Issue No. 4 Pony Anarchy is aimed at creative, fun and curious folk who enjoy Art, Photography, Fashion, Music and all things lovely! Editor/Creative Director Kristie Webster email@example.com Contributing Photographers Vanillegriotte, Melanie Martinez, Carlos Cancela Pinto, Diana Kraus, Ulrika Kestere, Igor Termenon, Fiona Osborne, Teresa Queir贸s Contributing Artists Sashiko Yuen, Tabitha Shafran, Nancy Straughan, Helena Perez Garcia. Cover Photographer: Kristie Webster Model: Lauren Brown MUA/Hair: Jordanna Hicban-Moss Clothes: Finders Keepers Submissions: we welcome submissions from new writers, photographers, illustrators and makers of pretty bits and pieces. Email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with all your relevant details in the form of lo-res jpeg attachments, pdfs and/or links to websites, flickr or similar file-sharing sites. Advertising: for rates and information on advertising, sponsored posts, giveaways, text links and product reviews please contact us for a media kit. Contact Website: www.ponyanarchy.com General enquiries: email@example.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ponyanarchymagazine Twitter: @ponyanarchy
contents Fashion Charm & Laundry
Dahlia Fashion SS12
The Fashion Loft
Editorial: The Girl Next Door
Interview: Emily McGuire Page 57
ART Interview: Sashiko Yuen
Interview: Tabitha Shafran
Interview: Nancy Straughan
We love: Ashley Percival
Guest Illustrator: Helena Perez Garcia
PHOTOGRAPHY Interview: Diana Kraus
Editorial: Almost Famous
Editorial: The Girl With Seven Horses
Interview: Carlos C. Pinto
Editorial: Careful, Careful
Bonjour, Autumn is our favourite season of the lot. It’s not hot and not too cool. The fallen leaves cover the ground, turning it into a sea of orange and brown. Autumn is the start of something new. New life, new beginnings and of course new fashion! We can’t wait to stroll around the city in our capes, scarves and drink hot chocolate. Speaking of hot chocolate, you should go make one (or a coffee!) and park your bums down so you can immerse yourselves in our biggest issue so far. It’s full of some seriously talented and interesting people. As usual there’s interviews, editorials and other pretty stuff you’ll like. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in this issue and especially Finders Keepers the Label and bPR for supplying us with some gorgeous garments for our Girl Next Door photo shoot. Our next issue won’t be out until the start of May so until then, enjoy! Love, Kristie x
honey moon muse
Butter Toast Boutique
Honey Moon Muse is a small independantly owned online boutique that opened in late 2009 specializing in quality hand-picked vintage and second-hand clothing.
American label GANT Rugger has been around since 1914 and are still kickin’! We’re a little bit in love with their mens shirts at the moment, especially the Motorcycle Poplin Check Shirt above! So pretty.
Butter Toast have THE loveliest and affordable vintage you could ever want. From rompers to dresses and cardigans you can’t really go wrong with this quirky boutique.
Nuew’s latest collections are swoon-worthy. For the guys it’s all about comfy knits, chinos and denim shirts while the girls pieces are all about high waisted jeans and casual blouses. We love it!
The Brothers Bray & Co
KATIE JEAN DESIGNS
We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Kroam’s latest collection Chemical Bonds and we’re happy to say it’s saaaaa-weeeeeeett! The collection has the coolest colour palette for Guys and Girls this Winter.
Founded in 2010 by self taught seamstress Anna-Marie, Minxshop is a collection of luxuriously wearable dresses, shirts, skirts, and accessories. We love the cat shirt!
We LOVE this blue rucksack by Brothers Bray & Co. The timeless surplus-style backpack is the perfect size for all of your junk and it can even survive the rain. Woo!
Katie Jean is one talented lady. She designs and makes the prettiest garments for both special occasions and casual outings. We can’t get over how cute this pink Alisier Skirt is!
