Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers - Amy Potenger's Side Way exhibition

A couple of weeks ago I joined a Youth Art Committee which gathers to manage and curate Artstation's new Side Way exhibition space. Amy Potenger took our first exhibition spot and wowed us last night with the opening of her Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers installation. It's made of expanding foam and totally represents a youth art perspective; fun, vibrant, energetic and organic. We are so proud of Amy! If you're in Auckland check out the exhibition at 1 Ponsonby Road. It runs until January.



This post is a little overdue but a week or so ago these were lovely new things. My new mocasons and cardigans are getting lots of wear and my notebooks are full of new ideas for paintings & photographs. Loving being on holiday!


AUT Raw: Graphic Design Exhibition

So roughly two weeks ago AUT opened up for the RAW show which featured the work of art, design and fashion students. The talent in the exhibition blew me away a little bit. There were so many clever designs and interesting new ideas which were very inspiring to a non-graphic-designer. I collected a bag full of business cards, postcards and publications (only some of which is shown in this post..) and thought I'd share some of my favourites. Here's a little info about some of them:
  • Briar Mark's work comments on handcraft versus graphic design and the processes of each
  • Jane Park produced a book that explores mourning and loss. It has submissions about these experiences from anonymous contributors and their identity is signified by (the perfect metaphor for life & death) a lock of their hair
  • Rochelle Vranjes created 6 rules to produce happy design by identifying elements of visual communication that evoke happiness in the viewer
  • Tamsin Jane created a typeface using negative space and produced posters & wallpaper using her design
  • Ashleigh Lara Hill explored the intricacy of a moment and produced a short film documenting specific moments and the details in them that we usually overlook
As you can tell I am as much impressed by the design as I am by the ideas that influenced them. So proud of my friends that exhibited - they are all ones to watch!


Art in the Dark 2: Fairy lights

More pictures from Art in the Dark - these two installations were some of my favourites. They both drew big crowds of curious onlookers. The first one was like a glittery walk through and the second had secret notes inside a strings of envelopes draped across trees. Lots of whimsy!



I'm posting about a sandwich because I can post about a sandwich. They are  just as important to me as finding cute shoes online or an amazing bag that I'll never fork out for. I've also recently grown an obsession for healthy food. This is my sandwich of the moment - the healthy PB&J with Soy & Linseed bread, 100% peanut butter, Unsweetened Strawberry Jam and Banana - its delish...try it!


Art in the Dark 1

Art in the Dark last Saturday was so inspiring! This is my first lot of pictures from the event (I took waaaay too many photographs). I chose these shots because they all showcase how amazing the different trees in Western Park look. I love how some of the artists used their art to show off nature, it really made the park look gorgeous. The last snap is of Amy Potenger and Jessamyn Gemming's piece which was inspired by Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test book. Check them out x



Yes I have been MIA from blogging for a little while now. In that time I have finished my degree though so have not just been a slacker. However I am seriously lacking inspiration from and for the blogging world - so... if you want to leave links to your blog / your favourite blogs in the comment section please do! Right now this picture explains my present state - not sure what's coming next and feeling strange that a huge part of life is over. Confused & uninspired & searching for something? Heading off to see my friends exhibition now :) and that is VERY exciting!

Style crush: Blair Waldorf

I have fallen again for Blair Waldorf in Season 5 of Gossip Girl. Loving how they are making her hair look more natural this time around and I think they have the mix of classic / contemporary pieces just right. The citrus colours seem to be featured a lot. Loving it.