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Editor's Letter

Welcome to Issue One of IRIS Magazine.

IRIS began as a deepening conversation between a photographer and a fashion stylist that had desire to dig a little deeper and create something personal and take the conversation to a wider place than ourselves.  All roads in shaping IRIS inevitably led us back towards our own origins, culture and to the landscape that shaped us. Australia.

If we are, in the end, all but a collection of stories and experiences, we found the most potent of these to be those stemming from the landscape of our youth. A time when we were most free to be ourselves, and most absorbent to culture and life going on around us. All life, experience, and history have a way of chiseling our perception, but this time and place, at our own very origination, seems to have the firmest hand of all in shaping who we are, and our own, very unique way of seeing.

Digging our roots deep in the landscape that shaped us, we continuously found ourselves referencing artists, musicians, photographers, philosophers, filmmakers and performers, whose stories move and inspire us. Through the work that these artists and individuals, who invest themselves in the stories they share, their honest communication through the ever evocative beauty of creativity and storytelling, we for a moment get a glimpse, in and through, their iris and into a deeper understanding of their own world.

With this in mind, we extended our conversation to artists whose stories had coloured our vision and inspired us in the creation of our own story - and what came back was more than we bargained for. Nick Cave tells how his work should be seen through the distorted prism of the Australia of his youth; Stephen Page highlights the importance of storytelling within culture; Laith McGregor shows us the bravery of creating with unfiltered spontaneity; Jamie Huckbody talks to Lucy Pinter about the Superfine woman; and Anthony Lister discusses his fight for the freedom of visual expression, plus many others who share how their own origins have shaped them and their unique vision.

Like the artists who have contributed to IRIS, we cast fashion models not for trend, but for a unique sense of themselves, and each contributed to the greater story of Issue One.  Jordan Barrett was a fresh new face cast from the streets of the Gold Coast, who, from the minute we saw him we knew he was going to shine bright. Madison Stubbington was also still a high school student living in Adelaide and never really been photographed before we flew her out to our Sydney studio, for our Australian Beauty series; The Pleiades. Olivia Henderson was blonde but with the same punk attitude that she is still well known for and Zippora Seven, even though she originates from New Zealand, has always exuded the essence of pure freedom that we find to be so particularly Australian. Some are no longer modeling, some are international superstars, but they still stand now for what they stood for then.

We thank each and every person who contributed to the intricate web of conversation that gives life to IRIS Magazine Issue One \ Origins - this one was personal.

Welcome to the beginning.

We are very happy to see you.

Amanda and Emily

Image Credit: Photography \ Amanda Austin, Stylist \ Emily Sue Yee, Hair & Makeup \ Fern Madden, Model \ Sasha Valarino @ Priscillas Model Management

Amanda Austin
Founder \ Creative Director \ Editor

Emily Sue Yee
Founder \  Fashion Director  \ Editor

Damian Garbenis
Art Director

Rebecca Gross
Copy Editor

Marameo Design
Web Design

Special Thanks

Ruby Brown @ Roslyn - Oxley 9 Gallery, Carolyn Hammer @ Bangarra Dance Theatre, Bethan Donnelly @ Stills Gallery, Jack Willet @ Station Gallery, Rachel Perkins, Sophie Noble, Dylan Statham, Gavin Darling, Jan Welters, Sean Conway, Richard Mayer, Nick Pursehouse @ Boomerang Audio, Pepina Belfort, Huey Wong, Craig Elliott, Adrian O’Doherty, Luke Thomas, Tiffany Farrington, Marty Baptist, Dylan Statham, Priscilla’s Model Management, Chic Management, IMG Models, Pride Models.


Photography Assistant \ Charles Dennington, Jack McDonald, Levon Baird, Sean Conway. Fashion Assistant \ Alice Currie, Bianca Castellan, Olivia Rahme, Bobby Vila. Production Assistant \ Marguerite Lorraine.



