What the hell is a millennial?

Millennials are the kids born in the 1990s and have grown up in the 2000s. I’m a part of this generation and us young adults seem to have a bad reputation. We are considered to be lazy, narcissistic, self entitled and in the wise words of my father, “You think your shit don’t stink.” Seriously, we can’t be that bad right?

Fellow millennial and Australian comedian, Louisa Wall, 21, has plenty to say about our generation in her latest comedy cabaret show It’s Not Me, It’s Lou, a part of this year’s Melbourne Fringe. She opened her first show at the quirky Butterfly Club in Carson Place, Melbourne.

The colourful interior of The Butterfly Club is reminiscent of a treasure trove filled kitsch décor and excited audience members, who were happily chatting and sipping cocktails awaiting the infamous bell ring to line up and enter the theatre.

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Louisa Wall. Picture: Melbourne Fringe website.

Wall graced the stage in a shimmering red dress, beginning her first of many serenades… with a twist. She spoke and sang about her experiences growing up as a millennial in this day and age and answering the important questions of where your bobby pins run off to and how your socks magically disappear.

Her hilarious songs were inspired by Facebook statuses she has come across on her feed. With popular topics being people’s complaints about cafe milk substitutes and the need for individuals to share their love and hash tag it on social media. Of course, the most important status being how smashed avo is life and will always be welcomed via a public service announcement.

“I had seen a really amazing show at the comedy festival about Facebook, there’s so much material in that and I was like perfect. It’s also open enough where I can do whatever I like,” Wall says.

“I found this status I wrote in 2008 when I first got it (Facebook) and I do not remember writing it, and it literally said ‘one day I will be famous’ and that’s it and I was like I probably regret that,” Wall laughs.

Wall is well and truly on her way to making her mark in the comedy scene. She is incredibly humble, I told her she will for sure find fame in the comedy scene in which she laughed off and replies ‘nah’. She is bubbly and easy to talk to, not to mention a natural when it comes to comedy, the audience’s continuous laughter was evident of that.

She grew up in regional New South Wales, after high school she attended the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and graduated in 2016. After graduating she was eager to create her own material and branch out into the comedy scene.

“I did my first comedy set when I was 17, I went to study acting and when I got out I just wanted to do comedy again,” says Wall.

Wall’s set further commented on the ever so present issues of marriage equality and feminism in today’s age. Her passion for these topics was shared with the accompaniment of her expert piano and clarinet skills. I asked her if our generation was progressive in promoting change in which she agreed, calling the youth “open minded” and not influenced by prejudice.

“I think every generation has its thing, like in the 70s women were fighting for their rights and it was the younger women. Often it’s the youth of the generation that are the most hardcore activists,” she says.

In regards to the negative connotations related to being a millennial, Wall says we are described as being “lazy, entitled, too connected to the internet, obsessed with Facebook, on our phones constantly, and that’s exactly what I am,” she jokes.

The baby boomer generation appears to agree with the so-called “entitled” millennials. Who better to ask than my dad John, 56, father of two millennial daughters.

He was unsure with the term at first, “Millennial, isn’t that referring to the future?”

After defining the term we got deep into conversation, “Oh yeah I’ve heard this yes! I heard it on the radio, you are called millennials you are the new generation of people am I right?” Well, yeah he is.

John described the millennial generation as “smartassy” and “outspoken”

“You don’t want to take advice from elderly people like me you think you know it all,” he says.

“You don’t follow suit the way we (baby boomers) used to do things, we listened to our parents. If you didn’t listen to your parents then fuck watch out!

“You think you know it all with Google, social media, you tweet go on Facebook and you let the whole world know what you’re doing. Back in my day it was private nobody knew your business.”

He’s right; our generation is more open to trying various pathways and not having to settle straight away, and he isn’t wrong about us being a little too dependent on technology.

Social media is heavily present in all generation’s lives not only millennials. It is safe to say that millennials are not the only narcissist generation, as everyone young and old are all active participants in sharing their daily encounters on social media, the proof is in your Facebook feed. According to a 2017 Deloitte survey, 65% millennials prefer working full time; this counteracts the supposed laziness connotation also.

He does agree that our “outspoken” ways are not necessary a bad thing as we “fight for more rights.”

“We (baby boomers) were more restricted; if you couldn’t go any further than that’s it, that’s the end of the argument, you’re the opposite,” he says.

I attended It’s Not Me, It’s Lou with one of my friends, another millennial named Alessia, 19 who “loved the show” and called it “hilarious”.

“It (It’s Not Me, It’s Lou) was relatable and she spoke about relevant problems in our society, for example the vote for marriage equality which I am so passionate about,” Alessia says.

Wall serenaded the audience with a song she played to an upbeat tempo on her keyboard, telling people that marriage equality is a must because love is love and anybody who is against that has to simply “fuck off”.

Wall said that she hopes to create theatre that “anyone can see” and have “a good night out.”

“I just hope they have a bloody good time, my main intention is to not have theatre that is pressing about values on anyone.” Wall says.

“I don’t feel like a millennial this is the only world I know.

“So I guess I feel millennial is a very derogatory term its used negatively like ‘ah the bloody millennial!’ I feel like why not embrace it, I think it can be used satirically.”

She is right, why not embrace it. After all the term millennial is used satirically in most instances so why not just laugh it off.

Rest assured there were no shortages of laughs as Wall’s talent shines on stage, It’s Not Me, It’s Lou is scarily relatable and definitely worth seeing for a good night out. If you still aren’t convinced that millennials aren’t that bad, then why not laugh at them instead.

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A Photo Story: Welcome to the 50’s

These photos I took during year 12 (2014)  for my 3/4 studio art subject. I had them hidden away in my folio and I think they deserve to be shared because I am proud of them.

I made the costume and did the makeup and hairstyling on my younger sister, whilst asking her to pose like a 1950’s housewife. My theme for my folio was the “Retro 1950’s” where I aimed to capture the lifestyle, elegance and how a woman would be perceived during that decade (I am so glad at how far we have come as women!). I later used these photos as a reference for vintage posters which I painted for one of my finals.

These were taken on a Canon DSLR 🙂

 

Bentleigh Farmers’ Market: Supporting Local Produce and Helping the Environment

Violin music greeted over a thousand shoppers as they arrived at the Bentleigh Farmers’ Market held on the fourth Saturday of every month at Bentleigh Primary School. Over fifty store holders set up their produce displaying a colourful array of organic fruit and veg, delicious assortments of local berry jams and infused orange blossom honey.

Market manager of thirteen years Geoff Rankin shared his passion for the farmers’ market industry expressing how the ‘trade off on freshness’ is of upmost importance.

“Some markets have too many resellers and processed take away food which takes away from what a farmers market should be, which is predominantly fresh produce,” Geoff says.

Geoff said local farmers’ markets need to follow the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association guidelines, which is to provide locally grown, fresh produce.

“I try to have 60 to 70 percent of store holders with fresh produce, if it’s farm origin I try to include things like fresh honey, you’ve got to have your honey and eggs.

“If I didn’t do farmers’ markets I’d miss my free range eggs, they are the best I don’t trust the ones out of the supermarket.”

East Bentleigh Primary School is a proud supporter of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, which teaches the students to grow and cook their own produce.

Geoff says he loves setting up famers’ markets at schools which have a positive food culture, sharing how East Bentleigh Primary School is “teaching their kids the benefit of eating their own nutritional food.”

Store holder Phil from Sunny Creek Organic has been in the farming industry since the 1980’s, he specialises in growing berries “particularly raspberries and blackberries.”

Phil says it is important to have a variety of products to sell due to the changing seasons as it allows an assortment of crops to be grown and sold all year round.

