What inspired you to start The Shelter SC mag?
As I said, everything! Probably the talking with locals was the part that encouraged me to do it the most. I understood people wanted this to happen.
Is there a collective behind it or are you a one woman show?
I’m the director of the project and the legal structure is a company but my mind is more in the “US” mode than in the “I” mode. So far I did most of the work, but I did everything with strong guidance and support from an amazing bunch of people. My amazing artist partner Alex Lange is working for The Shelter a lot! Also, Erin Thiele guides me with the numbers and legal side of the business. The Refinery helped me give more shape to a bunch of ideas, and now I have a great friend of mine called Maria Grana helping me a lot with production management and marketing. So in regards to the question, no it's definitely not a one woman show. I have the vision but we all work really hard together towards the growth of this project.
Where can people find the magazine?
We have quite a few stockists now, most being around the coast but also a few in Brisbane. to name a few Eckersleys Kawana, SCU Art Gallery, Deadly Espresso in Eumandi, Chiggys Skateboarding in Coolum, Homegrown in Palmwoods, Alley Cat Espresso in Coolum, Peace Run Records in Nambour, Captain Sip Sops at Thomas Surfboards in Noosaville, Flying West in Doonan, Noosa Regional Gallery, Pomona Railway Station Gallery, Poets Café in Montville, and at the Borrow, Artisan, Forge Forge Forward in Brisbane, and many others that are on our Highlights of Instagram, for everyone to check it out. (@thesheltersc)
I have only just returned to the coast and it feels like our little towns are shining bright with community art… Do you feel the coast is changing (in a positive way) and more creative spaces are opening up?
I’m new to the coast, I’ve been here for the last 4 years only, so I can’t compare to what was here before, but I do compare it to all the other places I’ve been around the world, and I always say, I feel like Australia is in general, like the younger brother of the world, he was born in a world that was well experienced already and learned from mistakes of older brothers and sisters countries. So, I see a great advantage for this country to be so young. Sunshine Coast is even younger! Hah So it’s really easy for me to see that this will only grow to be a city with coastal paradise and magical hinterland as many other places, but this one has a uniqueness in the community, here people care a lot! Communicate a lot, it’s a super conscious community the one that Sunny Coast gives home to. This is probably why we chose to live here, not only the paradise side.
I can see how most of the people are excited for new things to happen and there is a thirst for more and more creative and mindful projects to emerge, its really exciting. I think to talk about local growth is a delicate subject since there’s also a lot of people that would like things to stay the way they are and its fair as well, but for me in terms of cultural development I see the bustle and I’m really looking forward for Sunny Coast’s future. I can clearly see more creative spaces opening, it’s happening already.
Why do you believe art, or being creative, is important for us?
Oh, for me was always a matter of mental sanity. If I’m sad I paint or write, if I’m feeling existential, I listen to music, if I’m more outgoing and feeling energetic I go and explore local galleries it’s like, there’s no ‘being’ for me without art. And now with all this COVID way of leaving, I think it’s even clearer for everyone. What do you do if you are stuck, you spend your time filling your mind and ‘soul’ with creative practices, it’s what is keeping us sane and connected. Art is a channel in my understanding, between the non-tangible world, the unknown and the everyday material world we live in. So, to have a balance with the non-tangible (feelings, thoughts, perceptions, premonitions, etc.) and the “I have to cope with being a human in a material world” thing… haha Arts are key! Art & Culture is our perfect medicine!
Is there any galleries, art spaces, or community projects you’d like to tell us about on the coast, that you think everyone should check out?
Oh, there is a few… Now I’m quite obsessed with Peter Phillips and his gallery, I mean, it’s a living legend, who lives here in the coast and he opens his studio/Gallery for everyone to visit, crazy! Also, I’m quite passionate about what The Refinery people are doing, I like to call them the undercover hippies haha because they work for the council but, these are people that dream with a world where Artists can sustain themselves and they give creatives, tons of high value tools, for free! I think that talks well about Sunshine Coast council too, and makes me respect them more. I feel lucky to have known this brunch of the council that cares about Art & Culture and its people. I also love the local band ‘Dear Doonan’ they are extremely talented and cool. And well, the Butter Factory, I recently knew that space and I think is epic! Now I want to check out Tarella Brewing, I heard good thigs about them. Also I think The Met are into something very interesting, looking ways to provide cultural experiences to a wider audience, with the big space they have in central Maroochydore with the events they are curating.
Have you any ideas for future projects, or is that top secret?
Hahah nothing is top secret with me, I’m so bad at keeping secrets even mine, awful. So please don’t ever tell me a secret! I’m not interested haha Anyway, yes, there’s great projects coming The Shelter’s way, we want to have our own space! So hopefully this is the year.
What are 3 things that you like to do every day (or week) that bring you joy and make life better?
Writing, journaling definitely, hugging my family, I do that as many times per day as I can, and spend time chatting with my friends.