Is there ANYTHING better than snail mail? Well, definitely not email, that's for sure. Boring. We long for the days of paper greeting cards, so we're positively stoked that this holiday season, TMOD is bringing them back into style. But instead of sending greetings that ever so tritely say "Best wishes for the holiday season from Hallmark" or something equally lame, you can customise TMOD's already delicious scratchie cards by putting your logo on there and even inserting your own personal message inside. Simply email the lovely ladies of TMOD for details. For those of you who do not have logos, you can grab individual cards from a plethora of stores, including the MCA, which is just about the most saliva-inducing place in Sydney.
Hence, the serious shortage of posts. Right about now, Side Street Sydney is starving.
Like we promised, things here will get back to normal soon, but in the meantime, check out Final Episode for all your awesome accessories needs and please support a project that has nearly killed this site's editor.
How cool is this image? We think it's seriously cool, and it just so happens to be by one of our very own, Kings Cross-based illustrator and graphic designer Louie Joyce. His love for comics is evident throughout his work, which you can check out tonight at Monstrosity Gallery while having some drinks with the man himself. The opening is on from 6pm and the exhibition runs until October 15. We think we will go.
Marketing may be all about selling a brand, but great marketing tends to make you forget about the pitch and instead turns your focus to the art of the concept. Bonds did just that when it teamed with Vice Magazine to host a photographic exhibition, made2share, to promote its new range. We'll be honest - we're not so much concerned with the details as the work of the artists involved, including two of our favourite image makers: Cybele Malinowski and Daniel Boud. Along with filmmaker Ben Briand and his partner Brenda Harvey, Alpha 60 designers and siblings, Alex and Georgie Cleary, Melbourne artists Pat Foster and Jen Berean, Melbourne based filmmaker Chris Hill and fashion designer Stephanie Downey plus musicians Tim Harvey and Lani Sommer, Cybele and Dan were invited to shoot each other wearing the same outfit. It sounds a bit strange, but the two lovebirds and seriously amazing photographers used the opportunity to create yet another set of pretty pictures. We like them.
Okay, I have a confession to make. I have been neglecting Side Street Sydney.
I feel really bad about it, not so much for Side Street (I think it has been coping just fine without my words, thanks to the lovely writers who so generously contribute to this site) but more so for ME, sob sob. I started Side Street because I love nothing more than writing and interviewing. However, after a stint at a newspaper and another one at a magazine, I decided I wanted to do it on my own terms; for passion, not money. Side Street began after the newspaper and before the magazine, and a few months ago, more so than ever, I decided I could never be happy writing for someone else’s vision. Words are butchered, ideas become suctioned and all too often, you have to deal with unappreciative bosses in an underpaid position. That’s just my opinion of course, one which has been formed out of a couple of bad experiences and a serious aversion to authority. Thank GOD not everyone is like me. And so I decided to start an online store, which I named Final Episode. Writing will always be my first passion, but design, as you all are likely to know by now, follows closely behind it. I guess I just don’t want my bread and butter to rely on something I cherish so much (words) and could potentially end up dissatisfied with.
Over the past few months (this winter has sucked balls.), I have had to devote my full attention to Final Episode, which goes live in exactly one week’s time. Queue panic attack. The idea behind Final Episode began around the same time as Side Street Sydney, but it just took a hell of a lot longer to become realised. There are many reasons for this, but I suppose the gist of it is that whenever you deal with money, monkeys surround you with hand grenades, and you have to attempt to bypass them with nothing but a water bottle and a banana or two. Luckily I made it out alive, and, miraculously, so has my business.
Forming Final Episode has been seriously fun, from sourcing the labels (the Opening Ceremony showroom in New York is like, the happiest place on earth) to collaborating on the launch concept (which includes an exhibition by my absolute favourite Sydney creatives – Canvas Group, Ben Frost, Lyn & Tony and Jonathan Zawada, with some styling from my lovely friend Maia Liakos) to working on the special concept zine, which will go out with the packaging. It has also been ENORMOUSLY stressful, and definitely the most difficult thing I have ever done. They don’t call it blood, sweat and tears for nothing. I feel as though I have aged 10 years since September 2009, and I probably look like I have, too, which really just makes me kind of sad.
my hometown/favourite page from the zine
Over the next few weeks I am going to be profiling some of the amazing people who have worked on this brand with me, not because I have to but because I really, really want to. As someone with a small budget and a big project, coming across them has been a total blessing, and it has made me even more thankful to live in a city with not only amazing talent, but beautiful people who possess it. Most notably the freakishly talented Canvas Group, who developed all the branding for the store and have been absolutely gorgeous to work with. It’s one thing to be good at what you do, but it’s another entirely to be generous and lovely on top of it. If I could marry a design studio, Canvas Group and I would be walking down the aisle in the very near future. And you’d all be invited.
Sadly the union between same sex couples isn’t even recognised, so I doubt this one would be. The closest it can come to is the launch party for Final Episode, which is on next Thursday at aMBUSH Gallery in Waterloo. I know I’m maybe a bit biased, but it’s going to be seriously awesome. There’s like, no other option. I hope to see you there. Again, I’m the brown girl, this time with more wrinkles. You can RSVP via the Facebook page, and please become a fan of Final Episode while you're on that timesucking progam. I mean social networking site.
