One of our dearest friends, Jazz! Born with an old soul, Jazz is a vessel of ideas. She understands people, the world, nature and siphons them into language we understand. She is a great teacher who nourishes us with her words and will be releasing a book of poetry in the near future.
Full name: Jazz Ash Money
What does work mean to you and what do you do?
Work is the way to keep the class structure in place. A charismatic capitalist system that keeps the rich rich and the poor poor.
Sometimes work is the interference to the life I want to be living, other times it is the impetus.
Usually I work using the written word. Currently I am learning about nature and teaching creative classes with Nepali children while putting together a book of poetry.
Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?
When I was young I would dream about being the big proud queer global Indigenous babe I now get to be every day.
How do you unwind?
Immersed in a body of water.
How do you wind up?
Big Baby D.R.A.M.
What can friends count on you for?
Dream-plan making, proofreading, sky gazing, hand holding, rambling conversations, being in love, being enraged by Australian politics, dancing.
What does the word sisterhood mean to you?
My world in a word.
What does your dream house look like?
Lots of windows on to green, artwork by friends, a big kitchen table, a place for my books, Australian flowers and fresh food.
What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty?
Right now I am living in Nepal and we are baking with local fruits, lots of apples and apricots.
My best trick at home is risotto with pine mushrooms and slippery jacks collected on my mama’s property (the bougie secret is to use Martini Bianco instead of white wine).
Last year I ate a kouign amann at the Rennes Saturday market that changed my life. But, failing that piece of hot heaven anything cooked in my mama’s clay pot.
Describe your favourite piece of clothing and why?
Clothes with a story are my favourite - gifts, pieces found while travelling, things made by friends. My favourite might be a gold lace dress with sleeves that hang below the hem. I designed it for a big love party. It hangs on my wall to remind me that life is for celebrating.
How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?
Good conversation, walking every day, lots of time away from the city, cooking with friends, love.
Your most memorable holiday?
Road tripping around the South Island of New Zealand with a carload of babes. At sunrise going straight from the crowded dark of the club to the crowded light of the Tsukuji fish markets in Tokyo. Motorcycles in India. Bicycles in Denmark. Buses in Vietnam. Walking in Nepal. Swimming in Greece. Pasta in Italy. Pastry in France. Dancing in a Croatian amphitheatre. Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Haunted cabins in Australia. Life in New York. Walking home in the early hours of the morning watching the tropical flowers open themselves to the dawn light.
Ocean or desert?
But, there’s nothing quite like pondering your earthly insignificance while pissing in the desert at night, hearing your steamy stream hit the sand while you look at those forever stars.
Apertiff or digestiff?
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunset with a drink. Sunrise with kissing.
Dance party or dinner party?
Together but not in that order.
Onion and garlic frying in the pan before you’ve put anything else in, summer rain on jasmine, Comme des Garçons 71, my babe.
What’s on your bedside table?
Too many books, journals, sketch pads and photos.
The first album you ever bought is…?
With my babysitting money, Gwen Stefani’s Love.Angel.Music.Baby.
What are you listening to now?
On repeat, Les Amazones d'Afrique - République Amazone.
One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?
1. Be helpful.
2. Have a garden to call my own.
3. Be present at a puppy calendar photo shoot.