First and foremost, I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas yesterday, and for those that do not celebrate it, I hope that you had a fantastic day nonetheless. This break from university and work gave me the opportunity to focus and relax, reflect on 2015 and focus on 2016.
I have been fortunate to have travelled to many different places, learn about different cultures, their respective histories, and heard the personal and intimate stories of different people. On my return, I share what I have seen and experienced, but I can never truly replicate the stories that were shared with me. So, why not provide them with a platform for them to share their stories the way they would like it be told.
And so… The Artistic Collaborative was born
The Artistic Collaborative is a collection of stories from people wanting to be heard, and allowing them to tell it the way they want. Every person is an artist in their story, and here we celebrate the diversity in each person respective stories and experiences, particularly within art, culture, and travel. Each post will be a personal and intimate (sometimes sensitive), chapter of its author, that they are passionate about.
From music to photography, film to dance, we share our experiences in the arts. Along my journey, I have met creatives whose lives had changed the moment they played their first instrument, wrote their first verse, danced their first step, and captured their first photograph. Along with sharing their stories, each artist will showcase their work so you have the opportunity to enjoy it just as I have.
|Emma Campbell in the studio with Matt Kibble recording an amazing song|
Celebrating the diversity in the world we live in, each story will showcase the uniqueness of their culture, from cuisine and language to relationships and everyday mannerisms. Culture stretches far beyond the boundaries of nationality, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality; and we hope to shine a light on some of the hidden aspects of our culture.
|Carpet maker going about his craft in Abu Dhabi, UAE|
From the sandy beaches of Los Angeles to that restaurant down the road, the Eiffel Tower to Table Mountain, Glastonbury Festival to the Chinese New Year; we share moments along our journey that are engraved in our memory. This page will also be an opportunity for people, from restaurateurs to festival organisers, to tell us about their livelihood, its history, dealing with obstacles and adversity, and keys to their success.
|Myself on top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE|