I’m super excited about this first creative collaboration with blogger–Anna McKay of The Visual Female. I’m a big fan of the collaborative process because so many fresh ideas can transpire as a result, and having connected with Anna very recently, we decided it might be fun to share some themes, ideas and articles across both of our blogs. This week we’re sharing the title and theme: ‘She Sleeps with the Fishes.’
#4 DEAD FISH
1). I took a dead fish to school one day. It was wrapped in newspaper and I used it for show and tell. It seemed like a good idea at the time, to take this fish to school in my backpack—the fish–20-centimeters long, was some kind of baby shark with rubbery skin and a flat nose. My Dad liked to go fishing you see, and he caught it by mistake. After showing my dead fish, I felt that my talk was extremely original. By the end of the day the dead fish in my desk began to smell, and I decided not to bring dead fish to school anymore.
2). You could call it animal cruelty. We had goldfish in a bowl. Just two. I liked to watch them eat and poo. I liked to sieve them up in my hands, and release them back into the bowl to let them swim again. I’d watch them. Until I couldn’t. Because they were dead. Dad went to clean the fish bowl with the fish still in it, and he ran the hot water instead of the cold tap.
3). They look like fish swimming along my wall. Just shadows. Dancing with the light when the curtains start to shake. The wind blows the curtains and the fish disappear. Alive then dead. Alive then dead. The fish swimming along my wall are alive…then dead. I start to fall asleep watching the fish as they swim and disappear. Now I am asleep… along with the fishes.
4). I’ve never seen a fish so big, swimming –or rather– sitting lengthways in a big fish tank. Guangzhou 2003. A sojourn to China to visit relatives that I’ve never heard of, or had ever seen. I feel for the fish in this tank, but he/she doesn’t seem too bothered, doesn’t seem to mind me pressing my face against the glass– watching, curious and intrigued. What I discover on this trip, is that fish tastes best when it’s fresh, straight from a tank.
Style File: Cameo the Label -We are Young Dress, Red Suede Pumps (similar), Houndstooth Cocoon Coat (similar in black and white wool), Silver Snake Loop Necklace -gifted (similar-bib style), Bag -thrifted. Spiky bracelet (similar).
I’ve always had a bit of a penchant for Mod style dresses and in my teens found myself raiding my Mum’s old wardrobe of vintage 60’s mini dresses. This dress is made of a nice weighty fabric and I love the slightly bell-shaped sleeves and cut, along with the two-tone flame/peach colour. I’m also a massive fan of houndstooth, especially in such a large graphic print! This one is light-weight and great for summer. The thrifted red purse reminds me of one that my Mum used to have and I can recall wanting one of my own…
Photography: Howard Sly
Don’t forget to check out Anna’s take on She Sleeps with the Fishes here.
Thanks for visiting!
- My Roommate Had Five Fish and I Ate Him (thecopiedwriter.wordpress.com)
- Study shows acidic water leads to fearful fish (globalnews.ca)
- High Contrast with the ModStylists: Bold Black & White, 2 Ways! (modcloth.com)
- the shoot: happy houndstooth (garconandfemme.com)
- Inspired by / Cameo The Label (thedesignblend.net)