Posts Tagged: stories

KisVis

We grabbed five minutes with a couple of the founders from KisVis – Keeping it Simple at Visible Ink – to talk creative, hanging out, and how their new project is just all of their favourite things bundled into one chill evening.

We’ve known you both for a while now, having worked with Visible Ink on Youth Week 2017 including the Launch on King George Square and The Pod on Brunswick Street Mall, but how did you actually find out about us?

Wanita: I heard about Visible Ink while at school and wanted to check out the space.

Skyler: I thought it was a great youth space with awesome resources I had to use.

And currently? What are you doing here at Visible Ink?

Skyler: KisVis – A once a month event for young people 15-25 years to collaborate and relax on a Friday.

Wanita: We’re hoping to bring together creative types from all forms of art and all walks of life.

Skyler: Yeah, I just wanted to get a bunch of young creatives together.

Wanita: And I’m always working on personal art and film projects. Also there’s Youth Week 2018 planning.

So what do you two love about all of these projects, why are you so passionate about the arts?

Wanita: I love learning new skills and sharing what I know with other people doing artsy, creative things.

Skyler: I’m an Artist that works on projects here and there. I love it because visual art is a whole other language, it embodies everything in life from culture to your personal self.

Hanging out in their down time, Wanita and Skyler can’t help but become a “jack of all trades” when it comes to creative projects.

Wanita: Artsy stuff are my hobbies, writing and all forms of creative media.

Skyler: I’ve done a short film, painting, drums but mostly sleeping because hell yeah!

Wanita: There’s also skating, thrift shopping, coffee drinking…

One last question, how would you suggest young people get involved in this opportunity or opportunities like this?

Wanita: Come a long to Visible Ink and check out the space. There are so many chances and people here for you to connect with, just coming in and checking it out.

Come along to the next KisVis – check the Facebook page for upcoming events.

facebook.com/keepitsimpleatvis/

@wanitaconnorscribbles
@skyler_can_draw

Musicians Unmuted: The Voice of the Brisbane Music Scene

What is the Musicians Unmuted Project?

Musicians Unmuted is a new podcast run by Anna Kho, Maya Luski and Daniel Kassulke. The podcast aims to bring together musicians and other professions within the Brisbane music scene to discuss various topics and issues in careers and the industry. It creates awareness and acknowledges the various events and matters in our local industry, as well as promoting the beauty of the community and its music today.

Why did you decide to create this series of Podcasts?

The idea of the project originated from every day discussions with the community in the Brisbane music scene, which sparked curiosity in the connection between each individual’s everyday lives. In a multicultural country influenced by diverse backgrounds and artistic preferences, each story shares a different perspective through experiences, opinions, advice, and life lessons. These stories inspired the beginning of an exciting podcast project, and has become a success since the release of the first episode on SoundCloud in February, 2017.

What types of themes and topics do you discuss?

Each podcast episode focuses on a particular theme, idea or genre that features a group of contributing musicians or other professions from the Brisbane music scene. The special guests are invited to discuss various topics and issues covering personal projects, performances, past experiences, influences, inspirations, musicianship, research, industry and business, musician health and many more. In addition, the start of each episode features a different Brisbane venue that caters to this community, and promotes the creativity and beauty of the arts.

How has Visible Ink supported Musicians Unmuted?

Visible Ink is a perfect example of the various exceptional venues in Brisbane. It is a versatile space and platform for many young artists and creative minds to rehearse, produce, record and promote personal projects. Recently, it has become a flexible recording space for Musicians Unmuted, through the ongoing support of co-ordinator, Drew Stephens, and his team at Visible Ink.

Who do you recommend should listen to your podcasts and where can they find them online?

Musicians Unmuted aims to cater to a wide range of audience members, and as a non-for-profit project it is free to all through SoundCloud or podcast apps. Listeners can also keep updated with the episodes and ongoing events occurring in the local community through the Facebook page @MusiciansUnmuted, and share the project on social media with #MusiciansUnmuted.

Follow Musicians Unmuted on:
SoundCloud New podcast every month
Facebook @MusiciansUnmuted #MusiciansUmuted

Sober Bob

Sober Bob – sometimes known as Anne – is a young Brisbane creative, dabbling in various forms of design and independent media circulation. She runs her own design business, built off the back of a history of freelancing in IT.

