David Hockney NGV – ART

Juliet Sulejmani | March 07, 2017

David Hockney : Current
11 NOV 16-13 MAR 16

As I walked into and through the David Hockney: Current exhibition on White Night, a recurring thought that I’ve been having, was ever so pleasantly answered.

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It is more of a question that I’ve been thinking about ever since deciding to pursue an illustration/art career. And that is, if the greats, like say, Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh… were alive today, how would they embrace modern technology? Would they use illustrator, photoshop? Would they use their iPad or iPhone apps to create their art? Would they have used Social Media, and if so, how?

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So you can’t even begin to imagine how delighted I was to see, upon first stepping into the NGV David Hockney exhibition, on the wall in front of me, rows of iPods transitioning through numerous paintings Hockney has created using either his iPhone, or iPad. Hundreds, upon hundreds of paintings, it was just incredible. And I said to myself, this is it, this is what they would do. Create, create, create. Hockney himself has said “…Picasso would have gone mad on this, doesn’t know an artist who wouldn’t”. Something that amuses Hockney is the fact that, drawing was going out of style and the iPhone is responsible for bringing drawing back. Which is 100% true.

The story goes that Hockney’s older sister Margaret Hockney was the first person to encourage him to use the computer after she retired and bought herself one. He first started to use his iPhone to draw in 2009, and then in 2010 started using an iPad. Hockney has a large pocket inside every suit he owns in which he would keep his sketchbook, however now it has been replaced with his iPad. He loves that with the iPhone and iPad it’s like having an endless sheet of paper. He can document his observations of the mundane things in his life using his iPad and it’s easy, fast, there is no drying time and no cost in doing so.

Walking through the exhibition is like what it would be like to go through someones journal. You get this fantastic insight into his world, his curious  nature, and it is very obvious that he loves what he does.

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My favourite part of the exhibition is the series titled ’82 portraits and 1 still life’. You may be wondering why it’s not 83 portraits, or why 1 still life. The friend he had coming in that day for her portrait couldn’t make it, so he painted some fruit and vegetables instead. The portraits were all done in his LA Studio using acrylic paint, they were all painted on the same size canvas and he spent three days painting each one. None of the portraits were commissioned, instead he invited his family, friends and acquaintances into his studio so he could paint their portraits, but he didn’t tell them what to wear or how to pose. He respects the individuality of each person and wanted that to show that in the series.

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I loved seeing the diversity in Hockney’s work and skill. The exhibition features a wide range of work Hockney has completed in the last ten years including, paintings, his digital drawings, photographs and video works. I also loved the vibrancy of the colours in his work, it makes you feel happy and joyous while you’re there and even thinking about the exhibition makes me smile.

David Hockney:Current is on at the NGV daily until the 13th of March, so if you still haven’t seen it or like me want to see it again you have six left to go and see it!

And to celebrate the closing of this incredible exhibition, the NGV are holding a special event on Saturday Night. There will be an exhibition talk and a live performance by musical-comedy legends Tripod. Links below for more info or tickets.

NGV – David Hockney – Saturday Night
NGV – David Hockney – Current
David Hockney Website


Image Credits:
Illustration by me Juliet Sulejmani
1, 2 and 3: Installation view of David Hockney: Current at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
© David Hockney Inc.
4 and 5: David Hockney in his studio in Los Angeles, April 2016 Photo: Shaughn and John


Edwina McCann joins Instagram – FASHION

Juliet Sulejmani | March 06, 2017

Vogue’s Editor in Chief Edwina McCann Joins Instagram

It was a joyous moment when I discovered via @vogueaustralia’s instagram stories that the Edwina McCann is now on Instagram. Of course I instantly followed her, and am intrigued by the approach she is taking. McCann’s instagram bio reads:

“Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia curating life and fashion through the imagery of Vogue.
Follow Stories for my world in fashion on the run.”

I bet you’re wondering what her first instagram post was…


@edwinamccann has now made it’s way to my top list of Fashion Instagram Accounts to follow. The stories that she has posted so far have been super insightful and are exactly the things that I want to see and know about. I must also say, the kind of documentation of her days at Paris Fashion Week, has been exactly what I would imagine from an Editor-in-Chief at Vogue. Chic, aspirational, informative, exciting, genuine, and just enough to let you keep dreaming about what her life would be like
Here are some examples of the Insta Stories she shares:

