This is my friend Amy Tsilemanis – she is one busy woman and one of the nicest people I know, she’s asked me some questions (for the Leibster Award thing-a-ma-jig!)
Which things/people make you feel at home?
People make me feel at home, or the essence of them. Sound creepy? Being in a place that the people I am close to share and leave their mark on makes me feel pretty safe and grounded – which are things I associate with ‘home’.
What do you love about making art?
I love it because it is my language – it makes sense with my mind and my hands to do it. I can get lost within it, I can deal with challenging life things with it, I’m pretty good at it, I communicate with it and I learn with it.
What was your favourite meal in the last week and why?
Well, I have been staying in Melbourne the last week so I have had so many good meals. I made cous cous with pine nuts, roasted and raw veggies, served with a side of beetroot and dill, hummus and eggplant dips. I also had twenty mushroom and veggie dumplings (which I consumed within ten minutes!) and I had a raw food stack at the Veggie Bar which was super ace:
Do you have a favourite book and memory of first reading it?
‘Will There Really Be A Morning’, Frances Farmer and ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, Ray Bradbury.
I read them when I was a teenager – both very different books but both spoke to me on a level nothing else had. I recently found a copy of the Frances Farmer book at a book sale in a church in Ballarat, I bought it.
What is the funniest/weirdest thing a stranger has ever said to you?
I got cornered by a guy at a goth club who insisted that I looked like Heath Ledger and was convinced that I was a man.
Have you ever tried to learn another language? What did you love/hate about it?
I learned Italian all through primary school and some of high school – which was handy as Brunswick had a large Italian population and some it came back to me when I was in Italy in 2012.
I found Japanese and Arabic extremely challenging but beautiful languages. I have tried to learn German for years.
The thing I didn’t like about them, is that I am bad at them, but I think learning languages is good for ones brain.
What scares the shit out of you?
Pain and loss.
Can you share a recent artist discovery (music, writing, visual art…)?
Friends got married recently and posted some of the most magical wedding pictures I have ever seen. They were taken by photographer Lilli Waters – who I have heard about and who I have been confused with! Her work is lush to say the least:
Do you have a blog post you have written you are particularly proud of?
I’m pretty proud of all of this blog, but two recent ones are:
I just need to draw
Illustrating therapy content
What is your most treasured thing you’ve found unexpectedly?
I am assuming you mean a material object? Probably the book I mentioned above, but I guess that isn’t too unexpected because like it was a book and I was at a book fair.
But really, what I have found unexpectedly this year, being one of the most challenging years I have ever faced – my inner strength. Sounds corny? Don’t care, I feel strong.