31 December 2013

new years for the soul

(Perfect new years track or what, right?)

2013 has been big. Probably the biggest one yet. This is the year I worked harder than ever before, found myself dancing at a festival in country England, exploring London, meeting some incredible people. I moved out for the first time and learned how to take care of myself. I landed a little job at my dream employer. I danced harder than ever. And then it all came to a halt when I fell sick and was forced to actually learn how to take care of myself. I got injured, a little bit sick again, and then sad, and then hermit-like. 2013 has truly been a beast, with very high highs and very low lows, and there has been something to learn from every inch of it.

I'm so ready for 2014, whatever it will bring. I have plans and ideas and goals and questions and vagueness and mystery that I honestly can't wait to dive into. It's going to be even bigger, and even better.

Being on the mend still, I can't be having a wild end to the year (as much as I would love to be running around the city like a lunatic, champagne in one hand and gin in the other, dancing 'til the wee hours). Over the past few months I've really been struggling with having my energy and health, and thus my favourite activities, being taken away from me, to the point where I've let myself become wrapped up in a sort of self-imposed detachment from a lot of people I love. I'm only just starting to see it as a gift. I've been given time to sit, take it easy, think, meditate and most importantly, let my body heal. I'm a little ashamed of how miserable I've let myself become over not being able to dance, or drink, or stay up late, or run around wild with my friends. Those were the things that kept me sane, essentially. So I've had to re-evaluate the source and the methods of my sanity and well-being. (To put it lightly, ha.)

So 2014 is going to be all about the soul. I'm on the mend so it won't be too long before I'm back with my mates in the wee hours, playing hard, or back at work, dancing harder. But there'll be a slight difference. I'll be giving my body everything it needs to be strong and healthy, I'll be meditating, I'll be resting, I'll be talking, I'll be writing; I'll be looking after my soul. Sustainable sanity, you could say! Equipping myself to handle (and leap head-first into) whatever 2014 sends my way.

And I'm so excited. And I'm starting with tonight.

Here's to a 2013 that was filled with joy and sadness and adventure and a whole lot of learning. And here's to an even bigger and better 2014. Love and light and killer tunes to you all, have a joyous night!


P.S. I'm thinking up some big new things for this ol' blog in 2014. Amongst general life nonsense, and sorting my brain ideas out - posts may continue to be scarce for a wee while. But good things are to come, I promise.

09 December 2013

necromancy by josh tavener

Necromancy is the ever charming and captivating Josh Tavener's second solo exhibition (you may remember his first, China Doll, or his collaboration with label Tale of a Tall Fellow), and it is divine.

"Josh draws inspiration from a myriad of sophisticated models, current runway fashion and editorial photography. By combining line work and dripping paints, Necromancy delves into technical experimentation and colour exploration to create a mysterious aesthetic."

I'm a big big fan of Josh's work - his mix of colour, elegant lines and practice of finishing each image with the perfect layer of magic and intrigue totally gets me every time. I super recommend you check out this new series of work for yourself - the exhibition runs until the 13th and can be found upstairs at Common Ground. Check out the facebook event page for more details, and Josh's official page to keep up to date with his stuff. Sublime!

Lisa xx

31 October 2013

perth gets special

Fast times ahead! There's a big bunch of fab events happening in Perth over the next few days and I couldn't help putting together a wee guide. Ready?

To start us off, here's a damn lovely way to spend a friday evening. Wander down to Flyrite tomorrow from 6 pm to enjoy some sweet wares and sick tunes. I'll be there with a few vintage and op shopped pieces to sell, along with a charming group of local bloggers. It's totally free and totally awesome. (And please come say hello!) Full details here.

Heading into the weekend, starting saturday is an incredible exhibition at the Western Australian museum - a 30 year retrospective of Aurelio Costarella, easily one of the state's most successful and influential designers. I'm heading over tomorrow for a sneaky gander before the exhibition opens so I'll be sure to let y'all know what's what - but I've a feeling all I'll be saying is 'amaaaaazing'.

Also filling up the weekend is a heap ton of art and zine goodness! Karys McEwen (you may remember me mentioning that name - she curated Bright Lights, Small City) is opening her first solo show saturday afternoon, that damn talented woman. Exploring love, sex, adolescence and friendship through collage, photographic and illustrative work, trust me, this is going to be good stuff. It's called Love and Other Indoor Sports (BEST - there's little I love more than a good Judy Bloom reference) and the arvo will also feature musical and spoken word entertainment. 2 pm at Common Ground's upstairs gallery.

And sunday! Aunty Mabel's Zine Distro is putting together a hell of a zine fair, Let Them Eat Zines. Featuring stalls from local and international artists, it'll be one big happy celebration of zine-making and DIY publishing. Plus there'll be lovely music. Plus there will be me, taking photos! 12 pm at the Perth town hall undercroft, all ages, free entry.

And finally, to celebrate Halloween the very best way you can in this town, head along to Devilles Pad this saturday night. If you're not familiar with a Devilles Halloween, basically - it's big. It's very big. And it's loud, and it's fun, and it's full of the best monsters you could spend a night with. I'll be there leading the screams with my fellow Sataniques, amongst all sorts of wicked entertainment. Tie that ripped up school tie, splatter on ya (fake) blood and head down early - did I mention it'll be big? Full details.

The next few days are going to be glorious, I can feel it! Happy (almost) weekend!

Lisa xx

28 October 2013

give me your tee shirt

This ought to give your monday a nice kick! Not long ago I did a wee bit of music video production design for local cool kids Axe Girl's new single, Give Me Your Tee Shirt. A job that primarily consisted of boobs-sourcing (a surprisingly difficult task). It's a wicked song, and the video result is super fun and super cheeky, and I hope you super enjoy it.

directed by Luna Laure / produced by Liam Murray / cinematography and post production by Antony Webb / full credits on youtube

Lisa xx

16 October 2013

charlotte olympia: the cat's meow

I've had a dark, teensy-bit-scary realisation, you guys: I don't own nearly enough feline-embellished clothing. I know. Bad situation. Sooo, if anyone's feeling particularly generous - a dashing tycoon or a bored mogul, perhaps, looking for something to do with their wednesday evening - these Charlotte Olympia beauties are my favourite things in the world right now. Ta?

Boots available here and flats here

What's catching your eye and refusing to let go at the moment?

Lisa xx