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01 Foreword with 05 Interview Artist KTShirley 08 Photography by MYU INOUE 14 Look of the Month: ARE YOU 2000S UGLY?



18 Movie of the Month 23 Groovy tunes of the month





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Artist of the Month



November 2016



T Shirley was telling me about the zine she was making at a thai restaurant after the debut exhibition of ‘the Velvet Collective’, a female/gender non-binary art collective that she co-founded when I asked her, ‘Why do you, like do all this, like, stuff?’ She said, ‘Because I want to,’ and until then the motivation for creating art honestly never seemed so easy. Most people have ideas of what they could do with their life, but only a handful actually go out and try. Why? Maybe because for most of our lives, artistic pathways are seen are difficult and unrealistic. Mostly difficult - when you have an idea but really dissect each part it can like the last thing you are able to create. You’d need money and materials!! and skill!!! that maybe you just don’t think you have. We caught up with her to discuss her work and how she's managed to work her way through the life of an artist.



1. Who are you and what do you do? I’m a young creative living and working in Hong Kong.

2. What’s your background? I was born in in Australia, and then moved to Hong Kong with my family at the age of 11. I started doing freelance music journalism and gig photography at the age of 16, which really sparked initiative for me to take my ideas and ambitions into my own hands, sort of encouraging myself to make my own way through things.

3. Describe a real life experience that inspired you. Growing up in very

transient, and visually saturated spaces and landscapes in an atmosphere that is as ever-changing as Hong Kong. Feeling a sense of disconnect, both physically and mentally, whenever I visit my home country. Travelling and never feeling attached to one place, giving me the desire to seek out my own belonging.

4. Why art? Because the written word can only express so much of what pictures

can. Because film and moving images can express ten times more than what a still image can. It’s about being able to choose how to express myself and ideas that I have.

5. What themes do you pursue in your works? Alternate realities, internet subculture, the cross over of the “IRL” and the “URL”

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6. What memorable responses have you had to your work? “Man, that’s weird”

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I’ve only exhibited some photographs and an installation featuring some visuals I’ve maade, so all of them ha.

8. What is a project you dream of creating, but unable to or not yet been achieve currently or otherwise? I suppose that everything is achievable, I just think anything is a

bit harder to do because I tend to procrastinate a lot due to the fact that I don’t believe I’m technically skilled enough to create a certain thing. However, I do think that’s just mind over matter.

9. Have you got any current projects in progress? I’m in the final stages of producing

and publishing two zines under the Velvet Collective; one called SOSENSITIVE featuring portraits of my friends, and another yet-to-be-titled zine that I’ve made over my holiday in London.

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7. What piece of work/exhibition are you the most proud of? I’m not sure right now, as

10. Plans for the future? I’m tossing up art school abroad or a working holiday in Europe within the next year.

11. If you could describe your life in a movie title, what would it be? I’m not sure, but I

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do know that I would want the drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova to play me, and the film to be set about 20 years in the future when I’m old.

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determined about creating something, or organising something, to just do it. Don't let that idea fester and sit in the back of your head, don't get precious about it either. Admit that, while it may not go as you plan it, you are still creating and doing things. Be proud of what you've accomplished but also take notes from yourself and others on how and where to push yourself to achieve more next time. Be a nice person, just for the sake of being nice. Quit procrastinating or making excuses for not actively making or creating, whether that be because you feel like you don't have the skills or tools, just go out and try.

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12. What advice would you give to a young artist? My advice would be if you're


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Look of the month


2000S UGLY? 0

k, so lets face it, the 2000s just wasn’t real. Fashion was simply a wild concept: Peasant tops, hippie dress over jeans, neckties for belts – honestly what was going on back then?

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However, not to say it was entirely without merit – even some of the greatest 2000s tragedies known as ‘Beckham’s Matching Leather’ and ‘BJ Double Denim’, were. And one can’t deny that throughout these dark, desolate years – there weren’t one or two gems that were gorgeous in their own right. To help you learn to walk the fine line between 'yay and nay' whilst exploring the treacherous paths of 2000s fashion – we’ve dissected 2 outfits from ‘the era that was never meant to be’, analyzing what made them the looks that they are and how you could translate them to present day,

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And please, a moment of silence for our fallen queen of the almighty era (hint: it is not nicole richie)

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Using coordinating colours help make an outfit look more cohesive!


he secret of a good double denim outfit is simple: Different textures and different shades! In our look above, we kept to the spirit of the 2000s by pairing our dark wash jean shirt with a pair of outrageously patterned boyfriend jeans. And because a true 2000s look would not be complete without coloured see through sunglasses – we used pink to tie in with the trash bag floral pattern and add some warmth to the palette.

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It was hard deciding on the iconic 2000s dress to take inspiration from when creating this look; but in my heart I just knew that no amount of sparkles can over take satin - the ultimate 2000s fabric. Something about it is just so alluring, but also reality TV trashy, which - i'm sure it's no coincidence - was how everyone dressed back then. For this look, we toned it down and paired a satin pyjama top with black jeans. With a more basic look you can afford to take more chances with the accessories - go wyd!

Movie of the month

CHARLIE 'S ANGELS best film of the decade There really is not a movie that truly defined the 2000s as Charlie's Angels. With a supporting cast like Bill Murray, Luke Wilson, George Mcfly, Tim Curry, Sam Rockwell and the cute guy from friends and Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and 90s veteran superstar Drew Barrymore as the angels – you know you're in for a treat. The plot involves a trio of private investigators funded by an anonymous 'Charlie' who have to put their skills to the test when a billionaire who invented voice recognition has been kidnapped. It's by no means a masterpiece (like literally really), but it is tremendous fun – even if you spend the whole time wondering how these fight sequences were even choreographed. In fact, you could make it a game to count how many minutes of this movie are just groups of people suspended in the air during a fight sequence (it's a bad amount of seconds).

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It may have started as a reboot of the iconic franchise, but it grew to be an icon of it's own; a true cultural phenomenon.

Playlist of the month

A camera phone is the autograph of the 21st Century

Era: 2000 - 2005

May contain explicit language!!

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HEY YA - Outkast DILEMMA - Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID - t.A.T.u GOLD DIGGER - Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx DON'T PHUNK WITH MY HEART - Black Eyed Peas SUPERSTAR - Jamelia PRETTY BOY - M2M LADY MARMALADE - Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, Pink CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD - Kylie Minogue RICH GIRL - Gwen Stefani ft. Eve CRAZY IN LOVE - Beyonce DON'T CHA - The Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes DROP IT LIKE ITS HOT - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell William WITHOUT ME - (The Real) Slim Shady

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