30th September 2015 Written by Hannah G Film & Photography

Streets of Sydney AKA The Trigger for My Existential Crisis

I think it might be time to re-evaluate my life choices… the deeper I dive into More Chillis take on Sydney’s suburban stereotypes in Streets of Sydney, the more I fear that I fit the mould of a ‘fart sniffing, lactose intolerant inner city blogger’. Fuck, now I’m definitely reconsidering buying into Yeezy Season 2

Streets of Sydney is a brand new ‘mockumentary’ web series dedicated to those most magical creatures… Sydneysiders. The eight part web series, launching today, takes you on a journey across this special city to meet all the locals; from Chase Burns a Fast & Furious loving ‘rev-head’ from the Western suburbs to Prudence Wright-Way, the supremely wealthy North Shore matriarch. More Chillis hits the nail on the head… and cuts a little close to the bone. You’d be hard pressed not to see a little of yourself in their disturbingly accurate satire.

I can’t stop cringing, I think I might give up my morning ‘decaf soy latte with half soy milk half boiling water’ just to save face. Ugh.

You can learn more about Streets of Sydney here or give them a little like right here.

12th March 2015 Written by Maureen Huang Arts

Two Worlds Collide with Stephanie Gray

When I stumbled upon a card of a hand-drawn bouquet of dried flowers, I became lost in the abundance of brown wilted leaves, inklings of red in roses with her heads faced down, and delicately drawn stems protruding in dozen different directions. As my eyes slid across the bottom of the page, there scrawled in black ink was the word GRAY. ‘Who is the one called Gray who created this card? I must find them!’

This was how I discovered Stephanie Gray.

Science and art: two worlds that seem to be on completely different ends of the spectrum. Stephanie Gray, the gal in between it all. With a science degree under her belt and a heck of a talent for watercolour and drawing, Stephanie is more than your cut-copy artist.

After having spent most of her childhood and adolescence in Bristol and the South of France, Stephanie sought a change of scenery. And a change of scenery she got. Now Stephanie is based in Sydney, and being thoroughly adjusted, Stephanie says her heart lies in Australia. “There is so much opportunity here and so much that I want to do! I love to be warm and love lengthy, light-filled days; these are the things I need to get my to-do list done.”

In order to pinpoint the catalyst of her creative career, we decided to take a trip down memory lane. Stephanie’s love for drawing and all things creative started from picture books. “I was a quiet child and I really enjoyed reading, especially books about little girls and gardens and fairies… I used to copy out the words and illustrations from these books and my mum would staple them together for me when I was finished. I suppose this is where it all began!”

As Stephanie’s passion for art continued to grow, she decided to develop her art alongside her science career. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science at UNSW, it’s hard to believe choosing such a completely different pathway enabled her to enrich her love for all things creative. “I think that doing a very specific content heavy degree just highlighted the appeal of composing pictures and not words, so I think it has made it easier for me to find inspiration… it was lovely to have such separation between work time and playtime… After I graduated I was so excited to dedicate myself solely to art!”

And thus, her art label Erlenmeyer Art was born. Now you might be thinking, wait, her name is Stephanie Gray? Sounds nothing like Erlenmeyer. Well this is where Stephanie’s science background really shines through. When I asked her where her art moniker came from, she gave me a mini science lesson in return (or in short highlighted my total ignorance towards all things ‘science’). “Erlenmeyer is a reference to the German chemist Emil Erlenmeyer, who created a special flask and contributed significantly to the development of theories of molecular structure.”

But before the Erlenmeyer label represented her art, it was the title for her and her partner Byron’s jazz duet. “I had to take analytical chemistry for my degree and this is where I met my partner, Byron. He and I are both jazz musicians and when we found each other we formed the Erlenmeyer Duet, using the name because it sounds beautiful and elegant and that’s what we were trying to create with our music. Since then I’ve extended the name to represent my art because I am so attached to it and because I strive to achieve the same principals in my artwork as in our music.”

