Who are you? Alexandra Freeman
Do you have a nickname? Tiddly-pom, woodles, boogs, lexy.
Where do you live? I divide my time between Australia and Bali.
What do you do/name of business? I have a jewellery label named Polka Luka.
How long in this role? The label started 2 and a half years ago, wholesaling for 1 and a half years, but designing for about 5.
What’s your professional background? Bachelor of Arts (Art History) /Asian Studies (Chinese and Asian Politics), Tafe Studies in design; work in conservation and the environment in China.
Do you have a website that we can check out? www.polkaluka.com.au READ MORE>>>
What did you want to be when you grew up? I had a few racy ideas when I was younger, but think I was so ensconced in childhood, that I didn’t have any firm ideas or else, I had a new idea every day that changed according to what game I was playing.
What’s your idea of a rip-snorting weekend? A slow Saturday morning when the whole weekend stretches before you, eating a delicious breakfast, then a Saturday night dancing with friends to live hip hop, and then on Sunday a later brunch or beach visit. Other weekends that I can imagine as rip-snorting, would be one spent in New York, or circumambulating the base of Mount Kailash.
Who are your favourite three people and why? My family, Putu, who I work with every day, and her little son Made.
If you could do anything, what would it be? Solve world poverty, the environmental crises, species extinction, etc etc, failing that… I would like to be able to make more people happy and to give more. Some of the places I have lived, people are doing it tough. To be able to semi-unfailingly help people who need it would be an amazing capability.
If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? I would like to meet one or two of the monks/teachers in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, especially Marpa, or the poet Milarepa. They lived in the 11th Century and they were both Buddhist yogis with a wild streak.
What’s your favourite book? When I was little I loved Ronia the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren.
What are your favourite websites and why? Design websites and people’s design blogs are interesting. I was recently referred to http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ a rather highbrowish fashion blog site, it tracks the stylish people. I like looking at Akira Isogowa’s site http://akira.com.au; also www.fashionreview.com.au is a good site have a look at Australian designers. websites that look at street art such as
http://www.streetsy.com are also interesting.