Actor Matthew McConnaughey helps design Australia-based eco-cabin to reconnect guests with nature

True Detective actor Matthew McConaughey has joined forces with Australian tiny house startup Unyoked to design an off-grid, eco-cabin.

Known as The Reserve, the rustic-style eco-cabin with its dark wood-panelling, was built with sustainable materials and is solar-powered. Featuring large windows and a firepit and with no TV nor WiFi, The Reserve was designed to “help people disconnect and get back in touch with the benefits of the wild”. Basic amenities include a queen-sized bed, a gas stove, plates, linens and even a concealed bourbon bar.

The Hollywood actor was involved in the eco-cabin’s design from conception through to construction, and added his own personal touches to the interiors, including vintage books and a range of tapes that can be played in the cabin’s vintage cassette stereo system.

The eco-cabin, which is currently located in the Central Coast region in Australia, is available to rent from this month for up to two guests at a time.

The Reserve was launched as part of liquor brand Wild Turkey’s “With Thanks” initiative to get more people to “reconnect with the wild” while also protecting the environment. Matthew McConnaughey took on the role as Creative Director of the Kentucky-based liquor brand in 2014.

In a statement, Matthew McConnaughey said: “I’ve always been in awe of Australia’s natural beauty. My hope now is that The Reserve will inspire Australians to reconnect with nature as an antidote to the frenetic pace of life.”

Unyoked aims to make the Australian wildnerness accessible to those in need of respite and balance through state-of-the-art cabins designed to help connect guests with nature.

The eco-cabin, which can be booked via the Unyoked website, costs AUS$293 per night on weeknights and AUS$353 per night over weekends.

A percentage of proceeds from The Reserve eco-cabin will be donated to Unyoked’s charity partner, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, an NGO that aims to protect Australia’s wildlife and wilderness.

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Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

Women’s Work: Brisbane showcases its biggest display of women’s street art

Brisbane’s biggest display of women’s street art, Women’s Work, is taking place at the Outdoor Gallery Exhibition from now until 1 December 2019.

Curated by Brisbane Art Matriachs! (BAM), a collective of up-and-coming female arts leaders working towards bridging the gap for women exhibiting in public spaces, Women’s Work celebrates the empowering artforms and originality of female creatives through a series of outdoor installations, guided tours and talks. This exhibition is grounded in the belief that the work of all women, within the realm of the domestic and beyond, is invaluable.

Among the artists exhibiting are contemporary Aboriginal artist Rachel Sarra whose colourful artwork, on display in Brisbane’s Irish Lane. Her piece, entitled Energy, is a gorgeous mix of shades of pink, purple, blue and orange, depicts dynamic energies radiated by creative women.

Artist and illustrator Mosessa, who is influenced by nature and inspired by mythology and folklore, has her Botanic Beast series showcased in King George Square, featuring floral motifs symbolising womanhood with an Australian twist.

Women’s Work also features artwork from Tori-Jay Mordey, an emerging Indigenous Australian illustrator and artist. Her artwork entitled Siblings 2, which was projected onto the William Jolly Bridge for five nights, is a combination of copper etching prints that features a portrait of the artist herself and her brother with parts of their faces harmoniously merged with their parents.

Tori-Jay Mordey said: “Growing up in a diverse family with our mother being Torres Strait Islander and our father being English, it became clear to me how different we all were, but at the same time I wanted to emphasise how similar we are too. Because it’s not as simple as saying we’re different because of skin colour.”

Brisbane City Council’s Outdoor Gallery transforms Brisbane’s laneways and city streets into imaginative, curious and engaging spaces. Comprising light boxes, banners, vitrines and evening projections, the Outdoor Gallery displays art outside in city streets, instead of inside on gallery walls.

Women’s Work is on display at various outdoor spaces in Brisbane, as part of the Outdoor Gallery, until 1 December 2019

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com