Friday, 18 October 2013

Why don't mori girls macrame?

 No seriously, why don't they?

Macrame is a craft which involves using many different types of knots to make a wall hanging. Popular subjects include owls-


Plant hangers -


And bags-


Macrame was particularly popular during the hippie era, for its natural quality. Wall hangings, like the owls, utilised sticks gathered from forests or countryside.

Surely this caters to the mori girl aesthetic (the owls would work well with dark mori girl). Yet I haven't seen this catch on. Perhaps it is too difficult or time consuming... Yet it was popular for a while, years ago.

I think I'd like to see a revival, particularly with the owls. :)

Are there any other crafts/activities that you have always felt a particular 'style tribe' should be engaged with, but aren't?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Halloween in Sydney: Dates for the Calendar † Scare Fair, Halloween Parties and Jurassic Lounge



So with Halloween coming up, there's a few interesting events happening in Sydney (sorry kittens elsewhere in the world, I'm not sure what's happening around your area...)

If you're in Sydney any time over the next few weeks, I've rounded up a few places you can sink your fangs into.

26th October
Trick or Treat: Halloween Cruise

29th October
Jurassic Lounge: Halloween Night*

30th October
Halloween Dinner (You may have to be a TAFE student)

31st October
NDFC Scare Fair*
UWS Connect Halloween Party (You may have to be a UWS student)
UBar Halloween Party (You may have to be a MQU student)
Music for Halloween from the Australian Quartet
Lady Killers: The All-Girl Halloween Spectacular
Halloween Skywalk
Jesse Willesee's Haunted Hotel


Recommended

Jurassic Lounge: Halloween Night
I highly recommend this event: held at the Australian Museum, there will be specimen preparations, a band and deep-ocean creature talks. I recommend this event because 1) Jurassic Lounge is pretty awesome, and 2) it's closing down! This is the last season, so you have to experience it before it goes :(

NDFC Scare Fair
Macquarie University's Natural Disaster Fundraising Community is running a Scare Fair on the night of Halloween. You don't have to be an MQU student to join in, and all proceeds go to disaster relief efforts :) There's a maze and movies :)


I'm thinking of going to the Jurassic Lounge event, perhaps as the Flame Princess. I have another party I've been invited to, and part of me feels I should again dress as a character... but why pass up the opportunity to dress full-blown goth? I'm thinking corset, slitted maxi-skirt and knee-high stompers :3

Who's got a Halloween party lined up?

Friday, 11 October 2013

Hostility in the alternative scene † online bullying, what's the deal with Felice Fawn?

I met up with a friend today, an old friend from school who was always a bit wild and I admired for that. She had just come back from overseas, but, now that I think of it, we didn't talk about that.

Instead, we talked about school. I was never really aware of exactly how bad it was, because I wasn't really in any of her classes, but there was a very definite and sustained 'campaign' (is the only word for it) against her.

Leaving school and entering university, she told me how surprised she was that people actually like her and *gasp* guys actually thought she was sexy. A lot of guys.

The more I listened, the more it appeared to me that there was one motivating factor behind what had happened to her - jealousy. Several girls were installing in people's heads that my friend was 'weird' and god forbid you hang out with someone 'weird' in school.

Considering how popular she is (particularly with guys) right now, I feel like there was a great deal of jealousy at play. Girls would accuse her of dancing 'like a slut', and with others telling her that she was being judgmental, she felt it was her fault, or that she was imagining it.

It's a hard thing to listen to one of the most important people in your life telling you things like this. Whilst I knew she didn't always get along with other people in our grad, I wasn't aware of the depth.

So when I was trawling through I Love Goth Girls, looking at outfits, and came across a picture of Felice Fawn (who I believe is an occasional model?), I vaguely remembered that she had some kind of campaign against her. So I went looking.

Here she is.

I found The Truth About Felice Fawn, which is unfortunately a tumblr site so it is difficult to find a sustained, logical argument that Felice is not a nice person (essentially). However, one thing I can say, whether Felice is a good person or not, is that the tone of this tumblr is incredibly bitchy. It is also one of many sites.

Maybe I'm too zen for my own good, but hey... that's not cool. Whether or not someone else is a cow does not also entitle you to be a cow. And I thought back to my friend and what she faced. Whether you agree or disagree with the way she dances or experiments or whatever, or whether you're jealous because you kinda want to be like her... it's a small person that acts pettily on those feelings.

