Friday, December 18, 2009

Beaufort Street Christmas Street Party

Hit the
for our first
Christmas Street Party

Tuesday 22nd December 6pm-8pm

...invite our loyal clients and friends to join us at
The Highgate Hub for some Christmas cheer
Stroll down the “Highgate Hub” for a street party of shopping, sipping, smiling, celebrating, tasting, seeing and enjoying
Watch for a tree decorated with stunning fresh flowers, shop......
have the new “Top 50 Restaurant Guide – WA” book signed by the author John Maiorana, shop.........
make a wish on the Wish for the World tree, shop.........
visit a lounge room in the car park, taste some bubbles, shop........
visit a garden with boutique clothing that will give YOU a gift of 10% off, shop......
learn how to make egg nog, eat truffles, shop.....
delve into the delight of white Christmas and coconut ice, shop....
burp some bubbles, shop......
meet Midnight the Reindeer, shop......
feed your Christmas soul with Ogilvies fine food, shop......
grab a German sausage from the enormous frying pan, shop.....
tasty up your table, shop......
and oh! You can buy some last minute presents too....
delight in Christmas at
The Highgate Hub (on Beaufort Street between Mary & St. Albans)
A The Beaufort Street Network initiative

'Tis The Seasoning.

Original Article Photo by Lincoln Baker.

Sunday Times Magazine (13/12/09) article by Gail Williams on some of Perth's Top Chefs and their Christmas Food passions and cravings.

Oversized cutlery props courtesy of The Beaufort Street Merchant
available at Behind The Monkey.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Statement in Anti-Luxury at Behind the Monkey - TRIWA

A Not So Classic, Classic. – a ‘must have’ piece

TRIWA offers an anti-luxury statement in a luxury obsessed culture,

To deliver ATTITUDE through strong colours and new materials

ESTABLISHED in Sweden, inspired from I in 2006 with the purpose to design, manufacture and market playful watches.

Inspired from Italian design where watches are seen more as accessories than time pieces and are changeable according to mood and fashion

Japanese made quartz by Miyota (Citizen) produced with scratchproof mineral glass and Poly Carbon plastic.

12 Month guarantee.

Produced in Stockholm

prices range from $219 - $249

Monday, September 28, 2009



– Due to a series of unfortunate events we have been disconnected completely from our email address for the last couple of weeks and you may have been experiencing difficulty in getting hold of us. If you have resorted to old fashioned methods – i.e. phone, jungle drums, beating chests etc. we would have spoken .....but if you thought we’d just gone AWOL you may not have managed contact at all.

We’re so sorry for any inconvenience you may have been caused.

BUT NOW FINALLY, WE’RE BACK ON LINE!!! We would like to advise our new permanent email address is:

**Please change your records so your computer recognises this new email address as valid.

Look forward to speaking to you soon.....that is, unless we owe you bananas -– in that case we have gone AWOL(!)

The Monkey is only kidding of course!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Billions, zillions and trillions

Billions, zillions and trillions, the first solo exhibition of self-taught Perth artist Alexandra Lekias, is a romp through a vivid universe populated by doll-like mannequins captured in situations beyond their control and disembodied hands that pull the strings.
Chic but hollow characters are caught in actions that belie their stylish presentation. Streams of sugar gliders burst from pimples, party girls vomit a technicolour variety of whale breeds and hundreds of fainting couches trickle from a bleeding nose.

A strong sense of the ridiculous and bizarre pervades the black and white ink illustrations, which are illuminated with vivid splashes of watercolour in lolly-like hues. Rich in symbolism the works draw on dreams, memories and the artist’s personal narrative to explore themes including childhood and an innocent fascination with bodily functions.

Lekias, who cites 15th Century Iconic art, German Expressionist cinema, Japanese Manga and the works of Art Nouveau artist Aubrey Beardsley as among the many influences on her work, describes the main theme of Billions, Zillions and Trillions as the expression of a total loss of control.

“The characters I draw have no real will or power of their own, but act as narrative vehicles inhabiting a surreal, dream-like world”.

“They are subject to the normal bodily functions that we don't usually talk about and keep hidden behind the scenes, but with strange but beautiful twists.”

