Talking Science with Erica Heidger from the Creative Element


  It’s National Science Week and instead of celebrating all things science for just one week, we thought we would celebrate all month long. That’s why we are dedicating the entire month of August to women kicking butt in science and tech. We got the ball rolling with our interview with Madi from Shirty Science and now we are chatting with Erica Heidger from science based start-up The Creative Element. As well as offering training and consulting services, The Creative Element puts on amazing community events. Their incredibly popular adults-only event, Pretty Dangerous Science, includes workshops where you can learn… Continue Reading

Chatting with International Artist Benjamin Shine


‘I think we’re all born with the ability to be highly creative but the degree to which it develops depends on how much encouragement and opportunity we have to express it as we grow up.’   Benjamin Shine for Bergdorf Goodman   You may be familiar with Benjamin’s work from his exhibition, ‘The Dance’, at the Canberra Centre in 2015 or his collaboration most recently on a collection of tulle artworks for renowned New York department store, Bergdorf Goodman. Benjamin’s work never ceases to amaze me. His client list includes Google, MTV, Harrods, Barclays, Eurostar and many others. His work… Continue Reading

Talking with Daniel Riley from Bangarra


  The latest creative work from Bangarra, one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, has been receiving its fair share of critical acclaim after its debut in Sydney. Bennelong tells the story of Woollarawarre Bennelong, a senior man of the Eora, and how he and his people first made contact with white settlers. Ahead of the show coming to Canberra, we caught up with dancer and choreographer Daniel Riley who has been with the company for eleven years and plays the role of Governor Phillip in Bennelong. Like many of the professional dancers to come out of Canberra, Daniel grew… Continue Reading

Talking Art Part 2 – Harriet Mitchell


We recently came across two incredibly talented students who are studying at the Australian National University School of Art and decided to find out more about them. Meet Divya Melaluca and Harriet Mitchell in our two part interview series ‘Talking Art’.     Name: Harriet Mitchell Age: 20   Leiden: What first drew you to art? Harriet: When I was little my mum signed me up to art classes at Lavender Art Studios, and it became my favourite two hours of the week. It was a supportive and exciting space that I was encouraged to appreciate looking and observing.   L:… Continue Reading

Talking Art Part 1 – Divya Melaluca


We recently came across two incredibly talented students who are studying at the Australian National University School of Art and decided to find out more about them. Meet Divya Melaluca and Harriet Mitchell in our two part interview series ‘Talking Art’.     Name: Divya Melaluca Age: 22   Leiden: What first drew you to art? Divya: I have always felt that my strongest and heightened sense was my eyesight. So I’ve always been drawn to really looking and observing my surroundings. Things have felt very ‘alive’ and ‘appear’ at me or ‘into’ me shall we say. I only started… Continue Reading

Chatting with KLP


  You could say that Kristy Lee Peters (aka KLP) is a renaissance woman. She is a producer, radio host, songwriter, DJ and vocalist, creating and performing her own music as well as collaborating with Australian and international talent. KLP has had a #1 single in Japan and as a child sung in the classic 90’s commercial for Lube Mobile (you know the one). We managed to catch KLP after she released her latest single ‘Changes’ and in the middle of her current Mix Match tour. Here’s what she’s been up to:   Leiden: You’ve been a song-writer and a singer… Continue Reading

An Interview with Photographer Lori Cicchini


  You would be forgiven for mistaking Lori Cicchini’s photographic work for a painting. Such is the otherworldly subject matter and rich texture of each image she crafts. While her work has reached an international audience, Lori is still very much connected to Canberra, the city she calls home, working with local designers, models, makeup artists and hair stylist to create her signature images. Lori’s career continues to go from strength to strength. Not only has her work been published in countless publications including Vogue Italia, Lori was recently invited to present as part of the Venice Biennale. She has… Continue Reading

An Interview with Makeup Artist Lilah Gow


  Today is a special day for the incredibly talented makeup artist Lilah Gow as she relaunches her successful business under her own name: Lilah Gow Makeup Artistry. Lilah is known for her dedication to her craft, her beautiful personality and for creating unique looks tailored to each person she works with. She is passionate about empowering individuals through beauty and makeup.  We caught up with her to find out more about her love of makeup, her career so far and what is next for her business.   Emma: What first drew you to makeup? Lilah: Coming from a dance… Continue Reading