Happy New Year

Juliet Sulejmani | January 13, 2017

Can you believe we are almost two weeks into 2017 already!! Wowza!

My first post for 2017 and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and say thank you for your ongoing support and love throughout 2016.

The beginning of a new year is a great time for reflection and appreciation for the year that has passed and also a great time to think about the future, or even just the year ahead.

Here’s a quick little exercise:
Make a list, write a journal entry or a blog post, recapping all the highlights and lowlights of the year past. And then think about all the things you didn’t have time for, or things you’d like to do more of, these things can form into your goals for 2017.

There’s always so much hate regarding new years resolutions or goal setting and that makes me kind of sad, mainly because from my experience and my friends experiences, I’ve learnt that they are actually an important tool in realising your dreams, and help to make sure you have the chance to do all the things you love doing in your life. I’m reminded of this quote actually,

“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.

It sounds kind of harsh, but I’ve found that even just having a vague idea of things to achieve, it keeps the important things in the top of your mind. If you know me I’m all for spontaneity and going with the flow, but looking back on 2016, I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t really take any trips or really spend any time doing things just for me, so that’s something I’ll make a conscious effort to improve on in 2017.

The other thing is, you don’t have to wait for a new year to make new goals, it’s just a good marker, but I have a friend who uses his birthday as his reflection point. My birthday is in July, so it’s pretty much the halfway mark, and i’ve found I can use that marker to see how i’m going and see what i need to do to get closer to the goals, or even if I need to set new ones.

Last year I set my self the 100 Challenge: Read 100 books, watch 100 movies, make 100 recipes and try 100 places. I didn’t really make it to 100 in any of the categories, but in each category I did more than I ever have in any other year. And so, yes, I didn’t achieve my goal, but I don’t really see that as failing. In 2016 I read 43 books ( the most I’ve ever read in a year before this was 20), I stopped keeping track of the others but the last numbers I tracked are: 37 movies, 32 places and 16 recipes.

I’ve decided I’m going to attempt this crazy challenge again this year. At a minimum I have to beat last years number, but I will try my best to achieve 100% in each category.

My other goal is to document each thing i read/watch/make/visit here in the blog, so that will take the form of either a dedicated blog post or Juliet Journal entry.

I’d love to know what challenges/goals/resolutions you’ve either set or would like to set for yourself this year, leave me a comment below so I can read them!

Jx

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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The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | September 21, 2016

Girl on Fire

She wears her attitude on her feet.

Makes cool look easy.

On her way to dump her boring boyfriend.

Effortless denim x denim.

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GUCCI – Princetown Leather Slipper
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Building Block – Box Bag
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Nylons – Gold Star Studs
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ZARA – Denim Jacket and High-Waisted Button Jeans

 

Credit: Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani

List: Best Burgers in Melbourne 2016

Or…(more accurately) a compilation of many lists found online and written by hand by me.

Juliet Sulejmani | August 30, 2016

If you’re familiar with The Juliet Report, it will not come as a surprise to you that I LOVE BURGERS.

About two years ago I set out on a mission to eat all the burgers, and made THIS LIST which was an amazing idea.

Any time I was going out with my friends and needed a place to go, I would google search ‘The Juliet Report Best Burgers in Melbourne’ and my list would come up.

I also love lists and challenges so it was kind of a game and who doesn’t love a game, especially one that encourages you to eat more burgers.

At the moment we are living in the time of ‘The Burger Craze’, which means that Melbourne is exploding with places where you can eat burgers. This craze, obviously, has been my favourite one so far. I did enjoy the Mexican craze, and the crazy donut milkshake craze, not so into the American BBQ craze, but burgers, burgers is in my opinion the one that will stand the test of time. Because, be honest, how can you not love a burger.

So here, I present to you my The Juliet Report List: Best Burgers in Melbourne 2016

2016 Melbourne Burger List – Printable

Print it out and tick them off once you’ve gone there.

As a disclaimer, I have not been to all of them, I have been to about 12 of them, but people on the internet have included these places in their lists of best burgers in Melbourne.