Accompanying the mannequins in this alternate reality is a series of severed hands, elegantly gloved and bejewelled, which have broken free of their bodies to take control. Far more powerful than the doll-like figures, the hands conjure scenes like omnipotent puppeteers.

“The hands are based on a recurring dream I had for a whole year”, explains Lekias.

“When I researched the meaning behind the dreams, severed hands apparently signified a subconscious expression of feeling as if one's life is out of their control”.

More of Lekias’ work can be seen adorning the album covers and promotional pieces for local band Sugar Army. Other side projects of the artist include developing a graphic novel and amassing a collection of 365 party dresses.

Billions, Zillions and Trillions, opens at 6.30pm Wednesday October 7 at Behind the Monkey and continues until Wednesday October 21.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Email update

EEEK!!! JUNGLE WIRES HAVE BEEN CROSSED (BY TELSTRA!) – Due to a series of unfortunate events we have been disconnected completely from our email address and you may have been experiencing difficulty in getting hold of us. We are using this temporary email for approximately two weeks until the situation will be rectified with a new but permanent address.

We will advise you of this as soon as possible. In the meantime you may need to resort to old fashioned methods – i.e. phone, jungle drums, beating chests.......or you can use this address until further notice.

We’re so sorry for any inconvenience you may have been caused.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Jungle worries:

The email is down (long Story!) need to contact us urgently? - please go back to the old fashioned way and call us instead
- (08) 9227 7886

Thursday, August 27, 2009

In the Press - Perth's Best Shopping

8 great reasons to get down to the Beaufort Street Shopping Strip.

Please click on image to read article.

In The Press - Mmm, sacrelicious

As featured in The Wire Magazine, The West Australian 27.08.09
Stylist: Jacqui Bahr

Please click on picture for a larger image.

#5. Pocket Jesus
#7. Fridasilver & black onyx cross
#10. Dashboard Jesus.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dancing On The Page

Tura New Music 2009
The 9th Totally Huge New Music Festival showcases an extraordinary array of concerts, installations, exhibitions, workshops and masterclasses over ten aurally audacious days. Check out the events here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

In The Press - The Jewellery Link

Issue 3, 2009 from The Jewellery Link,
issued by Western Frontier Traders.
Please click on picture to read article.

Western Frontier Traders,
2 /41 McCoy St, Myaree. Ph Metro: 9330 8383

Thursday, August 13, 2009

In The Press - Sick Dolly

From The West Australian "The Wire Magazine" 13.08.09 Stylist: Jacquie Bahr.

Featuring and in store now:

4. Doll Hand Pendant $87.00 by Lotta.
5. Vittoria Bottle Doll $120 by Iam Harrison.
8. Babushka Set $50 by Via Alley.
10. Baby Bear $60 by Fred Suicide.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Want To Shop? Find out where's Hot

In Wednesday's West, the U magazine liftout has 55 suggestions of where to part with your money here in Perth. Behind The Monkey was on the list of favourites!

Monday, July 6, 2009



Jeweller Willem Heyneker will unveil his startling new work, Tingles down my spine, on Wednesday July 8 at Behind the Monkey, Highgate

The eye-catching, torso length piece has been painstakingly created from the found skeletal remains of Emu and Kangaroo, which have been silver plated then interspersed with Red Coral and copper wire. Heyneker has threaded the design with neoprene so the piece retains the flexibility of a spine.

“For me, this piece represents both the good and bad experiences that life can throw at you,” says Heyneker.

“Sometimes the experiences are so profound that they create heightened feelings that are manifested physically, and this is what Tingles down my spine is all about .”

Tingles down my spine will open at Behind the Monkey, 479 Beaufort Street Highgate, at 6pm on Wednesday July 8 and close on Sunday July 26. Additional fine jewellery works by Heyneker will also be on display.

Tingles Down My Spine is proudly supported by Franc Essential, Leaping Lizard, Telos Brand, Supreme Printers and Behind the Monkey.

Photos courtesy of Stefan Gossati.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tingles Down My Spine

Behind The Monkey proudly presents an exquisite solo exhibition of contemporary jewellery

Please join us on opening night for canap├ęs and drinks.

Wednesday 8th July 6pm - 9 pm.

Exhibition runs until Sunday 25th July 2009.

Please click on image to see a full size version

Sunday, June 14, 2009

In The Press in June

This Month:

The Wire Magazine, The West Australian. 4th June.

