Leave urban pools for dust and open your doors to the world of wild swimming – Top End style. All you need is confidence, four wheels and a hearty dash of wanderlust.
WORDS: JENNIFER PINKERTON
See the full article : INTO THE WILD / AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER
Located on the main strip of Jonson Street in Byron Bay, this Mexican eatery has it all, beachside location included!
Vibrant colours and patterns are interwoven into the interior with shabby chic, central american inspired furnishings. An impressive tile installation by Jai Vasicek, of Ahoy Trader features in the main dining room, with Frida Kahlo and skull motifs gazing down from the walls.
Come here to start your morning with post surf coffee and a breakfast burrito. Or drift in later in the day for a feast of nachos, tacos, or burritos with Margarita in hand.
"On a daily basis our life, our passions, our business - it's all glued together. What we do at the end of the day is we create, we make, we set up an environment for ourselves."
David Bromley and fashion designer partner Yuge Yu came up with the idea of a joint retail venture after their home was burgled, writes Anneli Knight.
"Acclaimed artist takes an eclectic approach to retail"
The Age, My Small Business
"Charles Blackman is one of Australia’s greatest living artists. Now 86, Blackman’s most prolific days are behind him, but two of his children have joined forces with a vision to celebrate and produce new artifact collections that reframe his extraordinary legacy.
Under the direction of Bertie and Felix Blackman, The Blackman Studio offers a contemporary re-imagining of the iconic work of Charles Blackman."
Lucy Feagins, The Design Files
An ever evolving space, David & Yuge Bromley's home away from home. Nestled above the old Gallery Arcade of Chapel Street, Prahran sits this wonderland of art and antiques filled interiors.
Funky prints & bold styles. All hand screen-printed on 100% organic cotton.
Models: Manda Blyszak
An 18-day feast of music, theatre, dance, cabaret and more in the beautiful tropical city of Darwin.
From a traditional welcome to country by the Larrakia people, to a private dinner in a converted warehouse, touring the hidden gems of Darwin, wrapped up with music and live entertainment galore in the delightfully balmy Festival Park & roofless Lighthouse.
See how Darwin comes alive in August:
WELCOME TO COUNTRY
TALKING THROUGH WALLS
For all you need to know about the festival visit www.darwinfestival.org.au
Set amongst the treetops - Michael Pugh & his wife Janey Pugh built this lofty, stilted studio in their backyard, which just happens to be a tropical rainforest. The couple have been living in Buderim for over 40 years now, having raised their family here. Now in it's 3rd incarnation, they built the studio themselves with bamboo grown on the property.
Michael is a self-taught potter, originally working with wild clays dug out from the middle of the earth - hence the studio name - not Lord of the Rings! He now works with white stone ware clay - emblazoned with his signature motifs and vibrant colours.
Mad, passionate, active, occasionally funny, driven.
Whilst visiting David and Yuge at their Melbourne studio I had the pleasure of capturing George's rapid fire creativity in action. Bold and confident colour splashed around as he created a series of works in preparation for the opening of Bromley & Co's retail and gallery space in Windsor.
You can see more of George's work here: http://www.georgeraftopoulos.com/
Designers Gregory Bonasera and Anthony Raymond are the beards & masterminds behind Porcelain Bear. This talented duo have combined 3D product technology with the porcelain ceramic tradition to produce a beautiful collection of lighting, tableware and furniture pieces. Take a peek inside their showroom, based in Collingwood, Melbourne.
Tucked in the back streets of Moorabin's industrial area, nestled between car mechanics and metal workers is Dean Bowen's studio. Once through the door you step into a space filled with colour and the quirky characters that populate Dean's extensive body of work. Giant sculpture moulds and miniature maquettes, glistening oils, and delicate prints. Dean eagerly shows me through the space he has worked in for the last 12 years now. As he prepares to move onto a new bigger and better space, here is a time capsule of his home away from home.
Fields of Gold
This talented beauty & dear friend Ema Watson and her hubby Amos have been hand blending teas from before chai was hip.
Find our more about their delicious teas or order some online at lovechai.com.au
A selection of images from Garma 2009
Behind the scenes as the Bromley & Co team prepare to open the next branch of their retail spaces in Daylesford.
Behind the scenes as this creative duo, David & Yuge Bromley, prepare to launch the next in their series of retail ventures in a vast warehouse on Smith Street, Fitzroy.
A collection of images over the years of David & his various working spaces.
Donovan Frankenreiter in the studio for Bromley Denim.
Catalogue for Yuge Yu 2013
On a hot sweaty day in Byron Bay we took over the Boatshed - this time for the Yuge collection. Yuge Bromley (formerly Yuge Yu) is the talented seamstress behind this label. Amongst masterminding the shoot, prepping & styling, she was also heavily pregnant with baby Wen. Talk about inspiring!
Take a look behind the scenes...
In the summertime when the weather is high
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather's fine...
Go out and see what you can find
(Mungo Jerry's "In The Summertime")
David Bromley on the paints
Tommy Franklin freestyling to the beats
An evening at the Bromley Chapel Street Studio for Wolfblass Wines.
Steph & Nick tied the knot at the quaint little Trenavin Chapel, located down the coast in Phillip Island.
The wild and rugged coast blurred into the background amongst the glamourous rockstar crew. Whilst there as a friend I couldn't help but (unofficially) capture the magic being made on this day.
As a friend and guest I captured this simple yet elegant barefoot beach wedding for Kate & Lee.
Tropical raindrops and beautiful friends danced around these lovers as they celebrated on Belongil Beach in Byron Bay.