Please also keep your eyes out for www.finalepisode.com.au next Monday (that’s the 27th). I don’t know about you, but I’m going to have a glass of bubbly at the ready the second we click “LIVE”. Even if it is 9am. You can find me passed out on the corner of Relief and Exaltation by noon. And then the week after the launch party, I am going to find someone I admire and interview the shit out of them.
As far as band names go, ‘Richard In Your Mind’ is pretty creepy and a little bit weird, but the Sydney five piece couldn’t have chosen a more apt, albeit obscure title. Reminiscent of a bohemian counter culture of times past and beyond, their latest album, My Volcano is fantastically outrageous, spanning a vast breath of genres and myriad of influences. While taking over our mind, the band has simultaneously spent the past year taking over the country with their psychedelic rock and sun kissed sing-a-longs fizzing with good vibrations and fun, fun, fun.
Of the supremely talented circle of which Richard In Your Mind are comprised, Side Street, Sydney recently sat down and bonded via the power of email with front man Richard Cartwright, hitting him with a few questions we hoped were a little different than what he would normally be faced with by the endless sea of media. Did we emerge with insight and illuminating quotes? Well, not quite. Gentle readers, consider yourselves warned.
Intriguing local performers Bridezilla are playing this weekend’s Changing Lane’s Festival in Newtown. In between bites of a reportedly very tasty Thai chicken salad, the group’s guitarist, Pia May, dished some of the latest goss on her band.
Bridezilla has an enigmatic sound, running the gamut from spooky to peaceful and powerful to complex all at the same time. Their debut album, The First Dance, was released late last year to critical praise. “It’s an evolving thing. It started off as jazz-folk-pop-rock and now I think we’re getting a bit RnB maybe… [We’ll be collaborating with] Kanye West hopefully,” Pia jokes.
As the contortionists, drag queens, burlesque singers and delightfully absurd artists lining the streets of Newtown prepare for the final week of Sydney Fringe, we find five arty events you still have time to catch.
This energetic play about warring publishers, reclusive authors and unexpected imposters follows the avant-garde antics of the mysterious yet oh so debonair author Francoise Duchamp de Belvoire. It’s the Marx Brothers meets Commedia Del’Arte with a few femme fatales, bizarre plot twist and original tunes thrown in for good measure.
With Leichhardt’s Italian Forum dusting off its dancing shoes, CarriageWorks perfecting a whole new style of vocal warm-up and the iconic Imperial Hotel finally re-opening its doors, we get the feeling that the Fringe really is in the air. Featuring more than 250 theatre, comedy, cabarets, music and film events, the Sydney Fringe Festival, exploding across the city’s inner-west until September 26, is a melting pot for all things creative and unconventional.
The apartments are stuck in the 1980s, the music’s cribbing the 1970s, the fashion is a throwback to the 1960s but it doesn’t really matter because the crux of it is that I hate myself right now. It’s the Bondi state of mind, which is really very complicated and culturally significant if you ask the Right People. I’ve never been one of the Right People, but in summer, it’s pretty easy to get away with it. Nobody’s wearing excess amounts of clothing, so there goes fashion, everyone attends the same festivals, which sorts out music and there’s that same wealth of options that plague this fucking city, but a general consensus that unless it involves a body of water or air-conditioning, it’s not worth doing. In the sunshine, with our natural tans, with our gleaming bodies, wet hair and dripping short shorts (that shit hasn’t gone below the knee since I was fourteen) we are all the Right People. You can ask me the same thing you’ll ask a male model; the ATM is around the corner, the pub is down the road and yes, the parking officers come around frequently. Screen time is minimal. Many people temporarily forget what the Internet is. Five in the afternoon is a time to go out, not a time to go home. I think I probably hate myself in summer, too. It’s just that with a dominant narrative defining my everyday existence, I don’t have the time to dwell on it.
Local artist Earsis a favourite of us here at Side Street Sydney HQ and we are positively enthusing with over-enthusiastic enthusiasm about his upcoming solo show, entitled War Paint. The exhibition will present the work he has been beavering away at, which the man himself tells us is “the tightest and most cohesive body of work I’ve made to date. It was painted in a short space of time under pressure, and is more dramatic and vibrant than what I usually do”. Well, colour us intrigued. He continues, “I am taking elements of a pop art (Ben Frost inspired) approach to colour and combining it with the softer warm tones I fall naturally into.”
Expanding on his current responsibilities at Oh Really Magazine and Gallery (does this guy not have enough to do?), Ears has surrounded himself with local stable mates Beastman, Phibs and Ben Frost (and many more) at new studio The Wasteland. By all reckoning, this cohabitation is proving to be a fruitful artistic hub where the varying styles of these painters are inspiring fresh approaches.
