FOLK Magazine: Issue 1 Contributors

We had the incredible opportunity to work with some very talented artists from all across Australia. So we’ve put them all in one place so you don’t have to do as much internet stalking. Make sure to check out and support the rest of the work they do.

Ana Maria Gomides

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Ana Maria Gomides is an Afro-Latina writer living in Naarm/Melbourne. She is currently working on a compilation of short stories based on the lives of the women in her family, and their individual and collective histories of trauma and dispossession.

Chantelle Silva

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Chantelle is a Canberra based creative who loves dabbling in paint and poetry. Chantelle has a passion for capturing moments abroad and turning them into memorable and meaningful art that invites audiences to reflect on culture, natural beauty, and humanity. Through studying Development and International Relations at the University of Queensland she has developed an interest in foreign affairs and human rights and feels most accomplished when she is able to combine those interests with art.

Farz Edraki

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Farz Edraki is a writer, digital producer and currently an associate producer with ABC TV. She was formerly a radio producer for ABC Radio in Canberra, researcher for ABC TV’s The House and her writing has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey and New Matilda

Gabriel Journey Jones

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Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, drummer and CEO (Creativity Encouragement Officer) of Creative Womyn Down Under. CWDU is a community initiative established in Sydney in 2006 to connect women and creative expression. Gabrielle was born on Gadigal Land, Sydney and is from Maori and African American bloodlines. Contributing to creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism and inclusion is one of Gabrielle’s greatest passions.

Joy Li Part-time adult working as a junior designer at Accompany, Sydney. Rest of her time is spent in deep thought.

Kasthury Paramiswaran

Kasthury (Kas-too-ree) is a budding poet who writes her anxiety away. Her poems are usually semi-okay (looking at it from a Western/English literary point of view), but when there is real emotions, feelings and lived experience paving the way, even a semi-okay poem comes alive beyond her words. As an unemployed graduate, she tries to make money out of her ethnic minority experiences from her identity as a Malaysian Indian womyn, and actively revolts through words against the systematically marginalized laws, and social norms of Malaysia and the rest of the world.

Katherine Leung is an art teacher from Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with degrees in education and Russian. she has lived and worked in Russia, where she explored her identity as an Asian-American and what that means abroad. As a Person of Colour, Katherine is an advocate for young artists of underrepresented groups.

Moreblessing Maturure

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Moreblessing maturure is a Zimbabwean/ Australian activist Actor, Writer and the Creative Director of FOLK Magazine- a platform dedicated to showcasing Australian Artists of Colour and their work. Her portfolio of work encompasses a myriad of disciplines through performance, theatre making, creative and analytical writing. However, the common thread across all of her projects is an unrelenting drive to rewrite the narratives around communities that are deprived the right to tell their own stories.

Nakate Kakembo

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I’m Nakate Kakembo, I’m 22 years old and I’m a visual artist living in Melbourne, Australia. Coming from a Chinese and Ugandan background, I often felt underrepresented in art and in the media as a mixed interracial person and as a woman. As a visual artist, my aim is to give a second voice to other women and people of colour, so that they may identify and connect with my artwork. Throughout my work, I focus on the themes of vulnerability, rejection and power, which all centre around the female perspective. I work with fine liner pens and black ink, which I use to create illustrations that explore these various themes.

Piriye Altraide

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Piriye (Piri) Altraide is a Nigerian born writer, spoken-word artist and self-proclaimed dancefloor extraordinaire. Having escaped Perth and her past life as a Chartered Accountant, she is now a Melbournian undertaking a Masters in Creative Writing. Piriye’s work centres on identity, belonging and the journey to self-acceptance in the context of the African-Australian diaspora. Piriye has featured at Afro Hub, The Howler and for Multicultural Arts Victoria. She is a 2014 Perth Poetry Slam finalist, co- curator of RMIT’s Unlecture series, and has had her work published in Mirrors of Africa, Myriad, The Lifted Brow and Milk Crates.

Rashmi Ravindran

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Rashmi began writing to keep herself entertained as an only child when her parents and grandparents ran out of stories to tell her. During her schooling in India, she won the Scholastic Young Writer’s award two years in a row. But considers her biggest achievement as winning a year’s supply of chocolate in a writing contest while in grade ten. She currently works as a filmmaker, activist and writer and lives in Sydney with her partner and her cat MooMoo.

Roberta Jean Marie

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“Hi, Hello! My name is Roberta and I am a watercolor based artist from Uganda. A lot of the inspiration for my art draws from the stories told by the streets of home and is people.Home, in this case, refers to any place and anything that makes me feel alive. Collaborating with a group of people that celebrate artists of color in all their crafts was extremely beautiful! I hope you will experience all the beautiful stories etched in these works of art”

Rukaya Springle

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Rukaya Springle, [art tag: clitories] is a Melbourne born woman of colour, intersectional feminist/activist/socio-political artist who grew up between countries Australia and Zanzibar, Tanzania. A digital artist, Springle is now based in Melbourne, Noble Park. Passionate about feminism and activism, her art is based on and combines self-taken, collaborated, and appropriated photography and digital drawing. Springle graduated year 12 VCE in 2016 in Melbourne, where her artwork was accepted into the 2017 Top Arts exhibition hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria, winning their 2017 People’s Choice Award. Since then her artwork has been featured in Be Collective Culture’s magazine “culture” edition”, where she was also honoured MVP of the month. Springle has also has also been part of exhibitions hosted by locations such as Melbourne Fringe, Afrohub, Lindburg Galleries, The Arts Centre Melbourne; and will be involved in one of a series of exhibitions hosted by The Old Bar in Fitzroy. Springle’s artwork focus’ on people of colour (POC) as her main subject matter. “I think everyone should try their best to be intersectional activists and promote equality through equity in whatever way they can; and for me that means I want to tell the stories of POC and highlight our struggles through my art. I think it’s so important that we are heard and are able to have discussions about these very relevant issues in order to get to a place of equality.”

Sabrina Basuki

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Sabrina Basuki is an emerging painter currently based in Sydney, Australia. She grew up in Indonesia but is finishing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in University of New South Wales. She mainly works with oil and acrylic painting, creating strange surrealist narrations with ambiguous motifs. She exhibited at various galleries in Sydney such as Kudos Art gallery for ‘Dislocation’ exhibition, 2017; hunter hills pop up gallery, 2017; SSCH Art space solo exhibition,2017. She was also nominated as the finalist of Mosman Youth Art prize in 2017. In 2016, She worked under Chippendale Creative Precinct where she gained multiple experiences such as curating for Beams Art Festival, art gallery administration, marketing, organizing art programs, gallery tours and auctions.

Simone Cheuanghane

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Simone is a Sydney based artist. Inspired by the intricacies and intimacy of the human body and experience, her works vary in capturing the everyday to the surreal and often both simultaneously. Some of her work has been with the Leftovers Collective, the Moonlight Feminists and FOLK Magazine. She is currently studying International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney, majoring in Government and International Relations and Anthropology in hopes of understanding the world.

Zara Khan

Zara Khan is a Criminology graduate with an interest in poetry, painting and puppies. Zara has volunteered for literary journals and edited sociological and political journals. She now works full-time in the education sector. Her free verse often covers private thoughts, especially those we’re not supposed to vocalise!