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It sometimes takes a night out on the town to get one re-inspired. My friend and I attended the Melbourne International Film Festival on Wednesday night and watched the documentary Dior and I.

The documentary gives us a behind the scenes of the making of a Dior Couture collection, which also coincides with the newly appointed  creative director Raf Simons. Raf is given the monumental task of creating a Couture collection in only 8 weeks for a brand with so much history and prestige. We also meet the other staff like the ateliers, managers, CEO and tailors who make Dior happen and laugh, cry and stress with them as they balance private clients and making this new collection happen.

It was amazing to see the creative process behind the collection, from the mood boards to sketches to the sewing table and then the runway.. and Raf doesn’t even sketch! I enjoyed how the documentary spent its time with the ateliers, their workmanship is extraordinary and  they truly make Dior.

Watching this documentary reiterated why I enjoy creating and to create art which people live in without realising is truly a dream come true. It definitely gave me the much needed motivation to keep working and I’m now more keen to watch more fashion documentaries!

PS. The eye palette above is the only Dior product I have! The beautiful photo is by Melvin Sokolsky from Paris 1963.

This time off has really allowed me to delve into activities I’ve always wanted to do but never got the time or was shit scared. Discovering the Graphic Design world has definitely opened up doors for that since most of my dreams evolve around creativity and travel.

After seeing the extraordinary progress of one of my friends in typography after she attended a hand lettering and a sign painting workshop I was inspired to try these workshops myself. I think what makes me hesitate to attend these creative workshops is the fear of not being good enough. But looking at my friend’s progress and these workshops, I realise it’s more about the handwork and willingness to learn and only a little bit of talent.

The hand lettering/calligraphy/copperplating workshop is organised by a lovely studio/school called Old School New School. I was immediately drawn to the warmth and genuiness of the studio and Veronica (the wonderful creative director and teacher). I’ve been a little cynical about workshops of late having seen a surge in them recently all over the internet, making me question the authenticity about them and the bloggers behind them.

Veronica is a graphic designer and definitely has a passion for bringing back pre-digital typography and connecting her students and she’s also lovely to boot! How many teachers do you know actually bake for you? Her home is a cosy creative space with an affectionate Scottie Dog and two gorgeous cats who are always hovering in the background.

The class was amazing! It was frustrating, rewarding and purely fun. I came away with a desire to get better and now am kind of obsessed, haha! There’s something really therapeutic about sitting down with a cup of tea and being immersed in the shapes of letters and feeling the ink flow through the nib. With the world of computers, it’s so easy to forget the art behind type. I enjoy choosing fonts now I’m getting a buzz from actually writing/creating a font! It’s definitely a skill I want to play more with and I’m so excited for the Type Carousal workshop she is planning which will include more typography and hand lettering goodness.

Magazine covers are my favourite source of inspiration. Recently I discovered a site which showcased what magazines looked like a hundred years ago, instead of photography, covers were drawn, painted and printed and this inspired me to create my own covers. Here is my first magazine cover for a make-believe mag called “Rêve” (Dream). A magazine dedicated to the girl with flowers in her hair and loves spending time tie dying clothing or cooking vegan meals with her friends. Pages filled with DIY clothing, accessories and fun activities with your fellow flower power gals.

I have a very talented friend who has been getting into photography lately. He’s also a Doctor(!) and during his spare time he takes amazing self portraits and plays around with clever concepts.

Last week I went over to his house with a bag of make up and a selection of clothing; whatever caught my eye really as I raced out the door. I brought along a purple dress, a lace back dress and a warm coat with faux fur lined hoodle which I had purchased in Vienna, Austria. He thoughtfully examined my stuff and set off to work. I sat perched on a stool as he did his magic, not quite sure what he was doing just playing with the colours, glitters and textures of the make up. To finish it off he placed a garland of dried flowers (which he made!) on my head and we wandered outside as the sun was setting.

This is the finished piece:

I had a lot of fun being someone elses canvas. Adopting another look and persona. It’s not everyday you get to be a “model”. I hope we get to do it again soon! :oD

What I admire about Syahir is his ability to create something with what he has and making his own props; he even makes clouds! If you want to see more of his work, which I highly recommend, check out his Facebook page… he is amazing!

Melbourne White Night Flinder St Station

I had seen signs and vague advertisements but never took notice, until a friend of mine messaged me on one warm Melbourne day “you going to White Night tonight?” Er.. well.. I had plans for a lovely dinner with friends but didn’t realise that just around the corner in Melbourne’s city streets there was an exciting and new event happening!

Melbourne White Night The Forum

Melbourne White Night Dancing Ballerinas

Melbourne White Night

Melbourne White Night

Old landmarks had a makeover in lights; bands were blazing out tunes from the steps of Flinders Street Station; laneways were alive with dancing ballerinas and swirls and there was free music, art shows and films playing all night until 7 in the morning.

I’ve never seen so many people (and lights!) in Melbourne, I wonder if they will do it again?

Tablet drawing

Tablet drawin

During my trip to Italy in 2009 (ahhh I want to go back!) I met a lovely Artist who was also a teacher. She looked through my sketchbook and told me I was a “line drawer,” a person who drew and shaded using lines. I guess in a funny way I always preferred my sketches when they started to take form on the paper or canvas instead of when they are the finished product. I guess it explains why I just can’t take the leap yet when it comes to sketching on tablet- I like the messiness of lines and don’t have the courage to clean it up.

Today I experimented with colour which is different for me because I steer towards monochrome. I take forever to choose colours and after the indecisiveness I always go back to black. I was strong this time! Hope you like them :o)