Last Sunday Africa House in Mowbray Park played host to the Africa Day Festival. A colourful festival recognising and celebrating African solidarity with community members sharing their traditions from dance to food. We are so fortunate here in Australia to have such a beautiful, diverse range of cultures, something I think we should all embrace.
I’ve been an avid collector of childrens books for a while now. Whenever I visit a bookshop I find myself stuck in the childrens area and leaving with yet another book. When we do eventually have kids of our own they’ll sure be in heaven.
I’d like to share with you a small video of one of my all time favourite writer/illustrators, Anna Walker. I was fortunate enough to visit the recent ‘LOOK! The Art of Australian Picture Books’ exhibition and see some of Anna’s originals up close and personal, which I could happily sit and gaze at for hours. Her work draws inspiration from her surroundings and creates a magical sense of curiosity and wonder, two key elements which define a perfect children’s book.
Next time you’re in the bookshop pay a visit to this little back section of the store, pull up a bean bag and get yourself lost in one of Anna’s books… guaranteed to make you leave smiling!
Image from Anna’s book ‘I Don’t Believe in Dragons’.
We were recently in Melbourne for a night and got a glimpse of Max’s public installment with Sony / Vice Magazine and the NEX Project. Max makes some pretty sweet jeans and did I mention he’s a great bloke too so make sure you check out his site notetoself.com.au
It has been a while between posts, I have been busy travelling Australia with my wife & family who were visiting from Switzerland. We had a magnificent three weeks together visiting the Barossa Valley, Robe, Port Fairy & Lorne to name a few places, as well as spending time surfing Noosa and the Gold Coast. I will post some photos soon, there are plenty to share, but in the meantime I’d love to share this beautiful short film from islands and rivers on murmuration. Enjoy.