but just when i thought things were about to calm down, they got crazy again. however… has been a different sort of crazy.
a few weeks back i was emailed by a 2 young gentleman from new york named thomas and tim, who had quit their jobs to work on their own series of documentaries titled this is my city. they are currently in the process of visiting 12 different cities, and in each city they spend a week with a stranger, getting their version of their city. one of the cities is melbourne, and for melbourne, the host was my lucky self. my itinerary was pretty action-packed, and although i don’t want to let loose too many of my activities (as it will spoil the episode), here are a few things we got up to while they were in town:
opening of baker d.chirico’s pop-up shop in crossley place:
what better way to show melbourne’s food obsession than with treats from melbourne’s best baker. and to make it even more special the shop has beautifully insane cosmic bakery wallpaper (thanks to misha), and special tote bags and the best apron i have ever seen (thanks to shauna) for sale. and definitely put the licorice and lavender macaroons on your “things to taste” list. out of this world. it’s open until dec 24th, mon-sat 10am-7pm, ph 03 9639 1624. (pics from three thousand)
australian premiere of where the wild things are:
this was thanks to my exceptionally kind and thoughtful friend daniela. (check out the invite – hello keepsake!) my expectations for this film where sky high, and unfortunately for me it did not deliver 100%. i would still recommend it, and will still be going back to see it a few more (hundred) times.
visit to amanda’s beachbox:
yes it was as idyllic as it looks. that’s thomas in the green, ari in the stripes and amanda in the tie-dye leggings. she is an old uni friend who is now in film and was along for the ride to help out with production (her blog is almost as stylish as she is).
and here is tim.
it was quite strange being followed around by a camera, and apparently i was pretty good at avoiding it. but i got used to it after a while. and it definitely helped that they were lovely, relaxed and super fun to hang-out with as well. in fact possibly too much – twice i got home after 4am, both times in quite a… lets just say “disrespectful”… state (more than a little bit nervous about that footage. yikes). that is a lot for me these days. lucky for me i have the best husband in the world and can also deal with 2 children,a hang-over and very little sleep not too badly at all. regardless i feel weeks of recovery coming on.
there has also been another kind of new busy-ness going on in our studio. literally, a new business – just when you thought we couldn’t get any more insane, we go and start another project. this one is raph’s baby though. he has long been obsessed with food, and has always wanted to start some kind of food thing. we looked into starting a restaurant but the over-heads and time commitment were just too much, especially as we didn’t want to give up any of our other bits and pieces.
so instead, we built a food truck! its called beatbox kitchen – and its exactly that – a giant beatbox, that will be serving delicious, top-quality, comfort-style food.
beatbox kitchen’s debut gig is at meredith, followed by many more festival over the summer. raph is also planning to drive around to various parks and neighbourhood hangouts (twitter will tell all!) on summer evenings so you can come and eat goodness then too. as i said, its more raph’s thing than mine (i am just doing graphics. and tastes tests of course), but after months of planning, preparation and pain, it’s still bloody exciting (and equally terrfying!).
will post photos, website and twitter account next week. and also possibly some new work. if i ever get around to doing some that is.