Blog: Sylvester Sessions

Eliza wears Festival Dress.

Eliza wears Festival Dress.

Sylvester Sessions #87

Eliza Wexelman

Girls at Library
Los Angeles, United States.

Tell us about the community surrounding Girls at Library and how it started.

Girls at Library is an online destination for book lovers focused on telling stories of women and the role reading plays in their life. GAL hopes to inspire readers of all kinds with each in depth interview we post. Every single woman featured has a unique take on the ways in which reading has shaped their world, allowing the audience a glimpse into their remarkable inner worlds. This is a tried and true way to discover books that might help, inspire, or thrill you– and that's a huge goal of ours. From architects to artists to poets alike. It has also been really cool that even if the women don’t particularly at the time find themselves reading a lot, it’s the fact that they can relate so many impactful moments to reading. Proving the ability to either write or understand something through writing can be life changing.

The exciting thing about the community surrounding GAL is that it's filled with a variety of women from different walks of life who find commonalities in their passion for literature and creativity. And most importantly, finding inspiration in other women! We have been hosting events to bring people together such as dinners and books swaps but hope to soon expand to a book club and more ways to get involved. The people in this community around literature inspire us as much as the women we interview. Their intelligence and humour and general love for learning always leads us to new ideas, new books, and new authors. We really admire the diversity in perspective and potential for creating a bigger community. 

What are your favourite books to read on a stormy day?

Immediately when I think of a stormy day I think of Daphne Du Maurier’s, Rebecca

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Amelia wears Tiger bomber & Stripey top.

Amelia wears Tiger bomber & Stripey top.

Sylvester Sessions #86

Amelia Murray

Musician, Fazerdaze
Auckland, New Zealand

You've just been on tour in Europe with the release of your first album, where was your favourite place to play, and what comforts do you take with you on tour?

It would probably be a toss up between Paris and Bournemouth. Paris was great because it's was beautiful and warm and we managed to have 3 or 4 days off there (which is so rare on tour). We played an awesome little festival called The French Escape and so many people showed up early to see us. And then Bournemouth was kind of the opposite; we played this tiny wild show in a dive bar. The guys that organised it got on stage at the end and gave us a huge cake with our faces on it to celebrate my album coming out. There was lots of crowd surfing and a mosh pit.

My tour comforts are headphones, a notebook to write in, running shoes, books and my band mates... the band seem to make everything funny and enjoyable even when we're all tired and sleeping at weird hours.

Listening to your album feels like sitting in the sun, where were you and what were you thinking about when writing the music?

Mostly in Auckland. I wrote and recorded it between various flats I was living in. The majority of it I wrote in this one dark room at the top of a house which would overheat like crazy. I remember feeling pretty lost but the album became a way for me to stay focused and productive. It was pretty lonely and isolating making it but it has ultimately connected me to more people than I could have ever imagined.

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Ai wears Motocross polo top.

Sylvester Sessions #85

Ai Ushijima

Photographer
Tokyo, Japan

What do you do in Tokyo?

I am a assistant producer at production company. Although,I do take part several works like advertising promotion, branding, and curating projects with creators from all over the world.

What do you enjoy about shooting film and what do you look to capture?

I started to take pictures with film after I participated in a volunteer of restarting pictures from The Great East Japan Earthquake, 2011. The pictures were from disaster area which attacked by Tsunami, so all of them were covered with mud and it was invisible at first. As we preceding, we finally could see the pictures and what reflected were the pictures of family, celebrating birthday with friends and all those daily sights. I found it is important to develop photos to keep memories rather than storing as data as its broke easily by water and some crashes. So, I decided to get the film camera right after the volunteer and still now I carry a film camera all the time.

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Emma wears Leaves shirt & Chambray belted up trouser.

Emma wears Leaves shirt & Chambray belted up trouser.

Sylvester Sessions #84

Emma Gleason

Writer
Auckland, New Zealand

What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

You don't know who you are, but you're not supposed to yet. The insecurity, self-loathing and anxiety you feel engulfed by now won't last; these form the yardstick with which you'll measure your progress. Love your body, show it some appreciation and respect, and above all listen to it because it's screaming at you. Youth isn't everything, in fact I wouldn't trade places with you for anything in the world. Nearly ten years separates us now, but the expanse seems far greater from where I'm standing. Be patient, you'll understand love and heartbreak, you'll understand your family and most importantly of all you'll understand your own mind, body and soul.

A book that has always stayed with you:

The Lover by Marguerite Duras has been ingrained in my mind since I read the slim volume five years ago. Her evocative description of tropical heat and intimacy, so beautifully rendered in the written word, is something I haven't been able to forget. Another equally visceral and well written book is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, a fever dream hellscape of violence and brutality, incredibly poetic and disturbing.

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