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Kalon Azure

Literal girls of the past, present and future.

This interview was – mostly – conducted in a park in Stavanger, Norway. The girls of Kalon Azure – Nora and Martine – took my questions, discussed their answers on video and emailed me the files, which I later transcribed.

Piecing together their thoughts and phrases to create this interview was the most gentle, wholesome, invigorating process. And I hope that comes through.

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NORA & MARTINE.

How did you two meet?

Nora – We met in third grade, and spent that summer together; climbing trees, dressing up in costumes and trading pokémon cards. We lost contact for a couple of years, but in 2013 we started middle school together and realized we shared a lot of the same interests. Ever since, we’ve been inseparable; traveling to a surf camp in Hoddevik, concerts in Bergen and France, creative writing in the middle of the night, moon ceremonies, and countless trips to the local organic farm & botanical garden.

The emoji you use the most?

Martine – Pink heart/pink flower 💖🌸

N – The wave/pink heart 🌊💖

When you were little, what did you want to do?

M – I wanted to be an artist living in France, as my family used to go to France every other year, and I loved it there. But I also wanted to own a strawberry farm!

N – I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was young, because I really enjoy history and learning about other cultures … but I also wanted to work in fashion! Weird mix, I know.

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KALON AZURE.

First thing’s first – why the sname Kalon Azure?

Nora – We were originally called The Travelling Crew, and focused more on travelling, but we realised that wasn’t really what we wanted from our website. So…

Martine – The word Kalon has Greek roots, and means beauty that is more than skin deep.  Azure has Arabic roots, and equals the colour of the sky on a cloudless sky.

N – We kind of decided on this because we wanted something people hadn’t really heard before. We wanted something to represent what we really stand for – that beauty isn’t just what you wear and look like.

M – The beauty that exists inside of us. Freedom … individuality … that although we don’t all have the same horizons, we live under the same sky.

Sustainability is a huge part of Kalon Azure. Why is that?

M – I guess because it’s such a huge part of our lives. We started our sustainable journey back in 2014… I don’t exactly know how it happened, but we went from loving these major, awful companies to –

N – In the blink of an eye, we just weren’t interested anymore. I remember I used to buy Maybelline and MAC and all these horrible brands, but I sort of just changed. I think we both started this journey on our own, but it was at the same time, so we ended up learning from each other. We really just wanted to spread the message of sustainability to as many people as possible.

But also … this blog, our website, it’s us learning. We’re not perfect. We’re sharing our own journey – we look at other blogs and figure out new ways to be sustainable, and pass that onto others – the things that work for us. For instance, fast fashion is quite a good example, and knowing more about slow fashion. Using more organic, loval and vegan products, less plastic, etc. … but we’re learning as we go along. We’re constantly figuring out how to be more ethical.

M – We’re also involved in environmental politics, so we’re trying to raise awareness and get more people interested. But I think it’s all about the small changes you make to your lifestyle. Sustainability to me is having respect for the planet and its people, but also future generations. It’s creating a world where future generations can thrive.

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Okay – Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement … what were you feeling?

M – When I first heard, I felt – helpless. It just felt very surreal, because – okay, so even the fact that Trump is President still feels surreal to me. When people call him President Trump, I’m like – is this even real??

N – He doesn’t deserve to be president. And obviously, it’s really horrible that he pulled out of the Paris agreement. I guess, the fact that Trump doesn’t really believe the climate is changing – that’s what’s really scary, that a man with so much power has these views. But … there are so many people in America that don’t have the same values as Trump. It’s not just one man who changes everything. You can still make your own choices, and it can still be a really positive change.

On that note – how do you think we can save the world? 

N – Really, just doing smaller things that you can do.

M – Realising we do have an impact on the planet.

N – And that climate change is not a lie.

M – YES! [both laugh] But the way so many people live their lives now – including ourselves, you know, we’re not perfect – causes so much damage to the people who are already struggling. We just need to live our lives more compassionately, and more consciously. The ripple effect of that can save our planet.

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Starting this blog – what have you learnt?

N – We’ve been doing this for quite some time now… 2, 3 years, maybe? And it involves a lot more hard work than people might think – a lot of our spare time to write and reflect and share what we love to do.

M – And this is a passion project, so I’ve learnt a lot about actually working on something you care about and are passionate about. And it’s been wonderful to be working with Nora – she constantly inspires me and fuels my creativity.

N – We inspire each other. And at the start, we were both really worried about what people would think about us, like what if we made some spelling mistake or wrote something that people thought was weird, or a cliché

M – But it’s not really about that.

N – We kind of just realised that we really want to do this, and we really love this, and the people who love us will love us for what we do. I think that’s kind of what we’ve really learnt – just do whatever you want to do.

M – Just be yourself. [laughs]

Three years from now … 

M – I’m pretty sure I’ll be on a gap year, travelling … maybe doing some volunteering. This Fall I’m visiting the Middle East and a couple of refugee camps, so maybe I could return and volunteer there. But I would also really like to take some course or part time class and learn more about something like art, philosophy, spirituality or religion.

N – We have two more years of school, and then I think I’ll also be on a gap year. I’d love to travel to Coast Rica or Bali and become a yoga instructor. That’s been my dream for about three years now – I want to spread the yoga message more in Norway. Hopefully I’ll also be living in a van!!

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If you could meet anyone, dead or alive…

N – Either… Heath Ledger, because he seemed like such an amazing person, really grounded and human… or Elvis – because we both really love his music, and he just seemed like such a cool guy [both laugh].

M – I would want to meet Shailene Woodley, because she – she just cares so passionately about protecting the environment, and I truly admire her lifestyle; how she’s so minimalistic and down to earth, and how she protested the Standing Rock Pipeline. She doesn’t really care what anyone else thinks about her.

If you could tell every teenager in the world ONE thing…

M – The time is now. Just create, and follow your passions and dreams, and only care about the things that truly matter for you.

N – Create a life that you want to live. At the end of the day, nobody else is going to live your life, and you only get one. Just do what makes you happy, no matter what comes your way.

KALON AZURE VINTAGE.

How did it all begin?

Nora – I remember we were always making collages about our favourite brands; Dior, Chanel, Prada … models and perfumes … [laughing] … and I think it just evolved from there in a weird way. But of course, it was also us starting our sustainable journey back in 2014. And the store – I guess we’ve been thinking about it for over a year now, but I think it really all started – what was it, three months ago? Four months?

Martine – We were at this local market, and we sold some second hand clothes and it went very well, so we thought we should just take a chance.

N – We were thinking if something doesn’t work out, it’s better to have tried it anyway than not tried it at all. So it’s been on our minds for over a year, but we finally got the courage to just do it. 

Is it hard to open a vintage store?

M – It was so much harder than I first thought. You have to measure and weigh the clothes, find shipping prices, consider the design and colour scheme … It’s taken a lot of work and energy.

