Last weekend Auckland welcomed Designers, Architects, Film makers and artist from around the world for it’s 10th edition of Semi-Permanent. Lucky for me a friend of mine and fellow graphic designer had a spare ticket for Saturday an was kind enough to give to me.
You might remember… (or if not click….HERE) that one of my New Years resolution was “More museums” so last weekend I decided to own up to my promise and went, once again, to the Auckland Art Museum.
I can spend the entire post talking about how I (24 year old female) spent the majority of the time reading a children book and “painting” my own Kangaroo Mask with 5 year old kids. But I rather invite you all to go and see the Five Māori Painters exhibition.
From Friday 21th March to the 22nd of April a group of about 100 giant “Eggs” were scattered around Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. These Eggs were designed by Top New Zealand artists and that will be auctioned to support the Starship foundation. Of course, these are not only for display, they are all part of a contest as well, you have to try to find all 100 eggs and you can win a 340g 18ct Gold Whittaker’s Slab (chocolate) created by NZ jewelers.
I remember having something like it in Argentina, but instead of eggs, these were giant cows given to artist all over the country and showcased all together in the city centre.
Even thought I don’t think I’m going to participate in the contest I though it was a good idea to get my camera and start hunting some eggs…just for the lulz.
Please let me know if you found some (no matter the city) and which were your favourites. Until next time. Jules.-
For more information about the contest of the Starship foundation go to: http://thebigegghunt.co.nz/ and https://www.starship.org.nz/
Desde el viernes 21 de marzo al 22 de abril, unos 100 “huevos” gigantes fueron esparcidos alrededor de Auckland, Wellington y Christchurch. Estos huevos fueron diseñados por artistas y diseñadores neozelandeses y van a ser subastados al final de la exposición para apoyar la fundación Starship. Por supuesto, estos no estan sólo de muestra, todos ellos son parte de un concurso. Básicamente la idea es tratar de encontrarlos todos, 100 huevos por ciudad, y se puede ganar un Whittaker Slab (Que es un chocolate) hecho de oro de 18 quilates, creado por un grupo de joyeros de Nueva Zelanda.
Yo recuerdo algo así en Argentina, pero en lugar de huevos, estas eran vacas gigantes, creadas por artistas de todo el país y expuestas todos juntos en el centro de la ciudad, si no me equivoco, era en Recoleta. Si bien no creo que vaya a participar en el concurso, pense que era una buena idea sacar la cámara y empieza a cazar algunos huevos … sólo para pasar el dia.
Por favor, cuentenme si alguno encontro alguno de estos huevos (no importa la ciudad) y cuales son sus favoritos. Hasta la próxima. Jules . –
Para obtener más información sobre el concurso y sobre la fundación Starship vayan a: http://thebigegghunt.co.nz/ y https://www.starship.org.nz/
On Thursday I got the fantastic opportunity to meet Karen Walker at the New Zealand Herald’s Viva Session. If you don’t know who Karen Walker is google new york fashion week and then come back. She is an amazing fashion designer whose clothes range from nz stores to Rihanna’s and Scarlet Johanson’s closet.
Hi everyone, today I thought I could set up a small quick guide for a day out in the city (Central Auckland) this is perfect for a Friday so if you happen to be in the city you can use this cheeky guide and get through most of the city in just one day. Most of the places I will talk about were featured earlier in this blog, so if you want more information just wander through the blog.
Morning: Breakfast of champions
What a great way to start off the day than with a yummy breakfast. Auckland is full with cafes and stores to get your cuppa, some of my favourites are: The Store, Assiette at Britomart, Cafe Melba at Vulcan Lane or Shaky Isles Coffee Co at Custom St.
Happy 2014 everyone!
I have decided (as kind of a new years resolution) to push myself and do at least two/three blog post per week. Truth is… I’ve been slacking. So I’ve been gathering content all over the city and planning some trips to bring the most of the country to you.
But first, lets talk art… because if you are staying in Auckland, or passing by until the 28th February, you want to know about this. It’s crazy how I, being the art/museum freak I am, have never been to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. It’s been almost a year since I came to New Zealand and I’ve never set foot on it, so, add another one to my new years resolutions. – “More Museums please.”
