The Schaller Studio x Toni Maticevski

Juliet Sulejmani | October 06, 2016

Corner of Lucan and Bayne Street, VIC 3550
Website: Click HERE
Phone: 1800 278 468


As I was packing my overnight bag and thinking about going to Bendigo the next day, the wildest idea popped into my mind. I wondered, would it be possible to get to Bendigo via helicopter?

After a quick google search, being placed on hold to then be disconnected, and then calling a different number and speaking to a nice person, I found out yes, yes you can.

What would normally be either a two hour car ride, or a two-ish hour train ride, or a nine hour bike ride from Melbourne to Bendigo, a helicopter ride would take you only 50 minutes. Amazing! That is, until I found out it would cost the price of an airplane ticket to *insert dream holiday destination here* $2900 for upto 3 people return in case you were wondering. So car ride it was.


I arrived at The Schaller Studio and was very happy to very conveniently pass by The Pantry (the cafe in the hotel) and order a latte just before checking in. I then made my way to my room which was on the third floor and was welcomed by a very seductive bottle of red wine.

If you’ve been to an Art Series Hotel before you will know the feeling of being in one of their hotels. Everywhere you turn, you are delighted by the artwork that surrounds you. The Schaller Studio is inspired by the highly respected Melbourne based Artist Mark Schaller who, as you will see if you visit the hotel, uses not only painting but also sculpture and ceramics to express his ideas. And unlike the other Art Series Hotels, the art works you see are all originals and for sale.


The Schaller Studio, as the name suggests, has been designed and styled to give you the feel of actually being in Mark Schaller’s own studio. Even though I myself am an illustrator and have my own studio where I work from, I found The Schaller super inspiring and it just made me want to create.

Throughout the hotel you will find little bits here and there that will delight you, such as some of the ephemera (illustrated above) which I found displayed in the form of a mood board. Even the ‘do not disturb’ sign, which here, actually says ‘Artist At Work’ and on the flip side says ‘Out Gathering Inspiration’, really (even though as stated previously, I am an illustrator) makes you feel like an artist, so I can only imagine how special and inspired people who aren’t illustrators/artists might feel.2016-10-06_beauty

I am not ashamed to admit it, I am a sucker for mini hotel toiletries. These EVO ones that I found in The Schaller Studio bathroom have to be my favourite ones, mainly because of the clever copy on the packaging but also for the thoughtfulness of them. I opened the box labeled ‘rain helmet’ literally LOL’ing as I type rain helmet to not only find a shower cap but a hair tie as well, which was rad because I had forgotten mine. Thoughtful.

Also not illustrated above, was a box labelled ‘final touch-vanity kit’ with copy on the back saying: ‘this box contains all the bits and bobs that can make or break an appointment: something to remove the remains of the day, something to fix that shirt and even a file to get you out of prison…take charge of your destiny….use it. directions: do it, get it done, use the kit and notice the results.’ Excellent!

2016-10-06_maticevski-exhibitionBENDIGO ART GALLERY
42 View Street, Bendigo, VIC 3550
Website: Click HERE
Phone: (+61 3) 5434 6088

Included in the Schaller Stay and See Toni Maticevski Package is also a ticket to the ‘Maticevski: Dark Wonderland’ exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

It was my second time visiting the exhibition and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. Toni Maticevski’s work is incredible, even more impressive is the fact that he still creates at least 90% of his samples, which means that he has hand created almost all the pieces that you will see in the exhibition. If you’re at all familiar with the fashion industry you will appreciate how rare it is these days for a designer to be involved in the whole process from ideation to creation.

Included in the exhibition are not only fashion pieces but also a curation of Toni Maticevski’s sketchbooks, accessories and also props used in original runway shows.


I asked the lovely Amy who is the hotel manager and big fan of Bendigo for suggestions on where to eat and these are some of her reccomendations:

Rocks on Rosalind: a wine, cocktail bar and restaurant with an underground drinking space that used to be a bank vault.

Harvest Rotisserie and Patisserie: Cafe by day, wine bar on weekends, with a Michelin star trained pastry chef who is making two day process pure butter croissants.For croissants, slow cooked regional meats.

