Monthly Archives: October 2014

Unique Garden Reflects Couples Passion for Creativity and Sustainability

Like many regional communities Bunbury is brimming with creatives that offer a unique and special quality to our community. Gathering Rust is the birth child of Greg and Kerry Gelmi.  2 well know artists, their dream is to develop the enterprise into a full time business, and in turn see the spread of an amazing collection of sculptures and objects into the far reaches of WA. When Stylo visited their garden on a beautiful spring morning we instantly fell in love. Their philosophy of recycling and up-cycling translated to a rustic garden full of organic and geometric shapes blending with fresh seasonal foliage of ornamental plants and vegetables.

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They have always grown their own vegetables and wanted to tie this in with the sculptures while also maintaining a water wise garden. The blend of the different garden beds flow smoothly with the eclectic mix still presenting an ordered appearance. Mass vegetable plantings present full beds of foliage and buds ready to burst, and this is all complimented with an ‘aqua garden’ housing a healthy school of trout.

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Greg initially started out doing wood work until he became hooked on metal 6 years ago.  Kerry has been a textile artist for over 25 years with her work recognised  at many international events including being a finalist 3 times in the annual ‘World of Wearable Art’. So when Greg took up his metal sculpture work Kerry’s expertise was invaluable in the design aspects.

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While they aim for beauty they never lose sight of incorporating the garden into a sustainable and eco friendly lifestyle. Evidence of this is with the cavity gardens which are a combination of both metal work and plants that provide a wall along side the house.  The cavity created by the garden and the house assists with both the warming and cooling of their home.

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Relaxing at home with their daughter Victoria, even their pool fence is a creative masterpiece. Not one to rest on her laurels, Kerry is also experimenting with paper sculpture. She already has a beautiful collection of pieces scattered throughout their home.

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It was fascinating to see the range of texture and colour that the Gelmis work with, especially the extremes of metal and paper.  So hard and so soft.

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Interested in more?……….then here is their phone number or they can be contacted on gatheringrust@gmail.com.  If you would like to see some of their work then pop down to ‘Dipikshens’ on the Marlston Waterfront www.dipikshens.com.au

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15 Years of Fashion in Bunbury

Today a small celebration recognised a significant milestone in Bunbury when well know shop owner Lynne Snare celebrated 15 years since opening her exclusive little boutique in Stephen Street.  Brazen is a unique shop that tailors to a customer looking for exclusive brands, beautiful natural fibres, and impeccable customer service. Over 50 women crammed into Brazen this afternoon to share a glass of champagne with Lynne and her staff. We were treated to a fashion parade and amazing food prepared by her daughter Genevieve.

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Lynne is an inspiration to many new businesses in town and I am sure has been instrumental in her daughters chosen career paths.  She was blessed to be joined by both of her beautiful girls today.  Vanessa (Nes) was a star on the catwalk and is a successful businesswoman in her own right through the running of her recycle boutique, 3Ciana.  Genevieve is an accomplished designer with some of her beautiful creations available at Brazen.

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Bubbles on arrival and check out that light fitting!!!!! Everyone who is familiar with Brazen will recognise this piece of ‘art’

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Congratulation Lynne and the Brazen team and a toast to another 15.

Wine Style in the Geographe Region

Bunbury is incredibly lucky to be surrounded by the pristine and beautiful Geographe Wine Region which takes in the picturesque flats and orchards of Harvey, the spectacular hills of the Ferguson Valley, the diverse and breathtaking landscapes of Donnybrook and the beautiful coast of Busselton. Every year the Geographe Wine Region celebrates their diversity with the ANZ Geographe Wine Show.  Recently 150 wines from throughout the region were judged by a team of fun, experienced and professional people, led by a dynamic Chief Judge, Jane Faulkner. 5 judges, 150 wines, Bunbury’s special BREC as the venue, and a team of driven and passionate volunteers.  How could it have not been a blast.

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Over 2 days the wines were poured, tasted and spat, all with class and style of course.

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Senior judge Glen Goodall from Xanadu Wines took out best spit (not really a prize) although I do think Trent Kelly from Margaret River Winemakers crept under the radar.

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By the end of the second day the judging was complete and time to pull the Geographe Community together to celebrate another year of hard work and passion. BREC was the perfect venue for the showcase dinner and the Cube Theatre met all our expectations.  And as the privileged coordinator of the show, this is the time when I truly value the community of the region as they all come together to volunteer and celebrate.  Not only was the region showcased through the wines but also through the amazing flowers from the Ferguson Valley, beautifully arranged by Jan Hart.

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The food, spectacular and also a testament to the Geographe Region as it was catered for by Busselton Based Tim Whitty Kitchen Takeovers.  Tim’s commitment to local and fresh produce and attention to detail in presentation and service ensured a memorable meal was delivered

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So many good looking people, awards and laughter.  Wine of the show was taken out by Bakkheia Wines for their 2013 Aequitas Reserva. Wine maker Michael Edwards believes ‘his approach to small batch winemaking, hands-on processes and his relationship with patrons had given him the edge’. Aequitas Reserva is a Tempranillo variety and this is the second year this variety has taken out wine of the show.  The Geographe Region is beginning to stand out as an area for the Alternative varieties originating from Italy and Spain.

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Michael Edwards from Bakkheia receiving one of his awards from sponsor Jim Campbell-Clause (AHA VIticulture).

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ANZ crew (Major Sponsor) with MC Jon Doust.

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Super woman and Wine Show Chair, Pip Nielsen

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Coordinator and MC happy people. For a full list of the winners head to www.geographewine.com.au or like the Geographe Wine Region Facebook page.  We are blessed to have so much beautiful wine backed by fantastic people at our doorstep.  Support the local wine industry and take a trip through the Geographe.

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