Maeve Baker

An animator, illustrator and human girl, Maeve spends her time creating and communicating visually. She loves getting her hands dirty experimenting with new mediums and collaborating with others. http://maevebkr.com/ 

Hot Chicks with Big Brains

Hot Chicks with Big Brains started out late 2014 as a rather niche, online-only interview series and is now a bi-annual print publication that is moving to quarterly in 2018. The publication primarily facilitates and publishes conversations with, about, and between women that focus on work. It also includes a Featured Artist as well as photo-essays, art work and body-positive photo-shoots. http://hotchickswithbigbrains.com/

One Woman Project

The One Woman Project is a youth-lead, registered non-for-profit organisation focused upon education about and advocacy promoting gender equality. https://www.onewomanproject.org/

 Maeve Baker

Maeve Baker is an animator/illustrator. Maeve talked to Visible Ink about her involvement in the space, background and inspirations.

I have always been a draw-er and loved cartoons. During my final year of high school, I made an animated film out of paper which got a bit of attention and won a Creative Generations competition. My art teacher at the time suggested that I study animation, which I didn’t even know was possible, but which seemed to make so much sense to me. 2 years after school I began my Bachelor of Animation at the Queensland College of Art.

I first learn about Visible Ink when I needed to print and bind a 4-page comic for an exhibition in November 2016. A friend at uni said they did free printing and so a few of us went there to print our comics, not expecting very much other than printing. That afternoon I met the staff, who showed me around the art area and explained all of the facilities available at VisInk. I was back the following week to paint.

I have 3 comics underway which I pushed aside during the uni semester, which I hope to finish off and distribute to comic shops in Brisbane. I have also got a couple of short animation projects to complete for the Brisbane Feminist festival organised by the One Woman Project. I’m hoping to finish several large scale paintings and then have an exhibition before the end of the year.

I love being able to create a small world with characters and environments that aren’t real. I like the fact that looking at someone’s animation and drawings is like looking at someone’s dreams in that every aspect of the work is a piece of the artist. Even just a single piece of paper can contain so much information about a person and I love being able to share that. Often you communicate things through art that you can’t speak with words.
Also I think that animation is just magical- moving drawings, whhaaat?!

I have always drawn been interested in cartoons and comics, even when it felt inappropriate to still be watching ABCKids as a teenager. My parents always encouraged my artwork, providing me with paper, pens, pencils and paint to ensure that I kept up the hobby. The more I drew, the more I got associated as a draw-er and the more people would come to me to ask for designs or to collaborate on projects. As I met more and more people with an interest in art and animation, I realised that it is actually a thing and that if you work hard enough you can draw for a living. This is now my project, to try and establish myself as an artist so that I can create animation, drawings and paintings 100% of the time. I’ve not found anything else that has brought me as much joy as creating art, so I’m just going to run with it for now and try to make it work.

What I create for money are specific to the brief given by the person commissioning me, the things I make in my spare time have the potential to be completely limitless, abstract and weird. I still struggle with this, but it’s really fun.
I also like swimming, yoga and reading, but mostly I just lie around, hanging out with my friends and watching 30Rock.

I wish I had pushed myself more in my earlier years when I decided to pursue art. I would draw maybe once a week and usually only as a necessity, for a uni project and never for my own pleasure. I wish I had nerded out on art more and created more because 1 it feels great and 2 it allows you to learn and progresses so quickly. It’s such a simple thing, but it can be so easy to let yourself off the hook and so hard to force yourself, but it’s necessary. Going to galleries or researching an artist whose work you really love is just as good. Look at and make as much art as you can and soon you won’t have to force yourself, it’ll be second nature.

I think the more people you meet and talk to about art, the richer your experience will be. There are so many little exhibitions, workshops and events happening all the time, you just have to know about them. I am definitely a more introverted person, but it has usually always paid off when I’ve put myself out there and gone along to art events happening in Brisbane. You meet inspiring people and see inspiring things and remember why you do it in the first place, it’s great.

