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    The year that was: Women who Write

    {Throughout January, we’re looking back at all the posts our awesome columnists wrote for us in 2012, before our team of some new and some returning contributors start blogging in February.}

    In the second half of last year, aspiring writer Sandra Torodov joined the blogging team to author Women who Write. Talking to authors about their processes, achievements and inspirations was a great insight into women who weave the written word. Thanks, Sandra! xo tess

    Emily Macguire
    Emily Maguire is a writer with strong convictions. She caused a stir with her first novel Taming the Beast, which explored the seduction of a schoolgirl by her sociopathic male teacher. Read more…

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    Monica Dux
    Monica Dux wrote her 2008 book The Great Feminist Denial (a collaboration with Zora Simic) with the goal of making feminism relevant to a new generation of women. She told Lip Mag… Read more…

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    A New Way To Honour Women Who Write
    This edition of Women Who Write is dedicated to The Stella Prize, a new initiative designed to celebrate the work of Australian women writers. This is the first major literary prize for women’s writing in Australia and it will be awarded for the first time in April 2013! Read more…

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    Sheryl McCorry
    Sheryl McCorry has been described as ‘a woman in a million’. The grandmother from Forrest Downs, whose bestselling memoir Diamonds and Dust took everybody by surprise in 2007, is back with Love on Forrest Downs, a story of her battle to keep her new outback home. Read more…


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    The year that was: Women in Film

    {Throughout January, we’re looking back at all the posts our awesome columnists wrote for us in 2012, before our team of some new and some returning contributors start blogging in February.}

    Nathania Gilson is an upcoming film maker, and her column in the first half of 2012 detailed her inspirations, lessons learned and tips for fellow film makers to navigate the world of festivals and awards. You don’t have to be a film maker to enjoy the details of these columns, just an admirer of those who undertake massive creative tasks for our entertainment. Thanks, Nathania! xo tess

    10 things film school taught me
    1. Be brave and step outside your comfort zone.
    2. Finish things.
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    Sarah Watt
    This week, I’m taking an opportunity to re-discover and perhaps even re-introduce some of much loved Melbourne filmmaker Sarah Watt’s work to CWC’s readers. Read more…

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    How to Win a Film Lion
    As a young filmmaker, I am often looking for advice and inspiration from every possible source, and trying to find new and viable ways in which to broadcast my work to an audience that will appreciate and connect with the work that I spend a large part of my life creating. Read more…

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    ‘Contemporary Australia: Women in Film’ now at GOMA
    ‘Who are your favourite directors? Who do you admire?’ It’s a question I’m asked from time to time by both people who I’ve worked side by side with whilst making films, and those outside of the industry who are kind enough to be interested in what I do and why exactly I choose to (still) do it. Read more…

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    Focus on Cannes
    Every year, thousands of young and emerging filmmakers alike submit their short films to Cannes in the hope of being picked out from the masses and given the opportunity for exposure, recognition and development towards a fruitful path in turning their lifelong passion into a sustainable career. Read more…

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    Jill Bilcock
    The essence of cinema is editing. It’s the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy. Read more…

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    Puberty Blues – A Retrospective
    With the impending release of an 8-part television series from Network Ten that is, ironically enough, set in the same Cronulla locale as the currently-on-air botox enhanced reality show, The Shire, I thought it would be fitting to revisit the original 1981 classic as directed by Bruce Beresford. Read more…

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    The year that was: Women in the World

    {Throughout January, we’re looking back at all the posts our awesome columnists wrote for us in 2012, before our team of some new and some returning contributors start blogging in February.}

    We know we live a pretty privileged life in Australia, often able to pursue our own creative interests without worrying too much about war, famine, where our materials come from or whether our creative expression will be limited by cultural forces or gender rules. So it’s good to be reminded how lucky we are, and how women across the world are expressing themselves creatively when their circumstances and background might differ greatly from ours. Joanna Francis has worked for years in developing countries and with aid organisations, and as an avid quilter, brought us a host of stories and interviews with women doing great things in creative communities throughout the developing world. Thanks, Joanna! xo tess

    An introduction
    In East Timor, women gather together and weave colourful blankets called Tais. In London, an artist puts her messy bed on display in an art gallery. Read more…

