cloakroom. Whether it be a staple white shirt, or an ill-fitting dress suit, each garment entrusted to Tinker Tailor is carefully altered with the personality of the wearer in mind, so that it may become an enduring staple. Tinker Tailor sits in a discreet spot at the rear of Wintergarden, in a small space that showcases

a commitment to slow fashion and allows customers to develop a personal relationship with the staff. Plush red carpet and gold accents create a feeling of warmth in the shop, while piles of fashion tomes from Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen provide a little extra style guidance, if necessary. Pins and fabric scissors are ready and waiting, sitting next to a long rack of altered garments ready to return home to the wardrobes of their owners. Manager Michael McAtomney fits and pins each garment in the shop, giving customers advice on thread colours, buttons and how a piece of clothing should sit, before taking the attire to the tailors at The Cloakroom for mending.

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The appeal of pre-loved objects exists on many levels. Some will tug at the heartstrings with their nostalgic sentiments and mysterious past, while the allure of others can be found inscribed on the label. Inhabiting the shop formerly occupied by EP by Easton Pearson, Villa Galeria continues the passion for pre-loved items that pulses along Winn Lane. The philosophy of Villa Galeria is to nurture a stylish thrift store where beautiful designer garments can be put to market in a space that celebrates the beauty and history of fashion, while also providing fashion mavens with a source of eco-friendly clothing. In keeping with this eco ethos, the shop has been fitted with locally sourced materials that,

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like the fashion, have also led other lives before coming to Villa Galeria. The shelving was constructed from recycled wood first milled in 1900, the stumps used to display shoes were once used as farm posts and the mannequin recently celebrated her 70th birthday. Plants, fresh sunlight and organic elements in the shop accentuate this natural philosophy and, where possible, garments made from natural fibres are stocked. When exploring the space, you may also discover vintage silk Chanel or a piece by Marc Jacobs. Items are purchased on consignment and a visit to the shop will come as a pleasant change of pace for those who usually source pre-loved fashion online.

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The phrase ‘they don’t make things like they used to’ is most commonly associated with folks who have lived far longer than three decades. It’s surprising then, that it was this mantra that inspired a creative venture between two twenty-something brothers, who aimed to evoke nostalgia for vintage and uncommon goods that hark back to an era when things were built to last. Through their Brooklyn-based store Hickoree’s, Emil and Sandy Corsillo purvey a hand-curated selection of goods, from fashion to slingshots. And huddled amongst the motley array is their own accessories brand inspired by vintage American workwear, The Hill-side.

When you grow up in close proximity to New York City, chances are you’ll eventually find its mysterious magnetism hard to resist. Spending their formative years in a small town in Connecticut, 45 minutes away from New York City, it was only a matter time before brothers Emil and Sandy Corsillo set off for the metropolis in search of their destinies. Sandy was the first to pack his bags, moving to New York in 2002 to study screenwriting at Manhattan’s Hunter College and to chase his dream of being a filmmaker. Emil followed in 2004, after studying fine art, to pursue a career as a painter and immerse himself in the creative milieu of the Brooklyn art world. But after a few years spent getting to know the sometimes-harsh intricacies of the cutthroat industry, Emil began to suspect that it perhaps wasn’t for him after all. “When I finally got to Brooklyn and started meeting people in the art world, I saw what it takes to become successful,“ he says. “That kind of made me start to move away from it all.” At the same time, Sandy had been experiencing similar disillusion in pursuit of his filmmaking career. After university, he had taken a job working in accounting for a friend’s finance company, which inadvertently equipped him with the skills – such as web development and database management – essential to running a business. Eventually he began toying with the inklings of a concept for an online store

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and, when he was finally ready to bring it into fruition, he asked Emil to be part of it. Labelled Hickoree’s Hard Goods, the concept was intended to evoke nostalgia for well-made uncommon goods and vintage items, and to be a clever mix of old and new. “For years, one of our main hobbies was shopping for clothes and things like selvage denim,” Sandy explains. “So the idea for Hickoree’s was to bring together a lot of brands we liked that weren’t always available but were really popular. And then we wanted to create our own stuff and mix it in with those brands so that it would gain legitimacy through proximity.” Sandy asked Emil to come up with an idea for a product range that they could sell in the Hickoree’s online store. The result was The Hill-side – a collection of ties, bandanas, scarves and handkerchiefs, which took its name from the street the boys grew up on in Connecticut. “My inspiration for The Hill-side came from my collection of old clothing and old American workwear,” Emil explains. “I was working in graphic design and art direction at the time and so I was particularly interested in the labels and tags of old clothing and the way their logos were designed and the weird brand names that they had. They all, in a vague way, were very evocative of a certain time period.” Contrary to the usual process of starting a clothing line, Emil reveals that he had designed the logo and packaging for The Hill-side long before they had