maevebkr.com
instagram: @mastyp

P4pero

Hello! We are a Kpop cover dance group consisting of four-girls including Kelly, Brit, River and Kathy. We are based in Brisbane and were formed in 2014. Our dance crew is called P4pero (the 4 is silent and pronounced Pepero) and began filming and posting videos on YouTube. We love eating Pepero (a very popular Korean snack) and we have 4 members, hence we came up with the name P4pero! We rehearse every week and it’s always something to look forward to as we rehearse dances for upcoming performances and new dance covers while also having fun and hanging out together as close friends. We absolutely love performing, as it’s the most rewarding feeling from practicing all those hours in the studio and getting to wear exciting costumes on stage as well. Our most prominent experience was winning the Kpop World Festival in 2015 in Melbourne and getting selected to go to South Korea to perform in the finals along with 14 other countries around the world. It was an unforgettable and extraordinary experience getting to actually experience what its like to be a Kpop idol and we were fortunate enough to dance in front of a crowd of 25,000 people on the competition night! Since starting P4pero, we have met so many people and have been able to do what we love with supporters from around the world, which is amazing. We hope to continue dancing and putting out more dance covers! We will keep working hard so please support us and make sure you check out our social media pages :)

Facebook: /P4peroDance
Youtube: /peperodance
Instagram: /p4perodance

What do you do and how did you get here?

We cover Kpop dances, which means we learn the dance routines from our favourite Kpop idol groups. Kpop is short for Korean pop which is becoming a globally recognised genre of music along with dances people can learn. We started dancing together just as friends because we all shared similar interests in Korean pop music as well as dance, then officially formed in 2014 and have been together ever since!

What are you planning for the future?

We are planning to do a lot of things! We aim to keep covering Kpop dances and create more videos to upload to Youtube, but more regularly. We also aim to be more internationally recognised and hopefully one day be invited to perform overseas which would be a dream! We also aim to showcase more of Kpop in Brisbane and introduce people to the entertaining music form and dance. For now, we plan to practice hard and keep performing locally around Brisbane and create a bigger Kpop and dance community.

Why do you use Visible Ink?

We use Visible Ink’s rehearsal space mainly to meet up and rehearse dance routines. The rehearsal space is extremely convenient for us in terms of accessibility and location and the staff are very friendly. Visible Ink has definitely played an important part in our dancing activities as we use the space to practice and we are very grateful!

Do you think places like this are important for young people and why?

Yes, absolutely! Community places like this are so important for young people to be able to express themselves whether it’s for dance, acting, singing, or art. It’s a perfect place to meet with friends to work on projects together or practice together and the facilities are fabulous for it. From renting out tripods or cameras to printing, to using the studio, Visible Ink has it all!

Madeline Price

Meet Madeline Price (22), long-term Visible Ink user, law AND arts student, UQ student ambassador, Vice President of Gender and Sexuality at UQ, avid rock climber, traveller, waterskiier, and generally a swell gal.

Currently Madeline’s main deal is as founder and director of the One Woman Project, a very cool not-for-profit organisation that most Brisbane feminists would be aware of. Madeline describes the One Woman Project as ‘a youth-led non-for-profit organisation dedicated to education about and advocacy promoting global gender equality’ who run ‘in-school educational workshops, state-wide campaigns, biannual conferences, engagement and outreach events, and external seminars about gender equality’.

As director, Madeline is in charge of managing 22 volunteers working on a number of events and activities, and a facilitation team which delivers in-school programs. The team is also currently working on a number of free engagement and outreach events, and an upcoming domestic violence awareness campaign. The One Woman Project has recently had a major success in selling out their upcoming mid-year conference ‘Brisbane’s Finest Feminists’ featuring workshops, panel discussions, live music, and networking.

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In addition to this, ‘We have just opened applications for our Semester 2 external seminar series’. This seminar series ‘is open to all university and high-school aged young people and covers such topics as; an introduction to gender and sex, women in music, women in sport, feminist philosophy, online trolling and cyberbullying, the medicalisation of birth, and more’.

‘I am constantly inspired by the hard work, commitment and passion of my fellow volunteers at the One Woman Project. Achieving global gender equality is a massive goal and sometimes it can feel unattainable – until I see the work that my team are putting in to achieve it…Every day I am inspired by my team of volunteers, who are passionate about changing the world’.

Prior to founding the One Woman Project, Madeline was still directing her energies towards bettering society – ‘I was heavily involved in Oaktree, Australia’s largest, youth-led aid and development advocacy organisation. Within Oaktree, from 2012 – 2014, I had a number of roles, including: Live Below the Line Insiders Coordinator, UQ Oaktree founder and President, Roadtrip to End Poverty facilitator and Community Leaders (Outreach) Coordinator’. As well as this, ‘back in 2009 I founded the Alternative to Schoolies Project. Through this Project we successfully had 15 students from the Gympie region travel to Cambodia and Thailand and partake in volunteer work for two weeks as an alternative to the traditional ‘Schoolies’ activities’.

