Thursday, June 4, 2009

Creative Sydney: Advance Australia flair


candy bowers/flickr

Over the past fortnight I’ve been called a Fun, Fearless Female (thanks Cosmo), a Creative Catalyst (thanks Creative Sydney) and a c***face (thanks Tallulah Morton – who has since self-censored her MySpace page). And although I am still scratching my head over my inclusion on the inaugural Creative Catalysts list, I feel very honoured to have been ranked amongst such a creative coterie. I must admit, I did chuckle when I read that I had been accorded a nod for services including “...testing the limits of the online medium” – and consider it a vote of confidence in all the RAFW Twitter artists, and of course, the Bluralism movement. Last night, I had the great pleasure of taking part in a Creative Sydney panel event called Reaching the World, which included the following speakers.

Hip hop artists Candy Bowers and Morgan Lewis, textile designer Liz Casella from Karolina York, sustainable furniture designer Michael Alvisse from Schamburg + Alvisse and Kate Bezar, the founder and editor of the Dumbo feather, pass it on magazine.

For anyone unfamiliar with the latter title, the name refers to to the Walt Disney character Dumbo the circus elephant, who believed he needed a magic feather to fly.

Four times a year, Bezar publishes five 4,500-word interviews with people who have pursued their creative passions and dreams.

My favourite line of the evening came from Bowers, the first speaker, who has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but claims to have been told by one Australian television executive:

“Australian television isn’t ready for you yet”.

Having worked in Australian commercial television, I don’t doubt her for a moment.

Presumably what needs to happen for Bowers to get a mainstream media guernsey here is to first be discovered by an international network - and then return a star.

It's wonderful to see creativity being celebrated in Australia for once – and not just sport. I could have listened to the speakers for the entire evening and would highly recommend others make an effort to attend the remaining events.

Well done to organiser/panel moderator Jess Scully and the Creative Sydney team – not to mention the NSW government, which has funded the initiative.

It would be great to see an ongoing program like this roll out around Australia.

As noted by Scully in her signoff last night, let’s keep this conversation going people.

7 comments:

M I A N N said...

Damn it why am I missing out on the Tallulah action???


Congrats! x

TheLibrarian said...

Wow Patty, you've been upgraded from c**ntface to "suck my dic*k". Heady words, indeed!

No wonder she chose 13 as her internet age. Ahem.

Fashion Hayley said...

What's happening with Tallulah???

Michelle B. said...

It's sad to watch this girl self-desctruct

Anonymous said...

Patty what happened to Tallulah say this! Please explain, teenage fans are desperate to hear the truth.

Patty Huntington said...

anon -

well if indeed she was referring to me (and there seems little doubt about that), i have to assume tallulah isn't happy with the coverage she has had on this blog.

there have been 14 posts on tallulah on frockwriter since this blog went live in july last year:

http://bit.ly/jNToZ

most discussed her runway and editorial work. but three posts discussed a series of party images on mark hunter's cobrasnake blog. another post discussed a video interview with hunter that was shot in NZ, in which tallulah participated wearing a pair of knickers.

after the first of these posts – the one in which she was seen to be clutching a magnum of absolut vodka, looking trashed - the SMH picked up the story and her agency attempted to hose it down, claiming that it was a big misunderstanding. but the photos kept on coming, so apparently that wasn't the case.

being a blog, people comment. presumably, tallulah is unhappy about the fact that members of the public have opinions and that much of the commentary inspired by the cobrasnake images has been critical. i don't blame her - some of the commentary has been quite harsh. perhaps she feels as if she's being picked on. i'll say it again, i don't go out of my way looking for these images. most of the time, others draw them to my attention. but the negative commentary has largely been directed at those who advise tallulah, as opposed to tallulah herself. what was published was, in my opinion, fair comment. some comments were however never published. there is a limit to what you can say in a public forum.

tallulah might still legally be a minor, however she would be well advised to take on board on the fact that she is a public figure. she has been a public figure since she first entered the industry at the age of 13. whether she likes it or not, whatever she does in the public eye is there for public consumption and is going to be scrutinised - both positive and negative.

instead of accepting that responsibility - or perhaps looking around her to see who, of her immediate entourage, has given her good advice that she may have chosen to ignore, and who may have given her poor advice - tallulah appears to be looking for a scapegoat to blame for the flak.

fashion herald said...

Wow, congrats to you, Patty, you've really made it! And an excellent explanation of the Tallulah history on your blog. I think people are quick to judge, and you've made it clear in past posts that you question her advisers.

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