ISSUE NO.12 May/June 2014 Editor & designer Kristie Webster PHOTOGRAPHY Contributors Amanda Jasnowski, Sisilia Piring, Amanda Mahoney, Rosie Woods, Hollie Fernando, Angelika Wierzbicka, Caede Ramsay. Cover Photographer: Hollie Fernando Model: Lydia H @ Models 1 Stylist: James Mitchell Contact General enquiries: email@example.com Website: www.ponyanarchy.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ponyanarchymagazine Twitter: @ponyanarchy Instagram: @ponyanarchymag Advertising For rates and information on advertising and sponsored giveaways please contact us for a media kit. Copyright is reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited. Email addresses are published for professional communications only.
Contents Editors Note Page 04 Fun Finds Page 05 Sweett Dream by Sisilia Piring
Interview: Laura Marii Page 12 Interview: Jenny Brown Page 14 Tomorrow is Forever by Amber Mahoney
Interview: Kelsey Genna Page 24 Interview: Julia Trybala Page 26 Rust & Stardust by Rosie Woods
Interview: Hollie Fernando
Interview: Penny Ferguson
April Flowers by Hollie Fernando
Interview: Jesy Almaguer Page 46 Interview: Kalindy Anne Williams
White Light by Angelika Wierzbicka
Interview: Miriam Waldner
Macademia Trees by Caede Ramsay
Editors Note Living in Australia means experiencing the complete opposite weather to everywhere else in the world, so we often get serious season envy when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold here and we receive Spring or Summer inspired submissions. For this issue of PA, being Autumn here in Australia and Spring everywhere else, we wanted to celebrate the different seasons. The stunning editorials in this issue were inspired by beautiful spring blossoms, crisp orange leaves and lovely green foliage. Grab a coffee and get comfy because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about to be inspired by some seriously amazing emerging designers, photographers and artists like Hollie Fernando, Julia Trybala, Miriam Waldner, Kelsey Genna + more. Kristie x
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sweet dream photographer - Sisilia Piring Stylist - Charity Baker Makeup artist - Tami Shirey Model - Vlada @ L.A. Models
Laura Marii We chat to Sydney-based photographer, laura marii about her work and what subjects interest her the most Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. I take pictures mostly, and I make lists and keep notes/illustrations for everything. How would you describe your photographic style? A mixture of loud and quiet, harsh and soft, stillness and energy. I shoot in a variety of styles of photography, but have been told my work is easily spotted for the cohesive post production on all of my images. Where do you find your creative inspiration? Old books, freckles, fabrics, textures and the Australian landscape. What kinds of subjects interest you the most? People with calm souls and intelligent eyes; with their hearts in a peaceful place. Are there any budding photographers you love at the moment? Definitely Sofie Olejnik, each image of hers is a dreamscape. If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be? This is a hard question as there are so many, but I’d have to say another Laura; Laura Makabresku. What do you do in your spare time? I read a lot, we don’t own a television and I am much happier and productive without one. I like being in gardens or at home; there are fairy lights strung on our balcony and candles everywhere. I find great enjoyment and relaxation in cooking and helping plants grow. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? You are always worth more than the price you set on yourself. Do you have any tips for advice for other aspiring photographers like yourself? Trust yourself and your creative thoughts. Are you working on anything in particular at the moment? I’m currently editing a beautiful beauty spread I shot the other day with two gorgeous models, as well as a bridal look book, a few test shoots and preparing to shoot my cousins wedding up north. I am also working my way through a 52 weeks project, I am up to week 7 and am loving the experimental creative process involved in what I achieve each week. To view more of Laura’s work head to www.lauramarii.net
jenny brown We chat to Rhode Island-based fine artist, jenny brown about her beautifully strange collage work. Tell us a little about your background – What path led you to becoming an artist, and to creating work you’re currently making? I grew up in a military family, which meant I moved every few years and had to start over at a new school. Art became my constant companion and best friend as I found myself in new situations where I didn’t know anyone. It became a way for me to connect with others and a way for me to create a world that I wanted to live in, rather than the one I had been once again moved to. I think those experiences have lead to me to create the sort of fantastical world of sea creatures and flowers I am currently working on. They represent where I would like to be- in a harmonious natural environment, where different beings and worlds can collide and still coexist beautifully. How would you describe your artistic style? Eclectic and a little messy! Where do you find your creative inspiration? I think the oddities of nature are most interesting part of it, and since I am terrified of the ocean, I have become obsessed with knowing all about it! I love vintage paper ephemera and antiques, and the memories and stories that they have hidden within them. What do you do in your spare time? I really like food and coffee, especially sweets. So a lot of my spare time is spent in search of those things. There is nothing more satisfying to me that finding a delicious coffee shop or bakery! Cakes and pastries are beautiful art! Can you give us a little insight into your creative process? What materials do you use? The work always begins with the search for materials, which is something I do on a weekly basis. My primary medium is collage, and so all of my works contain found materials from these searches. Which part of your work process do you enjoy the most? I think the
