My Worn Pendragon shoes
I have been wearing Jackie and Adrian's Pendragon shoes since our winter photo shoot last year.
Completed Natsu Slide
My Worn Pendragon shoes
I have been wearing Jackie and Adrian's Pendragon shoes since our winter photo shoot last year.
Completed Natsu Slide
Time to shake it up!
Caroline, what made you decide to raise awareness and funds for parkinson's?
Parkinson's is a part of my family, it could be part of our DNA, past through a mutated gene from generation to generation, we just don't know, it's in there lurking and can appear at any time. It's sneaky, and relentless, and new studies are looking at the genetic links between family members and parkinson's... or 'parkies' as we call it. If I can raise money to help sufferers now, and maybe someday help my children's children etc, then I should.
Here are some basic stats on the disease in Australia. I think you'll find it quite surprising.
Parkinson’s is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia.
The disease affects an estimated 10 million individuals worldwide – 80,000 in Australia.
32 Aussies are diagnosed with the disease every day.
20% of sufferers are under 50 years old and 10% are diagnosed before the age of 40.
The number of people with Parkinson’s has increased by 17% in the last six years with costs to the community increasing by over 48%.
For comparison purposes the prevalence of Parkinson’s is greater than prostate, bowel and many other forms of cancer and the total number of Parkinson’s sufferers is 4 times the number of people suffering with MS.
The above statistics were obtained from https://shakeitup.org.au/understanding-parkinsons/
What are you planning on doing personally to help fundraise for this condition?
I've decided to run a half marathon. *grits teeth* That's 21.1kms
Why run a half marathon?
I needed to challenge myself, both physically and mentally, like a person who has parkies does daily. Because, for Parkinson’s sufferers, every day throws new challenges at them. I've never been a 'runner', I'd do the odd 10k here and there, but I set myself a goal; the Sunshine Coast half marathon, I thought, it would be the perfect challenge for me, not only physically, but mentally too. At first I thought it would be a huge achievement just to show up to the start line, then to just maybe crawl across the finish line. But now, I want to finish in under2 hours. EEEEKKKKK!
What's your personal experience with Parkinson's?
That's a really hard question to answer, I feel I've been luckier than other members of the family, my Mum and Dad don't have it, but it's hard knowing that each day it effects the people I love dearly. Maybe the following story can help you understand. My cousin Chelsea wrote it.
A firm handshake, accompanied with a warm smile, and a standard “G’day mate, how’s it going”, from a youthful man greeted him at the gate. However, the refuge of a monstrous gum tree’s shadow from the piercing sun’s heat ironically provided a warmer welcome to John. Whilst John’s sky-blue eyes sceptically scanned the other man’s face, the stranger’s mouth opened to speak. But, John had never been a fan of chit-chat, so he interrupted him and got straight to the point.
“Look here boy, this car is my baby. I want to know what your intentions are?”, hedemanded.
Without hesitation and with a twinkle of similar humour, the man replied, “I can tell you my intentions are pure sir. I wish to continue the legend you’ve paved with this car by aiming for more racing glory.”
John’s brow furrowed as he slipped into deep thought. His hand holding the keys crept towards the man but froze mid-air. John could have sworn he heard a whisper of the once deafening crowd that swarmed him and his car after a win. Shaking his head, he studied his hands; they were worn leather, course from gripping the steering wheel and labouring away adjusting his machine. They remained stained from grease acquired from repairs, and calloused from hours spent polishing until he could see his reflection clear amongst the vibrant red hue of the car’s exterior. Back then, John was a strong man and his motor skills were lightning; his speed and precision in racing was unmatched. Soon he was up to his neck in trophies, and as the trophy sum swelled so did his pride at the name he had made for himself.
This car was his escapism. Nothing compared to the thrill of the drive. The cool sensation of wind whipping his hair and the sound of the engine roaring made his heart soar. In this car, he felt free and invincible.
The weight of the diagnosis was heavy on Dr. Williams’ heart. He and John were old friends. They had spent plenty of summer nights sharing jokes and beers by the barbecue with their families. When John’s wife passed, Williams was his sole companion through the grief. It’d never crossed his mind that he’d have to deliver such sombre news. John only had to take one look at the doctor’s face to realise the results wouldn’t be pretty.
“Give it to me straight doc. Will I be sprouting beans out of my ears in two months time?” John demanded.
“No John, I’m so sorry… You have Parkinson’s disease,” Dr. William’s replied meekly.
