Sylvester Sessions #82

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Rachel wears Pleated dress.

Rachel Taylor

Melbourne, Australia

Describe what you do

I'm an artist and graphic designer with many other hobbies as it's hard to pick just one thing. I'm obsessed with print-design so that is a big part of my work.

What female artists do you admire?

Joy Hester - She was one of the first female artists to truly inspire me and open my eyes to a way of artistic expression I hadn't really seen elsewhere. I'm currently obsessed with Maren Karlson, a Berlin-based artist who's work I can really relate to. The way she presents females in her work as a way of expressing her own desire to be a more powerful and intimidating woman is something I love.

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Sylvester Sessions #81

Sylvester Sessions

Annabel wears Combat shirt & Combat short.

Annabel Liddell

Auckland, New Zealand

What do you do?

I play music in a band called Miss June, and I'm also a 5th year Medical Student!

Why did you decide to study medicine?

I'm not sure that I can give a short answer here. This is actually the big question they ask you in your interview for med school. It's the great divider, the weeder-outer of applicants. I think a lot of people try to give an ultimately altruistic answer. I guess I never really decided as such to be a doctor. I started in Biomedical Science with the goals of getting into Tech and Biomedical Engineering because I liked physics and math. But friends in my class told me I should apply for medicine because one year of Biomed counts as pre-med and I had nothing to lose. So I did and I got in, I remember the feeling of sheer panic when I realized what a commitment I had made by accepting my place but I also felt the magnetism of possibilities. So I told the interviewers the same thing that I'll tell you; I never intended to do medicine, it just started to happen and it happened quickly. Because I am and have always been completely fascinated with human beings. Our anatomy, biology and psychology as a species, our potential and our downfalls.

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Sylvester Sessions #80

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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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