Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera AGNSW Exhibition – Review


So last weekend I went along to the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Why did I wait until the last few weeks long to go? It’s a long story actually. I heard about this event coming to Sydney in late 2015 and at the time I was so excited I was counting down the days. So when the event finally rolled around, I decided to wait until at least the second week to avoid the crush. Then what happened?… on the first week of August, I fell and stuffed my ankle for a few weeks, got very distracted and then all of a sudden, the exhibition was almost at an end. Sigh.


At $18 per adult ticket, entry into the exhibition is staggered every 30 minutes and the reason for this is pretty obvious. It was much busier than I expected as we all crammed into the small space. I really enjoy going to museums and art galleries, but I personally struggle with the anxiety of having my personal space invaded… It can’t be just me that feels this? Anyway, personal space issues aside, here are my thoughts on the exhibition.

There was absolutely no confusing Frida and Diego’s work with any others, nor should there. Large printed photos on the walls of Frida and Diego created a really warm feeling in the space and made it feel like home. Although there were only 33 paintings and 50 plus photos on display in a relatively small space, it’s the detail in the masterpieces that has people captivated.

I love how this exhibition was curated. Coloured walls throughout the space reflected Frida’s colourful style whilst also highlighting and complementing some of the most important works.


‘Landscape with Cacti’ by Diego. This is a large and very attractive piece representing colourful cacti in the dessert. This caricature landscape seems different to Diego’s usual style featuring vast spaces with lots of people and often represent a reflection of society.


Personal letters are on display with interactive tablets displaying Spanish to English translations of handwritten letters. An true insight into their life.


In contrast to Diego’s pieces, Frida’s works are small, humble and mainly self potraits of the subject she knows the best, herself.

I enjoyed people watching and see others observe the works. I love seeing the excitement in their faces. I love how engrossed people become observing a story. I love seeing people examine every brush stroke and of course, fighting every urge to stroke the delicate paintings.

I enjoyed people watching and see others observe the works. I love seeing the excitement in their faces. I love how engrossed people become observing a story. I love seeing people examine every brush stroke and of course, fighting every urge to stroke the delicate paintings.


Family album style photographs adorned almost every blank space and invited people to come close and experience their life.


There’s something so personal about seeing these hand-drawn etchings by Frida. After walking through and observing the photographs timeline, it felt like I had experienced a glimpse of Frida and Diego’s journey through life. It was actually very confronting and emotional to see the final photos of Frida resting in peace.


The Love Embrace of the Universe,the Earth,Myself,Diego and Senor Xolotl (centred). This is probably one of the most favourite paintings I’ve experienced in the flesh. It’s truly iridescent and seems like no photograph can portray the illuminating contrast between the deep blue and the mint-green colours of the right-hand side of the painting.


Coloured photos of Frida. 

frida-kahlo-exhibition-11‘Self Portrait as a Tehuana’. Dressed in traditional Tehuana dress, Frida started painting it in 1940 after Diego and her divorce and completed it in 1943. Diego was still clearly on her mind.


Self-portrait with Monkey. This is probably my favourite piece. I love how the choice of a bold red gallery wall helps lift the piece. Frida depicted monkeys in a huge amount of her paintings and some say these represented the children she was unable to have with Diego.

During their careers, Diego’s career seemed to elevate above Frida’s, however, it’s clear that Frida draws the masses. Frida as an artist, her story and of course her art, is what captivates people to this day and probably will continue to do so for years to come. The lives and stories of Frida and Diego are so entwined and they will always be two parts of a whole.

Don’t miss the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition – with only one day to go, I urge you to go and experience the masterpieces if you can.

Festival Girl

Parramatta Lanes | 11 – 14 October 2016 Review


So I went along to Parramatta Lanes last night located in, you guessed it, the heart of Parramatta CBD. I was really impressed by the whole event this year and I actually think it was of my favourite visits so far!


