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…

Damion Hunter’s journey to the Blue Mountains began 5049 kilometres away on the other side of the country. Born in Karratha in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, it was his profession as an actor that brought him to Sydney, but love and family that drew him to his current home in Katoomba.

Listening to Martyn Palmer’s work as electronic artist Broken Chip, it’s almost impossible to disassociate its point of origin from the end result. Indeed, if ever there was a call for an official soundtrack for the Blue Mountains, Martyn’s music would be a wholly appropriate choice.

For most people, the idea of a tree-change symbolises a shift towards a quieter or simpler life. However, for artists and designers Hannah & Mark Surtees, the opposite is almost entirely true.

Tegan Bennett Daylight’s latest book, Six Bedrooms, was recently lauded as “one of the best books of the year” by renowned indie book chain, Readings. While that’s certainly a prodigious plaudit, it is somewhat unsurprising – particularly given that the Katoomba-based author was once pegged by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s “Best…