Photographer and list maker diana kraus lets us in on what she’s up to at the moment Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Diana and I enjoy making lists. Here are some little facts about me: I love ice cream, like really really love it. Strawberries are my favourite food. Fall is my favorite season and I really wish I had been born in it. I will always use 35mm. I have no tattoos but secretly want one. I’m hoping to get a pet bunny soon. I really love house plants. What do you do and why do you do it? I photograph models [some signed with agencies some not] mostly outdoors using natural light. I love it. I love the experimental nature of film, the grain, the light leaks, and the colours. Only being allowed 24 or 36 exposures per roll (I usually only shoot 3-4 rolls per shoot) really makes me think about the location, composition, the background, any distractions, the models poses, the clothing, etc… For some reason I really like having those limitations set on me. I’ve been shooting for over 7 years and the fire and drive is definitely still there. What does “art” mean to you? I don’t feel justified in answering this because I’m not sure there is a correct answer! It’s different for every person and their views and opinions and likes and dislikes. I may see something and consider it art while a person standing next to me simply walks by and doesn’t give it a second glance. I think art is anything you want it to be! What are you working on at the moment? Anything exciting? Well being involved with this magazine is pretty exciting! I’ve also been communicating a lot with American Apparel and have been photographing some things for them [dream job]. Another company from my hometown asked me to shoot some dresses for their new spring line, agencies having been emailing me to do testing and there might be a little art show in there too… very exciting things! What inspires you to keep creating? There is just something inside of me that keeps me going. Keeps me motivated to research and find inspiration, contact models, come up with an idea, look for clothing and locations. Even when my photos don’t turn out how I wanted them to, I keep going and try to make them better. Are there any mediums you’d like to explore but haven’t? I would like to become more knowledgeable with digital cameras (I know, everyone has one, but I find them so difficult to work with). I would also love to work more with Polaroid’s, 4x5 and medium format. Do you have any specific messages or ideas you’d like to convey through your work? I don’t think I have any concrete messages or ideas that always come through in my work. My thoughts are so scattered and I daydream 90% of the day. My imagination is always spiralling and creating. I like nature and whimsy and secret gardens and make believe. Do you have any dreams or goals? My dream is to one day turn my passion into a career. I would love to shoot for American Apparel (hint hint AA!). Travel places with a team and just photograph in new locations and see different parts of the world. I think that would be so exciting. You can see more of Diana’s work at www.dianacatherine.4ormat.com
sashiko yuen aka wishcandy chats to us about her life long affair with art. Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a girl in her early twenties who loves fashion, sub-culture, horror, travel, tea drinking, and smelling books. Oh, and I’ve had a life-long love affair with art. What do you do and why do you do it? I’d imagine I’m some sort of babe machine. I create images of girls as a visual expression of whatever I’m going through at that point in life. They’re symbols and metaphors for more complex thoughts and feelings. It’s also as simple as seeing something I want and can’t have. So naturally I’ll imagine what kind of girl has it. Kind of a collection of my interests and desires. I start to imagine these dames as girls I’d be friends with, having adventures or sitting down for afternoon tea. It’s a comforting impulse to create and share them. What does “art” mean to you? As a kid I grew up in a military family, moving around pretty often. I was an outsider, so creating art became the only consistent thing in life. Now it’s a means to express something that transcends words and a way to connect to others. What are you working on at the moment? Anything exciting? Lately I’ve been pretty busy working on doing a lot of unconventional portraits. Turning people into 1950s princesses or 1970s punk rock queens. Underneath all of that I’ve been creating art for group shows. One of them is a pizza themed art show at the Pony Club gallery that I’m pretty stoked about! Even further beyond that I’ve been slowly building up ideas for a more solid body of work. I’m aiming to snag a solo show somewhere and I feel like what I’ve created so far is barely tapping at the surface. I’ll be working with themes of violence, rage, eroticism, and liberty all under a candy coated exterior. It’ll be fun. What inspires you to keep creating? It’s a compulsion to interact, meditate on, and explore things I’m thinking about or inspired by. I constantly feed my mind with books, film, conversations, music, and colors. Creating