best moment of creating a work is when I put all my found materials on a table together, and watch how they interact with one another. Are there any specific themes that you like to explore in your work? What exactly do you want viewers to take from your imagery? I like the idea that two seemingly differently species can one together and create a harmonious existence as a new creature. So I think harmony is a theme I would love for viewers to sense when they see the work. Harmony amongst beings, even when they have flaws or imperfections or come from two different worlds. I see the flowers and plants in my work as existing in the “light” world. The sea creatures existing in the “dark” underwater world. Together, they can both be in the light! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? To stay true to making the kind of work I’m really interested in, rather then trying to conform to what is more popular or sellable. Which local designers, artists or other creative kids are you loving right now? I recently went to see the Nick Cave show at the ICA in Boston, and I was completely blown away by it - his sculptures dripping with flowers, jewels, ceramics, and birds were an amazingly beautiful mess! What has been your biggest hurdle artistically and how did you overcome it? Figuring out how to survive financially as an artist. After years of scraping by with a mish-mash of jobs, I finally took the plunge and took a regular day job, which I know seems weird to a lot of people who know my primary goal is to be an artist. However, it has allowed me to keep making the exact kind of work I want to make, and cuts down one my stress level of constantly wondering how am I going to pull of paying for framing or applications or materials. I just have to be extra mindful of time management. All my free time is for art when I’m not at work. Are you working on anything in particular at the moment? A collaboration with a new online merchant called Straw and Gold out of Brooklyn, NY. They will be selling some of my work and the site launched this month! To view more of Jenny’s work head to www.jennybrownart.com
Tomorrow Is forever Photographer - Amber B. Mahoney Stylist - Gabriella Cetrulo Model - Taylor LaShae
kelsey genna New Zealand based designer, Kelsey Genna launched her namesake label six years ago at the tender age of sixteen, and has since seen her daywear label blossom from into bespoke bridal and now into an activewear label. We had a little chat to Kelsey about her new endeavour and what inspired the collection. Firstly, congratulations on the launch of Kelsey Genna Activewear! Can you tell us a little about why you decided to go down the sportswear path? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been creating floral croptops and bikeshorts for myself for years, its something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to do professionally so its exciting seeing this come to life! The whole range is really vibrant and fun, where/what did you draw inspiration from? This collection was based around garments I love wearing. Embracing my femininity and dressing in colour makes working out so much more fun for me. How would you describe the type of girl who wears your clothes? Fun, colourful, youthful.. but of any age. Do you intend to bring out new collections each season? We are creating one collection annually. Do you have a favourite piece from the collection? Valentina Tee, Noir Skirt and the Indigo Leggings. To check out the full collection head to www.kelseygenna.com
Julia Trybala We chat to Melbourne artist Julia Trybala about her creative practice and what she has planned for the future.
draw. Can you give us a little insight into your process? An early rise, drink lots of tea, stretch, prioritize, find the right album for the day and just get stuck into it. I work until it gets late or until I’m satisfied with how I spent my day - I usually judge this on how sore my back gets. What materials do you use? Fineliners, inks, water-colour, acrylics, copic markers, pencil.. Anything I can get my paws on. Which local designers, artists or other creative kids are you loving right now? I’m always bouncing off my three favourite creative pals Aaron Billings, Carla McRae and Gemma Topliss who work with fashion, design and illustration. Ghostpatrol and Miso have been a huge inspiration to me for so many years now, I’m always itching to see what they make next. What has been your biggest hurdle artistically and how did you overcome it? It’s a hard thing imagining what you want to make but maybe not having the skills or resources available. When I was younger it was so frustrating to have these ideas but not being able to execute it properly in an art-work. Of course I still have a long way to go but I feel like it gets easier every day I keep working at it. Are you working on anything in particular at the moment? I’m currently working on some drawings for a group exhibition called ‘Chinpin’ opening on the 19th of June at No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne. I started studying fine art this year at RMIT so am just trying to keep on top of assignments and projects.
