When director and cinematographer Michael Joy isn’t traveling the world making advertisements for the likes of Nivea, Dove, and Jacob’s Creek, he works from his home base in Leura on personal and experimental projects. One such venture is his television series, cul_de_sac. A truly local project, cul_de_sac is entirely produced and shot in the Blue Mountains,…

Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig, artists and designers, found themselves in Melbourne ten years ago questioning where their lives were headed. They met while studying art in Canberra, and moved south in hopes of finding a home filled with culture and adventure that would nourish their creative development. While they found many of those things,…

PROFILE — ILLUSTRATION Edith recalls her first glimpse of the Blue Mountains, spied when flying out of Sydney airport for an overseas adventure. “I remember flying over the Blue Mountains and thinking what is all this delicious greenery? From that point it was in my mind.” Growing up in rural Victoria, Edith’s love of drawing developed…

A common refrain among those who live in the Blue Mountains is that their arrival here felt as though they had finally come home. For artist, author, and director, Emma Magenta, this is not too far from the truth. Emma spent much of her childhood visiting her grandfather, a ceramic artist in Blackheath. So when…

PROJECT — PHOTOGRAPHY In small towns across Australia, young people are often torn between staying for the comfort and ease of familiar surroundings and leaving to pursue opportunities in the city, with many unlikely to return. Nick McKinlay of Faulconbridge has forged his own path. He left, seeking education and experience both in Sydney and overseas,…

PROFILE — PERFORMANCE When Rachel Gordon found herself spending another hour in gridlocked traffic taking her young child to a park to play, she knew something had to change. As a highly sought after actress working on stage and screen, Rachel’s work and home were based in Sydney, but increasingly she found herself longing for…

“I love the wild country,” says Michael Hoffman, an artist craftsman who grew up in the foothills of the Yarra Valley and always wanted to be near the bush. Today his life and work are intimately connected to the Blue Mountains he has called home for more than ten years. In addition to having a…

The story of Lyttleton Stores in Lawson is foremost one of family. The management is shared between two sisters, Jacinta and Adelina (Nina) Carmichael-Parissi. Jacinta primarily oversees Pantree Produce, an organic grocery store stocking local and Australian produce, while Nina is focussed on Atelier, offering a range of hand-made artisan wares with a focus on…

Artist and fabric maker Grace Wood has been a resident of the Blue Mountains since she was a child. Following her graduation from University of NSW College of Fine Arts, Grace undertook an apprenticeship with Dutch textile artist Claudy Jongstra, eventually returning to the mountains to establish her own studio. It is here that she…

Kevina-Jo Smith has been making things ever since she can remember: “Making a mess usually”. Kevina’s entry into art began at TAFE in Melbourne and continued with her acceptance into the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts where she was exposed to the culture and business of art. “It opened the art world up to…