Day 6: Creative Challenge

What do you do with a burnt out observatory? Use it as a photo location if you're trying to create a grungy look. Stephen Bennett is working with a dashing young baritone at the moment, and they went to Mt Stromlo today to do a photo shoot in the burnt out remains of the observatory that was destroyed in the Canberra bush fires in 2003. It housed the big Yale telescope and was a devastating loss. But the building is safe and it's been left open to the public. A great location for some moody images.

Steve's photo of Hunter at the burnt out ruins of Mt Stromlo Observatory

Steve's photo of Hunter at the burnt out ruins of Mt Stromlo Observatory

Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has moved from wardrobe reconstruction to interior design. He found an armchair on the street and took it home, thinking it would go well with his red-trimmed white sofa. The armchair's only failing was a lack of red trim. Not any longer! One man, some red paint and a paint brush, and the problem has been solved. Not only that, but there's even a sequined cushion in the mix. I knew he wouldn't be able to part with his sequins!

Kanen's customised recycled armchair

Kanen's customised recycled armchair

Scarlet's chrysocolla pendant

Scarlet's chrysocolla pendant

I've been busy in my workshop today. I bought a gorgeous turquoise jacket at the start of the season and I've worn it to death this winter with some lacy black stockings and a pair of sleek black boots. I've been wearing a choker with big turquoise nuggets and my chucky blue magnesite beads have also had an occasional airing. But this morning I happened upon some chrysocolla chips at the back of a drawer in my studio and I knew exactly what I was going to make. I've created a matching mosaic pendant and ring, both set in sterling silver. And I know exactly what I'll be wearing with my turquoise jacket now.

Scarlet's chrysocolla ring

Scarlet's chrysocolla ring