Fashion Revolution Week: Orenda Chats With Tumnus

Fashion Revolution Week: Orenda Chats With Tumnus

In case you missed it, it's currently Fashion Revolution Week. On the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in 2013. Fashion Revolution Week encourages millions of people to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.

One revolutionary startup leading the fashion revolution is Tumnus — an Aussie peer-to-peer digital platform that allows you to share quality clothing with style-minded people in your area.
Caitlin Lawler of Orenda Magazine chats to Shanya, the kick-ass founder of Tumnus.

Why Do We Wear Exhaustion as a Badge of Honour?

Why Do We Wear Exhaustion as a Badge of Honour?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the way sleep is perceived in our culture. As more and more evidence comes to light about the physical, mental, and spiritual impact of lack of sleep, I’m left wondering why we, as a society, don’t value sleep more than we do.

Overcoming Artist's Block

overcoming-artists-block

I like to think that I’m a good writer, and not because my prose is effortless, or my characters leap from the pages — although I do hope those things are true. I like to think I’m a good writer because I write.

I write as often as I can — in notebooks, on my laptop, in my head, wherever. I write novels, lists, sometimes nonsense that helps me make sense of what I’m feeling.

But sometimes I can’t write.

Every writer, artist and creative type has these moments when creativity takes a holiday and we’re left twiddling our thumbs, reminiscing about the times when we felt creative. My best tips for getting over these creative blocks is to find out what’s causing them and finding a way to work around it.

 

Life Stresses

When these times hit, it’s best to take a few steps back and think. Loss of creativity can be caused by so many different things. Reflect on that. Look at your life and try and find if there is something that may be hindering you. Stress, family troubles, work drama, you missed the last episode of Gogglebox. If you’re able to identify these problems, you’re one step closer to working out a resolution and, hopefully, reconnecting with your creativity.

 

Overwork

Overworking can also be a factor. As a creative, you may work from home and place a lot more pressure on yourself to stay motivated and get shit done. I know that this is certainly my problem. Go easy on yourself. Treat your work like a real job, set ground rules for yourself. Start at 10, lunch at 12:30 and clock off at 5. Or whatever fits best for you. Also, give yourself a weekend! Whether it’s actually Saturday and Sunday or Thursday and Friday, fit a designated break into your week. This seriously helps to make you feel less guilty in your off time and way more productive and, most importantly, creative in your work time!

 

Get Back To Basics

A great way to find creativity again is to look to other creators. This can mean immersing yourself in a book, heading out to a gallery or catching up with another artsy pal to discuss ideas and projects. It might mean watching a favourite movie, looking at things like dialogue and how a scene is framed, to help inspire your own creative bug to bite again. I love hanging up art and surrounding myself with it in my space to have constant inspiration. When this fails me, a walk also helps. Go out and grab a coffee, sit amongst some people and let the world inspire you. Your creativity will soon rear its magical head and you’ll be back in the game in no time.

 

So, push on, my fellow creatives, and find your flow! Life has its ups and downs and your work probably will too but once you find the way, you’ll find the will.

 
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About the Author: Amy Glover

Amy Glover is an aspiring author from Melbourne. She writes Young Adult books that usually lean towards the fantastical and creepy, even though she hates scary stuff. She blogs over at amywritesxo.com

 

Heart Songs

Heart Songs

Songs that evoke strong memories and feelings are often bound by the personal experiences and tastes of those who listen to them, and each piece of music has the potential to be that special song to someone…The concept of heart songs grew on me, so I decided to create my own list of Heart Songs: the tracks that mean something special to me, whether because of their influence on my personal musical taste or for more personal reasons. In this article, I’m going to talk about three heart songs of my own and why they are on my list.

Façades Promenade: Orenda Chats with Soymilk Studio

Façades Promenade: Orenda Chats with Soymilk Studio

As a way to celebrate and capture memories of their current living area (Collingwood / Fitzroy), Soymilk Studio developed a series of videos inspired by their local cafes and restaurants scene.

On the eve before their one-night-only exhibition, Portia Sarris of Orenda Magazine sits down with Jenni and Paul of Soymilk Studio.

 

Apps to Help You Maximise Your Downtime and Minimise Loss of Brain Cells

Apps to Help You Maximise Your Downtime and Minimise Loss of Brain Cells

The mark of a busy person is the inability to decide what to do with their downtime due to the infrequency of its occurrence. I myself feel like I waste precious time tapping away at variously-sized screens. Don't get me wrong — the digital age has done wonders for my adventurous soul and curious mind, but I catch myself being entertained by veritable stupidity on a daily basis. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I've got a few suggestions to optimise your time!

 

Maybe You're Lazy, Maybe It's The End of The Week (Or Maybe You're Lying To Yourself)

Maybe You're Lazy, Maybe It's The End of The Week (Or Maybe You're Lying To Yourself)

Even the most self-motivated of people can get caught up in aimless scrolling through Instagram or the latest Netflix binge. Sometimes money isn't enough to get the fire burning under your ass and get the things done…

The Experienced Quitter

The Experienced Quitter

Today I woke up unemployed.

I kept my eyes closed a little longer, eager to feel the butterflies set in, but they didn't. I opened them to find the sun filtering through the cracks in my blinds as I stretch my waking muscles. Today is the first day I have woken up unemployed in seven years.