[Sondering Core Style - Who are you?]
5 first cousins with distinctive yet rapidly evolving personalities embraces the youth of my family, but seeing 2 cousins accepting and acknowledging the power and strength tied to individual self-awareness, shows that age is no barricade to internal style. Jai (15 years) and Sahara (12 years) began to intrigue me as I tuned in with their prevalent ownership and control over their solid but nonetheless emergent outward echo.
Myah’s (10 years) innocence and rawness prompts the purity associated with young fresh minds. The little blondes untouched psyche is in a position to be majorly influenced by whatever environs her and in that, is it this that really fine tunes who we become, do we become of our surroundings?
The resilient and spirited ones will know that we make our own environment and form our own lives but we are shaped by our experiences. It is just the matter of when will ones mind accept the experiences and allow our inner guide to come forward and present us, our core ignited style.
Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact with in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at out life stature, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us. A person is either the effect of his environment or is able to have an effect upon his environment.
Subject: Jai Trebilcock – Occupation: High School Student – Location: The Sustainable House – Date: January 2013 – Word: Renewed – Eye Colour: Brown
[What is style to you?] – “Style shouldn’t feel sculpted around other people’s choices of expression, it is about accepting myself. When someone looks at me that I may see again, when I am walking down the street, I want them to see a style and feel an impression of what suits my personality best by mixing and matching the type of clothes I choose to express my character with.”
[When did style kind of strike you?] – “Our last trip was to America and it made me realise that I was in charge of my own style, instead of Mum choosing my clothes. I found this connection with the old school vintage and then restored style of fashion which filled me with the confidence to go out and be a bit different.”
[If you can express yourself effectively, people will respond really well towards you, have you found that is something that has grown since your style has begun to come through?] – “For sure, about 3 months ago I would have said Graphic Designer (GD) was my future but now I am not so sure, I guess I was blinded by my own ambitions and I saw myself as only part a GD and there was something else there so I asked myself what else do I love, and I love to write and draw. The drawing became so powerful when I merged them with words because then after a while I almost felt as if I was drawing with words and this really allowed people to understand me properly.”
[Is writing on the cards for a potential career possibility?] I don’t even know where I got the skill to write from but I would love to do a University degree in creative writing or something along those lines. I was thinking of doing a blog where I write a chapter a day, just a thought.”
[Have you always had this creativity or has this come from somewhere?] – Actually, when I was younger I had this, instead of imaginary friends; I had this world I created called ‘Hirax’ that I could escape to basically everyday on the trampoline. All the things that I loved and wanted in my life at that point in time inspired it. I regret not writing it down because I could have made a pretty cool story! My creativity is now at a different stage, more mature so it would have been nice to be able to grow that idea with my thoughts now.”
[What was it about this world that was so sacred to you?] – “I would normally go into feeling really anxious or upset but in it I saw kind of, a projection of how I wanted to see myself, like a childhood dream, superhero kind of thing. When I came out of this world I was genuinely quite relaxed and that’s why I was so protective over it.”
[Is there something nowadays that helps you relax or is it still the trampoline?] – I have found different mediums for it, more with my music; I feel my music is a collection of all the pieces that make me.
Jai’s Mantra(s): “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something is the greatest accomplishment.”
“For every second you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness. “
Subject: Sahara Trebilcock – Occupation: High School Student – Location: The Sustainable House – Date: January 2013 – Word: Texture – Eye Colour: Brown
[What does style mean to you?] – If you have a word that goes with style, I would with unique. Being a trendsetter or a trend follower, I don’t even think like that, I just wear what I want to wear, basically I wear what I am. It is about what you feel comfortable in and best expresses yourself to the world.”
[So potentially there could be a third Interior Designer (ID) in the family, what is it about ID that captures you?] – “I don’t like things plan or simple, I don’t like a simple room that doesn’t have much in it, a room has to tell, I guess, a story. My room’s atmosphere is very light but everywhere you look there is something different. I feel as ease when I walk into my room because I have created it.
[Do you feel it accepts who you are and shows your mind?] – “Definitely, it is really important to me to feel comfortable by my surroundings and be surrounded by the things I love and like.
[Are there any influences in your life in regards to who you are becoming?] – “Its funny how you evolve, when I was little I would never have imagined I would be the person I am today. I feel that there is a certain level of influence, and I think it comes from Mum because she really has created this positive space we live in and I feel it has a power. But I know that the choices I make will shape me and who I am going to be because in the end I really have no idea who I am going to eventually be, which is kind of exciting.”
Sahara’s Mantra: “Dance like no one is watching you, love like you have never been hurt before, sing as no one can hear you, live as though heaven is on earth.”
[Myah: She dances everywhere in the house, like she cant walk she just dances!]
Subject: Myah Trebilcock – Occupation: Primary School Student – Location: The Sustainable House – Date: January 2013 – Word: Still on her word mission leaning towards ‘Simple’ – Eye Colour: Brown
I adore the way that Myah’s photograph really allows us to see how style begins at any age, how confidence and vulnerability begin to shape once we explore the avenues around us to then determine which was we want to walk.
[What does style mean to you?] – “I am really not sure…”
[Myah what do you do after school, what happens in your world?] – “I normally eat and watch TV like Nickelodeon or Disney and not do my homework [Laughs]. Our homework is due on the Friday so I normally leave it to the last minute and rush it.”
[I saw that you had made a circle paper garland, was that apart of your procrastination?] – “I wanted something to keep me occupied that was crafty so I choose to cut out the circles because that shape represents kind of letting things just happen, it flows and they are easy going like I am.”
[When you grow up do you want to do something in design or have you already got other plans?] – “I want to do what Mum does, to become a Speech Pathologist because I love little kids an also helping people but it could change.”
Disregarding young people as ‘kids’ that don’t ‘know as much we do’ or ‘are too young’ is the biggest mistake we can make. The theories children build, whether they are right or wrong are not capricious. They are logical and rational, and are firmly based in evidence and their experience thus far. Children are natural scientists – they are willing to let curiosity strike them and inquire about the world that surrounds them. Discriminating or classing people because of an age bracket will destroy the potential for authentic creativity. Style accepts all ages, style is any age.
Youth is sweet, youth is growing.
[Sondering Core Style - Who are you?]
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