The great thing about working in the media or creative industries is that you can do it from anywhere in the world and every corner of the globe has its own creative scene flowing with a unique outlook on art, fashion, literature, illustration etc.
Our Debut Dolls Around The Globe feature is a way for us to get a taste of exactly how a creative career works in other parts of the world and what you can expect if you ever get the wanderlust bug and want to venture the globe. This month Tiffany Preston, tell us what it’s like in Sydney, Austalia…
It goes without saying that Sydney is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities any young creative can visit. If you’re going as an aspiring fashion designer, photographer, budding artist or maybe you’re a postgraduate looking for some inspiration? You will soon discover that the creative sphere you are searching for is there, you just have to put your best foot forward and explore. With over 600 suburbs to find yourself in, this can sometimes be an overwhelming step. So to start making things a little easier we’ve put together some rewarding finds in fashion, media, art, and anything well, creative.
Starting off in the South West of Sydney you will find a thriving suburb called Ultimo. It homes the Powerhouse Museum which often showcases fashion, pop cultural and design exhibitions. Current exhibition The Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015, displays both high-end fashion and history. Expect to see garments up and close from renowned designers such as Alexandra McQueen, Calvin Klein, Channel etc… Whilst you are in this part of town too, you won’t be too far from Sydney’s beautifully historic Capitol Theatre... Move quickly and you could catch the roaring 1920s classic ‘Chicago.’
To delve further into the fashion scene we recommend a visit to Sydney’s Paddington Market. Aspiring designers get excited to be amongst the same stalls that carved careers for the likes of Zimmerman and Sass & Bide. It’s impossible to not join in with this creative crowd as they mingle with other fashion figures to get a glimpse of what could be the next generation of Australian designers.
Oxford Street is also known as Australian’s must-see fashion destination with plenty of bloggers making their mark on the streets. If you want to follow in a similar suit then this may just be your 24-7 hangout. However, saying that, you haven’t checked out the Sydney art scene yet… Kirribilli Markets is just North of Sydney 11 minutes away from Paddington. Here every second Sunday they put on a specific Art and Design market. It’s worth the wait if you dig live music and feel like picking up some Artisan goods.
Now for an insight into the media and creative scene in Sydney. If you are like many others starting off with no immediate contacts in the city then we suggest you try your luck at co-working. Ideal if you are a freelance writer, online blogger, business venturer or perhaps you just want to get into a creative space for a while. Don’t be put off because heaps of industry people start of co-working, these types of spaces are made for experimental minds all over the globe. Ones with a particular media and fashion focus is WOTSO Workspace in Pymront, here you will be able to mix with both fully fledged business owners as well as getting yourself involved with start-up companies. Begin by hiring a desk for a day, you can network further into the night with the after work drinks and events held at the space. It’s a no-brainer for any young creative.
Finally, if the above doesn’t get you moving then you can always invest some time into all the touristy spots in Sydney. The edgy hipster suburbs are home to lots of creative friends. Our favourites are Surry Hills, (where you can find heaps of design companies, galleries and cafes.) Newtown, (full of thrift shops, graffiti and collective bars) and last but not least Bondi, (heaving with new designers, filmmakers and up and coming Influencers.)
Words by Tiffany Preston