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Not pretty but interesting, and I can live with that

There’ll be oats in the water, there’ll be birds on the ground…

… There’ll be things you never asked her, how they tear at you now.

Chris and I had fun with this one! He’s been working on a Lake Series for some time, so it was only fair I helped him out given all the work he puts into our shoots… Besides, as cold as I was, it was fun watching him leaving the relative warmth of the shore to edge further and further into the water for the sake of the shot. Teehee!

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Such poise, such finesse… damn right I’m talking about Chris! We were pretty fortunate to have Sonesh Joshi there to capture all the behind the scenes shenanigans.

Dress: I adore this dress, it’s one of my wardrobe staples throughout spring and summer. It’s actually a vintage nightdress but who cares! It looks great with denim by day and dresses up for the evening with a splash of jewellery and heels.

Stole: Vintage stole I picked up for a  nifty $20 in Search and Destroy in NYC.

Accessories: The beautiful rings adorning my digits are created by Tessa Metcalfe and were loaned to me by Boticca – now part of Wolf & Badger.

Shoes: Nabbed these sandals a while back from La Moda.

Wig: Ebay.

Photography by the wonderful Chris Murray.

 

Collaboration: Creativity is my Weapon – SWAGGER- Kenta Matsui (NSFW)

Photography: Kenta Matsui
Styling: Kenta Matsui
HMUA: average-eye-con
Model: average-eye-con

There is a thin line between confidence and arrogance. As a girl you inadvertently learn to tread this line carefully. All too easily you can be accused of arrogance for simply being comfortable asserting yourself. You’re ‘supposed’ to weave between an endless dichotomy. Be strong but delicate. Be forward but not over bearing. Enjoy sex but not too much, slut.

I’m not going to ask for permission and I’m not going to apologise.

This isn’t vanity, just casual swagger.

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Art Endeavour: Leather crafting with Melissa Tofton and Tamzin Lillywhite

A few months ago, after splitting with my boyfriend of the past year I attended a leather crafting workshop. I’d been single for a week and didn’t want to mope. I saw a designer I admired advertising a place on the course via her instagram and thought, why the fuck not? A chance to meet new people and learn new skills? Lets go! Read the rest of this entry »

Musing: Life online, lessons learned

I can remember when a TV and landline were as good as it got and my first CD player in 90’s caused me to be a figure of envy among my friends. While my parents started with nothing and can now at times find tech at worst intense and overwhelming and at best, frustrating.  I – at 28 – have grown alongside technology and feel my generation – while not technically ‘digital natives’ – was one of the first to integrate it into daily life.

And just what has come to pervade every piece of tech we own, from TV’s to mobile phones? Why of course, the net.

I’ve become something of an advocate for the internet and all the good I believe it can do via crowd sourcing, crowd funding and connecting people – personally- the whole world over. However, it is clear to me, you only get back what you put in. I wrote these general tips a while ago for work… here they are updated and expanded upon. I hope you find them helpful❤

  1. Be yourself
    Many people like to lurk online, sheathing themselves in anonymity and striking out at others but I’m choosing to assume dear readers, that you’re rather nice folks. So my first point is to be yourself. Be open, be honest, don’t try and be something you’re not; it’s exhausting and will not benefit you. If you’re projecting an image then the network you attract will be based on this projection and when it wavers so will your networks faith in you. If you want to make valuable connections with people, be straight up from the outset. Obviously there is a difference between being using an alias for privacy and security’s sake and falsifying a persona. Whichever name you’re creating under make sure that the voice behind it is sincere.
  2. Don’t be shy
    People, whoever they may be, however much you respect and admire them are still just people. The internet makes your heroes and their work so much more accessible and offers up many opportunities. Just be sincere and direct in your approach and you’ll be surprised at what might happen. I’ve shopped with a comic artist I admire, became twitter pals with Sean Von Gorman (The Secret Adventures of Houdini) who is a great source of encouragement (he kicks my ass when I start slacking), modelled for Lou Pimentel (twice!), had Neil Gaiman reduce me to tears of joy and Amanda Palmer show my art on stage. These encounters are a continual source of encouragement. Newfound confidence propelled me to approach others like JRyu and Simon Sinek who are lovely, friendly people happy to chatter. So, because you never know until you try, go say hello to those who inspire you and see what happens.
  3. Don’t delay
    I mean it, go say hello to them, right now! You’ve heard it before but there really is no time like the present; why put off until tomorrow what can be done today? Don’t dither, dally and do not delay – if you do you might miss out on something exciting.
  4. Talk to people
    No-one knows absolutely everything nor can they be expected to. Everything that makes up ‘you’ as an individual allows you a unique perspective often very different from those around you. It is this diversity of passions and skills that means when people work together there is very little they can’t overcome. Plus people are nice to talk to; having the odd chat can help breed happiness and contentment especially when people are comfortable expressing when they’re not feeling so good. No-one should bear burdens alone =]
  5. Be generous with your time/spend it wisely
    Some say ‘Time is Money’ but it is FAR more important than that and thus, when you take a moment to spend time with someone you’re doing something special. Whether you’re having a natter with a stranger whilst queuing for coffee or helping your best friend work through a difficult period. Being generous with your time is rewarding. It helps you get to know people, builds trust and can result in some truly inspiring ideas. As an added bonus it also means – more often are not – these people are more likely to help you in your time of need.

