Micro Ideas, Micro Funding, Massive Talent

4 amazing ideas, 4 inspiring projects and one ‘souperb’ concept to bring life to micro projects in Bunbury.  That is the basis of Bunbury’s first Neighbourhood Soup. It didn’t take long to feel the energy at BRAG on Wednesday night.  The Chapel Gallery was buzzing as 120+ took their seat, or a beanbag, or stood to listen to 4 x micro presentations on creative projects happening in our town. The first thing that impressed this Stylo was that these 4 projects were happening, with or without the carrot of potential funding.


Concept in a ‘soupbowl’?? Pitch your project to a captive audience who all donated $10 ea (and scored a bowl of homemade soup).  The most loved project gets the jar of cash to spend. $1060 toward invaluable benefit to our community.


Competition was really tough and I wanted to vote for all 4. First up was Jane. With a botanist background, Jane was motivated by her unsuccessful vegie patch, to explore what really does thrive in our Bunbury soil. Research and enthusiasm encouraged her to plat predominately edible species in public spaces where the community could access and enjoy both plants and produce.


Sasha (our winning project) coordinated a Time Bank.  An age old concept of trading skills.  It’s been around for thousands of years but still stands true to the value of our time and skills.  Sasha and her team will utilise their funds to access those who don’t use social media to communicate, our elderly.

Number 3 was Kelsie and ‘Good Nights’. And who doesn’t enjoy one! As a lover of house concerts and independent music I got this. So much amazing music, musicians and talent, and no where to showcase. Kelsie is offering small intimate concerts that benefit musician and audience alike.


Number 4. Andrew, a young man who has already offered so much to Bunbury and continues to support. A collaboration with the Shoestring Cafe. Offering cafe patrons and the GP a chance to share the experience of furniture making, in a 5 hour workshop, creating over 100 stools from local timber.  The stools are used at Re-Discover then sold to raise funds for the Shoestring cafe. A perfect cycle of recycling and regeneration.


How do you choose between the 4????? Well done to BRAG and Enable for a brilliant concept and a great example of community collaboration on so many levels.  They may not have all taken away the money but they all go a chance to share their ideas, projects and passion. We were all inspired.

So much happening in this town. Next Bunbury Neighbourhood Soup…….27 August @ 5.30pm. www.eventbrite.com.au And a huge thank you to Taj Kempe for the incredible pics. Another emerging young talent.


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




Australia’s South West

How awesome is it to be us living in such a great part of the world!! Check this, first of four, video that showcases how great the southwest of WA is!

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Tree Street Art Safari


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.


10854398_1564277947186213_8305114265074941682_oSt Boniface Cathedral with St Patrick’s Cathedral in the background.

   10996267_1562179737396034_4929110583537319023_nSome of the talented artists and craftspeople ready to open their owns.
At Deb Campbells inspiring studio, sitting on a fully mosaic tiled hand crafted bench.

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960Gathering Rust Sculpture Garden overlooking St Boniface Cathedral



921Artist Simon Hemsley’s studio and art



914Helena Sahm’s art studio and works





905Melanie Hurst’s art and studio in Beach Road

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878Thousand Flowers Studio in Karri Street by Deb Campbell

861Stunning home of Kent Lyon Architect with samples of his work and his art collection.



846Recycled and stunning furniture at Unicycle Design workshop in Lovegrove Avenue

840Private works of Peter Mickle out for public viewing in Lovegrove Avenue

833Lovegroove FabLab Technology Studio, 3D Print machine in action

965Party time for all!


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

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,



colourful and vibrant samba performers





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.





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