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- 07/17/13--00:11: Grad Design Talent
- 07/17/13--16:51: Pick n Mix! International design treats for your gob
- 07/21/13--22:32: 5 minutes with Gidon Bing
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- 07/23/13--03:13: Chucks suck. These kicks definitely do not.
- 07/25/13--21:42: The Flock Design Store Flies Again...
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- 07/28/13--16:16: YS spells YES
- 07/30/13--19:38: Show & Tell - Melbourne Photographer Jonathan Ong
- 08/01/13--18:40: Our House - Kate Alexander, interior stylist
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The Wintec SPARK festival runs from August 12-16, and it presents 4 days of inspiring speakers, workshops run by creative and design leaders, exhibitions and side events.
I'm spreading the word about this festival because it is FREEEEEE. Anyone who wants to get inspired by the line-up of wicked speakers and workshops can come along. Worth a roadie to Hamilton.
I've just picked out my own personal highlights of the programme, but there's plenty more too.
Editor of Smith Journal, Nadia Saccardo. Sharing insights into the day-to-day running of a magazine
Fred L'Ami - NZ Design Director
John Safran - radical journalist and documentary director
Genty Marshall - international design futurist and trend forecaster
Michelle Coursey - Wintec graduate and current editor of New Idea
Roseanne Liang (writer/director) & JJ Fong (actress/Go Girls) - sharing their journey in making a cult-hit webseries
Smith Journal - as in, the brother to Frankie magazine
Zara Mirkin - New York-based stylist and creative director (working with clients from Stolen Girlfriends Club and Glassons to Urban Outfitters)
Hazel Squair - Wintec Graduate and current Communications Coordinator for Melbourne City Premier Events
More info about the Material Matters opening night and exhibition here.
Get these treats in your gob.
Danny Demers and Diane Garcia (husband and wife) run a creative atelier called Garçon Garçonne. Danny is an art director, Diane a baker. Together, they bring good design and good food together. Breakfast Club is a breakfast gathering that happens on the first Sunday of every month at a Montreal menswear boutique. The event invites people to take part in a communal morning routine, transforming the retail space into a pop-up restaurant. I just really liked the idea, and the design. (via Miss Moss)
These all-class kicks are the result of a collaboration between New Zealand footwear brand Tobe and a young Wellington design collective, Simpleton.
With Simpler Times laid down as the collabo theme, Tobe and Simpleton set out to make a collection of high quality footwear, with as much of the process as possible being local and simple. The Simpler Times shoes are affordable but still exclusive; made-to-order, with limited numbers of each style going direct from designers to customer.
Made with New Zealand (Whanganui) leather and merino.
There are a few different styles - hightops and lows - and they're available for pre-order now. This would be such a sweet gift for your favourite man (P.S: you can totally be your own favourite man.)
Order here - orders close in just a few more days.
$120 gets you a pair of custom-made Simpler Times shoes, a bag of Raglan Roast beans and a ticket to the launch party which will happen in October... right after your shoes have been individually manufactured and sent to you.
Seriously, take off those cookie-cutter Chucks, bin your Skechers (Remember Skechers? Hahaahaa! Good times... good times) and order a pair of these. And not just because you'll be supporting New Zealand vision and design and craftsmanship, either. But because these are very, very very good looking, and so will you be in them.
In the late 1800s in colonial Christchurch, one of the most important contributors to the local economy were the booming tanning industry. The largest and most successful of these became known as The Woolston Tannery.
More than a hundred years later, and the long-since-abandoned factories and facades of The Tannery have sprung into life again, being restored and repurposed, brick by brick (literally - they've removed and hand-cleaned over 150,000 bricks!) into a boutique shopping and entertainment destination, made up of five different precincts. The Tannery will be home to a craft brewery, retail stores, artists' and designers' studios, craft collectives, cool eateries, a modern deli and cafes... This is an example of the Christchurch phoenix we've heard about, an exciting, progressive new city rising from post-earthquake ashes.
The newest tenant at The Tannery is a design store run by Emma Smith and Billy Wilson. Mere weeks before the big one hit, they'd opened shop in Sumner. Their newborn design store dream was short-lived, as damage from the earthquakes made it too difficult to continue trading, and Emma and Billy had to close the doors. Just a few weeks ago, The Flock re-opened inside the red brick buildings of The Tannery.
Hey Emma, Billy! How did you come to start The Flock together?
Emma is a photographer by trade and originally from Christchurch. She met Billy while living in Wellington. Billy is a painter and was teaching art at a local institute while Emma was photographing weddings. We decided to move to Christchurch together in 2009, as Emma hadn’t lived around her family in ages. She was really over the wedding circuit and was looking for a change. We decided to start The Flock just before the first earthquake in September 2010.
We share a love of design, material, craft and space, and felt that a shop would provide a constantly changing environment to play with.
What lessons have you learned since starting the business?
The first two years of a small business is always tough going, throw in a few earthquakes, several thousand aftershocks and a car driving through our shop window into the mix and the most enduring lesson you learn is to pick yourself up and keep going.
For us it has been very important to be very clear about what we want to create and to be single minded in our focus and our path. As with everything, you have to be true to yourself and not directed by the opinions of others.
We used to struggle a bit between stocking what we know is popular and will sell versus what we love and value but which is more left- field. The model of good business seems to be towards the former, but it has never sat right with either of us. We want to be inspired by what we select for the shop, and we hope that others will be too. We have been surprised over the years at what has ended up selling well despite our doubts about whether people will get it, or want to pay for it.
More than ever the earthquakes and the resulting hardships have made it very clear to the both of us about what we want in terms of lifestyle, and we are not willing to waste our time.
What's on your personal wishlist at the mo?
Foremost on our wish list - more time away from the store to scout for exciting designers and crafters. Our minds right now are very much focused on the west coast of America and London Design Week in September. There is so much innovation and hand crafted production going on in these places.
Billy has to balance The Flock with his studio practice, and now that the new shop is open one of his wishes is on getting the balance just right.
Also on Billy's wishlist is a painting by the kiwi/australian based artist Peter Adsett. Emma would love a contemporary house designed by Charles and Ray Eames if they were both still alive, but she'll settle for an Oak and leather mirror made by Douglas and Bec.
What's your favourite item in the store right now?
Emma loves the new Uniform Wares Series 203 Wrist Watch, which is on its way to the store.
She also is very impressed with the company Found My Animal who make good quality and beautiful dog accessories from materials such as marine grade rope and brass fixtures. They devote their time to re-housing homeless dogs in New York City. Billy is into the Michelle Quan bells (think hand-thrown and painted ceramic wind-chimes, done really well). They are made in Brooklyn, New York.
What's your most prized possession?
Emma - my trio of fluffy cats Brian, Bessie and Mewy.
Billy - the lovely Kodachrome family photos I have from my mum's place. She had them in some old albums that never got looked at. I’ve taken the best ones and plan to get them framed white on white so that they can shine on the wall and be seen every day. Snapshot technology was lost in the eighties when it got too close to reality. There is no digital filter available that today will get that back.
We love a good recommendation - tell us something we need to know about!
The book Rethink The Way You Live by Amanda Talbot. It is a fantastic coffee table book with amazing interior and lifestyle ideas focusing on small, sustainable, creative everyday spaces. Humble but beautiful. A quote from it by William Morris: “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” We can’t say that that is how we live right now, but it’s a nice idea to work towards.
The song Candles from Beth Orton’s new album Sugaring Season. Listen on good headphones! Emma just saw her play in a church in Auckland. Upon hearing that song, Billy wishes he went too.
There is a blog that a friend recently directed me to which is great fodder for the eyes – it is called The Poetry of Material Things.
If I got adopted by Daddy Warbucks, I'd buy ALL the amazing chairs from E15
Super lovely Imogen Tunnicliffe is the Senior Designer for NZ homeware and accessories brand Citta, responsible not only for product and pattern design but for the overall art direction of Citta's themed seasonal collections. Let's nose around her home and office, shall we?
Tell us about your background... how did you come to be a homeware designer?
I’ve loved drawing and arty things since I was tiny, so it was an easy choice when it came to University, and I went to Elam at Auckland University and majored in printmaking.
For me print was a natural progression from drawing and I also loved accessibility of it – as in, because you can produce editions, people are able to own a bit of affordable, real art! I guess this is what I like about designing for homeware too – you can create beautiful patterns and objects for everyday items. People can afford to buy them and enjoy them in their homes daily.