If there were one word to describe Stephanie’s work it would be ‘detail’. Precision is something that gives her work character. Along with detail, her subject matters can change from meticulously drawn dried flowers to a quirky pet name inspired walrus. From flowers to walruses, when trying to pin down her sources of inspiration, Stephanie showed me that inspiration can be found all around us. “Most of my pieces are created as gifts for friends and family… honouring their hobbies or favourite places. I also feel very inspired to do illustrations portraying the skills or beauty of people or things: wilted bouquets of flowers, a musician mid-performance, a little boy’s face after he’s dropped his ice-cream.”

Along with managing her etsy store, Stephanie’s also working on various other projects. “Currently I am working on a playing card deck that features illustrations of steam punk machinery. (kind of like the one featured in the picture at the top of this page) I find it so interesting to design playing cards because you have to identify competitive hierarchies within a theme and work out cohesive images for the back design and the jokers, as well as the typography work that is involved for lettering and numbering.” Together with this, Stephanie is also looking forward to putting on her first exhibition later on this year. Talk about being busy.

What attracted me the most towards Stephanie’s work was its personalised and homemade quality. Not only do you see this in her work, but also through the way she gets her art out to the public. Stephanie often runs a stall selling her originals, prints, gift cards and custom-illustrated playing cards at the North Sydney Markets on Miller Street, while also selling her stuff weekly at Paddington Markets. She often reminds people of her presence on her instagram posts, and encourages people who know of her art to come and say hello.

Interviewing Stephanie definitely felt like meeting and getting to know one of your closest friends for the first time: warm and cosy. This feeling reflects the way you feel when you stumble upon Stephanie’s work.

If you want to check out more of Stephanie’s stuff, you can find her on her website, etsy, facebook, instagram and through her little section at The Makery on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

Image: Stephanie Gray

5th December 2014 Written by Ainslie Daniels Trending Fun

The Hair's There

Scarlett Johansson has had one for years. Harry Potter Queen Emma watson has recently converted. They've been seen strutting the runways of Givenchy and Chanel. Rihanna has tried to earn street cred with hers...and even Katy Perry has joined the circus. Septum piercings. Jump on the band-wagon if you dare.

Nose Piercings have come along way over the years. In India, piercing your left nostril was believed to make childbirth easier and lessen period pain. The septum piercing though, finds its origins in warrior cultures. Pig tusks, anyone? Indie or angry, trophy wall no longer. Septum piercings are, now, for the glamorous and fashionable...

Too mainstream for you? Not a fashion guru? How bout jumping on the au natural bandwagon in light of the feminist resurgence? Around the world, women are letting their pubes and armpit hair go wild. If you've been to New York recently, you've probably seen the mannequins displaying their bushes loud and proud. Seen Lady Gaga in concert in the past couple months?

It seems like forever ago when Julia Roberts walked down the red carpet waving her unshaved armpits to the world. I'd love to ask her what she thinks about this latest trend.

These girls these days don't just stop at letting it all get long. For your under arms, get loud with the most fluorescent colour you can find...and for your hedge, get creative. With styles like the Heart Attack, Martini, and Mohawk, there's plenty of fun to be had!

Summer is on its way, though, so if, like me, you want to steer clear of Bay or can't stomach the thought of getting through the itching stage, you could always jump in to the new Sephora store that has finally opened in Sydney.

The official opening at 12 has been anticipated as highly as a rendezvous with a forbidden lover for millions of women since the announcement was made back in June. December 5 is finally here, and with it comes all the beauty products you'll ever need.

Of course, the only thing you may want, may just be a martini...

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14th May 2014 Written by Otto Reitano Education

Sydney’s Overcrowded Schools and Fraudulent Lease Agreements

Sydney parents are resorting to desperate measures to get their kids into the primary school of their choice. With many of Sydney’s most popular schools so full that principles have started refusing out-of-area enrolments, some parents are submitting fraudulent documents, such as lease agreements, which they then use to claim to live in the catchment of the school. 

The Department of Education says they are focusing attention on managing capacity issues and warn against parents using fake documents to enrol their children. Enrolments found to be based on false documentation could be reversed, and even result in fines.

