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‘Spring Rolls’ into the Asian Food Festival

Melbourne dining comes alive with hot and spicy, sweet and sour and all those Asian flavours in between at Melbourne’s month long Asian Food Festival 2007.

There are 40 restaurants across Melbourne as well as Australia’s premier Asian dining street “Chinatown” offering all styles of cuisine. Celebrate multicultural Melbourne at a Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Thai, Japanese or Vietnamese restaurant during the month of September.

This year’s Festival theme, Celebrate Melbourne’s Multicultural Cuisine, starts with a range of hot and spicy Poultry Palace dishes, cooled down with a glass of Palandri Wine. The famous Suckling Pig is served in this Year of the Golden Pig… plus a giant cake to celebrate the Festival’s coming to age – 21 years!!.

Photography anyone? TFW catch up with Jen Ferguson!

Two Flat Whites recently had the pleasure in catching up with commercial photographer Jennifer Ferguson LBIPP. Jen has been passionately shooting people, things and places professionally for eleven years. Her attention to detail and design, coupled with the energetic spice which resonates her contemporary images continues to lead her internationally.

If you sign an autograph what do you write? And where do you call home?

Well I’ve never been asked for an autograph so that would be a shock! I’d probably be dumb founded and reply ‘Huh? Wa? Really?’ I’m primarily working between Melbourne and Sydney so I’m a frequent flyer indeed, but home has to be where my cat is and that’s Melbourne.

In your own words, what do you do?

I’m a commercial photographer. I’m passionate about the fashion and music industries and I also shoot boutique fine art weddings and fine art landscapes. But basically, commercial photography to me means that I create images for the commercial market- for editorial, promotion, advertising and hell, just to hang in your home and whisk your imagination away…

Childhood Memories:

TV Show – Sooty and Sweeps, Skippy, The Leyland Brothers, The Goodies, Humphrey B. Bear (I didn’t think his lack of clothing was ever confusing… he’s a bear damn it)

Hobby – As a child I collected erasers, as an adult I collect fridge magnets…

Food – Apparently I loved tinned spaghetti and Bird’s Eye Fish Fingers but over the years I’ve matured…now I love all things Italian and I’m a keen fisherwoman!

Fear – Spiders (ewwww) and Dark Vader

People – I used to follow my elder brothers everywhere…they were my hero’s

Defining moment – Discovering photography after the realization that I couldn’t paint or draw. I actually spent half an hour waiting to photograph a ‘big’ wave with my Mum’s compact 35mm canary yellow Ricoh camera when I was 14yrs old. I stood by the edge of a cliff with my Dad timing the waves’ approach before I knew it was time to shoot and capture the spray as the wave crashed against the rocks. Before this moment I hadn’t even read about photography, I just had this innate understanding that timing was everything…

Schooling memories, chore or cherished?

Gotta admit I loved school! I was definitely a nerd.

From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up too?

I don’t get up until 10am most days, then its cuddles with my cat Oscar, a can of V and then the day is spent at the computer either completing client work, preparing promotions, researching new clients, finalizing personal work and meeting with current or new clients. But its not a 9-5 day, in fact, it’s more accurate to describe my average working day as lasting in the vicinity of 14 hours…

Where can people see your work?

My work is scattered across many mediums including print media, websites, books and product catalogues however my website holds a selection of different genres including my latest project featuring postcards of The Southern Highland Region in NSW. You can also find me meandering about on (I don’t get out much!).

For love or money?

Definitely love- photography like any creative medium costs more to participate than one ever receives back! The satisfaction however is the best drug on the planet.

What future endeavors are in the pipeline?

Currently I’m in the process of promoting my Southern Highland postcards so that’s taking up most of my spare time and energy; I definitely want to push my fine art photography further. I’d love to start exhibiting in Australia- I’ve been greatly put off entering competitions due to the rise of weekend photographers who spend hours digitally enhancing and ‘fixing’ images so I’m now looking to networking with fellow purest artists- I’ve found one likeminded photography group who center around plastic cameras and distressed negative fine art work so I’ll keep pushing my passion in that realm.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Married (I’m planning my wedding at the moment), possibly one to two kids (I’m getting on so the clock is ticking) but definitely still making a living out of shooting people… I certainly hope to be exhibiting regularly and maybe have another couple of books under my belt.