Percy & Percy: Cafe that will make you feel like you’re in Melbourne, great breakfast and lunch using local produce.

Masons of Bendigo: All day eatery, wine bar and pantry store. Awarded One Hat from The Age Good Food Guide 2017, serving craft food, wine and beer.


The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | October 05, 2016




Sir the Label / Alek Midi Dress in Olive
Zimmerman / printed slipper
Maurie & Eve / Amber Sceats Cole Choker
Zimmermann / Frayed Edge Straw Hat

Credit: Styling, Britt Doherty and Illustrations, Juliet Sulejmani.


The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | September 28, 2016

100% COOL is in town


BootsRM Williams: Classic Turnout / Black

JeansBassike: lo slung jean / Light vintage

BraLonely: Gigi soft cup bra / black

Shirt Cos: striped pyjama shirt / sky blue

SunglassesLe specs: OTTOMAN / gold

Hetty McKinnon – Neighbourhood Cookbook

Juliet Sulejmani | September 26, 2016

The idea of having a salad as your main meal was unheard of, especially in the time when most peoples idea of a salad was iceberg lettuce and tomatoes with store bought dressing. That is, until in 2011, when Hetty McKinnon started ‘Arthur Street Kitchen.’

Hetty believed that there was room in the market for her plant based salads that would be healthy, filling and also comforting. Hetty began by delivering out postcards in her local area, and before she knew it her salads were selling out. Hetty says that the most rewarding part of her business was when she hand delivered the salads herself by bike, “The food almost came secondary to that connection that I was receiving from the person. It was so special, people valued it so much”.

Arthur Street Kitchen wasn’t just about just making and dropping off the salads, it was about making new friends, sharing stories, talking about food and connecting.

In 2013, Pan MacMillan published Hetty’s first Cook Book: Community, which has been wildly successful and has given people a new, wonderful way to think about and make delicous, hearty salads.

Since then, Hetty has spent some time in Europe and USA and now lives in Brooklyn with her family. Hetty’s travels have exposed her to a wide range of new influences, foods and techniques, which she has translated into new recipes, in her new CookBook “Neighbourhood“.

Neighbourhood not only includes more delicious salads, but also, a range of desserts that have been generously shared by Hetty’s friends.


To give you some more insight into the wonderful insight into the wonderful Hetty McKinnon, I had the pleasure of asking her some questions while she was here in Australia.


What is your favourite salad ingredient and why do you love it?
My fave salad ingredient to work with is probably broccoli. I love it’s accessibility. It is a very humble vegetable, without any fussiness.
But, with a little bit of love, you can turn a humble vegetable like broccoli into something quite spectacular. Chargrilling broccoli on the BBQ is a life altering experience. It’s changes your whole perception of the vegetable adding an unexpected depth of flavour.

Is there a brunch spot/café/restaurant in Brooklyn that you love and frequent often?
I really love a local joint called Court Street Grocers. It is right around the corner from my house,  and is my go-to for strong black coffee, a delicious broccoli rabe reuben sandwich and the best grilled cheese. They are a great example of a neighbourhood spot that serves locals well, while being very good at their food focus (sandwiches!).

Do you love to read? If yes, can you please share a book that you love, or a book that you would give as a gift?
I do love to read. But it is just about finding the time. Reading is actually a real luxury to me so if I’m going to invest, it has to be quality. Over the last year, I’ve really read some wonderful works. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara was just heartbreaking and absolutely compelling. Yes, it was sad, and depressing at times, but her writing simply blew me away, page after page. She has a way of telling a deeply sad story with hope. There was always some element of light amongst the darkness. I just loved it. I’m also a big fan of young adult fiction and I’m in absolute love with Jandy Nelson’s two books I’ll Give You The Sun and The Sky is Everywhere. There is something so nostalgic and hopeful about reading about late teens navigating through life and love.

