Sylvester Sessions #80

Sylvester Sessions

Jacqueline wears Ink splatter shift dress.

Jacqueline Bouvier

Melbourne, Australia

What female photographers do you admire?

Valerie Chiang, June Canedo, Dafi Hagai, and a little more close to home, Melbourne based photograhers, Sarah Pannell and Kate Molenkamp.

What is the last book that you read?

I much prefer comics and short stories over large novels. My last read was Simon Hanselmann’s “Amsterdam”, which is his latest anthology of his Megg, Mogg and Owl comics. They’re so funny but so incredibly bleak. To switch things up I’m now reading both Zadie Smith’s “Swing Time” and Albert Camus’ “The Plague”.

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Sylvester Sessions #79

Sylvester Sessions

Holly wears Stripey dress.

Holly Houston

Auckland, New Zealand

Tell us about what you do.

I run my own small pottery business. I make every piece by hand in my small little studio, which is right next to Little & Friday so I get coffee on tap.

When did you begin working with ceramics and how did that happen?

I had been doing part time art classes when my daughter was little. I did a sculpture course with Harriet Stockman, and I just wanted to make plates and functional tableware. Harriet wrote down on a scrap of paper all the materials I would need to get started and where to source everything. I set up a little table in my front room with a view of the sea and got to work, watched tonnes of tutorials on youtube and begged other local potters to let me borrow some space in their kilns.

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Sylvester Sessions #78

Sylvester Sessions

Elena wears Chambray trousers.

Elena King

Melbourne, Australia

What is it that you do?

I'm an Illustrator that dabbles in a bit of everything including ceramics and embroidery.

Describe your creative process:

I'm very inspired by my friends and a lot of them have their own labels and shops so I'll be asked to do something design based for them and then other works and ideas grow, I work best from suggestion!

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Sylvester Sessions #77

Sylvester Sessions

Payton wears Fur coat.

Payton Morse

Los Angeles, United States

Where are you from? Where do you live now?

I'm from Texas! I'm living in Los Angeles currently, I've been here a few months now.

Tell us about what you do.

I sort of do whatever I feel like! I love fashion and music and I strive to make an impact in those worlds and inspire as much as possible.

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Sylvester Sessions #76

Sylvester Sessions

Jane wears Fishnet top & Combat skirt.

Jane Lyons

Auckland, New Zealand

Tell us about what do you do.

Half of the week I am a freelance food writer/stylist and the other half I am the Garden to Table kitchen specialist for a special needs school in Otahuhu where I write recipes and take cooking classes for students using produce they've grown in the school garden. (If you haven't heard of Garden to Table, you should Google it – it's a pretty cool organisation.)

How did your journey of working with food come about?

I think I've just always loved cooking/food – when I was younger I had a few cookbooks that I absolutely loved and I would study them like mad. I used to make meals for my family and my older brothers would tease me and say that they tasted horrendous (they'd called my Chicken Chow Mein, "Chicken Chow Crap") but they recently confessed that everything was quite yummy. Last year when I worked for Toast and Dish magazine I fell even more in love with food writing and food magazines and I had some really cool experiences that prompted me to go freelancing. As for the children's cooking journey, I've been pretty interested in this area since uni and have always admired Garden to Table so working for them now is a bit of a dream come true!

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