completed most of the first collection for the brand. But Sandy adds that the aesthetic of the label was equally as important as the product. “The packaging and branding were very central and critical to the whole thing,” he says. “When we got the prototypes of the products back and put the cardboard belly band with the logo around it, that was when we started to get really excited that the idea was going to work.” Debuting with the launch of the Hickoree’s site in 2009, the first collection of The Hill-side stayed very true to the nostalgic Americana roots that had inspired its inception. “It was very literal,” Emil explains. “It was neckwear made out of workwear fabrics like selvage chambray, army twill and denim.” The brand’s aesthetic has since evolved, with the boys conscious not to stay tied to the concept in such a literal sense. But a nod to its vintage American roots remains forever present. “The ‘made in the USA’ thing was very important to us with The Hill-side,” Sandy says. “But now it’s just about what is exciting us at the time.” Similarly, when they first launched the online Hickoree’s store, the brothers were adamant about featuring products made in the USA, with only a few exceptions. As the store grew, they began to make more exceptions but remained committed to finding old products made in the USA that people would be surprised to discover were still being produced. “We started out with our focus being

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America, but we’ve realised what is now important to us is just a good story and something that resonates with us,” Sandy says. “We emphasise the word ‘nostalgia’ a lot,” Emil adds. “And there were items that we were selling really early on at Hickoree’s that came from our childhood – things like astronaut ice-cream and an old-fashioned slingshot.” The duo opened a bricks-andmortar incarnation of Hickoree’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2011 and these days the revenue that comes from their two brands is quite evenly matched “Our hope is that Hickoree’s is able to grow at a faster pace than The Hill-side so that we can also do other brands and projects and have a platform for that,” Sandy adds. The brothers have already expanded their reaches through curated collaborations with similarminded brands (such as US-based shoe brand Rancourt & Co. and clothing label Gitman Bros. Vintage) under the moniker The Hill-side & Co. “The idea was for a few of the brands that we stock at Hickoree’s to take The Hill-side fabrics and make products that we would sell,” Emil explains. “And then it just ballooned into 60-something products with 20 different brands.

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We love the idea of getting brands that we love to make special things just for Hickoree’s.” As their own two brands grew rapidly, Sandy reveals that it was a particular challenge to relinquish some of the control. “The Hill-side and the design of Hickoree’s came from a really personal place, all done by Emil,” he says. “The Hill-side concept came from scratch out of his head and he designed it and put it all together. But as the business grows, you have to give up a level of control and, rather than doing everything, you have to allow people to have input. I think that’s what keeps some businesses small.” Emil agrees. “It’s challenging, but it’s also the most rewarding thing, being able to empower people to do stuff that I used to have a hard time letting go of.” He has recently found time to return to his love of painting, which he finds far more peaceful without the pressure of turning it into a career. Sandy, on the other hand, finds his peace with a golf club in hand. But the two agree on the wisdom they would share with those looking to follow a similar path: “Believe in something and stay true to it – and get your accounting right.”

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In the realm of craft beer – as people who enjoy a tipple become increasingly more discerning – it’s no longer just the beer itself that counts. For those who really consider themselves amongst the craft beer cognoscenti, equal attention must be paid to the vessel from which you drink it. The Portland Growler Company handcrafts its growlers using a jug slip cast in a stoneware clay body, with the unique addition of a wide-mouth porcelain fliptop lid designed to seal in the freshness of the brew. @

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100 g cubed pancetta (or smoked bacon) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 bay leaf 1 onion, finely chopped 2 small carrots, peeled and finely chopped 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 3 tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and diced 1 tablespoon tomato puree 1.5 litres chicken stock, fresh if you can find it 140 g farro (pearled spelt), but pearl barley is more than acceptable 400 g can cannellini beans salt and freshly ground black pepper flat-leaf parsley and parmesan to serve

Fry the pancetta in the oil for 2–3 minutes in a medium saucepan. Add the bay leaf, onion, carrot and celery and gently cook until the onion has softened and is starting to go golden. Add the garlic, fry for a minute more, then add the tomatoes and tomato puree. Cook for a few minutes longer, until the tomatoes start to thicken and soften.

