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Advice
|27 Jul|2 mins

We talk to Rachel Rutt

Artist, model, muso.
Elle Glass
27 Jul
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We went west with her.  In search of adventure and on a mission. We packed the car and heading for rolling hills, mountain ranges and cloudless skies. Rachel Rutt, though, is familiar with new frontiers. An old hand, even. She’s been on the scene since day dot. Modelling. Making art. And now, making music.

So then, we couldn’t have chosen a better woman to ride with. New ground, it’s her territory.

“I always love shooting on location,” Rutt confides. “It really sets off my imagination. There was frost on the ground in the early morning light, it got lovely and warm later on, and there were gorgeous horses and fields: magic.”

Standing at 178 centimeters tall, Rutt can wear just about anything like nobody’s business.  Today, though, she was in broad-brimmed hats and delicate lace, block-heeled boots and plenty of leather. Her kind of West has a Laurel Canyon vibe about it, a San Franciscan air. She tells us she knows that good advice is rarely followed and quotes Kim Gordon on a whim.

And now, she shares a little more with us…

What does the Western trend bring to mind for you?
The hippies of the late 60s and early 70s. It was a pretty empowering time in global history; experimental; a combination of occidental and oriental cultures, heritage and philosophy meeting and merging in a way it never had prior. It changed the world.

Advice
|27 Jul|2 mins

We talk to Rachel Rutt

Artist, model, muso.
Elle Glass
27 Jul
Share:

We went west with her.  In search of adventure and on a mission. We packed the car and heading for rolling hills, mountain ranges and cloudless skies. Rachel Rutt, though, is familiar with new frontiers. An old hand, even. She’s been on the scene since day dot. Modelling. Making art. And now, making music.

So then, we couldn’t have chosen a better woman to ride with. New ground, it’s her territory.

“I always love shooting on location,” Rutt confides. “It really sets off my imagination. There was frost on the ground in the early morning light, it got lovely and warm later on, and there were gorgeous horses and fields: magic.”

Standing at 178 centimeters tall, Rutt can wear just about anything like nobody’s business.  Today, though, she was in broad-brimmed hats and delicate lace, block-heeled boots and plenty of leather. Her kind of West has a Laurel Canyon vibe about it, a San Franciscan air. She tells us she knows that good advice is rarely followed and quotes Kim Gordon on a whim.

And now, she shares a little more with us…

What does the Western trend bring to mind for you?
The hippies of the late 60s and early 70s. It was a pretty empowering time in global history; experimental; a combination of occidental and oriental cultures, heritage and philosophy meeting and merging in a way it never had prior. It changed the world.

Rachel Rutt.

What do you remember most from growing up?
Walking and playing in nature; picking berries; sports.

How did you catch you break in modelling?
Every year feels like a new break, which has been quite unexpected. But in the beginning, just finally not getting pigeon holed into Asian or quirky themed shoots based on my race. Australian perspective has shifted a fair amount since I started modelling, to a more inclusive approach, which I am thankful for, and it’s nice to feel that I’ve been a part of that change.

And what’s your pinch-yourself moment?
So many. First thing that comes to mind is walking for Hermès in 2012. Heavenly.

What are you listening to these days?
Dip in the Pool’s Love, Peace and Trance album, Mariah’s Utaka no Hibi and mixes by Jamie Tiller and Lovefingers on Soundcloud.

The one book that you always come back to?
Dune
by Frank Herbert.

What else are you really into right now?
I’ve been noticing a lot of really cool, organic and natural hand dyers both experimenting and using traditional techniques to make really beautiful fabric. I’d love to learn more about that.

What motivates you to make things – your art, your music, and everything else?
It’s a combination of a desire to self-express, learn how to do things, better or for the first time, and to not feel limited. Everything comes from a personal place first, then evolves into public release. I feel very fortunate to be able to explore myself in this way, and also to have access to platforms that can showcase my work. I heard this great quote by Kim Gordon saying ‘People pay to see other people believe in themselves’  and I think that’s very true. All art is a form of listening to yourself and letting yourself be.

What's the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you earlier?
I think we all hear pretty good advice, all the time: most of it is cliche and rhetoric, but it’s still valuable. We just don’t absorb it properly until our experiences accumulate to a certain point where the realisation dawns. So mostly, I wish I had understood certain concepts better than I thought at the time …. but I guess that’s just life.

When are you happiest?
When I wake up in the morning and I don’t have to go anywhere, and really take my time entering the day.

What are you looking forward to?
Our next Heart People live show in Sydney, August 25th at Freda’s Bar in Chippendale. Come one, come all.

Elle Glass
Writer
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