Monday, March 10, 2014

Bella World

Some people have a knack of pulling objects together to create interesting scenes that surprise but also possess a degree of coherence. I love Bella Cooke’s home for this reason. It’s vibrant, crazy fun and restful at the same time. I am not sure how she achieves it except to say she has a great feel for textiles (she has quals in this area), plenty of natural weather-worn furniture, the colour white, fresh cut flowers, and a love of vernacular expression. Magazines often describe it as Industrial but that brings to mind over-sized objects and distressed surfaces. That’s not quite it. Bella loves the local, commercial and small time operators of this world (and celebrates place through her own line of posters). She collects objects d art on the road and fosters the same spirit in her community through a market she runs once a month Seaford Handmade and Homemade Market . Over lunch yesterday with her usual modesty she described herself as a Penninsula bogan. I don't think so.


  1. Where did she get that awesome enormous tape measure, that is andy's next birthday present for sure!