  • They’re aspirational: We’ve seen videos from the Front Row of Paris Fashion Week Shows like, YSL and those sparkly boots everyone can’t get enough of, Dior’s Navy show, Balenciaga, there is an air of luxury and glamour, there is no over-sharing, just little bites that leave you wanting more
  • Behind the scenes: You see Christine Centenera being swarmed by street style photographers, a video of Alek Wek and what she thought of her exit in the Balenciaga show, Backstage with Demna after his stand out Balenciaga Show
  • Interesting info: A quote from the Dior show “Among all the colours, navy blue is the only one which can ever compete with black, it has all the same qualities” – Christian Dior, Song playing at Dior: Blue Moon, The tiny Balenciaga invite plus spoon, Celebrating @mrstreetpeeper’s birthday with a shot of the man himself, Phil Oh and Christine Centenera, @catmcneil’s new haircut
  • The Life Of Edwina: Deciding on whether to wear High or low boots, Having shoe envy after seeing Centenera’s “higher, red fabulous new Balenciaga shoes”, Going for a run in Paris before the shows, Having lunch at Chez Julien Est.1738.

…and more.

I’m currently in the middle of reading Alexandra Shulman’s book Inside Vogue, which is a diary of her 100th year at British Vogue, and I feel like what I’m seeing in Edwina McCann’s posts is just like what I’m learning about Alexandra Shulman from her book. And it’s fantastic. As a fashion lover, and Vogue lover, this is the kind of fashion insight we have always dreamed of having. So I recommend you totally check out @edwinamccann.

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Vogue Australia March 2017 Issue

Here’s a bit of info on McCann and aside from her obvious magazine duties, here are some of the things she has been involved with in her career at Vogue so far.

Edwina McCann took over as Editor in Chief in 2012, after holding the same role at Harpers Bazaar for a number of years.

In 2016 McCann launched Vogue Codes, and hosted a seminar and a column including regular articles focussing on helping to empower women through technology.

In 2015 McCann was awarded the top spot on the ranking of ‘Australia’s 30 most powerful women in media.

In 2014 McCann was responsible for launching The Australian Fashion Chamber and holds the position of Chair. The Australian Fashion Chamber, similar to the British Fashion Council and Council of the Fashion Designers of America, is aimed at supporting and nurturing our local designers and helping them achieve access both locally and internationally.

Here are some links for you to check out:

Edwina McCann Instagram
Vogue Australia Instagram
Vogue Australia on Youtube
Vogue Australia Website

Hottest 100 2017

Gracie Crowley | January 26, 2016

Happy Hottest 100 Day everybody! This is probably my favourite day of the entire year, and it really hasn’t a great deal to do with Australia Day. More of the fact that I get to sit for hours and listen to wonderful music from all over the world, voted in by us! What makes this year particularly exciting is there is a incredible amount of votes that are for Australian Artists – from all different cultural backgrounds -which shows how much growth is taking place inside the Australian Music Industry which hopefully make us all very happy and proud. As follows are my Hottest 100 votes. I’ve ranked them from 10 to 1 for dramatic effect and ramble a little on why I’ve ranked them as such. Please remember that this is my own personal opinion, and I’d love to hear what your top picks were and why below!

10) Band of Skulls – Killer

These humans stole my heart when I was about 13 years old and played ‘the Funeral’ on repeat in my bedroom. From then on I’ve always had a soft spot for the English rockers. Killer is from their latest album By Default and this particular song hits all my soft spots, good lyrics, a unique sound, and I genuinely cannot fault it.

9) Glass Animals – The Other Side of Paradise

My favourite Glass Animals song, which is quite a big call for me considering how consistently great their songs are. The chords are bizarre, the lyrics are wonderful, and to put it simply, it is such a fun song to listen to. These guys are playing various Laneway festivals this year, Melbourne this coming Saturday, and it is going to test my physical strength to move my ass from their stage to Tame Impala’s. Who needs to be front row anyway?

8) Radiohead – Burn the Witch

I cannot not have Radiohead on my list, if I had a religion it would somehow be against it. The lead single from A Moon Shaped Pool is flawless. Coming from their last album which I admired, to this very fresh instrumental creation with synthetic beats, lush bold strings and vulnerable piano moments that move your emotions with each note cement the fact it is a fantastic album, that Burn the Witch is a perfect lead single, and also that any time I write about Radiohead it sounds like a love letter.

7) Matt Corby – Empire’s Attraction

I love Matt Corby, I love his voice, I love his lyrics, I love the composition of almost every song. I admire his creativity and how much time and effort went in to creating the album Telluric, and this is easily my favourite track off the album, I can say no more without sounding like a fangirl.

