City of Chicago: 2017 Year of Public Art

Arriving back into Chicago again was exciting, and a big contributor to that excitement was a small billboard I saw on the train from the airport into the city; it was letting me know that 2017 was the Year of Public Art in Chicago = a whooole lot of street art to be found around the city!

I checked out the City of Chicago website for a little more information…

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2017 the “Year of Public Art” with a new 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more — representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.

There were some incredible pieces scattered around, and I’ve added a few of my favourites below, but they’re helpfully created a few hashtags for you to follow if you’d like to see some more – follow #2017isYOPA or #ChiPublicArt for all of the art work!


Photo Journal: The Yellow City of Hoi An

I read an article on Singapore Airline’s inflight magazine, SilverKris on our way to Vietnam; it featured some stunning photos by a photographer whose name I can’t now recall of Hoi An. He decided to base his photo series on the beautiful yellow shades of the city, which you can’t believe the brilliance of if you’ve never seen them.


I may not be a professional photographer, but I know beauty when I see it, and did my best to capture the golden city through my own eyes (and watercolours)…











This is Saigon

It’s always hard to know where to start back after a break…

We had an amazing time in Vietnam; it felt so good to be back in a place I loved so much the first time around! We had 2 weeks over there, with our time split between Saigon, Hoi An and Hanoi. I have plenty to write about, and lots of gorgeous shots to show you.

For now, though, I wanted to just share this one image. One of my favourites from the trip. The one that sums up Saigon perfectly for me. It’s a city that’s both laid back and lazy, and frenetic and fast paced. People seem to be either rushing around, hellbent on getting to wherever they’re going right now, or sitting back and watching the world go by without a care in the world. One of the many reasons why I love this city ever so much…


Photo Journal: The streets of Kagurazaka, Japan

Day 1 in Tokyo: arrived into Narita airport at 8am after a long overnight flight, ate a quick lunch and checked in to my hotel, had a shower and a quick rest, then met the lovely Mika from JAPANiCAN for a walking tour around Kagurazaka (highly recommend this!).


Kagurazaka was an old geisha quarter, prominent during the Edo Period, outside the moat of Edo Castle. It was probably the most beautiful area of Tokyo that I saw, with dozens of little cobble-stoned alleys branching out from the main street filled with quaint little doorways and colourful flower pots. Temples unexpectedly popped up out of nowhere, and they were breath taking. The people were fascinating in the way they went about their business, some a little curious of the foreigners on their streets, others not caring enough to look up.

Putting this delicate, beautiful area into words is a little tough, so instead, I’m going to let my photos do the talking..









Photo Journal: Melbourne street art – Blender’s Laneway


On our way from the Queen Vic Market area to our first Open House Melbourne stop (that post coming tomorrow), my disposition to distraction by bright colours stuck again while walking along Franklin St. The laneway next to Charles Darwin University is filled with the most STUNNING street art, and I cannot believe I’ve only just found out about it! After further investigation, I discovered The Blender Studio, located next to the laneway. You can read more about the studio on their website, but I’ll let the street art talk for itself.


By the way – here’s a map!