Obviously this isn't limited to the alternative scene. But I think it's kind of sad that 'alternative' people, who are often themselves ostracised/bullied/alienated, should engage in this sort of thing. No matter who is doing the harassment or is being harassed, it's not okay.

I honestly prefer reading Felice's tumblr. At least it's calm and somewhat funny. Maybe the accusations against her are true IDK, but I'm not interested in reading bitchy rants (unless they're ironic. Like this guy's).

No doubt if any Felice hater catches wind of this post, my comments page will be flooded with comments like these:



Oh well. Some people never learn. But this sort of thing can lead to this sort of thing. And if you say 'so what, she deserves it' how can you even call yourself human?

/rant

Monday, 7 October 2013

Where to find free music † Last.fm, Universal Music, Newgrounds

And now for something a little different. By no means is this for dark alternatives only :)

Being a little low on money means I have to prioritise my spending. This often means only spending on food, transport and little else.

But I love music, so I'm always looking for some free tunes.

Lucky for me, I have a varied taste in music. I listen to acts such as Nick Cave, Sisters of Mercy, Jeff Buckley, DELUHI, Jimmy Eat World, KYO, Modest Mouse, Gorillaz, Yo La Tengo, 2NE1, etc. etc.

So where do I go to find my music? (Legally. I'm a law student, so it wouldn't do to engage in illegal activities now...) Well, hold onto your cats, here are the best places I have found.

1. Last.fm
Last.fm was one of the first places I gained free music from. It was here that I found bands such as Celestial Aeon Project (instrumental, ambient), Thùy Chi (Vietnamese soft pop), Paper Tiger (indie experimental) and pandoras.box (shoegaze). Occasionally, more well-known bands will provide a free song or two, and sometime remixes of their songs will also appear (there are 5 or so NIN songs available as remixes).

To find free songs, you basically go to this page. To look for a specific genre, just add /"tag" at the end of the url, where "tag" is what you are looking for.

E.g.:

Goth: http://www.last.fm/music/+free-music-downloads/goth
Metal: http://www.last.fm/music/+free-music-downloads/metal

Note that last.fm is part-wiki; this means that the tags may not be correct. It's like going through Tumblr.


2. FreePlay Music
I only get instrumental music from here, but there are lyrical pieces as well. I won't recommend specific artists, as I found I like individual pieces rather than the artists. Have a wander :)

3. Universal Music
If you want free music from slightly better known (but also slightly mainstream) artists, use this site. I recommend "Shell Games" by Bright Eyes. :3



4. Bandcamp
There's good music here, some of it free. Check the free tag. Andrew Huang's indie pop is good relaxing music, although not all of it is free. (This guy can play every musical instrument known to humans, including a few unknown, such as cat).



5. Newgrounds
Newgrounds is about free stuff: games, music and videos. All have been created by anyone who has an interest in that sort of stuff: think deviantART. There are categories to browse through in the left sidebar. I recommend Hania Lee's "Alice is Dead" for a slightly creepy jazzy number.



6. Samplers
Free cds! I've picked them up at concerts, outside entertainment shops like JB Hifi's and wherever free music magazines are spruiked. Often they have sampler CDs with some hidden treasures.

Are there any other good places to score free music?

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Obligatory Halloween post † cheap Halloween items, silly outfit

Okay, so it's been a little quiet around here. I had my wisdom teeth out. It hurt. It still hurts. Moving on.

So a few days before I got my teeth out, I was in the city, deep in the bowels of an amazing bargain shop full of Halloween stuff. I was there for work, of sorts, so I didn't really have time to take photos, but I did find som images online of some of the products.


Of course, lots of cheap plasticky things. I briefly considered getting some things for デコデン decoden but I'm on a budget and I have too much stuff, so I passed.


More cheap stuff... but I'm kind of tempted. There's something atmospheric about spiderwebs.


The hats were really fun :3 and the masks (you can't really see them very well here) were great too.

Here's me in one of the masks. Along with black wings and a feather boa. Don't ask.
It was certainly better stocked than any other bargain shop I had seen. Places like Top Dollar, Hot Dollar and Red Dollar (which I think are essentially the same shop with a different type of dollar...) are not so good, although things are picking up as Halloween approaches.

Another place doing well is Daiso, the great $2.80 Japanese variety store which has very quickly infiltrated Sydney. I'll probably check them out at some point, but for now, all I have to go on is their online catalogue.

And as a final note, my camera has returned to me :) I can start taking photos again.

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