San Francisco, Oakland and Wine Country.

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San Francisco, a colourfully floral city requiring winter woollies to shield from the whirling winds in the midst of summer. A city where the blanketed fog lifts early afternoon revealing a further horizon or a local landmark, such as the “international orange” coloured Golden Gate Bridge. A place where street parking is so converted, the locals joke about never driving their parked vehicle and passing the space onto their heirs. A town initially founded on the gold rush and has survived two major earthquakes, one of which city workers lives were saved as they left work early to watch a major baseball ball game. Pioneers of an early 90’s tech boom with a subsequent one currently leaving tech heads wondering whether they are in the lead up to a bubble burst. There are protests of work company shuttles transporting employees from the city to Silicon Valley for work secondary to rent prices soaring (second most expensive housing market in the world behind London). Oakland is the up and coming new hip area as residents are forced out of the city in search of more affordable rent prices search for nearby locations. The residents and regions are colourful and heavily varied. San Francisco is comparative to no other, and we were lucky enough to commence our three-month journey here… donning flowers in my hair. Continue reading

RAW natural born artists presents Communiqué.

Art by Flowers by Julia Rose.

Pictured art by Flowers by Julia Rose.

“There’s rumoured to be over 800 attendees” one man proudly stated to me as I stood waiting in a cue to enter the Currumbin RSL, however, this wasn’t just any Saturday night on the Gold Coast. That evening the Soundlounge hosted international independent arts organisation, RAW natural born artists showcase, Communiqué, consisting of selected and spotlighted independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair and makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art. Needless to say I was highly intrigued and excited for what was in store…  Continue reading

Local Talent: 3D designer Jacinda Sceresini.

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“I always won all the colouring-in competitions when I was young” Jacinda Sceresini, 3D designer (Zylo Design), playfully recalls of her earliest memories of art, “I have always pretty much been a creative individual. I was always top of the class with any crafty project”. Now 25, the self-professed “workaholic” is making waves on the Gold Coast as the owner and designer of 3D laser cutting and engraving business Zylo Design.

Founded in January 2014, Zylo Design creates innovative solutions, through creating objects which are versatile, unique, desirable and have a purpose”. The studio creates handmade and customised products, with the use of a laser cutter, including (but not limited to), jewellery, home-wares and furniture. But how did the progression from gifted with a crayon to 3D laser art take place, and without one art lesson? Continue reading

Bored? Good. Why boredom is the key to happiness.

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Boredom… a good thing? Did I just see your jaw drop and screw your face up in confusion? But seriously, when was the last time you were 100% bored? Wholeheartedly bored. As in didn’t reach for a smart phone, check an email or social media, run a list through your mind of household chores? When was the last time you had a meal on your own with no outside stimulus, no distraction of paperwork or a book? Stood in a line or waited to board a flight without feeling uncomfortable or exposed? When was the last time you were present in the moment? Odds are, your most vivid and joyous memories are from childhood or perhaps a vacation… here’s why. Continue reading

Just like Uncle Sam, WE WANT YOU!

“I know I am planning to visit a “land” that is not entirely foreign, only foreign to me. As an adventurer, I am on a journey that I believe will last me my whole life. A new relationship, discovery, or awareness excites me.”  - Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem (Questing Marilyn)

The United States of America is a vast land regularly visited and explored by local, national and international tourists. An array of artistic and multimedia perceptions have created exposure and perceptions to its’ offerings but, as an international tourist of which this land is foreign, I want to peel back a layer.  Continue reading