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Julia, I am a twenty two year old human, I live in Melbourne and I like to make things. What path led you to becoming an artist, and to creating the work you’re currently making? I’ve been drawing since I was little and always knew its what I wanted to do as I got older. I spend most of my time drawing and working on developing new skills. It’s a pretty exciting thing watching your style develop over time, it’s definitely a huge motivation for me to keep on going. How would you describe your artistic style? There is a large focus on women and pattern-work throughout my pieces - I like the idea of hiding different objects or figures in a drawing that can only be seen on closer inspection. I’m definitely most comfortable working with black and white but am enjoying working with colour more and more. Where do you find your creative inspiration? Looking, reading, watching, listening. Inspiration is really everywhere but sometimes the hard part is harnessing that inspiration into something you want to make - which leads to frustration, you know? What do you do in your spare time? I like working with clay, turning bowls, cooking, walking through the city, listening to a nice podcast and watching people... But mostly I like to To view more of Julia’s work head to www.cargocollective.com/juliatrybala
Rust & Stardust Photographer - Rosie Woods Model - Toni @ Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ADore MODELS Stylist - Olivia Davies Hair & Makeup - Laura Gibb
Hollie Fernando We chat to London fashion and music photographer, hollie fernando about her creative process & love for photography
process? I’ll see an idea or concept in my head, swoon over it with my team, get a mood board together and discuss styling/location, find the right model and just go with the flow from there. I don’t usually plan shots, I have the different looks and feelings I want to achieve through the photos in my head and let myself be inspired by the location and model on the day. I’ll get my photos developed, choose a set that works strongly together, make slight tweaks with colour and clean up in Photoshop and there you have it. Each shoot feels like an ma jor accomplishment and I think I am addicted to that feeling haha. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Never compare yourself to your competitors as it will only lead to imitation and negative energy. Compare yourself only to you; if you think your most recent work is better compared to a year ago then you are doing something right. Just keep pushing yourself forward. Which local designers, artists or other creative kids are you loving right now? At the moment I am so into photographer Hayley Lousia Brown, I think she’s wicked. Illustrator Fee Greening is incredible too, I want her work tattooed all over my body. Fashion Designer, Cassandra Verity Green also makes some really cool pieces. The team I work with is so talented too, student stylists Cassie Walker, James Mitchell and Hollie Clark are putting together some amazing looks for editorials and Roger Cho is the hair stylist sent from heaven. What has been your biggest hurdle artistically and how did you overcome it? I get creative blocks sometimes when I have massive shoot and not much time to plan, that pressure is so stressful. I think my inspiration and ideas need to flow naturally in my head and when I try to force them I freak out that I can’t produce anything good enough and get the block. Taking a day or two to surf the web and find some books/movies to check out and stumbling across other creative’s with inspiring work gets me going again though. Are you working on anything in particular at the moment? Right now I am focusing on building up the fashion part to my portfolio so am getting as many editorials planned as possible. I’m also starting to work on my ‘Festival Season’ and ‘Summer Skin’ personal projects again, bring on the warm weather and days of exploring with beautiful people.
Tell us a little about your background – What path led you to becoming a photographer, and to creating the work you’re currently making? I got into analogue photography when I was about 14 after my Dad gave me his old Pentax to play with. I moved schools to study it at A Level and was really lucky to have amazing teachers and make new friends that inspired me to a level I never knew existed. I spent my spare time exploring and taking pictures with the people I loved, we would just take photos the whole time and it’s how I built up a portfolio and confidence in my style of photography that caught people’s attention. Those summers were the best of my life. I went on to study Photography at degree level, but ended up finding the course very demotivating and uninspiring compared to my brilliant A Level course, so packed up and came back to London and threw myself straight into the field. I landed myself a job at a studio and was there for 3 years being trained in studio lighting and digital photography by some amazing photographers and became their head retoucher too. I am now freelancing in Photography and mainly get commissioned to shoot musicians and fashion editorials. How would you describe your photographic style? I find it hard to describe my own style, but I guess it could be said to be quite dreamlike and full of the feeling of youth - being so happy and carefree. They’re the feelings I try and create when shooting. Where do you find your creative inspiration? Mainly films and music. But nothing has inspired me more than the experiences I had and people I met when I went travelling. I’ve always had a very serious case of wanderlust and went to South East Asia on my own at the beginning of the year. I was absolutely terrified about being alone, but had the time of my life and have come back a different person. The feelings that travelling unearths in you is crazy, I’ve never felt so alive and free in my life. Having those feelings to channel through my work now is great. Can you give us a little insight into your creative To view more of Hollie’s work head to www.holliefernandophotography.com
Penny Ferguson We chat to Melbourne designer penny ferguson about her kooky jewellery AND HOMEWARES label, min pin.
