DREAM SISTER | ROULA TZIDRAS

This dream sister, Roula is the founder of Melbourne institution Monk House Design. Roula is one of the main reasons SISTER is where we are today, her guidance and encouragement from beginning has been an inspirational source for us. If anyone has ever met Roula, her calm aura is unforgettable and radiates love through the universe. 

Full name: Roula Tzidras

 

What does work mean to you and what do you do?

My work means spending time with people I like and admire and cloths that I find inspiring and beautiful.

I own and manage a business called Monk House Design.

 

Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?

Many years ago I was a single mum and always poor. I had a dream that I’d take an overseas trip every year. It seemed totally unrealistic at the time but somehow it happened soon after and I’ve have that yearly overseas trip ever since.

 

 How do you unwind?

Getting out into nature.

 

How do you wind up?

I love music and I don’t mind a drink. They do it for me!

 

What can friends count on you for?

I think I am a pretty loyal person – but you’d have to ask my friends.

 

What does the word sisterhood mean to you?

To me it is that special bond that exists between all women. It’s hard to define but I feel its there and I love it!

 

 What does your dream house look like?

Open, light and lots of plants.

 

What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty?

I have been trying to master my mums (Macedonian) baked lima bean dish.

 

Favorite food?

I am a sucker for pasta!

 

Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?

It’s always my latest new piece. At the moment I am looking for my new favorite.

 

 How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?

I have practiced yoga regularly for about 15 years and I meditate. Sounds very zen but I’m not that zen at all – in fact the opposite, which is why I keep up the yoga and meditation.

 

Your most memorable holiday?

My now partner, invited me to accompany him to his sons wedding in Italy a couple of weeks after we got together. He offered to pay if I agreed. Obviously, I said yes and it was so much fun!

 

Ocean or desert?

I love the ocean. I often daydream of summer sunsets – especially in the winter.

 

Apertiff or digestiff?

I love a pre-dinner drink or two!

 

Sunrise or sunset?

I’m not a morning person so definitely a sunset.

 

Dance party or dinner party?

Dinner – I Love food.

 

Favorite smell?

Old style dark red rose.

 

What’s on your bedside table?

Always a pile of books…

 

The first album you ever bought is…?

I didn’t buy my first album, I unintentionally won the entire Santana collection when I was 13.

I arrived home from school one day, went straight to the phone and called the radio station to request my favorite song, so I could hear it as soon as I switched the radio on. There was apparently a comp going and the switchboard was jammed – the DJ was so surprised that I got through, that even though I had no idea what the question or the answer to the quiz question was, he said I deserved to win.  He had a good sense of humor. I won 12 Santana albums!

 

What are you listening to now?

At work - Syd by Fin

In the car – Live From The Dentist Office by Injury Reserve

At home – 3 Gymnopedies by Erik Satie

 

One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?

Learn to make ceramics well.

Live in a random country other than Australia for a year or two.

Here are some holiday snaps for you…

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DREAM SISTER | RUBY KANNAVA

 

Our very first dream sister interview is with one of our all time favourite women Ruby Kannava. Ruby is a talented artist, jeweller, DJ and life long SISTER club member. We just launched our very first SISTER t-shirt with beautiful imagery created for us by Ruby. The drawing on the front is a nostalgic scene of her Yiayia's house in Cyprus where she spends her European summers. Falling asleep to waves, waking up and swimming with the women of her town, they wrap their hair up and bob along to keep afloat in the Mediterranean sea. :) 

 

Full name: Ruby Melina Wolfe Kannava

What does work mean to you and what do you do?

I make stuff! Whether it's drawing, ceramics, or cooking; It's a pleasure thing. I went to art school and used to draw a lot, and after a bit of a hiatus have found a new love for silversmithing and jewellery making, which has been really exciting. I am also one half of Dior di Latte, a groovy DJ duo with the one and only Emma Cutri 

Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?

I lived in New York for a few years, which I didn't realise was a dream of mine until I was living there. Everyone should live overseas!! It's such a special time, you learn so much about yourself 

How do you unwind?

By making things, listening to a podcast,  or taking our dogs for a walk

How do you wind up?

Listen to groovy music, have a wine, and hang out with my besties 

What can friends count on you for?

A giggle and a cuddle and eating good food 

What does the word sisterhood mean to you?

The connection between women who are diverse and powerful, who support and encourage each other and celebrate their differences. The sisterhood is life!! 

What does your dream house look like?

Lots of sunlight and plants, beautiful colours, a bath, a fire place, a few doggies, food in the fridge, a little studio, and my boyfriend Max making me breakfast 

What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty? 

Stuffed tomatoes, my Yiayias recipe 

Favorite food?

Pasta!! 

Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?

Honestly my favourite are my Sister Priscilla Overalls, I wear them all the time and always feel so cute and special in them. They're perfect for a busy working day with a tshirt underneath or a groovy night out just on their own. 

How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?

I spend a lot of time with my girlfriends, eat home cooked food, ride my bike, and take pride in my beautiful home

Your most memorable holiday?

I go to Cyprus and Greece to stay with my dad most years, and that is a very special place for me. I spend a lot of time with family, eating Greek food, and swim every single day in the ocean. It's more like a home away from home than a holiday. 

Ocean or desert?

Ocean ocean ocean!!! 

Apertiff or digestiff?

Campari ;)

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunset 

Dance party or dinner party?

A dinner party turned into a dance party 

Favorite smell?

Cooking garlic and onion 

What’s on your bedside table?

My giant shell lamp, a cup of coffee and chocolate 

The first album you ever bought is…?

Kylie Minogue, Impossible Princess 

What are you listening to now?

Dior di Latte set for Daydreams on the Groove Control Mix series 

One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?

Have babies, get a caring for injured wildlife license, live in a few more countries 

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