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Onto new adventures

04/05/2016

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Hello friends, fellow adventurers and dreamers.

Instead of the usual inspiration and beautiful content that we usually post, I’m going to give you something a little different. Tell you something that I should have told a month ago.

So, to my wonderful friends who enjoy our journey and share with us in the adventure called life, the news is simply this. I (Vess) quit my job last month. Val did share it a little about this in her beautiful blog post A Cinderella Story

Honestly, telling people did prove to be difficult, some took it as a surprise, some were concerned that I was let go. But all had the same questions, “Why” and “What’s next?”

Why? Well the reason why is actually accumulation of a couple of factors that include, podcasts, entrepreneur women and Taylor Swift. Okay, so maybe those accumulated at the tipping point. For those who know, I was working full time as an illustrator and graphic designer at smash enterprises for the past two years. First job out of uni, I was so blessed to have a job in my field! Considering that I knew that others weren’t so fortunate. If I could sum up the lead up to my leaving it would be simply this. That all the times that we shared with you to follow your dreams, to chase adventure and to create beauty in everything, I guess that I started to believe it myself. I found myself looking at my job and questioning if that’s exactly what I want to be doing for the years to come, whether there was something else that I loved to do more. I felt this itching to learn more and to push myself further. I found myself reading interviews with designers and listening to podcasts and the idea of taking risks just stood out in my mind. And I went to the Taylor Swift concert and heard her sing songs that she wrote cause they meant something to her, and I thought, well, why not, why not give myself permission to take that step into my dreams? Didn’t I always believe that the most important thing in the world to me is to create work that touched others hearts? Could I do it?lose sight of the shore quote

So I handed in my resignation, had a farewell lunch and wiped my tears away as I drove away from the office which had been my design home for the past two years. And I moved to the second question, “what’s next?”

But to answer that, it’s going to have to be a whole other blog post.

I’ll also be sharing some of the books, websites and podcasts that helped me come to terms with what I wanted to do and gave me courage and understanding to do it.

So as I close this chapter and take with me the memories and lessons learnt from that stage in my life, I’m signing off as one who can honestly tell you that chasing your dreams is damn scary, but it’s worth it.

 

 

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Golden The Exhibition

01/11/2015
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“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but is one who inspires others.”
Salvador Dali

One of the most beautiful things in life is when humanity gathers together to do something amazing. Such in the case of Golden the Exhibition. A night of collaboration, creativity, vision and gathering for a cause, it was a night that saw makers and creators band together to support Headspace, an organisation that cares for youth mental health. Having personally had friends who have been effected with mental health issues, we know how important it is to support those who are going through such a journey.

And that’s what Golden did. With art on the walls available for purchase and artists creating live pieces on the night, all proceeds from any of the sales went to Headspace. Not only backing their work, but also giving the public the chance to discuss mental illness and to show their support for those effected by it.

 We got the chance to speak to the organiser of the event, the wonderful typographer, illustrator and all round lovely person; Kate Pullen.

