In Conversation with Eloise Harpas: Dance, Body Image and Making it in the U.S


  Eloise Harpas is a twenty-one-year-old professional dancer who has just returned home from the U.S. after a three-month scholarship at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York where she was awarded the ‘Outstanding Student Award’: the only Australian on a three-month scholarship to win it. After jumping on a plane with the intention of completing the three-month course in New York and the goal of being noticed within the U.S industry she successfully made connections in the Big Apple. Eager to push herself further, she extended her trip to Los Angeles to see what she could achieve in the… Continue Reading

Love, Shakespeare and Theatre: An Interview with Ray Chong Nee


  Let’s do a little exercise together shall we? Close your eyes, take a deep breath and clear your mind. Now think of a famous couple. Just go with the first thing that pops into your head. Now open your eyes and keep reading.   I’m guessing you probably thought of Kim and Kanye. Or Beyonce and Jay Z. Or perhaps, like Leiden’s copy editor Jesse Petrie whom I just made participate in this exercise, you might even have thought of Bert and Ernie. But let’s take it back a little further in history. Back to the beginnings of the… Continue Reading

Talking Music, Art, and Life with Grouplove


  Talking to Andrew Wessen, guitarist and vocalist from American indie-folk pop-rainbow band Grouplove, is like talking to an old friend. It doesn’t feel like a phone interview between an amateur music journalist and a highly successful musician. It feels like a fun chat, we’re laughing and reminiscing. After we joke about Wessen’s inability to say ‘Melbourne’ in an Australian accent, I ask him what he’s been enjoying about Grouplove’s February tour through our east coast. ‘We’re in a hot streak right now. We’re playing new music, and it’s been fun because, having three records out, you get to pull… Continue Reading

Not Ya Nan’s Embroidery


  Crafting has been making a come back over the last decade or so, largely due to our increasing desire to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the mindful act of creating with our hands. This desire is something Caitlin Tubb knew all too well as she started her rather cheeky embroidery business Not Ya Nan’s Embroidery. A curvaceous bottom or perky breast may not be the sort of subject matter you would typically see embroidered into an artwork but it is undeniably fun and provoking. We caught up with her to find out just what made her pick up… Continue Reading

From Paris with Love – Crazy Horse has Arrived


  The Parisian cabaret scene has always been a draw card for travelers making their pilgrimage to the city of light. Along with a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower, climbing the Arc de Triumph and getting lost in the Louvre, an evening spent at either the Moulin Rouge or Folies Bergere is another of those seemingly mandatory experiences to be ticked off the itinerary. But what of Crazy Horse? This Parisian establishment, having not been immortalised in film by Baz Lurhamn, is perhaps less well known to the traveler seeking a night of revelery in Paris. Founded in… Continue Reading

Talking Makeup with Katie Saarikko


  We love beauty and makeup. We also love finding out what makes people tick, so it’s always a pleasure to combine the two when we sit down to chat with a makeup artist. Not only does Katie Saariko run her own thriving business, she works as the creative director of Makeup for FASHFEST and teaches at the Canberra Institute of Technology. We caught up with this incredible artist to pick her brains about it all.   Leiden: What first drew you to makeup? Katie: I’ve always been interested in art. I won a few drawing and painting competitions as… Continue Reading

Kim Churchill’s Top Ten Albums


  Singer songwriter Kim Churchill is a busy man. Not only is he releasing a new album, he is about to set off on a huge national tour. Weight_Falls, the follow up to Silence/Win, almost didn’t come together. After working on the album for over eighteen months, Churchill decided at the last minute that what he had produced wasn’t quite good enough. He then decided to throw it out and start again. After a hectic week writing followed by a couple of months piecing everything together, Churchill ended up with something adventurous, intuitive and surprising. For lovers of his past… Continue Reading

Talking Science with Dr Erin Walsh


  Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be a handful of ‘iconic’ people on a university campus? You know the type: someone whom everybody knows and recognises even if they have never had a class with them. When I studied science at the Australian National University (ANU) there was such a person. She was affectionately dubbed ‘Yellow Girl’ and as you may have guessed, she made herself conspicuous by dressing solely in the colour yellow. So iconic was she that I even heard her mentioned on the radio earlier in the year when, during O Week, discussion… Continue Reading