amazing – scary, but amazing. Can you give us a little insight into your process? What materials do you use? I began experimenting with shrink plastic earlier this year and that is what I have primarily been using for Min Pin’s jewellery so far. What I love about it is that I can make it all from home and be as wild as I like with ideas. You know, as opposed to getting just one design laser cut 100 times, I can create strange little one offs and it wont matter if it doesn’t sell! I also make my own cushions and paint too. In the future I’d really like to get into ceramics and metal work and make items that really last forever - the kind of special jewellery that you hand down to your grandchildren. Now that is compassionate design. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Something along the lines of ‘just make things for yourself and if other people like it then that’s a bonus’. Not really a great business model but no one likes a people pleaser. Which local designers, artists or other creatives are you loving right now? I have always greatly admired Perth artist Patrick Doherty. His paintings just blow my socks off. Perks and Mini (PAM) the fashion label I just think are absolutely amazing. Kid Zoom. And all of my friends of course, but I’ll love them forever. Are you working on anything in particular at the moment? I bought some glow in the dark clay the other day and I can wait to get into that! Next year I am going to undertake a Certificate IV in Small Business Management, which I need – and am looking forward to. Otherwise I’m just making orders and looking forward to Christmas. What’s next for Min Pin? I would love to do lots! I think that is the problem. I would love to write a comic, make toys, ceramics, metalwork, design clothing.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. Hello! My name is Penny and I am the human behind handmade jewellery and homewares label Min Pin. I am originally from sunny Perth but moved to Melbourne in 2010 to pursue adventures. In Perth, I studied Design and Illustration at University and have been making all sorts of different things since. Why and when did you start Min Pin? Min Pin began early last year (2013) after I undertook an inspiring internship at Old School New School in Coburg. There, I experienced the business and promotion side of creative pursuits (which I was previously quite clueless about) and decided to make more of a serious go of it myself. Gradually I just put more and more jewellery pieces I was working on, out into the Internet and very quickly received great feedback and was presented with exciting opportunities! Where do you find your creative inspiration? I have always felt drawn to compassionate design and products that are handmade or ‘made with love’ and that are really special. This has always been the driving force behind Min Pin – pouring love into every piece! Aesthetically, I tend to lean towards weird and naïve design and illustration. Artists like Stanley Donwood, Lili Scratchy, Abby Portner, Misaki Kawai, Ginette Laplalme and Luke Best come to mind. I think their work captures a freedom and sort of bizarreness I could only dream of touching. Other creative inspirations I guess I find in books, magazines, in music, on the Internet. I think Tumblr is To check out Min Pin head to www.etsy.com/shop/MinPinShop
April Flowers Model - Lydia H @ Models 1 photographer - Hollie Fernando Stylist - James Mitchell
Jesy Almaguer We chat to Mexican fashion photographer, jesy almaguer about her stunning & surreal work. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. I’m a twenty four year-old photographer. It all started when I was nineteen. I wanted to create my own scenarios, find interesting faces, things that inspired me, and put them all together in concepts that would later come to life through my images. How would you describe your photographic style? My pictures are identified by the quality of nostalgic, femme, romantic and ethereal narrative. Where do you find your creative inspiration? In pastel colors, music, films, magazines, my general surroundings. What kinds of subjects interest you the most? Beauty, fashion, girls & nature. Are there any budding photographers you love at the moment? I think Nirrimi is amazing and I love Olivia Bee as well. They are a lot more recognized now but they were a big influence when I started to get into photography. If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be? Tim Walker or Loretta Lux. What do you do in your spare time? Most of my time are is dedicated to improve my work taking photos and learning, but I love exploring new places, read magazines, watch films, play video games. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Just be yourself and people will love you for that. Do you have any tips for advice for other aspiring photographers like yourself? Practice a lot, always look around and search for life challenges, it feels so good to see how far you’ve come. Are you working on anything in particular at the moment? My printed book, which I’m so excited about. To view more of Jesy’s work head to www.jesyalmaguer.com
Kalindy Williams We chat to Brisbane art & fashion photographer Kalindy Williams about her creative process & journey into photography.
