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- 08/21/13--00:51: Pick n Mix time! (Sadly no longer sponsored by D.E.K.A)
- 08/21/13--16:37: Show & Tell - Angela Keoghan, Illustrator
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- 08/27/13--15:37: David Trubridge Book & TEDX Talk
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- 08/28/13--18:03: LeeAnn Yare's new book, NZ Interior Style
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If you like awesome things and great stuff, you should most definitely get a copy of the latest Homestyle magazine - the annual colour issue. Here's a tasty entree to whet your appetite...
Lots and lots more to see in the mag - get yerself one.
Leanne Culy is the artist and designer behind Homebase Collections - a constantly evolving collection of New Zealand homeware created at home for your home. Leanne (and her husband, noted NZ photographer Brian Buly) live in Napier in a take-your-breath-away homestead. Their home has been the inspiration behind Leanne's range of textiles, lighting and homeware, and the beautiful things she's hand picked to complement the Homebase range.
What's your background Leanne?
I'm from an advertising and graphic design back ground, I freelanced for years in Wellington during the 80's, before opening a little homewear shop in Cuba Street called Ace Interiors, up-cycling alot which was new in those days.
Brian had a film company called Airdate in those days, so I was a little involved on the props side of that, then I married and had children but kept my hand in by doing regular styling features for Home and Building magazine, now HOME mag. Brian took the photos even back then. This was in the early nineties so my interest has always been in interiors as a creative outlet. I was asked to do a book for Penguin at the time which would have been great but I didn't quite get it off the ground.
Being a mum was my top priority and it was then I decided the organic and natural way was the only way, and I carry this value through to this day.
What is your favourite part of the design process?
I guess my favorite part of the design process is the brain storming, coming up with the idea. Then the hard work is the doing. I think my strenngth is coming up with ideas, sometime I have too many ideas and don't know where to start my day and which idea to start on first, whether its an oar to paint, or a piece of furniture to design.
Who are your design heroes?
Some of the designers and architects from the 50's - textile designers like Lucienne Day, and the textiles of Avis Higgs, Stig Lindberg. I'm also a big fan of architects from the 50's like Albert Frey, where nature is incorporated into every project, also Frank Lloyd Wright and the husband and wife team, Charles and Ray Eames. More recent heroes are architects like Glenn Murcutt whose passion and commitment for the environment is a feature of their work.
Another couple whose aesthetic inspires me is my husband's Mum and Dad, Jacobina and David Culy. 'Bina as she was called, went to art school and took up sculpting later in life, which she was naturally talented at. She had a warm, comfortable and organic way of arranging her house, understated but stylish and artistic, she liked moving things around and rearranging her nick nacks which I also tend to do quite often. David was a craftsman and cabinet maker, he was an apprentice at the Aeronautical Technology school and in 1944 worked at the Rongitai Aerodrome, building Tiger moths. He went deaf at an early age so taught at the correspondence school, while also publishing a series of books on cabinet making, and producing and selling furniture to the likes of Kirkcaldies and Stains.
Brian and I often laugh that somehow we got to this with Homebase collections, it almost feels as though we are continuing the legacy.
|Leanne in her studio with cute-face Lola!|
What's on your wishlist?
On my wish list is to find balance. The challenge is to make good art, design things and to make a living... without compromising the things that are important to me.
What's been a favourite recent project?
My favourite project recently is creating the new Pinhole light, I designed it about 15 years ago for my own home and now that Homebase has its own showroom and online store, alot of the ideas like this that have layed dormant for years can be put into production.
In my spare time, I...
I like to cook and Garden, or change my house around.
I dont really stop, I'm usually creating something!
What advice would you give someone wanting to become a product designer?
I'd never be so bold as to give advice but maybe the one thing would be, not to be afraid of learning as you go along. I have never studied and this could have been seen as something that could hold you back, but you can be your own apprentice, if you have an idea, just do it and learn as you go along. Mistakes are OK.
Give us a recommendation - something we should do, or see...
I recommend having a holiday, it awakens or reignites your creative mind. A little like spending time in a gallery. I recently went to an amazing exhibition at the Wellington city gallery, it was a photography exhibition by Gregory Crewdson.
All photos on this page are thanks to Leanne's husband - celebrated NZ photographer Brian Culy.
POUR YO'SELF A BUBBLAH It's time for NZ's Best Design Awards!