N – Especially because we’re doing this all sustainably. We didn’t want to just open up a random store. We were going to open on the 17th, but we have to wait until the end of the month to get our recycled packaging. And also, the photo-shoot took a lot more time than we thought. We were like – okay, so we’ll do this for about two hours… and we were in the city for 5 or 6 hours

M – And it was raining!! [laughing]

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What do you hope to bring with each collection?

N – Pieces that can work for girls and guys. Any gender. This upcoming collection is a lot more feminine, but most of our readers are girls and women… so it was easier to find womens clothing and see how it all works before we get in more mens wear.

M – We want to make it easier for people to choose slow fashion and sustainable fashion, but also find some unique pieces.

N – Pieces they’ll actually love to wear for years and years and years.

M – The clothing industry at the moment …

N – Oh my god, it’s horrible.

M – It’s so awful… honestly, we just want to encourage people to buy second hand, and buy from people they can trust. Also, I’ve always loved to express myself through clothing, and I think buying vintage makes that so much more interesting.

N – It’s all about self expression and individual style, but it’s also about supporting sustainable fashion.

M – We want people to take control of the way they consume.

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Melbourne Film Festival After-Guide

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The Melbourne International Film Festival ran from August 3 – August 20 this year, screening hundreds of international and local films. With after-parties, director Q&As and IMAX screens, it’s a film-lovers dreams. But for those who couldn’t make it (myself included), we’ve put together a mini after-guide to the festival – featuring top picks and reviews from two young Australian film critics.

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KAI

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Kai Perrignon is a USA-born, Melbourne-based third year Screenwriting student at Victoria College of the Arts. He’s written for RMITV’s In Review and also co-hosts their film review web series Super Rate, both of which hopefully look good on a CV.

While his favourite films range from classics of the Japanese New Wave to the experimental works of the American Underground, he’s recently begun to delve deep into the annals of trash cinema. He can often be heard using the phrase, “absolutely disgusting and ethically questionable… but also really fascinating.”

When he’s not writing film criticism, he’s writing an enormous amount of screenplays, exploring ideas of connection, cynicism, and alienation in a confusing world. Sometimes, he practices writing comedy on Tinder, which has only resulted in heartbreak. Occasionally, he crews on independent films in the hopes of latching onto someone successful.

Kai hasn’t won any awards, but he organises his bookshelf according to what would make the best first impression to a date. His Sea Foaming-exclusive picks for MIFF 2017 are:

By The Time It Gets Dark (2016)

Drama/Fictional, Thai – 105 minutes

Anocha Suwichakornpong’s poetic By the Time it Gets Dark begins in a place of self-aware introspection. A fictional director is trying to make a film about an infamous massacre of student protesters in Thailand in the 1970s, but she finds herself unable to approach the moment with authenticity. Just as we begin to understand her plight, however, the narrative splinters into a more freeform discussion of identity, history, and the filmic medium itself.

Much like her previous film Mundane History, Suwichakornpong’s new film eschews clarity and easy answers for a sometimes incomprehensible realm of free-association. But that lack of clarity does not hinder the emotional impact of her work, as the story’s continuous unveilings are grounded by a melancholic tone. By the Time it Gets Dark is an elegiac meditation on what it means to comprehend history, and the impossibility of doing trauma justice.

The Endless (2017)

Science Fiction/Horror, English – 111 minutes

Indie-horror darlings Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s new film The Endless is another triumph for the genre-defying duo. A meta-textual horror story about cults, Lovecraftian horrors, ruts, and genre storytelling itself, The Endless follows two brothers (played by the directors themselves) who return to a “UFO death cult” from which they once fled, only to find that there may be some truth to the cult’s ramblings.

Fans of the duo’s prior work will find much to love here, as their latest acts as a sort-of spiritual sequel to their 2012 debut Resolution. Newbies need not worry, though, as The Endless is an ambitious and satisfying work in its own right. It’s a film about running in circles and trying desperately to escape – whether that be in life or in storytelling. Consistently creepy and mysterious, structurally genius and slyly beautiful, The Endless overcomes its occasionally choppy pacing with some of the most intelligent storytelling of the year.

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Alipato – The Very Brief Life of an Ember (2016)

Crime/Drama, Filipino – 88 minutes

Khavn’s latest film is like a John Waters movie from hell. Formally audacious and completely tasteless, Alipato’s alternating hostility and sincerity can be a jarring mix. In the first half, a gang of mostly naked children terrorise the slums of the Philippines. In the second, their leader comes back from prison to find his old haunts mostly unchanged and scarred.

Khavn applies an extremely highbrow technique to the most lowbrow of imagery, an approach that sometimes verges on condescending instead of celebratory, but his sparing use of truly beautiful sentimentality pulls his film clearly to the side of sympathy for his freaks. Alipato is a film obsessed with dick jokes and the juvenile, but it’s also one that seriously considers the socio-economic strata constantly re-enforced by exploitation and circumstance. Death and rebirth flow like piss and shit in Alipato, but the constant new blood seems doomed to die again before it can mature.

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GREER

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Born and raised in Melbourne, Greer finished a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University in 2015. Since then, she’s worked on short films as an editor and colourist, and is just as interested in the craft of creating a film as she is the end result.

Passionate about both screenwriting and film analysis, Greer enjoys writing long-form not only about individual films, but also about broader topics such as genre trends and conventions, the relationship between a film and its audience, and the ever-changing boundaries of the film medium itself. She tries to find the balance between getting excited for a film, and going in to the cinema knowing as little as possible.

She loves sci-fi, animation, kids’ movies, narrative-heavy video games, and struggling to stay under her word count. Her Sea Foaming-exclusive picks for MIFF 2017 are:

Loving Vincent (2017)

Crime/Drama, English – 95 minutes

Loving Vincent is absolutely gorgeous, I almost cried within the first five minutes of the film purely because of how beautiful it was. Every frame of the film is oil painted in van Gogh’s distinctive style, with scenes and characters built around his paintings.

The actual story itself is a fairly straightforward murder mystery, so the strength of the film really lies with the sheer artistry of the animation. When the artists are allowed to break away from the semi-realistic rotoscoping and fully embrace the painted/animated medium, it truly shines. It doesn’t just rest on the beauty of van Gogh’s work, but transforms it.

The Graduation (2016)

Documentary, French – 121 minutes

This was my first MIFF film this year. It’s a doco about the application process for an extremely competitive French film school. Both the potential students and the juries are featured, so you see the entire process from both perspectives. I went to uni to study film production myself, and the entire film was like an extended flashback to every awful oral presentation I ever did. For a film essentially about a series of exams, it was so tense.

I enjoy fly-on-the-wall style documentaries and this one was no exception. There’s no narration or explanation after the fact; what happens, happens, without comment or judgement. The film leaves everyone waiting until the very end to find out who was accepted, and even if most of the subjects’ appearances are brief, I was definitely emotionally invested in who made it in.