I LOVE all things American BBQ and fried chicken – so my first stop was an obvious one. I decided to hit up ‘Slow Food, Fast Tunes’ at The Roxy Car Park. I really wish I had an unlimited wallet and stomach *drools…

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We sampled the BBQ platter from 2 Smoking Barrels. Based in Wollongong, these guys lugged their smoker all the way to Parramatta. I am no brisket expert, but unfortunately, I found the brisket disappointingly dry. It might have been related to the lack of time in setup, but still, a bit of a shame. I will say that the wings and the pork were really amazing. The pork in particular was right up my alley. BTW, my partner couldn’t stop raving about the little side salad. Hello!?! What about the delicious meat?
parralanes-2016-13 Next up, Butter. If you haven’t visited Butter in Surry Hills, it’s a must. It’s really where all the cool kids go. If you can’t decide if you want some retail therapy or to tuck in on some fried chicken, why not do both? These guys sell sneakers and fried chicken side by side…

We opted for the 3 piece feed with slaw from. Fried crumb? Check. Succulent chicken? Check. Chicken box that reminds me of a shoe box? Check plus plus. I must say there’s a really interesting flavour to their fried chicken that really sets them apart from all the fried chicken producers around town.



The queue for Butter was insane!


Kayter Con – I didn’t get to try this place (I was saving my stomach) but they really make some fun looking desserts.

Some talented street performers captured the attention of everyone around them.


‘A Garden of a Thousand Years’ is a beautiful installation by Anna McMahon and Annie McKinnon. Made up of upcycled plastic bottles, colourful string and potted flowers. It’s a really dreamy space that has everyone entranced in its beauty. The soft low lighting really helps set the mood. It’s constricting nature makes strangers get really close to one another, forcing them to connect and perhaps in a way, brings us closer together.


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‘The Oasis’ was lit. The bearded bakers from Knafeh Bakery were baking and shaking and had everyone singing and dancing along.

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OMG. If you only have one meal at Lanes, make sure it’s a fresh waffle from these guys – Stroop Bros…. Two worlds – life changing. Delicious fresh made waffles with a gooey real caramel (like toffee) centre. I can’t even.


So I obviously ate like a pig as I still had a tiny pocket of room for a delicious fresh lamb roll with gravy from Waroo Famous Original Lamb and Gravy Rolls. The fat from the lamb was rendered perfectly and the (real) gravy was one of the best gravy’s I’ve ever had.parralanes-2016-16

With one more night to go, be sure to head to Parramatta Lanes and eat and explore to your hearts content.

Love, Festival Girl

Stitches and Craft Show Rosehill 2016

So I decided to go along to the Stitches and Craft Show a couple of weeks ago. I apologise for the delay, but I thought that since I didn’t take too many pictures, it wasn’t worth the post. But then I changed my mind and here it is.

We’ve finally moved into a new place and I get to have a craft room of my very own. So I decided the craft show was the best place to start stocking up on the essentials.

Some avid crafters attending the My Patch Fabrics workshop on how to get the best shape and silhouette when creating clothes.

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A lighter wallet and some hours later, I had a good rummage around. I always find it’s so overwhelming attending this event – but it’s great to see all these great retailers all under one roof.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-8 I kinda walked in half way through this workshop, but it looked fun.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-9 Stitches-craft-show-2016-1Guest artist and talented Weaver and designer Rainie Williams joined the craft team for the weekend. Rainie is mad about weaving and I’m super envious of some of these chunky knits. Her weaving workshops looked like they were a big hit.


I always enjoy seeing the HSC studuents work and how they’ve worked so hard on a piece. These were some of my favourite of the day.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-3 I’m not that into quilting, but I thought these two in particular were beautiful. The blue quilt was just stunning. Why use all the colours when one colour on top of its self is just gorgeous. The colourful quilt on the right is a collection of signatures from all the craft team at the event. Sweet right?


Although I’ve been to the show almost every year, I’ve never attended any of the workshops or classes. This year, I really wanted to give it a go and narrowed it down between watercolours or fashion illustration. Guess which one I chose.

I loved the flexibility that many of the classes were duplicated during the week and across the weekend, so it gives everyone a chance to attend.

The almost 3 hour class class was hosted by Anita McAdam from Studio Faro, based in Marrickville. Provided in the class was a couple of items including enough paper to draw some creations, access to complimentary backings, backing and a plastic sleeve of course and access to a rainbow of special texters and pencils and of course the expertise of Anita. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who’s keen on learning the building blocks of fashion illustration.

At the end of the class, we were asked to present all of our works so we could admire what we just learnt.

Here is my creation below.


Also here are some creations from the rest of the class – the girl in the grey below was drawn by an exceptionally talented young lady who is planning on studying fashion design – thank god! Stitches-craft-show-2016-5 Stitches-craft-show-2016-4

Anyway that’s it. If you attended, I hope you enjoyed the show.

until next time,

Love Festival Girl

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