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Pour over the stock and bring to the boil. Rinse the spelt and drain well. Add the drained spelt to the stock and simmer very gently for 25–30 minutes. Add the cannellini beans and simmer for ten minutes more, or until the grains are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, then sprinkle with parsley and freshly grated parmesan. Serves 6

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Anthony Standish Actor, Australia End of The Rainbow –– Showing at QPAC until March 24, End of the Rainbow is a poignant portrayal of Judy Garland’s final months, starring Anthony Standish as Judy’s fifth husband, Mickey. age 29. born Redcliffe. performance that first made your world come alive The 2003 production of Cosi by QPAC and La Boite. describe yourself in ten words A cross

between a toucan and a meerkat, a meercan. something you discovered this month Milo with a little bit of orange cordial – it has a Jaffa hit. last thing that made you smile My wife, because she is hilarious. most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen The Great Barrier Reef from the air – it looks like opals in the ocean. idea of complete happiness Consistent work and a happy family. tell me about passion Walking for an hour and a half along the Mossman River trying to search for jungle perch. makes you different I keep Australian native freshwater fish as a hobby. worth fighting for The last packet of Tim Tams at the shops. tell me about creativity Just look at any spider’s web or bird’s nest, created purely out of time and instinct. biggest inspiration Hayden Spencer, Damien Garvey and Bryan Probets – three actors who are beyond brilliant. world you imagine A healthy balance between what we take from the planet and what we give back. words of wisdom Feel free to be excellent.

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GALLIC // Cinema From the grace of actresses such as Sophie Marceau and Juliette Binoche, to Audrey Tautou’s slight impish streak and the romantic undertones of the French language, there is a seemingly endless list of charms attributed to French cinema. Starting on March 14 at Palace Cinemas, this year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival will screen 43 films and documentaries. One of the highlights of the program is the closing-night screening of the 1954 romance Children of Paradise, which has been carefully restored from the original camera negative. @

Harmonious // circus Whether it is your morning jog inspired by a playlist of upbeat tunes, a subconscious tap of the toe, or a choreographed dance routine, the rhythm of music naturally propels the human body into movement. Celebrating the harmony between movement and music, Cirque de la Symphonie is a circus performance set to a soundtrack performed by the Queensland Pops Orchestra. On April 9 at QPAC, jugglers, acrobats, contortionists and aerial flyers will perform deft and mesmerising feats to classic and contemporary music scores. @

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With its soft and gentle movements that ache with emotion, ballet is a powerfully expressive art form. Dendy Portside’s Ballet 2012 program continues this year with a screening of a ballet by Canadian choreographer, Crystal Pite. Known for her innovative approach to telling epic tales through dance, Crystal strives to provide viewers with moments they can relate to in each of her works. An Evening with Crystal Pite, screening on March 10 and 14, showcases a new ballet created by Crystal that characterises her poetic style of dance. @

The power of an honest and heartfelt blues performance can leave the audience with a sense of buoyed optimism. This spirit that typifies the vibe of the annual Bluesfest at Byron Bay has seen the festival continue for 24 years. This year’s festival will be held during the Easter long weekend from March 28 to April 1 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, with a line-up that includes Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Ben Harper and Rodriguez. Additional offerings for the Bluesfest community include a food and craft market, a beer garden and a foodcourt full of various multicultural fare. @

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Gregory Crewdson In a Lonely Place 16 March–25 May 2013 In a Lonely Place is a joint project with Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Photography (for the Melbourne Festival), curated by Estelle Af Malmborg, Jens Erdman Rasmussen, and Felix Hoffmann. Gregory Crewdson is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York, and White Cube, London.


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The cover art alone is enough to pique your interest in MS MR’s EP, Candy Bar Creep Show. But despite its suggestions of something more sinister, the EP itself is surprisingly buoyant. The New York-based musical twosome consists of Lizzy Plapinger (MS) and Max Hershenow (MR), who flirt with various musical styles throughout the four-track EP. Intense drums and power vocals evoke flashes of Florence and the Machine, while haunting synthesised strings linger on other tracks. In fact, the music itself is perhaps best described by one of the EP’s own tracks: ‘Dark Doo Wop’.

