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Lifestyle : Blue Mountains Special Report 2013
1HERSA1 S001 Welcome to my slice of the high life Vital vista: The swirling mists of the Grose Valley, captured on camera by Ian Brown (inset), have entranced the likes of artist Jenny Kee. Photo: Ian Brown The region holds a special allure for creative types. Carolyn Boyd collects a little of their knowledge. Continued Page 2 A n ancient land full of secrets -- that's how artist and long-term Blue Mountains resident Jenny Kee describes the area she fell in love with nearly 40 years ago. Kee is among a host of well-known people who have made the area their home -- drawn to the region for its creative spirit, inspired by its ever- changing scenery and lured by the ability to escape from the bustle of the city yet be within commuting distance to the Sydney CBD when needed. The mountains' high-profile residents include actor Tiriel Mora, who played hapless solicitor Dennis Denuto in The Castle, film critic David Stratton, singer Jack Ladder and futurist Richard Neville. Kee lives among the gum trees in a bush setting overlooking the Grose Valley near Blackheath. When she crafted her home with her late partner, artist Danton Hughes, the pair were inspired to build upon the house already there. They sorted through rubbish tips to salvage pre-loved materials, including weathered galvanised iron. "It's all very much recycled and the principle of living simply so others may simply live applies to this place," Kee says. "It's a lovely thing and it somehow suits the mood of living in this very ancient place, wanting to settle into itandbepartofit--asopposedto trying to impose your grandiose building on top of it." Kee says she is constantly inspired by the changing mists and clouds that swirl over Grose Valley. She has also fallen in love with the waratah, a flower synonymous with the Blue Mountains. "I love the history of it," Kee says. "It is an ancient flower; it is 45 million years old and it came from the volcanic soils. The volcanoes were millions and millions and millions of years ago. "The waratah is a total inspiration for my work. In every new scarf that I do, there is always some reference to it. ''This nature inspires me amazingly. My scarf collections revolve around nature and that is directly from living in the Blue Mountains." Favourite cafes: "I love the Red Door Cafe ´ in Leura," says Kee. "There is a new cafe called Anonymous in Blackheath, it is really great. I love Memento in Blackheath as well." Favourite stores: "The whole of Leura is one great place to shop because it really specialises in Australian craft, and made in Australia matters," says Kee. "I love the Victory Theatre in Blackheath to mope around in -- it's full of antiques and great things." Favourite gallery: "Hat Hill Gallery is really funky. It's on Hat Hill Road in Blackheath. And there's a new place called Studio 52, which is a collective of . . . really edgy craft. That's by this really fabulous team of young girls. Seeing new blood coming and the young people moving up here for the reasons that we moved up here, it is really beautiful." P hotographer Ian Brown knows more nooks and crannies in the Blue Mountains than most. Brown's nature photographs and writing have been published in a plethora of mediums including books, calendars and magazines. His joint exhibition, Atmospheres, will be held during April at Gallery in the Park at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath. Blue Mountains & Surrounds iG5869824AA-280313 iG5893469AB-280313 5% discount Minimum spend $30 Shop 6 178 Leura Mall Leura NSW 2780 (02) 4782 4090 www.candystore.com.au Open 7 days THE CANDY STORE Like us on Facebook facebook.com/thecandystoreleura Come face to face with the T. REX Bathurst's greatest treasure iG5900269AB-280313 Pudding Day! Sun 14th April 10am-4pm Celebrate Children s Literature in the home of the Magic Pudding. Join John Marsden, Emily Rodda, Cartoon Dave, & those sneaky Puddin Thieves for a day of family fun! TICKETS: $15 Tel: 4751 1067 NORMAN LINDSAY GALLERY Faulconbridge www.normanlindsay.com.au G5887470AB-280313 IRONFEST APRIL 20 & 21 INFO 1300 760 276 iG5901954AB-280313
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