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Wood + Water

Driving back from a Perth trip yesterday I noted the large number of public artworks and sculptures that form an integral part of new constructions and roadworks that pop up on every journey. It is so refreshing to see the value both private companies and the public sector put into public art, and it’s contribution to the built landscape. Earlier this year I volunteered at ‘Public’. This street art project developed by FORM embraces new urban and regional communities and through Public expanded on the impressive suite of public artworks scattered throughout Perth,  it’s suburbs and, the unique Pilbara and Wheatbelt regions.

It was a privilege to meet many of the artists involved in Public who are contributing to developing and enhancing  our urban landscapes. It is also a privilege for Bunbury to host an up and coming exhibition by 2 inspiring and accomplished West Australian creatives. ‘Wood + Water’ marks the final and biggest exhibtion for the year by The Art Label at Maker + Co.


(Ian Mutch painting for PUBLIC in Victoria Park, 2015. Photography by Jean Paul Horre. Image courtesy of FORM)

Margaret River based Ian Mutch was guest artist at the recent launch of Re.Discover Bunbury 2016 (another exciting project). At Wood + Water he will showcase his “Bitetime” booklet (following on from successful Melbourne and Dunsborough shows), plus new artworks and favourite limited edition prints. Ian creates detailed artworks using drawing ink, acrylics, watercolour, aerosol and markers. His work has won awards and given life to public spaces. His large-scale gallery works are in high demand. He also designs and co-publishes Kingbrown Magazine and has been an industry speaker at Agideas, the Design Institute of Australia and Semi Permanent.


(Chris Nixon painting for PUBLIC in Northam, 2015. Photography by Bewley Shaylor. Image courtesy of FORM )

Adding his own mark to the exhibition will be Chris Nixon. His work will feature artwork on custom built and designed skateboards, originals and limited edition prints. All inspired by wood and water. Chris Nixon is also an illustrator, designer and creative director based in Perth. He is inspired by the West Coast and classic surf culture with an emphasis on the handmade and crafted,  From children’s books to animation, commercial illustration to large scale public art, Nixon threads a distinct style across all scales and sizes to extend his creativity. Chris has created several large scale artworks which have been installed around Australia and has exhibited work in Tokyo, Berlin, Bali, Sydney and Melbourne.


(Andrew Frazer launching Re.Discover 2016 – Image Rogan Pringle)

Additional excitement surrounding these 2 artists is they are featured artists in Re.Discover Bunbury for January next year. It seems only fitting that we get the chance to appreciate and purchase their work prior to arguably one of Bunbury’s biggest cultural events.


The innovative and widely accessible online art gallery www.theartlabel.com.au uses the gallery space at Maker + Co as a vehicle to embrace online art and for buyers to get a feel for the style of artists listed on the website. The Art Label Online Art Gallery allows regional and Western Australian artists to showcase their work, and sell directly to art buyers.

To browse the gallery visit http://www.theartlabel.com.au/ The exhibition open Friday 13 November at 5pm and will run until January 20, 2016.
Contact: Janine Stewart Mob: 0404913737

5th South West Fashion Festival Comes of Age

Stylo is thrilled to share the South West Fashion Festival (SWFF) journey, which will be presenting a series of ‘Futurism’ themed fashion events from 7th to 8th August 2015.

SWFF Face 2015 Mehala Ward – CM Management (Photo – Bianca Turri Photography)

This will be the 5th annual SWFF whose aim is to increase awareness in the South West for fashion designers and related industries.  SWFF provides opportunity to showcase, network and promote design.

Mehala photographed at Mercedes Benz Bunbury wearing Betty Tran
(Photo – Bianca Turri Photography)

5 years is a significant milestone so the SWFF crew want to mark the occasion. This event has proven to be a major springboard for regional models so it only seems fitting to invite past “Faces” back, plus Bunbury’s own Caitlin Lomax, a past Perth Fashion Festival Face. Caitlin was a founding member of SWFF and she is thrilled to support this event as an ambassador.

Caitlin Lomax

So what is in store for 2015! Friday evening will begin with Futurism inspired Art to Wear. Each artist has created garments based on the Icosahedron shape, combining their interpretation and art genre to make something quite unique. Special guest Charlotte Smith, renowned fashion curator and collector will interview local celebrity guests, all broadcast online. Designer parades will follow with hand-picked clips of past faces, festivals and shoots. On Saturday morning American born and Blue Mountain based Charlotte will host a Champagne Brunch at Casellas. Using her natural charm and skills she will enthral guests with her fashion stories while showing a snippet from her vast collection of both contemporary and vintage couture (Her entire collection is in excess of 8500). Charlotte will then go on to present a lecture at 3pm, where she will focus on Future Stars in fashion.