How did I get into textile/homeware design? It was one of those lucky things really – right place at the right time sort of thing. Citta needed an artist to do some illustrations and designs. I had just come back from New York and was trying to make a crust as an exhibiting artist, as well as doing a bit of freelance illustration and trying to sell some hand printed cards - no easy feat! Needless to say I needed some extra work. I had always wanted to work in the textile design industry, and love homeware, so it was the prefect opportunity.
I started out a couple of days a week and remember my first project was designing hand painted tin fairies for Christmas decorations – that was nearly 10 years ago!! Back then it was pretty much just me – now, we have 5 full time designers and one part timer and the design department has become an integral part of the company and our brand.
|On her inspiration board, on her desk|
I honestly actually really like most parts of the process. Lucky aren’t I!! I love the beginning of the process – researching the new destination we are off to and learning about a new culture – especially if I get to go there! I love beginning doodling in my workbook and coming up with ideas for new patterns and products. Seeing ideas transform from a 2D image in your workbook or on your computer into a tangible product is hugely satisfying.
The photoshoot is great fun too. Working with talented stylists, photographers, designers and the marketing team to realise our story and collection through photos and different media.
What's on your personal Wishlist at the mo?
A Bitossi rimini blue miniature (they are limited edition but still very affordable), a beautiful table lamp – there is one at Douglas and Bec I have my eye on, a Juliette Hogan sequin dress, copper leather brogues, a hand woven metallic gold black and natural wall tapestry from nativeline.com, the Sola ceramics from our new Greece collection, an Amaya Gutierrez adjustable ‘Perchero’ coat rack, and a weed eater!! Not much really…
|Fellow lover of vintage|
What's your favourite piece of work/project you've done so far?
Personally – the body of work I created and printed for an exhibition in New Zealand whilst living in New York. I had just arrived and it was a real challenge, but I had such a sense of achievement afterwards – and the prints weren’t bad either…
Workwise – the Citta design Tokyo & Mexico collections – completely different aesthetics but I was similarly inspired by their popular culture, use of colour, traditional hand crafts and the people – needless to say the outcomes were worlds apart however.
Designs – the Zoo duvet design, the Meguro design from the Tokyo collection, and the Eye Spy design from the New York collection. All of these designs are narrative in style, which I love. I have always loved illustration, and designs that tell a story, and for me they are a great combination of both. I also like the fact that they appealed to adults and children alike. And potentially something I’m working on for our new winter collection, Copenhagen…!
What are you looking forward to?
Spending time with my family who have just arrived from London to live for a while. Seeing all my bare trees and flowers coming to life again after the cold-(ish) winter. I can see all the buds forming already – it’s very exciting! (Geeky I know…) Going to see the new movie about Liberace, Behind the Candelabra. Putting in some French doors that will open out onto our lawn. And summer. I love summer – everything makes sense and seems better for me in the warmer months.
What do you love to do in your spare time?
In an ideal world with lots of spare time I would be: Gardening, reading a whole book (such a rarity these days!), pottering about with my daughter Rose, going for a bite and a movie, perusing second hand shops, creating some of my own work, writing and illustrating a children’s book, doing up our house.
|Sweet little things in the kitchen|
I LOVE a good recommendation – tell us about something(s) that we should know about:
Song – Laura Mvula, Green Garden – great song and video.
Book – For children, Eric Carle’s Animals Animals, pub. 1989 – an illustrated collection of poems about the animals – it’s beautiful.
Restaurant - The Basque Kitchen – delicious tapas restaurant in Newmarket – great before or after the movies... and lovely Spanish beers.
Website – Petite Kitchen
Destination – The Cotswolds in England. And while your there, pop into The Swan Inn at Swinbrook, for a delicious pub lunch.
Illustrator – Saul Steinberg. Wonderfully clever illustrations and satire.
You've just come back from Copenhagen – the city that will inspire the new CITTA collection - give us some words that represent the direction you're going to be taking...
Tivoli, mermaids, story book, snow and frozen sea, wood, folklore, harlequin, black & bone, playful, geometric patterns, well crafted, soft pink, Kelly green, misty blue, forests, earthenware, copper foiling, woodland animals, houses, patterned carpets, rabbits, cobbled streets, beards, patterned socks, magical, quality, patchwork, felt, clean lines, modernist, ships, spring flowers, bicycles.. a winter wonderland.
