September 23, 2012

Windows of the City

DSC_0237DSC_0201 DSC_0224DSC_0210DSC_0212 DSC_0249DSC_0221DSC_0220 DSC_0216DSC_0272DSC_0266DSC_0257 My work participated in the Windows of the City competition for the Perth Fashion festival this year. I'm fairly certain the competition is over - I meant to write this blog post a good two weeks ago to get you guys to vote, but I haven't had a minute in the day over those weeks to write anything. Anyways, here is the finished product. My boss and some of the older ladies that work with me spent a good couple of weeks getting it all together so props to them! And, for those of you who have never visited me at work, this is what it looks like.

September 16, 2012

A Moveable Feast

DSC_0846DSC_0859DSC_0856DSC_0892 DSC_0972DSC_0905 DSC_0970DSC_0967DSC_0965DSC_0914 DSC_0932DSC_0934DSC_0912DSC_0909DSC_0897 Last night my church hosted an arts event called A Moveable Feast, featuring several dance, music acts as well as artwork, photography and a graffiti wall! It was loads of fun, with some really great musicians out there. I was a bit disappointed in myself for not participating in anything (I should have gotten my act together and at least posted some of my favourite photographs), but I guess there's always next year. Here's some snaps from the night!

In other news, I'm spending this glorious 28° day stuck in the library trying to finish an essay that should have been done last week. It's so lovely out, and I'm really kicking myself for not getting it done earlier. I have my sandals on and my hair braided all ready for a whole 6 months of summer weather. I have officially been converted into a lover of summer!

September 06, 2012

Things I'm Listening To...

Photobucket from top left: Birdy by Birdy, El Camino by The Black Keys, Ben L'Oncle Soul by Ben L'Oncle Soul, I Am A Bird Now by Antony & The Johnsons, Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices by The Welcome Wagon, Mondo by Electric Guests, Four by Bloc Party, Replica Replica by The Red Riders, A Year of Hibernation by Youth Lagoon

I'm not even going to pretend to know anything about music. I can play a couple of songs from the Amélie soundtrack because I taught myself them by ear and my boyfriend is a jazz pianist but that's about the extent of my contact to the music world. That's just a wee little warning that all the words written here come purely from a listener and a lover of music- after all, isn't that the purpose of music? For them to play, and us to enjoy and be blessed with the sounds? Anyways, that was a long introduction to a pretty short and blunt piece of writing about the albums I'm currently enjoying at the moment. Some are new, some are old favorites recently rediscovered and some are old albums that I've only just gotten around to listening to. I've gotten back into the very good habit of buying all my music, which is making me appreciate it so much more.

So, firstly, there's Birdy, a pretty enchanting sixteen year old singer from the UK who has released her first album filled with melodic covers of indie rock pop songs. I've always been a sucker for acoustic covers of old songs, so naturally fell in love with the whole album. She has some years to mature, but I can't wait to see what she releases next. El Camino by the Black Keys came with a play loud sticker on the front, something that you have to comply with. Ben L'Oncle Soul is a French soul pop singer who is so great to jive to, some favourite tunes from the album include Come Home and Soulman (and on a previous EP does a fantastic cover of Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, as well as some cheeky covers of Barbie Girl and Say You'll Be There).

Antony & the Johnsons is an old favorite, however I only just got around to purchasing the album. I have loved and cried to Hope There's Someone and I Am Your Sister several times previously, but discovered the beautiful Fistful of Love on this listen. The Welcome Wagon's second album, Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices, is a delightful collection of indie gospel folk music from Brooklyn. They make some really lovely music with some really fantastic harmonies, making choir music seem like fun. Next up is Electric Guest's Mondo. I haven't given the album a good listen yet, but I can't stop dancing to This Head I Hold!

The third line starts of with Bloc Party's newbie Four, which was a pretty big disappointment. Silent Alarm is one of my all time favourite albums; it's magnificently tight, filled with energetic guitar riffs, and lyrically evocative. Their next two albums were also satisfying, with a matured sound and just as lyrically excellent. Four manages to have their signature fast guitar riffs (sometimes too fast) and melodic vocals, without the energy, flow and rhythm of their debut. Then there's is the Red Riders' Replica Replica , another old favorite that I've only just purchased. It's pretty raw indie rock, but I've always been pretty into the unprocessed feel of their sound. Lastly Youth Lagoons "The Year of Hibernation" is a dreamy minimalistic piece of wonder that has seized my mind on more than one occasion.

September 04, 2012

drakes Also, a snap that my friend took of me from the last photography walk.

Subiaco Portraiture Night

DSC_0627DSC_0465DSC_0463DSC_0617DSC_0372DSC_0354DSC_0351DSC_0350 I keep planning on updating this blog at least twice a week, but once again life gets in the way and time move forwards without me even noticing. Working thirty hour weeks is becoming a drag, except for the paycheck of course. I guess it keeps me occupied and my mind docked at bay. My studies, on the other hand, are also becoming a bit of a drag. This poses a problem, as I've always asserted my love of learning and knowledge and reading and understanding and everything associated with studying an arts degree. Its essentially all the fun bits about university in one degree. Lately I guess I feel like I'm in a bit of a rut- a cycle of not studying enough, thus falling behind which is making even the thought of uni leave a cramp in my stomach. I'm trying to break it though. Fingers Crossed.

Ps. These snaps are from my second Subiaco night walk. This month it was a portraiture lesson held in The Little Pantry Café on Nicholson Road. I'll upload some of the snaps from the photo shoot later, but whilst I was there with my camera I roamed around taking pictures of the place. They're a little dark because all the lights were off for the shoot, but I kinda like the effect of the light reflections.