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Maison Martin Margiela for Darnell Collection

Particularly exciting in 2015 is the expansion and re-inventing of the “Retail Parade”. This will occur on the Saturday at 1pm and will be a show stopper! Ranges from local boutiques and agents, as well as students will be shown alongside a new segment focusing on Celebrity Looks that can be bought at local stores. Combining vintage with new, it promises to be a fantastic feature of the event. And a brilliant showcase of what Bunbury has to offer, proving that we sit up their alongside any strip shopping centre in the world.


The grand finale on Saturday evening will be a spectacular affair with designer parades including some of Perth’s significant and up and coming labels, forming part of the WA Designer Roadshow.


Each evening we will be partying on with Willow Bridge Wines, great food and entertainment. Log on and get your tickets now to the South West’s premier fashion event. www.bunburyentertainment.com


Confirmed designers  –

SW – Lulu and Vee, Glytch, Vestir Apparel, Aqua Blanca

WA – Base by Ben, Empire Rose, Betty Tran, Jonte Pyke, Only One Ashley,  Alister Yiap, Cebiche

WA Designer Roadshow – ae’lkemi, one fell swoop, BRUUG, Chalice, House of SKYE + Conchita




15000+ People Celebrated Bunbury in Style

That’s a wrap for what can only be called a huge week for the community of Bunbury and the South West.  7 events in 6 days which collectively attracted in excess of 15000 people. The Bunbury Turf Club’s South West Autumn Racing Carnival, promoted under the  banner of Country Cups was a week of celebration, not only for race goers but the entire city.  Country Cups provided the opportunity for everyone to share in the festivities beginning with the Jimmy Barnes concert at the Turf Club on Friday 6.


One of Australia’s iconic rockers was supported by Bunbury’s “The Words”. These guys had been in hiatus for 4 years so many of the loyal crowd were thrilled and privileged so see them back on stage supporting the likes of Jimmy.


Barnes was a crowd pleaser and the Turf Club proved to be an exceptional venue on an exceptional moonlit night.


Saturday was even bigger.  The Bunbury Tri Club ran their Aquathon for the 3rd consecutive year which pulls elite competitors from Perth.  Another exceptional day of weather saw the 60+ entrants swim Koombana Bay and run the beautiful inlet.


Then the streets came alive for the annual VIVA street party.

Throughout the evening appox 3000 people danced in the streets, literally.  One of the few free family events in Bunbury, VIVA proved to be an absolute joy for all including the performers and the organisers.  Bunbury’s cappuccino strip came alive with 2 giant pinatas that were literally beaten to shreds,



Salsa lessons and displays,



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and a breathtaking magician, were joined by face painters, mural painting, a 9 piece Salsa Orchestra and lots of happy people.


Sunday the 8th was Stakes Day at the BTC or some times traditionally known as Ladies Day.  Again the weather could not have been more kind to us. This Stylo had the pleasure of sharing a meal in the Diamond Chimes Marquee.  Fantastic food by Aqua Viva and the perfect seat meant we could soak up the days atmosphere and have front row seats to ‘Fashion on the Fields’…….The impressive winners gave us a taste of what to expect in the much anticipated fashions in the Bunbury Cup. Face of WA Country Cups, Alana Mclean was hosted during the week, and a guest judge for our fashions.





In addition to the Fashion on the Fields the  South West Fashion Festival also announced the winner of the ‘Face of the Festival’, Mehala Ward….Keep an eye out for this coming event.


Tuesday 10 the BTC hosted the sportsman’s dinner which followed on from last years successful Jockey Challenge. Jockey’s from each state were special guests at the dinner and all had the chance to socialise and share stories before their rides on Thursday.

And Thursday last was the 2015 Bunbury Cup.  Another beautiful day in Bunbury. The Bunbury Turf Club and WA Country Cups can be very proud of the amazing week of opportunity they presented to the South West Region……Few organisations or events can claim to offer so much diversity and entertainment to Bunbury, in addition to having a huge impact on Bunbury both culturally and economically. We will leave the pictures to tell the rest of the story.








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And that is a wrap from Stylo.  If you know someone in these pics please tag them, spread the word about Stylo and start following us on Instagram #stylobunbury.

Thanks to Lauren Prater and Pic Me Photography for additional pics.




Lifestyle on the Fringe – Balingup’s Summer Long Table

One of Bunbury’s glorious attributes is it’s geographic position which plonks it smack bang in the middle of the abundant and diverse Geographe Region. This means that our privileged lifestyle can be enjoyed both in Bunbury or a short drive in any direction. So this Stylo was easily enticed to spend a weekend away in the beautiful town of Balingup that sits on the fringe of the Geographe.  Here we were guests at Katrina Lanes Summer Long Table held at the very quaint town hall. We headed off late Saturday morning and thought we may as well begin our degustation weekend with a local lunch.


