Week 25: Creative Challenge 52

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, is in a crisis of rare indecision. He's painted the lapels on this jacket gold gold and sewn the ubiquitous sequins on, but it's not enough. Or is it?

Kanen Breens Jacket

'Please, people,' he says. 'Help!'

He's submitted this unfinished symphony in a welter of flamboyant artistic inertia on this Mardi Gras weekend, and he's appealing for creative input. To embellish or not to embellish? Check out these options and cast your vote.

Kanens Jacket
Kanens Jacket

Keryn Clark

Keryns Baking

South African born writer, florist and cake whizz, Keryn Clark, started her baking journey at the age of 9 with a batch of scones and strawberry jam. Today she returned to her roots.

She was given a baking book by her lovely Perth neighbour, Yvette Walker of Letters to the End of Love fame, who sampled Keryn's cakes and looked after her cats when Keryn was in Africa.

The scones didn't rise as Keryn had hoped, but she took them to the shop for a bunnies' picnic anyway.

Bunny picnic

Keryn's greatest satisfaction comes from small things and this tiny bowl and saucer is a case in point. The set was given to her by a friend as a farewell gift when she left Perth so the bowl is loaded with significance - and a single spray of roses. In the shop, Keryn's business partner, Remy, loves doing all the show stopping 'big' corporate work, but these small arrangements are turning into Keryn's signature style. Lovely!

Keryns bunny picnic

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been planning to make some felted wraps to match the bridesmaids' dresses for her daughter Rachel's rapidly approaching wedding. To that end, she's felted two wraps this week.

Telena is very pleased with the teal green wrap, which she says drapes very well, but she's less pleased with the dark purple wrap. She dyed it a darker shade, but it felted even further in the hot water stage, and has ended up with uneven colour that isn't what Telena was aiming for. She's going to make it again in a lighter shade in the hope that it will turn out more to her liking.

Telenas Felt Wraps

In other news, Telena's quintet concert yesterday was very successful. The group - Windfall - played well and the audience enjoyed the varied program. So, overall a highly successful creative week.

Trish Urquhart

Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries her best to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, has been focusing on her food photography this week using produce from her garden. Today's masterpieces feature home-grown potatoes, and she's got no time to chat because she has a lot of cut potatoes to cook! Ah, the sacrifices we make for our art.

Trishs Potatoes

Stephen, Scarlet & Georgia Bennett

Our creative challenge this week has involved the filming of a series of marketing videos for my novel, Striking Out. We've been at it all weekend and we've captured some awesome footage. Here's a hint of what's to come...