He says it can be “challenging” competing with mainstream supermarkets but “word of mouth and personal trust” with customers keeps the farmers’ market industry alive.

Geoff shares how Bentleigh Farmers’ Market is environmentally friendly with it’s no plastic bag and cup policy, they provide biodegradable and reusable coffee cups from their coffee truck.

“Anywhere we can use products that breakdown it’s going to help the environment,” Geoff says.

Geoff hopes to continue bringing fresh produce to local communities, sharing his vision to “bring the country to the city.”

(The next market will be August 26th, 2017. Visit the Bentleigh Farmer’s Market website for more info.)

The Desperettes @ The Butterfly Club

(DISCLAIMER: I have had three articles published on a Melbourne based publication called Melbourne To Do during early 2016. This web page seems to not exist anymore, therefore my links to my articles are not reachable. I have published my works to this blog so they can be accessed.)

Tight harmonies, towering pink beehives and hilarious dance moves are The Desperettes in a nutshell. The trio includes Natasha York, Lisa Woodbrook and Belinda Hanne who showcased their cabaret A Lady’s Guide to the Art of Becoming a Wingman at the Butterfly Club in Carson Place Melbourne.

The Butterfly Club feels like a treasure chest upon arrival with unique quirky trinkets scattered around the room and pictures displayed in various textured photo frames filling the hot pink walls. Dim coloured light bulbs of pink, green and blue are accented around the bar continuing around the corner to a quiet lounge area with an eye catching overfilled bookcase and mismatched furniture creating a cozy atmosphere to relax with your drink pre show.

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The Desperettes on stage. Photo: Celeste Marinelli

Once seated in the intimate theatre you are welcomed by The Desperettes trio wearing black suits and ties, crisp white shirts all topped off with puffy pastel pink beehives. DeeDee, Delilah and Daisy take you on a journey through dating scenarios each alternating as the wingman as they share pick up lines, dance and sing to hit songs by artists Mark Ronson, Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child and Bette Midler to name a few.

Each of the girls harmonised to their clever rewording of songs with contrasting vocal tones working together beautifully, causing the audience to laugh continuously from beginning to end. Their witty characters portrayed satirical comedy at its finest causing the overall performance to be extremely entertaining, amusing and catchy with some pick up lines created originally by themselves, which are sure to catch on around town.

The Desperettes are absolutely a show to see you’d be missing out if you didn’t!

Nixi Killick for VAMFF 2016

(DISCLAIMER: I have had three articles published on a Melbourne based publication called Melbourne To Do during early 2016. This web page seems to not exist anymore, therefore my links to my articles are not reachable. I have published my works to this blog so they can be accessed.)

Nixi Killick flaunts her latest eccentric women and men’s collection NXK Logic Lattice live streaming from Hewitt Packard in Collins Street, Melbourne. Hundreds of vibrantly dressed fashionistas gathered around iconic Melbourne hot spot Fed Square to view the established designer’s fashion show on the Big Screen.

The independent Melbourne label’s latest collection was filled with bold neon coloured nylon and tribal printed textured fabrics which clearly prove why flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga is one of Killick’s fans who has designed custom garments for the singer’s 2014 ArtRAVE tour.

The idiosyncratic garments are not for the faint hearted as the collection oozes confidence and individuality. The combination of male and female wear was equally uplifting with vibrant geometric prints echoing symmetry through her techno-optimistic style.

Striking models ascended up escalators in futuristic styled garments appearing like a work of art in patterned skin tight body suits, printed jackets, baggy tops, leotards, hot pants, bright multicoloured two piece sets, baby blue laser cut hardware and silicone corsets all topped off with bright braided hairstyles and headpieces ranging from pastel pink to bright yellow. The elastic belts and stretch fabric hugged the body creating a laid back and comfortable vibe.

