"I got bullied when I was younger because I was different to the other boys that I grew up around. If I could say something to myself, it would be "It may suck right now, but it will get better. You are a beautiful little weirdo and what these boys may hate in you are the things that will eventually become your strengths. Stay weird, you will make a career out of it." - Lachlan Martin
Our Editor in Chief, Lauren McKenna, caught up with actor, creator and all-round delight, Lachlan Martin for a chat about creativity, fashion and his online endevour, THE TILLEY PROJECT, proving inspiration is all around us!
Lauren: Tell me a little bit about the project.
Lachlan:THE TILLEY PROJECT can speak for so many people. First and foremost, it is a means of entertainment. If I can make someone smile, then I've done my job! It's also a nod to the incredible fashion artists of the world. But it also represents anyone who is a little different to the norms of society. Unfortunately, we don't live in an open minded world. It is getting better, but we still have a long way to go. So many kids, especially those in the LGBTIQ community can feel that there is something wrong with them. The Tilley Project is my way of expressing that you are perfect just the way you are. Be weird. The characteristics that make you feel different and unusual are actually pretty awesome and make you perfect in my eyes. If you're a boy and you want to wear a dress, do it! If you want to wear a lampshade as a hat, I say GO FOR IT!! The response has been overwhelmingly positive which is evidence enough that I'm not the only person who thinks that weird is wonderful.
Lauren: Why did you start THE TILLEY PROJECT?
Lachlan: I was watching the Golden Globes earlier this year with a friend of mine, Sarah Morrison. We were in a particularly silly mood and randomly decided to compete in creating our own red carpet looks using only household items from the lounge room. They were so ridiculous that we filmed our adventures and uploaded it to Snapchat. It got an overwhelming response from people who seemed to love the idea. So THE TILLEY PROJECT became a thing!
It's pretty crazy, I've only been on Instagram from 6 months and have over 2500 followers from all corners of the globe.
Lauren: Where do you find your inspiration?
Lachlan: I get inspiration from everywhere. I love going into people's houses and letting my imagination take over..."hmmm, what could I do with this?" etc.
Lauren: Describe yourself in 3 words.
Lachlan: Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Lauren: Surely you don't own that many fabulous homewares items?! Where do you find all your materials?
Lachlan: Haha, you're right! I ran out of household items pretty quickly, but my friends are very generous and encouraging and have let me loose into their houses. People love taking part in a Tilley Project, I think they enjoy it just as much as I do. If you've had one of your rooms turned into a Tilley Project, You've made it in life! It's my calling card.
Lauren: What designers/artists/creators inspire you?
Lachlan: Lady Gaga, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf, Leigh Bowery and Maria Von Trapp, of course #curtains.
Lauren: Is it just for fun? Or do you have plans for the project in the future?
Lachlan: It started out as fun, but there are some exciting things planned for the future. Mainly a Youtube series that will be launched in the new year.
Lauren: Any advice for people out there who enjoy sporting fashion that is wild, wonderful and outside the norm?
Lachlan: I love you! You do you. Haters back off.
Lauren: You are a music theatre performer as well as a red carpet fashionista, I have seen you shine in productions such as Strictly Ballroom and Sideshow! How do you deal with time in long contracts or time between jobs?
Lachlan: THE TILLEY PROJECT actually keeps me sane, especially when I'm in a long running show. If I'm on tour, it can also act as a nice travel diary that documents all the places where I've stayed. It's a creative outlet for me and If I don't have any acting work lined up...More time to work on red carpet looks.
Lauren: Any advice to your younger self?
Lachlan: I got bullied when I was younger because I was different to the other boys that I grew up around. If I could say something to myself, it would be "It may suck right now, but it will get better. You are a beautiful little weirdo and what these boys may hate in you are the things that will eventually become your strengths. Stay weird, you will make a career out of it. Also get rid of those hideous orange dragon shorts that you love so much." Fun fact, some of the boys that bullied me in high school are now followers of The Tilley Project.
For more kooky creations, follow THE TILLEY PROJECT on these social media platforms. Lachlan welcomes you to his fashion family!
Instagram - @thetilleyproject
Facebook - The Tilley Project
Or you can follow Lachlan on
Instagram - @lachielove
Snapchat - Lachielove