Bill Henson, Stephen Dupont, Michael Corridore, Tracey Moffatt, Paul Blackmore, Laith Mc Gregor, Robert Ashton, Trent Parke, Jochen Spencer, Wayne Quilliam, William Yang, Rennie Ellis, Jeff Malpas, Margaret Pomeranz, Laura Brown, Nick Cave, Warwick Thornton, Christopher Doyle, Marc Newson, David Williamson, Charlie Keilty, Claire Thomson, Kristyan Low, Kimberley Forbes, Clive Allwright, Diana Georgevski, Gavin Anesbury, Fern Madden, Deborah Brider, Chisato Arai, Corinna Wilmshurst, Sam Overton, Pete Lennon, Tony Buck, Lloyd Swanton, Chris Abrahams, Glenn Wright, Stephen Page, Lucy Pinter, Jamie Huckbody, Gabby Dover, Jordan Barrett, Claes Nordstrom, Margo Busheva, Shanna Jackway, Kaila Hart,  Tanja Gacic, Madison Stubbington, Lauren Feenstra, Olivia Henderson, Samantha Harris, Rose Smith, Zippora Seven, Dave Ross, Kyle Montgomery, Sasha Valarino, Elliott Nimmo, Ruby Jean Wilson, Sophie Hirschfelder, Jay Dea Lopez, Veren Grigorov, Damon Young, Daniel Askill, Gabreal Hayman, PC Music, Catherine Baba, Omar Musa, Kelvin Ho, Emma Summerton, Ryan Lobo, Ramon Martin, Anthony Lister.

Jay Dea Lopez
Sound Artist
Jay Dea Lopez's spare time is embedded in the intangible world of sound waves. Using field recordings and experimental soundscapes, JD listens to the ongoing chitter-chatter between the urban and natural environment.
You can hear some of his compiled and produced nature recordings in our opening video - The Awakening and fashion \ 08 The Proposition, featuring Australian beauty, Rose Smith.
Jamie Huckbody
Fashion Writer
Having studied at Central St. Martins College, Jamie went on to cut his teeth at Vogue, i-D magazine, and The Independent newspaper, before Australia called where he was Fashion Features Director and then Editor-in-Chief of Australia Harper's BAZAAR.  Jamie now lives between London and Paris where he writes for numerous publications.

In profile \ 03, The Revolution Of Ms. Pinter, Huckbody chat’s with Superfine’s founder, Lucy Pinter, about the Nineties,  Supermodels and some mighty fine jeans.

Lizzi Leighton Clark
Model Agent
A nurturer by nature, Lizzi's early life was all about women.
Having spent the first decade of her life being raised by a group of mothers on a separatist commune in Northern N.S.W., Lizzi went on to an all girl’s high school in Sydney and continued on nurturing women as a model agent for Priscilla's Model Mangement.
As a booker for Priscilla's Women's department, Lizzi contributed to helping IRIS along its way with cover girl Ruby Jean Wilson and model Lauren Feenstra for fashion \ 06, She Grows From Within Desert Cracks.
Kyle Montgomery

Worlds collide when Artist, Kyle Mongomery AKA: Killdie, works with IRIS to send our model Dave Ross, out on a cosmic pilgrimage for fashion \ 05,  Stars Like Dust.

Here he makes intricate collages using solar systems, religious and Egyptian iconography and a crystallised sculpture of Mary, to help Dave embark on a nomadic journey through a time-space continuum.

David Taylor
Nawashi Rope Artist
David Taylor, AKA: Hebari, began his love affair with rope-tying and the art of Kinbaku from the small culture present in Australia at the time. This led him to Japan where he studied with some of the best Nawashi in the world, including Arisue Go, Osada Steve, Yukimura Haruki, Hajime Kinoko and Satomi Zpira. 
For fashion \ 04 , Metamorphosis, Hebari works his craft on model Margo Busheva, to reveal a style of rope-tying that displays a precise architecture paired with sensual beauty.
Veren Grigorov
Hailing from Eastern Europe, Sydney-based violinst, Veren Grigorov makes your hair stand on end, every time you hear him play.
With a career spanning over 3 decades, this award-winning classical violinst and composer can be heard playing around town; whether it be in the catacombs of Sydney's subway tunnels or playing in Australia's most famous art performance centre the Sydney Opera House.
Grigorov's classical touch with a gypsy heart fuels the fire for Editorial \ 04,  Metamorphosis and in collaboration for our video, The Awakening.