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Q POETICS — Placing the Poet and Poetry in Places and Spaces of Waiting

There’s nothing worse than standing in a queue. Or is there? What if you’re standing in a queue on cold Sydney winter day, the rain bucketing down to put a dampener on an event you’ve been excitedly counting down the days to. This is exactly what happened to me last month at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

The sunny side to this dreary recount is the discovery of a unique queue distraction. It came in the form of Q POETICS and its member Skye*, who nuzzled her way under our miniscule shelter, introduced herself, and politely asked if she could share a poem. As the rain fell harder, she energetically began to recite imaginative and funny verses.

According to its website, Q POETICS ‘places the poet and poetry in places and spaces of waiting – where people line up to pay, play, purchase or pass: queues’. The public engagement strategy aims to: reduce queue-induced stress, promote the link between creativity and profitability, and create poetry, increase its usage and widen the ways it’s communicated.

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Next time the seconds feel like minutes and the minutes feel like hours in your line up, I hope you get the chance to enjoy the talents and creativity of this unique idea. And if you’re looking to satisfy the stay of your queue guests, this team is perfect for any waiting game including: commuter queues, coffee queues, job centre queues, check-in/check-out queues, passport control queues, healthcare queues, bank queues and more!

*Lead artist, Skye Loneragan, is an award-winning playwright/performer and director who trained originally at Theatre Nepean, Sydney, then RSAMD (Scotland), and whose work has toured to Bangalore, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia and Sweden (British Council Scotland-in-Sweden showcase).

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From Concrete to Carrots, Pop Up Veggie Patch

Federation Square’s car park in Melbourne has been transformed into a vibrant veggie garden! The pop-up patch, which is a joint initiative with The Little Veggie Patch Co., allows city dwellers the opportunity to get their green thumbs dirty with over 176 DIY veggie pots housed in recycled apple crates.

These pots are the gateway to apartment folk’s gardening dreams, allowing veggie enthusiasts to subscribe to a patch on a yearly basis with a monthly fee. For your flowering interest, subscribers will receive expert advice and training from Little Vegie Patch Co. as well as seasonal seed packs, a copy of the Little Vegie Patch Co gardening book, access to the pop-up patch tool shed, and exclusive online content.

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“Having fun and enjoying the full range of activities from gardening, harvesting, preparing food and, of course, eating fresh produce is what veggie growing and the Fed Square pop-up patch is all about,” say Little Veggie Patch Co. owners, Matt Pember and Fabian Capomolla.

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The site will also boast a community demonstration veggie garden and information centre for the public and local schools. “It’s another great addition to a series of events and activations that take the food experience at Fed Square to the next level,” says Kate Brennan, CEO of Fed Square.

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The Little Veggie Patch Co. is a Melbourne based business that specialises in the installation of chemical-free vegetable gardens.
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Rethink the way you live, by Amanda Talbot

Amanda Talbot

Amanda Talbot

The Decoration + Design trade event is currently being held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre. And today I was lucky enough to gain access to one of its seminars hosted by Amanda Talbot. For the last 10 years, Amanda has been showcasing her talent for creating sexy, sophisticated interiors around the world, working for big brands such as Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Dixon, and trend forecasting for the likes of IKEA. As the ex associate editor of ELLE Decoration, she has travelled through many a beautiful home, and come into contact with some of the world’s most amazing home and lifestyle designs.

Living in small spaces and having your own personal space, too. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Living in small spaces and having your own personal space, too. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

It’s her latest quest that has me – and after today’s seminar, many more – questioning our surroundings. Rethink: The Way You Live is both the title of today’s seminar and her book. It looks at the relationship between human and home, and challenges our already existing functions and design of our surrounding environment. Today’s seminar explored the way the world is rapidly changing and, in turn, our needs are changing with it. Do we need a home office when all we see in sight is a laptop and an iPad? Is a bedroom only used for sleeping? Through imagery, Amanda took us around the world to highlight inspired designs and tell-tale signs of what the future holds for design that ‘rethinks’ its purpose, functionality, and form. This round-the-world trip highlighted the global nature of this need in the design and architecture industry.

Small home in Japan where dining space becomes office space. Multifunctional room where walls and lighting can be moved. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Small home in Japan where dining space becomes office space. Multifunctional room where walls and lighting can be moved. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

It’s a recurring theme that, as times get tough, we turn to memories of the good times, and we head back to our roots to embrace a ‘nostalgia trend’. A little ‘doom and gloom’ brought on by such effects as the GFC, terrorism, global warming, and technological advances, sparks a clear want for the good ol’ days, with one such example being the current resurgence of craft and handmade creations.

These shifting times evolve into new living and lifestyle trends. No longer is a common open plan home design the best option to live in. No longer is useless design that serves no function and purpose in our lives a welcome addition to our environment or space.

Spaces that cater to the senses. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Spaces that cater to the senses. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

An example of key movements outlined by Amanda today:

Living with nature – new solutions for city dwellers to connect with nature are on the rise, in particular with those that live in small spaces and apartments. Pots and indoor plants are a growing design trend, as is robust, heavy, natural textiles such as timber and wool. Large artwork with nature-inspired scenes that take up entire walls is another clever way designers are reinvigorating the notion of living with nature.

Back to basics – we’re not talking about the stark minimalism we saw in the 90s, we mean an almost warm minimalism, where our purchases and products we choose to fill out space with are needed, make sense, and have a purpose. We want 21st Century mod cons, but we want them discreet, seamless, and hidden.

Excerpt from Rethink: The Way You Live

Excerpt from Rethink: The Way You Live

Create and control – we revel in the idea of being industrious at home and creating and producing our own products from within our haven such as craft. We want to make our own rules, and Amanda reiterates that interior designers need to understand this desire and how their designer inclusions fulfil the lives of the home owners.