24 Frames (2016)

Drama/Experimental, Persian – 120 minutes

The director of 24 Frames, Abbas Kiarostami, passed away last year. Knowing that definitely informed how I felt about this film. It’s a series of vignettes constructed largely from photos the director took, imagining what might have happened before or after the snapshot. There’s no dialogue, just the sounds of animals, weather and (occasionally) people.

With so many scenes exploring similar settings – the beach, snowy mountains, birds – it did feel repetitive, and I could feel myself getting bored. But the final scene was so intensely emotional – it blew me away. It was incredibly sad. I don’t think I’ve ever before watched a film and felt ready to walk out halfway through, but then almost be in tears by its conclusion.

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The 10th Victim (1965)

Science Fiction/Action, English/Italian – 93 minutes

This was the most fun I had all festival. It’s an Italian dystopian thriller comedy from the 1960s – something everyone needs a little more of in their life. A woman shoots a man dead in the first ten minutes with her bra and it just gets more and more ridiculous from there. She’s a professional ‘hunter’ – a legally authorised murderer – and if she gets her last kill, she’ll win a million dollars.

Of course, it’s never that simple, which is what made it so fun. Her job is complicated by, of all things, a TV deal to commit the murder as part of a drink advertisement. The movie really digs into reality TV, voyeurism, and gratuitously violent entertainment in a way which even a lot of contemporary stories struggle to. It’s also completely impossible to predict and has a great 60s style; a really strong, funny and surprising film.

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Jot these down on your to-watch list and channel some MIFF vibes. Get your friends together and host your own after-party. Write out complex, critical movie reviews while you’re drunk.

What I’m trying to say: you don’t need tickets to get the MIFF experience.

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The Restless Times, Issue 7

The Restless Times. Media by youth, for youth. This is a bit different. 

READ ISSUE 7 HERE

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Issue Seven (!!!) of The Restless Times went live a few days ago. It is without a doubt, out best issue yet. A fresh layout and colour scheme, combined with a photo-heavy issue, new artists, longer and more in-depth articles, seperate categories … our team poured their hearts into this issue like no other before it, and the result is breathaking.

What IS The Restless Times?

A newspaper by youth, for youth. Founded in the early months of 2017 by Darcy Campbell, it’s a monthly, online publication focused on real news and positivity. We find the balance between the negative and positive news, creating issues filled with media that actually matters.

We believe in restlessness – that feeling of desperation to take action, often found in youth. But the bombardment of heartbreaking media leads to a sense of hopelessness and lack of action. We can never feel empowered if we can’t feel positive.

So – positivity is the key. This is what we bring to youth media – a blend of articles that educate about the current issues and events occuring in our world, and pieces that inspire and explore good news.

TO READ:

Meet The Restless Girls  //  A No Shit Talk About Positivity

From Issue Seven, you can expect everything from candid discussions about North Korea to local music, the Nigerian conflict to a poetry slam, climate change to a review of Just Kids, short stories to the teenage voice.

Flip through the pages and uncover the Restless Book Club, plus extra links, quotes and thoughts. Alternatively lose yourself in thoughtful writing and unbelievable landscapes. Switch from a dreamy European lookbook to a political crisis.

Issue 7 is our most cohesive creation yet. Our heart and passion shines through every page, and we know you’ll close the final page feeling invigorated, refreshed, calm and empowered.

READ ISSUE 7 HERE

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WORDS BY DARCY CAMPBELL, TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM OUR WEBSITE:

Dearest Readers,

I want to ask you a question. I want to know if you’re okay.

The past month has been so brutal to millions of people. People are continuously being displaced by civil wars, extreme racism is being suffered by millions, politicians and their verbal sparring sessions are becoming worrisome, and as I type this, climate change is wreaking havoc in the form of Hurricane Harvey across the United States.

So many people are experiencing pain, and our humanity wants to help with all of our might. We are dedicating ourselves to make the world a better place, dedicating ourselves to healing the wounds of others, dedicating ourselves to providing comfort in this world of chaos and horror.

And I have truly never been prouder of humanity. While there is so much pain being caused that dominates the media, there are people behind the scenes trying to fix it. The majority of the world are not bad people, people who are out to cause others grief. But this peacefulness isn’t appealing to the media. The idea that people are actually helping isn’t enough to gain massive audiences, so the broadcasters just don’t air it.

But I want you to know that there are so many more good people in this world than you might think. So many good people that are learning how to have a voice and how to take a stand against the horrors. There is more light in this world than there is darkness, and it is working to eliminate the evils of humanity.

I hope this issue has captured that spirit and makes you feel less alone in your attempts to help heal the bullet holes people such as Donald Trump and Sheriff Joe Arpaio have shot into innocents. I hope you read this issue and feel less desolate.

You are not alone. The light isn’t diminishing, unlike the media is trying to tell you. It’s growing stronger. We are the light. We have overcome evils such as the slave trade and the apartheid. We will overcome this racism and this sexism and this hatred. Because we are better than this. We mustn’t let the evil minority dictate our world. We must shatter white supremacy and bury it. We must apologise for the wrongs we have committed. We must take a stand. And to do this, you need to know that you are not alone.

Grab a cup of tea, take a deep breath, and read on.

READ ISSUE 7 HERE

CONTACT:

As always, if you’re interested in joining the Restless team, send a quick email to therestlesstimesnewspaper@gmail.com – we are a caring, energetic, creative team of girls constantly supporting and pushing each other, and we love to welcome new members. Whether you’re an artist, poet, writer, journalist, photographer, graphic designer, social media marketer … all forms of creatives are welcome.

FIND US:

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Lilla by Fia

A quick interview with the founder of Lilla by Fia, Sofia (Fia) Tomkins. Learn all about the Danish-born Aussie girl, fighting fast-fashion one gorgeous, ethical dress at a time. Find her label scattered across Australia, all over Bali and through Canada.

QUICK RAPID FIRE.

How old are you? I’m 21

Favourite TV show? This Danish crime show called Dicte.

Favourite fruit or vegetable? Cauliflower! Especially cauliflower soup.

Favourite song? I love Methel Ethel.

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You were born in Denmark, right? 

Yeah … but I didn’t actually grow up there. We moved to Australia when I was only a few months old, to be closer to my dads family. I spent most of my childhood by beaches and in a small town south of Sydney called Gerringong, but we later moved up to the Sunshine Coast.

Danish culture was still a huge part of my upbringing, as my Danish mother brought my sister and I up … we celebrated traditional events and ate typical danish food and frequently visited, things like that.

DOWN TO BUSINESS.

Why did you start Lilla by Fia?

I’ve always lead a conscious lifestyle; went to op shops, made my own clothes, thought about what I ate and reduced plastic where I could. But I’m currently studying fashion design and last year we did a unit on sustainable fashion. I think that’s when I looked into the effects of fast fashion and really wanted to make a difference.

Launching my own label has been pretty tricky. I started out doing markets (and still am), but it’s hard when you don’t sell anything – you think you’re not good enough. You just have to remain positive.

