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Life & Soul

After opening Life & Soul in Victoria Street in February, co-owners Sally and Shelley, launched into winter with a VIP Styling Evening last month. Empire Rose designer Kathryn Cizeika and Lara and Sarah from Mode & Affaire, treated local fashion shoppers to an indepth round up of their latest ranges and the best ways to style them.

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As well as Empire Rose and Mode & Affaire, Life & Soul also stock Asilio, Akla, Auguste, Infamous Friends and Nobody Jeans. Local jewellery line, Me I Me I is stocked alongside WA homewares company Ash &  Lime, and the coolest sneakers around, Superga! From scented candles to vegan nail polish line, Kester Black, head into Life & Soul, Victoria Street Bunbury.

 

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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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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

South West Fashion Festival Steps Up

It’s hard to believe it has been a week since Bunbury celebrated its fifth South West Fashion Festival!

As mentioned in my previous post, this year’s Festival was bigger and better than ever before, with the incredible team behind it pulling out all the stops. The two major fashion parades were held in BREC’s Cube theatre, a stunning venue that did full justice to the elegant clothing (and models) on display.

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Saturday night saw close to a full house turn out for the finale show, despite the horrendous weather outside. The crowd enjoyed a glass of wine or two in BREC’s Sky Bar before making their way into the Cube for the climax of the festival. There was no traditional runway down the centre of the room – instead, seating was arranged in rows so the models wove among the guests and everyone enjoyed a front row experience.

Two giant screens were hung at the front and the back of the room, with Lomax Media providing a live feed throughout so not a moment of the show was missed. The evening opened with a fantastic short clip put together by Lomax, which gave a wonderful insight into the history of the event and the incredible team who volunteer their time to pull it together each year:

SWFF2015 – Past Meets Present from Lomax on Vimeo.

A stunning collection of wearable art kicked things off with some bold geometric design.

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Everything from casual to formal, swimwear, lounge wear and more was on display throughout the evening, including a stunning range from the WA Designers Roadshow which showcased the best of local fashion. Designers included ae’lkemi, one fell swoop, BRUUG, Chalice, House of SKYE and Conchita, as well as BASE by Ben in advance of his major launch in Perth later in August, and returning designers such as Ben Conroy, Betty Tran, Jonte Pike and Empire Rose.

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Another short film by Lomax gave us a wonderful insight into what it means for local designers to be involved in the South West Fashion Festival:

SWFF2015 – The Designer Perspective from Lomax on Vimeo.

Having this footage playing throughout the night was an excellent touch, providing the audience with interesting and unique perspectives without the need for lengthy speeches. Once the parade wrapped up, there was plenty to chat about in the Sky Bar over some Willow Bridge wines and canapés from the Bunbury Farmers Market!

A huge congratulations to Lisa Evans, Jo Clark and the entire team behind the South West Fashion Festival, it will be exciting to see how this event continues to grow and evolve.

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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.

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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.

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Mehala photographed at Mercedes Benz Bunbury wearing Betty Tran
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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.

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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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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

 

 

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Tree Street Art Safari

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From learning about the history of Bunbury’s two cathedrals, to watching new technology be printed in front of your eyes through 3D printing, the 2015 Tree Street Art Safari had something for everyone! With maps in hand, the ‘audience’ set off on a self guided walking tour of artist’s studios and gardens within a few blocks of Bunbury’s CBD. At each studio, the artists were able to share their journey’s and demonstrate their technique. Many artists work alone, so the chance to share their studio with people was a welcome change.

The Art safari takes its inspiration from New Zealand, where artist Kerry Gelmi had the pleasure of seeing inside some of their hidden studios. “It is a hugely popular event in New Zealand, and sells out overnight. These places are never open, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for the whole community.”

With painting, printmaking, drawing, textiles,sculpture, architecture, jewellery, garden design, and 3D printing technology people had a variety of interests to learn more about. All work had been produced by the artists,  who relished being able to demonstrate their techniques and talk about new projects and collaborations. In addition to the artist’s studios, both Bunbury’s Cathedrals were open to view the stained glass. Both had tours explaining the history of the building and particularly their beautiful stained glass windows.

The event was rounded off with a Mexican cantina fiesta at Walker Hall behind St Boniface Cathedral. Wine by Fifth Estate and fantastic entertainment by Codee Lee and Blair Whittle ended the night on a huge high!

This was a journey of discovery that is sure to inspire, with next year’s event already being planned to include more tickets and more artists! The amazingly motivated people behind such projects are why Stylo is so proud of Bunbury. Hope you enjoy this pictorial journey as much as the participants enjoyed their Safari.

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At Deb Campbells inspiring studio, sitting on a fully mosaic tiled hand crafted bench.

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All photos by Karen Steele, except for those water marked by Aden Gelmi.

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