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 Artist Georgina Hooper talks to us about inspiration.

 


What is your most creative recipe?

Beetroot and parmesan ravioli with burnt sage butter.


What is your most recent obsession?

My 16 month old daughter!


Any new favorite colour / style in painting ?

I love the large scale colour field paintings of American Abstract Expressionist Marko Rothko. His work is what I would fill my dream home with if I could afford to. His use of large open spaces, simple composition and focus on the sublime beauty of colour and its effect on us spiritually and mentally is what I love about his work. Looking at art becomes a form of meditation. It is all about vibrational energy. It sounds hippy but it is very scientific. My favourite colour is probably best exemplified in Rothko's 1956 work 'Green on Blue'. “Green on Blue” (1956).

 

  

 CreditThe University of Arizona Museum of Art, Gift of Edward J. Gallagher Jr. Source 


What's your dream travel destination and why?

My dream travel destination is South East Asia. I particularly love visiting Hong Kong for its exciting pace and its juxtaposition between tradition and change, East and West. China is always going to be a great love for me too and of course divine Japan, which I still have so much to see yet. At the moment though, Bali is really calling me and we are thinking of visiting at the end of the year. There are a few artist residencies popping up away from the main tourist areas. Places where there is beautiful nature to experience and a sense of the spiritual and serenity in its people is what I am draw to.


What would you spirit animal be?

Ha ha probably a bird. Perhaps an eagle. They are strong, powerful and independent with a love of wide open spaces and when they choose their mate, they really do fall for them and are together for life.

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Georgina has limited edition prints available, check out her webstore of her latest work.

 http://georginahooper.com.au/products/soar-prints/


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The man behind the lense

An interview with photographer: David Collins

http://www.davidcollinsphotography.com/
 


You recently photographed dogstar Collection 2016. What did you think of the shoot and what did you enjoy the most?
I loved the recent shoot the dogstar team put together for their 2016 campaign. The postmodern, paper craft head piece with metal and silver accented accessories anchored our models character into the moody setting. My favourite moment in the shoot was when the two assistants were trying to balance an air-conditioning tube on a broom stick while the model posed for a portrait. The shots look great, but it felt like a surreal ‘behind the scenes’ moment.


What would be your 'dream gig' ? 
It may sound cliché, but there are days when I take a step back from the camera and see that I'm on location with amazing and talented people creating something together, and I realize just how much I enjoy this work environment.


We all look for inspiration on a daily basis. What drives you to continue in such a challenging industry? 
I have found traveling and injecting new experiences (both comfortable and unpleasant) keeps the cogs moving. One of the traps that photographers can fall into during busy season is to default into a comfortable shooting style. I’ve found constantly moving refreshes and informs the way I approach photography, giving me a sense of progression.


If you could photograph anyone or anything, past or present, who or what would it be? 
I think Jeff Bridges would make for a pretty mean portrait.


What is the best advice you have received relating to your career as an artist? 
Find someone you trust to review your work. It’s easy to develop attachments to images when you have a memory of a good, onset experience, rather than how the piece sits.


Oh, most importantly, what's your spirit animal? 
The Panda. 

 

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WHO IS SHE?

An interview with Makeup Artist: Billie Weston



Like all things creative, we start from a blank canvas. Tell us what inspires you?
As far as finding inspiration for makeup goes, I always turn to nature.  Especially texture and colour. From the most vivid contrasting colours to the softest, milkiest pastels, I can find inspiration there.   I’m a big sci-fi and post apocalyptic nerd and when there is the opportunity for it, I love to carry those otherworldly elements across into my work. I'm also inspired by my clients and love the process of helping them to create an alter ego or amplify a facet of their personality. 

Today’s woman is busier than ever.  What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?
A bold lipstick teamed with defined brows and mascara.  You can have barely any makeup on but look sleek and polished with a strong lip.

How would you describe your look?
I’m a bit of a chameleon when it comes to what I wear.  I really enjoy fashion and like to wear a lot of different styles. I find for this reason, I have never put all my eggs in one basket.  Clothes, hair, accessories and makeup are an integral part of how I express myself and I find it a really fun and creative process.  I’m a big fan of Japanese and Korean street style but I also love to incorporate elements of different fashion subcultures like industrial, post apocalyptic, punk and grunge whilst keeping it understated and sharp.  I wear a lot of black..black is everything.

What is your most memorable makeup you have done?
I have been very lucky to work on some incredible films and live productions with truly magical sets. Those moments are some of the most memorable for me. When you walk onto a large scale set it’s like walking into another world. You get this incredible rush and you are overcome with awe and gratitude.  To be amongst such talented artists and crew who are all part of this amazing collaboration is very humbling.

How do you define beauty?
Beauty to me is kindness and compassion, first and foremost.  But as far as beautiful aesthetic or ‘presence’ goes, I think it’s having a healthy and unbridled outlet for self-expression. Whatever that may be. When someone can express themselves and be immersed in their passion, they become comfortable in their own skin. I love witnessing people being whoever the hell they want to be. 