I’ve done everything myself – designing, pattern making, grading, sewing, dyeing and selling my product. I designed my own website and I run the Instagram by myself … I think it’s difficult to own a business at my age, but I feel if I stick to it, it might inspire other young designers to pursue their dreams. It’s liberating saying I made a garment myself. I’m happy when I go into work each day.

What makes Lilla by Fia a conscious label?

The fabrics used throughout the collection are hemp and organic cotton, and they’re sourced from Western Australia and manufactured off shore (as there are currently no facilities in Australia that produce hemp as a fibre). Hemp is a wonderful fibre; it’s durable, absorbent, and softens with wear. The fibre requires little water and grows at a fast rate. Organic cotton is woven with the hemp for a more comfortable garment.

I designed, drafted, cut, sewed and hand dyed the current collection myself. Each piece is beautifully made with love and care, and there is little to no waste once the pattern is cut, as the scraps are used as clothes tags. Smaller scraps are also used to attach the swing tags.

All screen printing is done locally using eco friendly inks, and the business cards and swing tags are printed with plant based inks and printed on recycled paper. The Australian company I chose to print with doesn’t use harmful chemicals, as the inks are plant based and chemicals are not used when rinsing machines.

It’s quite easy to be conscious about what packaging or swing tags etc. you use. It may be a little more expensive, but it’s worth it.

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Why have you chosen to introduce a natural dye every season?

Lilla in Danish means lilac/mauve – essentially purple. I was inspired by the colour as there are many natural dyes that are purple; plants or flowers you wouldn’t expect. So every season I’m going to introduce a different natural dye that is the colour purple. This is what I love most about the word, lilla.

I chose avocado this season because the seeds are a by product which I source from a local cafe in the area, making it easily accessible (and free!). Also, the avocado seeds produce an earthy pink tone which is perfect for lilla.

Describe a typical Lilla by Fia shopper.

A person who is mindful of eco fashion and understand the effects of fast fashion, on the farmers, workers and the environment.

What’s next for you, and Lilla by Fia?

I would like to own my own shop one day, but overall I just want to inspire young women. Through Lilla by Fia, I want to create awareness of fast fashion, and just create a label that don’t cost the planet.

Advice for women all over the world dreaming of opening their own business – or label?

Be determined. If you put the effort in, the rewards will be worth it. Every time I see someone wearing my garments, it truly warms my heart.

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August Edit

Went through a lot of weird emotions this month. Fell in love with people who moved across the world three weeks later. Sat around campfires and danced in the glow from the lights of an entire town. Tried dumplings for the first time and caught seven or eight trains in a single weekend (???). Swam in our underwear in the mid-winter and fell over in the snow.

I can’t quite remember who I was on the first day of August, things feel weird. But at least I read a few good books and listened to the best music.
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The Purge (1, 2 and 3) – Though at face value simply entertaining horror/action flicks, I found myself repeatedly confronted with decisions and ideas that questioned humanity at its core. Addicting.

The IT Crowd – I freaking love this show. You’ll be laughing the whole way through, I guarentee.

Boyhood – Forgot how much I adored this movie. Though my sister was incessantly bored throughout, I adored every scene and bit of dialogue – this is a raw depiction of growing up.

Notes on a Scandal – I can’t form the right words to describe this. The utter joy of watching two incredible actresses working together, coupled with a tight, intense, twisted plot. This is a dark work of art.

TED Talks – A resolution this year for me was to watch more TED Talks (and listen to more podcasts). I spend so much time mindlessly clicking around on the internet, it’s refreshing to soak in some actual goodness and inspiration. My favourites this month were:

TV show Bloopers – There is nothing that makes me laugh more than watching actors laugh. There’s something so human and hilarious about watching gag-reels and bloopers – my favourites are all from Friends.

Spiritual Sciences The youtube channel I turn to when I’m looking to learn more about spirituality.

CLICK TO VIEW MY AUGUST WATCH LIST

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Just Kids, by Patti Smith – Still forming coherent thoughts surround this. I wrote a review for the upcoming issue of The Restless Times, so keep an eye out for that. A raw depiction of 70s New York, and the tale of two artists discovering themselves and their art.

The Art of Living and Dying, by Osho – I’m nearly halfway through this, and I’m still reserving my judgement. Though there are long passages I connect with and understand deeply, I also find myself disagreeing with other points and explorations. Still reserving judgement on this one, but a thought-provoking read.

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert – A light, funny, guiding read. Immerse yourself in a different way of thinking about creativity, including funny anecdotes and inspirational stories. I still constantly refer back to this book.

Perjus Magazine – Art. Online and print issues, an inspo board to die for, and graphics that keep you coming back for more.

Faux Silk – Run by the lovely Imogen, this is a refreshing twist on the lifestyle blog, complete with artist profiles and skincare that didn’t work.

Astrology Guide – One of my faves from Reef Mag. A pocket-sized quide to astrology, packed with resources, tips and summaries to ease any novice into the field.

Road Trip, by Rachel – A raw, nostalgic piece, effortlessly expressing youth and coming-of-age.

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Clover Shopping – click here and here

Scarves – I’m in the middle of an interesting scarf phase. I’ll let you know how it goes.

$2 Kmart Jumper – As an avid op-shopper, I’m learning how to disregard brands and simply go with what I’m attracted to. And never have I made a better decision than picking up this blue, over-sized zip-up piece for $2 that turned out to be from Kmart, of all places. I literally refuse to take it off, and it’s currently my go-to staple.

Colour and pattern – The bolder, the more ridiculous, the better. My style is evolving into a completely ridiculous mish-mash of cuts, shapes, colours and patterns, and my current theme seems to be ‘if it doesn’t make sense, wear it.’ I’m finding that when it comes to clothes, it’s so much more fun to not give a fuck.

3/4 length pants – I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of straight-leg, tie-up waist, 3/4 length heavy pants, and I finally found them – in a burnt orange. Goes with everything from a t-shirt to a cami to an off-shoulder – obsessed.

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Lord of the Fries – Vegan/vegetarian melbourne goodness. Order yourself some regular sweet potato fries with extra tomato sauce and thank me later.

Cherries – been finding myself stranded in weird places this month, and heading for the nearest supermarket with a few coins and a good book. A handful of cherries is the easiest go-to lunch.

Rockmelon – it’s hard to keep school lunches healthy most of the time, but rockmelon’s easy and quick.

Wholegrain crackers – I eat way too many of these. It’s not even healthy anymore.

Churros – Must-get treat from the train station with your last few dollars and minutes before your train. (Honestly, the reason I keep missing my trains).

Miso soup – the flash frozen stuff that comes in the individual packets – a blessing from the gods. W/ tofu and seafood, plus some buttered toast – any craving satisfied.

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@maniikvintage – literally all my current inspo is coming from here.

