Go check out this shoot with Bryce @karmike @unregisteredstyle

We enjoyed this shoot together. Summer is coming to a close and I am finishing it off by sharing some looks. Go check it out. OPENDOORPOLICY

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Beyond The Bros: Krewella On Women In EDM

After settling a lawsuit with a former member of their group, DJ duo Krewella talk about the online abuse they’ve faced and what its like being one of the few women in a male-dominated EDM industry.


The growth of industrial art (1892) contrasts “primitive” methods of various industries with modern patented inventions for the same purpose. Here, bee keeping, swarming, and hiving. Not exactly sure what primitive method figure 2 is supposed to represent - maybe how not to do it?

Useful facts in this book include that the domestic bee was not introduced west of the Mississippi before 1797, nor in California before 1850.

If the show must go on, it can do so without me.

Yesterday I walked off a job site. In over 15 years of working across the arts industry this was a first. The decision came to me in the early hours of the morning, when I realised I could no longer stomach the distress of working within a team without trust and respect. I was shaking when I sent the email and am writing to try make sense of it all.

The arts is one of the most pressurised and unregulated industries in Australia. A few years ago I sought advice about an applicable award or working conditions for my role as an arts manager in small organisation. After hours of research the women’s working centre drew a blank.

This is typical of the sector.  The majority of workers are contractors, many of them working on verbal agreements. Positions are generally undefined, under resourced and underpaid. Unpaid internships and intensive volunteering is widespread.  Many arts organisations have so few permanent staff that they are considered to small to be affected by legislation regarding unfair dismissals.

Underlying these poor conditions are paradigms of the supremacy of the artist and the pursuit of artistic excellence at all costs. The arts is incredibly hierarchical with production workers often treated as subservient to creatives. Bullying is rife in the industry, as are intense gender stereo types, and acceptance of diversity in the workplace. Adverse mental health impacts are seen at best as par for the course and at worse, a sign of incompetence.

Over the course my work history I have been yelled at, back stabbed, worked back to back 16 hour (and then some) shifts without breaks and been ridiculed when querying unsafe work practices. I have also been guilty of some pretty toxic behaviour towards my team mates. I’ll never forget the shame I felt when, at the end of a major project, a friend and colleague sat me down and detailed exactly how disrespectful I had been towards him, and the majority of the (mostly volunteer) crew. I took my six months to apologise, and years to forgive myself.

Debriefing with some industry friends yesterday, I realised the importance of drawing lines in the sand – both for our own personal wellbeing and to send a message about worker rights. No project is more important than people, creative risk taking should not be at the expense of personal safety.Crew must always come first, and everyone has the right to be treated with respect.

I don’t want make the industry seem awful – I love the work and the many wonderful and talented people I have met through working in the arts. I’d like to find a way to move forward beyond drawing my own boundaries. I wonder how artists might meaningfully come together to break down the culture of ’ the show must go on’ and develop practical industry standards.  This has happened in other industries - I think it’s time for ours.

If you have any thoughts on this or pointers in the right direction, please let me know.