07 January 2018

Learn to speak colour

These images are from separate exhibitions viewed in Australia within the last two years. 
One was a part of the fabulous ‘Future Fashion’ held at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), in Brisbane, Queensland Australia, 
and the other was from the 'Chuck Close' show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), in Sydney, Australia. 

Both were extraordinary shows.

The cohesive theme between these two very different shows and thus images is colour. 
The ever present element that drives our psyches. 
That feeds our souls.

There are constant dialogues and conversations occurring between colours, tints and hues. 
The amount of colours now available to everyone is both a delight and a disaster, as like all languages, one must learn how to speak 
but in some ways, more importantly, learn how to hear the nuances of that language.

Learn to listen to the colours you are looking at. 
What are they saying both from a physiological and semiotic perspective. 
How do they make you feel or for that matter, what do you want them to say?
Learn to speak will change your life.

04 January 2018

There is more to a beaded curtain...

I have always suspected that  a PLASTIC beaded curtain could do more than just keep the bugs out.
An installation by Dani Marti called 'LOOKING FOR FELIX 2000’,
exhibited in the hay days of the Newcastle Art Gallery in 2011, proved that my suspicions were correct.

03 January 2018

What do cotton candy and cherry blossom have in common?

It is almost impossible for me to describe how I feel about the colour PINK. It is beautiful, it is tacky.
It holds a universe of meaning.
The words below are truly beautiful, poigaint. Please take a moment to read them.

Pink flowers; 
Pink pens;
 What about a pink life

; Pink stars
; Pink trees; 
What a pink life that would be; 

Pink shoes; 
Pink dresses; 
That is the pink fashion life for me! Claudia Wilson

I have never see a pink cloud rain before. 

I have only seen a magenta bolt of lightening try to strike my heart,
 Aqua tears trickling from my dazzled misty eyes, down my
 Flushed and lonesome cheek, though 

I have never see a pink cloud rain before.

I have never seen a pink cloud rain before.

I have seen spotted purple snakes crawling up my bedroom walls, and
 Transparent bubbles filled with dreams 
floating before my very eyes, though, 

I have never seen a pink cloud rain before.

I have never seen a pink cloud rain before, though 
I have seen a reddish sun cast shadows down upon a tortuous, rippling river; 

I have seen tears cascading down a sloping hill, and 
Gulls flapping their gentle, feathered wings atop some cragged cliffs, although 

I have never seen a pink cloud rain before.

I have never seen a pink cloud rain before, although 
I have heard eerie and commanding thoughts and voices 
That no one else could hear. 

I have had disturbing, stabbing thoughts that have injured me inside, though 

I have never seen a pink cloud rain before. 

I have never seen a pink cloud rain before, although 
I have slid down an icy mountainside on
a very sunny night.

I have wept a sea of deep blue and purple tears, though 

I have never seen a pink cloud rain before.

I have never heard thunder clap behind a rosy cloud, or seen
Tears fall from heaven or
have heard angels singing. 

I have had morbid thoughts of loss, death and suicide, 
While thunder clapped, and
these pink clouds could not rain.


Perhaps someday I shall see a pink cloud rain upon a 
Magnificent world, which I have created for myself,

where tall green and golden reeds are surrounded by swirling water pools, and 

a hallucinogenic sun sets behind high and mighty mountains.

And there, people would be trustworthy and true to heart.

No, I have never seen a pink cloud rain before,
I have seen almost everything there is to see -

Some good sights and some bad-

I have heard some screaming voices echo in my mind, although, 

some quiet ones as well. 

have seen some orange and, pinkish sunsets, and mirages in
 the fortress of my own mind, however-

I have never seen a pink cloud rain before,
I have never seen a pink cloud weep before….

Claudia Krizay

19 December 2017

December's Street Chair

There are a thousand delightful, surprising cameos on our local streets and lanes...everyday.
And abandoned chairs seem to be a part of many of them.

16 December 2017

Give something that is not brand new for Christmas

Christmas is upon us and money is being thrown around like water buying new, unnecessary stuff for people who one may or may not love or even like.

But it is about giving that we are told makes us better people.

I reckon what would make us even better people that giving new things, is finding things that already exist and saving them from becoming landfill.

Go to an 'op shop', a fete, a fantastic store like Seasonal Concepts in Redfern or the Flea market in Athens and find that unique thing that has a history and is made to last.
It will be half the price and ten times the quality of today's mass produced objects.

