Dogman and Rabbitgirl visit Black Star Pastry in Newtown

Dogman and Rabbitgirl visit Black Star Pastry in Newtown

If you haven’t been to Black Star Pastry in Newtown, we ask why not?!

The pastries are edible artworks, especially the strawberry and watermelon cake!

When you visit, make sure you have a slice with a coffee and you’ll be looked after by the friendly and fun staff!

You’ll find this little slice of heaven at 277 Australia Street, Newtown, Sydney.

(Another Black Star Pastry can be found at C1 85-113 Dunning Avenue Rosebery, Sydney)



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Rabbitgirl and Dogman spoke with Kris:

Q & A:

1. Who are your three best friends?

Kris: Bell, Marta and Eduardo

2. How many coffees do you drink a day? Do you have them alone or with a friend?

Kris: Too many! I am now down to 2-3 a day and I try to limit to drinking at work only.

3. If you could have a coffee with anyone in the world who would it be?

Kris: I would love to have a one on one coffee with Marilyn Monroe, here at Black Star Pastry.

4. Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever had a coffee?

Kris: At a bar

5. Have you ever had a coffee with a dog or rabbit before?

Kris: Yes, back at my home in Scotland with my jack russells.


6. Who is the most interesting person who has come into the café and had a coffee?

Kris: We get a few local Aussie celebrities here, including Toni Collette and Rose Byrne.

7. Why do coffee and friends go so well together?

Kris: Having a coffee is simply a great reason for people to meet up, chat, get together and de-brief one on one.

Having a coffee, in comparison to having a drink at a bar, you’re more alert and can enjoy cake with it!


8. What makes a good coffee and why do people come to your café?

Kris: As well as making the actual coffee and warming the milk perfectly, keeping the menu, coffee and business running simply and basic is the way to go.

We also love the arty bio-cups. We try to be environmentally friendly with the running of the cafe as well as using enviro products.

We also like supporting the arts and artists in sydney.

Black Star Pastry are apart of Gillie and Marc’s ‘Love a Friend’ project and are the new owners of this beautiful signed limited edition print, titled: They were too chicken to go skydiving so they took alternative transport instead ..




Dogman and Rabbitgirl visit The Reformatory Caffeine Lab, Surry Hills

The Reformatory Caffeine lab not only offers great flavoured coffee, but offers an experience in itself! With a large mural along the side wall, the place is decked out to be cartoon and animation heaven. Old school cartoons from the 90’s play on a large screen tellie while the hustle and bustle continues along Foveaux Street in Surry Hills, Sydney. Greeted by the friendly Simon and fellow barista buddy’s, The Reformatory Caffeine Lab is one to check out if you live in Sydney or are visiting.

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Find the Lab:

Shop 7B 17-51 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Instagram: reformatorycoffeelab



Dogman and Rabbitgirl had a chat with owner Simon:

1. Who are your three best friends?

Simon: My Brother, Ramon and Juan.

2. How many coffees do you drink a day? Do you have them alone or with a friend?

Simon: Drink with friends, customers, barista or just on my own, I have around 15 a day and still sleep like a baby!

3. If you could have a coffee with anyone in the world who would it be?

Simon: With Dad…. absolutely!

4. Where’s the most memorable place you’ve ever had a coffee?

Simon: When I was 2 years old, Dad put coffee in a bottle…. (born to be a barista perhaps?)


5. Have you ever had a coffee with a dog or rabbit before?

Simon: I have had coffees with dogs many times!

6. Who is the most interesting person who has come into the café and had a coffee?

Simon: Once, a girl asked for a piccolo with cookies and cream…. we gave her nothing.

Find it strange when people ask for a strong coffee then add 5 sugars

Another time, some guy asked for something similar to a latte… we gave him a latte!

 7. Why do coffee and friends go so well together?

Simon: Coffee is a social drink, coffee goes well with everything, with people and with food!

It’s a nice thing to have with everything and anything (maybe not seafood or steak though)

To simply share a coffee with someone is nice 🙂

8. What makes a good coffee and why do people come to your café?

Simon: I have passion and love what I do!

