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Thursday May 31 2018
FREE TO EXPLORE

Christina MacPherson

Tell us a bit about yourself...

I'm a travel writer and (sometimes) model who travels with my partner-in-crime documenting countries, cultures; people and places. Right now we're at the airport headed for Japan, frantically trying to download as many David Attenborough documentaries we can for our trip over. After that, we're heading to Fiji, Sri Lanka and Indonesia before spending the next half of the year in Europe and trying to figure out where we should base ourselves.

 

What does Freedom mean to you?


I feel incredibly lucky to have won the birth lottery in terms of freedom. We have it so good. I guess when I think about it, freedom for me would be being equal and respected. Living a life free of class, gender, race or religion. Without the constraints of an unfair system and able to live without fear. On the whole, I (and hopefully most reading this) are able to live that way: that's very rare, and it's something we shouldn't easily forget.

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Wednesday May 30 2018
FREE TO SEEK

JAI STEVENS & HANNAH MCDOUGALL

Freedom to us is…


H: “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac


J: Freedom to me is liberation. It’s no concerns, no expectations, no idea what time of day it is, no idea what day of the week it is. It looks like the Amalfi Coast, smells like the Mediterranean, and tastes like fresh sardines caught that morning washed down with some local wine.


Describe your lives in 5 words…


H: Adventure, Literature, Creativity, Companionship, Nature
J: Music, Atmosphere, Family, Discovery, Awareness

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Friday May 25 2018
FREE TO DREAM

Taylor Davis

 

Tell us a bit about yourself...

I'm 25 currently living in Bondi. I grew up in a frothy little surf town called Coledale; still one of my favourite places on earth. I enjoy surfing, riding motorbikes, board games and play/write music for a living. My jazz trio 'Brekky Boy' just filmed a music video on top of a mountain which was a lot of fun.

 

What does Freedom mean to you?

Having creative control.

 

When do you feel the most free?

Running along the beach absolutely stoked to surf a wave I've never surfed before or climbing a mountain somewhere.

 

Describe yourself/your life in 5 words…

Surf, piano, jazz, frothing, ASMR (look that one up).

 

How long have you been making music? What do you love about it?

Probs around 8 years. I love that it gives me purpose and will always progressively change with age and experience. At the moment I'm really into writing instrumental jazz but in 5 years it could be pop or grunge, and that's ok.

 

Who/what is currently inspiring you most?

Tigran Hamasyan. He's an Armenian jazz pianist. His stuff is so gnarly.

 

What's the best thing about surfing?

Getting pitted and saying 'yew'

 

How do you like to start your day?

I wake up at around 10am and ride my moto to the beach to surf. I can't focus on anything until I've surfed.

 

What projects do you have on the go right now?

My jazz trio 'Brekky Boy' just released our debut EP. We do a Justin Bieber cover on it - tinyurl.com/brekkyboysundog

We're playing a show on June 3rd at The Record Crate, Glebe with some other banging acts which will be mad fun.

 

What's one of the craziest experiences of your life?

Surfing a bombie out to sea in Western Australia on dusk was pretty scary. I saw a baby shark and couldn't help thinking where its mum was...

 

Name the best location you have ever played music in?

I was helicoptered to the top of a glacier on Mt Cook, New Zealand where they flew in a grand piano for me to play. It was one of the gnarliest/most random experiences I've ever had.

Images thanks to our mates at Papersea.

 

Find out more about Taylor Davis and Brekky Boy here www.brekkyboy.com or via Facebook  or Youtube.

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Thursday May 17 2018
FREE TO DISCOVER

Ryan Brabazon

 

Freedom to me is…
Living like you have nothing to lose.


I feel most free to discover when…
My mind is clear.


Describe your life in 5 words…
Yes, lets see what happens.


What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Travel.


What is/where is something/somewhere new that you’ve discovered recently?
Having recently moved to New York, I am discovering so many parts of the city and state that I never
knew existed.


How do you feel about sharing your adventures/discoveries with others?
I do enjoy sharing images of moments I capture whilst on my adventures but I have found that the
there is real wisdom in silence.