Do it. It is fun going through those places and the satification you feel when you have FOUND IT!

Recycle, upcycle, repurpose. 

13 December 2017

Run away and join the world : City Circus Athens

City Circus is a wonderful hostel, literally in the heart of Athens.
It is a ‘ball of style’. 

And it has a beautifully design website to give you all the information you will need to organize your stay there.

The site has a sense of fun and its playful concept and visual communication is consistent with the quality of style and detail that one will find at this refreshingly charming place,
where one can rest their mind, body and soul. Well at least until the next round of adventures and drinks.

People do not get the recognition for the designing and production of good websites, so here are the credits for the website:
Designed by
Developed by George Alatzas
Photos by Olga Tzimou

The following text is found on the City Circus site, and it will give you all the information you need to have a WONDERFUL time in one of the great cities of the world.

“The two buildings that house City Circus Hostel and Zampanó restaurant are dated from the late 19th century and have been declared historical monuments.

 Being regarded as the epitome of turn-of-the-century Greek architecture, they are considered a cultural cornerstone of the Psyrri area. The buildings remained largely unused from 1970 until 2011 when the City Circus team discovered them in their search for the ideal location. 
It was a perfect match.
After a whole year of preparations and internal redesign work, City Circus opened its doors in the summer of 2012 and quickly became one of the highest rated hostels in Europe”.

16 Sarri str. Athens 105 53, Greece
tel. +30 2130 237244
fax. +30 2130 237244
email. info[at]citycircus[dot]gr
skype. city circus

10 December 2017

Tokyo Colours No.2: GreenTeaGreen

Tokyo is one of the world’s great megacities.
Full of contemporary and not 
so contemporary buildings and roads ways and overpasses, and urban railway lines,
and electrical overhead wires, and all the other elements that makes up one of these huge, modernist grey landscapes. 

But there is green too. In the forests, meadows and parks. It is a city full of nature, just hiding behind something man made.

27 November 2017

Good design does not have a 'used by' date.

Fake wooden wall panels are usually the worst interior scenario, but not this time.
Parker furniture from the mid sixties and the glass grapes are perfect;
not to mention the orange sheer curtains and ‘mother-in-law tongues in a cement pot.

Most of the beautiful Danish furniture in this home designed and produced in the mid twentieth century, had collected dust in the back of ‘op-shops’ for decades.
Now and for the past decade these wonderful pieces of design are  being grabbed by inner city interior retailers.
Sadly, much of this furniture is has become over priced and over exposed.
But there is still hope for lovers of past design who have a limited budget.
Go out to the small country towns, and you might find treasures untapped, although they will probably need a lot of work.

(These images were created by the wonderful photographer Harold David, who was so supportive in the early days of Shiftazine.)

25 November 2017

Beauty Unrecognised: JoyDay

#shiftazine and a street surprise. #lookaroundyou #rubbishthatain’t #beautyunrecognised #Joyday.

Yes its here. That important day of the year where joy is your main consideration.
A piece of plastic from a construction site caught on some barbed wire, shredded and dancing in the wind.
A street surprise.
It is ever present in out urban lives.

JoyDay: 25th November...every year.

21 November 2017

JoyDay is coming: 25th November

JoyDay is coming on the 25th of November, and as always
the key thing to remember for that day, is to celebrate
the tiny or maybe big things that bring you joy.

We focus on the negative too much (I am guilty of that) but
it is the recognised, and sometimes unrecognised, joys that surround us which can 
bring a healthy, happy boost to our lives.

This image is a shadow play I recorded in Melbourne a few years back.
I loved the image but just did not know what it was that delighted me about it.
Then I realised, it was the range of hues and tones within the shadows that
spoke to me.

So have a look into the shadows (a good thing to do from time to time anyway),
and find the surprising colours within.

A small joy but joy is joy.

05 November 2017

Wallism_November: Ode to 'old school' design

Package design is an ever-present part of the urban landscape. 
Strangely, cigarette and tobacco packaging, a key to the overall identity of this commodity,
is vilified in many modern cultures.
Although people within those cultures still use the product inside.

In other cultures, usually more ‘old school’, this visual language is still considered an attractive and acceptable part
of the every day advertising and promotion campaigns.