something with your own hands is also a very satisfying feeling. Are there any mediums you’d like to explore but haven’t? Originally I didn’t see myself as an artist, although I was drawing all the time. I wanted to be a fashion designer, but through some issues I wound up studying art instead. I still constantly design outfits in my head but now I like to interject them into my art. I’d love to explore fashion, creating textiles with my own illustrations on them. Perhaps when I get the time and funding for it. Do you have any specific messages or ideas you’d like to convey through your work? There’s nobody better to be but yourself and it’s okay to feel whatever you’re feeling. Don’t let anybody lead you to believe differently. What are your dreams? The biggest part of my dream is just to be drawing and painting everyday. Which I’m mostly doing already. Now I’d just like to be able spend more hours each day doing personal work, working towards gallery shows or self-driven illustration projects. I’d love to be able travel at least twice a year, somewhere far. And like I said before, I’d like to be more involved with fashion. If Betsey Johnson, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs or Spank! contacted me to do art for them, I’d be beyond ecstatic! Check out more of Sashiko’s work at www.wishcandy.net
Photographer: Igor Termenon / Model: Emily Barker @ Superior / Stylist: Nicola Ellis / MUA: Aimee Fletcher
charm & laundry English designer Kerrie Curzon from Charm & Laundry, designs and creates the loveliest handmade underwear out of the sweetest fabrics. Her puffy bra and panties sets are perfect for girls that love fun and pretty under garments that make them feel fancy. A lot of her pieces are one off making them that little bit extra special! Kerrie also takes commission orders so if you want you something in particular sheâ€™s happy to help. Check out her website and get yourselves some fancy pants! www.charmandlaundry.moonfruit.com
DAHLIA FASHION SPRING/SUMMER 12 Photographer: Hanna Kristina Model: Layla Young @ Select MUA: Alice Howlett
Annie - Ch창teau
MEG - Lilac
MEG - Ch창teau
MEG - ANTOINETTE
ANNIE - DRAWING ROOM
ANNIE - ANTOINETTE
MEG - DRAWING ROOM
MEG - FLORET $95.00
We find out what inspires illustrator and mum, tabitha shafran to keep creating. Tell us a little about yourself. I’m an illustrator, creator, gardener, lover, mother of two. I live in Byron bay with my hubby and two bubba boys. Life is pretty chaos for us, never a dull moment… What do you do and why do you do it? I draw and paint, explore my feelings as a human on this earth with a deep affinity to mother nature, cycles and honoring our role in this whole thing called life. I also change a lot of nappies, clean up unidentifiable goop from random places in our home, pull my hair out when things get tough and drink my fair share of coffee. What does “art” mean to you? Art means expression, exploration and creativity through absolute abandonment. To be an artist is to be a creator of what comes from that place inside where there is no judgment, criticism or doubt. Art is the result of being true to yourself. What are you working on at the moment? Anything exciting? Apart from my commissioned work for brands, I am doing a lot of painting on reclaimed timber. It is filling up my house at the moment, every surface is being endowed with a little wooden creation. What inspires you to keep creating? I think the constant search for balance in life is what inspires me. Especially after having children its so important to maintain balance and being creative and having a creative outlet is essential for my mental health!! I also make sure I create in as many different ways whether its in the garden, pencil on paper, glue, glitter and rhinestones, whatever works!! Are there any mediums you’d like to explore but haven’t? I am on the cusp of working with wood. I’ve just started exploring painting on wood and have reclaimed some old tree stumps to paint and carve….thats on my ‘To Do List’. Do you have any specific messages or ideas you’d like to convey through your work? I love exploring the connection between symbolism and natural elements. In my drawn work I focus greatly on organic shapes and animals and in my paintings I work greatly with the relationship of line and shape in symbolism. What are your dreams? Stay happy, create everyday, love and be loved by my family, draw draw draw… I guess I’m living my dreams right now! But throw in a million dollars and I’d be quite happy with that! Last night I dreamt that it was snowing in a Russian town but all of the trees were blooming and this woman wearing an amazing fur coat was singing in the streets pointing to all of the new buds... Dream interpretation anyone? Where can we find more of your work? I have a blog where I post most of my artwork: www.tabithashafran. blogspot.com.au I also have a site where my prints are for sale: www.tabithashafran.bigcartel.com
THE FASHION LOFT 1. Paisley Vintage Charm dress, AUS $44 2. Charming Afternoon dress, AUS $48 3. Coral Floral Bouquet II dress AUS $38 4. Yellow Spring Feelings dress, AUS $53 5. Floral Camera Shots top, AUS $32 6. Magnetic singlet, AUS $32 Buy here: www.etsy.com/shop/fashionloft
