Hey Neighbour! Welcome to our sweet new initiative, Neighbourhood Press. Your one-stop shop for all thing’s art, culture and goose-bump inducing right here in Brisbane/Meanjin. The aim of the game is to spotlight local creatives, people with their hearts in the right places and sick businesses that’ll be sure to put a smile on your faces. Each issue we will have tear-out prints, write ups on topics that matter and event posters for your schedule-making pleasure. If you’ve got something to share or want to chat with the two ladies behind this project, send us a buzz at email@example.com or over on Instagram at
@_heyneighbour. We’re sending you a big thankyou and hug-from-afar for picking this up and having a read. We’re buzzing with pride and excitement over this new project. Happy reading. Your local friendly neighbours, Andie & Annie x
Oh cool, its credit time! Editor and Lead Wordsmith: Andie Dittman Queen Bee Designer: Annie Stevenson Illustration Pals: Lily Turek, Riva Charles, Steph Blinco, Alex Mackellar, Eliza Williams and Georgia Dawson
Wise Writers: Joella Warkill, Svetlana Sterlin and Aelia Zawiłska Notable Supporters Who Fill Up Our Cups: Dale Dittman, Barry Dittman,
Lynette Stevenson, Roy Stevenson, Nat Stevenson, Tilly Towler, Rachel Owen, Aelia Zawiłska, Gianni Hawke, Serefina Stone, Allira Baericke and Amy Crow. Hey Neighbour would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we create, the Turrbal, Ugarapul/Yugarapul and Jagera peoples and their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture, one of rich art and community, and the contribution they make to the life of this city and region.
Contents 04. The Neighbourhood Project 06. The Ghost Space Tale 08. A Lil Chat with Lil Grl 10. Playlist Picks with Real Feels 12. Don’t Touch KMAY 14. Bring A Plate Dance
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Willing to test the Status Quo Poetry Corner Vegetarian Food Trail Artist Corner Disaster Girl
A Love Letter To Nice People If you’ve ever spoken to our Editor, Andie, you may have discovered she ventured across the big blue pond at the end of 2019 to the quaint little town - Leeds, in Northern England. On her trip, she stumbled upon the two nicest people doing the nicest thing among those, often damp, but ever so sweet streets. Meg and Tom, from Nice People Magazine, dedicate so much of their time to spreading the word about their friendly mates’ projects and are the most perfect example of totally humble legends. The first time Andie flicked through their gorgeous zine, she felt her eyes sparkle and her cheesy ass smile appear from ear to ear. It was truly an aha moment and the kick up the butt this lady needed to put the dreams in her head to paper. If you’ve got a minute to spare, check them out over on Instagram at
@nicepeoplemagazine. Big ups to you Meg and Tom. My heart is warmer having met you both! x
You know that all-encompassing, butterflies in the belly, shivers up the arm sensation you get when you stumble across something creative? Well, that’s a daily delight for myself and Annie. Creative people just fill up our cups with all things warm and wonderful. At the very heart of Hey Neighbour, is a deep-rooted desire to cultivate an inclusive creative neighbourhood brimming with local legends, ready to lend a helping hand. In this issue (and hopefully going forward), we aim to connect incredible artists with local businesses to encourage growth for both parties (*jumps for joy*). Our fantastic “advertisers” (*cough* legends), have kindly dipped into their pockets to buy “ad” (*ahem* art) spaces spotted throughout this magazine all designed by our neighbours. The aim of the game is to promote sick businesses while giving back to artists. At our launch in December, you’ll have the chance to purchase all of the delicious custom prints for your walls and wander through an exhibition featuring them too. A dream? Yes. So, who have we got lined up? The Bearded Lady by Riva Charles - p6 Moonstone Artists by Steph Blinco - p15 No Touchies by Steph Blinco - p17 Studio Risara by Eliza Williams - p25 The Food Trail by Georgia Dawson - sponsored by Hey Neighbour - p26 Artist Corner by Alex Mackellar - sponsored by Hey Neighbour - p29
