i-D's ones to watch sydney: part two

Sydney is so full of beautiful people with incredible talent that sometimes it almost feels greedy. Photographer Samuel Hodge shot the faces and names who have our hearts racing.

by i-D Staff
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28 September 2014, 2:20am

kurt johnson

Age? 21.

Occupation? Freelance Stylist/Shape Thrower.

Who or what inspires you? The Internet.

What's the best thing about being young and creative in 2014? The Internet.

What makes you hopeful for the future? The LCM and LCF weeks this year. 

What's your proudest achievement? Getting my work published in my first print magazine will always be my proudest achievement. Having your work as something tangible you can hold is so gratifying. 

How has living in Sydney shaped what you do? It has inspired me to follow my creative passion, being around other creatives doing the same.

Favourite place to travel? Bali.

What do you collect? Di$count Universe.

Favourite piece of art? Renee Magritte - The Pilgrim.

Any other creative outlets? Pole dancing.

How has living in Sydney shaped your aesthetic? It definitely has made my aesthetic a more watered down version of what I would like to wear because people in Sydney generally don't get me. 

If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing?Pirouettes and grande jet tes.

The best things in life are... Sequinned.

The most confronting thing I ever did was... Ask my now boyfriend to take me out on a leash on our first date.

The best film I saw this year was... Jawbreaker.

Everything changed when… I moved out of The Shire.

If I could be anywhere else I'd be.... In Berlin.

Kurt wears Di$count Universe

@hollabackboi

ela stiles

Age? 27.

Occupation? Musician.

Who or what inspires you? Music and my friends.

What's the best thing about being young and creative in 2014? Having the energy and means to travel the world playing music and collaborating with my extremely talented friends.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Working hard now.

What's your proudest achievement? Releasing my first solo album.

How has living in Sydney shaped what you do? I guess by meeting some of the people who have influenced and inspired me to do what I do. So I would say the people here more than the actual city have shaped what I do.

Favourite place to travel? India.

What do you collect? Nothing, I want to have the least amount of stuff as possible, I like to travel and move around.

Favourite piece of art? My mother's painting of my father in Vanuatu.

Any other creative outlets? Cooking, is cooking creative?

The best things in life are... Singing , my family and friends, travelling.

The most confronting thing I ever did was... Too many things to mention.

The best film I saw this year was.... Garish Hearts.

Everything changed when… I was 19.

If I could be anywhere else I'd be.... In India.

Ela wears Ginger and Smart dress

@elastiles

nathan lewis & mike bennett aka joy collective

Nathan

Age? 30.

Occupation? Film maker.

What's the best thing about being young and creative in 2014? Having the opportunity to work with other creatives both young and old.

Proudest achievement? In year two I was selected from the entire school to be the usher boy of the year 12 formal, it was a big deal.

How has living in Sydney shaped your aesthetic? Sydney is set amongst some very incredible and diverse landscapes which often inspire a particular idea.

Favourite piece of art? Henri Matisse still life and cut outs.

What do you collect? Broken iPhones.

Where would you be if you weren't in Sydney? Camping under the stars, somewhere warmish - a little creek water hole would be nice too.

The best things in life are... shared.

The most confronting thing I ever did was... Also the most private.

The best film I saw this year was... Robert Altman's Shortcuts.

Everything changed when... I got a skateboard.

Nathan Lewis wears Nasa T-shirt, Diesel jeans.

Mike
Age? 29

Who or what inspires you? Anything and everything but it has to resonate with me, excite me, fuel my imagination.

What gives you hope for the future? Thatfuture creatives stay curious, question everything and really push the boundaries of where they can take things to.

How has living in Sydney shaped your aesthetic? I think growing up in Sydney, you really tend to appreciate the beauty around you, whether it's the beaches, mountains, rivers etc. It's got it all.

Any other creative outlets? I like to paint, I was a painter before I made films.

The best place to meet girls in Sydney is... Nathan's apartment.

Thes best film I saw this year was... 20,000 Days on Earth. Also liked Keep on Keepin On by Alan Hicks.

