Thursday, 28 July 2011

Dion Lee...


I first discovered this fantastic Sydney designer when I was watching TV,and one word came to mind-TALENT!.I saw the garments from Lee's RAFW 2010/2011 collection and frantically ran to grab a pen to write down his name so I wouldn't forget.The dresses stuck in my mind,they were so elegant,with all the drapery of lilac and pale blue fabric...I was in awe.Then I saw the printed fabric he used which was reminisent of Rorschach ink blot prints.These pieces were slightly more structured in the form of body-con mini dresses.I admired the designers artisitc approach to the collection and his willingness to incorporate the unusual ink blot images into his fabric,without the fear that the images would detract from the garments themselves.I have looked at Lee's 2011/2012 collection online and I can honestly say that I am still a fan. This collection is said to have a 'focus on architectual shapes and linearity'.In an article it mentions Lee's interest lies in the 'tactile nature of the fabrics,such as through origami-like manipulation and precise tailoring'.This is more apparent in his 2011/2012 RAFW collection where you can see more tailored pieces.

Rorchach ink blot test: ink blot images like this one below are used to examine a person's personality characteristics & emotional functioning from their perception of the ink blot.Lee incorporates this ink blot design idea with his own unique pattern across the fabric.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Frosted Fingers & Tingling toes...

"There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance"- William Sharp.
It was beyond freezing on Sunday the 24th of July, everything outside was covered in snow. The place looked amazing with a white snow glow.I managed to get out in the snow without slipping over to throw a few snowballs before my fingers went numb and boots soaked through. The snow continued to fall on Monday but started to melt away in the afternoon. Today I went exploring at the park nearby to take some picutres of what was left of the cold weekend.

This is a daffodil bulb emerging from the snow which I took to be a promising sign of spring to come.
check out some raw video footage taken of the cold weekend...on the Otago Daily Times website
'When it snows you have two choices...shovel...or make snow angels!'

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

My Favourite Painter...

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life", Pablo Picasso. 

In High School my art teacher introduced me to a painter named Stanley Palmer. I idolised his talent in both his paintings and prints. Everything about his work appeared natural and highly representative of New Zealand's beautiful landscapes. The established painter and printmaker was born near Thames in the Coromandal and studied at Dunedin Tecnical college in the late 1950's. Stanley Palmer's work is said to be 'expressive,emotive and distinctively New Zealand' whilst capturing the essence and colours of our natural coastlines. Palmer uses a combination of engraving and lithography using bamboo rather than metal as an etching plate. By using this method Palmer doesn't require the use of acid and the bamboo provides an easier surface to work with. When viewing his prints you can see the texture of the bamboo grain, which also assists in the natural appearance of the landscape

Stanley Palmer lives in Auckland and has worked as a fulltime artist since 1968. His work can be seen around New Zealand  in such places as Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington, City Art Gallery in Auckland, and The Dowse Art Museum in Wellington. Palmer endeavours to make art that is accessible and 'free from pretensions'.

Saturday, 9 July 2011


I love Black & White photos.There is a simplicity to them which is elegant and effective.I find that some photos come to life when the natural colour is eliminated from them...

Friday, 8 July 2011

Tunnel Beach Dunedin

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”
--Robert Henri

Just South of St.Clair, Tunnel beach is well worth the drive...and the walk.My mum and I were fortunate enough to pick a day with perfect weather to head down to this fantastic beach.I wouldn't recommend going down the track after it has been raining,especially not in jandals,which I learnt the hard way in some wet patches.The walk down is easy,and the walk back up is..well,slow!Tourist sites consider the walk back up to take around an hour or so,which I think translates to...make sure you have a red bull first and you could do it in 30mins!The tunnel at the bottom was built by John Cargill to allow him private access to the beach.The views were breathtaking and I was thankful that I had a camera with me...check out the pics...

The tunnel leading down to the beach

Sculpture-like rock formations down by the beach.

When you head down take a picnic,nothing to heavy,a good pair of shoes,a camera,and some optimism for the walk back up.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

'Highly Collectable'

"Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural",
Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
Located in Port Chalmers this little Op.Shop called 'Highly Collectable' is a must see.When I walked in the door I felt as if I was transported to someone's Grandmas house and almost expected to smell biscuits baking!The shop is full of wonderful antique finds and you could spend an eternity browsing through all it has to offer.I fell in love with this shop upon entry and couldn't take myself away from this 'old' genuine leather satchel bag in particular.I dont like to think of the items as 'old', I would much rather the term 'loved' :).Each piece has a story to tell and provides inspiration for those who dare to be different.What is refreashing is knowing that it will be less likely you hear someone saying "Oh my god, I have that exact same dress,Glassons right?!"

Highly Collectable
6 George St, Port Chalmers, Otago 9023
Phone: (027) 242-7602

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Pic of the day...

This has got to be my favourite picture of the day,without a doubt!How cute is this little 'Zonkey',a rare Zebra-Donkey cross.This Zebra donkey hybrid can also be known as a Donkra,Zebonkey,Zebrinny,Zebrula,Zebrass or a Zedonk (try saying all of those names quickly!).Born on Sunday 3rd July at Xiamen Haicang Zoo in South East China.It weighed in at approximately 4.7 stone and was around three feet tall.I think the Zonkey's patterned legs will be the new inspiration for animal print fabrics...set your leopard print garments aside.............................for 2011 its all about the Zonkey print!
                 *Remember to protect our furry friends and always opt for faux fur*.