Freo's View


Posted in fremantle, notre dame university, photography by freoview on August 28, 2014

There is an interesting article on Photoshop manipulation in regard to eating disorders of women, by Fremantle Notre Dame University School of Law lecturer Marilyn Krawitz in In Principo, the University’s magazine.

Ms Krawitz reports on the Photoshop Law in Israel that requires female models to have a minimum BMI of 18.5, and when photographers or magazines manipulate photos to make models look thinner, they have to include a warning that covers at least seven percent of the photo.

I quite agree that excessive photo manipulation needs to be recorded  somehow, as many photos are drastically changed in PS and other software, and that alters the reality of photos that will be seen as historic documentation by future generations.  The Photoshop ‘reality’ is in fact fake reality because things that were in the original photos might have been taken out, or things could have been added.

There is another issue for me. While eating disorder in young women is serious, the manipulation of innocent children under 15 in fashion photography is equally disturbing to me. Girls are made up and dressed up to look sexy,and are photographed in seductive poses and plastered on magazine covers as some kind of sex bombs, and that is absolutely unacceptable.

Every photo we take is the recording of our history and we need to be aware of that at all times. The overuse of Photoshop and other similar software often is a tool to hide bad and mediocre photography.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 12, 2014

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I know it is not unique to Fremantle, but it is still pretty depressing to see yet another fashion shop closing down in the run-down High Street Mall. So many people try, but so many businesses fail within a short time. Just up the road a new fashion shop had a 50% Sale on just two weeks after opening, not a good sign at all.

And then there is the way landlords allow building to deteriorate and councils unable to do much about it. The former Susan store is a disgrace. It has not been painted for years and now they slap black plastic on the windows. They don’t care. They don’t have a sense of civic responsibility to their community and the businesses around them. It makes me angry.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 29, 2014

Pure Apple

The people of the small fashion design boutique PURE APPLE in Fremantle High Street are jumping on the Worldcup soccer bandwagon and have put a soccer table game out on the veranda.

Pure Apple is next to the also new Common Ground fashion collective, and includes the dangerously named The Banker cafe. Let’s hope the coffee is good, or the B might be changed for another letter that is much later in the alphabet. ; >)

Support Freo’s local retailers!

Roel Loopers

P.S. Talking about traders, I hear that GRILL’D Burgers are moving into the former Merchant Teahouse premises on the Cappuccino Strip on the corner of Collie Street.


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 6, 2014

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That very special retail experience, MANY 6160 at Kings Square in Fremantle, is constantly changing, almost rebirthing. Several new retailers have moved into the space and they are delighted the very popular PIGEONHOLE brand is one of them.

There is also raw food and bread and more and different designer clothes, and wear, and furniture, and art, and, and, … You really have to go and have a look for yourself!

Many 6160 is only doing Friday to Sunday trading during the winter months, and that makes sense, so some of the young designers can support their venture into retail with a job on the side.

It’s very important that people in the Fremantle area support our local traders, as they are an integral part of our community.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 21, 2014

Fremantle is getting a retail boost in the West End of the City with several businesses opening shop there soon. In PSAS art studios in Pakenham Street Studio 37 Cafe is opening with great coffee made by barista Tom Wearne, known from Chalkys and the Moore&Moore Cafe.

At 82 High Street, where New Edition bookshop previously was, Common Ground will open with lots of fashion, a cafe, small bar, studios, and it will also be available for events and functions. They will be trading seven days a week and are one of the first recipients of the City of Fremantle Business Attraction Incentives that gave them a direct up front cash payment of $ 10,000.

Also opening in High Street is Vintage and Fair Trade boutique BiBi, who also received COF support, and of course New Edition will re-open soon on the corner of High and Henry Street next to Brooker Furniture.

Common Ground and BiBi both come from MANY 6160, the retail incubator at Kings Square.

The CoF Business Attraction Incentives is a scheme to attract new retailers to Fremantle and will pay up front cash, give discounted rates to landlords, or discounted leases of City owned buildings, similar to a scheme that is in place at the City of Perth.

The lease figures for 82 High Street I have heard mentioning are huge, so I sincerely hope the Common Ground operators have done a very realistic assessment of where Freo’s retail is at.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 18, 2014

The Grumpy Sailor Cafe is back! The cafe had to move when the New Edition bookshop they were part of went on the move. If you missed the great homemade bagels and good coffee, Grumpy Sailor is now at Paddy Troy Mall next to the bicycle shop there.

New Edition will re-open in a new premises on the corner of High and Henry Street next month, so it’s all good news for Fremantle.

I heard that a group of fashion designers have leased the former New Edition building and there will also be an Espresso Bar there. Let’s hope the high rent won’t make their dreams become nightmares. Good luck to all!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 13, 2014

A quick reminder that the Fremantle Heritage Festival story telling circle is on today at 3.30 pm in the boardroom of the Chamber of Commerce at 16 Phillimore Street.

Come and listen to the intriguing life stories of artist Ian de Souza, fashion designer Sheree Dornan, Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith, Chamber CEO Tim Milsom and others, and share your own story with us.

It’s a free event organised by the Fremantle Society, so come along and bring some friends.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on May 9, 2014

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Yes, that’s what it’s called; the Sneakers Clash Wall, a new large mural at the back of the Fremantle Dome cafe along what locals know as Little Market Street. It’s all colourful and inspired by the Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars ’70 Sneaker, and is part of  series of art installations around the globe.

Managed by Just Another Agency, graffiti artists Alex Lehours, York and Sheryo will work all weekend at the location. They invite fans to come along and interact with them and influence the creations through suggestions.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 2, 2014

Come and join the Fremantle STORY TELLING CIRCLE on Tuesday May 13 at 3.30 p.m. Hear the incredible story of a young man who had to care for his siblings because of an absent mother, became a self-made millionaire, and is now the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, and listen to the amazing story of one of Freo’s most prolific artists who studied to become a priest, had his own TV show, is a great cook, taught himself to play the piano and violin, etc.

There are so many great stories in our community and the FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL is perfect to hold a story telling circle, organised by the Fremantle Society.

Listen to Love in Tokyo fashion designer Sheree Dornan, Fremantle Foundation CEO and former Dockers player Dylan Smith, artist Ian de Souza, Chamber CEO Tim Milsom and others. A woman who was born on the North Mole has promised to come and tell her story as well. What is your story that connects you with Freo? I might even tell my own.

It is a FREE event and no bookings required. Upstairs boardroom of the Chamber of Commerce at 16 Philliomore Street. Starts 3.30 sharp. Tuesday May 13.

Be part of the Fremantle Story!


Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 12, 2014

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There is a bit going on at Fremantle Kings Square today with new retailer MADEN opening at the MANY 6160 incubator. Maden sells exquisitely designed wears and is a collaboration of five female artists who have studios on the first floor. Go and see Dark Nouveau by Helen Creagh, Hanna Farleigh’s design, Haptic by Vaelei Walkden-Brown, Rocuco by Angela Ferolla and Stiff Clothing by Stephanie Viol. Maden is next to the cafe at the back of Many 6160.

While there join the opening of the Hollow Project, created by Sarah Blangiardo and Ariane Palassis of Feast Your Eyes. There will be mocktails and live music from 5-7 this eve.

And check out the digger artwork on the wall of the building and a stunning wood work art piece of a man pulling a heavy object in one of the windows.

it’s all very Freo, so support it!

Roel Loopers


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