Interestingly enough, the swelling enrolment numbers are particularly high at Sydney’s more exclusive public schools. Vaucluse Public School and Maroubra Bay are among some of the schools, which have seen student numbers more than double over the last few years. 

As overcrowding continues, it’s important to ask: Does learning and developmental opportunities in primary education really secure their children’s place in the upper echelons? 

Some of us may just have to come to grips with occasionally being left out. 

21st March 2014 Written by Palta Leary Dangerous Ideas

Discussing Manus Island: Why March in March Mattered, and Why the North Shore Sucks

I went to brunch OTB the other day. That’s slang for ‘over the bridge’, an othering word that I feel is necessary, because when I cross that bridge I know I’m entering a completely different social bubble. The trek to the far-off lands of the North Shore involves sitting in slowly moving slug of traffic on Military Road, and being surrounded by expensive shops and sleek virginal 4WDs. The best part of this shlep to visit family is when all that concrete eventually gives way to an aquamarine sheet of brilliance as you approach the Spit Bridge.

I simultaneously love and dread these visits. I love them because I get to see family, and walk down a dirt track in between mansions that leads to a tiny bay, which is almost always deserted. I love them because I get to see my baby niece, whose head feels like a fluffy duck, and I get to laugh at all their ridiculously skittish purebred dogs lose their shit. I loathe them because I know there will inevitably be at least a few minutes where my blood will be boiling with rage. Like when I had glitter on my face after attending Mardis Gras the night before, and my uncle asked: “don’t tell me you’re a lesbian as well as a pinko?” Or like when I tried to get these people who are both related to me and purchasers of Porsches for their adolescent children, to donate money when I did Shave for a Cure, and they refused. The reason? I would look ugly with short hair.

The date of this particularly enraging brunch was Sunday the 16th of March, the morning before I was planning to protest with all the other people in our city who wanted to express a vote of no confidence in the Abbott government.  

My aunt sat us non-beach dwellers facing the water, with a view of $200,000 weekend toy boats zooming across Hunters Bay. A particularly opulent one had anchored while my uncle explained to me that most refugees are rich and seeking to make more money in Australia. You could make out the tiny party of bronzed figures sitting on the nose of the boat, champagne flutes in hand.

 “The majority of refugees go to another country before they try to come to Australia. If they want to come here and they are genuine refugees, they should go to the Refugee Centre and apply to get here from there,” he said as he speared bacon and slow-roasted tomatoes.

Oh yeah, why don’t people fleeing persecution just walk up to their friendly neighbourhood ‘Refugee Centre’? Because they are usually in countries with no legislation pertaining to refugees, because they live in constant fear of being deported, maybe because their passports are for countries that have deteriorated to the point of not even being considered a state any more. Or maybe because some countries don’t accept nearly as many refugees as they could take, so applying via the rigmarole of bureaucracy would be a waste of time anyway.

“Australians aren’t racist, they just want to stop people drowning due to a bad border policy.”

Yeah, that explains all those Fuck Off, We’re Full bumper stickers. That explains systematic discrimination of First Australians. That explains the huge differences between the quality of life for non-indigenous and indigenous Australians.  

 “You’re obviously at the extreme end of the left side of the political spectrum, and I’m at the right. But I think we can agree that the common ground here is that we want to stop people drowning while they come here. And Abbott has done that, he’s stopped the boats.”

 First of all, some of what I believe may correspond to what is ‘leftish’, if you really want to only see the world in black and white polarities. But I mostly I see it has having the most vague and basic sense of empathy, of being able to put myself in someone elses’ shoes, or remembering the ‘doing unto others’ spiel delivered by my kindergarten teacher. But if you replace ‘compassionate’ with ‘leftist’, I guess you feel like less of a terrible person for supporting a monstrosity like Manus Island. And if you can believe that you’re actually morally high and dry because you want to stop people drowning at sea, why do you propose the alternative as indefinite detention and off-shore processing? How can you truly think that is a morally robust alternative, to send people to places where detainees eat glass and sew their eyelids shut?