The girl with SEVEN horses by Ulrika Kestere
zanerobe ‘Save OUr souls’ AUTUMN 2012
London based designer, Nancy straughan chats to us about her obsession with print and textiles. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Nancy Straughan and I am a textile designer specialising in print. I design patterns and make products from my studio in De Beauvoir town in London. At the moment I am concentrating on my home wear ranges but I am also in the middle of creating a small fashion line. I grew up in the North East of England with a very arty upbringing, house and family. There was never a point when I didn’t want to do something creative, but it took a while for me to discover textiles. I’m so glad I did! How and when did you get into textile print design? I originally wanted to be a graphic designer. I was so sure of myself but my mum suggested to me that I should take a year out to play around with different creative paths before going to uni. It wasn’t until I was at college during a foundation year in art and design that I discovered textiles. I had never sewn or printed any fabric in my life but during that year before starting university I discovered that textiles was something I was good at and more importantly something that I loved, I’ve stuck by it ever since. Thank goodness I didn’t become a graphic designer, I would have been awful! What’s your favourite thing about it? The best thing about what I do is the freedom. Textile design can take you anywhere, print doesn’t have to be confined to a few contexts or substrates. My collections are not based on trends or what other people like or want, every pattern is designed because I like it. There are so many paths textiles can take you down, you really can print onto anything. For example, sometimes when I’m out and about I realise how many prints there are on everyday objects. Even the bus seat I sit on everyday was created by a textile designer, there’s something really cool about that. I think I’ll stick to cushions and notebooks for now though! Tell us a little about each collection. What inspired you? Each collection is a little different, usually I see a vintage print or a motif somewhere and I think “that would make a great pattern”. Quite often its simple things like brickwork or tree bark that inspire me, or it could be a trip to the V&A museum, I love the Arabic patterns. Then I start to have a little sketch until I see a pattern emerging. I work predominately in paper and ink so my motifs are pretty simple, my sketches turn into patterns when I start putting them into my computer which is always the exciting bit.
What are you working on now? I’m working on quite a few projects right now, the one I’m really excited about is finally having a fashion line come together. I made some dresses and blouses for my degree show and I’ve always wanted to get them made professionally and for them to be available for people to buy, hopefully in the next few months they’ll be ready. I am also working on a few collaborations and commissions. The super lovely illustrator Emma Block recently contacted me through a mutual love of each other’s work and we’re now creating some patterns together using her drawings and my patterns, I can’t wait to see the end result. I am also talking to independent retailers and stockists so hopefully soon my fabric will be easy to get hold of. But in between all that I’m also beavering away in my studio designing patterns and home wear products, which is so fun. What do you do when you’re not designing? I am very lucky to live in a very nice area of London called Stoke Newington, so when I’m not designing you can usually find me coffee in hand sketching, making, strolling, or window shopping around my little green bit of London. You really should visit Abney Park if you have time! Do you have any particular goals or dreams you’d like to fulfill throughout your career? I’m part planner part go with the flow sort of person, so I have plans but there not particularly strict. I suppose all I want is for people to enjoy my print designs, hopefully enough to buy them and to have enough support from people to keep expanding my ranges. It may sound silly but a big goal of mine is to have all my fabric designs on the roll neatly underneath a cutting table for me to use whenever I want. I find rolls of linen and cotton quite dreamy! Where would you like to see yourself in five years? In five years time I would love to own my own little independent shop filled with my fabrics and products, but I’d also like to stock work by other creatives too. And maybe have a workshop / studio downstairs for classes and tea drinking. Best advice you’ve been given? The best advice I’ve ever been given was from one on my university tutors who told me “say yes to everything and figure it out later”. I do just that, it can get stressful at times taking on so much work, but its worth it. Where can our readers find more your work? Readers can find me at my website http://nancy-straughan.com/ blog http://nancystraughan. blogspot.com/ twitter @NancyStraughan and my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/nancystraughan.