At 72 years old, Dr. John is only slightly older than Jim Morrison would have been if he were still alive today. It’s uncanny, then, to hear vocals distinctly similar to The Doors’ frontman on Dr. John’s latest album, Locked Down. In truth, Dr. John (born Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr) needs no comparisons to prove his worth. The six-time Grammy winner’s distinct style of rock-laced R&B is at its best on Locked Down – which also features The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – complete with dirty sax and killer blues guitar solos.

The thing about the city of Nashville, Tennessee, is that you could hardly throw a rock without hitting a brilliant musician. Unsurprisingly, the city’s high concentration of musical talent has produced many a collaboration, including the western swing ensemble, The Time Jumpers. Though it started out as an excuse for some of Nashville’s most seasoned musicians to jam and drink beer together, the 11-piece has since become a regular fixture on the music scene. Its self-titled second album charts a sound journey through bluegrass, swing, country and various other musical stylings.

Many people may associate the iconic song ‘Crossroads’ with Eric Clapton, who made the song famous during his Cream years. But the song itself was first penned as ‘Cross Road Blues’ by delta blues singer and guitarist, Robert Johnson. Legend has it that the song is in reference to Robert’s having sold his soul to the devil in return for his sublime musical talent, with his premature death at the age of 27 only fuelling such rumours. For anyone with a penchant for blues, King of the Delta Blues is an important insight into the man who influenced many of today’s best rock and blues musicians.

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The Model’s Hand-book

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Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible

By Eleanor Mathieson and Xavier A TÀpies

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Like it or loathe it, street art is here to stay. From the Lascaux caves in France to the streets of Moscow, street art pervades our life. Sometimes good (Brisbane’s traffic boxes) and sometimes bad (mindless tagging), the images reflect society and its undercurrents. Appearing in alphabetical order, 53 creators show samples of their styles, from artist Above’s works that dangle from powerlines, to the dominatrixes in WK Interact’s work. Many try to improve their environment and many fail. A 21-page section of key art cities around the world ends the book.

After 30 years of displaying clothes for others, Marlene Donovan now passes on her knowledge of the industry. Chapter 1 begins with whether to attend model school or to learn on the job, while the following chapters take you through the rest of the journey. There are the author’s lows and highs – from dodgy friends who steal your money, to the catwalks of New York – and her experience will help those who want to emulate her. Insights from her Melbourne-based agency round out her understanding of modelling, and make this a great guide.

This book explains in clear language a precise understanding of complex subjects. In half a minute, you can understand seven theories in seven categories, and be able to name a prominent person associated with each. Thus, topics on the universe include the Big Bang theory through to ekpyrotic theory, while mind and body topics proceed from psychoanalysis to placebo effect and Sigmund Freud. Topics have one page of quick reading and a three-second thrash opposite a cryptic illustration. Well worth a look for the time-poor person who wants to know more.

A book that looks at ‘The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet’. Tim Gunn surveys the changing world of fashion in 20 chapters. Here we have underwear, t-shirts, skirts, pants and handbags, each with a host of photos accompanied by a succinct history of their evolution from past times to the present day. Plenty of well-known people including Errol Flynn, Queen Elizabeth I and Michelle Obama are examined for their place/style role in life. From medieval pantaloons to the ‘jeaneration’, Tim’s text matches the pictures in this entertaining book.

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After spending much of her career focusing on pop culture imagery, artist Jessica Geron recently decided to create a series of works that reflect her own personal experiences of moving cities and of motherhood. By using art to explore aspects of her life that may

seem mundane, Jessica discovered the whimsy, hilarity and beauty of daily existence. In keeping with the artist’s signature aesthetic, each work features a vibrant colour palette, allowing the art to also serve as a means of escape. UNTIL MARCH 23


PHILIP BACON GALLERIES The illustration of alternate realities through art can often cause us to question our own way of perceiving the world. In his work, Ray Crooke paints cultural scenes from remote communities in farnorthern Australia and the Pacific region. People in his paintings are often depicted against lush backdrops as they gather for rituals that may seem simplistic in nature, but in fact help bind the community together. His upcoming exhibition features 40 works from across his career, with some paintings dating back to the 1950s. Each piece illustrates the artist’s cultural sensitivity and his renowned landscapes. FROM MARCH 19

Above: Ray Crooke, The Offering, 2001, Image Courtesy of Philip Bacon Galleries. Top Left: Jessica Geron, Everything You Ever Wanted, 2012, image detail, image courtesy of Edwina Corlette Gallery. Bottom Right: Caroline Rothwell, Steed, 2009, Photography by Jenni Carter.

