5 minutes with…

This week on 5 minutes we feature my very good friend, collaborator and book Two Photographer Lauren Bamford.
She is a top chick in every sense of the word, immensely talented and totally understated. I can’t wait to start working on the book design and share book two with you later this year, her images bring a new feeling and magic to my style.
Oh she also makes great ceramic that you can see here – in fact theres not much she can’t do!
Im happy to spend 5 minutes (or more) with her any chance I can get I hope you enjoy yours!
how would you describe the look of your home?
It’s in a transition phase at the moment. It was quite ‘cluttered’ before due to my sentimental hoarding tendencies. So at the moment I would say a relaxed mix of vintage and new with an emphasis on art works from friends and relatives.
whats your favourite thing in your home?
A painting from the artist Paul Williams. It was a wedding gift from Paul, made extra special as an exhibition of his back in 2008 was the first date my husband and I went on.
what are you loving right now?
This very moment I am loving the fan blowing in my face and the frozen grapes I’m eating as we are in the midst of a Melbourne heat wave. But more generally, I am loving my obsessive pottery hobby. In the last few days I have acquired an old kiln of my grandmothers, which is a very exciting development.
coffee tea or?
All of the above, plus a lot of Australian sparkling at the moment. What can I say, its summer!
whats on your shopping list right now?
What isn’t? I have a perpetual wish list in my head! The top of the list right now would be a Caroline Z Hurley linen throw.
favorite thing to do on the weekend?
If it’s hot, I love heading down to Mt Martha for a swim. No matter what the weather, I always love spending the day at Heidi Museum of Modern Art with lunch at Cafe Vue.
favourite day of the week?
Friday, since always! There is always that special excited feeling on a Friday afternoon, like a Christmas eve every single week.
favourite place to shop?
Mr Kitly in Melbourne and High Swan Dive in Newcastle. My two home towns.
favourite place to eat?
This varies depending on the occasion, but my favourite pub meal in Melbourne is the counter meal at the Middle Park Hotel.
whats your signature dish?
I’ve always wanted to be known for a signature dish, and each time I make something super delicious I say to my husband “Maybe this could be it! My signature dish!!” At the moment I am angling for a very simple but delicious Potato Gratin, from Stephanie Alexanders Cooks Companion. No matter what, my signature dish will no doubt be some kind of comfort food.
what is your signature drink?
Don’t know if I have one, it’s more likely that I have many signature drinks until I over do them and have to change it up! I love a Negroni, and probably drink far too much whiskey.
favourite quote?
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize” The late Robert Hughes. Well that’s what I tell myself anyway!
what are you listening to?
The new album by Melbourne band Parading – it’s on repeat!
what are you working on right now?
A variety of photography projects, most excitingly some video work. I’m also in the midst of collating a new portfolio for 2014.
what/who are you inspired by?
Photographer William Eggleston. Not only for his brilliant eye and aesthetic, but also his totally punk attitude. I often channel him if I am feeling self conscious or unsure.
what makes you happy?
Good company, good food, and lots of laughter!