Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Winona Ryder for Marc Jacobs

Let's just break it down: Winona Ryder + Marc Jacobs + '60s-esque killer cat eyeliner + emerald nail polish + cinematic lighting. Seriously, what is there not to love? 

On top of this, it's inspired by the french film Last Year At Marienbad.

Give me the rest of this shoot now Marc, please. As he so wisely said in this Instagram post, #4everwinona.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Be With And Without Me

 In The Inner Inside/안쪽의 내부에서
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2009

Daehyun Kim is a New York Times illustrator and Seoul-based artist who draws the series 'Moonassi' a monochrome depiction of human connection. Describing these works in his artist's statement as his "inner feelings and intimate relations that give me various emotions," they are raw characterisations of friendship, relationships and sadness. In some ways, they are the paused moments when you think more deeply about where you currently are - the times you remember.

Kim says his drawing are about himself and others. "What I like to create is a drawing as an empty space between me and viewer, so that people can talk and find their own story from my drawings," he writes.

Tonight, they are sticking with me. Look through his portfolio here.

 The Value of Suffering
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2013

 Across the Universe/우주 건너
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2009

29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2009 

Be With And Without Me/나와 함께 없어줘
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2009

You Are Now/너의 지금
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and ink on a paper, 2013

Lost in Translation

You know that feeling when you have seen a film a thousand times but have always missed something? You're meant to feel a certain way during a scene, or leave the cinema changed and reinvigorated, but you haven't experienced life enough to know what they're talking about. I've always felt that with Lost in Translation, and finally today, I know the feeling - I'm in the loop.

I spent 10 days in Korea last month, and I left the trip a different person. I walked in lost, and came out new. Watching Lost in Translation again highlighted how much can change in a small amount of time, and how the people you meet can give you a completely new perspective on where you're headed. I never thought anything could change so quickly during travel, but the rush of a new city and spending every minute with new people - outside of the circles you regularly keep - is invigorating and (without exaggeration) life-changing.

Though life went on as usual back in Sydney, I was new. I finally got what Lost in Translation meant.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Sunday's are listening to Adele and reading the paper. 25 is out and it's already (unsurprisingly) crept its way into one of my top albums of the year - a year which has been life-changing for me in its growth.

Sundays are no longer spent editing a student newspaper and sitting in an underground office. Today, it's wishing I was on a plane somewhere, exploring a city with few cares and stresses. Adele's carelessness will have to do instead.

My recipe for Sunday happiness: Lost in Translation, looking at photos from Korea, and Adele's 'Water Under the Bridge'. I'd recommend it.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Purple Peanuts

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I recently came back from Melbourne (which I will write more about on the blog soon), and stumbled across this tiny Japanese cafe. With a Japanese issue of London Calling by the Clash hung on the wall, juxtaposed with fresh juice and sashimi, it was pretty perfect.

This punk hole-in-the-wall cafe had small dishes with lots of flavour. The boyfriend and I both got the chicken curry, which was so fresh. I just kept wishing we had something similar in Sydney! He also got some tempura prawn sushi which was crispy and spicy. Everything here was light, but packed a punch.

It's in the CBD, across the road from The Age building down Collins St. On the way out, I'd recommend picking up some matcha chocolate - for the size, it isn't cheap. But it's definitely worth it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Backstage at Macgraw, MBFWA Day 2

I spent the first full day of fashion week running around organising interviews and spending time backstage. From hanging out with Vogue photographers, seeing the latest looks from the best designers, and jealously eyeing up all the best street style designs, Day 2 was pretty great. Here are some of my snaps from backstage at the Macgraw show, where a hot pink carpeted runway, 60s inspired lace and flowing gowns à la Picnic at Hanging Rock were the the highlights. Not to mention those glittery slip ons, I need them in every colour. 


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Indigenous Land Rights

This was the editorial to my Editor-in-Chief issue of Honi Soit. Read the entire issue here.

The beginning of this semester has been marked for me by visits to the Redfern Tent Embassy, and hearing stories from friends who travelled on the 50th Anniversary Freedom Ride. With first hand perspectives and experiences giving myself and others a greater understanding of Indigenous land issues and the constant disadvantages these groups face at the hands of our government, it was infuriating to hear Tony Abbott recently say that Indigenous Australians were making “lifestyle choices” to live in remote communities. 

This ill-conceived statement underscores the ongoing struggle to prevent the forced closures of remote Aboriginal communities. It highlights the contradictory attitudes of state and federal governments to native title. It raises serious concerns regarding the ability for a group to retain their ongoing, inherent connection to the land. And it limits a group’s capacity to observe the same traditional laws as they always have. 

In other words, closing these communities severely limits these traditional and intrinsic practices, and hence the ability for an Indigenous group to achieve native title. 

This is so much more than losing the opportunity for a white man to inform Indigenous groups that the land is traditionally theirs. Indeed, it’s hard to sum up in an editorial what Indigenous peoples will lose if their communities are closed. The deep and damaging loss of an essential connection to their land, and the resulting practices and belief systems that will be wiped with these closures, is traumatising. But this is something that won’t just happen from this alone; it’s been happening since white Australians arrived. Racism is the lifestyle choice here. 

This is an issue that my white privilege can only begin to explore. But on pages 14 and 15 this week, Honi attempts to look into some specific issues to do with land management and Indigenous communities to investigate this topic further. 

A white property owner would rarely, if ever, be told they are not allowed to live on the land they own. Indigenous Australians shouldn’t be stripped of theirs either.
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