@girlgazeproject – not only an empowering account spotlighting female creators, but every Friday their instagram story becomes a one-stop place for real news from the week. Keeping me informed of everything happening in the world.

@femproject – they do amazing work, not only as a charity but as an organisation de-stigmatising the period. currently inspiring me to work with a similar organisation in my home city of melbourne!

@lillabyfia – a tiny, ethical label based up on the sunshine coast. stay tuned for an interview with the incredible lady behind it X

@beginningtobloom – psychedelic edits to inspire.

@lexie – I love this chicka. she constantly inspires me with careless, raw shots and sprawling captions.

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Though it wasn’t a month of podcasts, it was an amazing month of music, if I say so myself. Just scrolling through my mixtape this month makes me grin uncontrolablly. It’s that damn good.

The Lumineers – as always, a big favourite this month. If you’re not listening to them, what are you doing.

Alt-J – my media class this semester is pretty much responsible for this influx of new music, due to my media teacher resolutely blasting triple J every single lesson. anyway, despite meaning to listen to them for the last several months of so, I only just got around to checking out Alt-J, and of course, I fell in love.

Bon Iver – forever in my heart. I own one record of his, and I press play nearly every night. His voice and soft acoustics are so incredibly soothing, I’m asleep before the side is finished.

Zombie, James T – this song requires a mention all on its own. Can’t. Stop. Listening. To. It. Or dancing.

FOR ALL THAT AND MORE, LISTEN TO THE AUGUST MIXTAPE HERE.

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Train rides, bus rides, etc. – I’ve fallen deeply in love with public transport this month, mostly out of neccesity. I can’t count how many trains I can manage to cram into a weekend, but I’m a little bit proud. There’s something deeply lulling about being in transit, and I can’t quite figure out what it is, but I love it.

1 second every day – an app where you store a second of footage from every day, and later play it back. As we approach the end of 2017 (nearly? too early to talk about it?) I’m super super excited to play back 5 minutes of footage encapsulating an entire year. As someone who remembers things visually, I feel so much more appreciative of time now.

The 35mm Club An ever-growing collection of fragmented journalling, collaging, mixed-media, profiling and film. Adore.

Robert Pattinson is Alive Again – I adore this man and article with all my heart.

Mim’s Blog – turns out the girl can take photos. And I mean, really take photos.

Anyas Film Diary – A diary of film rolls, with mini-stories. In love.

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Sisterhood and Activism w/ Anna-Rose

Anna-Rose; London-born photographer slash violinist. Get to know the girl behind the photos, why she’s in love with film, the thought process behind her Sisterhood series, and her thoughts on youth activism. 

16’s never looked so good.

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Tell me a bit about yourself. 

I’m 16, born in 2000 – millennial baby ;). I was born in Camberwell in South East London, and moved to Dulwich (which is also in South East London) when I was 4. I’ve lived there ever since. My go to binge-watch is probably Skam or Skins, but I don’t actually watch much TV; I don’t really have enough time. I’m always so busy!

How did you get into photography?

I’ve always studied art at school, so I’ve always been very aware and appreciative of photography. It wasn’t actually until last year that I really got into photography – my friend gave me a film camera for my birthday, and I started to experiment with it, learning how to develop and print my photos in the dark room at school. I really got into the whole process and caught the bug, and I’ve been taking photos ever since.

Why film?

Firstly, the pictures created with 35mm film; they have a unique, often grainy quality which I have always loved. And the whole process of manually adjusting the shutter speed and the F-Stop to focus your camera really allows you to understand the basic principles behind how a camera works.

Working in the dark room also helps in understanding how pictures are produced. My art teacher at school taught me how to develop and print my images, so I spend a few hours a week in the dark room which I really love. It’s very relaxing, I put some music on and produce my images. I much prefer working with 35mm rather than digital, because it really makes you (the photographer) focus on all the elements when taking a picture. You’ve paid for the film at a costly price, and it’s not like a digital SLR where you can take 40 photos and constantly check to see how the picture came out. You have to be really aware of the photo as you take it.

Film provides a stronger connection with your subject. The fact that your image isn’t instantly produced really pulls your attention towards all elements in your photo; the light, composition, form, colour …

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Let’s talk about the sisters project – what draws you to the bond of sisterhood?

I think it’s the relationship between two females, who have come from the same parents and have grown up together. Whether they get on well or not, it’s an intimate relationship like no other. The female companionship lasts throughout both of their lives and there is something about the relationship between sisters that no other relationship can compare to.

How do you capture this through photography?

For my project, I have a broad variety of sisters, from my neighbours who are 7 and 11 to my granny and her sister who are 80 and 85. I want to photograph and capture the relationships from all different ages to see the evolution of the relationship, and how it can develop.

When photographing a set of sisters, I usually already know one of them so it’s a friendly atmosphere. I interview them about their relationship and try to bring the dynamic of their relationship to the camera. For example I photographed my friends Otti (15) and Izzy (18) the other day, and they’re really good friends. They get on really well, so in the final photo I chose, they’re giggling and smiling with their heads side by side, just very relaxed in each others company.

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How do you find sisters to photograph?

Funnily enough, I just know a lot of sisters. I live in a neighbourhood full of schools and nice parks so there are lots of children and teenagers around. I was pleasantly surprised when I listed all the possible sisters I knew that I could potentially photograph. I also reached out to mutual friends and asked them if they would be interested in partaking in my project.

So how do you choose which sisters to photograph? Is there something that draws you to a particular set?

I suppose, when  I am looking for a variety of relationships, however I don’t ever dismiss a set of sisters. Each set has their own individual, unique characteristics, and the more I can find the better. I mean, I find it interesting when talking to the sisters, in terms of the differences in relationships. I have 10 year olds and 7 year olds breaking into fights mid-way through the interview, and older women still bickering with each other, and sisters lovingly talking about each other, and sisters looking at the other wishing they’d never been born.

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Do you have a sister?

Yes, I have an 11 year old sister called Mary-Jane.

What’s your relationship like with her?

She’s 6 years younger than me, so we don’t have much to fight about. She plays with her friends, playmobile, lego… I work, see my friends and go out. Our daily paths don’t really cross, which is actually good, because we get on really well when we do hang out. Occasionally we have karaoke nights where we get my projector out and spend a long night dancing and singing along to some funky tunez, and make pom poms or hama beads together, or just laugh at memes.

So I want to talk about activism now … you’ve been photographing your friends protesting quite a lot – I take it you’re interested in politics?

Of course. I mean, with Brexit, the Refugee Crisis, the rise in Islamophobia, Trump … I don’t know how one couldn’t be interested in politics in our current universal political state.

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So you’re involved in activism?

Yes, I regularly attend protests and marches. Last weekend I went to a march in Central London about Brexit and the EU. There were all these signs, posters and banners with these personal political viewpoints. From previously attending various other marches, I knew I had always been drawn to the creative and satirical personal touches people would put into their signs.

