THE UNFILES: STUDIO
DYNAMIC DUO'S SECLUDED STUDIO OF INSPIRATION
After an extensive search for a fabulous indoor/outdoor creative studio, Yasmine O’Sullivan and Rachel Valentyne of Get Outta Town finally settled on a disused greenhouse at the rear of Yasmine’s property. “The previous owners grew hydroponic tomatoes in it and then it was where my chickens used to hide from my dog during the day. There are still some bones in the corner from when one was eventually cornered and eaten, so it has a real sense of history.”
Rachel has managed to spruce it up with some vintage bric-a-brac collected during her many years of share-housing in the city. “We didn’t want to do too much with the interior because we both agreed that we needed something understated and consistent with Yasmine’s backyard.” They enjoy guests’ reactions when they discover second hand teacups and Bessemer fruit bowls amongst the weeds.
To avoid having to leave the space if they are in the middle of an ‘intense creative session’, Rachel keeps a vintage esky stocked with ethically sourced snacks in the corner. “Also, Yasmine’s vegie patch is just at the other end of the yard so we can graze on spring onions whenever we like.”
Initially the girls were concerned that they were so isolated from all the other creatives in the area and considered moving to a communal space in Castlemaine. “But this spot is ideal because it backs on to my neighbour’s property and we can hack into her broadband and watch Netflix if we’re not in the mood to write. Maintaining a blog and thinking of new ideas for our weekly radio program can be quite taxing so it’s important to be able to relax and binge-watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race.”
Rachel explains that, as they write about living in the country, it is important to feel connected to nature when they are brainstorming. “The dirt floor is fantastic because I like to feel the earth under my feet when I’m creating and Yasmine has a no-Birkenstocks policy at her house. Between episodes of Ru Paul, I lead barefoot chakra earth-stomping sessions. Some of our best blog posts have come from this.” She admits the fact that the greenhouse doesn’t have any windows will be a challenge during winter, but by then they hope to have secured a “major sponsorship deal” with a “major thermal underwear brand.”
Yasmine, who feels that nature can be overrated, chopped down some of the surrounding fruit trees to provide an unadulterated view of the clothesline, on which she hangs large pieces of recycled paper with ideas and inspirational catchphrases. “Rachel spins the line and then runs back to the studio and we watch ideas spin around until we get inspired or the clothesline stops, and then it’s my turn to give it a spin.”