DREAMWEAVERS :: Jodie Cooper

“C: I read in another interview that every item in your house is one that you love- that you’ve carefully curated it to reflect the way in which you see the world. How important is it to you that the objects you surround yourself with tell a story?

 J: Everything we own has a story attached- when, where and how are the interesting facts when you acquire something unusual. I have been fortunate to travel to amazing places, and I always try to purchase something that is unique to the culture. I avoid tourist shops, seek out smaller artisan markets and ask for the oldest piece they have. In Uzbekistan and Bukhara where I purchased the amazing embroidered Suzanis hanging in the villa, they were surprised that I wanted the oldest they had rather than the new machine-made versions. I have learnt so much from the people of the villages, and they are only too happy to share stories when you are interested.

A scary ‘gramming experience.

it was rushing, angry, fierce. If I was floating & was pulled out by it, I would be gone. If I was standing in it and lost my balance, I would be gone: the billabong was on the edge of a cliff, and beyond that was an expanse of churning ocean. 

Ten reasons that travelling in a JUCY van is the best way to travel!

A hotel on the esplanade, overlooking a beautiful lake or ridiculously close to whatever attraction you’re after is quite often a little out of the student / young folk budget when you’re on the road for more than a few days. There’s something so sweet about camping by or stopping for lunch in spots that you know you could never afford to gaze at with bricks and mortar around you.

Ethical elephant visiting in Thailand!

“After my unceremonious dumping I wandered over to a large, slow girl who seemed a bit more my pace. Mae-Boon-Sri, the Karen-Village man who spends his days with her told me, is fifty-seven years old (!!), and has had a really tough life.”

Eat, Play, Love Part 1/3.

“This is a really good spot to clarify that the sweet, sweet wall out the front, which we and everyone else stood in front of to get a billion photos is in front of a busy road- like, to get the photo, you physically have to dodge cars and motorbikes and will quite possibly get told off by bemused locals for.”

The Great Ocean Road(trip)

I honestly believe that every South Australian over the age of about nineteen has, at least once, uttered the words ‘I really have to do the Great Ocean Road one day’. Honestly, for a lot of my friends (and until a couple of weeks ago, myself!), that’s about where it fizzles. It all becomes a…

#thelivealittlesummer

It’s about getting off your bum and doing the heck out of this life, rather than just being alive. It’s about surrounding yourself with people, places, experiences that your soul can’t help but soak up and adore like crazy. It’s about balmy nights, sundown sessions, crystal clear water, early morning starts, endless laughter, getting your…

Whirlwind Melbourne!

Last weekend I had the beautiful opportunity to see the sights of Melbourne- and am I the kind of gal to let having abut $40 in my bank account, super squeezy daylight hours and Victoria’s signature drizzly weather hold me back? Hell no! Here’s how I did the big-little city on cash and time budget, and loved…