So, I’m currently working on a photographic series called ‘Signs That Say Something’. I’ve been stopping various marchers and asking if I can photograph them and their signs. The Signs That Say Something series is currently compromised of over 40 photographs, and includes a broad variety of participants, from a 4 year old in his first march to an 80 year old woman who’d been campaigning against racism since the 1950s. The series is a social, historical and political documentation; a reflection of the effects political decisions have on the people of the UK.

Wow, can’t wait for that! So what has your experience protesting been like?

It’s mostly been really positive, with some amazing speakers. They’re really invigorating to be involved with.

I get a strong sense of solidarity when in a march; everyone is in it together. I suppose you do feel part of a wider political community, marching with people for the same beliefs.

Do you have any tips on attending protests?

Always stay safe, it’s fun to go with some friends, make a sign or a poster, and just have fun!

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Is there a next project, or a dream project …?

I’m a violinist, and I’m currently working on a producers album at the moment. I’m also planning a small film about teenagers and their bedrooms (more complicated/interesting than it sounds!) which will hopefully be finished by the end of August!

I think a dream project would probably involve being funded with an extensive supply of 35mm film and money to travel, and be able to take photos in some beautiful places. I would also really love to create a biopic documentary one day about one of my favourite writers or artists.

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The digitalisation of art has resulted in social media platforms soaked and overflowing with real art we can never fully appreciate. When online, three-second coffee snaps and artfully constructed photographs are both flicked past without a second glance.

I’m not arrogant enough to think that this – a little online gallery compilation – is really much different. But it’s entirely up to you. Art is measured only by experience and connection. So take a moment, now. Sit somewhere quiet. Press play on the first piece, a spoken poem.

Get inspired.

By Shane Koyczan

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By Jessica (@sylkdeluna)

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By Ali (@aehrt)

By Grace Kell (@graceakell) – Choreographed by Ellie Richmond (@ellie_richmond)

By Manon (@frenchbacon16)

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By Tim (@timothy_tse)

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“Skin” – By Alexis (@byalexisbennet)

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“Sorry I missed your call” by Arenia (@reniriver)

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By Stefanie Scott (@stefaniescott)

SEND YOUR ART TO US.

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Teen Art Gallery NYC

I spoke to Gustie (co-director of Teen Art Gallery) in late March, while she was busy preparing for their upcoming exhibition. We chatted for nearly half an hour in what was my first real-time, over-the-phone interview. Gustie is the most lovely, excitable human I’ve ever met, and I am entirely in love with this New York grown girl and everything she is doing.

Teen Art Gallery is a stunning example of the capabilites of youth. This is what happens when a group of teenagers figure out their potential, their dreams, and break away from every expectation.

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How long have you lived in New York?

I was born on the upper west side, and I’ve lived in this neighbourhood my whole life.

It’s a lot of fun growing up here. I feel like I have a lot more independence than friends that live in the suburbs. Since I was 11 I’ve been taking the public bus, and it’s really easy to spend time with friends and see cool places.

Do you think NY influences what you’re doing with the Teen Art Gallery?

I think it definitely does. In terms of TAG (Teen Art Gallery), being in a place that has so many art galleries and museums really influences a lot of NY teens to become involved in the arts, and we get a lot of support from local galleries.

When we were trying to find a place for the upcoming show, we reached out to 15 or so different galleries in the downtown area, and a lot of them (while they weren’t able to hold our show due to time constraints), offered to come see it or write about it in their newsletter. So there’s just tonnes of support in the art world and people are really encouraging teens to get involved.

Do you think that’s especially in New York or a lot of cities?

I think it’s probably a lot of cities, but New York is home to a huge number of famous museums like the NEW Museum, MOMA, The Met, all these amazing places. There’s so many teens that are exposed to art in a way that you aren’t in other places.

For a lot of kids that aren’t from NYC or similar cities, there isn’t as much exposure to art and it’s more of a touristy thing to go to a gallery. But to constantly be around it … even when you walk down a street here, you see really cool graffiti. 5 blocks from my house there’s a Banksy, just cool things like that that are constantly around you. I don’t know if that’s especially NY, but there’s definitely a lot of it in NY.

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Shown above: T.A.G founder and former director, Audrey Banks, with members of the first T.A.G. team.

How did Teen Art Gallery begin?

It was started in 2011 by Audrey Banks, who was a high schooler at the time. She started up TAG with a group of about a dozen teens, and since then it’s been passed down from generation to generation, year to year.

A lot of siblings stay in it, and people that go to the same school. It’s been really fun to see it evolve; when it started, it was a lot more about photography and it’s really changed since then. Two galleries (three years) ago, they started incorporating dance and theatre and singing into it. I think there was a performing artist, a guitar player … that sort of thing.

Are live performances common in a lot of art galleries?

It’s not common in most galleries. Ours was one of the only galleries I’d seen that had that. We’re not doing it in the upcoming exhibition, but we are doing a film night on April 8th, and we’re going to show several teen films – it’ll be fun!

Why did TAG begin? What was the thought process behind it?

The idea of TAG was to create opportunity for young people to be able to share their art in a wider and more professional setting. A lot of time, teens are told ‘oh you can do this when you’re older’ or they’re asked ‘what do you want to be when you’re older’. The purpose of TAG is to say – you don’t need to wait to be an artist.

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With your exhibitions – do you do them at specific times or do they happen more organically?

We’ve had several shows since TAG began (book keeping is one thing we don’t do well! [laughs]) at a bunch of different places in the city. We try to put one on every year, but our last gallery was August 2015. We took a year and a half off, and now we’re doing one in two weeks! It really depends when and where we can find space.

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Is it difficult to negotiate with galleries, or does there tend to be a lot of space available to you?

It totally depends. The last gallery we did we paid for a space in Brooklyn, but for the current gallery we’re working with an organisation called chashama. They’re amazing – they provide studio and gallery space for artists for free, and they’ve provided us with space before. They’re so helpful; they assist with PR and marketing and everything too.

You’ve been talking about how TAG is passed down through the generations – why is that?

We want to keep it entirely run by teenagers. We’ve had a bank account at various points, and so legally it’s been under a parent’s name. We actually just created TAG as an official company and it’s signed as my dad’s name (laughs). But it’s entirely run by teens, and we do all the work, including organising and curating the shows. It’s been an amazing thing to see.

The alumni from TAG – people who are now at college or have recently graduated – are constantly checking in with us, and we can always reach out to them and ask for help. Last night I was writing up a contract to send to our artists, and I was having trouble with it so I asked one of the past heads of TAG and they helped me within 3 minutes! So though it’s entirely run by teens, we have tonnes of support from alumni.

How has the reception been over the last few years? What sort of reactions are you getting?

In previous years we’d been covered by Teen Vogue, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and other magazines. It’s been really great.