When all the lights went dim, the ghosts came out to play. They sang, they danced, they painted and against all odds, they captured the creative life of the people within this city when their spirits lie silently in the shadows of lockdown. Reigning over West End like a beacon signalling a new era, comes Ghost Space Studios - the creative venue of your dreams and haunted house of your nightmares. Established by Hine, Pierangela (preferably Pier) and Hollie in October 2020, Ghost Space Studios are shining their torch in the direction of Meanjin’s local makers and re-introducing their neighbours to the thrill of live music, art workshops, photography sessions and wicked study nooks. Crossing paths in highschool, Pier and Hine’s spirits were set alight by each other’s passion for photographing the world they navigate. Viewing her environment through a dream-like lens, Pier seeks out sonic experiences that feel like rapture. When she’s not singing on a stage or arranging objects in ghostly corners, you’ll find her seeking out the silence of a forest. On the other (likely tranluscent) hand, Hine opts for nostalgic portraiture to justify her unholy number of analogue cameras and loves to sip on chai with honey as she mulls over new subjects. In a burst of exploration, Hine discovered Hollie - the final member to Meanjin’s film photography trifecta. Hollie is a final year film student whose skillful eye has seen her shoot some of Meanjin’s finest - from Golden Vessel to Clea. Currently busy at work on a new project, Hollie has been cooped up in the studio with Joep Beving turned up loud and on repeat. Together this dream team present Ghost Space Studios Meanjin’s newest creative haunt.
Fancy displaying or selling your art at Ghost Space Studios? Send a message on Instagram @ghostspacestudios
Picture this: a mind full of ideas, a heart full of passion and a desire to cultivate inclusivity wherever she goes. Just like that, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve landed on a portrait of local artist, Lily Turek.
Catch "Lead in My Feet" at The Station on 12 December Words and Photography by Andie Dittman
A Lil Chat with Lil Grl When she’s not skating, working in disability support, studying or volunteering at Hands On Art, you’ll find Lily perched over a deck with paints in hand and a world of ideas to be explored. Initially built as a vessel to interrogate her own headspace, Lily found her way with art when she combined her passion for skating with her creative practice. “I’ve always had a fairly big passion for art, but growing up in such a small country town made it hard to express it appropriately. I felt boxed in with my ideas. So, when the idea dawned on me to paint my art on skate decks, it helped open up that process a lot.” In a leap of faith, Lily moved down to Brisbane/Meanjin a couple of years ago and sought out every skate meet up she could. “When I entered the scene, I loved it, but noticed there was a lot to be done in terms of diversity and inclusivity.” With a paint brush and iPad in hand, she set to work exploring skate culture, feminism, queerness, body image and mental health disorders through her work. All of which she seeks to represent and learn more about regularly. Humble and hardworking by nature, Lily fretted when I asked what some of her greatest art achievements had been so far. “Well um, I suppose some of the things I’m proud of are We Skate Brisbane and my collaboration with local artist, Taija (@subparkstickandpoke)” With Lily’s knack for art and Taija’s finesse, the pair raised over $2250 for Black Rainbows; an organisation that supports Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ peoples. Moving forward, Lily has an array of exciting things in the works. She’s planning an exhibition at The Station on 12 December, 2020 called Lead In My Feet, experimenting with new materials and working towards completing an art therapy degree. “As I keep growing, I hope to see a lot more openness and diversity within the creative scene. We definitely need to spice up the gender balance a bit when it comes to exhibitions because it’s 2020 and male-dominated space has been done.”
Playlist Picks with Lucy Francesca Dron.
Stop the bus! Brisbane/Meanjin has picked up a post-punk powerhouse by the name of Lucy Francesca Dron.
Servin up some Real Feels
Set to release her debut EP Leftovers soon, Lucy has crafted an authentic sound oozing with vulnerability and a lucid recognition of self.
