Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sent this photo to my friend who works in a very busy television newsroom (from here): 

her: oh my goodness
  his little face!
 me: eeehheee!
15:48 just standing on some cheeseburgers
  that is my kind of art
 her: currently stiffling silent laughs in the newsroom
15:49 me: mua ha ha!
15:51 her: aaand now it's my wallpaper
 me: YES
15:52 her: I want to know what's going on in his head.
  I imagine it's "oohhhweeeeiiirdddwwhhhyyy"
15:55 me: hahahahah!
 her: someone just asked me what's wrong because I had my shirt up over my mouth and my eyes were watering

Thursday, October 28, 2010

a small act

One of my favourite pieces from Art in the Dark  was Emilie Priest's Miniature Cities. There is a plastic mountain the size of Texas growing in the Pacific called the Pacific Gyre, which is having catastrophic effects on the natural world. Emilie's work responds to this, in the hope that a small act can affect a huge problem. She has made a series of beautiful miniature cities which can be found in four of central Auckland's waterways. Each site has a response code which allows you to activate the a small act website.  Emilie's works are truly captivating; see more on her tumblr, website, or better still, have a real-life look at her delicate, watery cityscapes around Auckland.  

Images of Minature Cities by Emilie Priest (2010) at Art in the Dark by Hans E Hammonds (top) and Elizabeth Clarkson (bottom).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

eating (dis)order

Damn it han you've made me hungry despite the fact that I've been eating pretty much continuously for the past few days (early starts makes me hungry? drinking coffee makes me hungry? cooked breakfast being given to me makes me eat regardless?).

The top image I found on Design Crush and the bottom is from the adorable series by Kawashima Kotori.


I have two Halloween parties to attend this weekend. One is a birthday party where you have to dress up as an animal, but in a non-sexy way. Like, in a giant animal onesie from Kigu way. I am planning on going as a Ring Tailed Lemur. I could, perhaps, wear my grey velour trackpants (!) with a matching hoodie (yet to be purchased!) and construct a great big bushy tail out of a sock, or something. Another option would be buying some grey drop-crotch elephant's vagina harem pants. This is my reference picture:
Dressing up in a costume that basically negates all of your physical attributes can feel a bit strange. I'm used to wearing ironic-yet-still-a-bit-pretty costumes to dress up parties, so going full-Lemur will probably feel awesome, if a little, um, uncomfortable at first. As for the other party, I'm thinking I curl my bob (hob), wear very dark lipstick and pale makeup and go as a silent-film-horror-type thing. Or else Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

peas and other things

I love eating frozen peas straight out of the freezer! Another really good thing to do is to smash them with broad beans and pop them on some toasted ciabatta with a wodge of mozzarella. Another thing I feel like eating is ravioli. Like, really good hand-made ravioli from Maria Pia's, covered in sage butter. Dripping in it. I could also go a giant American hot dog, with onions and mustard, cheese, and a medium-to-low quality sausage in the middle. Yesterday I ate the rest of the Gouda that Lou gave me while making a lemon and asparagus risotto, and that was pretty good. I would like some lamb, marinated for hours and cooked on a barbecue. A cheeseburger from a fish and chip shop, cooked on a grill. I had Cocoa Pops for breakfast. I wasn't allowed them when I was little but I figured "Hey! I'm a grown up! I can eat whatever I want!". Take that, Mum. We bought the most incredible honey-cured streaky bacon from the Kerikeri farmers' market on the weekend, it made my fingers smell delicious. The market also had beautiful orange juice - or perhaps a mix of orange and tangerine - which we actually kept a secret from our friends waiting for us back at the bach so we would not have to share. Corn fritters with fresh mozzarella. Vietnamese salad with mint and lemongrass. Mushroom lasagne with bechamel and no tomato. Pizza blanco with Gorgonzola, prosciutto and big basil leaves