1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a sagittarius who can’t drink caffeine, enjoys movies with incredibly bad special effects, and who has developed a worrying love of gardening.
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2) Your lettering has quite become a signature feature, what is it about lettering you love the most? 
I didn’t fully realise this until recently but I think, for me, the attraction to lettering has been more about storytelling than anything else. As a kid I was a really big reader and there’s nothing quite like getting completely lost in someone else’s adventure. So much so that it begins to feel like your own.
3) Golden was an amazing event what was the motivation behind holding such an event? And where does the name “Golden” derive from?
Thank you! It was incredibly overwhelming to see so many people there on the night, in the best way possible. I had wanted to be part of something like Golden for quite a while; I wanted the opportunity to work on something bigger than myself, involve myself in the community, and raise awareness for an issue I am incredibly passionate about. The idea of ‘Golden’ was centred around peeling back layers, and acknowledging that we often only see a small part of each person.
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4) Your passion for headspace and mental health is inspiring, where does your passion come from?
Unfortunately, mental health affects a staggering amount of people. Even if you yourself haven’t experienced it directly, it is quite likely that you have watched as a friend, colleague or family member has struggled. However, despite the alarming stats out there, I believe there continues to be a stigma around mental ill-health, and this is something we all need to continually work on. Mental wellbeing, and health in general, is paramount and I think continuing to talk about it openly, and support those organisations which provide help to those in need, is incredibly important.
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5) Why do you think mental health is important in the arts?
I think mental health is important in all areas, and that includes the arts. One thing that does bother me about creativity and mental health is the continued glorification of ‘the tortured artist’; that, somehow, great work is only born out of periods of great pain. Don’t get me wrong, I believe everything we experience informs our work – and that includes struggles of course – but it isn’t a prerequisite to creating more meaningful pieces, and we should be encouraged to look after ourselves.
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6) Finally what responsibility do you think artists/artisans have in supporting charities or movements? 
I can only speak for myself and for me, I wanted to be able to use the skills that I have to help others; I’m not a social worker or a psychologist, but perhaps I could use the tools I have to help them in their work.
Thanks to Kate and to all the incredible artists who donated work on the night! We’re amazed when we see people caring for others. The impact you have goes beyond what you know or could ever believe.
For more information on the artists featured on the night please visit The Golden Exhibition website
For more information on Headspace or to find out how you can support youth mental health please visit the Headspace website
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GRATITUDE: Thankyou

12/11/2014
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Hello Dear Friends,

In light of many of the daily stresses that we have, Vess and I both have tried to develop a habit of Gratitude in our lives. To not only be more appreciative for the things around us but also to change our perspective and to gain clarity, especially when the stresses and worries of this world seem to choke us of our joy.

Here are some ways tips and tricks we’ve found to do with gratitude!

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INSPIRATIONAL LIFT

01/09/2014
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Hello fellow Dreamers, Creatives and Explorers!

We would like to welcome you to the month of September! As we warmly greet the start of Melbourne Spring time, of longer days and warmer mornings, we also acknowledge  that half of 2014 is now behind us.

At this time of year, what we have encountered, people who either; have dreams, are working towards their dreams, or are still yet to discover what their dream might be.

For most of us, we may be nearing the end of a school year, a university semester, another job, or even a big adventure. And all too often we can find ourselves at a bit of a crossroads, concerning where we see ourselves or whether our present circumstances match to our dreams.

As we ourselves (Val and Vess!) are in the midst of a first job, two internships and freelance work, we have been lucky enough to be encouraged and inspired along the way. The journey to reaching ones dreams is not dependent on simply luck and good fortunate (although it is always welcomed) but is often filled with resilience, questioning, self evaluation and persistence.It takes courage and bravery, not in a loud robust way, but in a quiet independent strength that comes from an unshakable hope that your dreams will someday become a reality.

So that’s what we want to do. This month, you question your future in Year 12, as you work in that internship, as you send numerous job applications, we want to be there for you. We want to remind you everyday, that you have the capacity to be who you desire to be and create all that you have dreamt in your imagination. We want to be there for you, to provide you with stories of hope and passion, stories of people who have “done it too”. We want you to come here and be motivated and refreshed, especially when the times get tough. You can do it. We want you to. 🙂

With Love
Val and Vess

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VANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling.  She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram

 

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VALERIE BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Melbourne. 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.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 

 

What you can expect this month:

Inspiring through Instagram
We are planning on FLOODING Instagram with Inspirational quotes, drawings and pictures to LIFT your spirit and INSPIRE the people around you!  We want to create a movement of go-getters. People who want to see others chase their passions and believe in their dreams. Please do feel free to regram/repost/retweet! Let’s do this together!

Every Wednesday
You can count on an amazing feature post showcasing the work of AMAZING people. Stories of an accountant and designer opening their own waffle business, two young Canadians travellling through Australia and Europe, innovators, travellers, photographers, inventors and designers, we are planning to connect you with a bunch of people to inspire all of us to never give up on our dreams.