5 minutes in the world of...Sian Richardson + Julian Bialowas - Part 1


A magazine designed and curated by Sian Richardson & Julian Bialowas called 16HOURS caught my attention a few weeks ago - so I contacted Sian and Julian to find out more. The magazine is the result of 2 designers who are on opposite sides of the world and have published 3 editions with the 4th set for purchase March 16, 2012.

Past issues have included - 01 WANDERLUST / 02 HOME / 03 URBAN - and the latest to be publlished is - 04 WE ARE WILD.

16 hours is the time difference between Calgary, Alberta & Sydney, Australia and here is 5 minutes in the world of Sian Richardson from Sydney, Australia. Julian Bialowas world to follow soon.

Describe yourself in 5 words:
Spontaneous. Chilled. Bold. Adventurous. Random.

A moment that changed my life is:
The moment I walked out the door of my full time job to be a full time freelancer. Possibly the scariest & most exciting day of my life so far. Nothing can beat the feeling of absolute freedom.

What 5 things during your lifetime do you want to do?
‘Things’ I really want to do… See the Northern Lights in Lapland is my number one, and to stay in a glass igloo while I’m there. Watch the sunrise in Gisbourne, New Zealand at New Years (the first place in the world to see the sun). To road trip across America. To go to the Monaco Formula 1 GP.
And just to create a dream life that allows me to travel + do what I love + work with amazing people.

images: Monument Valley / Laplandimages: Gisborne first light / Formula One - Monaco

Things you are passionate about…can't live without…things that rock your world…
Music is my number one. I love how it has the power to completely change your mood.
Travelling & music go hand in hand to me.
And getting to work with amazing creative + passionate people rocks my world. There really is nothing like connecting with such driven & inspirational people, on a daily basis. It drives me.

Any new projects you’d like to share with us?
I’ve just recently launched a little book project of mine, called Everything is Everything. Just a collection of quotes to get people inspired to live the life of their dreams.

I’ve got a few exciting projects coming up, but I can’t give it all away just yet!

Whose art/creativity/photography rocks your world?
Fave photographer for me at the moment would have to be Cody Cobb. I just found him while I was scouting artists for the new issue of 16HOURS. He captures the wilderness perfectly.

image: Cody Cobb

A lot of photographers have been inspiring me more than designers lately. Max Wanger is another amazing photog. He has the most amazing minimal approach to his work.

What was the first concert you went to on your own dime?
Justin Timberlake! Haha… When he was in Auckland in 2007 I think it was.

What kind of music do you listen to?
A combo of electro/house/bass, & a bit of indie/altervative. I can never pass up good electro though.

The book you’re reading right now is:
The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. Fascinating stuff!

What fashion era best represents your style?
I can’t really put it down to one era… I just wear whatever I feel like. I change it up all the time.

Besides your home country, what is your favorite country?
New Zealand is my home country, but I’m in love with Australia. So far I haven’t made it further than these two places, but I think Aussie will always be like my second home. It has the perfect combo of cities + small country towns + amazing beaches.

Where in the world you have always wanted to visit?
There’s something about America that has always fascinated me... I’m not sure why. Going to New York & LA have always been at the top of my list. And Northern Europe is pretty up there too. Those are the main places I’m planning to live sooner or later.

You just won the lottery – woohoo! – and you want to travel, where would you go?
Probably America or Canada… They say New Zealand is like the Canada of the Southern Hemisphere, so being from NZ I’m pretty keen to see what the Canada of the Northern Hemisphere is like!

If you could leave on a trip in 2 hours, where would you go, how would you get there and what would you pack?
I would go back to New Zealand, and go to the South Island. I’d hope to score a plane ticket to get there! And I’d pack as little as possible… A few items of clothing, a couple of pairs of shoes, my cameras, a couple of pairs of sunglasses, and probably Red Bull for the road…
As long as I’ve got at least my camera, and my sunglasses, I’m happy.

Once you arrived at this place, which 5 people would you call to come join you and why?
I’d have to hit up Julian… He’s like Mr Explorer so I can imagine him going crazy in the South Island with all the mountains + treks down there. Second I’d probably call my brother, he’s one of the funniest kids I know so there’d be no shortage of good times with him around. I’m not sure exactly who else. Any 3 people that are chilled out & know how to have a good time.

Something we don't know about you is:
I have a really double jointed elbow. I constantly freak people out when I stretch it and forget that it bends a lot more than it should.

Thank you Sian!
\ Issue 04 - WE ARE WILD is available now and you can get it here. (Some of the best photography of the world I've seen in a long time)

image: Nich Hance McElroy