Are there any budding photographers, designers or artists that you’re into at the moment? Not that most of these people budding, more like blooming, but I really love Arvida Bystrom because her work is current, smart and it pushes people’s buttons. Janneke Storm, a Brisbane photographer who has such a fresh eye! Connie McDonald’s work is also so pretty and youthful! I adore the illustrations of BEIBADGIRL and Sashiko Yuen because they both portray girls that are strong and feminine. And Sydney based label Laurel & Hector make some amazing 60s and 70s inspired clothing. I recently shot some beautiful gowns by Fabled and True and I love Her Pony. What has been your biggest creative hurdle and how did you overcome it? Comparing myself to other photographers and artists. Selfdoubt is a really big hurdle, and most people face it. It can be really hard to keep positive when you think your work isn’t as good as someone else’s. I try and make the best work that I can, and if I must, I only compare it to my own. And I never stop learning. If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be? Tim Walker. I’m really interested in his process; all on film, no digital manipulation. It’s astonishing what he can create in real life, his sets and casting are magnificent! Also, I love making props! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? It’s pretty cliché but: Never give up. Never ever stop trying. If you can push though the bad days, the good days will follow. Hard work does pay off as long as you don’t give up on your first set back. If it’s something you really want to do, if it’s your dream, then work hard at it and make it happen. What are you currently working on, and what do you have planned next? I’ve got a bucket list of locations, models, designers and ideas I want to shoot before I leave Brisbane, and am planning an art show when I get to Melbourne later in the year.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you first became interested in Photography. I’m a Brisbane - soon to be Melbourne - based fashion photographer and maker. I live with my boyfriend Kurt and our dog Bones. I like taking photos, coffee, making art, natural light, glitter, sharp pencils, wildflowers, cartoons and movies. I have always been interested in photography. I taught myself when I was younger, living in a country town with nothing else to do, and only recently shifted my focus to fashion photography. I have always wanted to do it, so I did. How would you describe your photographic style? Youthful, bright, feminine and cute. Where do you find your creative inspiration? I’m inspired by so many things! Sometimes a location will be the start of an idea, other times it’s a model or a beautiful dress that I’ve found. I’m often inspired by movies - I love good cinematography. What do you do in your spare time? I sew! I make a lot of the clothing featured in my shoots. I’m currently designing a small collection of clothes under the name Sugarcane which will be out later this year. I draw and paint, I make music, and I also spend a lot of time editing and planning shoots. All of my spare time is filled with something creative. Can you give us a little insight into your creative process? Do you have any routines or rituals? I write lists, tonnes of lists! I come up with an idea, then draw little pictures in my notepad of how I want the shoot to look, track down the perfect location, think of wardrobe choices, what props I need, and then I find the right person for the shoot. This requires lots of emails, organising and travel, but it’s always worth it! To view more of Kalindy’s work head to www.kalindyannewilliams.4ormat.com
White light Photographer - ANGELIKA WIERZBICKA Model - JENNA D @ PROFILE MODELS Stylist - GRACIELA MARTIN Makeup artist - LINDSAY JENKINS Hair Stylist - REBECCA CAMOROSO
Miriam Waldner We chat to berlin-based analogue photographer Miriam Waldner about Her beautiful and feminine work. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. My name is Miriam Marlene, I’m nineteen years old and live close to Berlin. I have been taking photos since I was thirteen and if I get into the university I applied to, I will start studying photography after the summer holidays. How would you describe your photographic style? Delicate and mellow. Where do you find your creative inspiration? I’m inspired by my surroundings. For example, when I’m on the subway and I see a girl with a special aura or a certain look. I sometimes make notes and sketches in the notebook I’m always carrying around. I adore the work of David Lynch and Sophia Coppola - single characters from their movies fascinate and inspire me. Music is important as well as clothes from time to time too. Are there any budding photographers you love at the moment? Yes, Marcel Castenmiller, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert. If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be? Definitely Tim Walker. What do you do in your spare time? I draw, make mixtapes, search for new music to listen to, go to concerts and flea markets, write letters and make things for my shop. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Be yourself. Do you have any tips for advice for other aspiring photographers like yourself? Just go for it and photograph without really thinking about it. Don’t compare your work with other photographers. Are you working on anything in particular at the moment? I’m currently working on a little shop where you can buy socks and panties which I design. But my dream is to have a little Shop in Berlin with an enclosed cafe, also showing prints of my work. To view more of Miriam’s work head to miriam-marlene-waldner.tumblr.com
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Macadamia Trees Photographer - Caede Ramsay Model - Emmy Tyrie @ Tamblyn models Stylist - Caede Ramsay