Pen, Paper and Prosecco at The Larwill Studio – Part Two

Juliet Sulejmani | December 07, 2016

On Saturday the 27th of November I hosted an illustration workshop in partnership with The Art Series Hotel Group. The workshop was held in The Larwill Studio Event space and we enjoyed some Prosecco from Brown Brothers, personalised cookies from Sweet Mickie and beautiful cheese and fruit platters from Smith and Singleton.

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It was an incredibly fun afternoon of creativity, creating and play and I enjoyed every minute of it, and everyone left feeling inspired and more motivated to experiment and create more in their daily lives.

In the workshop I focussed mainly on my personal experience with creating and illustrating and emphasised that it is our personal experiences, our own lives and also regular practice that ends up defining our personal style and approach to our illustration or art.

I encouraged the class to have a more free and relaxed approach to illustrating and to not be so focussed on recreating exact replicas of what they are drawing but to spend time connecting with an item, to notice and appreciate it’s beauty and all its characteristics. Then translating that into marks and gestures onto the page.

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What normally is a solitude practice for me, working daily mostly from my studio, was so much more magical, by being surrounding by other creative and like minded people, each creating their own works of art.

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The Larwill Studio also played a big part in the enjoyment of the workshop with the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the greenery of the parkland that surrounds the building and the inspiring space filled with artwork by David Larwill.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the workshop come to life and to all the beautiful people who attended and let me help inspire them to create more.

Jx

 

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Gut Bacteria is the new black

Tamie Cleaver | November 23 2016

Gut bacteria is the new black, super cool, suits every shape and size, it can even make you look skinny!

Discussions on gut bacteria are popping up all over the place, debating its health benefits, disease preventing properties, and its contribution toward combating depression.

The importance of a healthy gut, packed full of healthy happy gut bacteria, becomes evident when you understand that 80% of the body’s immune system is found in the gut.

It’s a pretty epic job being an immune system, you’re in a constant battle to keep the body alive and well, fighting off infections, viruses, bad bacteria, you’re even battling cancer cells. All with so little fuss, the human you’re protecting is barely even aware of the war you’re waging on their microscopic enemies.

Ironically, you only really become aware of your gut bacteria when it’s no longer functioning properly. The first you’ll know of this is when your immune system breaks down and you start getting sick. Those relentless cycles of cold and flu, that sore throat, digestive issues, feeling over stressed. Even seemingly innocuous problems like bad skin, all signs that there’s an issue with your immune system.  Then there’s the big stuff, our immune system keeps our cells in check, unregulated cells mutate, which can lead to the development of cancer cells.

So why do we treat our gut bacteria, the home of our immune system, so badly? It’s because we don’t fully understand how it works.

So here’s a quick guide to get you jump started towards a healthy gut.

You inherit your gut bacteria from your mother. You pick it up as you descend down the birthing canal and also from breast milk. Often babies who are born by caesarean or aren’t breast fed have problems with their immune system from day one, including developing allergies early in life. The good news is that we can re stock our gut bacteria, we can also repair and improve it, this is where pro and prebiotics come in to play.  

Probiotics are what give your gut the good bacteria. Imagine they are the sapling you plant to grow good gut bacteria. Prebiotics are what feed the good bacteria, nourishment to support its growth.

It is actually that simple.

Now, there are a few major things we’re doing wrong by our immune system. Firstly we’ve forgotten where it comes from; secondly we’ve forgotten how to feed it. Most worryingly, we’re killing it off. Antibiotics kill all bacteria with no discrimination between good and bad. We all understand the need for antibiotics, some bacterial infections are downright deadly and need to be dealt with, but we’re taking them too regularly, and often unnecessarily. When we do take them we’re not taking precautions to replace then feed the good bacteria that’s left, we’re not getting our immune system back on track. You can see the cycle of harm here, we take antibiotics to kill infection, which weakens our immune system leaving us vulnerable to infection…..and so on.  Antibiotics are also in our food, fed to farm animals to keep them alive in sometimes dubious conditions, and once they’re in farm animals, they’re in our food chain.

So, here’s what you do, you need to get probiotics and prebiotics into your diet on a regular basis. It’s as simple as incorporating a mixture of a few simple foods into your weekly food plan. Try these for starters, I guarantee you’ll look and feel 10 years younger in no time.  

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Probiotic Foods

Kefir
Sauerkraut
Kimchi
Kombutcha
Raw Cheeses
Miso
Sourdough Bread
Tempeh
Pickled Gherkins

Prebiotic Foods

Chicory
Garlic
Spring onion
Leeks
Onions
Jerusalem Artichoke
Dandelion Greens
Avocado
Peas
Apple Cider Vinegar
Asparagus
Bananas

Generally if you eat a diet high in dietary fibre, your gut will love you, plus, as a nice added bonus, bad bacteria cannot process prebiotics, so you’re only doing good for your body by eating them.

