My love of fashion has forever been linked to good music. I grew up watching the music video countdown every weekend, gleaming my various music and fashion tastes from what I saw on the screen. My pre-teen walls saw posters of the Spice Girls and Prodigy at the same time (the Prodigy ones outstayed pretty much everything on my wall; ob-SESSED).
The bravery and heart behind the current feminist wave has my own heart SINGING! I’ve always identified as a feminist; I grew up in the era of ‘Girl Power’ and punky boss-ladies like Shirley Manson and Brody Dalle, with a copy of Tank Girl under my arm. I frequently bit back at stupid comments from stupid people, and wrote and performed an award-winning, socially-progressive speech called “Don’t Judge Me” in my 12th year of school. If you shit on the little guy, I’ll have something to say about it!
I found a Tank Girl comic in a local library at the very right time in my life. I was a young teen, navigating my way through young adult fiction (full of insecurities and form-changing beasts) and teen girl magazines (full of insecurities and ‘beauty tips’), trying to figure out who I wanted to be, what was important and what was total bullshit.
As a designer I LOVE the idea of the tiny home, similarly to the idea of modular apartment living. There are so many design challenges presented when you work to make a small space operate as smoothly and variably as a large space. All the different multi-functional fittings and furniture, it sets my designer heart on fire!
It was a fun time rummaging through all the things I’d collected during my teens; finding old ticket stubs for badass movies, Big Day Out’s, and other epic music shows. Anything I applied my creative hand to reflected back some serious gothy, punky, metally vibes. Which pretty much sums up me as a teen, to be fair!
Like so many other bookish girls my age, one of my guilty pleasures growing up was watching Gilmore Girls. But we didn’t just watch the Gilmore Girls, we grew up with the Gilmore Girls; and there is a key difference. We went through first kisses and boy angst together, we went through competitive study and over-achieving together, we went through mother-daughter angst and making stupid decisions together.