Tavi Gevinson – ROOKIE DAY

Tavi is a young girl like us who wanted to live her dream and do what she likes best! Since Tavi was 11 she has been blogging in her bedroom on fashion. When she was that age she never pictured her life like this, famous, people wanting her autograph and being their idol. Tavi has a wonderful individual and inspiring fashion sense.

Tavi is still a young girl like us who has to go to school! Her normal day is like this:

  • School
  • If nothing is urgent she hangs out with friends
  • If something is urgent or doesn’t want to hang out she goes home to blog for a few hours
  • Homework for about 3 hours
  • Go to bed

Now you know how she does it all but she doesn’t find this work she finds this fun. Tavi finds if she has lots of work she has less times to worry about things.

Tavi always keeps things new, fun and exiting when she is talking to us on Rookie and her amazing life. Her presentations were interesting. She added in jokes on the topic and made a power point presentation which was very artistic. I heard Tavi talk the night before Rookie Day. I knew more about her but she didn’t talk on anything she had already said the night before. I learnt a lot from her like how to handle a bad hair day just think I don’t have to look at it, if it helps Beyoncé. That’s what Tavi does.

Rookie Day was awesome we listened to all the girls speak then we made a mind map of things we like best with pictures from magazines. All my pictures were from Frankie magazines. My mind map was mainly based on yummy biscuits. This is because I was hungry. I left my lunch at home in all the excitement of leaving for Rookie day. But it wore off quick because we were about to start dancing in the dark.

When Tavi signed my Year Book she used my Gold pen, this pen shall now be called the “Special Pen”.

Tavi Gevinson is the  most wonderous, groovy and inspiring blogger I have ever met! I love the idea of Rookie, and the way she has put it up online. After Tavi I was inspired to blog more.

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Rhythm Machine – MSO

MSO put on a production called Rhythm Machine. The wonderful MSO was conducted by Benjamin Northey with O Duo (Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnel, percussionists from the UK).  Fraser Trainer, a composer, introduced several pieces talking about the music and composer. I came away having learned about different styles, rhythm and concertos.

O Duo were very energetic performers! During Bolero by Maurice Ravel, Owen appeared on roller blades, skating around the audience playing a drum. When Owen was roller blading he had to keep his balance and play the right rhythm on his drum . O Duo were entertaining when talking about the music. They also played some very strange instruments.

Instruments O Duo played

Some instruments O Duo played

My two favourite pieces played were Bolero (Maurice Ravel) and Danzon #2 (Arturo Marquez). They played a concerto by Béla Bartók and a piece called Breaking Silence a concerto by Fraser Trainer that was written especially for O Duo and the MSO. The mix of music was good. I liked the way they finished the concert with Danzon #2  making me feel energised and happy.

This concert proved to me that not all classical music is boring, but some is! It was interesting to learn that the clave rhythm used in Danzon #2  is now widely used in popular music today! Perhaps that is why I liked Danzon #2 so much. I look forward to exploring more classical music to understand what I like and dislike about it.

Thanks MSO, O Duo and Fraser Trainer for a fabulous concert.

ANIMUS – By Liam Lynch

Mum took me to see my first photographic exhibition ANIMUS by Liam Lynch. The exhibition is about wildlife both underwater and on land. Some photos were large and majestic even though the focus of the photo is of little aspects, like an elephants eye, but they were so beautiful! Liam also uses a special technique called paladium printing.

The elephant's eye

The elephant’s eye

Cute!

Cute!

 

I would like to thank Liam for taking the time to answer my questions:

Do you only photograph animals? No, I’m primarily a commercial photographer, wildlife forms part of my fine art work.

Do you have a favourite animal to photograph? Not exclusively but I do enjoy photographing weedy sea dragons.

What is your favourite photo in your current exhibition and why? The spider crabs is my favourite image in the current exhibition, I love how it looks so alien & everybody thinks it’s been manipulated.. but it hasn’t!!

What inspired you to be a photographer? My mum came home one day with a b&w print of her car that she had taken & printed herself when I was about 11years old, that was enough to make me want to explore the medium myself.

How long does it take for you do a palladium print? That’s a great question, I can’t put an exact time on it, but the process from applying the emulsion thru exposure to the finished print can take up to 4hrs.

My favourite photo!

My favourite photo!

little big shots

I went to the launch of Melbourne’s International Film Festival for kids, Little Big Shots. It was great fun. The MCs were very funny and we got to see the awards being handed out.

I saw:

A Mouse for Sale – cartoon that was very funny.

I Am A Green Tree Frog – claymation done by a primary school. The song is very catchy. I can still hear it singing in my head.

Play Lunch – This was my favourite one. This was about friendship and kindness.

The Vaccum Kid – This was a documentary about a boy that collects vacuum cleaners. I thought it was weird that a boy would collect vacuum cleaners.

I loved Little Big Shots last year and again this year. It is a great international film festival for kids, well actually all ages. Little Big Shots gets a 10/10! For Sydney dates click here.

Starchaser

Starchaser is a play by the  Arena Theatre Company. Congratulations to Lally Katz on a beautiful story. 

Starchaser is about a girl called Catta whose parents had died. She believed if she didn’t cry her parents would come back to life. Catta has a young brother called Tommy who cried about his parents, so he couldn’t go with Catta to chase the star Atlier. Catta went on an exciting adventure to find the star Atlier and bring her parents back to life.  

I really enjoyed  Starchaser, it was sad but also funny. It was like a book you couldn’t put down, I was always wondering what would happen next. I learned that you have to live your life.

I enjoyed Starchaser and recommend it for ages 8+.