If you were placed in the world of dogstar, what do you imagine yourself to look like (from head to toe!)?
No other label can layer like Dogstar.  I LOVE to layer. I would want you to load me up with pieces until I could barely walk.

Use 5 words that define what you wear?
Sharp black spirited street pop 

Who is your Muse?
I have so many! But let's say...Gwen Stefani for wearing punk and alternative styles with such sophistication and Daphne Guinness for being an age defying alien empress.  

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Introducing the talented musicians from Camerata of St Johns Orchestra!

Once again this season we have styled them in a combination of our Laika and Papershadow range.

A quirky combination of summer cotton prints, everyday dresses turned into elegant and professional outfits.

For more information on their upcoming season:

CLICK HERE

 Here is a small snippet from their Camerata's January newsletter!

 

Partner spotlight

This month our partner spotlight shines on, dogstar. Created by renowned Brisbane fashion designer Masayo Yasuki and her talented team, dogstar has gained an enviable reputation around the country for its designs and quality of manufacture. Our player's adore wearing the Camerata uniform designed by Masayo, and were thrilled when Masayo and her team opened their Laika Summer 2014 and Papershadow Summer 2014 collections for our ensemble to wear in the CamerataSeason 2015 brochure. All of the wonderful outfits from these collections are now available online at the dogstar website.


 

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dogstar in Collaboration with ghd hair!

Last night we were working with the talented Alan White and ghd Hair at their Podium event.

 

GHD invitation and Alan White (left to right)

 

Podium is a look and learn evening, inviting all creative minds who are interested in sharing ideas and experiences.

We are incredibly  thankful to GHD Hair Studios and Rashelle in particular for thinking of dogstar.

From left to right: from dogstar: Umesha, Jo-Elle, Akari, Rashelle (GHD)

 

It was a fantastic night working with Alan, a renowned hairstylist. Alan’s portfolio includes working with leading magazines like Vogue and RUSSH. More so, he has been responsible for styling the hair of high profile names including Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian and Nicole Kidman.

 

Thank you once again to ghd Hair and Alan White for an experience to remember!

For those who went or those who may have missed out, here are some snapshots from behind the scenes at the ghd PODIUM event.




Alan and the girls





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Virgin Magazine

19/10/15 12:49 PM

 

dogstar featured in Virgin Australia Voyeur!

 

 

 

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Have you seen our brisbane studio recently?

It is all hands on deck with the our studio remodelling. 

Since we opened up our studio to the public one year ago, we have seen many new faces visting our creative space.

With that in mind, we have been busy working to remodel our studio for the Brisbane Open House event which happened over the weekend.

It was fantastic to see so many of our dogstar fans coming in to hear Masayo speak about her design process, how dogstar came to be and what inspires her designs for dogstar,

Just in case you missed out on the event, here is a snap shot looking over our studio and store outlet.

 

 

No need to miss out again, we invite you to visit our dogstar studio yourself!

Keep posted with more construction soon to be built right here at our Brisbane studio.

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Kick off Laika

30/09/15 4:38 PM

Masayo has recently come back from her travels where she has found a beautiful silk fabric.

With the festive season coming soon, we have decided to kick off the Laika range with Borealis Top and Tunic!

Taking on a wild inspiration from a lost galaxy reopened, the splash of bold colours and electrifying patterns is perfect for summer.

Don't be fooled by the strong colour combinations... dyed onto this delicate silk, you wouldn't miss out on seeing the fabric flow through the summer breeze.

Ecclectic, Festive, Bold and Light, how would you descirbe this print?

Juggle up your wardrobe and add a mixture of Borealis.

Read on in our upcoming blog to see the borealis Tunic handmade right here at our Brisbane Studio (Australia).

 

        

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Have you heard?

dogstar is at it again!

A few weeks ago, Masayo was approached by Heather from One Wybelenna Spa with her request for a dogstar uniform!

We started off by choosing some of Heather's favourite pieces from dogstar's archive (how lucky!)

However because this was to be used daily as a uniform, we had to reconsider many design features to accomodate practical needs for each therapist at One Wybelenna Spa.

 

One particular fabric certainly caught Heather's attention. That was the Tapis fabric, both textured and colourful.

From there we designed a neckline that was both tailored for the front of house presentation as well as soft for easy movement during treatments.

 

Would you know... they look fantastic!

Here are some snap shots of how our little meeting turned into an amazing project!

 

Dear Heather and the One Wybelenna team,

We hope you all enjoy wearing your uniforms as much as we have enjoyed making them for you!

Please keep us posted with images of your wearing the lovely tunics...

Wishing you all the best for the launch of the One Wybelenna spa!

 

Warm Regards,

Masayo and the dogstar team.

 

 

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And the beats go...

28/07/15 9:55 AM

Hear the beats go!

We recently had the priviledge to design a cuff for 
percussion soloist, Claire Novak.

Her upcoming performance with the Melbourne and 
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's required Claire to be 
attached to rope which is then attached to tubular 
bells! Intrigueing is it not?

Claire Testing out the new instrument. (image taken by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Instagram)

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Have you heard the songs playing at QPAC?
 
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