I choose high grade beans which have consistent roasting.

The beans are imported from lots of different countries and they are blended here in the lab. We offer 6-8 different coffees to suit everyone and offer a unique coffee experience.


The ‘Joker’ coffee blend is a combination of beans from 5 different countries including Ethiopia and Indonesia!

My favourite coffee I’ve ever had was last week at a coffee convention in Melbourne and it tasted like mango!


The Reformatory Caffeine Lab is apart of Gillie and Marcs Love a Friend project and they have a beautiful signed limited edition print… they’re excited to get their hands on a Lost dog now!IMG_7050.JPG_effected_small-1IMG_7032.JPG_effected_small-1Make sure you pop in for a coffee and watch some toons!

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Bronze sculpture of children gets installed at Emanuel School in Sydney

Gillie and Marc’s beautiful bronze sculpture of two attending children has been installed.


The school is situated in Sydney’s Eastern Suburb Randwick and has had such a great influence on the children at the school.

Headmaster Anne Hastings wrote this little note to Gillie and Marc:

Dear Gillie and Marc,

We are very pleased to see our new sculptures and it’s wonderful to see our young ones giving them a hug and even talking to them! Many, many thanks for your time, creativity and passion in making this a reality for us.

Anne Hastings
Gillie and Marc worked closely with the schools community including principal, teachers and students and wanted to represent the schools philosophy in the form of a beautiful bronze sculpture.
Emanuel School is committed to providing educational excellence in a Pre-school to Year 12 continuum. We value the individuality of all students and encourage the development of their special interests and talents. Our objective is to extend our students to the best of their ability, and to foster a love of learning, a strong sense of community and a pride in their Jewish heritage.We strive to create an environment in harmony with the Jewish community in our society, in which genuine acceptance and understanding can develop. These concepts are reflected in the School motto “Mind, Spirit, Being”.
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Here are the children whom were the casts for the sculptures with school principal Anne Hastings.

The students just love interacting with the sculptures which is situated in the front garden of the school.


Gillie and Marc loved the opportunity to work with such an inspiring school.

Beautiful signed limited edition prints BY GILLIE AND MARC

Hot off the press!

Gillie and Marc’s paintings are now available as beautiful gyclee prints in a range of different sizes.

For a short time (starting today and ending May 31st) Gillie and Marc are offering these prints at 20% off.

Square Size:
210 x 210mm – $210 (now $168)
297 x 297mm – $290 (now $232)
420 x 420mm – $420 (now $336)
594 x 594mm – $620 (now $496)

Rectangular size:
A3 – 420 x 297mm – $290 (now $232)
A2 – 594 x 420mm – $420 (now $336)
A1 – 841 x 594mm – $620 (now $496)

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They have created a ‘Traveller’ series of prints as well as a ‘Lost Dog’ series and the colours are just spectacular!


Whether you want a small one as a beautiful gift or maybe a large one to fill that huge wall you have at home.


Love, travel, exploration and fun – these prints are perfect for any occasion!


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These gorgeous prints will soon be made into single greeting cards and card packs as well.


Gillie and Marc’s lost dog fibre glass sculptures are now available in lots of beautiful colours and can be commissioned as paintings or bought as beautiful prints.

We can also organise professional framing at very reasonable prices so please email us at to purchase or find out more info!




Hope to hear from you soon!



On the weekend, Gillie and Marc headed to the Riverina town of West Wyalong to uncover one of their latest projects…

WestWylong_roadInfluential Australian artist Russell Drysdale became an iconic figure after painting a series of landscapes of drought-ravaged 1940s New South Wales. Drysdales painting “West Wyalong” is  recreated in bronze by Gillie and Marc for the town as a 3D version.

“This interactive sculpture is placed on the street at the exact angle Drysdale painted from,” says Gillie. “We’ve recreated the streetscape, only it is more than double the original size. It’s a real landmark for West Wyalong.”

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(Drysdales original painting ‘West Wyalong’, 1949).

Click here if you want to see the interview of the artists and the uncovering of the magnificent bronze sculpture for the town.