formerly Tiara the Merch Girl
Interdisciplinary Iconoclast and Creatrix of Awesome
♥ Performance artist - using burlesque, circus, improv, physical theatre, street theatre, erotic performance, spoken word, and stage work to tell personal stories and express political opinions as a female * queer * migrant * minority. Also performed as part of dance groups, flashmobs, and side roles on screen/stage.
Worked with: Camp Betty Sydney, Shot with Desire, Trikone Australia [in Sydney New Mardi Gras], Tropical Fruits Lismore, Feast Festival Adelaide, NYC Poly Pride, Miss Burlesque Australia, POC the MIC Melbourne, Brisbane Pride Fair Day, Star Rae Revue, Femmetastic, BITSFestival, Vulcana Women’s Circus [in Island Vibe], Scoundrelles, Edge Improv, The Vagina Monologues, Up with People
♥ Production assistant - stage management, event management, merch & door, front of house, backstage, personal assistance, research, ideas, media production, gophering, promotions & marketing, fan management, artist liaison, web & social media management, arts administration, events volunteer
Worked with: Ideas Festival, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities [inc QAHC Lesbian Health Action Group, The Vagina Monologues, Brisbane Pride Fair Day, Queeriousity, Cabaret Q], Chris Maver, Feast Festival Adelaide, BurlyCon Seattle, Brisbane Writers Festival,Vixen Noir, Flying Arts, Evelyn Hartogh, Brisbane Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Zen Zen Zo, Youth Arts Queensland, Jaya Lewis - Sacred Peace Concerts, Up with People, Asha Gill
♥ Creative/media producer - blogger, writer, Web geek, essayist, model, conceptualiser, artistic director, workshops, panellist, speaker, editorial, host/MC, radio announcer, events/gigs, IdeaParties, activist, other various creative roles
Worked with: Camp Betty Sydney, The Scavenger, 4zzz Megaherzzz, SlutWalk Brisbane, Kakak Killjoy, LoyarBurok, Griffith University: Erotic Screen and Sound, ABC My Australia, Brisbane Festival: Critical Mass, Next Wave: Text Camp, Racialicious, Visible Ink, EducateDeviate, Channel [V] International, The Star (Malaysia) - BRATs
Why Do I Do What I Do?
♥ To be heard, validated, and accepted as my own person - deconstructing notions and assumptions placed on me and my name, gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, look, physicality, intellect, interests, beliefs, politics, and so on to create & present my identities the way I conceive of them
♥ To speak up and express opinions & politics on issues that affect me and those I care about - diversity, anti-discrimination, anti-racism, feminism, sex & gender diversity, identity politics, acceptance, unity, self-assertion through creativity, sex-positivity, freedom of expression, freedom of choice, being the Other
♥ It’s great fun!
♥ It’s one of my strongest ways of communicating and connecting with people - not just through words or conversation, but also creative dialogue, interactivity, performance and response
♥ It’s healing - various aspects of the creative process, being in the company of motivated & tuned-in people, and creative presentation are deeply therapeutic for me
♥ To show affection and love for people and causes I care about
♥ Everything we do is art