A cosy space in Windsor

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Happy Spring people, although there’s not a whole lot of sunshine happening just yet, we certainly are getting hit by the typical Melbourne hayfever and bipolar weather. I’m pretty sure Melbourne is the only place on the face of this planet that endures extreme change in weather. I’m still learning how to adapt to these quick turnarounds, clearly I won’t get used to it since I’ve always been  the one to  catch a cold easily, which sadly is a reoccurring pattern for me this past month.

One of the nights I had to hide my cold was when I attended the opening of 4 solo shows at the Alternating Current Art Space two weeks ago.  I know it’s only a week left till it closes but maybe if you’re strolling through High St in Windsor, you might wanna volunteer some of your time to be in this small location.

The gallery is currently hosting  4 solo exhibitions under the one roof, curated and produced by some of Victoria’s successful young artists. I didn’t manage to get photos of all the artworks but shoutout to all the artists involved: Naomi Nicholls, Jessica Ledwich, Kate Wallce and Melanie Joy Caple. It was nice meeting some of you, great to be able to bounce ideas around and listen in on  your  motives behind these works.

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I really love Kate Wallce’s miniature hand painted  subjects. Her exhibition “In Transit” showcases her observations of people in the middle of  commuting to different places. The paintings look like they’re a decent size but they’re actually tiny – roughly the size of my index finger. They’re quite realistic and the simplicity of the paintings are quick enough to make you want to look closer to analyze the tiny brushstrokes.

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Naomi’s use of space was interesting given that she works on a large scale, it’s different to experience spacious art in a narrow space. The narrow part of the gallery  can be easy to pass by without noticing but with her bold and colorful palette it’s probably the perfect spot to drive attention. You won’t miss it from the corner of your eye.

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My friends and I headed to Fonda on Chapel for dinner afterwards. The atmosphere was buzzing and the waiter took us to the rooftop area, which was even louder…Friday nights what can you expect! The food was freaking delicious and the menu was an appealing piece of art  to look at. I recommend the Fish Tacos and the Pulled Pork Quesadillas.

I find myself in the city too often and don’t get the chance to fully explore places around South Yarra, Windsor and Prahran. The last time I was here was in July when I had dinner at Woodland House  with my family – another tasty  restaurant and less noisy! In fact we were the noisiest ones dining here.photo-5-7-16-6-52-41-pm photo-5-7-16-7-29-04-pm photo-5-7-16-8-24-44-pm photo-5-7-16-8-24-53-pm

I’m usually around these areas whenever there’s an occasion for a lunch or dinner. I do hear  there’s some great art and design galleries and shops around there also. If you guys can recommend me spaces or even restaurants to visit please email me!

Another week of fashion

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Melbourne is celebrating  another week of fashion this Spring! Following the success of  Virgin Australia’s Melbourne Fashion Festival  earlier this year, Creative Victoria is back at it again with the  Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. The Creative Collection exhibition at Town Hall is one of the first few showcases that contributed to the launch of this one-week event. Here, you’ll witness a body of work by rising Victorian designers and artists who bring in their own unique practices to create statement clothing, footwear, films, graphics and Avant Garde millinery.

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I advise people when attending any kind of fashion exhibition or runway to study   a specific part of the garment carefully. Usually in haute couture shows  the clothing worn by models down the runway are highly unpractical and there’s a reason for that. It’s obviously not intended to be worn in public but it’s made to inspire viewers with their   different techniques and how their techniques could be applied to improving the future of fashion. It’s always that one aspect on the garment that is inventive ie. the way zips are used, the placement of buttons, the way a fabric drapes etc. This is what the Creative Collection exhibition offers with a large mix of bold and minimalist designs.

There are plenty of events scheduled throughout the week including workshops, premium runways and seminars. This week’s the week for you to get a dose of inspiration even if you’re strolling by Swanston st. The big white tent known as the ‘Hub’ is home to a Mecca mini popup shop, free Messina ice creams, T2 samples, Vespas, Movish digital specialists, live entertainment and a lineup of designer runways.

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No I didn’t hashtag this on instagram but yep that’s me and my first time on a Vespa hah!

Captured by the Canon 500D

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It’s always in my family’s agenda to travel whenever we could. When we first came to Australia, my Dad used to play senior badminton tournaments interstate and in New Zealand and we’d road trip together with  his teammates and their families.

Badminton isn’t the reason why we travel to this day, it was only the first few times experiencing traveling together as a family that we’ve grown to love it. Singapore, Jakarta and Bali became our main destinations of travel, right after my Dad stopped  playing tournaments. These cities particularly were of great convenience given that most of our family live there. Overtime my Dad’s  work got more and more demanding, so  my Mom, sister and I flew to other cities in Asia and would usually find ourselves getting lost in  the middle of these busy cities and end up somewhere on the outskirts – that’s the beauty of travelling. There’s not much of a difference between a life on the road and everyday life. The  lessons I learned  while travelling have always applied to everyday life, therefore I think it’s healthy to travel!

Welcome to my travel gallery (hit the refresh button if the photos don’t load properly).

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These shots were taken from my Canon 500D. Prior to  my Year 12 Photography classes, I was well equipped with a standard 8 megapixel digital camera. It was compact and whenever I go travelling  I would never leave this baby behind – I made sure it was first thing I packed.

Obviously the quality of smartphone cameras almost exceed the quality of digital cameras today. As a result, I stopped carrying  my digital camera since  my iPhone is equally as good, the only exception is the storage which my phone doesn’t have much of compared to the camera’s SD card. But still, phone and digital cameras didn’t  fully capture  the right photos I wanted. I’m talking about fiddling with Depth of field, aperture speeds and exposure times. I was still on the hunt for something that allowed me to do this.

Catching up with my uncle in Taiwan a couple years back, I  discovered his Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera. I visited him with Mom and he allowed me to use his DSLR to take a few snaps while we were holidaying in Taipei. I  played around with its settings and manually adjusted the focus, it felt like a device that knew exactly what I wanted. Going forward,  I’m only a hobbyist and thought about an entry level DSLR. Keep in mind that it  doesn’t always matter how good the actual camera is, but it’s the lenses that affect the result of a photo (big time!).

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That’s pretty much the birth of my Canon 500D camera, which isn’t compact but certainly a lot more portable and affordable than my uncle’s camera. Some programs I use for editing and organizing my  own photos is Adobe Lightroom and sometimes if I want to make quick edits on the phone, VSCO is a great app to edit photos on the go. There is also a link to see some videos I made using Adobe Premiere   and iMovie.

Another one of my hobbies lie in  videography, I’ve never had a specific device for this in the past as I only usually  recorded on my phone or camera. My bestie’s good at this stuff and sometimes our friends would get annoyed at her for holding the camera too much. I get why, because nothing’s more satisfying than rewatching a hilarious video of your friends playing drinking games or even sober board games.  Until the GoPro trend hit the market, I was invested in the world of videography and was amazed at how well it recorded footage on a small camera. To those reading this, get one, please, and never look back!

Catch my photos here  and my videos here.

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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