Chat us through the process of how you created your piece:
I wish I could say there was a process for creating the quote I wrote, but process has never been how my writing comes about. It’s more of an endless flow, I don’t go a day without adding a thought into my phone, exploring feelings or alternative realities through words. It’s kind of just a part of me. The final quote was an edited version of a thought I had one morning whilst driving to work, that I quickly pulled over on the side of the road to add into my phone.
How did the manifesto influence your ideas for the piece?
I wrote the manifesto and the quote I submitted as two totally separate pieces. However, the themes of both are heavily present in my personal writing. The manifesto came from an incredibly authentic place, it incorporates my own beliefs, which I am grateful also align with what the Supré Foundation stands for.
Why did the Power Project resonate with you?
When I worked on the concept for the Power Project, I felt it was important to approach IWD from a genuine place. So many brands and retailers are commercialising these movements, and myself and the creative team who devised the campaign felt incredibly passionate about the Power Project having more substance. We wanted it to make an impact, to inspire conversations and be a moment where we really showcase as brand what we believe in. The prospect of having a platform for all these amazing artists to express themselves and come together in a powerful way is what inspired me the most and made me so excited to be a part of this campaign.
The things you perceive as weaknesses and failures– don’t run from these, embrace them.
How did you find the confidence to express yourself through your art?
This was a massive journey for me. Writing was always this thing I did in private when I wanted to make sense of everything happening around me. Even at uni during my undergrad degree, I struggled to share. I would write two versions of my pieces, the one I would workshop in class and the one I would submit. It wasn’t until I wrote a particularly controversial piece and got it published by ABC, ABC Hack & featured in the Herald Sun, and saw the positive commentary from women around what I wrote, that I learned the power of my words. One comment stated “wow, at least now I know it has a name”. Knowing that I helped ease someone’s suffering by giving her the vocabulary and language to understand a painful experience, changed the trajectory of my life. I started sharing more, and every day that I live like this, it brings me more into myself. Disclaimer: although I can now bring myself to do this, I still find it incredibly difficult—like writing this now, I am dying a little at the thought of others reading it…baby steps though, right? *lol. Being the truest version of yourself is never easy, because we are conditioned to only allow parts of ourselves into the light, and hide the others, so we can continue conforming to society’s standards. Once you are aware of this though, you can begin to change it.
Why do you think it is important to share and express yourself through your art?
Art helps us explore alternative realities, rather than just accepting what’s in front of us. It opens up our mind, and our hearts to a deeper understanding, it connects us—it’s what makes us fundamentally human, so when we share in this way, we create a space for endless possibilities and a new way of thinking that can inspire change.
What does empowerment mean to you?
Having a voice, and trusting it above others—thinking autonomously, and maintaining sovereignty over your mind, body and heart
Who inspires you?
My great-grandmother, grandmother, my mum and my sister. I come from a long line of powerful women, and their life stories captivate me and have inspired me in so many ways. As cliché as it sounds, they paved the way for me to become who I am today and have always made me feel like being who I am is good enough. When I have gone through difficult times, I have drawn on their strengths, and had role models that have always made me feel like the possibilities of what my life can be are infinite.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
I was living in NYC at the time and had just spent all my savings moving into a new apartment in Uptown Manhattan, the day after I paid the deposit out of the blue I got made redundant in my job. I called my mum from a park bench, hysterically crying, hoping she would tell me it was going to be ok, and her and dad would help me out if I needed it until I got back on my feet. This was not what happened: my mum told me to “stop crying” (rather harshly) and said, “you’re a creative person, think outside the box, not everything needs to be black and white, if there is no solution, create one yourself.” Within a few days, I started freelancing, and it kept me afloat until I landed my next job. This piece of advice has always stuck with me, it was the turning day for me, where I went from a child to an empowered person, who trusted my own capabilities, and stopped relying on others. Now, whenever I am faced with difficult situations, I don’t panic, I know that I will find a way. I trust myself.
What is the best piece of advice you can offer to other women?
The things you perceive as weaknesses and failures—don’t run from these, embrace them. Being you is the greatest advantage you have in any situation, because no other person in this entire world can offer what you can, and these “weaknesses” and “failures” should be considered gifts, these will all mean something someday, and they will ALL contribute to your growth and your success
If you were able to change one thing in the world what would it be?
I don’t want to be THAT person who can’t just narrow it down to one, but seriously I can’t. I care so deeply about way too many things. A couple of these being: child abuse and lack of education. I believe every person deserves the right to reach their potential, and it is unfathomable that so many don’t have access to opportunity or have it stripped from them. Also, animal rights—we need to protect our environment, and every creature, human or not, that is unable to protect themselves. This is our responsibility as people, and we don’t respect our power, we constantly abuse it. This is wrong, and this is what I would change.