Creatively Speaking

Homage to Frida – A photographic exhibition

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This exhibition was inspired by four women who bonded over their love of Frida Kahlo and how Frida’s story connected them to their own stories of pain, vulnerability, and their struggles to make sense of it all. The personal nature of Frida’s work and her determined spirit are reasons why so many of us gravitate to her. The women who developed this body of work are photographer Kris Ashpole; hair and make-up artist, Sabrina Melei, performing artist, Carly-Anne Evans; and stylist and set designer, Meg Ashpole.   The series aims to tell the story of Frida’s experiences and her struggles with the traumatic physical and psychological events that took place during her life.  Objects and stylistic cues are used to reference the autobiographical nature of her work, the ever-present themes of death and questions of mortality, her strong individualistic nature, and her suffering.  Exhibition Events:   We are hosting several events throughout the week, with more details being announced as...

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The life of a professional cabaret dancer

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When you meet someone following their dream, leading a very different life to you; you just have to find out more.  From dance classes in rural NSW to the stage of the Paris Lido, Leah's amazing dance career has taken her around the world from the Cannes Film Festival to the Warsaw Opera, with 6 months in a circus motorcycle act thrown in for good luck!  Leah sure is kicking up her heels and living the dream. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and photographing Leah in Paris recently - we had such an amazing time taking photos in some of Paris' most iconic locations. Currently dancing in a new show in Macau while on a break with Le Lido, Leah generously took time out from her schedule to put her feet up and chat about her life as a dancer. Tell us about yourself, your background and what motivated you to...

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The creative process of a Roman jewellery designer

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Coming home with mementos from our travels is something we all love to do and I'm no exception.  I see so many beautiful things on my travels, but to be honest I get a little worried that something I would love to have at home just won't get through our strict Australian customs laws.  So sometime ago, I decided that I would collect jewellery - a great way to instantly bring back memories of my travels. Last year, my trip to Italy was short one and I was focussed more on photography than searching for a piece of jewellery that would remind me of Italy and that I'd love forever (my preference is stumble across it rather than seek it out).  Based in Naples and then Rome, it was a short trip and I came home empty handed, but with lots of incredible memories and a stack of photos. Back home, I...

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Naples, a Vespa and Caravaggio

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If you love Italy and art, like I do then Naples, Vespas and Caravaggio are three words that will make your heart skip a beat.  The question is, what do these three things have in common and how have they influenced and inspired Jacqueline Bawtree, photographic artist, writer and storyteller? Welcome to the first in a series of interviews called Creatively Speaking where I'm sharing conversations with artists about their creative inspiration and processes - something I'm endlessly interested in as I continue my own artistic practice in photography. Jacqueline and I started working on this blog back in 2014 and it's been an on-going conversation that we've finally finished to launch this interview series.  Jacqui and I first met when we both worked for a communications agency in Sydney.  Over the years we've shared a similar journey pursuing something we both love - photography.  I have deep admiration for Jacqui's work and I’m excited that she's my first interview...

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