What parts of all your travels do you enjoy the most?
New experiences. Travelling along a route for the first time and not knowing what is around the
corner.


Talk us through your creative process.
I try to capture spontaneous moments of my subjects that portray a sense of freedom.

What do you love most about shooting on film?
You don’t waste frames and you capture real moments...

Ultimate road trip itinerary, crew?

Wide open spaces and sunshine with my girlfriend, Constanze.


What are you listening to right now?
Kayex and The Vitriots

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Monday May 14 2018
Free to move

Stacey Skates

 

Stacey, tell us a bit about yourself...

I have Roller Skated since I was very young - my mum took me to my first class when I was 3 years old at our local Roller Rink. I did the chicken dance on Roller Skates and instantly feel in love. My Dad then continued to take me Roller Skating every week for lessons, it was a Daddy daughter time, which soon turned into 3 times a week, which then turn turned into competing at a State and Nation Level in Artistic Skating, and I skated well into my teens. I left Skating to finish studding with a goal to travel around the world as much as possible, all I wanted to do was travel and see the world and moved overseas when I was 19.

I took 7 years off my wheels. When I came back to Australia, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, I hadn’t figured out what career I wanted so I just started working for the money to travel more. A few years later started skating more regularly again through some performance and promotional work for friends’ businesses. I realised how unfit I had gotten, but hated the gym, I could see a gap in the market at the time for fun fitness – so many people came up to me while I was skating and said they either used to skate when they were younger and loved it, or had always wanted to give skating a try. Given that pretty much all of the rinks in Sydney had closed down, I realised I had to find a new way to bring the love of skating to new people.

I designed RollerFit classes as a mix of skate skills and fitness. Our first venue was an outdoor basketball court in Sydney’s Inner West! Six years down the track we have multiple (indoor) locations in Sydney, Bathurst, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and Melbourne. We have a RollerFit shop located at Tempe (Sydney) and online (shop.rollerfit.com.au). Since we opened over 4000 people have walked through our doors and put on a pair of skates, which makes me very happy!

Just around when I started RollerFit, I went on a holiday to NYC, I stumbled across Moxi Roller Skates in Urban Outfitters, so when I got back to Australia I contacted Moxi asking if we could have them in Australia, they told me to contact our distributor who at the time didn’t have Moxi, I put in an order for 15 sets, they sold at my classes super quick and I fell in love with them.

I travelled to Barcelona on a Solo Skating Trip I booked my flights 2 weeks before, the day after I arrived I met the owner of Moxi Michelle aka Estro Jen, we were staying in the same accommodation, skated together for 2 weeks straight it was an amazing trip, at the time the Moxi Skate Team had been around for a few months and she asked me why I never tried out for the team. Truth be told I thought you had to do ramps to be on the team. After I told her that she asked me if I would be on the team. I was sooo happy. A month or so later I was announced on the team. I am so so so grateful to be a part of such an amazing team and community.

 

  

What’s coming up for you?

So much Travelling!!!  Which is what I have always wanted and to be able to combine my love Roller Skating and my love travelling so is a dream come true. In a week I am heading to USA for the Moxi Skate Camp via Canada to visit some friends of mine, whenever I travel I always try to make sure I have a way of sharing skating. I am teaching some Workshops in Vancouver, then heading to Long Beach to meet up with the Moxi Gals and going onto the Moxi Camp at Woodward West, which I am super pumped about. I come back to Australia for a month then I head to Portugal and Italy and will definitely do some skating while I am there. I also might have a few other travel plans in the pipeline but yet to be announced. 

 

Freedom to me is…

Being able to put my Roller Skates on anywhere in the world to connect with fellow Roller Skaters, explore cites and create memories.

 

How does Wrangler connect with your personal style?

My style has always been street, functional with a splash of fun anything I can move freely in my Roller Skates with a pop of colour.

 

What are the little things you do each day to incorporate ‘freedom’ into your lifestyle?

Every day I either walk or skate down the street to the beach and look at the ocean for 10mins, it is what feels free to me.