Her most recent track, Take It From Me forms the heart of the album and offers listeners kaleidoscopic vocals that dance playfully over jangly drums and punky guitar lines. This is a sonic experience thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have you moving your bodies in a funfilled frenzy. Ahead of her release, Hey Neighbour asked Lucy to compile a playlist of tunes that inspire her to get creative and dance the night away. So get that phone out, scan the code and get set to rock nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll, baby.
10 Photography by Phoebe Faye
Settle in with Sammm. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to snuggle up with a cup of dreamy indie rock and slack-pop served fresh by local musician, Sammm. Delving into his own inner workings, Sammm creates a sonic landscape speckled with life-changing experiences; namely, substance abuse, self-care and intense romantic relationships, in his newest EP, Fresh Sheet Feeling. Taking listeners a step further, Sammm has created a playlist rich with indie rock, psych and jangle pop artists thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll drop you straight into his world. Take a listen below.
Photography by Phoebe Faye
Electric, emotive and essential, Meanjin based rapper KMAY’s new track, Don’t Touch, will set your mind and inner activist ablaze. Inspired by a harrowing tale of manipulation, disrespect and non-consensual video recordings, KMAY has snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat with this protest rap. “I was so frustrated and so angry. I thought, where the f**k do I channel the anger I have towards this guy?” Unearthing an old beat in the midst of her despair, the lyrics poured from KMAY. “The first words I said to him were, I don’t think you should touch me, but I got guilt tripped. That’s where the chorus came from.” After recording the track, KMAY sat on it for a while as she felt it begged for something bigger than an average release. “The day after I performed it at a houseparty, I was thinking about the potential of a release and Dr Indigo Willing tagged me in a Consent Is Rad post. It clicked - the perfect opportunity to build up this movement and put my film degree to work.” Since filming and releasing a series of mini documentaries with the skaters from Consent Is Rad, KMAY believes her confidence in demanding consent has been cemented. “It’s nice knowing self-love and respect for yourself echoes out to other people and makes them feel just as good as you do once you set those boundaries.” Not one to slow down, KMAY is set to throw a launch for her Don’t Touch music video and upcoming EP at the Bad Olive x Bad Bitches show on 12 December, 2020.
Words by Andie Dittman Photography by Isabella Rainbow St John Illustrations by Annie Stevenson
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing with Bring A Plateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Step by Step Dance Guide
Blowin in the wind body roll 1. Sweep both arms towards your left. 2. Keep going until they are past your head, lean back and squeeze your butt 3. Drop your arms down and sit into your right hip.
Round we go pivot step Take your left foot and step/swish around in a circle while keeping the right foot planted. You can take as many steps to swivel round as you wish. A loose hip circle movement is optional.
Shakey hands box step variation 1. Step to the corner with your right foot while shaking your hands high. 2. Repeat on the left 3. Jump back feet together and hand down. Repeat as many times as desired.
Photographed: Erika Jayne Goldsmith, Jacq Driscoll, Kalpana Prasad
15 visit www.moonstone.com - designed by steph blinco
Willing To Test The Status Quo. Dr Indigo Willing shreds stigma wherever she goes.
Words by Andie Dittman and Tilly Towler. Photography by Andie Dittman.