The Juliet Journal: Book Wish List

Juliet Sulejmani | November 22 2016

Bookstores are one of my favourite places, I could literally spend hours in them. I like to see what’s on the shelves and tables, I like to check out the new books, and move along the aisles looking for something I don’t know I need yet. I made a post about a year ago, HERE, called ‘Looking For Answers’. I usually always find answers to things in books.

On my way home last night I made a detour to Readings Bookstore in Carlton. And so here is a list of all the books I took a photo of that I want to buy:

I ended up purchasing ‘Perfumes The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’, and then continued on my way home.

Jx

The Juliet Journal: Where are you getting your information from?

Juliet Sulejmani | November 19, 2016

The other day I listened to THIS podcast on Design Matters with Debbie Millman. Debbie interviewed Steven Watson of Stack Magazines, which is a magazine subscription company that sends out a different independent magazine each month.

The podcast was particularly inspiring to me because it touched on something that has been lingering on my mind lately and something that has been affecting me creatively. And that is, information. Information that I am consuming and where I am getting my information from.

Part of my problem has been that I have had so much work lately, that I haven’t been able to discover new things like I’m used to. I haven’t spent enough time with friends, I haven’t read many books or watched any new films. I have just been sitting in my studio continuously refreshing my instagram feed and twitter feed, and I’ve found that even though the images I get from instagram can be inspiring, there really is no substance in most of them or any nourishing information.

In the podcast, Debbie and Steven both talk about how in the current time, we feel like we have the whole world at our fingertips, however what we actually get is filtered information. When you do a Google Search, Google guesses the things you hear about, and when you’re searching for something, it’s something you already know about, or you go directly to your favourite writers, ignoring everyone else, or even the constant stream of things shared on facebook by the people you follow and depending on who you follow on ig, it can create the illusion that that is the only thing going on in the world at the moment.

The point is basically that there is less chance of you discovering something new or being surprised by something, and as Steven says in the podcast “[we are]…reinforcing the prejudices and ideas that we already have”.

And, besides his obvious love of magazines, this is kind of where Steven’s idea for Stack Magazines comes from. They mention in the podcast a blog post by Wired columnist Russell Davies “…he recommended in that post that a good way to stay interesting as a person was to read a different magazine every week”.

So the idea is that if you read a different magazine each week, on a genre that you don’t really know much about, you will be opened up to many different perspectives, points of views and you will have the opportunity to stumble across new and potentially inspiring information.

So, in conclusion, I will be reviewing the accounts I follow on social (If you have any suggestions of people I should follow leave a comment below), trying to get out more, I’m a little less busy now which is great, and I will buy and read a new magazine each week. Woo.

Until next time friends!

Jx

 

The Juliet Journal: Intro

Juliet Sulejmani | November 18, 2016

 

One thing leads to one thing that leads to another thing that leads to more things and more things lead to everything. Super fantastic, am I right?

 The more you think the more you notice, the more you notice, the more you understand, the more you understand the more you learn.

 What am I talking about? I’m talking about life. I’m talking about inspiration. I’m talking about ideas, knowledge, people, things, books. I’m talking about everything.

And that ‘s exactly it, everything. That’s what The Juliet Journal is about.

 It’s a separate ‘category’ on The Juliet Report, where I will share whatever thing I have thought or discovered on that day. No format, no rules. Kind of stream of consciousness. Just whatever is inspiring me or what is on my mind. So pretty much more of this. Cool!

Jx

 PS. Talking about one thing leading to another thing…earlier I was on Hetty McKinnon’s Website Arthur Street Kitchen, and then I read her journal, and then was inspired, and then emailed her to tell her I was inspired, and then further conversation lead to this (The Juliet Journal). Fantastic.

DRESDEN: Eyewear and Eyecare

Juliet Sulejmani | November 17, 2016

Dresden
225 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
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“Organic but technical. Playful and functional.”

That is how Dresden describe themselves, and that is exactly what they are.

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Personally I don’t wear prescription glasses (the do also sell sunglasses), but I do know many people who do. I’ve seen people; lose their glasses, break the arms of their glasses, express their style with their glasses, spend a lot of money on glasses, and I’ve seen people go without wearing glasses because they can’t afford to pay for said glasses. So I kind of know what it’s all about.

I feel like Dresden is here for all those people. Dresden provide a service and product that is so practical, affordable, accessible, thoughtful, high quality and colourful.

Their glasses come in a wide range of colours, with interchangeable arms (you get an unlimited supply of pins (for free) with your purchase of glasses), the glasses are fully recyclable and are all made in Australia. So you don’t have to feel bad when you have to replace them. They also have a range that is created using milk bottle lids and plastic rubbish that has washed up on Byron Bays shores.

The staff are fully knowledgeable and can help you in store with all your optical needs. I actually called the store to check up on some details and after talking to a staff member I am thinking about going in for a full eye exam ( you can get one for $71), because they don’t just check your vision but the full health of your eyes. And with the amount of screen time I’m giving them these days I think they probably deserve that.

Jx