Shiftazine is about celebrating what is out there, already in your life, right in front of you. The idea behind Shiftazine is to give some useful insights, to pose some questions, make you look and hopefully help shift the contemporary perception of beauty and aesthetics.
Earth Day 2022
Today, the 24th of April is Earth Day. Every year the notion of being more conscious of Earth Day gains importance. It is almost beyond Shiftazine to understand why we, the affluent populous of this planet, this tiny, blue, fragile sphere, simply do not get how important the symboloism of this day is.
As I wrote in 2020, we sink or survive together. And that is all of us, which means all sentient beings, all life (well maybe not cockroaches), is in danger of ceasing to exist in a not too distant future.
Please be kind to our beautiful home. Please be thoughtful of what you use and how you use it. Please be respectful of other beings’ habitat. Love our blue planet like you should love yourself, as we are all one in the same.
JoyDay is here.
‘JoyDay’ came about because I adopted my first rescue dog, Jack, on the 25th November 2001. He soon become known as Jack the Bear. He was the best person I had ever meet and my life had a love come into it that had never been there before. So then we got him a dog of his own, as I was concerned that he was lonely sometimes. Her name was Maggie Mo and he never liked her, but I loved her and she me. Ironically Maggie died on 25th November 2010. My heart was broken and still has a small chip in it because of her passing. We have just sent our last dog to heaven, Mandy the Pup. A loving girl who was not too bright but sweeter than sweet.
Bottom line, they were all wonderful and the constant bringers of joy. So turn your steely gaze around your life today and see what little, or big, thing that delivers you a smile and a moment of delight and celebrate it. For more examples of joyful things go to the JoyDay folder in the menu. xx
Its only junk if its not useful
When I was a little girl, my mother did not have much money, so we use to shop at second hand stores and Tempe Tip. My childhood was full of old stuff. Stuff that someone else had once owned. But this stuff was beautiful. It was usually antique or of a quality that we could never have afforded as new. There was little money but there was an abundance of elegance and style.
That style is getting harder to find now as people, sadly not all, but some, have worked out that second hand does not equate to second rate. Go treat yourself to some old school style and elegance. Good design from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s is just waiting for you at a market, a Vinnies, or a second hand store somewhere close or far away.
For more insights about Upcycling, Recycling or just being inventive, go to the ‘shift how we see‘ and ‘enjoy‘ folders in the menu (top right hand corner of home page).
Living outside the Big Smoke
In Australia, we are finally looking at opening up. Spreading our very dusty wings. Seeing how the other side lives. And living outside the Big Smoke is looking very attractive. To start with, in this time of physical distancing, the notion of having fewer people to rub up against is in itself a strong selling point. But there is also less traffic, fewer hassles, more space. You can find a parking space almost everytime. People tend to remember your face and say ‘hello’ often.
Go have a look at the regions, outside your Big Smoke. Shift your perspective about what you want in the area you call home. Small is good…simpler and little more chilled.
In the company of Junk
The entire notion of Shiftazine is about seeing beauty in the ordinary, in the old, and perhaps, rejected. There are so many stores full of stuff, one may even call it junk. But is it junk? I don’t think so. A few years ago I ventured to Melbourne and found this trove of ‘junk’ which curled my toes with delight. These pages do not do the place justice but this visual essay is more of an attempt to generate interest and intrigue in what may be discovered when one of these delightful stores is explored. This is the Junk Company, it is near to the Central Markets in Melbourne. Go and have a scratch around when we can all travel and move around again.
Visit the ‘Interesting Places‘ folder in the menu (top right hand corner, to find other examples of Shiftazine’s visual adventures.
Snapshots of Greece
Australians are well known for being great travellers. We love seeing new places, trying new foods, meeting new people. We love seeing how the rest of the world does things. But for the longest while we have been stuck here. Within our island home. Here is a series of snap shots of Greece that I thought might be of interest. These are not typical snap shots but every little observation of a culture gives us a deeper insight into what makes us different and what makes us the same.
To see the rest of the spreads of Greece, go to ‘Interesting Places’ in the menu (top of the page, in right hand corner)
To be or not to be?
A rugged individual is someone I have always been attracted to. But at this moment, this strange moment in time, I feel that it is way more attractive to be a part of the community. To identify with the group and think about the greater good rather than standing out and ‘being an individual’.
Wearing a mask whenever you are outside of your home, whenever you may be around people, thinking about everyone other than yourself is far more attractive in 2021. Stay safe and well and be a citizen of your community rather than a rugged individual for just this little while.
Petals and Light
A pink reflection
The colour pink is so complex. Most people think of it as ‘girly’ or ‘too young’. But this hue is an amazing spectrum of colours. The pink clouds of sunset in Hawaii. The pink of the inside of a shell. The pink of fairy floss. The pink of a new born baby panda.
This typographic exercise is my ode to a wonderful poem dedicated to pink. Written by Claudia Krizay, it is a beautifully crafted reflection. To see the complete poem and the rest of the typographic exercise go to ‘Art’ folder in the menu.
Hip Bars of Athens: No. 4: Barrett
Hip Bars of Athens No.4: Barrett is found at Protogenous 11, Athens 105, 54 Greece. For an expanded insight into this engaging bar go to ‘Interesting Places’ in the menu.
Every dog has one, and today is it!
For the armchair traveller: Observations of Berlin_No.2
The Butterfly Effect: Strolling in Brisbane
This ‘Wallism’ is opposite the Green Beacon Brewing Co in Helen Street, Teneriffe, Brisbane. The amount of beautiful care and detail invested in this ‘Wallism’ is inspiring and highly admirable. Love street art as it is such a generous act.
This particular area of Brisbane is full of wonderful, micro boutique breweries. Each one of these establishments has its their own personality and clientel.
Here is a list of ‘must visit’ breweries:
Green Beacon Brewing Co, Helen St Teneriffe
Stone and Wood Brewery, Bridge St, Fortitude Valley
Felons Brewing Co., Boundary St, Brisbane
Range Brewing, Byres St, Newstead
Soapbox Beer, Gipps St, Fortitude Valley
For the armchair traveller: Observations of Berlin_No.1
The Sun’s circle: Japan
The Buzz and Hum of Art
The violets prattle and titter,
Justice and respect. Simple
JoyDay: I love Hot Pink
Art and Life in a Bubble
Our Tiny Boat called Earth
And people stayed at home
This is a poem, a commentary, written in 1869. That is about one hundred and fifty years ago. The world was an entirely different place, a different planet from now. And yet, these words and sentiment could have tripped from someone’s lips yesterday. Things change but they stay the same it seems when it comes to the way humanity behaves. Lessons can be learnt. Shift your perspective about this crisis and see it as a gift of change.
Coffee and Suimo
The colour of bravery
Is debate dead in Australia?
“Not all heroes wear capes.” A statement that is true and powerful. But is there some room to reflect on the fundamental action of ‘eggboy’? Yes he did a great thing by egging that dickhead, but he also assaulted a publicly elected representative of the people. Now that aint good. We must respect the office of the representative but not necessarily respect the dickhead who is occupying it. Ah debate, is it a dying activity in Australia? I fear so…sigh.