Par Femme: Hi! Give us the Clea elevator pitch.
Clea: Hi! I am a musician from Brisbane who loves all aspects of art. I eat too many carob-coated dry bananas and I love my dog, Pearl.
What does sensuality mean to you?
To me, sensuality means being present and comfortable within myself.
How do you keep your mind stimulated?
Reading, searching for vintage ceramics, attending to my plants and, of course, playing and listening to music.
And your body?
My favourite form of exercise is rock climbing. Rock climbing is one of the biggest things I miss in isolation, for me it is meditative as well as physically engaging.
What’s a good uniform for seduction?
A mini skirt paired with a cotton singlet and knee-high lime green boots.
What do you appreciate most about your body?
Its ability to heal.
What is your creative process like?
My creative process starts from a moment of inspiration, whether that’s from music, an artist, or an overwhelming feeling I need to express. At that moment I usually pick up the guitar and start picking out ideas. I then flesh out the song structure with my partner, who also co-produces my music. We then create the instrumental bed and immediately start recording in our home studio. Our process is very much about that initial idea and then opening it up and exploring all aspects. It can sometimes be a long process, but ultimately very rewarding.
Outside of making music, how do you spend your time?
As well as keeping my mind and body stimulated, and spending time with family and friends, photography, figuring out how to cook the worlds best vegan food and dreaming of a rambling vegetable garden.
How would you describe your music in five words?
Ethereal, spellbinding, hazy, pop, folk.
Do you think music has the power to change the world?
Absolutely, the connection and understanding through song is one of the most powerful forms of communication we have.
Clea out for a swim with her dog, Pearl.
Par Femme is all about pleasure, sensuality and empowerment. How has your relationship with these things changed over time? Why do you think these things have been taboo subjects, for women especially?
I was very fortunate to grow up in an incredibly accepting and self-empowering environment. It wasn’t until I left high school that I noticed the true disparity between men and women. As I grew up I became more passionate, engaged and aware of when it is appropriate to speak up and when to make our voices heard. In regards to pleasure and sensuality, for me it is a continual journey of self-love, acceptance and expression within my personal life. I feel these types of subjects are taboo because up until very recently women were seen predominantly as nurturers and were encouraged to keep their aspirations and sexuality to themselves. We have yet to dismantle social conditioning, but the slow progress toward women’s equality is in full swing.
Why is self pleasure important?
Because you know yourself best!
What do you wish you’d learned in sex education at school?
My sex education in primary school was watching a woman give birth with a full face of makeup, and in high school it was learning about plant anatomy. I wish I learned a more genuine representation of sex, as well as being informed about the mental and social aspects around sex. I hope the topic of consent is being widely covered in schools today, as I definitely was not taught anything about it when I was in school.
What sex/love advice would you give your younger self?
Nothing is perfect. You can take your time, and have fun.
Top 3 songs to get down to?
“Boyish” by Japanese Breakfast, “La Femme d’Argent” by Air, and “It’s Gonna Be Lonely” by Prince.
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