Saturday, December 22, 2012

show & tell

I know I keep going on about it, but this book is just so rad! I got all inspired to make a few things in time for Chistmas – potato-stamped wrapping paper, watercolour paper garlands & hand painted wooden blocks. It was so much fun! I used my big old roll of brown packing paper to stamp on, got the mint baker's twine for the garlands from here and used cookie cutters to draw around. The garlands and the wrapping paper were pretty straightforward; the blocks took a bit longer. Matta cut and sanded the blocks and we painted and varnished them according to Beci's instructions – these ones are for my nephew in England. (Find & Keep would make an ideal present for anyone who likes to make things, if you are still looking for ideas!)

Have a very merry Christmas everyone! (Oh and don't forget to enter our summer giveaways from Harvest Textiles, Thunderpants, LoveHate & Kester Black if you have the current issue – drawn end of January).

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ninotchka McKay from Sailor Spy

Meet Nin from from the indie fashion label Sailor Spy, who we interviewed for the article "Sew slow" in the current issue. Having to regroup after the Christchurch earthquakes, Ninotchka McKay has recently renovated a little cottage to be her studio and show room. She's named it Orange Tree Cottage and is excited to open up her workspace for customers to get a sense of 'the story' behind the clothes – you can go in and browse through her beautiful creations and chat with her while she works. It's very much in the European tradition of the atelier.

Nin's Sailor Spy label is all about individuality – as well as clothes that flatter figures and give more than a season of faithful service. "I'm conscious that different women have different silhouettes and my collections try to offer something for everyone. It's about helping people develop their own style." Nin has a real focus on sustainable design and production, and is passionate about the Slow Sewing movement, which she explained to us for the article.

Nin's vision for the future of Orange Tree Cottage is to open its doors to musicians, performing artists and fine artists to host masterclasses, workshops or exhibitions. Celebrating community and art, there's plenty of room to thrive here. There's even a very special secret garden.

Orange Tree Cottage
201b Bealey Ave, Christchurch

Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays 10-4
or by appointment

Ph 942 8731

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Giveaway: Find & Keep by Beci Orpin

Hardie Grant Books kindly sent a copy of Find & Keep to give to one of our lucky readers for Christmas! Beci Orpin is so amazingly talented and I know many of you will have been waiting to get your hands on this one for a while. It's full to bursting with inspiration and Beci gives you an inside look into her process and how she gets her ideas flowing. I don't want to give it away, but you can win it here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Stockist Series: Endemic World

Online stockist Endemic World recently opened a pop-up store in Ponsonby Road, Auckland – it's such a treat to see everything up close and personal! Looking for the perfect print for a Christmas pressie? Elliot and Kate will help you pick something out, and they'll even give you a free Nice Block when you spend over 50 bucks! There's a moose for the littlies to ride and a sweet coffee cart out front serving Kokako. Too meke.

What will customers discover at your pop-up shop?
Prints Prints and more prints. Big Character space filled with natural light and vintage furniture and print drawers, fresh flowers, some saucy as deals, niceblocks, and us, so come chat! The great thing about the pop up is that for the first time we have some originals! We also have some artist proofs by the Cut Collective, silly cheap screen & stencil prints from their archives. Some of our favourite prints we have framed up all bespoke too, like the Wattle Bird Quartet by Walter Hansen we framed in thin gold, looks so damn primo. Hopefully one day we can offer the full framing service. 

What's the best thing about coming to work each day?
Apart from seeing stoked as customers I get a real buzz selling local artists' hard work, cheesy I know, but getting them some coverage in the media and generally helping them grow, and seeing them get amped on it is rewarding. People want cool shit for their walls, creative peeps want to get their art out there, we are in the middle joining the dots and everyone is smiling.

What is one thing you learnt from opening your shop?
Don't try and be everything to all people. Keep it simple. Do one thing really really really well. Then grow from there.

What's the best-kept secret in your local area?
Scruff, if you bump into him, sit down and have a yarn. 


MON - SAT 10:00 - 5:00
SUNDAYS 10:00-3:00

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Street portraiture

The horrid weather cleared and the sun came out just as we arrived at First Thursdays in K Road this evening, and there were a huddle of people intently watching the action opposite St Kevin's Arcade. Artists including Ant Sang and past EC contributors Rebecca ter Borg and Toby Morris were doing portraits for $5 a pop – a completely mental price, and I had to get two – a portrait of me as a monster from Toby Morris, and that very flattering pink one by Rebecca. It was so amazing to watch these guys draw in front of a crowd and I think it's such a rad and brave thing to do!