John Olsen: The You Beaut Country

Juliet Sulejmani | September 16, 2016

16 SEPTEMBER 2016 – 12 FEBRUARY 2017


John Olsen, The Man.

To see John Olsen, in the context that I did on Wednesday morning, I must say, was a pivotal point in my life and I hope in the lives of all the people that were there, for, as Olsen himself called it “The best dinner party he has ever been in”.

The dinner party, was a feast of John Olsen’s life’s work and titled ‘The You Beaut Country.”

A very well curated collection of Olsen’s life, passions, way of seeing the world and not limited to his experiences all translated by Olsen into paintings, journals, tapestries, ceramics and prints.

The exhibition spans over seven decades, and is sequentially arranged to give you the feeling that you are travelling through time with Olsen, who said: “I’m seeing these works a fresh, it’s exciting to come from room to room of how the change is, from the ceilings to this (paintings of Lake Eyre), entirely different from the others.”

As you move through the rooms you can feel how Olsen has developed as an artist. His work becomes less frenetic, more, gentle and reflective, especially as you arrive in the final room, where you will see his newest piece, which is being displayed for the first time.

The muse of the majority of Olsen’s work is ‘The You Beaut Country’, Australia. His love for his muse is evident in the poetic and romantic paintings hanging in the exhibition. Olsen has “a unique ability to capture the essence of the Australian landscape and it’s spirit”, thus Olsen being labelled “The greatest living artist”.

A label which, although he is very honoured by, but he says, “This doesn’t alter the condition of what the pictures are, regardless of what he is called he wants to work, get through it, wants to make it better”.

I’d like to share these words from Olsen that I will be taking away with me and holding onto…

“You must follow your feeling, you must trust yourself, I’ve never tried to be new, never, there’s far too much emphasis on newness, it’s fashionable, to  announce to a group that you’re Avant Garde is preposterous. The important thing, consider Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, the aim was not newness but possibility. To see nature in it’s essence, that’s possibility.”

To find out more about the John Olsen and the exhibition click HERE and HERE.

Image credit: Portrait of John Olsen by Hugh Stewart © Hugh Stewart
Illustration: Juliet Sulejmani

The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty and Juliet Sulejmani | September 14, 2016

We have been enjoying sharing our style looks with you, and have decided to branch out into some mens looks as well.

‘Oh, boy’ is a light and natural palette and look, ideal for the slight glimpses of Spring that we have been enjoying here in Melbourne.

The look includes a shirt from Marcs, trousers from Bassike and the evermore covetable sneakers from Common Projects.

MARCS – Benson Regular Fit Shirt
BASSIKE – Mr Man Trouser
COMMON PROJECTS – Original Achilles Mid


J & B xx

5 Things That Have Gotten Me Excited

Juliet Sulejmani | September 01, 2016

Before I went to bed last night I found three links on twitter that had me so excited  and happy that had me thinking ‘could life get any better than this’. The answer, I thought was no, however when I woke up this morning I watched two videos that just topped it all off and life is super great.

Here are the 5 things:

  1. There are rumours spreading around the fashion world that suggest Rei Kawakubo, designer and founder of Comme Des Garcons and queen of the whole world, could be the next subject of the Costume Institutes next fashion exhibition.

    Read the WWD article here.

  2. Francesco Carrozzini is debuting a biopic on his mother Franca Sozzani, who is the current editor of Italian Vogue, called; ‘Franca: Chaos and Creation’ . The documentary is said to be about her life, her work and their relationship.

    Read the NYT article here.

  3. A film about Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow is currently in the making. McQueen and Blow had a really interesting relationship. Isabella Blow worked for many magazines and had many different roles, she is known for many things but some being; always wearing interesting hats usually made by Philip Treacy and purchasing Alexander McQueens’ entire collection that he showed in his final year at Central St Martins. So this should be a good one to look out for.

    Read the Dazed article here.

  4. This video by the Bondi Hipsters

  5. And finally this Kenzo Frangrance ad which is directed by Spike Jonze. If you remember a few years ago Spike Jonze directed one of my favourite movies ever ‘Her’. Individually Kenzo and Spike Jonze are excellent, together they are…out of this world.


The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | August 31, 2016


Outfit Inspiration: Friday night drinks (I can already taste the champagne)

friday night1
Alpha 60 / Lea Jacket – Navy
friday night2
Country Road / Technical Pant – Black
friday night3
By Nye / Gold Asteroid Choker – Gold
friday night4
Acne Studios / Jensen Grain – Navy


Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani

List: Best Burgers in Melbourne 2016

Or…(more accurately) a compilation of many lists found online and written by hand by me.

