A Photo Story: Welcome to the 50’s

These photos I took during year 12 (2014)  for my 3/4 studio art subject. I had them hidden away in my folio and I think they deserve to be shared because I am proud of them.

I made the costume and did the makeup and hairstyling on my younger sister, whilst asking her to pose like a 1950’s housewife. My theme for my folio was the “Retro 1950’s” where I aimed to capture the lifestyle, elegance and how a woman would be perceived during that decade (I am so glad at how far we have come as women!). I later used these photos as a reference for vintage posters which I painted for one of my finals.

These were taken on a Canon DSLR 🙂



Bentleigh Farmers’ Market: Supporting Local Produce and Helping the Environment

Violin music greeted over a thousand shoppers as they arrived at the Bentleigh Farmers’ Market held on the fourth Saturday of every month at Bentleigh Primary School. Over fifty store holders set up their produce displaying a colourful array of organic fruit and veg, delicious assortments of local berry jams and infused orange blossom honey.

Market manager of thirteen years Geoff Rankin shared his passion for the farmers’ market industry expressing how the ‘trade off on freshness’ is of upmost importance.

“Some markets have too many resellers and processed take away food which takes away from what a farmers market should be, which is predominantly fresh produce,” Geoff says.

Geoff said local farmers’ markets need to follow the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association guidelines, which is to provide locally grown, fresh produce.

“I try to have 60 to 70 percent of store holders with fresh produce, if it’s farm origin I try to include things like fresh honey, you’ve got to have your honey and eggs.

“If I didn’t do farmers’ markets I’d miss my free range eggs, they are the best I don’t trust the ones out of the supermarket.”

East Bentleigh Primary School is a proud supporter of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, which teaches the students to grow and cook their own produce.

Geoff says he loves setting up famers’ markets at schools which have a positive food culture, sharing how East Bentleigh Primary School is “teaching their kids the benefit of eating their own nutritional food.”

Store holder Phil from Sunny Creek Organic has been in the farming industry since the 1980’s, he specialises in growing berries “particularly raspberries and blackberries.”

Phil says it is important to have a variety of products to sell due to the changing seasons as it allows an assortment of crops to be grown and sold all year round.

He says it can be “challenging” competing with mainstream supermarkets but “word of mouth and personal trust” with customers keeps the farmers’ market industry alive.

Geoff shares how Bentleigh Farmers’ Market is environmentally friendly with it’s no plastic bag and cup policy, they provide biodegradable and reusable coffee cups from their coffee truck.

“Anywhere we can use products that breakdown it’s going to help the environment,” Geoff says.

Geoff hopes to continue bringing fresh produce to local communities, sharing his vision to “bring the country to the city.”

(The next market will be August 26th, 2017. Visit the Bentleigh Farmer’s Market website for more info.)

The Desperettes @ The Butterfly Club

(DISCLAIMER: I have had three articles published on a Melbourne based publication called Melbourne To Do during early 2016. This web page seems to not exist anymore, therefore my links to my articles are not reachable. I have published my works to this blog so they can be accessed.)

Tight harmonies, towering pink beehives and hilarious dance moves are The Desperettes in a nutshell. The trio includes Natasha York, Lisa Woodbrook and Belinda Hanne who showcased their cabaret A Lady’s Guide to the Art of Becoming a Wingman at the Butterfly Club in Carson Place Melbourne.

The Butterfly Club feels like a treasure chest upon arrival with unique quirky trinkets scattered around the room and pictures displayed in various textured photo frames filling the hot pink walls. Dim coloured light bulbs of pink, green and blue are accented around the bar continuing around the corner to a quiet lounge area with an eye catching overfilled bookcase and mismatched furniture creating a cozy atmosphere to relax with your drink pre show.

The Desperettes on stage. Photo: Celeste Marinelli

Once seated in the intimate theatre you are welcomed by The Desperettes trio wearing black suits and ties, crisp white shirts all topped off with puffy pastel pink beehives. DeeDee, Delilah and Daisy take you on a journey through dating scenarios each alternating as the wingman as they share pick up lines, dance and sing to hit songs by artists Mark Ronson, Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child and Bette Midler to name a few.

Each of the girls harmonised to their clever rewording of songs with contrasting vocal tones working together beautifully, causing the audience to laugh continuously from beginning to end. Their witty characters portrayed satirical comedy at its finest causing the overall performance to be extremely entertaining, amusing and catchy with some pick up lines created originally by themselves, which are sure to catch on around town.

The Desperettes are absolutely a show to see you’d be missing out if you didn’t!

Nixi Killick for VAMFF 2016

(DISCLAIMER: I have had three articles published on a Melbourne based publication called Melbourne To Do during early 2016. This web page seems to not exist anymore, therefore my links to my articles are not reachable. I have published my works to this blog so they can be accessed.)

Nixi Killick flaunts her latest eccentric women and men’s collection NXK Logic Lattice live streaming from Hewitt Packard in Collins Street, Melbourne. Hundreds of vibrantly dressed fashionistas gathered around iconic Melbourne hot spot Fed Square to view the established designer’s fashion show on the Big Screen.

The independent Melbourne label’s latest collection was filled with bold neon coloured nylon and tribal printed textured fabrics which clearly prove why flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga is one of Killick’s fans who has designed custom garments for the singer’s 2014 ArtRAVE tour.