Madeline seems to strive for perpetual improvement and evolvement on all scales. ‘Vis Ink needs to be bigger – we should have an entire office building dedicated to youth-led projects in Brisbane! The main thing that draws me to Visible Ink is that it is youth-focused and youth-driven. There are very few venues in Brisbane that prioritise youth-users and can facilitate ongoing projects and large-scale activities. The staff are always ready to lend a hand – or their expertise – and it is a positive, friendly and energetic environment.’

Find out more about Madeline:
www.onewomanproject.org,
www.madelineprice.org

Melina Wightman and Lia Stark

Melina Wightman and Lia Stark (both 23), are two artsy ladies who enjoy creating and practicing their performance art (as well as updating their tindr profiles) at Vis Ink. Melina and Lia are prevalent in the theatre world of Brisbane (and beyond), the women behind local theatre success Love Letters. The girls have a sweet kind of sisterhood that can be witnessed in their Instagram snaps. They seem to have mastered the art of combining business and friendship-Melina describes working with her best mate as ‘an immense pleasure’.

Melina is a doe-eyed, loud-mouthed QUT theatre graduate who pays the rent working as a barista “I’m living that sweet art graduate hospo lifestyle, as much as I make fun of the trope I really enjoy working as a barista… One day I hope to be able to support myself purely off artistic means, but as a young artist still developing my craft and a name for myself in the industry, art is my part time job, my hobby, my cruel and tender mistress”!

Melina became active in the theatre circuit early in her university degree, working with Vena Cava productions on multiple projects, most notably curating and coordinating a multidisciplinary arts festival Fresh Blood. Melina has previously collaborated with Ruby Donohoe in several different capacities on projects such as Kabul, and Eye Resolution. More recently – ‘I worked with the Suicide Ensemble on the shows The Reality Event: Game/Suicide which was performed at Anywhere Fest 2015 and the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival’.

Melina loves theatre, visual art and food, and cites Broad City, Sex and the City, and her relationships as her primary inspirations – ‘I suppose when you’re an artist, cathartic release is to turn your life qualms into some resort of physical representation of that’.

Visible Ink…

‘is an invaluable source of resources and space, I’m a poor young artist gal, and spaces like this that are free to hire for rehearsal and meetings are sooo important’!

‘is so friendly and inviting, easy to access and such a depth of resources to support young creative people’!

‘It’s always booked out’!!!

-Melina

Lia is twice a university graduate (in both fine arts and marketing) and a café worker with a distinctive cloud of dark curly hair and a dry wit- “When I’m not having an existential crisis about my life, I’m keen on travelling, doodling and hanging out with my dog. I’m still young, so right now I am just trying to absorb as much of the world as I can and funnel it into my work and writing”.

Lia, like Melina, has previously collaborated with Ruby Donohoe, although on a different project, An Act of Intimacy, and has also worked with Vena Cava Productions, writing and directing two original works for the Fresh Blood festival. Lia has also worked internationally – ‘For 6 months last year, I had to the immense honour of working with immersive theatre masters Punchdrunk with their Off-Broadway show Sleep No More. It was large-scale, deep-end, on the job learning. Also in New York, I studied with the Imporabale Stage, a female-run movement and physical theatre company based in Brooklyn.’

Lia loves theatre, literature, comedy, feminist theory, and ‘ARTS OF ALL KINDS’. Lia’s inspiration is derived from a piece of sage advice ‘(You should always aim to be the person you needed in high school) and that has just always pushed my artistic endeavours. If I had hilarious, feminist, sassy, independent successful woman to talk about human relationships, high school would have been a lot more bearable. So that what I’m trying to be’.

Visible Ink…

‘a safe space for young creatives. It’s free. It’s there to help us make the best art we can.’

‘A+ facilities, free printing and a place to network and experience other artists’.

‘Keycards are such a pain! I wish you could be staffed 24/7 but I know thats not always possible’.

-Lia

Find out about Melina and Lia’s current project, Love Letters:

http://instagram.com/loveletterstof*ckbois