Secondly, just because we can both agree that large, leaky and dangerous boats crammed full of desperate people sinking is a bad thing, it doesn’t mean the solution is to stop them with a military operation that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison called ‘Operation Sovereign Murder’. I suppose what my uncle believes is that it is ultimately less cruel to stop boats if they are going to result in people drowning, despite horrific reports of off-shore processing centres. But Tony Abbott has rejected calls for the Navy to release photos or videos to show exactly what has happened during operations to intercept asylum seekers. Without that transparency in the face of allegations of mistreatment of asylum seekers by Australian Navy personnel, how can he be sure that people are being treated with any modicum of decency?

I did go to that march, and I’m not sure how effective it will be as an anti-Abbott measure for a lot of reasons. There was a ubiquity of tutus and hateful slurs that may take away from the movement’s legitimacy. There were also also people from all walks of life with an array of reasons to march that day, and I think that such a broad cross-section represents a wide discontent as well as the potential for difficulty in organized anti-Abbott mobilisation.

If anything it was just really awesome walking down the road on Broadway with peaceful and healthily super angry people. Also all the signs expressing the myriad of ways that Tony Abbott has been a mean person and all around utter twat basket. See, even I can’t not blurt out some obscenity when I talk about this person. Maybe it’s a genius political strategy: be such a quintessential dickhead that you make people lose their cool and spout uncontrollable diatribes easily dismissed because of their quotient of swear words.

Our Prime Minister failed arguing with a bunch of (admittedly awesome) Year 9 students, what on earth is he doing governing a country?

March in March may have been a motley crew, and we may have been under-reported or have had the weirdos magnified by mainstream media, but at least tens of thousands of Australians expressed their dissatisfaction with an ultimately incompetent and unfeeling government. It’s not about identifying with socialism, environmentalism, or feminism, or any other ‘ism’. It’s about understanding that if you want to be Prime Minister, you need to listen to the people you’re supposed to represent. Not everyone wants your Catholic silver spoon shoved down their throats, Mr Abbott.

7th March 2014 Written by warholst Trending Fun

New boutique event Lost Picnic set to shake up Sydney’s music scene

With the summer music and entertainment schedule already in full swing, new boutique event Lost Picnic aims to bring a new style of experience to Sydney’s calendar. Music lovers will enjoy the sounds of talented local musicians while savouring chefquality food all from the lush surroundings of Sydney’s Centennial Park.

Supporting home-grown talent, Lost Picnic will showcase some of Australia’s most talented artists including Platinum selling, ARIA & APRA award winning Megan Washington, who is about to release her highly anticipated new single, her first in more than 2 years, five-piece alternative rock band and platinum award winning The Rubens, the alluring sounds of Queensland songwriter Emma Louise, Triple J unearthed indie/folk artist Dustin Tebbutt and three-piece indie folk band Sons of the East.

Breaking the mould of traditional festival style food,Lost Picnic has teamed up with successful local restaurants to offer gourmet picnic hampers. Rushcutters; a collaboration with celebrated chef, Martin Boetz and award winning hospitality company, The Keystone Group will offer Northern European inspired food, with the majority of produce sourced directly from Boetz’s Cooks Co-op in the Hawkesbury Region. Paul Wilson, Melbourne's celebrated chef, and Icebergs Dining Room and Bar’s culinary director, Maurice Terzini, will prepare what's best described as ‘Italian Soul food’, celebrating the much loved regional food of Italy.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar has recently expanded to outside catering in collaboration with Cherry Kitchen.

Simon Beckingham and Wade Cawood, the faces behind Lost Picnic, started their career in the electronic music industry, organising acclaimed events across Sydney. As their personal lives evolved, both becoming fathers in recent years, so did their appetite for a different direction and style of event. This transition began when popular Bondi restaurants Corner House and Panama House, which Simon part owns, launched a few years ago. The Corner House recently launched a pop up bar, The Garden Bar at The Opera House, with yoga, kids entertainment and international and local DJs.