As most of you are aware, Christmas is coming, which means I get to do the thing I love the most (without guilt)…that is giving presents, and at the same time I get to do the most stressful, mind-wrecking thing….that is choosing presents.
So I went on an adventure though the streets of Auckland, to find a nice christmas present for le boyfriend and of course I couldn’t find anything that convince me enough. “Im pretty sure i can get something online he’ll like, anyways” was my final thought, so I gave up and start walking back home. I starting walking with my head down, like I had just lost a battle, when I saw a window.
Just a small window next to the ground, full of toys. And I thought it was pretty weird because the shop above it was a women’s clothing line that was very different to these kind of toys. So, as you do, I starting following the little windows until I reach a black door that lead to a staircase to a underground floor. And after going through all the different scenarios were I went down and I end up kidnapped by a group of Russian dwarfs and forced to make toys for the rest of my life, I decided to walk down. And what a great decision.
The windows were actually from a design store called design vault, and it was filled with notebooks, toys, watched, and funny novelty gifts and while I was walking around the shop, I came across this amazing Alice in wonderland postcards, the only ones I could find and the ones you will see in the following photos but I guess there should be more.
[Disclaimer: Im not, in any way sponsored by, or was asked to do any advertisement on this brand, this is just my humble opinion on something I really wanted to share with you. If I ever get asked by anybody to create a post on a certain place or product I will add a note to the post explaining it]
As you already know (or not… I don’t know for how long you’ve been reading this blog) I am a graphic designer & illustrator, so I’m naturally bound to love great design and pretty things. Back in Argentina there are not so many stationary or “design” stores, so when I first set foot on a Kikki.k shop my reaction was pretty much this one….
I feel like Im a Bauhaus-swedish cleancut design type of girl, so my relationship with this brand was something that was meant to be, and I mean…. come on, who in their right mind wouldn’t LOVE a store that looks like this?!
Lately, between work and lack of time I wasn’t able to walk around the city, always the same route, home to work, work to home, maybe the gym or the same bar on the weekends.
So today, in sake of Auckland’s art week I decided to get my camera out and start walking, and it’s funny because usually when people go sightseeing or travel to some place for the first time…. they look up.
They follow the buildings, they see the sky, they are wondered with the lights and the sun and the amazing things the horizon shows…but to me, specially today, the most amazing things, “the secrets” of the city (if you want to call it that way) can be found looking down. Down a staircase, in the corner of a “dodgy” street, next to a sewer, in the bottom of a light post, there, is where you can find the soul of a city.
Hope you like it.
Next post will continue the trip to the northland (that is if I stop watching videos in youtube and actually sit down to write)
Let me know what do you think or if you have any ideas for me to do next.
If you are in Auckland, staying or passing through, the art gallery is one of my top places to recommend. With no entry fee and open from 10am to 5pm everyday its located on Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Street in the city centre.
The gallery opened on 1888 but was rebuilt and reopen on 2011, it has a permanent collection that features historic and modern art works by Māori and Pacific artists, as well as an European collections (This can be access free of charge.)
Living so close to it, i’ve been around a few times and I went over all the permanent collection, so i decided to go once again, but to check out the new exhibition: California Design 1930 – 1965. This exhibition has a $15 fee since it was on the gallery for just some months and it covers works from the California of the mid-twentieth-century.
The exhibition features more than 250 objects from furniture, prints, fashions and motion graphics. I loved the way the exhibit was organized and how it perfectly showcased the lifestyle of modern California and the difference between design nowadays and then. Still…i absolutely LOVED that coffee table and I would totally use it in my apartment right now.
To wrap up, I just wanted to share this picture with you. This is part of the Creative Learning Centre inside of the gallery (Mezzanine area) and it is part of the year long exhibition “May the Rainbow always touch your shoulder” by Tiffany Singh. I loved the whole idea and how colouful it looks.
That’s it for now, let me know if you like this kind of post or if you’d like to see something else.
Have you visited the gallery already? What do you think?