Berry Delightful is exactly that.  Nestled just south of Donnybrook and hidden by rambling shrubs and trees lies a beautiful cafe with views across a much loved and well established garden.  Hosts Mark and Sarah are the epitome of all we love in small country cafes.  Greeted with genuine hospitality and treated to tasty home cooking that reflects their lifestyle and garden.  Started with a shared wood fired pizza followed by Marron and tarragon tart with incredibly fresh garden salad. Sweet treats were too tempting so finished with an amazing berry parfait.


While Balingup is an easy 50 minute drive from Bunbury we still opted to spend the night since we were there to enjoy 8 courses, all matched with local beverage. We settled in at Balingup Heights. These quaint chalets are perhaps on the highest point of the town which offer spectacular views in all directions.  Quick afternoon nap, read of the weekend papers and then on to a much anticipated dinner that we had all been looking forward to for many weeks.


Balingup and it’s little town hall are very special to this Stylo. My Italian grandparents and their families all settled in the area when they immigrated between the wars during the 1930’s. I have fond memories of visiting family, sharing meals and picnics, and watching the town develop and change over the decades.  I can remember as a child when The Brotherhood set their community up to much interest and some objection from the locals, and when the Old Cheese Factory opened it’s doors and offered one of the first country cafes in the region. We were also re visiting the Town Hall where husband and I had celebrated out wedding reception just a few ‘short’ years ago. Decorated simply and tastefully for this occasion it still oozed all the rustic charm expected.


It was breathtaking to turn the corner and see a collection of young creative chef’s bending over long trestles as the last rays of sun lit the trees beyond.  Canapes were presented by Paul Iskov from Fervor (who offers unique pop up dining experiences in WA) and Sam Ward from Perth’s El Publico. Guests mingled and chatted while dipping fresh radish and carrot into gourmet dips and smooth pates, while sipping on a very refreshing watermelon, tomato and  mint aqua fresca. And this was just the beginning.  As the sun set we entered the hall and began an evening mingled with amazing gastonomic experiences, laughter, luscious drinks and the sharing of a true passion for the South West’s food producers and the young people who create, present, share and respect our wonderful resources.


Hats off and a huge round of applause to Katrina Lane.  If you haven’t visited here cafe and providore then you must. We first met Katrina through regularly calling into Taste of Balingup on trips south. It is easy to go back. Katrina is an inspiring woman who is a strong advocate for local producers. She works tirelessly with a determined goal to connect producers and farmers with customers, chefs and restaurants. One of the things I found most exciting about the Summer Long table was the gathering of such creative and exciting chefs, both experienced and up and coming. It was very clear that Katrina is an amazing role model and inspiration to this collective and it is through people like her that the South West can boast such an exhilarating and ever growing food culture. This pic was taken of Katrina at the 2014 Gourmet Escape. Always in the thick of it.

So many memorable moments from the evening. My picks.


Second course by David Coomer. This salad was just pure bliss and paired with lovely bubbles from  Pemberley. A picture of Australian Summer on a plate.


Discovering this little gem (label) on the Custard and Co Scrumpy. Bunbury is very proud of our Andrew Frazer, founder of Rediscover Bunbury, and how nice to see his artwork on such a fantastic local beverage.

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Most pics of this dish were pre consumption. I couldn’t wait. My absolute fave for the night was Joel’s fried olive oil cake, vanilla pannacotta, lemon and salted olive sherbert. It was paired with a shooter of Pemberley bubbles and lemon gelato. Joel Valvasori-Pereza is head chef at Perth’s Lalla Rookh. Great bar and great food.


The windows of the old hall.  The breeze wafting through these beauties created a great atmosphere and temperature.


Lively discussion with great people. The highlight of any long table is sharing stories, interests and laughter while making new friends. Loved sharing our evening with Paul from Colonial Brewery, Alex who has just released the great Hippocampus vodka, all the Eagle Bay Brewing crew and Margaret and Stuart – from Geraldton to Balingup for a tree change. We were very lucky to taste Alex’s bespoke vodka, only released a week. With a touch of cherry and spice added this little jar, was a treat.


Taste of Balingup’s Summer Long Table is an annual event so keep in the loop and don’t miss out next year. Check it out www.tasteofbalingup.com.au and sign up for the newsletter.Supporting this little providore means you also support countless producers, chefs, farmers, distillers, winemakers and suppliers of WA’s fine food.



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