We have had a wonderful day at the store in Clevedon - the weather was delightful and every one was in good spirits (the all Black win could have had a little to do with it - I don't watch much Rugby but do love to beat South Africa and the Ozzies).
We also have a few new bits and pieces a gorgeous oak set of draws - we have renewed them to there former glory and wooden turned candle stick which will be a regular feature.
Just come to hand are two original works previously not exhibited of my collection 'Imagined faces'. 'Imagined faces' is a collection I completed in 2008 for a solo show called First. The collection was inspired by the role of honor at the Auckland war memorial museum - which is all names and no faces - these are the faces that I imagined went with the names.
I love text on anything really - I have tried to do it myself as an artist but it never is quite right. Oh to be as clever with words as Artists John Renoylds (an Art New Zealand article) or the new Elliot Collins (link shows his work at the Tim Melville gallery).
So I am having a love of text day - here is the wonderful work of Colleen Pugh which I have framed up her 'lemon' A5 and 'Champange' A3 limited edition prints and Ruth Sumner's gorgeous cushions which I never stop loving - they are stuffed with duck and made from found blankets which is just sooo devine - both artists available at Workroom//the store Clevedon.
Just some shots from behind the scenes at todays photoshoot at our home in Point Chevalier with Lani and leeann - will keep you posted as to which magazine it runs in. Carlos again was the star of the show.
We have just finished this bespoke side cabinet make from solid sustainability farmed oak. I wanted the timber to be that main feature so the design is very clean with tuned legs and handles and of course being Scandinavian influenced.
I also took the opportunity to photograph our wooden 'angle' table lamp in a pepper shade.
Here is a coffee table (could be used as a side table) we have just finished. I have always been in love with this coffee table that my mother has at her place that was my great aunt Helen's and I have wanted to do my own interpretation of it. The table is of the mid century rendering and I really like the style - green and turquoise tiles with Rimu surround . We have selected 100% recycled oak and used plain white tiles for our response and I am really pleased with the outcome. I will post some more photos when there is better light.
Things have been rather hectic since my return from our wee excursion to the south and I haven't had a chance to write about our stockist in QT. Vesta Design Store is situated right on the lake, I could think of worse locations!
Unfortunately my timing was not impecable arriving a week after the high lake level the store was taking the opportunity for a well deserved break. So I got some snaps from the outside and through the window. The store is in the most delightful little cottage and Kim the stores owner has set up the rooms like actual rooms - just gorgeous!
I am hoping to make a return trip as soon as we can.
The dates are set. I said I like dead-lines well shesh this one is getting close. As I mentioned earlier two of my fellow graduates and friends, Yolunda Hickman and Michelle Beattie, and I are having a exhibition (of art).
It opens on the 17th of June at 5.3o pm with a wee celebration and we have some beautiful boutique vinos for the evening being supplied by a friend of mine Craig Burke who represents - Makaraka Estate and Amor Bendall. Aren't we spoilt - thank you very much.
The la Gonda Arcade on Karangahape Road is the venue, it is a great and interesting space. Keep an eye on the developments and progress on exhibitions blog: the habit of continuously running.
Just arrived are these gorgeous coptic stitched journals made by Lisa Waldren at Honey Design. They come in A5 and A6 with native bird imagery on the front. Hard covered and with 110gsm cartridge paper on the inner then they are bound with linen thread.
Just letting everyone know that we are down to our winter hours. SO Saturday 10-4 Sunday 9-2 or of course by appointment. Oooh this means I get to spend Mondays and Tuesdays in my 'Garagio' (garage/studio).
Our next stop on our tour is Port Chalmers Design Store, situated in the beautiful Port Chalmers about 15 mins out of the centre of Dunedin. It was wonderful to see our work in the flesh in store and meet co-owner Becs Wilson. Becs Wilson, as my tour guides worked out within minutes, lives in the house next door to my partners late grandfather - apparently this is common in Dunedin!
The store is in a gorgeous 1970's shop with a lovely quality to it (aluminum and veneer sliding doors) this also resinates in some of the selection of display cabinetry - very nice! The stone wall is a delightful point of difference and really sets off the stores selection of work. I have also always been a fan of the stores branding and seeing it on the store windows was great especially fantastic when a minute later we were treated to the actual inspiration getting guided into the harbour by a brave wee tug boat.
Here are some beautiful shots from our new stockist WHITEROOM in Dunedin (and one of our turned lamp getting ready to go on display). As it was my maiden voyage to Dunedin, I was overwhelmed by its beauty and historical buildings - we did strike it on a sunny and still day (so my tour guides were telling me - my partner Paul and his Mum and John).
So more to my excitement, when arriving at WHITEROOM, it is situated in one of the oldest buildings on Moray Place, Dunedin and just a door or so down from the Dunedin art gallery - how convenient (will write about that later). First to greet us was Greg Lewis (click to see his work), wearing a Chuck Close portrait t-shirt I might add, we appeared to hit it off. Greg is of the fine arts persuasion and this comes through in the store with the sensitivity and considerations of the stores layout as well the selection of artists and designers. It is all not all down to Greg though, as then we met the stores owner Nick Scott - who we have thank for creating this very impressive space and promoting local design.
So all and all we were thrilled that both Nick and Greg are partial to our work, so from now on please find our collection in WHITEROOM in amongst a fine selection of the cream of New Zealand design.