DREAM SISTER | THEA BLOCKSIDGE
We first knew of Thea through her incredible label TLC. Now we share memories of California together, driving out to scary middle of know where's then finding ourselves at the Palm Springs Ace Hotel.
Thea Charlotte Graham Blocksidge
What does work mean to you and what do you do?
Work is keeping mind and body active to better your world and world around you.
I make art, textiles and clothing using found materials. I am also a stylist.
Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?
Living on a houseboat under the Californian sun
How do you unwind?
By the sea reading, yoga, long baths, cooking
How do you wind up?
What can friends count on you for?
What does the word sisterhood mean to you?
Women open heartedly working with one another (not against) and embracing their divine feminine selves... An exchange of support, encouragement, understanding and wisdom.
What does your dream house look like?
I'd like to create a home made of little Spanish style pods - adobe brick walls with built-in lounges, arched doorways and large windows up on a hill near the ocean surrounded by native trees and food bearing plants, loft levels throughout with big circle windows and viewing decks on top, breezy and open with old Persian rugs, big cushions, draped curtains...pathways of antique tile remnants shipped in from Marrakech joining the pods and a communal courtyard in the centre with a salt water pool, clay oven and a large bench table for meals under the sun and stars with my loved ones.
What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty?
Whole baked local fish
Fresh herbs for their magical abilities to make anything and everything delicious!
Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?
Some of my most treasured pieces I found in an old wooden box at my beach house on Stradbroke Island. The house has been in my family since my dad was a boy and this box preserved the holiday outfits of my grandparents, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world uncovering these special family belongings that perfectly embodied a wonderful time in their lives mid 1960s/70s. A red two piece linen suit with blue and white stripe details and matching boating hat that belonged to my grandfather and a rainbow bikini set with matching rainbow hotpants that belonged to my grandmother are some pieces I still wear today.
How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?
Nue au soleil
Nature swims no matter the season
Your most memorable holiday?
My most recent holiday that will always stick in my mind was last October, I met my sisters in Costa Rica where Lydia had been living. We rode the bus San Jose to Osa Peninsula - one of the worlds most biodiverse regions - to stay remote beachfront in a traditional bamboo house. A small surfing retreat occupied the same property and luckily it was the off season with nobody in sight, boards were a free for all and the three of us spent days surfing the gentle waves out front over spotted stingrays and sea turtles until the torrential rains came over and forced us in. Afternoons spent laying listening to the rain falling on the grass roof and the distant calls of howler monkeys and scarlet macaws. It was a very grounding and comforting place to prepare for my next chapter in Los Angeles.
Ocean or desert?
Ocean always, California's been a nice balance of both
Apertiff or digestiff?
Sunrise or sunset?
Equally magic hours of the day
Dance party or dinner party?
Dinner party into dance party
Tibetan Sal Dhoop
What’s on your bedside table?
Pile of books I'm slowly reading
The first album you ever bought is…?
Simply the best 60s
What are you listening to now?
Always reggae golden era
One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?
Speak many different languages
Make art to help fund nature conservation and preservation