Please welcome Tash Sinclair to the virtual offices today! Tash is the heroine of Manga Maniac Café fave Nikki Logan’s My Boyfriend and Other Enemies.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less?
[Tash Sinclair] Creative, optimistic, stoic, damaged.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Tash Sinclair?
[Tash Sinclair] I need a proper breakfast to fuel the physicality of my glassblowing so, most days, I have a biggish feed before heading to the studio. I walk or run the couple of kilometres to Fremantle (because it really doesn’t matter how sweaty I am on arrival, I’m only going to get sweatier) and simply pull on overalls and safety gear on top of my running gear. And then I work solidly all morning at the furnaces blowing glass and working on my art pieces. If I’m not the trial or creation phase of a new piece then I might head out somewhere inspiring to draw or design and gather ideas. But most of the time I’ll be in the studio either trialling new features and perfecting them or working on a commission.
End of day I’m pretty filthy so I walk home again (if the weather is truly awful I’ll inflict myself on the public transport system), shower straight up and then spend a few hours doing business admin before heading out or fixing a meal. After that it’s just me, my sofa and my DVD collection.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Aiden?
[Tash Sinclair] Stubborn. Judgmental. Hot. Though if you tell him that last one I’ll deny it. He doesn’t need the ego boost.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about him?
[Tash Sinclair] Aiden is very driven by past experience and this closes him off to new ones, sometimes. He’s much slower to forgive and forget than I am. He can also be irritatingly obtuse for such a bright man.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
[Tash Sinclair] My father. My life, and my mother’s would have been so different without him. And although I totally believe that growing up with him made me stronger I also believe I would have found a different reason to be strong. So maybe way back on that day in my childhood when he first tried to use me against my mother I would have called him on it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Tash Sinclair] Mum’s old mobile phone. I use it to access her voicemail when I really, really need to hear her voice and I never know when I’m going to get hit by a bout of sorrow and need to take the edge off.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t feuding with potential boyfriends?
[Tash Sinclair] Well, that’s kind of a sport for me–I love a good mental spar. And being a self-employed artist I don’t have a whole lot of time to do things not related to work but when I do I guess it’s exhibitions to see what other artists are doing, trolling through the markets looking for unique, hand-made fashion. Oh and I love the football—AFL all the way!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.
[Tash Sinclair] Success. Happiness. Peace. Love. Family. For me it feels like those five things are so intertwined I can’t have one without the other. So it’s a work in progress.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
[Tash Sinclair] No problems, thanks so much for having me. Let me know if you’re ever looking for a nice glass piece for the Manga Maniac Café foyer. Happy to do you a deal on something original and naturey.
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