These ideas are so simple but you’ll be surprised how many people complicate their life online. I hope you can reap the benefits of my experience thus far and in the future, teach me something new. If you’ve got anything to add, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Much love x

Collaboration: Creativity is my Weapon – Do it with a Rockstar – Kenta Matsui (NSFW)

Do you wanna dance?
Do you wanna fight?
Do you wanna get drunk and stay the night?

Photography: Kenta Matsui
Styling: Kenta Matsui
HMUA: average-eye-con
Model: average-eye-con

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Collaboration: Creativity is my Weapon – Knife Party – Kenta Matsui

 

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Photography: Kenta Matsui
Styling: Kenta Matsui
HMUA: average-eye-con
Model: average-eye-con

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you likely know that Kenta and I were a couple – over 6000 miles apart – for just over a year. The distance won out a few months ago and we’ve since gone our separate ways, probably a bit happier for it. Long distance is stressful!

Kenta is an extremely cool, passionate  and creative person. While working as a photographer by day, he draws, paints, designs clothes (and has made them, including stunning leather jackets) and takes yet more photos for his private works. During my last trip, we shot through the night to bring this collaboration together.

He really wanted to do a shoot where he not only took the photos but was also in complete control of the styling, I supplied hair and make-up – oh – and my face! This shoot was a lot of fun and although we’re no longer an item I’ll always respect his creativity and the works he produces – I do hope this won’t be our final collaboration.

Please enjoy the first in the series: Knife Party – Creativity is my Weapon.

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Art Endeavour: SHAMELESS

Shameless‘ is a project I’m undertaking on expired gesso-primed polaroid film. It is a collection of selfie-based portraits.

Each individual chosen inspires me personally. Whether it’s a talent or personality trait that marks them apart, I find them fascinating. I’m using selfies because we’re so much more than our appearance. I see these awesome, talented people being commented on as if they’re just a pretty face… I find it simultaneously hilarious and depressing. As Amanda Palmer puts it we are ‘so much bigger on the inside’.

I initially started the series because I was fed up of seeing people trashing each other on instagram – body shaming or belittling individuals life choices – it made me so angry. Why do people feel this need to attack others? Urgh to senseless hatred.

Later, Katherine Jane Wood (of the quite delightful project) passed on to me the following wisdom which cemented my feelings on this project: “the only should in feminism is that women should be equal to men”.

And that’s it.

That is where is ends. Have a career, raise a family, be stoic, express emotions… Freedom of choice and the freedom to not be penalised (or worse, persecuted) for those choices for men and women alike. Equality please. Freedom to just fucking be.

I’ve been working inconsistently on this project for a while now but have really buckled down the last couple of weeks so it’s grown from where it first started. Although I’m yet to start painting, I’m really happy with how it’s progressing and wanted to share it with you. Not all of these images are likely to make the final cut, in fact, some have already been painted over and reworked. I’m documenting each one regardless and I’ll update as I continue. Eventually I’ll write about each individual and why I chose them/how they inspire me.

When they’re finished, I would like to exhibit them but that’s just a dream for now. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed working on them.

 

Cheers x