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Using sculpture as her medium of investigation, artist Caroline Rothwell examines how ideology can influence the composition and culture of contemporary society. Each of Caroline’s sculptures represent conflicts between art, science and perception, while also exploring the

unintended ramifications that the past has had on current ideas and philosophies. Caroline’s sculptures are hewn from industrial materials including PVC, vinyl and sheet metal to facilitate each of her societal investigations. FROM MARCH 12

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Gregory Crewdson American photographer Gregory Crewdson has earned a lofty reputation in the international contemporary art scene during his 25-year career. His elaborately staged photographs are hauntingly beautiful, conveying melancholy, anxiety, and a brooding disquiet. His subjects – whether fireflies, people or crumbling Roman ruins – appear suspended between the normal and the paranormal, between reality and imagination. Exploring conflict between the possible and the impossible is what spurs Gregory to make art. His latest exhibition, In a Lonely Place, will feature at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) from March 16.

As a photographer, Gregory Crewdson is obsessed with capturing the one perfect moment and freezing it forever. Yet, unlike other photographers, Gregory doesn’t just take photos, he makes them. Much like producing a film, Gregory will often spend months in the lead-up to a shoot creating sketches and storyboards, building sets and designing lighting, planning intricate schedules and wrestling with six-figure budgets. For his breathtaking Beneath the Roses (2003–2008) series that captured haunting images of small-town American life, Gregory cast mostly local residents and used props you’d expect to see on a film set, including snow machines, lighting cranes and cherry pickers. He either built sets from scratch or shot on location in nondescript suburban streets, mostly in Massachusetts where he lives in a restored church when he isn’t based in New York. His crew numbered up to 60 and costs for the production rivalled independent film budgets – and that’s just for one photo. This elaborate body of work, along with the Fireflies (1996) and Sanctuary (2010) series, will be exhibited at IMA from this month. Born in New York in 1962, Gregory says his aesthetic has followed the same thread since he graduated from Yale University with a Master of Fine Art in 1988. His work is often compared to the surreal vision of filmmakers like David Lynch and the melancholic paintings of Edward Hopper.

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“I’ve always loved movies and I consider myself a storyteller,” Gregory shares. “So from day one, I was interested in the introspection between everyday life and theatricality, and using light and colour to tell a story. I’ve been doing a version of that ever since. Over time it has built and expanded, shifted and changed.” Gregory says his fantastical view of the world was sparked as a child. He remembers listening intently to voices murmuring beneath the floor of his family home as his father, a psychoanalyst, treated patients in his basement office. “And just as a metaphor, I had a really strong image of knowing that what occurred below the surface was secretive and hidden,” Gregory recalls. “And maybe in retrospect, that was a defining moment aesthetically – trying to create images in my mind of what I thought I heard.” Early in his career, Gregory began to feel frustrated with the photographic medium. He wanted to use light in a more choreographed way. “Once I met Rick Sands [his director of photography], I started figuring out I could do things with light in a more deliberate subjective way,” he says. “So rather than using ambient light, you could paint with light.” With Rick’s expertise, Gregory began using lighting cranes to direct light on his shoots. It gave his photos an eerie cinematic quality that he has nurtured and magnified throughout his practice.

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“At that time, everything was so provisional,” Gregory recalls of his early days with Rick creating the Twilight series in the late nineties. “There were no sketches. We just did it very intuitively. It felt like a real adventure. It felt like we didn’t even know what we were doing. We didn’t have permits or permission, we were going into people’s neighbourhoods and getting into people’s circuit breakers – it was all crazy and very dangerous, probably,” he says with a wry smile. Gregory admits finance was a constant challenge in his early career but he always found a way to make his pictures happen, motivated by excitement for the unknown. “It was like an aesthetic awakening,” he says of his discovery to choreograph light with Rick. “It felt new, like it hadn’t been done. But, more importantly, it felt right within my own aesthetic imagination.” Asked his greatest achievement, Gregory notes his two children, aged eight and five. “I’m very proud of that,” he says of fatherhood. He still has much to achieve and is driven by the fact he never feels satisfied with his photos. His quest is to “make good pictures that are much more beautiful or meaningful”. The words of wisdom he lives by are the same pearls he offers young artists: “Don’t emulate anyone. Find your particular view of the world and guard it. Protect it and nourish it. Put it first. Be honest. Have fire in you.”