The girl next door Photographer - Kristie Webster Model - Lauren Brown MUA & Hair - Jordanna Hicban-Moss Clothing - Finders Keepers the Label Assistant - Jaimee Byron
Carlos Cancela Pinto Carlos C. Pinto explains what he does and more importantly, why he does it. Tell us a little about yourself. Carlos, 33 years old. Curious by nature and aesthetic orientated. I try to learn and experience the most I can. What do you do and why do you do it? I do a few things... I’m a professional geologist - I “search” for geological faults that can trigger earthquakes, I do it because its interesting to understand something that is still not well-known. I’m also a photographer by passion, I seek the subtle beauty in things, I do it because it makes me feel part of something that’s bigger than me. What does “art” mean to you? Tough question! I think the most important part of art is the possibility of timeless communication, regardless of the medium. A person can understand, appreciate and relate to ancient art, and at the same time to contemporary art, and that is very interesting. What are you working on at the moment? Anything exciting? Most of my work is about the influence of natural elements, animals and people. I’m currently working in something new, but in line with previous photos - combining the beauty of woman skin with nature, using different techniques like double exposition (using 35mm film) and medium format vintage cameras. What inspires you to keep creating? Nature – the most pure clean places, beauty, subtle things, sunrise and sunset light, exploring new places and new ideas. Using film (because is full of possibilities to create different things). Are there any mediums you’d like to explore but haven’t? Yes, Polaroid. I have a Polaroid 600 camera, but I only shot one cartridge ten years ago. They are somehow expensive. I’ve been following the “impossible” project - it’s very interesting. I would like to try their new films. Do you have any specific messages or ideas you’d like to convey through your work? I try not to impose any concept or idea. I leave it to the person who is watching my work to came with their own conclusions. But most of my work is in regards to nature. I love it, respect it and I think it shows. What are your dreams? To have enough money to buy all the ugly buildings and tear them down in order to create natural landscapes with local trees and animals in the middle of modern cities. Who’s with me?! More seriously, I’d love to keep learning more about photography with different photographers, to publish a book of my own and to have a exhibition. I would like also to work only on photography and to travel around the world without using a plane (but using donkeys and air balloons). To see more of work by Carlos head over to cargocollective.com/cdcpinto
dear golden Dear Golden is a vintage shop that brings hand-selected vintage garments from the 1920â€™s through to the 1980â€™s to modern girls who aspire to stand out from the crowd in the very best way. Each garment is carefully selected for its fashion relevancy and overall quality making each piece worth every penny you spend! Shop here: www.deargolden.com
AUTONOMY Blending high quality with high fashion, Autonomy is a unique, dynamic label for men who value independence and celebrate style. Rising from the subterranean chic of Melbourne’s fashion underground with a commitment to design and an eye for detail, their unique collections have forged a legion of loyal followers who thrive on their diversity, originality and offbeat personality. We’re impressed with their latest Autumn/Winter collection, ‘A Day in time’. Drawing from one of the most stylish era’s, the 1950’s, this collection is a brilliant recreation of the original teddy boy uniform. Autonomy have revived the classic Edwardian style’s smart silhouettes and clever cuts by adapting longer-line jackets, peg-leg pants, heavy mélange knits and crisp shirts into the range. The warm and deep classic shades include variations on denim in different washes from indigo to vintage, berry tones, navy, grey and black. To find out more head to www.autonomyforone.com
AShley percival Ashley Percivalâ€™s natural inspired artworks make the cheekist, cutest and coolest wall art for any room. Surfer bears, foxes on bikes and other furry friends on skateboards - what more could you want? We love the casual but cool feel of all of her works and especially her use of colour. Ashleyâ€™s owl art and quirky illustrations will soon be available on T-shirts in Urban Outfitters. Make sure you check out her etsy store to find out more or buy some lovely wall art yourself! www.etsy.com/shop/AshleyPercival
DEERLINGS Photography by Melanie Martinez
22 year old student photographer based in Bournemouth.
