Sep 30 2010

kids can draw

Today we spent the day at home. We are quickly approaching the end of the school holidays. Back to routine Monday morning.

In between lots of eating, kicking of the football, jumping on the trampoline and sorting of footy cards my little people spent their  time being creative.

I love how kids can draw. I love their enthusiasm for drawing. I love their concentration when it comes to drawing.

It was really nice to enjoy a slower pace today. It was nice to enjoy a day at home together.

Artist 7 years old

Artist 5 years old

Sep 26 2010

nathalie lete

Today was one of those special days. One of those extra special, extra ordinary days. The reason, I witnessed French artist Nathalie Lété  painting a beautiful window at the Blue Illusion boutique store at Westfield Doncaster, east of Melbourne.

Blue Illusion boutiques are filled with French inspired clothing, fashion accessories and homewares for women aged 35 years and over.

Nathalie is an amazing and captivating artist. Nathalie lives and works in Paris and today she was visiting my city.  

Nathalie creates her work in many different ways, she mixes different techniques and mediums, illustration, ceramics, textile and painting. Her work is colourful, vibrant and sometimes strange. She is inspired by her travels and also by the mixing of vintage toys and old engravings of flowers and animals. She produces childrens illustrated books, knitted and stuffed toys, glass pictures, patterned dishes, a range of postcards, ceramic sculptures, silkscreen prints, wool rugs and jewels in limited edition.

Whilst visiting Paris the Blue Illusion team discovered the talented Parisian artist. They fell in love with her work and her whimsical illustrations. They had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with her on some of the items which feature in this season’s collection including apparel, homewares and accessories.

Blue Illusion commissioned Nathalie to paint the windows of four of their boutiques,  in honor of her collaboration and inspiration. Today I witnessed in awe as Nathalie transformed the boutique windows with flowers, birds, insects and the Eiffel Tower.

The windows look so gorgeous painted in white. So beautiful and whimsical. I spoke briefly with Nathalie, she was just so gorgeous, so beautiful, so quietly spoken and her English very good. This was her first trip to Australia. Only a short visit as she had left her family at home in Paris. I wonder what inspiration she has sought from her travels to Australia.

Sep 26 2010


It’s Friday morning, Grand Final Eve in Melbourne and sadly already the end of the first week of the school holidays. Melbourne is buzzing with footy atmosphere and anticipation. I start thinking about how to spend the day with my little people. I do like giving them ‘interesting’ experiences. A visit to  Heide  pops into my head.

I remember as a young child visiting Heide Museum of Modern Art with my grandparents.  Heide Museum of  Modern Art or more commonly known as Heide is a contemporary art museum located in Bulleen, east of Melbourne.

Heide was established in 1981 and offers an inspiring, educational and thought provoking experience of art, architecture and landscape. It comprises of several detached buildings and is surrounded by the most magnificent and extensive gardens and paddocks that extend down to the banks of the Yarra River.

The Heide sites comprises of 16 acres. We explore, we meander through the Sculpture Park we walk along paths and forget we are only 15 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD.

The museum occupies the site of the former dairy farm that was purchased by art collectors John and Sunday Reed in 1934. They transformed the original Victorian farmhouse into a French provincial-style cottage. The house and property were named Heide in reference to the nearby town of Heidelberg. Heide became the  home to some of Australia’s best known modernist painters including Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Laurence Hope and Joy Hester. They and others were known as the Heide Circle. They lived and worked  in the former farm house which today is known as Heide I.  

We purchase the famous lunch box for just $15 from the absolutely divine Café Vue. My box includes what has to be the best lemon meringue pie I have ever, ever had. I’m not exaggerating it was the best! Café Vue is open for breakfast over the weekend. I think we might just have to visit one morning!

With full tummies we take a look around the Up Close exhibition. Up Close traces the significant legacy of Australian photographer Carol Jerrems. Her work is displayed alongside  that of other photo-based artists from the 1970s and 1980s Larry Clark and Nan Goldin from New York and William Yang from Sydney.

There’s an emotional intensity and intimacy surrounding Carol’s photographs. Carol Jerrems died in Melbourne in February 1980, three weeks before her 31st birthday.

Heide run school holiday activities. Hands-on activities for children to engage with art. I’ll look into these in the future as they were all booked out for these current holidays.

I can’t recommend a visit to Heide enough, it’s a unique space. Just beautiful and interesting. Plenty to explore and enjoy.

Sep 17 2010


At 2.30pm today school bells will ring and children across the state of Victoria will commence 2 weeks of school holidays.

I like school holidays. I really enjoy the change to our daily routines. I like the fact that I don’t need to constantly monitor my watch like a stop watch. I like the fact that we can simply enjoy family life. We can take a breathe from the frantic life we live most weeks.

Straight from dropping my children at school this morning I headed almost in auto plot to my favourite local cafe. I sat and quietly enjoyed a mug of coffee and a super delicious banana and butterscotch muffin. I sat amongst a community recharging themselves for another day. I contemplated the many indulgences we have to look forward to during the next 2 weeks.






Sep 6 2010

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