Saturday, October 23, 2010

you live your life like a page from the book of my fantasy

I'm listening to Warpaint's new album on Hype Machine. I can't wait until it's released next week.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Hey Lou, how was The Knife's opera? I've been obsessing over one aria in particular at the moment, which I thought I'd force you to listen to. It is the Siciliana, or O Lola c'hai di latti la cammisa from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. It opens the opera, but is sung off-stage, which gives it a beautiful echo. The title means "O Lola, lovely as the spring's bright blooms". A siciliana is actually a musical style which has "lilting rhythms" which evoke a pastoral mood...which makes sense. The version below is by Italian Tenor Tito Schipa, recorded in 1913. To hear a more modern interpretation, click here!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

keri keri

Tomorrow night, my dream of hitting the road will come true- we're going on a road trip. It might be warm enough to swim (!) but I'm going to pack woolly jerseys too. That's New Zealand for you. I'm especially looking forward to sea food, dancing on the grass and exploring the rocky shore...

Bulb Ornaments by Land Rich and Cascade by Noemie Goudal via I'm Revolting.


These are nice dresses, too, from Juliettte Hogan s/s2010. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

a little absence

I've been in New Zealand, and it was beautiful!
I'll try and get photos developed this week so maybe there will be some on here eventually... A real post will happen soon, but for now I am trying to readjust to Melbourne time, a whole two hours behind, and am very much still in wedding committee/research mode (the above picture is from Once Wed).
Oh, and tonight I'm going to the Knife opera, yes I am.

head on, 2006

Found on my new favourite blog, i', this is by Cai Guo Qiang, and is called Head On (2006). 
From the artists' website:
With few wolves scattered in the front gallery, all ninety-nine wolves run, gallop, and jump toward the far end of the exhibition hall, where a wall stands. The bravery of the wolves is met head on by the unyielding wall. As the leading wolves go down, many more follow with force and determination. As those in the front fall and pile up, those behind take up their positions. 

gosh, it has been a while

Lou is on the Wedding Committee and I'm on the Art in the Dark Committee, so we have both been very busy over the past couple of weeks. I'm going to write about mine later on - once all the photos come back - but if you want to have a look at Art in the Dark, the event in Ponsonby that I helped organise with three of my greatest friends (and lots of other amazing helpers) click here!

Now that Art in the Dark is winding down, I'm starting to work on other more superficial projects: getting my eyebrows threaded; buying foundation; looking for a dress to wear to the Wedding Committee's project in March. I think these Miss Crabb dresses may well be the winners on the day. Which do you think I should get? I'm quite fond of the second one, but then the first looks very versatile and sens-u-aaal. I really, really want to buy one (or both!)so I hope they're not, like, thousands of dollars. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

eva fontanelli

...has got such good hair, and a winning smile. I want to curl my bob! 
Hey Lou - how is Hamilton? Sunny, I hope.
Photos from Hanelli + The Sartorialist.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

fanny hill

Hey, Lou. Um. Look? 
There's an article about it,and bigger pictures,here. 

Sexy puns!
So awesome...yet distasteful.

this is heavy

Marty McFly was one of my first ever crushes. I love this watery poster art! AND I LOVE BACK TO THE FUTURE!!!! These are all by Drew Struzan who is a gen-i-us.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

really glad

That this happened. Really glad they included the important getting cool/dressed montage and in particular the close up of Ozone's earring. I was so into that earring. This just reminds me of a specific time in my life that was generally full of rubbish but which I remember very fondly. Also, my fascination with a palette I can weakly describe as 'fluoro-pastel' can be quite clearly traced back to the sequel to this film, Breakin' 2 - Electric Boogaloo. Look out for an incredibly enthusiastic black lycra clad JCVD in the beach scene...

I want all of it

Saturday, October 2, 2010

dance dance revolution

Got far too drunk too early last night. We were dancing in the lounge when - WHOOP - one of the dudes took his shirt off and  - WHOOP - then the other one did, too. The Rolling Stones played on and boy of boy did we twist. Hats were stolen, shoes came off. Don't worry, us girls stayed fully clothed. Today I went round to that house to have a sun bathe and - WHOOP - someone had hung their camera from a light fixture and filmed the entire toplessshakeytwistydance party. It was twenty minutes long and didn't even capture the whole thing. I feel no remorse.