If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?

Michael Moore (he’s brilliantly controversial), Mario Testino (his work makes me salivate) and Paulo Coelho (his words inspire me to no end).

Coffee or Tea?

Skinny latte with half a teaspoon of sugar please.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2007

Melbourne Fringe (est. 1982) is an umbrella organisation of, and for, new and established independent artists which celebrates and nurtures the development, presentation and future of new and contemporary artistic work, across all art forms.

For 19 spring days and nights, the city bursts with creativity as the Festival brings innovative work by independent artists. The festival runs from 26th September to 14th October 2007.

One of Melbourne Fringe’s most successful events is Fringe Furniture which has become an iconic event in the Melbourne design calendar. Fringe Furniture is a vehicle for the presentation of one-off furniture designs, from designers across Australia and increasingly, throughout the world.

Serious threat or horse play?

The equine influenza outbreak that has stopped racing and horse transport across Australia and could have spread to as many as 81 sites across NSW and Queensland. The national standstill on horse transport will continue until 1pm on Friday, when it may be lifted in western states but is likely to remain as an open-ended ban in NSW and Queensland.

No thoroughbred horses have been affected, but the virus is expected to halt the horse breeding season, which begins on September 1. The racing industry is bracing for a complete shutdown as it awaits results of tests carried out on three racehorses displaying elevated temperatures at Randwick early today.

Read more here.

Sydney Underground Film Festival 07

The Sydney Underground Film Festival 07 promises to bring four whole nights of subversive, experimental, visual and aural pleasure. The 2007 festival is taking place from the 7th September to 10th September at the Factory Theatre, an amazing new venue in Sydney.

Dedicated to nurturing an alternative film culture through the promotion of independent and experimental films, the festivals aim is to support filmmakers who operate outside established film industry infrastructures, by providing a platform for exhibition, exposure and critical discussion.

The Talisman Project: Kate Newton

The Talisman Project started as a way for me to meet people while travelling. I can be a bit shy and this project kinda forced me to make the effort to talk to people. Traveller conversations usually open automatically with ‘Where are you from, where are you going, where have you been?’. I’d hit people with ‘Did you bring a good luck charm?’ instead and it would lead to an interesting conversation, even from the people who didn’t have a lucky charm. I liked how the question made people think. 

National award winning island!

Kangaroo Island has been named Australia’s Best Regional Food Destination in the prestigious Vogue Entertaining and Travel Audi Produce Awards.

Kangaroo Island’s win follows nearly four years of support through Food South Australia’s regional food program to further develop regional capabilities and food culture.

Over the last 15 years original producers such as Fryar’s Free Range Eggs, Kangaroo Island Ligurian Honey, Ferguson’s, KIAB and Hog Bay Apiary have set a benchmark for quality and should be congratulated for their commitment to the industry.

Kangaroo Island wasn’t the only region to be recognised in the awards. In a glowing endorsement of the local food industry, South Australia’s Joseph First Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil won the award for consistently excellent product while Simarloo Glace Fruit, Mayura Station Wagyu, The Barossa Valley Cheese Company and Woodside Cheese Wrights were all finalists.

Playboy’s $500,000 art gift

Kym Bonython, an Adelaide playboy and son of the city’s pre-eminent power family, has gifted the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra with a major John Brack.

The donation, made to coincide with an exhibition of the Melbourne painter’s portraits, is estimated to be worth upwards of $500,000 and is considered the most important Australian portrait of the 1960s.

An exhibition of John Brack’s portraits will be on display from 24th August to the 18th November 2007 at the National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House in Canberra.  The exhibition will investigate the place of portraiture in Brack’s oeuvre and his approach to making portraits.

Cities & Towns – ‘White Cliffs’ – written by Carla Clark

White Cliffs shines from the air like the surface of the moon. Located in far North West New South Wales, the town was built around opal mines and made famous by its underground accommodation. Like the tip of the iceberg, the pub is dusty and lonely and the town is spread in every direction, the attempts at civilisation simplistic yet adequate. The sprawling town is deceiving, each building that appears on the surface, hides more underground.

The accommodation is unique, with sprawling underground homes replete with décor fit for the occasion. Make a choice from Luxurious Bed & Breakfast style retreats or original 70’s retro styled rooms. The residents of White Cliffs have found a way to showcase the unique region through accommodation options.