Simon Beckingham, Director Lost Picnic,“We’ve grown up organising successful dance events in Sydney and although this will always be a passion of ours, we have evolved and we want our events to evolve with us. Growing up in the UK festival scene, we know Sydney is looking for the next generation in music events. Lost Picnic is exactly that, a boutique-style event that not only supports local musical talent but local restaurants, to offer a completely different experience to the Sydney entertainment calendar.”

The Garden Bar, by The Corner House will be setting up shop on site, and there will be a selection of games to complete the picnic experience.

Lost Picnic will take place on 23 March 2014 in Centennial Park. First release tickets are priced $89 and the gourmet hampers serving 2-3 people cost $69 and will be available from15 January, 2014. For more information visit www.lostpicnic.net

20th December 2013 Written by warholst The New Frontiers

Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo.

Sooooo, whaaaatchya doin’ this summer? Great, great—what you should be doing is this: Exploring our fair and sunny city, travelling upon our serpentine pubic transport systems, through our beloved public spaces and landscapes while being mind-blowingly amazed by the live music that will accompany this convoy. You will, that is, be attending one of Train Track’s summer melodic cavalcades. If you haven’t already been acquainted with Train Tracks, shame on you, but I can’t stay mad at you, so here’s a link to our interview with Steve, one of the founders and organisers of this Sydney collective.
12th December 2013 Written by Ophelia Overton The New Frontiers

NEW FRONTIERS: PRESENTING JESSE MATHESON OF THE FEED

Part of The New Frontiers Series: The project to surface and support Australia’s most interesting and unique crowd funded creative projects. Made possible with sponsorship from Bulleit Bourbon. “Creating a platform for creatives,” is how Jesse Matheson, editor and founder of The Feed Magazine, summarises what they’re about. The magazine developed out of a disjuncture between his dream to be a writer and the realities of contemporary journalism. With “print journalism dying,” and the window of opportunities that came along with it growing ever smaller, he made a decision.
5th December 2013 Written by Baz Ruddick Pop Cultured

A COUNTRY CELEBRATES BECAUSE RICH LADY OWNS FAST HORSE

By Baz Ruddick Melbourne Cup day sits in society’s consciousness as one of those days where you can exercise your right to get drunk. And, lucky for you, you’re not going to get judged like you would any other day. It’s alright- society has okayed it with their Carlton Draught and Tom Waterhouse stamp of approval! T.V said so. Even Koshie and Mel were dressed up for the races…. Every year thousands of Australians part with their money and become racing enthusiasts for the day. People pretend they know something more about horses than the fact that they have four legs while they take the opportunity to don a suit/fancy hat, get shitfaced and wind up regrettably making out with someone before the sun even goes down. Believe me, sometimes you need the cover of darkness to hide your antics. But why do we celebrate the Melbourne Cup? What is there to celebrate? Do we celebrate because it is part of our Australian culture and heritage? Unlikely.

30th July 2013 Written by Amanda Kerr Pop Cultured

YOUR ASSIGNMENT: GET YOUR ASS DRUNK, THEN GO SPEED DATING. THE PROLOGUE

By Amanda Kerr My assignment: Go speed dating while very drunk. I’ve never been speed dating before. The last date I went on was horrific, on the 20 metre walk from the guy’s car to the restaurant I fell over twice, my knees splitting open and blood gushing everywhere. And I was wearing flats. It’s next Friday night. I’ve already chosen my outfit, I think a skirt with stockings will say “I’m fun but I’m not easy-please do not try to grope me” and a long sleeved top will say “I’m also quite conservative, but feel free to indulge me in a conversation about human rights”. Perfect. But what to ask them? Being intoxicated will give me the courage to ask personal things that will immediately get to the bottom of who these people are. What can I ask that will tell me the most inhuman and disgusting things about these strangers, if they dare to answer my provocative questions? I want to know what makes them tick, what trauma they’ve had, what dirty things they’ve done, so I can judge them as quickly as possible and never see them again.
19th December 2012 Written by warholst In Conversation

