Happy Sunday World!
How have you been doing in this whirlwind, crazy time? That’s what this moment has seemed like to me – crazy, whirlwind, bonkers.
I arrived back on English soil on June 1st, after around 2 years away from home. Everyone said to me that nothing will have changed at home in the time I’d been travelling – and they were right, really. The houses looked the same, the road signs led to the same places. People still milling around, doing their jobs, looking forward to the weekends. Flowers blooming, streetlights flickering.
But when I arrived back, so many small things struck me. I took in my home like I was gulping breaths of fresh air – the familiarity of the sofa, how tall my sister had grown, what the garden looked like in the soft light of the morning. Dogs bounding around the house, having a cup of tea and a long chat at the dining room table. There are so many things that we take for granted, that can only be appreciated really in absence.
Anyway, enough of my poetic ramblings. Essentially my life spiralled at a million miles as soon as I opened my front door. Within a week of being back in Nottingham I’d got a job, and within 2 months I’ve moved into my own flat. Whether this is where I want to be forever, who knows. But what I do know is, it’s nice to be home at the minute – and I won’t go into the ridiculous up and down of emotion that comes with moving back, because that’s a conversation for another day.
Here’s a few nice moments from the past few months in between the ups and downs. Since I last wrote on here my art has taken a nice little feminine niche also, that I’m pretty into. More of that to come.
Peace out for now. Life’s a trip x
Melbourne’s been my home for a good few months now, but it’s taken a while for me to fall in love with it. I’ve been in and out of jobs like no-one’s business, mostly skint, and I just can’t seem to find routine. I also spent a month over Christmas at home, so it’s been very hit and miss.
But I’m just starting to feel the Melbourne groove. I bought a bike, and I’m really enjoying whizzing through the streets, going for coffee (we all know Melbourne is known for it’s coffee) and getting occasionally caught in a downpour.
Whilst I’ve not taken nearly as many photos as I normally would have done over the last few months, here’s a few faves from Melbs adventures so far.
Smith & Daughters.
A Mexican Vegan Canteen with food that left me puzzled as to how it could be Vegan. Beautiful, pink haired, tattooed lady staff (girl crush siren), a ridiculously awesome Latin Madonna vibe and delicious food. Winner.
Located on Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
Original Keith Haring Wall.
I stumbled across this one day when I was wandering around trying to find a new book to buy. Pretty cool.
Located in Collingwood.
Naked For Satan.
A rooftop tapas bar with expensive wine, but an excellent view.
Located on Brunswick st.
David Hockney Exhibition at the NGV.
Say no more. Mostly pieces that he has drawn on his iPad, which amazes me as the man’s about 80 years old. I’m all about the colour combos. Big fan.
Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria
The Australian Open.
Not normally a sport fan, but I felt that I couldn’t miss an opportunity to go to the Aus Open. And it was SO GOOD. Maybe I’m gonna start playing tennis…
Slow Monday morning coffee vibes. Nice Granola.
Located on Brunswick st, Fitzroy.
At one with tree. Tranquil, beautiful green space near our house. Melbourne really can’t be beaten when it comes to parks.
So I’ve still got a lot to explore, you’ll notice most of these things are on Brunswick st/Fitzroy – which is conveniently near where I live. I’ve a lot more touristy things to do here. But so far, so good.
- The car broke down on the way to the great ocean road. It 100% died. On the motorway somewhere random an hour away from Melbourne. We managed to get it to a train station, but of course the train was a coach replacement, and of course it was late, and of course it took twice as long.
- I had a beautiful job in a hip little cafe in Fitzroy. They haven’t been that busy though, and therefore I lost that beautiful job. Bye free coffee, bye kimchi pancakes (sob).
- To put the icing on the cake… I found a new job working on an apple farm through a lovely friend. I work up yesterday with a swollen face the size of china because I’m allergic to my new job on the apple farm.
Mount Victoria is a sleeeeepy sleepy town in the blue mountains, a couple of hours drive outside of Sydney. We went to stay there for a couple of days on a really good groupon deal (highly advise checking it out), where we stayed at Cedar Lodge Cabins for next to nothing.
I’d been lusting after this place ever since some photos popped up on Instagram. Blue skies, flower galore, and food in abundance – The Grounds is a place of dreams.
We went on a Saturday with 8 of our housemates and it was chaos to say the least. So so so busy, we were running around trying to take it all in and avoid the hoards of people. That being said, we managed to get a table in the restaurant pretty sharpish. The food was nice and the company even better. But if you do go to visit I’d say choose a weekday if possible. I’d love to see the place minus a million people.
Who doesn’t love a nice walk on a Sunday? Especially when it’s in the Australian bushland, which turns out to be just an hours train ride from Sydney city centre. Meet Hornsby, where we began the Blue Gum Walk.
So, you like art. Maybe you go to some museums, you read some blogs, you follow some interesting people on Instagram. Maybe you read some books. But where and how do you go about hanging art on your walls? Actual art, not just something printed off sneakily at work from Pinterest, or an ikea postcard of something pretty (guilty on both accounts).
Well, after having a chat with online art platform Invaluable, I started to think a bit more about this. How would I, as an artist, go about creating an art collection? What tips would I give? Where would I begin?
So here you go, my tips on starting an art collection.
1. Firstly, what do we class as art?
Not meaning to get deep on the first subject, but it had to come first really. I have tonnes of shit on my wall – flyers from gigs, coffee shop loyalty cards, stickers from a tattoo shop. These, in my opinion are all art – despite their purpose. To get technical, Art is defined as,
“The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”
So my first tip would be to collect things that you like. Don’t think that just because someone gave it to you on the street, you can’t frame it and class it as art.
And buy from them directly. I am inspired by a lot of self made artists that I find and follow through Instagram. Many of them work for brands and businesses to make their bread and butter, but they also have a blog, or an online shop where you can buy their original prints. Buying from them directly means that the money goes to them, and it’s a personable, lovely transaction. Plus, you get to keep something really special by an artist you’ve coveted for a while.
Here’s a couple of artists that I am feeling inspired by recently… (you can see the theme of beautiful portraits of ladies, right?)
3. Antique shops & craft fairs
Browsing antique shops, vintage warehouses and craft fairs are some of my favourite past times. You never know what you’re going to find – and if you go in with an open mind then you never know what is going to catch your eye either. Never mind bagging a bargain, these pieces have more character than you can shake a stick at.
4. The Internet
Now we’re down to the nitty gritty – buying art online. Where, it must be said a lot of people probably begin. You can start small with something like Etsy, or go big with a place like Invaluable. Are you looking for big bucks, famous art – or something personalised, or to shop local? Whatever you want, there is 100% a website for that.
Get some crayons, paint, paper, felt – whatever tickles your fancy, and carve some time out to be creative. It doesn’t matter if you ‘can’t draw’. Art can be anything your heart so desires (refer to point 2). And isn’t it great to hang your own masterpiece on the wall?
Wandering the streets and looking up from my phone is a fave activity of mine. I’m really into these colour palletes – dreamy pastels with 70’s vibes and flowers growing wild out of balconies.
Below is a nice little selection of beautiful houses, balconies, flowers, colours that caught my eye whilst I’ve been travelling. Must.Stop.Taking.So.Many.Photos. But somethings are just too lovely not to document.
Houses from… Cartegena (Colombia), Caye Caulker (Belize), Copan (Honduras), and Newtown (Current residence, Sydney).