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I don’t think anyone doesn’t like teen art. Everyone’s really excited about it. Our current show (called TAG – do you mind?) really tries to deal with a lot of political and mental illness messages. So we’re trying to bring topics that are considered adult topics into the world of teens, and bring teen art and teen issues into the adult world. I’m excited to see what people think of that.

So far, from all the galleries and people that we’ve interacted with, the world seems very welcoming and encouraging of diverse voices. It’s very helpful towards teens – maybe because there’s very few teens in the art world, people get really excited about it.

Even today, we see so many women, minorities, and people of colour being allowed to get more involved in what’s considered a very exclusive world. For example, at the Whitney Biennual (which is considered one of the bigger art shows in America), over 50% of the work was by women and minorities. So I think the art world is definitely shifting and incorporating different voices and being more inclusive over all, and that same community has really embraced teens in art too. This might just be in New York, it’s kind of a bubble! (laughs)

Where do you source your funds from? It sounds like a lot of money to put all this together!

Yeah! (laughs). We’ve gone into a little debt so far, but the space is free and I think the only cost is a little for our website and a little for various promotional materials. All the artists are responsible for shipping their work to the gallery. We are expecting to make some money at the gallery through selling some of the art (we take a bit of the profit from each piece sold), and also selling merchandise like buttons and tote bags.

It sounds like so much work! How do you fit it into your life?

I just do it at odd times. Sometimes if school is really boring, I’ll work on it. But for the most part we divide the work really well, especially among myself and the other two co-directors, Amelia and Jonathon. It is a lot, but it’s really manageable. We all take on the things we’re best at.

You had over 800 submissions for your last gallery in 2015. How did it become so well known? Was it just the press coverage?

A lot of it comes from our ambassador program; we have 7 – 12 ambassadors (I don’t totally know, we’ve had quite a few in the past few days!). We saw a huge spike in submissions when we started getting ambassadors, from the places where our ambassadors lived. Half of the work for TAG: Do You Mind? came from the New York area, and the other half was from the rest of America and other countries – I think we had submissions from 5 countries.

People have these crazy networks where they know someone from art camp, or someone from pre-school who’s now really into art, or they know someone who knows someone who knows someone … we’ve really been able to build a great network that has helped to get this huge array of diverse people and work.

People also reach out to us wanting to start TAG in other cities, and we’re currently working on ways to make that work. Hopefully we’ll get that started up.

So you can see it working in other cities?

I think we definitely can, judging from how many submissions we have from other places. I really expect they’d be able to start various organisations. I think that’s one of the cool things about it.

There are other teen art groups around; in LA there has been similar shows and similar groups. We’re one of two groups in New York that does this type of thing, and I think having these groups in New York is so helpful. We have so many submissions from rural areas, and I think being able to have your work featured somewhere with such a thriving art scene is something a lot of teens dream of. And to do it at 16, 17, 18 … it’s an incredible experience.

What’s the process of choosing from all the submissions?

It’s different every year. We got over 400 submissions for the upcoming gallery, and they’re all attachments, which can be really hard to go through. The current team is comprised of 16 teenagers, so ten of them came over to my house with the two other co-directors, and we sort of organised ourselves into teams of 2 and ranked pieces from 1-5 on a spreadsheet. After that we had about 150-200 pieces. Then we went through the 3s, 4s, and 5s, and narrowed it down again. We were able to pick 50 pieces and cut it down again from there.

Judgement of art is super subjective, and we didn’t want to put our own judgement of certain things onto what would go into the gallery. It’s really hard to rank someone’s art by a number, so we went through every piece and double checked them all. There were some pieces that surprised us, in that we didn’t expect them to be made by teens. It took us almost 3 hours because we spent a lot of time reviewing our choices, but it was a really fun process.

Tell me a bit more about the new exhibition.

It’s called “TAG – do you mind?”, and it’s between April 7 and April 12 at a gallery on West Broadway street, which is in downtown Manhattan, close to a lot of other really great galleries. It’s a somewhat small place, but we’re able to feature a lot of diverse work. So we’ll have a film night, a few sculpture pieces, and lots of painting, drawing and photography.

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The overarching theme of the show is issues of mental health and the political climate. As you know, we kind of elected Donald Trump (laughs). And that really highlights how many issues there are, and how much racism, sexism, misogyny and homophobia there is in every aspect of our lives. We really wanted to talk about issues of mental wellbeing and our current political state. The way we decided to tie it all together is to choose pieces that were (a) focused on one’s inner thoughts, identity, mental state and wellbeing, and (b) the political climate. We have a few pieces on events of 2016, a few political pieces, one about abortion, one about race … that sort of thing. Political issues affect people at a personal level; their identity, mental being, fear … and it can be interesting how those two things play together.

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Are you yourself an artist?

I did a lot more art in the past than I do now. I used to take classes and go to an arts summer program, and after those programs, I’ve found that one of the hard parts of creating art in New York is the limited space. Apartments are small, studios are expensive. I don’t think I would ever be able to really pursue art as a full-time career, but I really love it (even though it frustrates me to no end). But I really love the art world and being involved in it. I love artists, and I love the way that artists have this unique perspective. Even though I don’t personally plan on pursuing a career as an artist, I really hope I’m able to stay involved as much as I can. It’s an amazing world full of amazing people.

So there’s not a lot of room in NY for artists – do you think one day that might be a goal for TAG, to provide studio space as well?

I think that’s a super interesting idea. There is another group in NYC called the Teen Art Salon that does an amazing job providing space, in Long Island City (which is right across the river from Manhattan). They provide space to teens just to create art, and it’s really popular. It’s definitely an idea TAG would like to pursue, but there’s a lot of things we want to go for before that.

We’re actually looking at using any money we make (through sales, the gallery or donations) to work with an NYC art education group. We’d like to be working with underprivileged kids in schools with little funding to the arts (lack of arts funding to schools is a huge problem, don’t even get me started), or provide arts programs to incarcerated youth. The age of incarceration is low in New York – you’re tried as an adult from a young age. So various organisation work with teens at risk of being in prison, or awaiting trial, to use art as a means for coping or self-expression.

Wow – you have huge goals!

Yeah (laughs). It’s really interesting here in New York.

[FOUR MONTHS LATER]
SO – HOW’D IT GO?

It went really well! We’re guessing that over 400 people stopped by the show in total. A bunch of people from galleries or the art world accidentally stumbled into the gallery, which was fun. We’re really looking forward to our shows in the future!

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July Edit

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Too many days in the city, too many train rides, and too many clothes. July was messy and productive and thought-provoking. Shared a lot of beds and spent a lot of time in the dark. Still a bit lost and out of place but everything’s okay xx

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Nerve – I adore this movie with every fibre of my being. I honestly don’t believe I will ever, ever tire of watching it. Throw yourself into one night in New York, and uncover the dark secret of the mysterious online game Nerve.

Pulse – An Australian medical drama, focused on the life of a young female doctor, Zoe, a kidney transplant reciever. She navigates the tense environment of the hospital, breaking protocol, losing and saving lives. Through her and her friends, bosses and colleagues, explore relationships and life in every facet.

