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Monday November 30, 2009
Confidently clad in a black nylon
dress and tights with vibrant
tattoos decorating her left arm,
a self-described "fun promoter"
and lover of roller derby, Kirstie Gordon-
Douglas is evidently different.
Born and bred in Canberra, Kirstie
spent 13 years living in the bustling cities
of Melbourne, California and London
-- "where fun things happen all the time"
-- before returning to her home town to be
closer to family.
With copious amounts of life experience
up her sleeve, three years ago Kirstie fell
into event coordinating in her spare time.
"A lot of my friends owned their own
companies overseas and so they were
always putting on promotion nights where I
would help out," she reminisces.
"When I came back I found there's lots of
things going on in Canberra, but there just
weren't that many that I wanted to do."
In a bid to address that issue, outside
of her receptionist day job, Kirstie began
organising a number of charity events
around Canberra, including a fashion
fundraiser at Parlour Wine Room earlier
this year, which raised close to $3000 for
"I just like to make things happen -- make
fun happen" she grins.
At 38, Kirstie is keen to promote the over
30s social scene in the city.
"Well I ain't young but I ain't old and I
just want to go somewhere and where I
can hang out with my friends and know
that they'll be interested in coming along,"
"Overseas in London you can go out
in your 30s and it's fine. I'm part of that
demographic and I want to go out and
have a good night out -- I'm sure I'm not
alone. I think as an adult, you're put away
in a wine bar somewhere and expected to
There is nothing about Kirstie that is
quiet. Her favourite memories include a
Nirvana concert at ANU where she met her
best friend, and one New Years Eve, which
was spent at the home of skating giant,
Kirstie could make even the wildest
rocker feel uncool in comparison.
"I think I am just someone who has travelled
and experienced a lot of different cultures and
a lot of different things," she says.
"I'm an individual; I'm not crowded
by particular ideas. I love fashion and I
absolutely love music -- I'm always trying to
keep-up-to date with what's going on."
With the combination of her pretty face,
trendy outfit and nine tattoos, a passer-
by can't help but do a double take at the
juxtaposition of styles.
"I got my first tattoo from my boyfriend
as a 21st birthday present. I just love
them, but I forget I have them sometimes
-- they're part of who I am. I think they're
especially great in Canberra -- they make
you stand out.
"I guess one thing I was worried about
was getting put in the smackie genre
-- I'd like to prove it's not just smackies in
Canberra that have tattoos."
While promoting local up-and-coming
talent through her events, Kirstie would like
to prove that the city is about more than
just "fuddy-duddies in suits".
"Canberra has a lot going for it -- we
have two of the best unis and we have
this fantastic talent coming out of here,
but as soon as they graduate they get the
hell out of here.
"We need to show off what Canberra's
got. It's sad that people have to move to
Sydney or Melbourne to make it."
On a Saturday morning you will find
Kirstie in the change rooms at: itrip iskip
"It's my favourite place to shop. Those girls
are switched on -- they travel and have a
look at what is going on and a lot of the
brands they buy are Australian, which I
Landspeed Records "I love the vintage
clothing there. I think I buy something every
time I walk into that shop."
Felt "It's cute and alternative."
On a Friday night after work Kirstie will
grab a group of friends and head to
Knightsbridge "It's got a great
atmosphere." Transit Bar "They have live
music and they don't charge people to go
in, which I think is phenomenal."
Parlour Wine Room "It is a nice place to
go for a drink as well."
On Tuesday nights you will catch Kirstie
at Dendy Cinema "I love Tuesday nights
at Dendy -- it's cheap and there are all the
films you don't get at other cinemas."
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