Juliet Sulejmani | August 30, 2016

If you’re familiar with The Juliet Report, it will not come as a surprise to you that I LOVE BURGERS.

About two years ago I set out on a mission to eat all the burgers, and made THIS LIST which was an amazing idea.

Any time I was going out with my friends and needed a place to go, I would google search ‘The Juliet Report Best Burgers in Melbourne’ and my list would come up.

I also love lists and challenges so it was kind of a game and who doesn’t love a game, especially one that encourages you to eat more burgers.

At the moment we are living in the time of ‘The Burger Craze’, which means that Melbourne is exploding with places where you can eat burgers. This craze, obviously, has been my favourite one so far. I did enjoy the Mexican craze, and the crazy donut milkshake craze, not so into the American BBQ craze, but burgers, burgers is in my opinion the one that will stand the test of time. Because, be honest, how can you not love a burger.

So here, I present to you my The Juliet Report List: Best Burgers in Melbourne 2016

2016 Melbourne Burger List – Printable

Print it out and tick them off once you’ve gone there.

As a disclaimer, I have not been to all of them, I have been to about 12 of them, but people on the internet have included these places in their lists of best burgers in Melbourne.

If you have any suggestions of places not on the list, please comment below and inform me. I will be documenting my burger adventures on the blog as I experience them.

For those who have asked, my top 5, in no specific order (except for No 1, which is my all-time fave).

  1. Leondard House of Love
  2. Royale Brothers
  3. Mr Burger (Fed Square Truck)
  4. Grand Trailer Park Taverna
  5. 8 Bit

You’re welcome!



The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | August 24, 2016


Outfit Inspiration: Winter Brunch vibes, with spring in the air.


winter brunch1
Base Range / cropped jumpsuite – camel
winter brunch2
Jonathan Saunders / Lee Sunglasses – Tortoise
winter brunch3
Ralph Lauren / Bedelia Loafer – Black
winter brunch4
Acne Studios / Canada Scarf – Black


Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani


Eddie Cleaver | June 24, 2016

The Oxford English Dictionary defines history as “the branch of knowledge that deals with past events; the formal record or study of past events, especially human affairs”. It is the definitive record of human exploits throughout time.  We study history at school, we refer to it throughout life, we watch it in the making, we use it to learn lessons from the past, to use as a basis for progression and to record achievements, or failures. History gives us an opportunity to leave our mark on the world, to extend our story beyond our short lives. Being annulled into the realms of history allows us to live forever.

But isn’t history just a version of events? Recordings of those holding influence and power, those cultures who developed the written word, one of many versions of the reality of our past. There has been very little input into recorded history by 49.6% of the population for starters. To put so much reliance on historical record or to chase inclusion within it overlooks its most basic flaws. History is littered with inaccuracies, conflicting accounts, misinterpretation, personal influence, perjury, political and religious propaganda, guesswork even. To place so much emphasis on history seems absurd in today’s world of reliance on scientific study. Should it be put in the same category as story, fairytale, legend or religion? It would seem we should take history with a herculean pinch of salt.

Some influential humans live on, immortalised in history while others, many equally as influential, are forgotten. Why do we know of Darwin yet not Wallace, Tutankhamun yet not Hatshepsut, who was Cecilia Payne (the discovery of the elements which make up stars could seem to be of reasonable importance)?

Every scientific theory built upon the unrecognised steps of so many. Every war fought by the unquestioning loyalty of the humble infantryman or the advice of those less celebrated. What of the assistants and collaborators, mentors and supporters, those who often did the hard yards and dedicated their lives with little or no reward. They are lost in time, unable to be heard like ghosts searching for the afterlife.

There are many heroes, less so heroines, and always the obligatory villains. Often two sides of the same coin, just a change in lead characters. Who is the terrorist and who is the freedom fighter?

Do the realities of history even stand the test of time? We laud famous battles and leaders while forgetting the atrocities of war and colonisation. Are the achievements of a football team more important than those of Marie Curie? IMO they could be if that team is Liverpool FC. Is proving a somewhat tenuous genealogical link to Genghis Khan (a genetic test that is widely available) a badge of honour or a symbol of shame? Maybe it is an insight into the male psyche.