Ollie Ritchie – film-maker with a heavenly voice and vibe. You’ll get lost in these, I promise.

Casey Neistat – okay so obviously I’m a little late here, judging by his 7 and a half million followers, but within a day of coming across this guy I’d watched more of his videos than I really care to admit. His daily vlogs are unexplainably very entertaining, but these are a few of my favourite works of his.

Claire Michelle – she is indescribable. just press play.

Home, Messy Heads – I think I watched this close to forty times over the course of one week. Over that week, I was turning 15, returning home, and generally feeling out of place – this helped me through a lot, I think.

Heaven Knows What Trailer  I could barely finish watching this. The rawness, violence and grit are incredible, and though I have no plans to see this movie anytime soon, I view this trailer as a shocking piece of visual art. Prepare yourself, though.

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Just Kids, Patti Smith – After hearing praise of this book across every social media channel and blog I follow, I finally relented and found a copy at my local library. Raw depiction of New York, money, drugs and art in the 60s and 70s. Well worth the read.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Oh god, how in love I am with this book. I read it entirely in one sitting over the course of several hours. Odd and complex, woven masterfully and steeped in the unanswerable questions we struggle with as children.

The Year I Learned Everything – A long piece from Rookie Mag about sexuality, love, dreams and the last year of high school.

Luna Luna – I am incredibly in love. Articles about everything from tarot decks that don’t submit to the patriachy, to the sensuous, feminine power of drinking beer.

Kalon Azure – Updated every few days with posts brimming with summer vibes. Everything from journal prompts to photography round-ups – just the site to keep you inspired enough through the last, slow month of winter.

The Life and Times Here is where I reveal my hidden Harry Potter fanatic side. If you haven’t gotten your digital hands on this yet, let me present the best fanfic in the entire world. Seriously – it has it’s own GoodReads entry and everything. It’s practically part of the series. Get ready for a ridiculously detailed and incredibly addictive recount of sixth year, James and Lily era.

Halite – Halcyon Girls Lil’ friend-promo – I’ve known Maddie for a while, and she’s another writer for The Restless Times (for more info, click here and here). Recently, she released the first edition of a new little online mag, themed around different crystals. Flick through for some inspo, self-love, and all-round authentic content from several gorgeous girls.

 

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Acyd Puffs earrings – my favourite, go-to, over-the-top pair of earrings. I worked with this brand a few months ago, and ended up creating a dreamy lookbook and video. Shop their full range here.

Boys clothes – trousers, t-shirts, suit-jackets, boxers and more. Especially when thrifting, gender divides cease to exist. If it fits, you wear it – and mens clothing never really doesn’t fit!

Bold earrings – though I touched upon it when talking about acyd puffs earrings, I feel this deserves its own entry. Earrings are fun. Earrings can be ridiculous. Why would you not want to wear a pair of rubber ducks dangling from your ear lobes.

Retrostar – melbourne’s best kept secret? Climb a couple of flights of stairs and enter a room that looks more like a disco explosion than a retail store. Hundreds of handpicked vintage pieces, walls papered with old newspaper, and assistants that call you ‘darling’. In love.

Camberwell Market – okay, so I know where I’M going to be every sunday for the rest of my life. Picture several huge carparks packed with cars, selling from their boots – everything from clothing to flowers, crystals to jewellery. All negotiable, mostly under a few dollars. I kid you not, this is the end of me shopping ANYWHERE else.

Black, Flare, Corduroy Jeans – do I honestly need to say anything else? Been looking for a pair for months now, and couldn’t believe it when I unearthed some – in my size, and high-waisted!!

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Scones – Crammed with dates, spread with thick jam and layered with cream. My mouth is watering as I type this, no joke.

Thai food – Mm, lost count of the times I’ve mentioned this in a monthly edit. I’ve been swooning over peanut sauce recently, plus mounds of plain rice, sides of spring rolls and a couple of chicken skewers.

Crossways – Just off Swanston street in Melbourne, wander up a narrow cement staircase, and turn right at the first door – there’ll probably be a sign publicising a 6pm yoga class. You’ll find yourself in a long, spacious room, filled with tables and benches, and a little kitchen at the back. For $6 (if you’re a student), fill a big plate with curry, rice, a small bowl of dessert, and a drink of your choice. I know. Bring your laptop, set up in the corner by wide windows and a few plants, and make yourself at home. Prepare for a lunch-rush though – this place gets popular.

Sultana Bran – okay, so I’ve had plenty of mixed opinions from my friends (aka judgemental disgust), but recently I haven’t been attending class without a container full of sultana bran nearby. It’s delicious and filling – I have no idea what everyone’s going on about.

Warmed wraps w/ hummus – grab a wrap, grab a plate, heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, spread with hommus and tear off chunks.

Carrots and lemon-juice – jazz up a standard snack by dousing carrot in lemon juice, served with a side of hummus. For a different twist, peel a carrot and cucumber into long thin shavings, toss with lemon-juice, salt and olive-oil, and enjoy a quick summer salad.

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Insta Babes In a search for authenticity, I compiled 13 of my favourite instagram accounts for you to fall in love with.

Isobel  in case you haven’t heard, Seafoam has a new member! Iz has come on board as our illustrator – you can see some of her work in our recent post, 15, and there’s plenty more coming!

@thelifeoflemon – current go-to yoga flow inspo.

@seafoamist – after an accidental week and a half break, we’re back!! Get ready for daily posts and inspiration of all forms.

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TED Talks / Podcasts – A resolution this year for me was to watch more TED Talks (and listen to more podcasts). I spend so much time mindlessly clicking around on the internet, it’s refreshing to soak in some actual goodness and inspiration. My favourites this month were:

High School Stories

Starving Artist, Ep. 1 – FUCK PLAN B

Monthly Playlist  July was all about a lot of artists I’d been meaning to listen to and never gotten around to. The whole vibe ended up being pretty alternative, a bit psychedelic, with a real mix of some old nostaliga. Listen here.

Early Nostaliga I actually developed such a love for the music of my childhood this month that I created a whole new playlist, purely for it. Listen here.

Freya Haley Playlists – our resident 70s vegan chick, she’s already one of my favourite sources of inspiration – but now, she’s my main source of new music. Check out a few of her many, many playlists, or listen to my current fav – hazey.

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Wunderlist – literally, the only reason I’m still a functioning human being. It’s a to-do list, but it’s so much more. Categorise jobs by list and folder, create recurring tasks, add alarms and reminders, and the most satisfying ding when you tick something off.

Self Care Package – The simplest idea, but just another way to fit in some time for self-care, and convince myself to actually follow through.

NYC Sketchbook Project – I just love this idea, incredibly so. Been flicking through for inspiration recently.

Samera Paz – Love a good photo series? You’ve just met your new favourite human. She works mostly in film, capturing life in honesty and rawness.

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