The idiosyncratic garments are not for the faint hearted as the collection oozes confidence and individuality. The combination of male and female wear was equally uplifting with vibrant geometric prints echoing symmetry through her techno-optimistic style.

Striking models ascended up escalators in futuristic styled garments appearing like a work of art in patterned skin tight body suits, printed jackets, baggy tops, leotards, hot pants, bright multicoloured two piece sets, baby blue laser cut hardware and silicone corsets all topped off with bright braided hairstyles and headpieces ranging from pastel pink to bright yellow. The elastic belts and stretch fabric hugged the body creating a laid back and comfortable vibe.

The hair and makeup was colourful and loud with some model’s faces hidden behind juxtaposing blue and yellow zigzag printed balaclavas and others covered in whimsical temporary tattoos accentuating the third eye, reminiscent of futuristic aliens.

Upbeat techno music within the show created a youthful carefree vibe further welcoming the models from Fed square’s Big Screen to the main stage dancing and posing under brightly lit fluorescent purple lights. Nixi Killick joined the finale taking a bow with the models full of glee.

Nixi Killick’s collection was uplifting creating an upcoming trend of being unapologetically individualistic through bold colour and quirky geometric print. She is undoubtedly a designer to watch!

An excited crowd gathered around Fed Square watching the fashion show on the big screen. Photo: Celeste Marinelli
Finale. Photo: Celeste Marinelli

A Photo Story

I used a Cannon DSLR to capture these photos. Photography isn’t my strong point as I am new to the skill, but I am eager to practice to better my photos. I had a lot of fun taking these images. I found the final make up to appear very 1960’s inspired therefore I wanted to add emphasis to that aesthetic, so I edited the pictures to appear in a sort of Old Hollywood style. I was focusing on the various tones and juxtaposition with light by making them black and white to further create that idea of old school glamour being frozen in time.

Christina Di Pasquale is a talented make up artist, in which I had the pleasure of photographing her creative process from beginning to end. 

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Christina Di Pasquale was a self-taught make up artist when she began her journey into the make up world, she continued to receive a diploma in make up artistry at Victoria University, now 22 years old has she has been a professional artist for four years.
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She is a strong believer in using cosmetics that are not animal tested, “whenever I discover a new brand or a brand I’ve never used it’s definitely one of the first things I research.”
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Christina with her client Olivia sharing how her aim is to make her clients “laugh and feel comfortable”, as that is most enjoyable for herself and her client.
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When liaising to create a look with clients Christina says she tends to ask them what they don’t like “because everyone knows what they don’t like.”
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Inglot eyeliner is Christina’s favorite eyeliner brand, she says the tedious process is made easier when working with “great eyeballs” like Olivia’s.
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Her hands become her paint pallet for applying products she says, “it’s so funny” seeing the contrast of her messy hands compared to her neat completed make up.
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Christina’s final step to her make up process is completing the lip, emphasing how “make up is not just about covering or enhancing features it’s about self expression too.”
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“My favorite part about doing make up is having a client that doesn’t wear makeup and them being completely trusting in me, their reaction when they see themselves in the mirror it’s such beautiful self confidence.” 

David Hockney: Current

British artist David Hockney showcases his latest collection of electronically created artwork at his self-titled exhibition David Hockney: Current at the renowned National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This vibrant exhibition will be held till the 13th March 2017.

IPad drawing 2011-2016

Upon entry numerous IPad drawn pictures line the walls filled with vibrant colours to create portraits and landscapes. Hockney says the use of his IPad allows him the freedom to expand his canvas further sharing how there is no other median like drawing on a glass screen.

IPhone Drawings, 2009-2011, digital animation of the drawings coming to life

One series called 82 portraits & 1 still life was particularly eye-catching, this series took Hockney two years to complete. His portraits captured a true understanding of his subjects in his painterly brush stroke style. There was also a reoccurring theme of the outdoors in his paintings with trees being a major subject matter creating a very peaceful vibe within the exhibition space.




His painting style is quite intricate; the use of alternating line thickness allows small details to be layered upon the surface, which is very pleasing to the eye. He also follows an analogous colours scheme, specifically present in his landscape drawings, as the colours are not overpowering creating a still harmony.

Hockney’s colourful exhibition explores art through multimedia installations. It was fascinating watching time lapses of his drawings on an IPad showing his pictures coming to life stroke by stroke.

 David Hockney: Current is definitely worth a visit for those who are interested in seeing radiant artwork created in a new form. It’s a very innovative and original exhibition as it demonstrates an alternate use of technology, which is refreshing in today’s society.

G i r l h o o d Art Show

Last weekend I was unfortunate enough to miss the opening night of the Girlhood Art Show at The Old Bar located in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Luckily, I had the afternoon free the following day to see the show and witness the empowering and inspiring artwork from local artists around Melbourne.

The Old Bar is an intimate venue with a very relaxed vibe. I especially loved the numerous pieces of artwork scatted amongst the bar walls. It hosts many musical gigs allowing you the pleasure of watching live music and buying reasonably priced drinks which is always a bonus.

Upstairs stood the Girlhood Art Show within an intimate room with white painted walls, dressed with various artworks from paintings, prints and installations demonstrating what it means and feels like to be a female in today’s society.



I especially loved the multicolored flowers draping from the ceiling creating a very feminine almost rustic vibe to the space which overall set a calming ambience for the exhibition. Everyone involved deserves much praise as it was a wonderful afternoon spent.

Girlhood Art Show floor space. Photo: Celeste Marinelli


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