What is the vision/message you want to communicate with your art?
Mystery, desire, optimism, discovery, that things are not what they seem, that the unusual should be embraced, that life and people are full of layers and stories, that we can find beauty in all things.
How would you describe your creative process??
Always looking at fitting pieces together like a puzzle, it’s about the edit and the discovery of new messages through cropping, blocking, adding a contrast or an unusual twist.
What was your idea behind the “Bagged It” collection?
That we all like to present a perfect face to the world, like dress ourselves up, a perfect bunch of flowers that we discard once old, a new outfit or purchase that we love because its shiny and new. But that we can’t just take things at face value, or give things less importance when they are imperfect, the imperfect and the history and character of people, the rawness, the unmade up versions, the inner world is what should hold the most value, not the outside. It doesn’t mean we can’t love pretty things, its just we have to be able to see past them too and see more.
What role does femininity play in your work?
I am female so my take on the world and my emotions will always come from a female perspective.
Photograph: Carine Thevenau
How would you describe the design and aesthetic of your home?
Mid-century modern, eclectic, lived in, full of history and memories and comfort.
…We can’t just take things at face value, or give things less importance when they are imperfect. The imperfect(ion), the history and character of people, the rawness, the unmade up versions, the inner world is what should hold the most value.
Living wellDina’s favorites
No. 1. Favorite part about living in Sydney:
No. 2. Your personal style is…
Comfortable and easy.
No. 3. Your #1 travel destination is…
No. 4. 3 things you can’t live without:
1- Rosehip oil. 2- Water. 3- Sun.
No. 5. Favorite inspirational audiobook or podcast:
The Way of The Superior Man.
No. 6. If you could tell your 20-year-old self one thing…
Everything comes full circle and keep doing what you’re drawn to.
No. 7. Best advice you’ve ever received for living the life of your dreams was…
Live in the present which I’m always trying to achieve.