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VODville: IN CONVERSATION WITH MADDY BUTLER

VODville’s Maddy Butler is a great mind and a real hoot. She directs, writes, and often stars in an ongoing series of sketches that detail the frustrations and warped angles of her irked – and frankly brilliant – brain. After a brief pause to gather themselves and curate some bold new content, VODville are back with fresh pieces and we couldn’t be more excited. We caught up with Maddy to find out more about the creative process of bringing political and social issues into brilliant comedic fruition. Read on...

NC QIN's Persistence

Persistence is a truly exquisite showcasing of femininity, strength and everything its title embodies. Showing at 541 Art Space until Saturday 27th May as part of Love Letter: Be With You, we were thrilled to have caught up with the artist, NC Qin. Read on...

A TRIBUTE to NATALIA GONCHAROVA

Great designers of the early twentieth century are often showcased but it's difficult to find plentiful examples of women who drove new artistic direction and challenged the status quo. Read on...

THE TIRESOME TASK OF EXPLAINING FEMINISM

Kate Noble-Judge says it's time 'MRAs' invest in a good dictionary and sit outside until they’ve done their homework and got their ‘hysteria’ under control. Read on...

cheeba's goods + live from underground, the bronx

Based in The Bronx New York, Sunny Cheeba easily embodies that ultra-cool big sister you wish you had who lives to pay homage to all things outlandish and analogue. Read on...

schools are still discriminating and it needs to stop

When the girls at my school weren’t allowed to learn self-defence, we didn’t have a word for the type of pigeon-holing we were experiencing, Jess Alchin writes. Read on...

WHY THE BEHAVIOURS OF MALE TROLLS ARE INCREASINGLY NORMALISED

Kate Noble-Judge discusses male-on-female trolling from a linguistics perspective and why behaviours affiliated with online harassment are increasingly normalised. Read on...

MY SKIN, MY BODY (PART 3)

My Skin, My Body is a project by LA-based photographer, Kat Kaye, exploring the notion of beauty in the absence of photoshopping and make-up. Read on...

CAMP COPE

If you happen to be scrounging around for an epic band that addresses mental health, rape culture, and some of the nuances of millennial life in a neo-liberal society, then look no further than Melbourne-based, three-piece outfit that is Camp CopeRead on...

I ALTERED MY ENTIRE LIFE AND CAREER AND IT SAVED ME

Despite having a knack for art and writing in high school, being forced out of home quite young due to difficult family circumstances meant that I quickly learnt to survive through various office jobs. As a result I soon lost touch with my love for creativity.

Those early years of adulthood saw me swallowed up by the mainstream, living a lifestyle that placed peculiar significance on ‘having stuff’ while simultaneously just getting by on what society generally dubs as a ‘good job’. I considered creative folk to be an entirely different breed: inherently talented, two steps ahead with their steady foundations that equated to opportunity, and gloriously nonconforming and free-spirited. Basically everything that I was not.

At twenty years old, I moved from the suburbs to the city and the creative types that I knew extended as far as some friends who happened to be striving musicians and whose presence often made me feel excessively structured and grotesquely corporate in contrast. I was not like them. I needed security and I needed real-life skills in the absence of talent; as well as a meticulous routine, enough sleep, and the assurance that my rent would be paid on time.

Some years later I eventually enrolled in design school despite my short-lived high school days being an embarrassing feat of near failure. And yes, you guessed it, my whole world expanded in more ways than I could ever have imagined. Read on...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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