If you were to type the word “skateboarder” into Google right now, chances are the results would yield an unsurprising result - a series of men, mostly white and predominantly decked out in male-centric brands like Volcom or Dickies. It’s a familiar image driving a narrative that, for decades, has set the precedent for who deserves respect at the skatepark. It is not unusual to find in any local skate scene, pockets of people whose capacity to respect and support the integration of new groups into the skating community is a trick not yet learned. While conversations around inclusion and recognition are entering the global arena more than ever in recent years, change is slow and normalising it within subcultures; on a local level, remains the key to enacting the change we hope for our future. Setting the wheels in motion begs for a community of people guided by a thought leader willing to test the status quo. That person? Dr Indigo Willing OAM. Perched on the half-pipe at Fairfield Skate Park where she learnt to ride at age 41, Dr Indigo Willing; an academic, founder, social activist, avid skater, refugee, mother and author unravels a life brimming with passion, purpose and boundless humanity. There are a number of words that drop into mind when it comes to Indigo. You could say she’s a woman of action. She’s a people person and a curious spirit. There’s a unique capacity within her to see the world through other’s eyes, while making them at home in her company. To meet her, hear her story and learn about her social enterprises; We Skate Queensland, Consent Is Rad and the Adopted Vietnamese International Network, was a privilege. Indigo guides us to an area of the park where the odds of getting bowled over by an enthusiastic learner are least likely and begins to open up about her life as a “misfit and an outsider”. Her story begins with navigating a new neighbourhood in New South Wales as a refugee adopted during the Vietnam War. “I grew up as the only Asian girl in a fairly white neighbourhood. I got used to doing things by myself. Though, I’d be friendly with everybody, because I didn’t have a whole lot of people who were just like me.” As she found her bearings within this new environment, Dr Willing uncovered a profound passion for building accessible and empathetic relationships that would set in motion a number of social enterprises. In 2000, aged 28, she established the Adopted Vietnamese International Network to offer authentic perspectives, resources and an international community for adopted Vietnamese people. This initiative led to Indigo receiving a Medal in the Order of Australia for her outstanding service to the community - and it was only the beginning! Ever a curious spirit, Indigo continued on her mission to better understand the world around her, completing a Bachelor’s degree, a Masters and a PhD in Sociology that eventually paved the way to a home in the Sunshine State of Queensland.
At age 41, inspired by the sun and a desire to get outside, she picked up a board for the first time and fell in love with skating. “Quite a lot of people from marginal [ised] backgrounds are attracted to skateboarding because it’s a very individual sport. It’s not like a team where you have to all wear the same uniform. I love it!” Determined to encourage accessibility within the Brisbane/Meanjin skate scene, Indigo and her friends; Evie Ryder, Sophia Ross and Tora Waldren set up We Skate Queensland; a collective of womxm who come together monthly to learn from one another and to skate safely. “If you have someone that welcomes you into a space you’re not familiar with, shows you the ropes, pretty soon you can use that space comfortably.” A big believer in the power of a single conversation, Indigo co-founded another social enterprise; Consent Is Rad at the Pushing Boarders Conference in Malmo, Sweden last year. In essence, the Consent Is Rad movement aims to prompt conversations about what consent means and encourages more respectful ways of relating to one another. It’s another layer to her grassroots work within the skate community, this time taking the conversation global. “We get people from all over the globe to share their faces, words and artwork featuring the line Consent Is Rad. We ask them to have a conversation about consent when they create their image.” Inspired by the stories of her diverse group of friends, Indigo is pushing for safer subcultures that welcome minorities openly. “When certain minorities enter spaces like skateparks, it’s not always comfortable. Sometimes it’s not safe and sometimes people just don’t know what they’re saying is offensive or intimidating. There’s been so many years, where bad behaviour has gone unchecked. We’re trying to make things more healthy. “ Indigo urges all those in scenes on the fringe to remember to check in on their mates regularly and start conversation about consent and wellbeing. She is someone who absolutely embodies the change she advocates for in the world. It’s in the way she speaks, the way she treats others and ultimately in the way she treats herself. She is unafraid of learning, being challenged and challenging the status quo. It was an honour to share a corner of the skate park with her for an afternoon and hear her story. Indigo Willing is on a mission to break down the stigma around starting these critical conversations and it’s impossible not to get on board. Want to help make a safer space for all? Indigo has offered up some great conversation starters on the next page that’ll help you in starting to chat about consent.