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Laura Linney

Matthias Schoenaerts

Susan Sarandon

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directed by Jacques Audiard

directed by Robert Redford

Growing up in New York City with playwright Romulus Linney for a father, Laura Linney’s childhood was immersed in the magic of theatre. Enamoured with acting, Laura spent the summer holidays of her teenage years at the theatre and went on to study drama before launching her career on Broadway. Her theatre roles led to onscreen offerings, with some of Laura’s most noted performances being in The Truman Show, You Can Count On Me and The Savages. As Daisy in Hyde Park on Hudson, Laura stars alongside Bill Murray in a tale that explores the relationship between Franklin D. Roosevelt and his distant cousin Daisy. The story is centred around a weekend in the country, where the president is entertaining the British royal family.

While he now has an established acting career, Matthias Schoenaerts did not always dream of following in the footsteps of his father, Flemish actor Julien Schoenaerts. His first role came at age 15 when he appeared alongside his father in Daens, and at 21 he decided to indulge his interest in acting by studying drama. Since his graduation, the Belgian actor has appeared in a number of foreign-language films, including Bullhead and, most recently, as Ali in the French-Belgian film, Rust and Bone. In the film, after moving from Belgium to Antibes with his son to be closer to his family and to look for work, Ali meets killer-whale trainer Stephanie (Marion Cotillard). Their affection for one another begins to deepen after Stephanie is seriously injured at work.

Susan Sarandon’s career was born quite by accident, when she went to support her first husband at an audition and walked away with a leading role in the 1970 film, Joe. Susan embraced her newfound profession and forged a career that has spanned more than 40 years. Not losing any momentum, Susan has started 2013 with appearances in the sci-fi film Cloud Atlas and Robert Redford’s thriller, The Company You Keep. Based on a novel by Neil Gordon, The Company You Keep features Sharon (Susan Sarandon), a former member of radical organisation Weather Underground, who hands herself into the FBI. When the hunt for other members begins, former key figure Jim (Robert Redford) must once again begin a life on the run.

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In the wake of the recent redux of roots music, American outfit The Lumineers has put its own spin on the genre, creating an honest and rustic collection of tunes. In each of the band’s songs, lyrical narratives are organically intertwined with melodies that experiment with the limits of the banjo, cello, mandolin and piano (without alluding to the sounds of a barn dance). After the popularity of its track ‘Ho Hey’ and subsequent self-titled album, The Lumineers is venturing to Brisbane to perform its earthy reveries at The Hi-Fi.

Looking at the world through a different lens, comedians have the ability to pose contemplative questions cleverly disguised as jokes. Consider the world from a slightly different perspective at the Brisbane Comedy Festival, where comedians from across Australia and the globe will be the catalysts for an invigorating stream of hearty laughter. Danny Bhoy and Stephen K Amos have made transcontinental voyages to appear at the festival, alongside Australians Wil Anderson, Hannah Gadsby, and Sammy J & Randy.

To celebrate the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7), GOMA is hosting a free Up Late event as the exhibition draws to a close. Australian music duo Canyons will perform an original music score to a three-panel video installation that was created by exhibiting APT7 artist, Daniel Boyd. Daniel’s work references the subjective nature of history through dots indicative of partially revealed stories, while the performance by Canyons will blur the lines between programmed and live music to reflect Daniel’s installation.

Set against a backdrop of rolling waves and golden sand, Surfers Paradise Festival is a celebration of culture on the Gold Coast. This year’s festival will commence with a street parade of glowing lanterns and will continue with the Australian Street Entertainment Championships and the Launch It concert series, where The Potbelleez and The Choirboys will play. Local art and music will be showcased at the One Way Street Party, while A La Carte in the Park will provide a taste of local cuisine, wine and jazz music.