The Wire Magazine, The West Australian. 11th June

The West Weekend Magazine, The West Australian. 6th June

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The 2009 Story - "Tuda I Abratna"

Exhibition runs until the 29th June.

Now here is a story for you all.

Once upon a time a young and courageous Genetic Councilor took a trip through the freezing Russian countryside on the Trans-Mongolian railway line. She did a round trip or as the Russians would say “Tuda I Abratna”.
After leaving home to travel on her whimsical way she met Elephant and Pumpkin Stalk Man. Venturing into lands unknown to most Genetic Councilors she found herself in very unfamiliar territory. As she traveled, this lovely 25 year old opened herself up to different possibilities and ways of living, crossing paths with characters that you would never normally meet.

The Councilor, the Elephant, The Pumpkin Stalk Man and others she met along the way were bombarded with new experiences – some seemed terrifying encounters, some invigorating. Such diverse fantastical fun! Sheer adventure.

So what does One do once One experiences suchness? Well the Monkey asked this question.

Well One comes home. Of course One cannot stay in Mongolia too long. But One cannot come home alone. So One brings home the Pumpkin Stalk Man, the Elephant…….as One does. And then she introduces them to the Monkey.

Genetic Councilors may very well be quite strange and wonderfully weird characters themselves. This one is normal to look at, sweet natured, and somewhat but possibly unusually artistically advanced. She can create fanciful narrative and illustration as well as understand complex medical information as well as combine scientific knowledge with counseling. As One does. Or that One anyway……..

Well the Monkey loves the Pumpkin Stalk Man. Like really loves him. He is visiting for 2 weeks starting on June 17th and you must come meet him too – and the Elephant and the Genetic Councilor.
He’ll be living in our window until June 29th – and you can see illustrations of this strange and wonderful groups travel memories and read the narrative of their adventures in The Cracked Gallery over that time.

Come visit. Then quickly visit your travel agent and book for Mongolia. As One should.
Love from The Monkey.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

We "Heart" Mount Lawley

From the Wire Magazine in Thursday's West Australian.

Tuppertime Clock and Spacemen Cufflinks in store now!

Come and visit us and all the other great stores in Mt Lawley and Highgate.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Fables & Nocturnes - Photographic Exhibition

Opening Night was a great success, but if you weren't one of the huge crowd who made the opening there's still a chance to see the wonderful work of PIP - Photographers in Perth.
The exhibition runs in the Cracked gallery until 31st May 2009.

Photographs by David Savage/Alison Holt

Nick Palasin's work was voted Best In Show, judged by Photographer Louise Mann

Photograph by Seng Mah

The recipient of The Cracked Gallery Choice Award, selected by Team Monkey was Steve Humpleby. Steve won a $100 Gift Voucher from Behind The Monkey.

Photograph by Seng Mah

Live, Love, Laugh - Booksigning

The Behind The Monkey Booksigning Event for Live, Love, Laugh, was a great success with $1124 being raised jointly by The Authors and the shop for The Breast Cancer Foundation Of W.A.

Pictured here with Authors Michelle Ferry and Janette Philp are Elaine MacLeod from Behind The Monkey and Priya Cooper O.A.M who launched the Saturday event.

Team Monkey: Gemma, Lisa and Brody

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fables & Nocturnes - Photographic Exhibition

View this link for a larger version of the flyer

Exhibition Launch: Sunday 17th May. 5pm - 7 pm

Exhibition runs from Saturday 16th May to Sunday 31st May 2009.
Exhibition curated by Seng Mah

Friday, April 24, 2009

The 2009 Story. LiveLoveLaugh: Behind the Table

Visit Team Monkey


A book signing event of Live Love Laugh

on Saturday May 9 from 10am to 2pm,

to be launched by Paralympics’ Gold medallist, Priya Cooper O.A.M.

(Monkey definitely wants her autograph)
The three authors, Michelle Ferry, Janette Philp and Terri Gibbs will be on hand to meet readers at the free pre-Mothers’ Day book signing event (Monkey is in awe of these three ladies).

Pink refreshments including cupcakes and lemonade will be served to complement the book’s eye-catching design. (Monkey wants a taste).

