August Favourites

shoes It's that time of the month again! (the time when I share all of the cool art/music stuff I've been enjoying over the month)

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We'll start with an oldie but a goodie: Absolutely Fabulous. When I sew I like to watch either Youtube, Ted Talks or a TV show (in that order). After I'd finished watching my subscriptions, and caught up on TED I turned to netflix and saw that it's available to watch.

This show is hilarious. I love the writing and the acting. I love that the technology really dates it as a late 90's show. It's silly, frivolous, but most importantly, absolutely fabulous.

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I mentioned this artist earlier in the month after my band had a fabulous gig with them! Ungus Ungus Ungus sit somewhere between gypsy folk and progressive rock, and are simultaneously very serious but completely silly. I've really been digging their recordings. They make a great companion to a wonderful live concert experience!

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Miss hero holliday is a modern day pinup who posts her outfits to Instagram daily. (she also has a blog, which is linked on her instagram profile!) I love the vintage with a modern twist that her daily outfits achieve. Her ensembles are so playful and stylish!



Finally, my last favourite for this month is Anna Svensdotter, who is a Swedish Flaustist that specialists in the 4 main flutes (Flute, Piccolo,  Alto Flute, Bass Flute) and electronics. I was lucky enough to have a lesson with her whilst she was in Newcastle. I showed her a couple of my compositions, and had a great discussion about difference tones . She also gave a lecture for my honors class.

Probably the best thing about her Newcastle Uni adventure for me was her recital. She presented a program full of modern which encompassed all 4 main flutes, electronics and various extended techniques. The way she played was inspiring. The connections she had with not only the music, but her instruments was amazing. (I feel like I'm rambling now. TLDR: If you like the flute, and want to see really out there stuff done with it, Anna Svensdotter is your flautist)

This is totally late notice, but, if you're interested in seeing her play before she returns to Europe, these are the rest of her Australian Tour dates/venues. Sept 6 Flute Tree, Sydney, solo concert Sept 8-9 Sydney Conservatory, workshop and presentation Sept 11 Conduit Arts Initiative, Melbourne, concert shared with Lina Andonovska Sept 16 Melbourne University, workshop Sept 17 Monash university, recital, workshop, classes


Finally, I must apologise for the exposure of my outfit photo's from Thursday. I failed at Iso, so now my skin (and shirt, and dress) is a glowing beacon of light! I'll just call it artist license and leave it at that! :P

May Favourites Feat. Tartan Flannel

Shoes So, if you watch beauty vloggers on youtube you'll know that they do a thing called "monthly favourites" in which they showcase their favourite beauty/fashion stuff for the month. I'm going to steal that idea and give it a tiny bit of a twist: Once a month I shall do my "monthly culture favourites" in which I talk about my favourite artists/musicians/authors/film makers/bloggers/youtubers etc in an effort to 1) be on the lookout for cool creatives I wasn't previously aware of and 2) spread the word about awesome peeps who make cool stuff.

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So without further ado, here are my May cultural favourites:

1) Sad Grrrls Club. This is a tour/festival/turning into a general all round creative support network for female identifying creatives. I love how supportive and inclusive this initiative is, and I am very much looking forward to all of the cool stuff that comes out of it.

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2)ZombieKing . I've been delighting in Chris's sculpture on instagram as of late. Basically he makes dead fantasy fetuses in test tubes. It's a little morbid, and a teeny tiny bit gross, but his work is so beautifully gruesome I just have to mention it.


3) Curls n Cakes: There's going to be a bit of a trend concerning where I find the people I follow on the interwebs. I found Mona's blog through instagram and was instantly taken by her quirky yet classic style! As well as wearing pretty things, she bakes stuff that looks really cute, and sounds scrumptious


4) Deep Sea Lights : This duet is the perfect mix of acoustic, electronic and experimental. They're kind of ambient, but kind of not if that makes any sense. My band, Vanishing Shapes, is actually playing a gig with these guys (and a few others) for DEJA at the Red Rattler on Friday. (If you're Sydney Based, you should totally come on down yo!)

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There you have it! These are my favourite creatives/projects of May/ Early June (I have no concept of "past" at the moment, it's just all become a jumble of vague memories of gigs, teaching and practice :S)

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