Conversations

Conversation with Sigrid

Sigrid The bond between Sigrid McCarthy and Kowtow runs deep. She is the Media & Communications Coordinator at Ethical Clothing Australia and Founder of Intent Journal, a digital magazine which promotes kindness and respect for the environment and humans in the fashion industry. In light of Fashion Revolution Week we sit down with Sigrid to learn more about her and discuss ethics in fashion. Story photographed by Tasha Tylee. What keeps you up at night? I’m an incredibly light sleeper, so pretty much anything keeps me up. One thing I often mull over while lying in bed though is whether...

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Conversation With Naomi

Naomi Naomi Blacklock embraces alterity as a symbol of activism. The Brisbane based artist uses performance to amplify voices of minority. Working primarily with sound installation, text works and performance, her artworks involve an exploration and examination of mythologies regarding wild women archetypes and harmful histories of gender and cultural identity. Story photographed by Hannah Roche. How do you express yourself through your work? By inserting my body into my art I am commenting on representation; the representation of the "Other", of the female voice, and of women of colour. The ability to express my voice and body are based...

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Conversation with Micheal

Micheal Micheal McCabe is an architecture graduate creating furniture, installations and public art work. For his thesis, Micheal explored the relationship between queer identity, nightclubs and politics of homonormativity. We meet Micheal in his workroom to discuss sustainability in the built environment and queer identities in architecture. Story photographed by Greta Van Der Star. How would you describe your design style? Something I say to my students is "make sure you are having fun designing", for me that is about being playful and doing things that aren't very architecturally traditional. For me this always gets expressed in a deep fascination...

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Conversation With Mel

Mel Melanie Stapleton, owner of Cecilia Fox floral studio and mother of two, starts her day at 3am. Renowned for blurring the boundaries between floral arrangements and sculptural art, Cecilia Fox is different from your local florist. Mel prefers her flowers grown without a lot of chemicals, and actively encourages sustainable practices within floristry. We meet Mel in her Melbourne based studio among a plethora of seasonal and locally grown blooms. Story photographed by Tasha Tylee. What is your talent? I’m really good at doing flowers but mostly I think I’m good at reading people and giving them what they...

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Conversation With Estere

Estère Estère Dalton is a beat maker, singer, songwriter and producer based in Wellington. With her MPC named Lola, she records beats and melodies and loops them into her self-described genre Electric Blue Witch-Hop. About to release her second album, Estère opens the doors to her home in Wellington where she writes and records her songs. Story photographed by Yoan Jolly. Who or what inspires you? Things that have whole hearted creative conviction. I think that's why often children's art is amazing and honest. It's uninhibited and celebratory of itself. What keeps you up at night? My music. Making beats...

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