The opal mines have produced a gradual source of income for White Cliffs beginning in 1889 and still continues today. The peak production year was 1967 with $150 million worth of Opal found that year. The permanent population today is 200, but come wintertime when the days are cooler, but the sun still beams down, the population grows to 500 as gem-seekers strive to find a lucky stone.

White Cliffs has endured through the years. At times there were only a few residents, but workers and owners at nearby properties helped the Pub and General Store stay afloat, keeping the memories of this rare town alive.

Artist Caroline Mudge stops by to say hi!

Caroline has travelled the world & utilises these experiences as her inspiration. Caroline confesses to having a fascination with other peoples rubbish & rummaging through second hand stores and the festering recesses of dump yards. She enjoys using recycled materials wherever possible for environmental reasons and also to ensure that each piece is truly unique.

If you sign an autograph what do you write? And where do you call home?

I’ve never been asked! I have never liked my signature so I sign my paintings with a c.m in a little box. For the last couple of years Cairns has been home. I live in an old Queenslander…there are bananas, pawpaw’s and pineapples growing in the garden…..micro bats living under the roof ….cane toads hopping around….does that make me sound like some kind of hippy witch?

In your own words, what do you do?

I live two lives. Friday to Monday I paint and draw and generally mess about in my studio. I paint on a lot of recycled materials; I love old pieces of wood. I enjoy the imperfections and wherever possible I try and let the materials dictate the outcome. The work I have exhibited over the last year has been mostly character based work….anime, pop, low brow inspired on pieces of junk. I find a lot of inspiration from childhood memories, dreams, and everyday experiences.

My favourite works are my travel illustrations…quick, honest and raw.From Tuesday to Thursday’s I work for Newscorp as a graphic designer and illustrator in custom publishing. Two extremes but I think they keep me balanced.

Childhood Memories:

TV Show –

Dr Who, Monkey Magic, The Goodies, Skippy, Lassie, Flipper…..and Mr. Squiggle – what a legend!

Hobby –

Then or now? I’ll do both…..short and sweet. Then: drawing, reading, collecting ancient Egyptian paraphernalia, looking after animals. Now: drawing, reading, collecting old stuff, looking after hobo my pet dog

Food –

Then: Peanut butter sandwiches (Kraft only, home brand sucked) and Milo. Now: Smoked salmon and champagne

Fear –

Then: My brother…I was pretty scared of everything actually, even answering the phone??? I was a very shy and introverted kid. Now: Living a mundane life and mental illness….I hear there are some great drugs out there these days!

People –

Then: family & friends Now: My other half, family & friends

Defining moment –

Then: Having the neatest handwriting in year 4 so I got to write the class letter to Ronald Dahl and he wrote one back! Now: Travelling solo…my handwriting is crap these days.

Schooling memories, chore or cherished?

Chore. I spent the first 6 months of school travelling around Australia and being taught by correspondence school and by my mum, school just didn’t cut the mustard after that rich experience.

From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up too?

I wake up, go for a bike ride, and start work at 9. Drink copious amounts of tea, paint, draw, illustrate, design, sketch, doodle, stare into space waiting for inspiration, bite my nails, check to see if anything exciting has miraculously appeared in the fridge…..then back to work and I repeat the pattern again.

Where can people see your work?
Curvy 4 (the book):
Curvy 4 the touring exhibition (Perth, Adelaide, Auckland, Shanghai and LA dates coming soon)
Cairns Regional Gallery:
Centre of contemporary art – Cairns:
Pt Douglas markets (if I roll out of bed in time)

For love or money?

Both, I would be lying if I said it was all for love….if you really love doing something people can usually see the beauty, honesty and integrity in it….then, they quite often buy it!

What future endeavors are in the pipeline?

I’ve got two group shows on at the moment here in Cairns and later on this year I have another show called “Ladyluck” which I am co-curating with 2 other mates…ummm….ladies.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Having regular shows, more time to draw and paint, more travel!!! I’m a bit obsessed with Mexico and Guatemala at the moment, so hopefully they will fit into the loose 5 year plan.

If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?

George Bush – to vent all my anger and frustration
Billy Connolly – to make me laugh
The Dalai Lama – to make me feel calm

Coffee or Tea?

Tea please, white with one.

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