Jonathan Ong is a self-confessed introvert and hater of small talk. Dude, I'm right there with you.
But his stand-back-and-watch ways are precisely those that make him such a gifted observer of life, a silent considerer of special fleeting moments, expressed through a camera lens. Based in Melbourne, Jon believes in quality over quantity, committing to just 24 weddings each year. He also just happens to be a really, reallyreally good guy. And my vote's always for the good guys.
How do you describe yourself as a photographer?
My 'business' is something very personal and close to my heart; I believe it is an extension of who I am. I see myself as a visual storyteller - telling a story, particularly through weddings and love, through a series of images. I believe a good story is honest and also comprehensive, and with a touch of whimsy - giving enough space for one's imagination to run wild.
My aim during any story is to be as invisible as possible, ensuring the integrity of every moment. I approach every story as an observer and am conscious not to intrude with my presence.
I only take on 24 couples a year because I believe in the concept that less is more. During the first year of being a full time photographer, I had 42 weddings to shoot. After that year, I decided to change the way I did things. I hated the fact that it was becoming like a job rather than something I loved to do. So after that year, I started to limit myself to 24 couples a year. That way, I could really give my 100% to each couple and stay fresh. It became a win-win situation for both the couple & myself, and I've stuck with it ever since.
I could easily be earning heaps more money by taking on more couples a year, but to me, keeping fresh and loving what I do is more important than earning lots.
Tell me your story – what path led you to what you are doing now?
I majored in art during high school in Singapore and for my final year project took up Darkroom Photography. Prior to this I had no experience to photography and just thought it would be fun. And so that's where my journey started I guess. I was the first person in my school to do Darkroom Photography as the final year project so I pretty much fumbled my way through the year. And so that's when my picture taking began. After high school, I had a camera with me wherever I went (I owned various cheap film cameras at that time) and just took what happened in my life.
And out of the blue, a guy commented on my blog "hey, do you want to follow me for a wedding". I said to myself, why not, met him (also a Jon), ended up becoming great friends and then went on to start a studio together in Singapore. From there, I guess that's when I became a wedding photographer. It's been a good 9 years since I met Jon Keng and after about 2 years of working in Singapore, I moved to Melbourne, to study Graphic Design and have been here ever since. This is my 3rd year as a full time wedding photographer in Melbourne and absolutely love what I do.
What would be your dream creative project?
I've been cooking a lot at home of late (another passion of mine), and I would love to photograph, design, and write a cookbook. It would be a book about simple, honest food, with the idea that relationships are built over food. I would also love to design a bible one day.
Besides design and photography, what else do you love to do?
I love a good meal. Whether it's cooking it or eating out - simple, honest food makes me smile. I love to shop too.
To become a father! I'm nowhere close; gosh, I'm not even close to being married yet. My mum was a single parent with 5 of us, so from a young age, I think I've always looked forward to fatherhood; to do things right when I have my own family.
I LOVE a good recommendation – tell us something (or a few things) we should know about:
For photographers out there, I would recommend The Mind's Eye by Henri Cartier Bresson. It's one of my favourite books. Sushi Burger in Melbourne is amazing. Spitafields Market in London is my favourite flea market in the world. I wish I lived there.
I've just put my son Harry (5) and daughter Molly (3) in the same bedroom. Colour inspiration came from the Snapper print by Giselle Clarkson from endemicworld.com It's bordering on girly, but Harry loves his grey army blanket with the orange stripe (a garage sale find which i sewed a ribbon to) I plan to paint the sisal rug with some coloured squares. I like this space because it's practical (places for things), it's bright, and it's almost finished!
This will soon be my new favourite room! We're converting our garage into a studio. It was supposed to just be a 'dry and dust free' storage area, but its so nice with natural light that I'm moving my studio there. The front used to be a roller garage door and is now a french door from a timber recycling yard.
Thanks Kate! I'm so into the idea of one shelf that's purely for display - a little 'things I love' spot that you make a point of changing regularly. And how awesome are those timber french doors! I can see sheds being changing-roomed into little studios all over NZ...