Nestle up in the Poetry Corner Suburban Cycle Route the pedals spun with a sound like crickets and crickets sung like ball to wickets above, ball-bats circled like vultures and distant vultures made men of sculptures these two humans spun their wheels quicker and as speed reigned their consciences snickered at the sun sinking low while all flew high when no one could guess that the end was nigh the end of what was what the girl did know but the oblivious man did not slow they pedalled along as the sun sang through their hair and trees glistened on the road to nowhere.
Words by Svetlana Sterlin After years of relocation, Svetlana Sterlin was raised by her Russian parents in Brisbane, Australia, where she completed a BFA and contributes to Our Culture Magazine and ScreenRant. Her work appears in several publications, including Entropy Magazine, Santa Fe Writers Project, and AndAlso Books’ anthology, ‘Within/Without These Walls’, published in association with the 2018 Brisbane Open House.
Sober Eyes Her eyes glisten in the sun and spin in the wind, They are the window to the cyclone within, But I wish she had sober eyes. I wish she had sober eyes. Maybe she would realise that sober eyes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell lies, Save her from hurt and demise, Protect her from uncanny sights, And unexpected high tides. I wish she had sober eyes. Trusted her strong bloodlines to stray from troubled nights, And give in sooner to long awaited goodbyes. I wish she had sober eyes, Internalised her empowerment and gave autonomy a try. I wish she had sober eyes to clear her insight. Maybe then she could cry. In peace. And release. The energies that have been shackled to her feet. I wish she had sober eyes, To sleep, To reap the fruits of the seeds planted by me. I wish, Or, We wish, She had sober eyes.
Words by Joella Warkill Joella is a proud First Nations and South Sea Islander woman and writer. Passionate about poetry and using art to decipher insightful, internal journeys, Joella is also currently majoring in Creative Writing through her double degree at QUT.
doolittle illustrations x studio risara
Brisbane/Meanjin’s Cosy Plant-Based Corners Before we send you on a delicious journey to some of Brisbane/Meanjin’s finest plant-based paradises, we have to warn you that belly rumbles are inevitable. Grab a snack, your map and let’s get to it!
Stop One: Papermoon and Wildspice Kitchen Papermoon and Wildspice Kitchen has well and truly won the hearts of southsiders with it’s 100% vegan menu. Headed by the gorgeous Holly, this spot has some of the finest vegan coffee you’ll find and delectable dishes like The Betty; two Golden Rostis with a warm lentil and roast pumpkin salad. *heart flutters*
Stop Two: Lucky Duck and All My Friends Love the farm to face lifestyle? Well, this ones a quacker. Lucky Duck and All My Friends rest like royalty over Highgate Hill with their incredible coffee, scrumptious produce and 10/10 playlists. If we popped by, we’d grab an espresso and an ‘Our Mates Plate’!
Stop Three: The Bearded Lady Cosy up on the couch at a West End favourite of ours and tuck into their incredible new menu. From mouthwateringly good Salt and Pepper Tofu to the Veggie Hot Pot of dreams, dining at The Bearded Lady is like stopping by your best mates place for dinner - you want to try everything and you will leave with a full stomach and heart.
Stop Four: El Planta Nestled in South Brisbane, El Planta is a mexican fanatic’s dream come true. Authentic, delicious and 100% housemade; this restaurant will leave your tumm the happiest it’s ever been. If corn wasn’t already your favourite veg, their charred corn will cement that position effortlessly.
Stop Five: Nonnas Nightmare If plant-based food wasn’t good enough, how about plant-based Italian? Oh my, don’t let your dreams be dreams - let them be Nonna’s Nightmare. Cosy up in West End with a Magic Mushroom Pizza, Gnocchi Salsiccia and a Puttanesca. Yumbo!
Stop Six: You Came Again You Came Again? Better believe it. We had to Tapa into some more delicious harissa roasted carrots, popcorn cauliflower bites and house-made mulled wine. Have some veggie restaurant suggestions? Send them our way on Instagram @_heyneighbour!