 

Why do you do what you do?

To share my love for Roller Skating with the world and to help grow our amazing sport and community for holistic health and a balanced life. I love teaching Roller Skating its my passion and to see people smile on Roller Skates gives me all the amazing feels. I feel most free to be myself when I am able /open to discover, explore, create and connect while on my Roller Skates.

 

Where do you take inspiration from for your outfits/style?

Definitely from travelling, I love people watching when I travel to see what everyone around the world is wearing.

 

How does skating make you feel? 

Roller Skating makes me feel alive.

 

 

Tell us a bit about your business, and what it’s like to be your own boss.

I own and operate a Roller Skating Business, we host classes over 5 venues in Australia, run Roller Discos, kids’ parties and have a store. I also own and operate a Roller Skating entertainment agency, for corporate events, performances, and more. Being your own boss is a crazy but fun roller coaster ride. I am in my 7th year and I finally feel in the groove. Although it comes with a lot of challenges I wouldn’t trade it in for anything else. I am so grateful to be able to do what I love every day.

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Monday May 14 2018
FREE TO BE

Chloe Coles

 

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am 23 years old. I live in Stanwell Park in Wollongong where I have been my whole life. It is a simple life but I overcomplicate things. I enjoy cooking and painting and collecting things.

 

Freedom to me is…

Making decisions and sticking them through. 

 

I feel most able to make decisions when:

There are no expectations.

 

Describe your life in 5 words…

Indecisive, yellow, thinking, stories, collecting 

 

Where are you right now?

 I’m in a well lit sunroom in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.

 

How did you end up there!?

A couple of months ago I applied for a residency program here at a place called ‘Heima’. Which means home in Icelandic. And they chose 6 people. I was one of them. In the house besides from me, there is a writer, a saxophonist, a sculptor, an illustrator, and a performance artist. We all live together here. I live in the attic. It’s nice up there. I just woke up. 

 

You must’ve had some reflection time. What’s one thing you’ve learnt since you arrived?

Every time I go away somewhere I realise that I feel exactly the same wherever I am. I guess I like that. I have little routines and I put things around me that make me feel the most like I am at home. I think that’s such a funny thing to do. 

 

How do you feel art helps you express yourself?

I think that the way I feel is quite extreme. I like painting, I don’t know if it helps me to express myself. I don’t think that’s what I need from it. It just helps me to focus on one thing for a little while. 

 

What’s your favourite art medium?

Oil paint on canvas. I also like clay. 

 

Talk us through your creative process.

I have a lot of free time and so if I feel like painting then that’s what I do. I guess there isn’t much of a process. I only paint when I feel like it. If I don’t feel like I have anything to paint then I won’t do it 

 

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Confusions in my life.

 

What is/where is something/somewhere new that you’ve discovered recently?

We found a warehouse built into the side of a mountain at the end of the town here. We pushed the door open and went in. It was pretty dusty in there. We found a set of stairs that went down to a cellar. It was pitch black from what we could see. I went down first and realised nobody was following. I waited for my eyes to adjust to the dark. There was one little area where a patch of light was coming through a hole in the floor and beaming straight onto a table where a photograph of 2 boys sat. They were in the back of a ute facing the other way. The situation made it feel like they had died and I had been called to investigate. I sneezed and it sounded like it echoed for 45 miles down to the end of the room. 

 

Tell us your most memorable/exciting discovery?

I was in London a couple of years ago at a coffee shop buying my first ever coffee. I felt pretty weird and homesick. I remember standing in the line wondering how to order a coffee. I didn’t even know why I was doing it. I didn’t even really like coffee back then. I sat down and I was stirring in a sugar cube when I noticed on the spoon a little picture. It was one of those small collectible spoons that old people hang in little cabinets. The picture was of my hometown, and underneath a little badge that said “stanwell park”. It was very surreal. My town is so small. I felt like I should steal it or something but I didn’t. 

 

How do you feel about sharing your adventures/discoveries with others?

