[image above by Jane Reiseger]
Melbourne has such an incredible community of super-talented illustrators… Today I would like to share another favorite – Jane Reiseger. Jane’s work is filled with playfulness and child-like innocence – and it takes a very special grown-up to draw with the ease and naivete of a child! Jane’s engaging free-form drawing style lends itself to a wide range of commissions – from printed matter, textiles and soft furnishings, to custom murals and even billboard advertising.
CLICK HERE for Jane’s guide to Yarraville after the jump!
Jane lives in Yarraville, a gorgeous little pocket of Melbourne just West of the city. I guess it could be likened to New York’s Brooklyn in a way – it’s just over the Westgate Bridge, so lots of City-centric Melburnians forget just how accessible and how lovely Yarraville is! This relaxed, friendly neighbourhood has a real village atmosphere… It’s leafy and green and is full of great little cafes, organic produce shops and restaurants. It’s really popular with young families looking for a little more room to nest – many of the homes in Yarraville are beautiful Victorian weatherboards surrounded by trees, usually with fantastic big backyards!
Haus Frau Bakery is a great cozy home-style bakery on Ballarat street which has really yummy pies. My favourite is the chicken and mushroom. They also do delicious cupcakes. The décor is really cool too.
The Sun Bookshop is split into two shops either side of Ballarat street…the main bookshop is next to the cinema and across the road is their specialist kids bookshop… (http://www.sunbookshop.com/younger_sun.html ) both are very good. It’s great being able to browse in the main bookshop before a movie.
The Sun Theatre: I love going to the Sun Theatre, its a boutique cinema and independently run… a Yarraville landmark…art deco in style. Huge cinema screens, large old-fashioned comfy seating….its a local favorite.
Sedonia: 15 minutes walk from the main part of Yarraville on Gamon street is the cutest home wares shop… I always get inspired every time I visit. They stock lots of local designers wares. I come here for my visual fix.