5 Questions . Jess Cochrane

5 Questions with Jess Cochrane . 26 May 2017


When were you last moved by art? For us, it was when we came across emerging artist Jess Cochrane‘s work. And wow, such beautiful pieces they are. With the seriously recognisable style of painterly, pink hued brush strokes over photographs, her work has been exhibited widely across Australia, including the highly coveted Brisbane Powerhouse.


Jess took a one-minute interval and answered 5 of our questions about her and her practice


Where did you grow up? 

Born and raised in the Capital.


When did you start becoming interested in visual art? What got you into painting? 

I’ve always been interested in it I think. I was always drawing and making stuff as a kid. It’s just always been a part of me. I started painting professionally only two or so years ago. I got into it because it felt like the right path.


What is the ethos of your practice? 

To change the way we consume visual information relative to popular culture. By gesturally painting over the top of a photograph I’m rejecting a societal pressure and a perfectionist nature. The work pushes viewers to think twice about what they consider ‘beautiful’ to look like. It’s about creating a more inclusive space to have this conversation.


How did you develop your signature style of painterly brushwork over photographs? 

I developed it throughout uni. It’s still developing but it requires being active in working and exploring new ideas.


What’s planned for the future? (Where can we see your work exhibited next?)

Lookout for The Landsdowne Hotel. 


To learn more about Jess Cochrane’s work, visit jesscochrane.com and follow @jesscochranepaints_ on instagram. For purchasing enquiries, please contact chris@ha-ven.com


Jess wears Astrom Knit Dress by Interval .


Photos by Jess Cochrane . Words by Kara Liu and Jess Cochrane .

Hand Mayde with Care

Hand Mayde with Care . 10 May 2017


Coffee, with its many varieties, generally does one thing – refreshes and wakes you up. While with tea, if you look beyond the Lipton teabags, comes a much more diverse experience. English Breakfast energises while Hibiscus calms, Mint refreshes while Chai nourishes…


Kate Dalton, the founder of Mayde Tea, is passionate about artisan tea and their many natural therapeutic benefits. Made by hand in small batches, her loose leaf teas contain only 100% organic ingredients. Classic variety includes the likes of English Breakfast and Earl Grey, while her more creative blends (Mint Cacao, Hibiscus Lemon Myrtle, just to name a few) deliver what can only be described as rhythmic symphonies of flavours. 


With Kate’s practice of creating product to nourish the body, the mind and the soul, it made perfect sense for her to collaborate with North Queensland handmade ceramic label Next of Kin (see previous feature here), also an advocate for the slow and considered lifestyle. The result is a beautifully refined glazed spherical mug in heather grey, in wonderful harmony with the ethos of Mayde Tea. 


There is a sense of luxury and intimacy when taking time to properly brew a pot of tea. Letting it simmer while soaking in the scented steam, before pouring the tinted liquid into a mug, and taking the first sip that burns your tongue just a little, but warms you instantly… 


A ritual worth savouring. 


The limited Next of Kin x Mayde Tea handmade mug and full range of Mayde Tea products are available online as well as at Mayde Space in Byron Bay. Follow @_interval_@maydetea and @weare_nextofkin on Instagram to see more.


Photos by Suzanne Pilcher, featuring Ludvig Sweater Dress by Interval


Words by Kara Liu . 

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