The most confronting thing I ever did was... Hang out of a helicopter while filming. I've been lucky enough to do this a lot. Every time, I shit myself then think fuck this the best, if only the lady from Centrelink could see me now.

Everything changed when... I realised you can do anything in life, just got to get up and do it, never take no for answer.

Mike Bennett wears PAM shirt and vintage adidas jacket.

@joycollective

phoebe wow

Age? 20.

Occupation? Milliner.

Who or what inspires you? Forever inspired by the wild aesthetic of Shirley MacLaine in the movie What A WayTo Go

What's the best thing about being young and creative in 2014? The fact that the world seems closer than a generation before. The possibility to participate on a global scale by working on something that you're actually passionate about is a wonderful privilege. I also feel there's a return to the individual. Power to the people.

What makes you hopeful for the future? That there is a future

Proudest achievement? Working and designing with two Australian labels I love and admire: Desert Designs and Romance was Born.

How has living in Sydney shaped what you do? I moved here when I was 18 from a sleepy country town to study fine arts. Somewhere on that path I came across my dream job working for my favourite Sydney milliner Jonathan Howard at Hatmaker

Favourite place to travel? Adventuring through deserts.

What do you collect? Black cats...and hats!

Favourite piece of art? I can't name just one! But two long time-favourites are Matisse and Tracy Emin's appliqué blankets. My latest favourite is a Nicki Minaj perfume bottle by Marc Etherington that my best friend bought for me.

Any other creative outlets? Sometimes I paint pictures.

If you weren't a milliner, what would you be doing? I'd be a mermaid. But if that wasn't an option I'd like to be a fashion and textile curator and historian.

The best things in life are... Glittery and/or trimmed in marabou.

The best film I saw this year was... Trust by Hal Hartley.

If I could be anywhere else I'd be.... In Morocco.

Phoebe wears Laurel and Hector jacket and Phoebe Wow headpiece.

@meowwowwow

marcus whale

Age? 24.

Occupation? Musician.

Who or what inspires you? Mostly my friends who make things, especially the people I collaborate with in my groups Collarbones and Black Vanilla. More specifically, I've been taking from industrial music likeCoil lately. Otherwise, I'm inspired by the fact it's getting warm enough to go swimming here in Sydney.

What's the best thing about being young and creative in 2014? The Western privilege that means that you can make a job out of it. It's also the worst thing, if you're looking in from the outside.

What makes you hopeful for the future? I'm a bit of a simpleton, so probably just the lovely weather. "Future" constitutes some measure of time between the rest of today and perhaps the rest of the year. Beyond that is a bit bleak, but I imagine we'll adapt or die, whichever.

What do you collect? Quite unfashionably, I like CDs. It's possibly a little bit Patrick Bateman of me.

Favourite piece of art? I'm not exactly sure what my favourite piece of art is, but I do remember the first one that really excited me was a video installation, "Crossfire" by Christian Marclay, which I saw with a friend of mine when we were teenagers. It was part of a big show of his works at ACMI. I think that was when I realised how constructed the concepts of "low" and "high" are in music and art, and how interested I was in playing with those mythologies. Soda Jerk's lecture performance "The Carousel" had a similar effect on me, and articulated all sorts of ideas I didn't even realise I was reaching for at the time.

Any other creative outlets? Every so often I do try and make art, usually performance or video (or both), and lately I've been making a bunch of person-sized boxes covered in black plastic as part of some AV installations that take a little from my music practice. not sure where that might take me, but at least I have some woodworking skills now.

If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing? Teaching, I guess.

The best things in life are... whatever you can make of them.

The most confronting thing I ever did was... stand up to a bully in Year 8.

The best film I saw this year was.... Breadcrumb Trail (it was the one I most enjoyed, perhaps not the best)

Everything changed when… I moved out of home.

If I could be anywhere else I'd be.... in the ocean.

Marcus Whale wears Verner T-shirt

@collarbonesband

Credits


Photography Samuel Hodge
Styling Britt McCamey
Hair Jenny Kim using KMS
Makeup Gavin Anesbury @ Viviens creative
Production Six Wolves

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