When did you first become interested in Photography? I’ve been photographing since I was 14 and have been studying it ever since. Before photography my love was in textiles and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else until I was introduced to the medium. I began incorporating it into my textiles and then quickly started concentrating solely on photography. It only felt natural for me to continue. How did Revivre come about? What was it’s purpose? ‘Revivre’ French for ‘live again’ came through my obsession and fascination for second hand objects. Anyone who knows me will know that my other love, aside from photography, is anything vintage. The purpose of the series was to take second hand, forgotten and overlooked chairs and to place them within a space that uplifted them again. I worked in Springtime, my favourite season and placed the chairs into different blossoms. The work deals with how photography can bring attention to the mundane because by photographing it, it gains importance. Do you have a favourite photo from the series? My favourite two are the yellow chair in the white blossom and the chair in the field of rape. These were shot right next to my home in Newbury, the area holds a lot of memories of my childhood and I just love the colours! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? How we make a lot of mistakes until we end up where we are meant to be. Very relevant to photography and life itself. It also makes you feel less guilty about mistakes you may have made, which is always a good thing! What inspires you to continue taking photographs? Usually I will come across a series that really inspires me and completely refreshes my creativity and dedication, something that is hard to hold onto in such a competitive industry. It could also be a new situation, place or feeling that I have never come across before which makes me think I really, really have to make a piece of work centred around it. For me, the most simplistic thing can be the most inspiring thing, I just have to look that little bit deeper. www.fionaosborne.com
EMILY MCGUIRE We chat to Emily McGuire, an emerging designer From QLD about her latest works Tell us a little about yourself. I am a 21-year-old fashion designer from Brisbane who recently graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion) with Distinction. When I’m not designing or flailing excitedly over newly acquired fabrics, you’ll find me reading, drawing or embracing my weakness for orange-flavoured chocolate. How would you describe “Dream Scream” and what inspired you to create the collection? Dream Scream embraces the intersection between the dream state and the waking state, that feeling of bewilderment and unsteadiness you sometimes experience as you wake from a dream and rejoin reality. Conceptually, Dream Scream explores automatic drawing, surrealist ethos and feminine ideals. I first came up with the idea while standing in front of the refrigerator, pondering breakfast, somewhere toward the end of my second year of study. The idea really began to develop when I was perusing the books at The Met Museum in New York City while holidaying there in November 2010. I find that true inspiration really does come to you when you are not thinking of inspiration at all. When did you first become interested in design? I’ve been interested in fashion design from a very young age but I first became serious about design as a career at 13 when I was given my first sewing machine. I have a very strong background in visual art and have been practicing since I can remember. Illustration is a very critical aspect of what I do. The print featured in Dream Scream is an artwork of mine that I painted with my eyes closed – a reference to automatic drawing. What do you hope to achieve in your career? While I’m in no hurry to permanently establish my label, I hope to open an online store this year to sell a diffusion line of a collection I’m working on for my portfolio. I am most interested in being mentored through work experience and developing my skills at the moment. I hope to be the creative director of an already established brand before going it alone. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? “Do more than what is expected of you”. A favourite lecturer of mine gave this advice to me. I make sure it defines my approach to my professional life. You can find more of Emily’s work on her facebook page: facebook.com/emilymcguirethelabel
Photography by Teresa Queir贸s
HELENA PEREZ GARCIA
Pony Anarchy Magazine - March/April 2012