The Archibald Prize – Marcus Wills Portrait of James Batchelor


    A curious number of finalists have been announced for the prestigious Archibald Prize. Amongst the fifty-one faces portrayed in this years crop of paintings was that of Canberra born dancer and choreographer, James Batchelor, painted by Melbourne artist Marcus Wills. Wills is something of an Archibald veteran having won the prize in 2006 for his painting The Paul Juraszek Monolith as well as making the final in 2015 for El cabeceo. Wills graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Charly Thorn


  Earlier this year, Team Leiden had the pleasure of attending Fashionation, a fashion event in Cooma showcasing both the local design talent and also the regions amazing wool. After all the excitement of the runway show we sat down with the youngest designer to showcase work on the evening, Charly Thorn to find out more about her design process.   Ledien: What is your earliest fashion memory? Charly: My earliest fashion memory would be when I was about 4 years old sitting on the floor of our new house, no furniture just a mattress, a box of Barbie dolls,… Continue Reading

Sugaring: A Sweet Way to Remove Hair


  Ahh, hair removal. The bane of most girls (and guys) existence. Waxing and shaving are probably what comes to mind first, but have you heard of the latest hair removal trend ‘sugaring’? It’s a sweet deal. Whilst very similar to waxing in practice, sugaring is a natural hair removal method that has been used for centuries throughout Northern Africa, Greece, and the Middle East. And if it’s good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for me to at least try! So what actually is it? Like waxing, a thick paste that is traditionally made out of raw sugar, lemon… Continue Reading