The hair and makeup was colourful and loud with some model’s faces hidden behind juxtaposing blue and yellow zigzag printed balaclavas and others covered in whimsical temporary tattoos accentuating the third eye, reminiscent of futuristic aliens.

Upbeat techno music within the show created a youthful carefree vibe further welcoming the models from Fed square’s Big Screen to the main stage dancing and posing under brightly lit fluorescent purple lights. Nixi Killick joined the finale taking a bow with the models full of glee.

Nixi Killick’s collection was uplifting creating an upcoming trend of being unapologetically individualistic through bold colour and quirky geometric print. She is undoubtedly a designer to watch!

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An excited crowd gathered around Fed Square watching the fashion show on the big screen. Photo: Celeste Marinelli
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Finale. Photo: Celeste Marinelli

A Photo Story

I used a Cannon DSLR to capture these photos. Photography isn’t my strong point as I am new to the skill, but I am eager to practice to better my photos. I had a lot of fun taking these images. I found the final make up to appear very 1960’s inspired therefore I wanted to add emphasis to that aesthetic, so I edited the pictures to appear in a sort of Old Hollywood style. I was focusing on the various tones and juxtaposition with light by making them black and white to further create that idea of old school glamour being frozen in time.

Christina Di Pasquale is a talented make up artist, in which I had the pleasure of photographing her creative process from beginning to end. 

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Christina Di Pasquale was a self-taught make up artist when she began her journey into the make up world, she continued to receive a diploma in make up artistry at Victoria University, now 22 years old has she has been a professional artist for four years.
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She is a strong believer in using cosmetics that are not animal tested, “whenever I discover a new brand or a brand I’ve never used it’s definitely one of the first things I research.”
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Christina with her client Olivia sharing how her aim is to make her clients “laugh and feel comfortable”, as that is most enjoyable for herself and her client.
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When liaising to create a look with clients Christina says she tends to ask them what they don’t like “because everyone knows what they don’t like.”
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Inglot eyeliner is Christina’s favorite eyeliner brand, she says the tedious process is made easier when working with “great eyeballs” like Olivia’s.
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Her hands become her paint pallet for applying products she says, “it’s so funny” seeing the contrast of her messy hands compared to her neat completed make up.
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Christina’s final step to her make up process is completing the lip, emphasing how “make up is not just about covering or enhancing features it’s about self expression too.”
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“My favorite part about doing make up is having a client that doesn’t wear makeup and them being completely trusting in me, their reaction when they see themselves in the mirror it’s such beautiful self confidence.”

David Hockney: Current

British artist David Hockney showcases his latest collection of electronically created artwork at his self-titled exhibition David Hockney: Current at the renowned National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This vibrant exhibition will be held till the 13th March 2017.

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IPad drawing 2011-2016

Upon entry numerous IPad drawn pictures line the walls filled with vibrant colours to create portraits and landscapes. Hockney says the use of his IPad allows him the freedom to expand his canvas further sharing how there is no other median like drawing on a glass screen.

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IPhone Drawings, 2009-2011, digital animation of the drawings coming to life

One series called 82 portraits & 1 still life was particularly eye-catching, this series took Hockney two years to complete. His portraits captured a true understanding of his subjects in his painterly brush stroke style. There was also a reoccurring theme of the outdoors in his paintings with trees being a major subject matter creating a very peaceful vibe within the exhibition space.

 

 

 

His painting style is quite intricate; the use of alternating line thickness allows small details to be layered upon the surface, which is very pleasing to the eye. He also follows an analogous colours scheme, specifically present in his landscape drawings, as the colours are not overpowering creating a still harmony.

Hockney’s colourful exhibition explores art through multimedia installations. It was fascinating watching time lapses of his drawings on an IPad showing his pictures coming to life stroke by stroke.

 David Hockney: Current is definitely worth a visit for those who are interested in seeing radiant artwork created in a new form. It’s a very innovative and original exhibition as it demonstrates an alternate use of technology, which is refreshing in today’s society.