Cosy up in the Artist Corner with Mark from Die Last Print Co. Welcome to Artist Corner; a space to document local legends who help bring the products in our dreams to life. This issue we had a chit-chat with Brisbane’s sticker man, Mark from Die Last Print Co. As a Mark of all trades, the journey to stickering began when he was illustrating graphics for metal bands, tattoists and alcohol companies. “Bands would come to me asking where they could get their s**t printed. I realised there was an opportunity I could capitalise on. Everyone was doing shirts, so I thought stickers could be a sick little niche.” Since its conception in 2016, Die Last Print Co. has built up a suite of neat clients; from Young Henrys to Beach Burrito Co. When he’s not printing, you’ll find Mark crafting custom fonts and graphics under his artist alias; Ironhides. Through Ironhides, Mark has worked with leading metal bands; Bring Me The Horizon, Architects and Yelawolf as well as painted a few murals around town. “It’s so awesome to work with these guys! I started drawing when I’d listen to their songs and quite often my work was based on the lyrics they’d written. I used to send them what I’d made. I think that partially got me to where I am.” Before we said goodbye, Mark wanted to toot the horns of his favourite locals; Amy Crow and SGT. Bones who you should absolutely check out on Instagram!
Want a sticker printed? 1. Slide into Mark’s Instagram DMs - @dielast.co 2. Put on your business shoes and email Mark - firstname.lastname@example.org Three Tips To Stick To 1. Provide a high resolution file - so your design looks cool and crisp 2. Send through the Adobe Illustrator file - makes it simple for Mark to tweak 3. No semi-transparent colours - the printer likes solid colours
Disaster Girl It’s been a year, 2020. You’ve been turbulent, volatile and full of insight. At points, I wish you came with a “warning, it’s about to hit the fan” label. It seems you’ve had my head constantly swirling with thoughts and events to keep up with - that is, current events and not event events sadly. Way to be a party pooper. You’d think that after this unruly rollercoaster ride, when I got the chance to put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard cause I’m #GenZ like that), to regurgitate my thoughts on everything that’s been happening - it’d be like sipping on a slurpee on a 35 degree Meanjin day: refreshing AF. But alas, my mind is rather blank: my soul a tad numb. How do you even begin to process having lived through this dumpster fire of a year? I feel like a bit of a shell of a human, and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way. Unfortunately for all of you lovely neighbours, I still haven’t found the solution to this feeling. However, as someone who’s been to a fair few therapy sessions and reads psychology articles for fun, I will give you some of my unsolicited two cents! Disclaimer: This is not to be confused with seeing a professional - I promise someone with a psychology degree is always the better option!
1. First up is the good ole - It is okay to not be okay! This year has been f##ckd and so, it is only natural we feel the same way. Don’t beat yourself up for however you’re feeling (or not feeling) right now. There’s no guidebook for “How to feel during a pandemic, civil rights movements and an impending climate crisis.” (Unless one of you sneaky sneks has already checked it out of the local library. Please let me know so I can put it on hold next!)
2. Next, build a foundation for yourself wherever you can. Remember the good ol’ Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? Well, put simply, it’s best to focus on the bottom of the pyramid right now and slowly work your way up. We function best when our simple needs are fulfilled first, before we shoot for the stars. So eat! Drink lots of water! Get some good snoozes! Keep an eye on your health and wellbeing - whether mental or physical - and reach out if you need a hand! Before I say goodbye for now, I should probably mention - I’m honestly writing this as much for myself as you (if not more for myself). I definitely don’t have my s##t sorted and am very much living life in a This Is Fine meme most times of the day. But I’m working on it, and as far as I’m concerned, with everything this year has thrown at us - that’s a revolutionary act in itself.
Words by Aelia Zawilska Aelia Zawiłska, or Lia to most, is a Polish-Australian creative who goes by she/ her pronouns and has a penchant for wearing all black, buying new houseplants, obsessively reading about Myers Briggs and binge watching K dramas as if it were her job. If you want to say hi, you can find her on Instagram @thechaosthatislia.