What if history tells us more than at first appears, what if history is more than a record of events over time. What if history is a record of what we want it to reflect, a reflection of our hopes and fears, our dreams and nightmares and most likely our egos and desires. It’s almost as if it was HIStory……….  

I’ve been writing letters lately

Mel Howard | June 22, 2016


To people I love and some that I don’t. To people who pop up in my heart or are caught in my throat. It’s cathartic. I’m expelling toxins and tensions that live mostly in my hips and head. Often when I’m writing I have to pause to happy-cry. I’m so grateful to have had a feeling so intense about the letters recipient.

I’ve been writing letters lately that I may or may not send. I started writing them for myself. Because I have things in my head that maybe aren’t okay to say out loud, or are and I’m just not brave enough. Writing for myself because since coming to this place, I’ve been shedding the weight of words and promises that hold me back. It’s confusing. It’s hard to know what actually is me these days.

So far, it seems I’m really smiley. And chatty, but I knew that already. I like making people smile with me.  I love lying in the sun and riding bikes. I love having a home space and filling it with candles and books. Books! even if I can’t sit still long enough to read them at the moment. So far I’m not writing much like I thought I would, but I’m also kind of okay with that right now. I can sing! I have a really horrible habit of saying I can’t and believing it when in fact, I can and usually, well. I miss acting. I miss creating. I miss the rehearsal room and the conversations it inspires. Although I love the feeling of lying in the sun, I love jumpers and beanies more. I can’t be alone for too long or I start getting sad. Or melancholic. Or heavy boots if you’ve read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, that’s the best way to describe it. I get heavy boots about life some days.

I’ve been writing letters lately that make me hold my heart up a little higher. That prompt photo searches through my archives evoking ridiculous all day/night smiles. That prompt proactive Google searches about doing things I’ve wanted to do forever, like see Gang of Youths.

I’ve been writing letters lately because I’ve been struggling to read like I used to and I’m trying not to watch so much Mad Men and Gilmore Girls, although the latter makes me so nostalgically happy and season five, episode five of Mad Men is possibly the best piece of television writing I’ve ever watched(!).

I’ve been writing letters lately because I’ve been journaling (almost) everyday for four months now and before that (almost) every other day while in Europe and that practice has made me think differently about what’s important to me.

At some point I chose to write in a specific order;

Firstly what I achieved today.

Simple dots points that aren’t in list form because lists have negative connotations for me, and can include any achievement. For example, biking, because I’ve only been doing it for a month and when I think about how far I’ve come in that month it really cheers me up.

Secondly, something I am grateful for.

Sometimes it’s simply wine, or more aptly red wine. Other times it’s wide windows or colder weather, having a home, possibilities of Asia. Often it’s family and friends and strangers who somehow make my day unbelievably wonderful.

Lastly, I write a few things that I might achieve tomorrow.

I’ve always been a list chick, but I realised how much pressure I put on myself when I have lists I tell myself must be crossed off. I feel guilt and disappointment when I can’t tick off washing because something else popped up, or worse, I’ll say no to something potentially wonderful because I have said list to tick off. If there’s no pressure in the way I’ve written the words, they may or may not happen. I get them out of my head and clear my mind for a little dreaming, then read approximately four minutes of my book before my eyes close without me and I’m rudely awakened by aforementioned book falling on my face.

I’ve been writing letters lately because I started titling each night’s entry and that spins them creatively in my mind. Gets the proverbial juices flowing.

I’ve been writing letters lately because my friends are far away and sometimes a phone call doesn’t cut it. Because I’m meeting people here that remind me of people I already love and that makes me miss them more.

I’ve been writing letters lately because we should tell people things like this all the time. We should tell ourselves too. Part of the reason I moved to Byron was to appreciate the good things, the simple things, and it’s become overwhelming.

I’ve been writing letters lately because letters are a beautiful thing to receive and to write. It is a blissful act to put words on a page because they are true and full of love. I take that love, rock it gently back and forth in my body for a while and throw it up and forward into tomorrow, each time taking a step not away from my old life but into my new one, my present one. My here today life, because it is bloody glorious and I’m spending so much of my glorious time looking back in love and while its very poetic and sometimes necessary, the forward momentum is starting to get some traction and I’m feeling like a self again.

The pieces of me are within grasping length. I can see them floating in different coloured bubbles, dancing to different fabulous songs and waiting to come together like the sweetest house party you’ve ever been to.

There are pieces of me floating on the sunny waves, I’ve finally got a board out and I’m ready.

I bloody love puzzles.