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Sydney Trip

March 15, 2009

Last Thursday I flew to Sydney for the day, departing Brisbane at 5.25am and returning late that night. Why? I was invited to attend the champagne breakfast launch event hosted at the Art Gallery of NSW for Jamie Durie’s new range of paints for Porter’s Original Paints. It was a stunning day and light flooded into the art gallery as we supped and chatted and listened to the speakers. It was great to hear more about Jamie’s collaboration with Porter’s and to find out more about his landscape architecture company, Patio.

As part of the event, we were invited to view the Archibald, Sulman and Wynne prizes for painting, which was a real treat.

I grabbed a coffee with Michael Barnett before visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art to see the Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years show, featuring early installations such as Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field (1965) along with recent immersive environments including Fireflies on the Water (2000) and Clouds (2008). As described on the MCA’s website, the show “provides insight into the creative energy of this extraordinary artist and her lifelong preoccupation with the perceptual, visual and physical worlds. Working across different media and forms that include painting, collage, sculpture, installation and film, as well as performance and its documentation, Kusama creates works that reveal a fixation with repetition, pattern and accumulation. Describing herself as an “obsessive artist”, her work is intensely sensual, infused with autobiographical, psychological and sexual content.” This was a definite jewel in the crown of a great day in Sydney…

After catching up over a delicious lunch with friends at the MCA, I took a cab to the Space Furniture store in Alexandria. I wanted to see Brisbane’s larger counterpart – four generous floors filled with our favourite European brands. The store has a different outlook, but a synergy in its approach to product presentation and a fabulous window filled with a rainbow of Kartell chairs.

Next, I spent some time at Porter’s Original Paints’ Sydney headquarters, just down the road from Space in Waterloo. On arriving, I was greeted in the foyer with a bold and interesting display of Porter’s range of paints and wallpapers. Fantastic! I was grateful to have time with Peter Lewis (Owner), Kathryn Rooney (Architectural Representative) and Aimee Grant (Production) discussing options for my range of wallpaper, especially as this was such a big day for them with the launch of Jamie Durie’s range. We had a great session, which included Aimee showing me the printing plate for my design, ‘Falling Leaves’. Thank you all for your time, it was really helpful!

Last visit was to the hub of InDesign, DQ and Habitus magazines in Surry Hills where I met with Alice Blackwood (Assistant Editor, DQ) and Ben Morgan (Editor, InDesign Live online). Their space is light and airy, with a clean, but ‘lived in’ feel about it, oozing creative energy. They’re a dynamic bunch of hardworking individuals with their fingers on the pulse.

Before heading off to catch my plane, Alice, Tony (Merchandise Manager, Space Furniture) and I met for a drink at a hip and newly-opened bar in Surry Hills called Mille Vine where the wine was great, tapas was delicious and the company was excellent!

Many, many thanks to everyone who helped make this such a great day and so worth the trip…

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