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›I became a performer because ... I was tired of firing people as a management consultant and turning people away as a night watchman for a Paris hotel – these are the jobs I held prior to writing and performing songs. ›My creativity comes from ... a place that’s hard to say. Here’s how it works for me: I like to think that some of us in this world are songcatchers. Songs come through in bursts and you need to be in the right state of mind to hear them. You also need discipline to be able to sit down and change the song you catch into something moving and meaningful for you and the audience you sing the song to. ›I ‘fuel’ my creativity ... by serendipity. Letting chance into one’s life is the best way to go places you’ve never thought of. Also, I always walk to places that people tell me not go to, and it helps me find that inner voice. ›I love my job because ... it’s not really a job. And some days I actually don’t love it. I truly believe the songs choose me and I am but their obedient servant. Whether I like it or not, I must carry them like Sisyphus, even though they don’t always roll back down the hills I climb. ›Through my work, I would like to ... tear down all the major powers that be, especially the powerful corporate greed that is bringing humanity down to its knees. I do realise it’s not quite possible, but a little optimism can’t hurt!

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Scottish filmmaker Luke Fowler uses his films to create portraits of social radicals. In his film All Divided Selves, which was nominated for the Turner Prize 2012, Luke traces the life of Scottish anti-psychiatrist R.D. Laing, who quickly morphed from psychiatrist to celebrity after his theory on schizophrenia was published in his book The Divided Self. Luke’s documentary is constructed from historical footage, including comments from R.D. Laing.


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MUSICAL from march 10 at QPAC When Reese Witherspoon appeared on cinema screens in a flurry of pink as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, she gave the world a lesson on the definition of ‘mens rea’. With a good dose of comedy and romance at its heart, the tale lends itself to the theatre and is now being performed on stages across the globe. The Australian musical adaptation of Elle’s journey from sorority girl to Harvard graduate stars Lucy Durack, Rob Mills and Cameron Daddo.



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With his unique comic style that pushes the boundaries, Tracy Morgan has made a name for himself through appearances on television shows including Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Now that the final episode of 30 Rock has been put to bed, Tracy is returning to stand-up comedy by taking his show, Excuse My French, on a tour across the globe. As the name of his show implies, Tracy doesn’t intend to hold back while on stage.

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The story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is one riddled with controversy and intrigue. Based on Underground, a novel by Suelette Dreyfus, director Robert Connolly’s television series Underground: The Julian Assange Story examined Julian’s formative years and, after airing late last year, has been reworked into a theatrical version. Robert will be attending a preview of the film at Palace Centro and will host a Q&A discussion after the screening.

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Through his determination to revive vaudeville, The Birdmann has carved a niche for himself in the performance realm. In his latest show, The Events of Momentous Timing, The Birdmann performs alongside local artist Tigerlil to solve a mysterious murder. The show begins with The Birdmann gaining consciousness after blacking out, only to find himself handcuffed and holding a black stiletto. To solve the murder, he must rely on these clues and sporadic flashbacks.

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Mulatu Astatke and Black Jesus Experience


JAZZ march 11 at BRISBANE POWERHOUSE Known as the founder of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke purveys an infectious sound that captivates from the first note. His Ethio-jazz style emerged during 1960s, fusing tradition Ethiopian harmonies and with the vigour of Latin jazz. In his upcoming Brisbane show, Mulatu will be joined by nine-piece Ethio-jazz ensemble Black Jesus Experience, which experiments with music by blending traditional Ethiopian sounds with jazz, funk and hip hop.



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Artist Peter Madden likes to think of himself as a ‘sculptographer’ – a post-conceptual photographer who sculpts new images from a range of pre-existing photographs, primarily sourced from National Geographic magazines. For his upcoming exhibition, We’re There Already, Peter has composed a series of new works that abound with a frenetic sense of energy and also explore various themes associated with humanity and nature.

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While the inspiration for the formation of The xx came while three friends were inhaling too much Pepsi one afternoon after school, the experimental indie pop created by the British trio demonstrates a refined level of maturity and restraint. After releasing its much-anticipated second album, Coexist, late last year, The xx is returning to Brisbane to perform its sparse, melancholy-tinged brand of music in a string of intense shows.

