Over the weekend, families trekked from Adelaide, Sydney, Regional NSW and even as far as Suburban Williamstown to congregate for my Grandmother's 80th Birthday celebration. It's so refreshing to know that, beyond your close family, there are hundreds of relatives you never even knew existed. However, a somewhat frightening realisation in the context of dating and reproduction (which is why I tend to go for hot Asian guys to ensure no relation and thus reducing the chance of incest). Just kidding, I'm yet to sleep with an Asian, so hit me up guys (I'm talking 2 u, Joseph Gordon Levitt).
Wow this got inappropriate rather quickly. Grandma, don't read this. I practically had to beg my uncle to let me take photographs at the party. He was not very keen on having an amateur capturing this beautiful day. Also, this small child ate cake adorably and I may or may not have attempted to kidnap her (unsuccessfully).
Julie Anne (above), a part time model, allowed me to be her "unofficial" make up artist and stylist for the day. She looks 10 years younger, doesn't she? (She's 30 btw)
I don't know these people, but I really like these pictures. However, I assume that they aren't familiar with blogging culture and will never see them.
O U T F I T O F T H E D A Y
Martin (Right) wears the "Chic Thespian" collection from J Crew.
(In stores now - includes a free digital download of Macbeth for your kindle)
Dress - Manning Cartell | Crop Jumper - Zara | Shoes - Tony Bianco | Jewellery - Made by Me (obvi)
Spent the day exploring the Top Arts exhibition at the NGV this weekend. It became a tradition in my family that every year on Mother's Day, we would go into town and visit the Top Arts Exhibition at my mum's request. Being the young, restless and unappreciative child that I was (and still kind of am), I resented these outings. It wasn't until I started doing art in High School that I actually came to have a newfound respect for all of the finalists in the Top Arts exhibitions each year. Can I just say though, to the curator of the NGV at Fed Square, please can you get your shit together, this exhibition space is horrid. I've been visiting the exhibition each year for as long as I can remember, like I said, and I've noticed that the quality of work has increased each year while the gallery space has been neglected almost at the same rate. These students deserve to have their work in a space that would house any Australian Solo Exhibition in the larger gallery spaces!!! It's so disheartening to see the works crammed into the corner of the NGV. Anyway, rant over. Here are some of the stand outs for me!!!
Callum Croker's work was featured in the exhibition, but I was unable to get any good images of his work!! Below are some of his fantastic works that were exhibited toward the end of 2014 at the Wesley College Art Show!! Visit his website here
A cool shot of a crane truck in the tiny Hosier Lane. We couldn't get a table at Movida Next Door but this picture was so much COOLER righttttt?
These CD's reminded me of the RMIT Design Hub!!! It's a shame they're covered in ratchet dirt and splotches, need to run them through a Disc Cleaner. See the post a few posts ago that has a pic of the building I'm talking about!!!
I've officially seen the Northern Lights?!?! Pretty dope street art. Take note of what's in the window...
I feel a charcoal portrait coming on..
For Christmas last year, my mum gave me a book called 'Show Your Work'. I was somewhat offended at first. 'Mum, are you telling me I can't do this on my own?'. I later realised, after reading only a third of the first chapter before trailing off into an idea spiral, that perhaps I do need help to show my work? How else will people see what I'm doing?!?! So, in order to get myself out there creatively, I am...well...trying to get myself out there? I had a job interview with some cool fashion people this morning who said that they loved my website. What? Sorry, you went on my website? You liked something I created? For me, I know that I'm constantly developing and refining my style and my designs, trying to achieve what I think is ultimately perfect? My lecturers at university believe this to be incredibly annoying and give me that 'can u not' glare. In this process, the fact that people enjoy what I think is unrefined and still in dire need of work, is incredibly humbling. It's truly motivated me to know that people are admiring what I'm doing, albeit only a select few are real people, the rest are random possums I meet on my night runs, but that's all I really need to feel more confident about myself. A few blog posts ago, I wrote about a couple I met at an art gallery in January. I really valued their words of encouragement, how they told me to forget about what I think. Once you've exposed your work to the world, it's no longer yours to critique, it's entirely subjective. Much like the controversial flavour of anchovies, people either love it or hate it. After all, how will people know they hate anchovies until they've tried them and then gone on to projectile vomit in a pizza-crust-ridden alley way off Lygon St??? Does my pizza analogy work? I just like to reference pizza in any potential pizza related situation. I honestly forgot what the point of this post was? Oh well, I'll remember later. For now, check out my etsy store. There's not much on there right now, but follow the page, have a squizz and be sure to watch this space. Next month my work will be in a little gallery so I'll be sure to keep you posted and what have you!!! Yay Colour.