I like to talk about places that I have been but only if someone wants to listen. I don’t really like talking about things that are important to me when someone isn’t really listening. Most of the time people aren’t listening. I don’t really like discussing books that I have read or films that I have watched. It irritates me the way a book can make 1000 people feel sad or inspired.

 

Ultimate travel destination?

I want to say something like Sudan but I guess I don’t really know.

 

What do you do to relax?

I think reading is sometimes relaxing, sometimes not.

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Friday May 4 2018
FREE TO IMAGINE

Yuk Club

 

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Yuk Club is the brainchild of myself ‘Charlotte Stanforth’ and my partner ‘Jack Stubby Turner.’ I design at Wrangler and Stubby does the creative at Lee Jeans. Although our day-job run deep in denim another real passion for us is painting and crafting.

 

Freedom to us is…

Being able to express how we feel through creativity without any restrictions or boundaries.

“Painting for us is not only about the freedom of expression it comes with, but the epic relaxation you feel when doing it.”

 

Describe YUK Club in 3 words…

Yucky Fruit Forest.

 

How did it start and why? How much time do you spend on it?

It initially started because we wanted to hang something in our home, as we’re not the wealthiest type we thought why not paint it ourselves. What started out as a bit of a muck around we’re now fine tuning our style and pumping out some decent pieces! Time wise, we usually spend a full weekend on one canvas, making sure there’s appropriate coffee and sandwich breaks in between.

After putting our work on social media we have been lucky enough to create a nice little following that has also helped get our work out there. 

 

What is your greatest source of inspiration for YUK Club? Talk us through your creative process.

We love spending time at antique stores and mill markets, here we not only find rad stuff for our house but also see interesting colour palettes and shapes through old pottery, furniture and art. We then apply the things we see into our Yuk Club art.

 

How did you come up with the unique style of artwork, where did it come from?

My mum is an art teacher back in Adelaide and has more art books than the state library. Stubby and I love sitting down and reading them, one book that has stood out over time is “John Coburn’s - The Spirit Of Colour” this iconic Australian artist really gets us going.

 

How did you decide what materials, paints etc you wanted to use?

Just your usual acrylic paint set up for now, mainly because it’s the most accessible and easy to use on a canvas. Great for mixing specific colours as that’s key to any Yuk Club piece.

  

(Charlotte wear the Hi Birkin in Strip Vintage)

 

Tell us a bit about your recent collaboration with Slowdown Studio, how did it come about and how were you involved? What has this meant to Yuk Club?

Slow Down Studio is based out of California and do regular collaborations with up and coming artists. One of our canvas’ has been woven into their beautiful throws and will be dropping online real soon. We are also in the process of designing a few homeware pieces (bed linen, ceramics, towels) so watch this space ;)

 

You’re most memorable and exciting discovery when starting Yuk Club?

The fact that the art looked half decent when we first started out really surprised us. I guess it was exciting first of all knowing it didn’t look shit, and the fact that we could work together and create something unique made us feel real nice inside.

 

What do you love most about painting? How does it make you feel free/create freedom within your life?

Painting for us is not only about the freedom of expression it comes with, but the epic relaxation you feel when doing it. You can just switch your brain off for that part of the day, put on some records, have a little boogie and just forget about everything else that’s going on.

 

What is/where is something/somewhere new that you’ve discovered recently?

It not necessarily something new we’ve discovered, but more so something we’ve fallen back in love with. We’ve moved house recently and it has a bath tub, let me tell you if you want to have a relaxing time run yourself one of those, turn the lights off, light some candles, and the rest is history,

 

 

Ultimate holiday itinerary?

We’d love to go to Tel Aviv in Israel, seems so beautiful and interesting!

 

What are you listening to/reading right now? 

Listening to “Rumours” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Reading “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari

 

Follow Yuk CLub on Instagram here.

Shop freedom denim here.

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Thursday May 3 2018
Introducing the sid

The Sid is our new slim tapered jean, with a mid rise and ankle length.

They are slim through the seat & thigh and skinny from the knee to ankle.

 

 

Shop the Sid Jean from our latest Freedom collection

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