What you wanted to do as a kid

I spent some time upright in my bed last week and thought about some of my earliest childhood memories. To me, between the ages of 3 and 6, I felt I was really clear with what I liked and what I didn’t. An age where I wasn’t  influenced or persuaded to think differently.

This connection to what feels good has really shaped the way I live.

As a child I loved nature, especially being in my grandparent’s garden. We lived on a huge block of land in Melbourne where my grandparent’s grew veggies, fruits, nuts and had chickens. Now I live in a place in Los Angeles where I’m surrounded by wildlife. Instead of hens there are hummingbirds, eagles and owls; instead of almond and fig trees there’s eucalyptus and bamboo.

I’ve loved music ever since I can remember. No surprise really that my career and life has always been intertwined with music. I loved television and the places it could take me. Hence, career in media.

Another one of my fondest memories were my family dinners, which is why I go to effort to create meals for friends here in LA and wherever I travel to. I’ve talked before about the memorable experiences that you can create over a great meal.

This way of living all came from the sparks I got as a child. I followed what felt right.

Yet in my stillness I remembered something that I loved but didn’t entirely get to weave into my life. And that is Art.

One of the art classes I enjoyed the most during school was ceramics. The spark came from turning clay into something that would be useful and beautiful to me.

I connected this thought with my recent move to LA. My move has meant starting anew with everything. And that means buying new items, like ceramics.

You may be thinking, they’re just plates and bowls, Faustina. Who cares? Just buy them.

Well, instead of buying a set over Amazon or at Bed Bath and Beyond, why not follow that spark and at least try and make my own?

They may not look incredible to begin with. I’ll probably knock clay off the spinning wheel on numerous occasions, collapse the soft clay when trying to make a bowl. But the spark will keep me on my seat.

And my logic says that the cost of a single awesome plate would be the same cost of an introductory lesson to ceramics. The knowledge and skills to create my own – BOOM!

So I booked myself into a one-on-one intro ceramics class. I start tomorrow. Yes to the kid in me! Follow the kid within. 

Written in: My favourite secret cafe in LA

Listening to: General noise

FESTIVAL OF IDEAS

The Festival of Ideas kicks off at The University of Melbourne today and runs til Sunday Oct 6.

There’s a load of speakers covering 5 main topics, Environments, Food + Nutrition, Families, Brains + Mind and Democracy. Going to this means mixing it up with Architects, Psychologists, Authors, Journalists, leaders in Health, Sustainability, Music, Artists and Human Rights.

One key event happens is on this Saturday Oct 5 at South Wharf. It’s called NCDFREE. Run by local gents, Dr. Alessandro & Giuseppe Demaio. The event will focus on ways in which we can live longer, happier, healthier lives – free of NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) that means stuff like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, lung disease and mental illness – all the stuff that is largely preventable.

Entry is FREE! There will be talks and Q&A sessions with young health leaders. DJ’s from Northside records will be spinning and there will be delicious food provided by the Banh Mi Boys and Trailer Made.

I went to the NCDFREE event at Harvard University last week, there were speakers as far as Mongolia and Kenya. A great insight into those around the world are passionately dedicating their lives to the wellbeing of others.

Let the mind wander and fire up on brilliant ideas. Go forth and enter awesomeness!

NCDFREE Event, Festival of Ideas:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/8122060301

http://ideas.unimelb.edu.au/

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WEEKEND 39: SPECTACLE THE MUSIC VIDEO EXHIBITION

A must see. Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition launched at Melbourne’s ACMI yesterday.

Spectacle offers over 300 works and takes you through 9 sections covering the early days of music videos (Louie Armstrong, Cab Calloway); early rockstars (Bob Dylan, the Beatles); beautiful cinematic pieces (Massive Attack, Kanye West, The Verve, Woodkid, New Order); Art House (White Stripes, INXS); politically and socially charged videos; choreographically driven clips to an interactive experience with the art work of three of Arcade Fire’s music videos.

A good dose of Michel Gondry (The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers) and Spike Jonze (Bjork, Fatboy Slim).

On the home front, over 20 clips are featured including The Herd, ACDC, Gotye, Van She, Flight Facilities, INXS and Kris Moyes’ work on Kirin J Callinan’s Way to War and The Preset’s My People.

Spectacle is curated by Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey of Flux, a collective that provides art and film events around the world. Spectacle made its international debut at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Centre in March 2012 and has made its way through Sao Paulo and New York before it’s launch in ACMI.

The even runs through til Sunday 23rd February 2014. I say, go stat! That’s an order!

 

Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition

Thursday 26 September 2013 to Sunday 23 February 2-14

Open Daily 10am – 5pm

 

Full $15 Concession $10 Member $8

Family $40 (2 adults, 3 children) extra child $8

School groups $7.50 per student

Group discount (12 or more) $12

Bookings 03 8663 2583 or online at acmi.net.au

Tickets on sale Thursday 1 August 2013

www.acmi.net.au/spectacle

Image: OK Go “This Too Shall Pass” (Rube Goldberg Machine version) (2010). Directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs.

OUT AND ABOUT THIS WEEKEND 18/19

Hey Folks!

A quick one. I’ll be out and about in Melbourne this weekend.

SATURDAY

DJ

If you’re hitting the tiles night (technically Sunday morning) I’ll be spinning at Co. for a wee bit.

Here’s an old mix to get you in the party mood, made with my ol DJ teach KILLMeDJ. An oldie but a goodie. Though I may have to play more EDM on the night me thinks…

SUNDAY

UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I saw you at RMIT Open Day last weekend – good times! I hope you found the information I shared with you helpful.

For those attending Open Days in Melbourne this weekend I’ll be floating around some presentations at Swinburne University‘s Hawthorn Campus – proud sponsor of Media Talks. I’ll be around from 10am – 1pm.

And as a fellow alumna I’ll be talking at the Arts presentation at The University of Melbourne at 3.15pm. Please check your Melbourne Uni program for the location.