If you have any suggestions of places not on the list, please comment below and inform me. I will be documenting my burger adventures on the blog as I experience them.

For those who have asked, my top 5, in no specific order (except for No 1, which is my all-time fave).

  1. Leondard House of Love
  2. Royale Brothers
  3. Mr Burger (Fed Square Truck)
  4. Grand Trailer Park Taverna
  5. 8 Bit

You’re welcome!

 

Jx

HIStory?

Eddie Cleaver | June 24, 2016

The Oxford English Dictionary defines history as “the branch of knowledge that deals with past events; the formal record or study of past events, especially human affairs”. It is the definitive record of human exploits throughout time.  We study history at school, we refer to it throughout life, we watch it in the making, we use it to learn lessons from the past, to use as a basis for progression and to record achievements, or failures. History gives us an opportunity to leave our mark on the world, to extend our story beyond our short lives. Being annulled into the realms of history allows us to live forever.

But isn’t history just a version of events? Recordings of those holding influence and power, those cultures who developed the written word, one of many versions of the reality of our past. There has been very little input into recorded history by 49.6% of the population for starters. To put so much reliance on historical record or to chase inclusion within it overlooks its most basic flaws. History is littered with inaccuracies, conflicting accounts, misinterpretation, personal influence, perjury, political and religious propaganda, guesswork even. To place so much emphasis on history seems absurd in today’s world of reliance on scientific study. Should it be put in the same category as story, fairytale, legend or religion? It would seem we should take history with a herculean pinch of salt.

Some influential humans live on, immortalised in history while others, many equally as influential, are forgotten. Why do we know of Darwin yet not Wallace, Tutankhamun yet not Hatshepsut, who was Cecilia Payne (the discovery of the elements which make up stars could seem to be of reasonable importance)?

Every scientific theory built upon the unrecognised steps of so many. Every war fought by the unquestioning loyalty of the humble infantryman or the advice of those less celebrated. What of the assistants and collaborators, mentors and supporters, those who often did the hard yards and dedicated their lives with little or no reward. They are lost in time, unable to be heard like ghosts searching for the afterlife.

There are many heroes, less so heroines, and always the obligatory villains. Often two sides of the same coin, just a change in lead characters. Who is the terrorist and who is the freedom fighter?

Do the realities of history even stand the test of time? We laud famous battles and leaders while forgetting the atrocities of war and colonisation. Are the achievements of a football team more important than those of Marie Curie? IMO they could be if that team is Liverpool FC. Is proving a somewhat tenuous genealogical link to Genghis Khan (a genetic test that is widely available) a badge of honour or a symbol of shame? Maybe it is an insight into the male psyche.

What if history tells us more than at first appears, what if history is more than a record of events over time. What if history is a record of what we want it to reflect, a reflection of our hopes and fears, our dreams and nightmares and most likely our egos and desires. It’s almost as if it was HIStory……….  

Dark Wonderland – Toni Maticevski

Juliet Sulejmani | May 6, 2016

If you thought the exhibitions at Bendigo Art Gallery couldn’t get any better, well, here’s news for you.

Bendigo Art Gallery has just announced Dark Wonderland, which will be Toni Maticevski‘s first ever exhibition. With work spanning over Toni Maticevski’s 20 year career, including objects from his early practice to his most recent work, the Monaco Gown worn by Princess Mary to the King’s 80th birthday, and the commissioned gold lame gown worn by Jessica Mauboy for Eurovision 2014.

Maticevski is one of Australia’s most talented fashion designers, who is also recognised internationally for his designs, and has created a body of work that is diverse and focused on ideas and creative challenges.

Karen Quinlan (Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery), commenting on the exhibition, said: “Toni Maticevski has managed to morph, adapt and defy the boundaries of fashion, crossing the line that divides fashion design with fine art. For anyone who has ever dreamed of wearing a masterpiece, this is a must-see exhibition,”

The exhibition opens 13 August  – 20 November 2016. Bendigo Art Gallery