I've been tagged by sweetie blogger Moon Faces. I first read this list of questions over on Daydream Lily and it's grown considerably since then! If this is your kind of thing then I hope you enjoy my ramblings. I've added photos and bits and pieces to spice it up a bit. (There is a music widget in here too so you might want to turn down the volume if you are at work) Here we go...
I quite often look like this
What is your current obsession?
Blogging. Finding awesome art and design of all persuasions and sharing it with like-minded people. Plus the international chatter Blogging nourishes and the people you meet.
What is your weirdest obsession?
I have a love affair with my doona / duvet / comforter / quilt.
What are you wearing today?
My El Dia de los Muertos tee and yoga pants. Being a slug today - doing some design work.
What's for dinner?
Not sure yet. I'm a diehard fan of simple Italian and Mexican food. Favorite dish is pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes, wilted baby spinach, olive oil, parmesan cheese and garlic, salt & pepper to season.
Why is today special?
My new DSLR camera arrived! I'm resisting the urge to rip open the packaging and try it out. Got to finish some work first (I'm answering these questions in between email correspondence - being good honest! - can't believe I haven't caved in yet).
What would you like to learn to do?
Play the piano and guitar. I have a beautiful Yamaha acoustic guitar sitting in my room that is getting no love! I'm so obsessed with art and blogging right now. If anyone knows a really good video podcast on iTunes or YouTube I'd love to know!!!
What are you listening to right now?
Little Birdy. I'm going to see them live in a few weeks, so I'm brushing up on the tunes. Very excited - Katy Steele is an amazing live performer.
What's the last thing you bought?
My camera. Before that I put some cash down on a pre-order for Little Birdy's new album.
What is your favorite weather?
I don't know if it's because I'm totally sentimental, but I love cool, crisp, misty weather out in the country. Donning a warm and toasty duffle coat, scarf and (my new) Wellie boots. And then coming home to a woodfire and curling up under a blanket with my cat to read a book.
What is your most challenging goal right now?
Balancing design work, blogging and artwork. I haven't been near my sketches for a while now and it's driving me a little batty - got so many ideas I want to get lost in. I usually need to be isolated from any distractions to do my art - that's why I don't like really like having a phone. But I'm getting there!
What do you think about the person who tagged you?
She has a cool blog and more people should read it!
If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
London. Everyone thinks I'm boring for saying that - but I'd like to be near where my Dad grew up, get lost in all the history and work in a converted warehouse with loads of other inspiring artists.
What would you like to have in your hands right now?
A sandwich. I haven't eaten today. I keep forgetting.
What would you like to get rid of?
All the junk taking up space around me! I want to move into a studio workspace soon and transfer all my art materials and books there (and get a massive table to work on). I'm living in a shoebox and I look like a hoarder!
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
On a train ride somewhere scenic - in a really comfy old-fashioned sleeper locomotive. How very Harry Potter of me.
Which language(s) do you want to learn?
French for love. Spanish for fighting.
What do you look for in a friend?
Patience, humour and a good ear.
Who do you want to meet right now?
I dunno. Can't think of anyone.
What is your favorite color?
Stupid thing is I'm obsessed with colour - all of them! And somehow I end up wearing black, white and grey. Go figure.
What are your favorite pieces of clothing in your closet?
My new Wittner gladiatrix heels, all my leggings, and an old grey light-denim peacoat that just seems to go with everything.
Tiah Eckhardt At RAFW - Brooke Benson SS 08
What is your dream job?
Being an artist. Which I am. I love it. (Still at the poor, starving stage, but happy!)
Any favorite model?
I didn't know how to answer this at first. I can't keep up with all the latest models - and I'm not really too bothered to do so (I can just check out Kelly Smith's beautiful illustrations if I need to know who's hot right now!). But then I remembered coming across Aussie model Tiah Eckhardt some time ago (face of Wheels & Dollbaby). Totally outrageous and unconventional.
If you had $1oo now, what would you spend it on?
Clothes. I've got my eye on a maxi dress at Sportsgirl. And I really need some new jeans.
Sass&Bide - nearly everything they design. And I seem to pick out togs from Balmain when I'm creating over on Polyvore - so there must be something in that. Back home, I'm impressed with the style my friend Brooke Benson has created with her label. She goes against the tide and is truly creative - which is refreshing amongst all the samey-samey looks going around some of the top designers.
Your favorite thing right now?
My Wacom Bamboo tablet. It's the teeniest size on offer and not one of the professional ones - but I'm still so glad that I got this for Xmas. It has revolutionized my artwork enormously.
Fashion pet peeve?
The idea that there are an elite few who really know fashion and style. Everyone wears clothes and everyone expresses themselves through what they wear. It's all a bunch of nonsense really - which is why I'm looking forward to Fashion Palette this week - breaking down some of the barriers and sharing info and inspiration. About time!
Do you admire anyone's style?
I love people like Dita von Teese with her retro, burlesque look. So many Rockabilly fashionistas have incredible style and polish - and there are lots of curves being flaunted! On the rocker front I'm a fan of LA tattooist Kat von D - she fully embraces leggings, massive platforms, oversize sunnies and raunches up her makeup like nobody's business.
Describe your personal style?
Depends on my mood. I seem to wear a lot of black without intending to. I like a mix of grunge, punk. Sexed-up casual I guess. My favorite outfit recently, which epitomizes my style, was a black 20s fringe flapper dress with black tights and my gladiatrix heels, all dressed down with my grey peacoat. I didn't take a bag out that night - so I walked around with my hands stuffed in the pockets of my coat, strutting down the street with the fringe flicking out the bottom. Kinda devil-may-care vibe going on. Must take an action shot of that outfit. Loved it.
What is your favorite TV show?
I don't always watch a lot of TV these days. But I'm always up for LA or London Ink on cable. And I've a total weakness for good crime shows like Criminal Minds.
What are you reading right now?
The Dante Trap by Arnaud Delalande - it's set it Venice in 1756. It's a crime fiction with a DaVinci Code vibe going on. If you know what Dante's Inferno is then you'll know what I mean.
Tell us 3 random facts about yourself:
- I was born in Hong Kong;
- I'm left handed;
- I want to live in a converted warehouse studio apartment - NY style - distressed walls, an old lift, open-space filled with an art table and easels and a big queen bed with fluffy white pillows that never gets made.