“We cannot control the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
- Dolly Parton


“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
- Coco Chanel

Marilyn Monroe & JFK

These arresting photographs initially seem to be images of Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy sharing intimate moments from the night Monroe performed ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ on  Saturday, May 19th 1962 at a celebration held for JFK’s 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden.

The truth is somewhat different. These photographs, which have been circulating the net for quite some time now, are in fact staged paparazzi shots using look-alikes by English artist and photographer Alison Jackson.


In her work Jackson says,

‘Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look – our voyeurism – and our need to believe.’ Continue Reading →

“It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.”
- Hans F Hansen

With you it’s different… 

‘Normal’ is the cycle on a washing machine!

The Sisterhood of Surfing

When I think of female surfers and the history of surfing, Gidget is the first thing that springs to my mind. In 1957 Austrian-born Holocaust survivor Frederick Kohner, titled his novel Gidget, The Little Girl With Big Ideas. His novel was based on the adventures of his daughter Kathy, her friends and the surf culture of Malibu Point.

In 1956 at age 15, her mother urged her to explore the outdoors, so Kathy bought her first surfboard for $15. She instantly fell for the lifestyle and pushed for acceptance from the other surfers, sometimes bribing her way to local status by trading her peanut butter sandwiches for chances to ride. Kathy hung out with notable surfers such as Miki Dora, Mickey Munoz, Dewey Weber, Tom Morey, and Nat Young, and was soon dubbed ‘Gidget’ a fusion of girl and midget.

Based on what Kathy told her father about her trips to Malibu, and after he discovered and read her journal detailing her surfing adventures, he went on to write Gidget, The Little Girl with Big Ideas, which sold over 500,000 copies.

Several years later in 1959 Frederick Kohner sold the movie rights to Columbia Pictures for $50,000, where he had been a screen writer. He gave five percent to his daughter.


The Blame Game

When you point the finger at someone and blame them, there are always three fingers pointing back at you… Ask yourself ‘what can I own in this situation?’ ‘what part have I played?’. We learn from looking at ourselves, not blaming others. We can never change another person, but we can change the way we look at things, how we react, and then lead by example.

Peg It

Brilliant installation by Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal.

Stephen King Age 14

In 1961 an aspiring young author aged just 14 wrote a submission letter in the hope his short story ‘The Killer’ would be published. It arrived at the offices of Spacemen Magazine. Unfortunately the magazine’s editor didn’t deem the tale worthy of inclusion at that point.

Ironically, 33 years later the editor changed his mind and finally decided to publish it in issue #202 of another of his magazines titled ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland.’ At that point, however, the story’s author, Mr Stephen King, was then aged 47 and already rather successful to say the very least.

A Ceremony of Neutral

Exclusive one-off collectible piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, featuring:

  • Naturally shed deer antler tip pendant in its natural form.
  • Antique hand-cast brass tubular trade beads from the Baule Tribe of Africa.
  • Solid brass cowry shell pendants.
  • Natural cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Fish vertebrae trade beads from Gambia, Africa.
  • Antique hand-cast brass beads from the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria, Africa.
  • Wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.

A Shamans Mala

Exclusive one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, Australia featuring:Antique goat horn amulet with brass mounting from Nepal.
Antique hand-cast brass trade beads from the Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast, Africa.
Natural cowry shells from East Timor.
Brass, wooden and decorative beading.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley’s Lover 
"The idea of telling a story through photographing the female nude from a feminine point of view - which required the subject, Kate, to involve herself totally with the text and relate to the sensitivity through her own imagination and posture, which I think she did really very well.  Kate had a part to play for the camera, which is something she excels at." - Tim Walker on Kate Moss


Novelist D. H. Lawrence had sought to have Lady Chatterley’s Lover published conventionally by his publishers in England and the United States, but they were reluctant to undertake its publication due to its explicit sexual content. To circumvent censorship Lawrence was urged to have the book published privately in Florence. He was introduced to Florentine bookseller Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Orioli.

In March 1928, Orioli and Lawrence took Lawrence’s unexpurgated typescript to a Florence printing shop where the type was set by hand by Italian workers who did not know any English, resulting in numerous errors in the typesetting.  After several delays, including the time required for extensive proofreading by Lawrence, about 1000 copies of the novel were released in July 1928.

The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, Continue Reading →

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
- Bob Marley


Im·ma·ture ( m -ty r , -t r , -ch r ). adj.
A word boring people use to describe fun people.

“Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.”
~ Unknown

Frida Kahlo

Although Frida’s birth certificate states she was born on July 6, 1907, she claimed her birth date as July 7, 1910, as she had allegedly wanted her year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico.

Frida suffered lifelong health problems. Many of her health problems were the result of a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people and this isolation influenced her art works.

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

Continue Reading →

“The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.”
- unknown
(Ilary Blasi for Vanity Fair Magazine | Photograph by Signe Vilstrup)

Never Give Up

‘When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.’
- Author Unknown

Feel the Music

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Young girls at Matthew F. Maury School improvising variations on their teacher’s dance moves, Richmond, Virginia, USA, May 1950. (Photographer Nina Leen) 

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
- Buddha

‘You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.’
- Author Unknown

Weird & Wonderful

“Weird is just a side effect of awesome”
- unknown

A Notion of Wisdom

Exclusive one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.

Antique telsum prayer boxes and miniature spoon pendant from Ethiopia.
Rare antique silver-alloy Ethiopian trade and fertility beads.
Antique barrel key from India.
Wooden, brass, coconut and miniature glass beading, with knotted and waxed hemp detail.