Colouring the Streets

info Loaded Brush - Saturday, February 09, 2013
With a desire for change this courageous leader says no to the Grey of compromise and colours his city with amazing results. Our Environment must support our innovation and creativity and is a great place to begin making change.  Beauty protects, nourishes and renews.  A change in space can promote dialogue, collaboration and growth.  
We are fortunate to have a city of many colours, but we should continue to find ways to paint the town red for ourselves.  
What is your favourite Colourful Perth Space?
Which building would you like to see recoloured?

The sound of Space

info Loaded Brush - Saturday, April 30, 2011

In my former life I was a teacher. Yes I am a rare breed, I survived high school twice. But it was a narrow escape both times and now I have managed to move in next door to a school whose siren blares 6 times a day, clearly to reassure residents that the prisoners, er that is, students, are by no means masters of their domain.

Fortunately I have come to realise that mastering your domain is the very lesson we should be learning, for your Space, is the often less-than-silent partner in everything you do. It plays a part, for better or worse, in your mood, your productivity, your physical, psychological and social being.

Some people are particularly good at making and maintaining beautiful spaces; I call them creatures of comfort. They prioritise their space and know how to make it suit their needs. Now before you have an attack of guilt over your miss-matched, unwashed coffee cups, remember ‘beautiful’ is a relative term. Expensive, big or even neat, may not be the most beautiful, efficient or appropriate space for you. However, be warned, your space is invariably shared by others who will have entirely different definitions of beauty.

So what are the factors which impact your space? In this and following posts we will explore the six main elements which shape your world.

I have recently developed a deep professional crush on Julian Treasure. A Sound Specialist, Julian presents a wonderful TED talk about the four main ways sound affects us.


Unlike my sister, who needs complete silence to work, I actually find some background noise or music quite reassuring. However the persistent yapping of my neighbours dog so raises my blood pressure that not even the native birds which happily frolic and sing in our sprinklers can compete. Fortunately I have discovered the solution to my pain stop-barking-dog-neighbourhood-barking-complaints

Sound plays an important roll in all of our Jams, we use a variety of music and it is always interesting to watch the subtle changes in the mood of play.

Tell us what sounds inspire you or fill your space?