Celebrating female artists: Introducing Emma Heeney

Emma Heeney, Launch Bubble Celebrating Female Artists SeriesMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists from Australia.

Today’s feature artist is Emma Heeney, a songwriter and musician who successfully worked out how to beat years of writers’ block!

1. What art do you make?

I’ve been a musician since I can remember. These days, I’m primarily a songwriter, and sometimes play live as a solo artist (with a band of excellent musicians). Over the years I’ve played in a bunch of different bands as a singer/guitarist/keyboard player and independently released and toured bunch of albums.

I’ve also been a backing vocalist for some higher profile acts and whizzed around the country doing that, as well as a singing cartoon voice, and have made music for documentaries.

2. What is one of your proudest achievements as an artist?

Late last year I released an album called “After the Fireworks”. The lead up to the album was a tricky period for me.

I was in a world of confusion about what I was doing with my life, hadn’t written anything in years, and could barely bring the word artist to my mouth when people asked what I did.

I decided I wanted to start writing again but I had no idea whether I’d be able to finish anything.

Over 2 years I slowly put together a bunch of songs that sounded like they could be an album. Then I got some friends on board and we played them as a band, and the sounds started to take shape. After that it all just fell into place. I was successful in getting funding from Arts Victoria to record an album, and one of my favourite musicians and producers, Greg Walker, agreed to record/produce the album. Read more

Celebrating female artists: Introducing Zoe Taylor

Zoe Taylor, Launch Bubble Celebrating Female Artists Series, with quoteMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists from Australia.

Today’s feature artist is Zoe Taylor, film director and producer.

1. What art do you make?

I make all kinds of different videos – from music videos to short films to corporate and promotional videos.

2. What is one of your proudest achievements as an artist?

One of my proudest achievements as an artist is starting my own video production company – Taylored Productions. It’s a scary thing to start your own business and there have been a lot of bumps along the way! But I have learnt and am still learning a lot each and every day in my business venture. Read more

Celebrating female artists: Introducing Jude Perl

Jude Perl, Launch Bubble Celebrating Female Artists SeriesMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists from Australia.

Today’s feature artist is Jude Perl – singer, songwriter and comedian.

1. What art do you make?

I am a singer/songwriter/comedian. I perform a mixture of serious, silly, sexy, non-sexy music and talking-ness.

2. What is one of your proudest achievements as an artist?

I’m quite proud of my music video for my last single “Girls & Boys”

And I’m proud of my new album that’s coming out later this year. Mostly I’m proud of the song I wrote about Yetta (grandmother from TV show “The Nanny”), only like the greatest character in the history of everything. Read more

Celebrating female artists: Introducing Sivan Mayhew

Sivan Mayhew, Launch Bubble Celebrating Female Artists SeriesMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists from Australia.

Today’s feature artist is Sivan Mayhew, a professional touring musician.

1. What art do you make?

I am a musician and songwriter with The April Maze – I sing, play cello, guitar and a bit of banjo. I never planned on being a musician – I was always going to be a painter (visual artist). After a long break from that I have just gone back to painting in my spare time. The introvert in me is loving being creative without having to perform.

2. What is one of your proudest achievements as an artist?

When Todd and I first started The April Maze all we wanted was to be able to live off our music. We have managed to do this, without being famous and without compromising our art.

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Celebrating female artists: Introducing Kelly Rose Ryan

Kelly Rose Ryan, Launch Bubble Celebrating Female Artists SeriesMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating  female artists from Australia.

Today’s feature artist is Kelly Rose Ryan, a triple threat actor, personal trainer and librarian.

1. What art do you make?

I work in theatre melding together acting, physical theatre, singing, circus and design (just a few things!). Currently my central project is Rose Ryan Cabaret through which I produce, write and perform cabaret. Read more

Celebrating female artists: Introducing Susannah Jo Foster

Susannah Jo Foster, Launch Bubble Celebrating Female Artists SeriesMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating  female artists from Australia.

Today’s feature artist is Susannah Jo Foster, a sculptor intrigued by awkward movement patterns.

1. What art do you make?

Recently I’ve been making found object kinetic sculpture with awkward movement patterns. I get most of my materials from hard rubbish and then experiment with them to find interesting ways that they can interact with each other.

I also make GIFs, some of my process in the studio and others of digital mash ups of photographs. Occasionally I dress in bright colours and undertake irrelevant performance art about going to the beach. Read more

Celebrating female artists: Introducing Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett celebrating female artists Launch Bubble seriesMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating  female artists from Australia.

Today’s feature artist is Freya Bennett, a singer-songwriter, composer and magazine founder from Melbourne.

1. What art do you make?

I am a singer-songwriter and composer (as well as a sometimes illustrator!). I create pop/indie/folky music. I love writing music for short films and live projects as well as writing my own songs. I work with some wonderful people in creating music that feels meaningful to me (and hopefully others!)

My main instrument is piano and I love writing instrumental pieces inspired by films like ‘Amelie’ and ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’.

I am also founder and co-editor of Tigress magazine for Girls. We are an online magazine aimed at empowering teenage girls and giving them a refreshing view of the world.

I got really tired of the media aimed at girls and women so decided to do something about that.

I run the magazine with photographer Sophie Pellegrini who lives in America. It was a wonderful way to collaborate with someone on the other side of the world! Read more

Celebrating female artists: Introducing Rachel Gaffney-Dawson

Rachel Gaffney-Dawson Celebrating female artists Launch Bubble seriesMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating  female artists from Australia.

Today’s feature artist is Rachel Gaffney-Dawson, a visual artist and musician from Brisbane.

1. What art do you make?

I am a visual artist and musician. I enjoy working with a range of art mediums such as painting (oil and acrylic), digital art, drawing (pencil and pen), woodblock carving/printing and mosaic.

I sing, play piano and guitar and write original songs. In the distant past I also played flute for many years, and may take it up again some day.

2. What is one of your proudest achievements as an artist?

The past year has been a big one for me. I launched a pozible crowd funding campaign that was successful, held my first solo visual arts exhibition, coordinated a group exhibition featuring nine Brisbane based arts workers and recorded my first album. Read more

Celebrating female artists – Introducing Natasha Hall

Natasha Hall - Launch Bubble Celebrating Female Artists SeriesMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists.

Today’s feature artist is Natasha Hall, a visual artist from Melbourne who is at that incredibly exciting time of her career where she finally feels like she is creating a visual language that reflects who she is. (So jealous right now. Will we ever join her?!)

1. What art do you make?

I am an assemblage visual artist who lives in Greensborough, Victoria. I am currently exploring childhood and the natural world through collage, found objects and photography. I love using photography to capture the beauty and people in everyday surroundings. When I have chosen a photograph to work with, I use found objects (most often natural) and images (most often those that remind me of childhood memories) to create stories or alternate worlds. Read more

Celebrating female artists: Introducing Melissa Main

Melissa Main celebrating female artists Launch Bubble seriesMarch the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists.

Today’s feature artist is Melissa Main, a sassy, warm, prolific songwriter and performer who also has a super power for helping other people rediscover the magic of musical creativity and play. I’ve witnessed her help many people rediscover their thrill for music, and she’s also helped me personally rediscover mine several times when I thought I’d never play again.

1. What art do you make?

I’m a songwriter and performer and Musician’s Accomplice.

2. What is one of your proudest achievements as an artist?

Each time I finish a song and all the pieces fit together: the lyrics, the rhythm, the story, the punchline, the melody and the arrangement I get a ridiculous sense of achievement. I’m also quite proud of my Youtube clip for “Designer Vagina”.

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