See the helicopter? Woah.|
|Are you for reeeeal?|
New Pick & Mix title image. Ooeee, aren't we the grown up blog now?
Hannah Konola is a little weird and I like it.
Angela Keoghan is becoming an international in-demand illustrator, represented in the UK by Eastwing agency and being commissioned here and overseas for everything from magazine editorials to product packaging. From her home studio on the outskirts of Hamilton, she creates the sweetest sketches, turning them into complete little artworks that look as though they may have come from an old storybook.
Last year, she won the Best Album Cover award at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards. This year, her work was chosen for Frankie magazine's Issue 53 lift-out poster.
She's also recently opened her own online store August Avenue, selling gift cards and art prints.
What was your journey to becoming a career illustrator?
I always knew I wanted to do something creative with my life and art has always been a passion. I studied a Media Arts Degree which covered painting, graphic design and photography and by the time I finished my Honours year I realised what really interested me was image and text, and my passion for illustration grew from there. There weren't that many illustration papers or degrees around so I did as many papers available and then gained the rest of my experience and knowledge from books and the internet, not to mention lots of experimentation and practice.
After many years of freelancing as a photographer & illustrator I made the move to full time illustration last year which is like a dream come true!
Tell us about August Avenue!
August Avenue is run by Jayden and one of our talented friends. It resulted from a desire to create and sell my work in a variety of forms but is growing into something a lot bigger. It's still in its early stages but the future is very exciting and will hopefully expand to showcase the work of other illustrators too!
Was there a point in your life where you decided to take a big risk to move forward?
Making the move to freelance life wasn't altogether easy, I spent many years working as a school photographer at first before starting a company with a good friend. We worked together for a few years before she went on her OE and I decided to go out on my own and make illustration more of a focus.
Freelance life takes a lot of motivation and self belief but I find it really rewarding and now days I'm quite used to the wayward nature and spontaneity required to work for myself. It also helps that in recent years my husband Jayden has come on board to drive more of the business side of things, which leaves me to concentrate on producing work. We work on a global scale too which means the end of our working day is the start of someone else's, so learning to be a night owl has been quite a shift.
Who are your creative heroes?
I have many creative heroes who have influenced me over the years. Storytellers in many medias. I especially enjoy children's books and my earliest influences where Richard Scarry and Quentin Blake. A few more contemporary influences are Oliver Jeffers, Jon Klassen and Blexbolex.
Tell us about a couple of up-and-coming illustrators we should go and google right now!
Here are a couple of recent finds: David Doran and Melissa Castrillon.
What are you looking forward to?
I find there are so many exciting opportunities out there and each one that comes along I feel incredibly grateful for! The main things which are always on my wishlist are to travel more and keep making illustration. I'd love to illustrate children's books, create textiles, design wallpaper and create more murals that explore how illustration can be used in public/private spaces.
What advice could you pass on to a budding career illustrator?
One thing is the importance of time for practice and experimentation. The 10,000 hour concept - the difference between someone successful in their practice compared to others is 10,000 hours of time & energy poured into that one thing and for me that continues to be drawing… drawing and more drawing…
Also when building a career as a freelancer, it's important to get a handle on the business side of things, time management and motivation. Because you are your own boss you determine the parameters of your time and effort which can be a good or a bad thing. It means you may have to give up your weekends, or your friday nights or holidays to get your work done, but you also determine when and where you work.
I would recommend that a budding illustrator do some sort of study and think globally about their practice. NZ is a great place despite being rather small and I think we have a lot to offer the world.
What do you love to do in your spare time?
I love to go for a walk, play with Mr Woods (our dog), sketch in a cafe or perhaps do some gardening.
|Need to start a blog about people and their awesome dogs|
What's your favourite part of a working day?
The beginning - it feels like the day is so full of opportunity!
What is your most favourite thing in your studio?
Aside from my husband, it would have to be my collection of children's drawings. I have some lovely friends who's children like to draw me pictures for my walls, I often get to draw with them too which is fun. I love the freedom and imagination as they discover how or what to draw.
Matchbox are always keen to hear submissions for both solo shows and artist-curated group exhibitions. As part of their mission to represent the New Zealand creative community, the Matchbox team (including their awesome interns and volunteers) take care of every aspect of an exhibition - from promoting it to hanging the work.