Me before I read 'Show Your Work'
Post 'Show Your Work'
Me showing my work
To understand the beginnings of Quinnoa, you must first understand the hoarding problem that most members of my family have. As a result of this hoarding problem, our family home is stocked with collections of this and that, little trinkets and unnecessary impulse purchases. A lot of people say it’s what adds “character” to the home, but I see it as clutter. The difference for me is, I may be a hoarder, but I’m really good at hiding it. Whether it’s tricky storage solutions to conceal my winter clothes during the summer, the sneaky placement of my bottle collection, keeping the collection spaced specific distances apart as to mask the fact that I have a serious alcohol/bottle problem. This jewellery brand started on the grounds of this so call problem, and the time I found a paper bag filled with wine corks in our cupboard of mugs. The corks were supposed to wind up in a charity bin (pardon the pun) somewhere, but my mum never took them and her failed humanitarian efforts have allowed me to create a jewellery brand with a point of difference.
The initial objective for the brand was to allow young online shopping addicts understand where their jewellery is coming from. With the recent increase in popularity with the introduction of international retailers to Melbourne and other parts of Australia, purchasing cheap, highly mass produced products from brands such as H&M, Zara, Sportsgirl and other Australian brands that outsource the majority of their manufacturing, has become more easily accessible. This of course excludes online stores which sell similar products at competitive prices. We all know the jewellery we are talking about. The stuff that makes your fingers turn green, or the pieces that only survive one special occasion because they’ve ended up sprawled across a dance floor or toilet bowl (depending on how you like to party). Not to mention the products that leve you with an infected piercing and pus filled earlobes. Have we heard enough yet??
By using a recycled item such as cork or even a bottle cap, buyers can see how important the use of sustainable materials is to the brand. It highlights our consideration and environmental approach with the philosophy of the brand, and is something that is easily recognisable. I have a part time job in a local cafe. Many customers immediately double take when they see my necklaces. Seeing a common household item to create a piece that is unique, and something that can be worn by like minded environmentalists is what makes Quinnoa different.
Albiet, for the past 5 months, the use of polymer clay has been a way to bring bold, exciting shapes and colours to the brand. Initially, pom poms were used as a juxtaposition to the cork material, which was then seen as impractical and, in the long term, not long lasting. Since the beginning of the business, it has continued to grow and develop, it is constantly changing for the better while maintaining the essence of the initial idea.
Whether your a friend, relative or a passer by, I thank each and every one of you for your words of encouragement and your support. A special thanks to the skeptics, the people who thought that this was just about making money and my family members who couldn't quite see the point! I thank all of that negativity because it encourages me each day and has helped me realise that I am doing exactly what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. It may not be perfect right now, but if this is where I am at 5 months into the project, then I am immensely excited for the future development of the brand and to see what will happen.
Have a peruse through the site, check out my new site 'Thum', follow Quinnoa on various social media, and send me pictures of things that you like to do!! Perhaps we can collaborate and make the world a prettier place together!!
All images taken at the botanic gardens in Victoria's Golden City, Ballarat.
When you're an off-the-books, part time employer in a local cafe that may, or may not be a drug front for a lucrative west-side market, it's not often that you get a Sunday off work. I'm not fortunate enough to receive the full benefits of part time employment such as superannuation, double pay on public holidays or even on Sundays. So, in order to celebrate this oppurtunity that was so graciously thrown at me (I'm certain), I went on a mini adventure to Ballarat.
Here are the images I captured digitally. I'm looking forward to being a hipster douchebag later this week to get my negatives developed. Douchebag Life!! Blissful.
I'm feeling very florally// and very leafy. Potentially seeing the early makings of a theme for my upcoming nineteenth birthday.