Sunny Days Vintage chats with the amazingly creative, Bianca Roose, about life as a performer, designer, activist and vintage fashion enthusiast.
My hometown is Fremantle in WA, and I’m lucky enough to still be living and working here. It’s a beautiful little port/beachside city and creative hub filled with hippies, artists, cafes and bookstores.
You describe yourself as a “performer, designer and activist” can you tell us bit more about what you do?
I studied theatre at University and I currently work in the Arts Industry as an actor, creative director, set and costume designer. I also design through my handmade crochet and curated vintage store @theloverevolutionshop .
Activism has always played a role in my life, and having the privilege to work in a creative field has allowed me to make work that gives a voice to issues that are universal, but are often not spoken about. Through characters, songs, artworks and stories, people see themselves reflected and understand that every story is important. Every person deserves to take up space and to have the support network to help them to actualise their goals and dreams.
I also work at an op shop that donates it’s proceeds directly to charity and providing services for communities and individuals in need, especially in regional areas of Western Australia. I’m very lucky to be working with a team that have the same values as I do. I attend as many protests as I can and use my platform to promote animal and environmental justice.
I work with an ethical fair trade fashion label @theanjelmsproject that design and hand make their garments from start to finish. They work with their team in India to provide a fair living wage and safe work environment for them. On a more local level, I have activism and social justice at the core of all of my friendships - my theatre friends and I have a feminist ‘meme chat’ group that is also a foundation for safe discussion.
What do you love about vintage clothing?
I love the timelessness of vintage clothing. It started with me through my childhood dress up box with my mum and aunties clothes from the 70’s and 80’s. There’s something about sensory nostalgia that manifests itself in vintage clothing and retro shops. No matter what decade or era you have a soft spot for, I think we all know what a smell or a piece of music can do to us - how it transports us to a memory or place that truly makes us feel at home. I love the tradition and ritual of being able to pass things on from generation to generation - to me it’s pure magic!
What does living sustainably mean to you?
Living sustainably is so many things to me. It’s not just recycling and repurposing your clothes, buying secondhand, supporting local growers, artists and businesses, composting, walking to work, eating less meat, and reducing plastic waste, although these are all part of my sustainable routine. It’s also about your own personal health and well-being. It’s about knowing your limits, slowing down and spending time with the people you love most in the world. Because at the end of the day, how can you help others if you can’t take care of yourself.
Living sustainably is about doing your absolute best with the resources, information and privilege that you have to make the future of the world a better place for everyone and every living thing.
How much work goes into creating an instagram post for you?
I try to do as little work as possible actually! Not because I’m lazy and I don’t want to, but because the less setup and edits and filters, the more authentic it feels to me. I just wear the clothes I feel good in styled the way that I would want to see, and I get to support and promote independent artists that I adore. Im lucky enough that people connect with what I’m putting out onto social media, and that the vintage community is such a supportive group of people.
Who inspires you?
So many people!
People who live selflessly. My family. People who are able to be self sufficient and earn a living wage from their art. People who work hard, and people who stand up for what they believe in.
What does living creatively mean to you?
Living creatively to me is about being playful and having fun. I think creating and discovering are both part of the same process so being open to change and adventure is key. I think that every single person lives creatively even through things that fall into routine like cooking and gardening. I think the key to unlocking joy in creativity is by surrounding yourself with people that want to be with you on your journey!
Currently listening to?
Still hooked on folk and psych rock! Terry Reid, Stephen Stills, Grateful dead, Donovan and Joni Mitchell are all on my most recently played list. I also love Miriam Makeba and Tito Puente.
Favourite Vintage Find?
My favourite vintage item of clothing is actually the Gunne sax brown velvet dress that I purchased from Sunny Days Vintage! I love it because it’s slightly more Victorian/medieval style than the usual prairie style Gunne that you see.