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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Roola Boola

On the school holidays my brother and I went to Roola Boola’s Hip Hop workshop. My Brother really, really enjoyed it. At home his favorite move is the pancake, which he loves to show every one.  We learnt other moves such as the snake, stomp body roll, wave  roller skating and some others. The age group was 4-10 years old but I think was more for a younger age group 3-7.

Roola Boola festival had other great activities during the school holidays. The Curious Game, Kapow, The Buzznicks as well as dance, circus, arts and craft workshops.

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!

The Winter Kids Festival at the Substation

Kids Winter Festival

The Winter Kids Festival had lots of entertaining things on. It was awesome I went 3 days in a row. I saw some great shows The Curious Game, The Magical Circus and The Listies (you can read my reviews below). There were readings at the bookshop, drawing competition and loads more things happening. I also enjoyed Mitchell’s magic tricks before the shows started. It was well organised and the Substation was a cool location for the festival. I hope there is a Spring Kids Festival for the next school holidays.

Thanks Mitchell for your magic tricks

The Curious Game

Who likes games? Well there was an interactive show at the The Substation part of The Winter Kids Festival in Melbourne called The Curious Game. It is performed by a local theatre group called Born in a Taxi.

The Pawn, the Queen and the Knight

The costumes were whacky and amazing, just like the performance. There were 3 performers, a bossy Queen, a silly Knight and a devious Pawn. The stage was set up with a throne. They lay down a large chess board mat and invited audience members to come and play. The Queen tells  you to do some funny things and if you do it wrong you’re out. The winner got to sit on the throne. There was not much talking but we did have to make lots of different sounds. I learned early on that you had to bow to the Queen, otherwise you were pulled out of the audience and smacked, all in good fun. I laughed alot!

As part of the festival there were other activities as well – drawing competition, art gallery, bookshop, story telling and more.

The Queen and me

The Curious Game was a really really good show! I loved it so much I asked dad if I could go again and we did! I recommend The Curious Game for 5+.

Christopher Paolini – The Inheritance Cycle

Have you read or heard of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini? I attended a talk by the author, organised by The Wheeler Centre. The Inheritance Cycle is a fantasy series. Chrisptopher wrote his first book when he graduated from high school at the age of 15. It is hard to believe that he didn’t like to read as a child. He started to enjoy reading when he imagined the pictures of the story in his head. It was very entertaining and enjoyable.