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vickie yo

06/07/2015
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VICKIE YO
CREATIVE INSPIRATION
@vickie_yo

This baker, cookie maker and pun extraordinare has been taking the Instagram world by storm with her cute and quirky creative ventures.  Since uploading her cookies to Instagram, she has baked for a huge array of clients such as; Magnum, Celebrate with Avery, Babble, One Fine Baby, Hooray Mag and collab-ed with some other cool chicks; Bakeddown Cakery and Katherine Sabbath. We caught up and created this fun films for you to enjoy and we also asked her a few questions about her journey, why she bakes and where her creativity comes from.

1) When do you start baking and creating cookies? 
I’ve had an interest in baking since high school, but throughout school and university, in addition to work and other commitments, I rarely found the time to bake. After graduating a course I didn’t enjoy, and no full time job, baking became an outlet for me, and I have been addicted ever since!

Raindrops from Big Picture Stuff on Vimeo.

2) We’ve seen you explode all across Instagram and even a feature on Buzzfeed! How has Instagram/social media played a part on your creativity? 

It’s definitely opened up many opportunities, which has encouraged me to create more! I’ve had the chance to work with small businesses, collaborate with other bakers and creatives, and even sell my baked goods on a regular basis. This has indubitably made me a lot more open minded, and therefore having a more refined creative process. vickie

3) Cuteness and shapes seem to be a huge factor in your creativity! Is it hard to always come up with new ideas and where do you get your inspiration from?
I have a ‘to bake’ list, but I find that I revise it quite often! Sometimes I’ll have an idea, but the execution doesn’t go to plan; other times I’ll find it challenging to think of any good ideas at all! I tend to ask friends and family for advice too, which definitely helps my creative process!
Inspiration for my work can come from anywhere and anything! This can range from street art I see down an alley, a pattern on an item of clothing, pop culture, colours from nature, as well as the work of other bakers, designers and creatives.

4) We’ve also seen you’ve done some amazing collaborations, especially with other well known bakers. What’s been your most favourite collaboration so far?
I think it will have to be the recent Studio Ghibli themed cake from my collaboration with Jen (@bakedowncakery). I sent my cookies up to Sydney, where Jen adorned an incredible 3-tier cake with them.
I also loved working on the stop motion videos with you two! Hopefully there will be more to come in the not so distant future.

SushiWrapping from Big Picture Stuff on Vimeo.

5) Have you been surprised with the response on social media to your cookies? What do you think is the most appealing aspect about your punny work?
Definitely! When I started sharing my baked goods on Instagram, I didn’t expect anyone besides my friends and family to even look at my work!
I think food and colour can both attract attention quite easily – which are two main features of my Instagram feed. Adding a little bit of humour is just the cherry on top!

6) Do you have any advice for budding bakers/photographers/creatives?
Don’t get too down on yourself if things don’t go as planned, as there is always something new to learn! Just be patient and persevere, because you will definitely get better with experience.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and initiate collaborations! It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, share ideas, and even help each other out with personal projects.

I-like-the-way-you-roll-music from Big Picture Stuff on Vimeo.

art, fashion, friends of BPS, photography, portraits

FRIENDS OF BPS – NATALIE TIRANT

03/08/2014
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Photography: Natalie Tirant, Hannah Pho (K I N G D O M.)
Stylist: Hannah Pho (K I N G D O M.)
MUA: Livia Lia

Hello friends!

We’re always getting a little bit excited about talent and creativity over here at Big Picture Stuff. So when we first encountered Natalie‘s incredible works of art, it was a bit of a party. Natalie is a Melbourne based creative who’s primary medium is photography, however, to just call her a photographer is a bit of an understatement!

A photoshop genius, a collage extradinare, Natalie produces pieces of art that carry thoughtfulness and meaning that captivates the eye and challenges the mind.

Natalie Tirant.

1. When did you start photography and how did you start?

I think the first time I ever really picked up a camera was during high school, where we had the opportunity of learning the ropes of the darkroom. I pretty much fell in love with photography, and the beauty of it. My first real camera was a second hand Canon DSLR that I bought off my Aunty – who was also a big influence in sparking my interest in photography. I kind of kept it as a hobby until I reached University to study Fine Art, and decided to major in Photo-media.

2. Your photographs are a mixture of Fine Art and photography, where does your inspiration come from?

My strongest influences come from the Surrealists and the Dadaists, whereby the strange, the confronting and the unknown are prevalent characteristics of the movements. My photography experiments with notions surrounding the gendered body, the human form and distortion. I draw heavily on the idea of collage and am inspired by artists including Pat Brassington, Man Ray, Hannah Höch and John Stezaker.

3. Where will we see you in a couple of year’s time?

It’s really hard to say, there are so many directions that I see my practice heading towards. There is an abundance of ideas that I want to explore in terms of my research and practice. Ultimately I want to push the boundaries and concepts of my work and see where it leads me. In the mean time, I am trying to build my practice, and enjoy working and collaborating with other artists and photographers.

4. What advice would you give aspiring photographers?

Don’t stop taking photographs and experimenting with your camera!

Thanks so much Natalie for collaborating with Big Picture Stuff and we’re excited to see more of your incredible work!

NATNatalie Tirant- Featured Artist
An artist based in Melbourne specialising in photography, fine art and collage, Natalie creates work that is both captivating and thought provoking. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and has had work published in publications such as NEUW in store magazine. She has also recently exhibited her first solo show at Rubicon Ari 11.

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art, England, photography, travel

Daisy Chains

12/06/2014
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Model: Rachael Defoe (from Suitcase home) 
Photography: Valerie Bong 
Location: Oxford

Hey there!

Having been apart from Vess for the past six months have been difficult. Not having my design buddy, photographer and convenient fashion model has created a very large ‘Vess shaped’ hole in my life. It’s been challenging to whip out my camera, to write blog posts and to think creatively when I don’t have my creative partner in crime with me.

Despite the void that Vess has created in my life, I’ve been so blessed to have my friends to help me get through it. Rach being one of them. Always up for supporting Big Picture Stuff and encouraging out writing, photography and design antic, she is one valued friend.

Feeling reflective today as I read back on my last blog post Munich: Travel thoughts.  It seems that I may need to apply and take a piece of my own advice. Why you may ask?  Well, I am embarking on a new journey. One that will hopefully push my out of my comfort zones, force me to be self reliant and hopefully leave me a better and more wiser individual. (Or leave me with stories of countless of unfortunate circumstances).

This is amazing journey is….that I am going solo travelling around Europe for the first time! I know, may travellers have gone before me and done solo travelling. Some even prefer it. But being a twin from a close knit family it is very rare that I am completely on my own, with no one to back me up or to help me on the way.  I’m anticipating some great stories to tell of typical ‘Val moments’ and excited to share the stories I obtain, things I discover as I attempt to make my way across Portugal, Italy and France.

I’m sure it’ll be as delightful as these daisies decorating Rach’s head!

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val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

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