We spoke with Vivienne Kruckow, a lover of tea, a reader of books, and a creative writer.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
"I grew up in a mining town in FNQ and have spent the past five years based out of Cairns, QLD – and I’m still not sure where I call home. In addition running my business and working on my first novel, I host a podcast exploring the rhythm of women in their twenties, called Rhythm & Words. I love a good book, spending too much on English Breakfast tea at cafes and having a boogey at every gig/concert/festival I can get tickets for."
Tell us more about your creative practice? What inspires you?
"As a writer, I am inspired from everything from an overheard conversation in a coffee shop to dappled sunlight dancing through trees to a beautiful film. And books. So. Many. Books. I work best when I’m well rested, with a cup of tea nearby and minimal distractions. I love working from cafes, my local library or anywhere with an ocean view, but I also love curling up on the couch and getting lost in my writing for hours."
What kind of writing have you been focusing your time on lately?
It’s been a mix of blog posts for my business, Rust Creative, crafting interviews for the podcast, freelance essays and think pieces for wonderful independent publications, and slowly chipping away at my book. I don’t like to put pressure on myself to write for a certain outlet, so I’ll usually flip between the four depending on what I feel called to explore.
Every artist/maker has their own unique creative ritual, so what’s yours?
"English Breakfast tea, always. No distractions (that means putting away my phone and keeping all other browser tabs closed). Either no music, or one of my favourite playlists - Soul Speak or Softly, depending on what I’m in the mood for."
What is the one piece of work that you are truly proud of?
"Ooh, that’s a tough one! Because my work is spread across so many mediums, it’s tricky to choose a golden child. Right now, I’m truly proud of Rhythm & Words. It’s a project that’s been in the works for months, and was formed from a calling to create, rather than as a marketing strategy. The conversations I’ve had because of it are so powerful and ones that I hope will really make a difference to our listeners."
What does the New Year hold for you?
"Moving to Melbourne! We head down in January, which is suddenly not so far away. Melbourne has been my dream city for years, so it still doesn’t feel quite real that it’s going to be my home very soon. Other than that, I hope to finish the book, host some events and grow Rust so that I can reach and help more women." We cant wait to see what Melbourne holds for you!
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