28 July 2016

Street Chairs from the Fern: No. 19: A Couch

There is something about an abandoned chair or couch, placed randomly on a suburban footpath, that one simply cannot ignore.

Their presence often makes us reflect on many things.

 “The most luxurious thing to me is having an hour of my day, which rarely happens, to listen to my iPod and sit on my couch.
That's how I unwind.”
Grant Achatz

24 July 2016

ChalkTalk Pixelations

A pink pixel-like creature lies flatten on the deep grey tarmac.
A pair of bright orange Mary Janes and navy blue nail polish bears witness to the chalktalk. 

Place: William St., Redfern, Sydney. Time: Afternoon. Evidence: Play sometime after school. Engagement: Imagination and some hot pink coloured chalk. Result: Delight from all who come across the drawings.

19 July 2016

Hey there foxy

“We're always on the side of the animal that's being chased.
  We always seem to be on the side of the rabbit or the fox and not on the side of the hounds.”

These pretty things were found in the shop window of Ici et La.
255 Riley St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone:(02) 9281 6089

Hours: Monday:10am–5pm, Tuesday:10am–5pm, Wednesday:10am–5pm, Thursday: 10am–5pm, Friday:10am–5pm, Saturday:10am–5pm,Sunday: Closed.

06 July 2016

Sending and receiving

Shiftazine was recently in Bucharest, Romania. 
Now Romania is not a place one thinks to go to, like one would plan and save to go to Italy, or Greece.
  But that is a pity as it is a land of strange connected beauty,
the city of Bucharest is an odd blend of parks that are more like deep green forests right in the middle of the urban centre and architecture,
which defies classification, which just keeps on surprising, bemusing and intriguing.

Anyway, while shiftazine was wondering these strange, unfamiliar streets, they discovered this exhibition. 
The artist only spoke Romanian, and shiftazine, while speaking the universal language of creativity, does not speak that particular tongue. 
So it was up to the work to speak for itself.
Make of it what you will, shiftazine thinks it is all very beautiful.

The artist is Victoria Zidaru. And you can contact her on


05 July 2016

And relax, two, three, four.

This is one of shiftazine’s secret, quite retreats. 
A place to just truly relax…so why am I telling the world about it? Because a beautiful place, thing or experience should be shared.

It is old (actually the oldest in the southern hemisphere) and it is not so glamorous like so many fabulous swimming pools and spas one can find in BrisVegas, 
but it is honest and (dare I say it) authentic.

I don’t want you to go there, I just thought you might like to know that it exists.