Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
Threadbare has been evolving slowly over the past year.
Threadbare started as a fashion performance for Off.the.Grid festival in 2015 (the first solar powered music festival in Australia). During the festival we did a live show DJ-Ed by Silent Jay and Jace. Kathleen Gonzales and Ileini Kabalan choreographed a piece that mixed Afro-Colombian and Togan dance and we had fifteen models dressed in ethical fashion by Neisha Clothing and Remuse. Everybody loved the message of the show about inclusion and diversity in fashion, including the arts minister Martin Foley.
Shortly after Off.the.Grid Threadbare was picked up for development with Wydham City Arts and The Women’s Circus for Midsumma 2016. We kept the fashion light in that version because we wanted to focus on queer identity for people of color in Australia and how immigration, cultural identity and queer identity intersect.
When Threadbare was selected by Melbourne Fringe as part of the Compass development program it was awesome. Kathleen is still with me on the project and now we have the opportunity to invite dancers, theatre makers, poets and musicians to help us craft the next incarnation of Threadbare.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
I’m most excited this time around because we are going to work with the designer behind Remuse, Tamara Leacock, to develop costumes and fabrics that help us tell our story. My background is in fashion and I absolutely love inviting people to open up their ideas about how fashion can be incorporated in our lives and how it can be presented.
[pullquote]Threadbare is about honoring that journey and remembering that we all belong just as we are. [/pullquote]Also, identity has always been a complex thing for me. I grew up as a child of immigrants in America and then emigrated to Austraia on my own as an adult. I’ve moved around a lot in my life and every time I place my feet somewhere I have to readjust and rebalance to figure out who I am in this context. What things about me change? What stays the same? There are people I share a cultural background with, there are people who I connect with as artists and there are communities that I’ve been drawn to throughout my life. The most important thing I’ve learned is to never assume that someone will not understand me. Usually we’re a lot more alike than we realize at first glance.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
Ha ha. I can speak Spanish, but I’m not great and Kathleen can tell you that when I’m tired I like to sing. Some of my sleep deprivation induced Spanish language hits include “no kisses for your cousin” and “I am hungry forever”. I’m thinking about releasing an album this year.
What, or who, inspires you?
My biggest inspirations are the people who run boldly through the night. The people who been hurt in the world and who still open their hearts to the world.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
“Why’d You Come in Here Looking Like That” by Dolly Parton. It’s just the best! I can’t hear that song without getting a big smile on my face and my best cowboy catching moves out.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
I don’t know if I would describe the soundscape in Threadbare as a food. I think it’s more like the water of a coconut. Not coconut water from the supermarket. It’s the sweet, warm juice inside a freshly fallen coconut that can only be gotten to with a machete. I don’t know why, it just is.
What’s next for you?
Hopefully next year we’ll be able to your Threadbare and engage new artists and new communities in what is really the story of us all.
What’s your scene?
The scene opens with Natasha Jynel typing feverishly on her laptop. Enter cat determined to get attention … and action!
In 2012 creative director Natasha Jynel launched The FashionMarket AU (FMAU) with the focus of creating a new visual narrative which acknowledges and celebrates the diverse style and beauty of contemporary Australia.
Since 2012 Natasha has worked with ethical designers such as Diva Headwraps to develop visual concepts, produced editorials for publications such as Stella Magazine and worked with community organisations such as the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health to develop arts based workshops and performances for queer identified women of colour.
So far in 2016 Natasha has modelled in and directed the Gender-Fluid Fashion editorial for Archer Magazine issue #6, written for Broadsheet Melbourne, performed in James Welsby’s Yummy, andFinuance and Smith’s The Birds, run workshops with Phoenix Youth Centre and produced her first cabaret show Auto Bio Queen. She will also be hosting Freeka Runway for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week on Aug 27, 2016.
Show Details: Auto Bio Queen
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm and 7:00pm – 8:00pm.
Cost: $25 – 32
Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne