29/female/Northcote. I love Northcote.
What are you doing at the moment?
I'm in a band, Jack Stirling and The Perfect. I make up one quarter of The Perfect, playing synth and samples. It is the most fun I have ever had in a band! I also work for Yarra City Council. I love my job. I have never worked in a place where I’ve liked every person…even my boss is amazing. I like the space as well- Fitzroy Town Hall is very pretty and spooky.
What are your future aspirations?
I have a problem where I get too many ideas in too many different creative fields and put heaps of pressure on myself to do all of those things, and I can't pick one or see anything through to its full completion. A lot of people say that's good though - “you're a jack of all trades” - but it's so fucking frustrating.
What are you studying?
Product design at RMIT. One thing I want to do is design a range of prescription glasses. As a glasses wearer I want to be able to change my frames every three months…no one can afford to do that. It would be great to provide a cheap solution for it to be a normal thing to have ten pairs of glasses that you can change with your outfits.
Where would you begin with bringing that idea to life?
That's some of my problem. I know I need to improve on my drawing skills first. Having said that, I do put pressure on myself to draw in a particular style, rather than try to find out what my natural style is. Most people who are designers are insanely good drawers and their illustrations look like a 3D form you can pick up off the page. But I think my expertise is in construction. I'm a maker.
How are you enjoying your course?
I'm definitely learning what I want to learn in terms of design, but I would like to gain a few more hands-on skills, like carpentry. I want to know how something works or how to put something together before I design it because then I’d be designing around what's possible rather than designing something that looks really cool but then not really having the mechanical knowledge to know how to build it.
Do you see the course helping you achieve your goals?
One of the other reasons I started doing the course was because of Tiny House stuff. Tiny House living is literally small housing, and there are so many different ways that you can build a tiny house, you can live off-grid if you want, you cut down everything that you own and fit it in a studio-sized space. I wanted to get into designing furniture so I could design and build my own Tiny House. That's kind of my ten-year goal from this year, to get to that point.
Is it within another house, or self contained?
I want to build it on wheels so I can move it around.
Kind of like an RV?
Yeah, but pretty. So it looks like a house, a mini-dwelling.
You could be a pioneer of tiny houses.
That's what I would love to be, but I don't think I have enough knowledge or experience just yet, and that's what I think I would get out of building one myself. I feel like if I had more time and less money pressure, then I probably would be a lot more creative again, like how I used to be. I miss painting and making music, but there is a big block there at the moment. But I think it will go away with the path that I am on, and I will be mentally satisfied.
Is home an important thing for you?
Definitely, I love my things, I love feeling comfortable. I don't like disruption in my own home. I want to set up my tiny house for creative purposes. I want a space where I can record music and make a mess if I want to. It is kind of like a studio as well as a house.
Is that how you see yourself in ten years? Having your tiny house that you built yourself to live and record music in?
Yes, recording, but I have this idea for an interactive binaural theatre piece based on sound. All these ideas will come together! The piece is based off audio that is recorded as if a human was hearing it. When I first learnt about it a few years ago I was just blown away because it's just fucking nuts and I can't believe it's not a widely known thing. I personally haven't seen much experimentation with it. I love the idea of cutting off people's senses, every sense apart from their ears and seeing how much they can imagine, and how successful you can be in convincing someone that they are somewhere else.
You have some amazing ideas, how will you decide what to do first?
I honestly don't feel like I am [amazing]. I think I'm good at many things, but I won't let myself get amazing at anything. I think I sometimes listen to other people too much, and when there's any doubt, I'm done. The doubt grows and grows until it takes over my idea and I don't see it through. So I'm going to try and not do that.
Photography by Julia Petricevic & Simone Ruggiero
Words by Jill Chrisp
Pictures shot in Northcote, Melbourne