MARTINI - SHAKEN ‘AND’ STIRRED, THE INSTANT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW

Warhol’s Children’s next Instant Celebrity - Martini: owner of Martini Cafe and Bar. By Rebecca Lay When I got to Martini’s for our interview they were closing up for the afternoon and preparing for the nightlife of Martini Bar – a relatively new facet of Martini’s. I obligingly sat, taking in the hustle and bustle of chairs and tables being rearranged, instructions being given, coffee machines being cleaned and Maraschino cherries being sent for … All good to go, Martini offered me a drink – ever the hospitable host, and walked me out to the courtyard of Martini’s; a major drawcard for patrons. You can choose between the inner lively buzz of the café or the more tranquil atmosphere of the courtyard where you can commune with nature (sort of…).
19th December 2012 Written by Rebecca Lay In Conversation

Instant Celebrity - Martini. By Warhol’s Children’s Rebecca Lay

Impromptu interviews are beginning to become my thing, but hey, I’m not complaining (yet…). It’s given me the chance to talk with some really interesting people and our next Instant Celebrity is no exception. Although he might be on a different level of curiousness - Martin Lewis or Martini as he is known, is the owner of Martini Café & Bar south of King Street, Newtown – a regular hang out of Warhol’s Children when our stomachs start involuntarily rumbling because we haven’t been fed in days. It’s our destination of choice when we need a little field trip to stretch the legs and reawaken from our natural catatonic states.
10th October 2012 Written by warholst Hipster Life

SHOW PONY, JANE LU, FROM CASHIER TO CACHET

>p>With good times, comes the bad as well; Jane Lu, the intelligent, and always charming mastermind behind the store shares the challenges she faced going from a corporate 9-5 gig to what we now know and love as Show Pony. We also talk style, models and cringe-worthy fashion moments. We’ve all been there

10th October 2012 Written by warholst Hipster Life

There’s Nothing More Satisfying Than Scrolling Through Pages

There’s nothing more satisfying than scrolling through pages of pretty things and clicking ‘add to cart’ for the __th time. Show Pony can be held responsible for this new found ‘hobby’ of mine, a fashion-forward one stop online shop that is set to bring out the “show pony within you”. You can read Warhol’s Children’s Michelle Liu’s conversation with Jane Lu from one of our newest favorite clothing brands Show Pony
3rd October 2012 Written by Michelle Liu In Conversation

SYD KIDS VS. THE WORLD: AN INTERVIEW WITH CUPIID

Warhol’s Children’s Michelle Liu in conversation with Cupiid from the Syd Kids. When asked to give us a little idea of who he is, he confesses, “I got ADHD, but I haven’t done anything about it, like I don’t take pills or anything. So instead, I use it in a good way and try to put all I can into the creativity that I have inside of me.” With their new single ‘Party Rendezvous’, 4 years worth of parties, gigs and opening for stars like T-Pain and Akon – I’d say that’s a pretty smart move…. The Syd Kids are made up of just that; 2 Sydney kids who started as a jerk crew and found their way into the hip hop music scene. The pair are best friends and balance each other out, where Cupiid says he likes to “have fun and party” whilst Manu is “serious and in a way, wants to change the world”. Nevertheless, things get heavy when it comes to work: “We probably hate each other, we always have disagreements and get at each other all the time.”
1st September 2012 Written by Michelle Liu Just Listen

THE DJ IS A LADY - DJ TIGERLILY ON GOING D-D-D-D-D-D AND WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW

Big bass beats, good vibes, and colourful hair with a personality to match – DJ Tigerlily has become one of the freshest young talents to hit Sydney’s music scene. With an impressive rep that will put yours to shame…. ….she’s performed at Stereosonic, Creamfields 2012, and Future Music Festival 2011; as well as spinning at Sydney’s most popular venues, including The Ivy, Carmens and Fridays at Soho. We talk music, performing, being a female DJ, blogging and indulge in a story about her first gig ever that has her in stitches; “it was pretty shocking”.
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