John felt as if his world had crumbled. All his life he had been fit and healthy; he couldn’t believe it, he refused to believe it. Even over time, he failed to observe the changes that steadily crept up on him. A shuffle replaced his once confident stride. His bones ached and his balance was thrown. He was always up late at night and early in the morning. In mid-conversation, his thoughts would often drift leaving him in a state of confusion. Yet, he turned a blind eye.
It was only when skimming his fingers gently over the dusty dashboard of his race car one morning, that a tremor that racked his hand screamed the loudest testimony for John. Still, he turned the keys letting the awakening engine’s hum serenade him. Seeking to control the shakes, he gripped the gear stick forcefully and slid it into drive. John was determined, but clenching his fists caused the tremors to become more violent. Pools of sweat soon swelled and dripped slowly down his temples. He began reassuring himself that it had always been stuffy in the car and that he was just imagining the fatigue hitting his body in waves. Ignoring danger signs, John went to move his driving leg with conviction. But, it wouldn’t cooperate. John was horrified as he realised that it had locked into place. His vision abruptly skewed. Suddenly, he felt trapped inside the car. Panic seized him as he tasted bile on his tongue. He had to get out. He couldn’t breathe. Wrenching open the door, John splayed onto the lawn on all fours, while the world seemed to spin around him. Lying on the ground beaten and afraid, John then decided it was time to pass on his most treasured possession.
“Hello?” repeated a male’s husky voice.
A loud beep echoed the room. That was the tenth person inquiring about the race car advertisement today that John had rung and hung up on. Every time, he wrestled with his mind, assuring that this was the right thing to do. But, each call not even a murmur of sound escaped his lips. He couldn’t bring himself to do it. This car was his freedom, his youth, his love… How could he give that all up over a supposed illness?
The warmth of the stranger’s hands embracing his own shaking ones broke John’s reminiscence. The young man was looking him in the eye and utterly beaming reassurance.
“I promise I’ll take care of this car John. No harm will come to it, not on my watch. I want you to know that you can come visit to watch me race whenever you please, or if you feel like having a chat I’m here for you,” he stated.
Relief flooded John’s body as he grasped that this man was not a stranger. Afraid of letting go of his freedom, and accepting his present and future, John felt isolated within his disease. Through the simple and kind words of this young man, John finally felt no fear. He realised he was not alone in this journey, and that invincibility can come from solidarity.
Placing the keys in the palm of the man’s hand, John nodded and left the property.
At home, John studied his trophy cabinet with fondness waiting for the phone to dial.
Parkinson’s Queensland replied within seconds.
“Hi, I’m John and I suffer from Parkinson’s disease. I’d like to join the closest support group near me.”
-Written by Chelsea Peachey
That's a really powerful story, thank you for sharing.
What can we as readers do to help reach your goal?
I've set up an every day hero fundraising page, through the Sunshine Coast Marathon which is linked directly to the charity https://shakeitup.org.au so 100% of all donations go directly to Shake It Up to help fund research for treatment and ultimately a cure. My every day hero page will show exactly where I am on my target and you can even share the link around via email and facebook.
We wish you all the best for the run and look forward to hearing about it Caroline!
Thank you. Who knows, maybe a full marathon next!
If travel to outer space was a reality for the everyday person, would you go and why?
- Well I absolutely love all things sci fi but I’d reckon I’d chicken out of space travel. Adrian on the other hand would be there in a minute.
If you could put a message on a billboard for everyone to see, what would that message be?
- Be kind.
Pendragon is so unique, tell us about how it was conceived and where you see it going in the future?
- Pendragon was born 30 years ago when we needed some boots to wear to a medieval fair in Brisbane, so we made ourselves some. We have been making shoes and boots to order ever since. We are self taught – it’s been quite a journey. In the future we see Pendragon moving into ready to wear ranges that we can get handmade overseas. We’ll keep doing our bespoke work, but our designs can evolve and be more accessible.
If you could make a pair of shoes for anyone, past or present, who would it be and what would you create?
- We’d love to make some boots for Johnny Depp, and we probably just should! We’d make him some Alice in Wonderland boots. We’ve just made boots for Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman which was pretty exciting! Someone from the past would be my grandfather. He died before I started making shoes. He would have loved it.
Pendragon, like Dogstar embraces and encourages women to explore their uniqueness, how would you describe your style?
- Our style has developed from our love of story books. The shoes in fairy tale books always show such great character. They are often a mix of historical and fantasy….that’s us in a nutshell. We like making things that have never been made before…so it’s a challenge to finally be making up limited edition ranges of our designs. But we’re doing it!
Jackie and Adrian, Pendragon Shoes.
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.
Georgina has limited edition prints available, check out her webstore of her latest work.
The man behind the lense
An interview with photographer: David Collins
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?
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.