The Queens We Celebrate
People can fall into our lives at just the right time, and it can feel like some type of divine magic is at work. Happenstance or synchronicity: it’s these connections that enrich our lives and foster our creativity.
FME Apparel's AW19 collection, Serendipity, is a meditation on these moments, and this Queen’s Birthday weekend we say 'No, thanks!’ to the monarchy and ‘Yes, please!' to the sisterhood of women who provide us with direction and inspiration.
There’s Manisha Anjalia writer, performer and dream archivist. Musician, DJ and producer at Next Wave and Melbourne Fringe, Kalyani Mumtaz. Awhina Anima, a human geography student and self-proclaimed bedroom dancer. Italian ex-pat Sara Stavrideswho manages Mark Douglass Design, and finally, body worker and artist, Brooke Yallop.
Together, they remind us of the power of women and the beauty of connectivity.
These are our muses.
These are the Queens that we choose to celebrate.
Kalyani Mumtaz @kalyanimumtaz .
Kalyani Mumtaz is a Trawlwoolway artist, curator, and community arts worker, living in so-called Melbourne on Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Lands. Mumtaz is a Producer at @next_wave and @melbfringe and is a core member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts collective, @this_mob. Kalyani currently performs music as a solo artist, and recently released an EP ‘a leaf a flower’, with her project @kalyani.and.isha. Kalyani’s work as an artist and curator centres truth and responsibility.
"I create because my mother taught me that to create is to heal yourself. I create because it makes me feel better and gives me a reason to keep going. I create to imagine my self into existence. I create because I am a conduit of my Ancestors. I create because there is so much work to be done."
Manisha Anjali @manishaanjali .
Manisha is a writer, performer and dream archivist. She is the author of Sugar Kane Woman (Witchcraft Press, 2016). Manisha is the creator of Neptune, an audio project documenting dreams, hallucinations and visions of artists and writers. She is the Poetry Editor at The Lifted Brow and is currently working LIZARD, a collection of poems set in the animal realm of the afterlife.
“I create because I want to have intimacy with the whole world. I want to communicate in the language of dreams. I work with illusions, delusions, mirrors and shadows. I want to break through the fabric of reality and re-order time. Dreaming is a form of storytelling and travel. Everything I do in writing and performance is expression of my spirit. This is the poet’s inner world. It is made of fire, water, flowers and reptiles.” .
Brooke Yallop @easy_over_
Brooke is an artist and Body worker specialising in Pilates and Barre. She believes movement is the most inherent form of communication and a means of heightening body awareness and connection.
“I create because it is the way in which I acknowledge every part of my being. It is the way I relate to the world, channel energy and process emotion. My personal practice is my purest form of self expression and honours my physical, emotional and spiritual self in their entirety.”
The full shoot is viewable over at Ladies of Leisure. Special thanks to all the creatives involved.
Muses: Awhina Anima, Brooke Yallop, Kalyani Mumtaz,
Manisha Anjali, Sara Stavrides
Photography: Maddy Maeve
Art Direction: Laura Albee Barton
Words: Cait Emma Burke
Assistant: Rebecca Ashby