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    East Timor

    I’ve been recently pondering on the role that creativity plays in a country’s cultural identity. Think of the countries you’ve traveled to… Read more…

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    Repressed Creativity
    This here website is, well, a website. Which means that you, dear reader, could be reading this from anywhere in the world. I’m hazarding a guess though, that you are most likely in a country where the only limitations to your creative expression are the powers of your imagination, skill, time and access to resources. Read more…

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    Tilburg
    This month in “Women of the World”, I wanted to learn more about what it takes to have a business which works collaboratively with women in developing countries to create and sell beautiful and ethically made products. Read more…

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    Quilts, Part One
    I wouldn’t really call myself a quilter. More of a collector of fabrics, a lover of pattern and colour and an admirer of the art of quilting. Read more…

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    Quilts, Part Two
    This month, we continue to have a little squiz at some of the various quilts of the world and examine how they have evolved over time. Read more…

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    A bit of theory
    So today in the Women in the World column, I’m going to get a bit theoretical. Because it’s easy when writing about women in other countries – particularly developing ones – to become a bit clichéd. Read more…

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    Emerge Global
    In 2005, Alia Whitney-Johnson arrived in Sri Lanka as a volunteer during the aftermath of the tsunami. Read more…

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    The Stepping Stones and Multicultural Connections Programs
    Around the world, there are countless organisations working with women by using creativity as a pathway out of poverty. Read more…

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    A Study Tour to Nepal!
    For our final Women in the World post for the year, we’re going on a little journey. A journey from an old factory in the Melbourne suburb of Kensington to the cities and remote villages of Nepal. Read more…


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    The year that was: Women in Art

    {Throughout January, we’re looking back at all the posts our awesome columnists wrote for us in 2012, before our team of some new and some returning contributors start blogging in February.}

    Lauren Treiser not only scoured the local Melbourne scene for exciting female artists to share with us in 2012, she also went interstate, covering exhibitions from large and small galleries, diverse in medium and subject matter. Thanks Lauren for your thoughtful analysis and passion for these artists and their work in 2012! x tess

    Mother nature
    I had a great time reviewing two exhibitions this month. So much so, that I even wrote to Tess and told her that it was ‘food for my soul’. I wasn’t kidding! Read more…

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    Colour Magic
    Although the Melbourne Fashion Festival is over for another year, you can still get your fashion fix at the NGV for the next few months. You may just need your sunnies indoors for this one! Read more…

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    Wearable Art
    Hi again! Jewellery is a passion of mine and there are some pretty amazing jewellery exhibitions on this month which are sure to both surprise and delight you! Firstly, there is the dream like work by Kate Rohde at Pieces of Eight Gallery as well as a very large show on at NGV featuring jewellers from around the world. Read more…

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    Women only at GOMA
    Firstly, I must confess that I have not visited the Contemporary Australia: Women exhibition myself. However, when I heard about it, I just could not resist writing about it. Read more…

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    In a mother’s skin
    Even though it has been freezing, I decided to venture into the city for some art viewing this month. On my journey I discovered a relatively new gallery tucked away fittingly in a Melbourne basement. Read more…

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    Sarcophagus
    Dead animals have been Julia deVille’s medium of choice for many years now. The title of her latest show is Sarcophagus and includes works that communicate the atrocities that go on in the meat, egg and dairy industries. Read more…

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    Brush and thread
    This month, Nellie Castan Gallery in South Yarra has spoiled me for choice on exhibitions by female artists so I decided to share both with you. Read more…

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    Abbey McCulloch as herself
    Often found on the 50 most collectable Australian artist list published by The Australian Art Collector, Gold Coast based artist Abbey McCulloch is a star! Read more…

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    It’s all in the detail
    It’s hard to believe that artist, Natasha Bieniek, who is an upcoming star in the art world, is so young (even younger than me) and has achieved so much already. Read more…

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    The uncertainty of art and science
    This month’s artist in focus is object maker Catherine Truman. On entering her current exhibition at Gallery Funaki, one could mistake all her pieces as installations and small scale sculptures. Read more…

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    Dealing with the past
    For my grand finale post on Women in Art I decided to visit the spectacular Heide Museum of Modern Art. Currently there are two exhibitions featuring the work of Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010). Read more…

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