Self-sufficient living – there’s a want for things that we know we trust. And what better way to ensure this trust than to produce our own self-sufficient produce such as honey and herbs. Urban farming and rooftop gardens are on the rise as is aquaponics.

Rethink: The Way You Live

Rethink: The Way You Live

Ever-changing space – multi-functional rooms are a necessity. It’s not uncommon for the kitchen to be your place to prepare food, grow food, gather and entertain; or your bedroom to be an office, reading den, escape, entertainment destination and more. Spaces need to evolve with families and ‘nooks and crannies’ need to be exploited as opposed to this misconception of open plan living perfection.

Mobile Living -- house boat. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Mobile Living — house boat. Image from Rethink: The Way You Live

Amanda went on to discuss optimistic design, downsizing, holistic living, working from home, and mobile living, too, all movements that need to be considered by designers and creative industries for the future of our homes and lifestyles. The seminar emphasised how our world is changing quickly and so are we, adapting to accommodate new social and environmental behaviour, which is why we require fresh vision and new design considerations for the future of this evolving state.

Rethink: The Way You Live

This is a very condensed version of a very interesting subject. Check out Amanda Talbot’s book Rethink: The Way You Live for a further, in-depth analysis on this topic.

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A taste of Sydney’s Artisan Popsicles

Pure Pops by William Meppem for Gourmet Traveller

Pure Pops by William Meppem for Gourmet Traveller

We’re having a heat wave! And we only have one thing on our minds – ice pops! That’s right. The extreme weather has our overheated sights concentrating on only the essentials today, with number one being ice blocks. And we’re not talking about your everyday icy pole; we’ve discovered an appreciation for artisan popsicles.

Liana Raine

What’s an artisan popsicle? It’s an intricately conceived cold delight that’s full of seasonal flavours and natural ingredients to cool your ice pop craving. Two such Sydney brands we’ve come across that embrace this sweet idea with mesmerising flavours include: Liana Raine, and Pure Pops.

Liana Raine was created by sister duo Aja and Bianca. They produce mouthwatering gourmet ice popsicles that use only the best seasonal fruit and produce available. Some of their enticing flavours you’ll fall in love with include: peaches and cream, pineapple chili, blueberry mint, lychee and orange with cardamom, and nectarine and rose yogurt, just to name a few.

Liana Raine

Liana Raine has currently parked their cute, blue and white vintage-inspired carts outside the Sydney Opera House for this month’s Summer at the House setting. We can highly recommend the rockmelon and lime flavour – tried and tested!

Liana Raine Sydney Opera House

Not to be outdone, Pure Pops has a range of flavours to excite your eager taste buds, too, including: lemon and elderflower, two-tone watermelon and pineapple, Pimms punch, rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt swirl, roast peach and honey, and more fun varieties. These handcrafted pops are at Sydney’s Big Day Out today and you can find them regularly at Bondi and Manly markets.

Pure Pops
We’ve had a taste of artisan popsicle magic and now we need more! We’d love to know of any more clever popsicle creations around the country. Send us a picture and let us know the details if you’ve come across gourmet popsicles in your hometown, we’d love to share the hotspots. In the meantime, keep cool friends.

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The Cool Hunter House, Sydney December 7 – 16

Local Melbourne design fanatics were privy to The Design Files Open House last week but, to not be outdone in the domain of nifty finds and designer buys, The Cool Hunter is opening The Cool Hunter House this weekend in Sydney.

This pop-up boutique store has made its way over from Melbourne and will take its funky finds onto New York and London in 2013. First in best dressed we say, and this weekend you can hunt for must-have pieces at the refitted Pacific Bondi Beach Penthouse House suite – flashy! Everything on site, including furnishings, accessories and artworks can be bought.

December 7-16, 10am-6pm
Pacific Bondi Beach (rooftop of Swiss Grand Hotel)
180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
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Image via The Cool Hunter

Image via The Cool Hunter

 

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The Minimalist Pop Up Store, Dec 9 – 27

You may have guessed that we’re a little obsessed with The Minimalist here. If you’re into cool an contemporary minimal homewares, you’ll love our interview with The Minimalist owner, stylist and blogger, Leah Robins, here. We chatted to her a while ago about the online store and her design ethos, and we’re very excited to visit her pop up store in Surry Hills this December.

The pop up store is a chance to revel in The Minimalist’s signature mix of unique, limited edition and handmade home and lifestyle items sourced from around the globe. It’s the perfect chance to get up close and personal with pieces you’ve been eyeing off on the online store, too. We visited The Minimalist at the Young Blood Designers Market in Sydney recently and, take it from us; the amazing Phil Cuttance vases are even more remarkable in the flesh! Be sure to check it out.

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eBay Thanks You

In a series of short videos, online auction giant eBay shows their appreciation to members by sharing  stories that have made the shopping destination such a unique place.

eBay was originally founded as AuctionWeb in 1995, where one of the first items sold was a broken laser pointer for $14.83 USD! It’s now a multi-billion dollar business that’s set the benchmark for online auctions.

As a go-to source to find cheaper products and pre-loved items, eBay has been an integral part of success for small businesses such as Kingdom Ventures, Wheel and Sprocket, and Sonic Electronix. They’ve even helped the Michael J. Fox Foundation raise $4.7 million through the sale of the Nike Air Mag, and even reunited a man with his original Harley Davidson bike after 32 years of separation!

If you have a unique eBay experience or story, share it with us via the comments below — we’d love to hear! More success stories can be found on the eBay Thanks You page.

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