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Sitting in the noble shadows of Milan’s Duomo, Hotel STRAF rebels against the pomp and glamour of the standard four-star hotel, instead opting for minimalist industrial chic and a generally breezy attitude. The miscellany of textured surfaces throughout the 64-room dwelling has your fingertips itching to touch everything in sight, while warm earthy tones help to evade the imposing chill of the Milanese winter. The dwelling of choice for many of the fashion set when they are in town, Hotel STRAF – a member of Design Hotels – is the perfect Milanese pied-à-terre.

I’m overcome with the strange sensation that I’m standing in the middle of a life-sized snow globe. Snowflakes flutter about in the evening air in a graceful aerial waltz. In the centre of Piazza del Duomo is an immaculate Christmas tree, standing at least six metres tall, trimmed with all the gilded trappings. The fairy lights nestled within its branches shine like fireflies, lighting up the tree as the centrepiece of Milan’s eminent plaza. The imposing beauty of the Duomo looms in front of me, its intricate stainedglass windows glowing from within as if the light is coming from its very soul. Regardless of religious inclinations, it’s difficult not to be mesmerised by the sheer majesty of the building and the sense of spirituality it emanates. It’s confounding to fathom how someone ever imagined such a structure, let alone built it. Its intricate spires remind me of the conical sandcastles I used to make as a child by dribbling wet sand in a heap. Or perhaps the remnants of a candle, the wax of which has melted ever so intricately into ornate patterns. If your gaze lingers for a moment, obscure details slowly begin to reveal themselves. Grim gargoyles watch stoically over the goings on in the plaza below, snow resting on their strapping, sinewy shoulders. But my destination this evening is not the building that acts as the throbbing religious heart of Milan, but rather a tiny edifice by comparison, huddled in a narrow side street within the Duomo’s shadows.

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Quite inconspicuous compared to many of the city’s more extravagant hotels, Hotel STRAF provides an aesthetic asylum from the onslaught of tourist kitsch that dominates the surrounds of the Duomo. The embracing ochre tones of the lobby offer instant reprieve from the icy clutches of the wintery night beyond the hotel’s doors. And the greeting at the front desk is equally as warm and – somewhat surprisingly for a boutique hotel in the centre of Milan – devoid of pretention. The design motif of the hotel is of a distinctly industrial persuasion. Brushed metal and cement, slate-like floors, eye-catching artworks and irresistibly tactile surfaces make a wander through the petite dwelling an exercise in growing curiosity. My personal abode sits on the fifth floor, behind a sturdy black door. Inside, the main wall is adorned with something akin to paint-spattered scaffolding – a nice change from the mundane achromatic walls often signature to minimalist interior design. The rest of the room adheres to a black-and-white palette, though soothingly so. It’s also expertly wired for mood lighting, with nary a fluorescent bulb in sight. Thoughtfully, the jet-black bathroom is offset by an ample arrangement of mirrors, meaning you’ll never have to vie with your significant other for time in front of the looking glass. The coffee the next morning at breakfast is, unsurprisingly, exquisite, and fuels me for a day exploring the inner urban arteries be the change you want to see in the world

of Milan. A few hours of aimless drifting amongst the snow-clad laneways of the area surrounding the hotel eventually leads me to Via Montenapoleone, one of Milan’s most illustrious shopping stretches. Unless your hip-pocket is well endowed, activities along this elegant street are usually limited to people watching and window shopping, but it’s also home to Milanese gourmet institution, Cova. Once the meeting place for the fashion, literary and film glitterati of Milan, Cova is one of the city’s oldest and most revered cafes and patisseries, still drawing in throngs of coffee lovers and sweet tooths. In traditional Italian style, orders are taken at a tiny counter at the entrance to the cafe. A cluster of well-heeled espresso acolytes is banked up in front of the bar, waiting somewhat impatiently for their coffee fix. When I finally elbow my way to the front, I hand my docket to one of the bow-tied grey-haired gents behind the bar, timidly ordering in my sparse Italian. ‘Che cosa?’ he barks at me to speak up. Avoiding the taboo of ordering a cappuccino after midday in Italy, I’ve ordered a marocchino, which – judging from the barista’s face – seems only mildly more acceptable. I smile sweetly in defiance and take my turn standing at the bar, sipping on my coffee. But soon feeling the glare of the espresso-deprived patrons behind me, I return to the icy chill outside and begin my stroll home, daydreaming of the cosy warmth that awaits me.

text & PHOTOGRAPHY by mikki BRammer


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