Each book purchased on the day will not only raise a $5 donation for Breast Cancer Foundation of Western Australia, but will include a $300 photo shoot and print gift certificate from book sponsor, Viva Photography. (Monkey is really a top model waiting to be discovered so shall use this with glee)

According to the three Perth professionals who have co-written this inspirational new book, Live Love Laugh, there is a simple prescription for getting more out of life. Their book is packed with practical tips to help readers shake off negative habits and routines and live life to the full and has been praised by international speakers and coaches including Cyndi O’Meara and Pat Mesiti for its inspiring yet practical approach. (n.b. Monkey also recommends bananas and high ropes)

Goal-setting, expressing emotions, physical wellbeing and financial attitudes are just some of the topics covered in the eye-catching hot pink guide, which retails for $19.95.

So indulge yourselves in a pink morning and Live Love and Laugh.
(Oh and Monkey says to bring your Mum).

About The Authors

Collectively Michelle, Janette and Terri are dedicated to the success and longevity of writing the Live Love series.

Their backgrounds, natural talents and abilities have synergised together to create a powerful formidable triangle. Their skills encompass the understanding of writing, speaking, promoting, marketing, mentoring and inspiring their target market.

They realise the commitment, challenge and the dedication required to not only survive but to thrive in this industry.


Michelle’s personal life had come to a ‘glorious’ standstill. She stood amidst the achievements of her life-goals now reached. However, she felt passionless, stuck and without further purpose.

Michelle’s experiences and drive to buy, build and sell businesses, along side her husband while bringing up a family of three daughters, has been invaluable to the Three LLL’s. Michelle is already a successful published author after writing a beautiful photographic yet practical coffee table book, ‘The Lawn Book.’. This was an extension of one of their businesses at the time with Jim’s Mowing WA as Franchisor. Her book was considered by industry experts as the best and most informative books on lawns. Through her innovative marketing she sold her 1st print run of 5,000 books, though requested, she has not reprinted due to moving on to other ventures.

Michelle’s business experiences include opening a boutique of Australian top designer labels, a commercial food service business and ‘Speakers Corner’, a business where she primarily promoted their data base of national speakers and marrying them to businesses that required a specific speaker.

Her creative side was fed by her love of acting and amateur theatre. With her usual approach to life and innate tenacity she has yet again metamorphosed to another stage. Throughout this journey Michelle learnt and understood the magnificent power that comes with being able to take small steps in her daily life to achieve personal growth.

This was the beginning of her involvement with what would become Three LLL’s Success. For as long as Michelle can remember, she has filled her filing cabinets with stories she has written. The literary art flows in a vision of beautiful yet empowering words. She is able through her writing to take the reader with her on their own journey of small daily actions for powerful results.

It is Michelle’s hands-on life experiences which gives her the privilege to love her life to the utmost while she enthuses those around her.


Janette understands that life is too short to sit around waiting for something to happen. This is why she has been inspired to travel from Capetown to Casablanca and from Las Vegas to Lisbon while exploring all the niches of the globe.

An achiever and an adventurer, Janette gained her Private Pilots licence at forty and trekked the Kokoda Track at fifty.

Janette, a wife and mother of two daughters and a son, is not afraid to work, rest and play. At the same time she dedicaties her life to inspiring those around her to make their dreams come true with her attitude “There are only two times in life, Now and Too Late.”

Janette’s life experiences are varied;

Business – Owning and managing a variety of small businesses - arming her with skills to understand customer service, promotion and project development.

Achievement - Toastmasters champion in New Zealand - ability to speak and articulate with professionalism, which continues to serve during her monthly coaching meetings, engaging and inspiring her clients to action.

Property Investment - Buying, Renovating, Subdividing and Selling properties.

Personal – Sky Diving, White Water Rafting, Fire Walking on hot coals and bare handed Board Breaking splitting 10mm pine planks.

Janette’s wonderful uplifting ‘go get it’ attitude has been mirrored in her writing of Live Love Laugh.

Through her coaching and mentoring program, Janette was loved for inspiring, motivating and at times doing what ever it took to bring the best out in her clients. Her coaching experiences have helped Three LLL’s develop the ‘take action’ style for Live Love Laugh. Janette pours her heart and soul into supporting others in achieving success in their lives. She believes in people and encourages setting goals and taking action to accomplish.