6) D.D Dumbo – Walrus

In my mind D.D Dumbo aka Oliver Hugh Perry is the musical incarnation of Wes Anderson. A little weird and you never quite know what to expect, but what he delivers is remarkable and an instant favourite. I cannot wait to see what this Aussie guy does next; Walrus is easily my favourite track to date. His incredible vocal skills and the way he utilizes a loop pedal blows my mind and creates something totally original.

5) King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard – Gamma Knife

They appear to never not be recording, writing or creating. They consistently experiment and change, which whether you love them or hate them you do have to give them credit them for. Gamma Knife is my personal favourite track from Nonagon Infinity. The album was recorded so that each song bleeds into another then jumps back and forth ambitiously. I honestly just want to individually high five each of them.

4) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

Listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is an emotional experience. With at times challenging lyrics, biblical and religious undertones, expressed with such raw human emotion, makes them one of my favourite bands of all time. These guys have experimented with every element of their music, each album is a totally different experience and Skeleton Tree will tear out your soul and force you to look at life, loss, and love in a way you may not have thought about before. Skeleton Tree is one of my favourite tracks off the new album, it is near impossible to pick just one. The entire album is a journey and should ideally be listened to from start to finish while consuming one to two bottles of red wine. Also, playing Friday night at the Sidney Myer Music Bowel, tickets are still available – hint hint.

3) David Bowie – Lazarus

Last year the music industry lost one of its icons. Words can never do justice to the sheer brilliance of David Bowie’s life and career. His final album Black Star, released days before his death and recorded whilst battling cancer, is a testament to his musical brilliance. I limited myself to one song – Lazarus. It has everything you could want from Bowie, incredible lyrics, beautiful vocals and amazing production.

2) Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore

This is my go to song since they released Three last year. I thoroughly enjoy every song on this album and I have no faults or complaints. The vocals are remarkable, the lyrics are fantastic, with quite serious undertones, and I just had so much fun listening to this song, I really hope to see them break at least the top 20 this year.

1) Childish Gambino – Redbone

How do I even begin to explain my reasoning for this, just listen to the damn song. In the past I’ve liked Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover, his first album was good, his second was great, and his third is incredible. I have the upmost respect for artists who grow, experiment and change in order to better themselves as artists and to create a constantly evolving sound, which is exactly what Glover has done here. This is a very special record – the funk, the soul, I adore every element. I found it near impossible to pick one song, but it just had to be Redbone. If this doesn’t break AT LEAST the top five you’ll see my speakers go flying across Williamstown Beach today.

I wish you all a very happy Hottest 100 Day today, filled with wonderful tunes and all the cold beverages that your liver can handle!

Please share your opinions and votes below!

Credit: Artwork from Triple J Website

The Juliet Journal: Challenge Update

Juliet Sulejmani | January 23, 2016

2017 Challenge Update

Books: 2/100
Films: 4/100
Recipes: 6/100
Places: 4/100

**I’m going to post each week in a separate post**

Week One:

  • PLACE: Jethro Canteen
    385-389 Burnley St. Richmond 3121. Ph (03) 9421 2900

Great vibes, nice open space, exposed brick walls and a lot of green. I had the Coconut and almond milk Chia pudding with almond milk, freakin’ awesome jelly, mango, cashew cream, nut granola, (HERE’s MINE), and of course a latte. DELICIOUS, highly recommend, so yum!

  • PLACE: Father’s Office
    249 Little Londsdale Street, Melbourne

Went here for some drinks with friends, It was a great night for sitting out on a balcony and watching the city go from day to night. I’d been here before when it was called Match Bar or something, and liked the vibe much better than before. We didn’t eat, but they had this really cool dining area. I had an aperol spritz, I must say it wasn’t the best I’d had, but it was one of the happy hour drinks, so I guess I got what I paid for.

CLICK for a photo of my friends at Father’s Office


  • BOOK: To Capture What We Cannot Keep – Beatrice Colin
    Publishers Website
    I was given an advance copy of this book by My Bookshop.

Really enjoyed reading this book. I actually couldn’t put it down. The book is set in 1887 Paris right before construction begins on the Eiffel Tower. There is a romance, historical references and fashion references. I hadn’t actually read any fiction set in Paris in this time, and I loved being taken back to this era, it also made me curious and I started researching the French Revolution again. I have a lot of favourite quotes from the book, here are a couple:

– “Jamie” she said, “Before you start your matchmaking, I’d like to point out that he wasn’t even wearing a hat!”

– “Ice flowers, as snowflakes were sometimes known. He caught one in his hand and watched as it melted into a drop of water.
Were beautiful things more beautiful when you couldn’t keep them?

Week 1 update:

Books: 1/100
Films: 0/100
Recipes: 0/100
Places: 2/100

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.