What words do you live by (motto), or inspirational words that you can share that you to inspire others? (Mine is one by Andy Warhol, “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.)
The quote which I live by and which I espouse to my children relentlessly is,

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Spoken by Atticus Finch, in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

But lately, the quote that inspires me personally is

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” By Randy Komisar, The Monk & The Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur.

If you could have the day off today, what is the first thing you would do?
Probably go for a late breakfast at Two Hands Café in TriBeCa (where I will eat their superb brassica bowl,) and then go for a long walk through the gorgeous streets of lower manhattan. And probably end in the Meatpacking District at the Whitney Museum.

Do you have a side hobby? If you weren’t making salads what would you be doing?
I’m a pretty good knitter so I think I could make home crafts like beanies, socks and tea cosies and have an Etsy store! I also love photography and even though it has become a small part of my job, I just have so much joy when I have a camera in my hand.

What do you like to listen to while cooking? Do you have a favourite song? A podcast you could recommend?
I either listen to playlists which I’ve put together – these are pretty eclectic and can range from retro eighties music or very new indie/folksy stuff. But podcasts, particularly foodie ones, are probably my favourite – I listen to The Food Seen, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry, Monocle’s The Menu, and This American Life.



The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | September 21, 2016

Girl on Fire

She wears her attitude on her feet.

Makes cool look easy.

On her way to dump her boring boyfriend.

Effortless denim x denim.

GUCCI – Princetown Leather Slipper
Building Block – Box Bag
Nylons – Gold Star Studs
ZARA – Denim Jacket and High-Waisted Button Jeans


Credit: Illustrations by 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

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

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……….  

Tyler, the Creator’s Golf Wang Fashion Show

Juliet Sulejmani | June 21, 2016

Last week, Tyler the Creator, who is well known as a rapper, songwriter and producer amongst an array of other things, presented his first ever fashion show for his brand ‘GOLF’. At the show, he also announced his new footwear line called ‘Golf Lefleur’, meaning Flower Boy.

This is the second show of it’s kind, the first being Kanye West’s presentation of his last Yeezy Season Collection, where the designer not only presents their collection, but also performs for their guests.

For both shows, I was sitting front row, watching from my iMac monitor.

Guys, girls, some models and some not and a couple of younger kids, all of various backgrounds, body shapes and sizes were used to walk, ride or skate down the runway, which was designed as a skate park. Tyler explains that he is not following any rules, hasn’t ever attended a fashion show, but just loves creating and making clothes, and after collaborating with other brands, such as Vans, etc., he decided that it was time for him start his own brand.

The show was fun, happy and colourful. The collection is inspired by flowers, sportswear, and by LA which is where he lives, which you can tell from the vibrancy and summer feel of his clothing.

Tyler announced that his shoe line is still in sample stages however everyone who had purchased a ticket to his show would receive a free pair of shoes by the end of the year. Tyler also released his new song titled ‘Ego’ which sounded to me quite similar to Kanye West’s song New Slaves, which obviously was on purpose and quite fitting. Kanye was there to support his friend, along with many other celebrities and musicians.

I think Tyler’s show and Kanye West’s show, are very important markers in fashion history, because what they are doing is very different to what already exists in the industry. At a typical fashion show the designer merely peeps out right at the end, and quickly disappears back behind the curtain, whereas in this case, the designers (Kanye and Tyler) are used to being on stage. They are performers and great entertainers, and naturally they are comfortable with being front and centre, so this adds something extra to the overall experience. These designers also have quite a lot of creative control and freedom over the entire show, and they use this power to bring the audience even deeper into their story.

It is also important to take note that the designers have had to push through many boundaries, be it their success in other areas which binds them to only that arena, or their race, which if you notice, their aren’t many African American designers in the fashion industry. Even the type of clothing they’re creating is different from how people expect rappers to dress.

Another difference with Tyler’s fashion collection is that unlike other shows, where you have to wait pretty much a whole year for it to be released, Tyler’s is already available for pre-order on his website

I like that the overall theme within Tyler’s collection portrays inclusivity and the everyday person, there is no discrimination just a celebration of life and the things you love. I am excited to see how these new designers will help to shape the industry in the near future.