Janette has been inspired to write, in an effort to impact more people’s lives. Whether she is coaching or writing she comes from a passionate heart which our readers will feel.

Janette’s philosophy is that belief in yourself and others is vital for Living, Loving and Laughing through life.


Terri was driving her car home from work one afternoon when she decided to end it all and drive into a tree. She put her foot on the accelerator, as a voice in her head said ‘you’re so stupid you won’t even be able to do this right’.

This was a defining moment realising she couldn’t go on living like this.

She became a seminar junky and found out along the way it wasn’t the massive things she tried to introduce into her life it was the seemingly small changes on a day by day basis that made the most profound difference.

Terri has always defined her writing life as the ‘Chapter 2 girl’ having started many projects, stories and books since her early twenties. However together with her husband Steve, she compiled and wrote ‘Memories of Ferguson’ a local history book in 2002.

Terri, mother of two daughters and a son, owned her own Bridal boutique where she learnt much about developing, promoting and marketing products and services. A decade in Retail Floor Management with a strong visual merchandising, promoting and marketing bias has given her invaluable skills for understanding her target market, their needs, wants and desires. Start with knowing the customer; create their need, and designing your outcome with their solution in mind.

Terri has been involved in Wealth Coaching for the past four years, although drawing from her passed experiences she is also a trained NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master. During this time Terri was involved in writing a chapter in the book ‘Millionaire in Training’ in 2006. Terri has been instrumental in developing coaching programs that she uses today. The client’s weekly tasks have been an ongoing refining process to bring out their potential and empower them to take action. This knowledge has been useful in the development of Live Love Laugh.

Terri finds the public speaking side of her coaching very rewarding. She has enjoyed being a crew team member for Chris Howard particularly on ‘Platform and Presentation Skills Trainings’ of which she is a graduate.

Live Love Laugh is a reflection of her passion for personal development and living an inspired life.

About Priya Cooper

Priya is 32 years old and hails Perth. Born with cerebral palsy, Priya began swimming at a young age for therapy and later realised her potential as a competitor. It was not until 1991, whilst competing at a school carnival, she was approached to represent Western Australia. Priya competed for the first time in the National Wheelchair Games winning a staggering nine gold medals.

With the hours of long, hard training Priya went success to success, winning 3 gold and 2 silver medals, and breaking two world records and three Paralympic records at the Barcelona Paralympics in 1992. This was her first international competition. Priya won the most medals of any Australian athlete at the Games, and as a result was given the honour of carrying the flag for Australia at the closing ceremony. On arriving back in Australia she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to sport, and became an Australia Day Ambassador.

Priya then set her sights on the World Swimming Championships in Malta in 1994. Priya competed in five events, won 5 gold medals and set 4 world records as well as captaining the Australian team.

The lead up to the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta saw Priya compete in 1995 in the Pre-Paralympic Swimming trials in Atlanta winning eight gold medals in eight events and setting one world record. These results focused much attention on her for the subsequent Paralympic Games in 1996

At the 10th Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Priya led the charge for Australia winning 5 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal, as well as setting three world records and five Paralympic records. Far exceeding her efforts in Barcelona four years earlier. She was also ed to captain the entire Australian Paralympic team, and once again won the highest number of medals of any Australian athlete.

In 1988 Priya competed in the British National Swimming Championships and won 4 gold medals, a bronze medal, and set a world record.

In 1999 Priya was named Young Australian of the Year for Sport, winning the award over other major sporting stars such as Pat Rafter and Ian Thorpe who were also finalists in the Sports category of this prestigious award.

Priya spent almost two years in Sydney prior to Sydney 2000 Paralympics to concentrate on her training and lifelong goal of winning gold for her country, in her country, at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics. Despite recovering major shoulder surgery, Priya achieved her aim and in October 2000 won a gold medal in the 400m Freestyle and three bronze medals in other events.

Priya has a degree in Health Promotion and Journalism Curtin University of W.A, and is very involved in public speaking. She has addressed major corporate and government conferences and events in Fiji, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Gold Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. She is an excellent motivational speaker whose presentation titled 'Success is A Choice' reminds us that any dream, large or small, personal or corporate, can come true with the strength of sheer determination. Her presentation often elicits standing ovations audiences.