The War Paint exhibition reflects a turbulent year for the talented artist. “I have had some personal struggles with my health this year and under stress and sadness I usually grow artistically the most”, he says. Like many who have come before him, the personal challenges have brought a fire to Ears’ creative chops. “I feel the dark nature of this show and the potency of the work is a result, and I hope to shock people a little with it”, he reveals. If you can call beautiful, shocking then I guess that’s true. It’s less earthy blacks and more tomato red & Yves Klein blue. The guy who painted stuff in the 60s, not the band.
If you can’t make it to War Paint, keep an eye out on Ears’ website. Every now and then he has an Open Studio day where he will be painting and giving away cardboard paintings to anyone who asks nicely. Yep, you heard right. For free. Nada. Zilch. Zero dollars.
War Paint is one night only, tomorrow, Saturday September 11 at Lo Fi Bar in Darlinghurst from 6pm. It’s gonna be packed punters, so get there early or you will miss out.
Lo Fi Bar 383 Bourke St (Taylor Square) Darlinghurst
Whenever a new local coffee table book is released, we here at Side Street get a bit of a spring in our step. There’s something about the smell, the beauty and the paper-loving goodness of print that makes us content to stay in and flip pages for an entire afternoon. Especially considering that most of the time, the only new paper we see is the mailbox spam that informs us how much a house in our area has sold for. A HOUSE WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO AFFORD.
Anyway, back to coffee table books. Everfresh: Blackbook launches tonight at aMBUSH Gallery and examines the studio and work of the group of artists that make up Everfresh – Sync, Rone, Reks, Wonderlust, Phibs, Meggs, Prizm, Makatron, and The Tooth. All reports indicate it’s a pretty and candid look at the Australian underground street art scene, and since most of us don’t have street art on our walls, having it bound in a little collection on our coffee table is the next best thing.
The launch is on from 6pm to 9pm at 4a James Street, Waterloo.
A humble-pie director with a silent story of naive souls who have a penchant for all things physical is preparing to uplift Sydney’s increasingly quirky theatre scene as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. Director Marcel Dorney sat down with Side Street Sydney to discuss A Tiny Chorus, the award winning creation of Eryn Jean Norvill and Emily Tomlins, and all the beauty, confusion, and infatuation that goes with it.
Committed to creating jewellery with a conscience as well as pushing boundaries with design, creative collective Ten More Girls is fusing the divide between style and social activism. A creative collective of ten ladies who were determined to continue nurturing their chosen medium and philosophy upon graduation from Enmore’s Design Centre, Ten More Girls makes jewellery and holds exhibitions every year, with the next one on this Thursday at Gaffa Gallery. By implementing worldly themes into their collections and using surprisingly wearable materials, the products are both innovative and distinctive, whilst simultaneously bringing attention to matters that are perhaps more important than aesthetics.
Last year’s exhibition, Girls Against Gold, sought to bring attention to the rising and unaffordable price of gold. Found objects, recycled materials, silver and bone proved that there is much more to jewellery than diamond encrusted engagement rings. This year, the ten girls are back and exploring issues such as globalisation, international politics, the environment and human rights. Their upcoming exhibition, Girls Around The World will showcase their interpretation of such issues in the form of wearable art. Natasha Marcus-Taylor, one of the members of the collective, says that everything from paper to fabric and found objects collected from their journeys have been used in the design process. Each unique piece will be available to purchase, with 5% of all proceeds being donated to Breast Cancer Australia.
The exhibition is on from 6pm to 8pm this Thursday, September 9 at Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney. The exhibition runs until September 20.
Hayley Morgan and Lisa Lerkenfeldt are two women after our own hearts. Both writers and creative types, the friends and housemates have set up indie press New Planes as a platform to support the talent in our city that too often goes under the radar. From their involvement with Creative Sydney to the launch of their newspaper, the ladies are certainly a fine addition to Sydney’s flourishing underground scene.
One Thursday, I decided to escape the office and spend my lunch break at the weekly Crows Nest Organic Markets. I got there fairly late, around 2:30pm and a particular stall caught my attention. I overhead the stallholder mention something about a sour cherry loaf and a 2-for-1 deal, so I had to investigate further. Mr Breadman from Brasserie Bread gave me a quick intro and as well as my choice of said sour cherry loaf, suggested I try one of their most popular breads, the caramelised garlic bread. I was stoked; I only paid about $7 for two loaves! With only half an hour to go before the markets finished up he told me he had been having a very slow day so it was lucky for me – I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was chuffed with my specialty bread bargain and promised to spread the word to my work colleagues and tweeps.
Happy birthday to us! We’d repeat it ala the song but we think you get our drift. Sooooo, we’re one! Gosh we grew up so fast. We’re feeling a little teary, in fact… Anyway. What a year.
We’ve written about how much this project means to us so many times, and why we believe in you, our dear readers, and just how great the love we have for this city we share is. So today, we don’t want to write… instead, we’d like to reflect back on some of the most inspiring people we have sat down with in the year just passed, and invite you to go back in time with us.
Incidentally, our birthday has also fallen on the first day of spring (coincidence or destiny?) and around the same time that we have reached our max friends on Facebook! And so we have created a page we hope you'll join us on. We're still also on Twitter, and to keep in super touch with us as we head into the future, please be sure to join our mailing list.
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