A Letter to Paris

Dear Paris,

Je t’aime, ma chérie!

Every second spent in your city was la vie en rose. The world around me was presented through rose-coloured glasses, every passing moment tinged with a little bit of magic.   Continue reading “A Letter to Paris”

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Rome: Top 10

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‘Wheennn the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!’ This song played in the back of my mind for the duration of our stay in Rome, the Eternal City. The city earned it’s nickname from the ancient Romans, who believed that no matter what happened in the world, no matter how many empires came and collapsed, Rome would stand the length of time. To this day, the ancient Roman belief has not withered, as the capital of Italy remains a city of both warmth and energy. There were so many things to do, monuments to see, food to devour and experiences to live that we were constantly on-the-go.

Read on for my ten favourite experiences in the Eternal City.

Rome: Top Ten

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Underground Broadway: Autumn

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Every two months, all the musical theatre lovers of Brisbane jump in their cars and make their way to the New Globe Theatre (blasting overrated show tunes the entire drive, of course.) In this underground bar, said musical theatre lovers spend the night chatting, networking, singing, laughing, listening to live music, and laughing some more.

Underground Broadway’s completely sold out Autumn show certainly didn’t fail to deliver.

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Finders Keepers

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Brisbane struck lucky this weekend when the Finders Keepers markets overtook Bowen Hill’s old museum in a blur of flowers, handmade jewelry, prints and home-ware. The Australian Design and Art markets are ultimately a gathering of good food, good music, and good people, surrounded by unsurpassable stalls boasting unique treasures. From amethysts growing plants to wooden clouds providing frames for colourful prints, everywhere you looked there was bound to be something to catch your eye. I captured my favourite portions of Finders Keepers on camera, but to really grasp an understanding of the relaxed, sunny atmosphere, keep up to date on when these stellar markets are next hitting up Brisbane and follow the Finders Keepers Instagram: @finders_keepers.

Featuring: terrariums by bella // the grassy bowl // hello miss may // dear mabel // bespoke letterpress // ace of swords // core // erin lightfoot // alice nightingale 

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An Era of Terrorism

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A series from my art journal.
Turkey: Continuously under fire // France: The statue where a shrine was left for Paris & Nice victims // Syria: A UNESCO world heritage site destroyed by ISIS // Belgium: The building where a shrine was left for Brussels victims. 

Modern history was my favourite subject in high school, because every class my teacher read us a chapter from a book about a certain time period, and as the term progressed so did the story. Week by week I learnt more about the oppressive dictatorship of Josef Stalin, American interventions (god damn, they interfered more times than Simon abrasively cuts off an X-Factor hopeful), and suffragette activism (and no, it was not all a singing fiesta like Mary Poppins suggests).

Enthralled in learning about the past lead me to wondering… What will people of the future learn about the people of now? What story will be spun about our lives? I can see the title for the textbook in my mind, and it’s not a particularly pretty one: An Era of Terrorism. 

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Attitude of Gratitude

When I realised that my first semester break from university would be two months long (yes, you read correctly: two MONTHS), I couldn’t imagine what I would do with all of that free time. Turns out, I spent most of those long weeks watching movies on my laptop, sleeping, spending money on food, catching up with friends and working double-shifts in order to save up for… well, food.

One thing I did do every day was practice gratitude. When I was 12, my uncle gave me a book about the law of attraction which taught me the importance of being appreciative. Since then, nearly every day I catch myself reeling off a list of 5 things I’m thankful about. It’s a sweet little habit that really helps to put all the not-so-pleasant things into perspective.

As today was my first day back at university and getting into the groove of things, I decided to share my ‘attitude of gratitude’ and put into writing the top 10 small things/events that made my autumn-winter break pretty wonderful.  Continue reading “Attitude of Gratitude”

Emma’s European Escapade

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“Did I ever tell you about the time I went to France?”

 
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Emma returned from an extravagant adventure around Europe with a lifetime of memories, a storybook of inimitable experiences and a treasured collection of breathtaking photographs. (Also with enough Harry Potter merchandise from the London studios to last me a lifetime! Thanks to Emma, I am now the proud owner of Gryffindor socks, a butterbeer mug, Hermione’s wand and a Gryffindor pin) Read on to catch a glimpse of Europe through Emma’s lens, and to discover her perspective on the cultural cities she visited.
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“The road trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow was my favourite part of the trip.
It was sort of a break from running from one place to the next, not only that but it was easily the most peaceful part of the trip. Plus the Scottish countryside is the most beautiful thing. It wasn’t boring though because out the window was always something new, a small village or a snow topped hill, always a new moment to capture on camera. I was basically glued to the side window and had to fight for the front seat views. There were also a few moments when there was no one else on the road, and it was easier to appreciate the peacefulness of the Scottish countryside. Those moments are part of why I want to go back so badly.
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Paris is so rich with cultural history that it’s hard not to spend hours in the many art museums that surround the city. The Musée de l’Orangerie was probably my favourite, mostly because parts of the museum were built around the artwork. Monet’s Water Lilies were a majestic example of how much Monet influenced the architecture. The compositions are all the same height (1.97m) but differ in length so that they could be hung across the curved walls of two egg-shaped rooms. This museum was also where I bought my pop-up Paris book, which I still cherish very much.”

 

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“The pace is faster in Europe; everything seems to be happening at once in the same place and you always seem to be in the middle of it. That description doesn’t make much sense until you’ve been to a huge city. It truly is a unique experience. There is a certain energy that came with Europe that’s hard to explain; but it’s nothing like it is in Australia. Though, sometimes when it’s a particularly chilly morning as I sit and wait for my bus in the CBD, it provides small glimpses of what it was like to be standing still in the midst of a hurricane of people. There’s also snow.”

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Rise Up for the Tony Awards

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Even if you aren’t a big fan of musical theatre (what are you doing with your life, I ask?), it would be hard to resist feeling incredibly spellbound and touched by the speeches given at the 70th Tony Awards. The well-deserved winners used their allotted time slot to give their thanks, to spark a light of hope in young dreamers and to speak out against the Orlando shooting episode that occurred the same day. Continue reading “Rise Up for the Tony Awards”

5 Favourites: GOMA

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Early one Saturday morning, myself and 32 other art students gathered in Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) awaiting the grand opening of our Creative Generation exhibition. The whole experience of seeing my artwork hung on the white walls of the most prestigious art gallery in Australia was completely surreal and overwhelming. It just goes to show that if you have the determination and passion, ANYTHING is achievable.  Continue reading “5 Favourites: GOMA”

Opus Opalus

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With a last name starting with ‘W’ I always thought being at the end of the roll was a curse, but maybe being ‘lucky last’ all the time wasn’t such a bad thing. After all, there’s no way I could have scored multi-faceted Brisbane artist, Hannah Macklin, as my singing teacher without a bucket-load of good fortune.  Continue reading “Opus Opalus”