Friday, July 18, 2014

Contributor Series: Jamie Bowering

Jamie Bowering came on board for issue 14 to photograph Luzette Godinez (LUU) and Bevan Galbraith (Captain Ukuleles) - and now we're not letting him go! Jamie has been galavanting around the world for a few years, taking on various fascinating photography projects along the way, such as SYRIA | Land, Cities and People where he spent 2 weeks travelling around Syria, capturing the everyday life of the Syrian people. He is currently working on a couple of projects that are close to being finished - one shot at a Russian summer camp for special needs children and their families. The other, a road trip around the Eastland coast.

Luckily for us, Jamie has decided to come back home to Auckland, at least for the time being. Check out some of his recent work below and head to his website for more stunning imagery.

Finn Andrews of the Veils photographed for Metro

Russian Winter

From the Russian Summer Camp series

From the Russian Summer Camp series

From Syria / Land, Cities & People

From the East Coast series

From the East Coast series

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Stockist Series: Culture Kit

One of our latest stockists is Culture Kit in Portland, on the far south west coast of Victoria. Owned and run by locals Jason and Simon Greening, Culture Kit only opened its doors a few weeks ago and offers a curated selection of rad comic books, graphic art, mags and gifts in a sunny spot in the centre of town. Look for the yellow! We asked Simon a few questions about this welcoming little hang-out.

What will customers discover at Culture Kit?
A range of comics, graphic art and alternate style giftware. We have an ever expanding range of comics with something for all ages. Our range of art and giftware is primarily from independent stockists, with 90% of stock in store from either Australia or New Zealand. With a mix of pop culture and upcycled d├ęcor we can promise a relaxed atmosphere where the couch is always comfy and the tunes are always playing.

What’s the best thing about coming to work each day?
The sense of ownership. We get to do what we enjoy and build on our own ideas. Getting to talk with people and getting their feedback is great. It is knowing that we can make a difference and put something back into our local community.

What is the one thing you have learnt from opening your shop?
You can make all the forecasts and projections you want but there will always be unforeseen expenses so make a budget then add about 30% on top of that. Small business is hard work but with a lot of hard work and patience it can be very rewarding.

What is the best kept secret in your local area?
Our store! Haha but really it’s our beautiful rugged coastline and surrounding bushland. With all the beaches and surf spots, bush tracks and national parks not even any one local would be able to tell you where all the best spots are.

Culture Kit, 40 Percy Street, Portland, Victoria 3305 Australia

Shop hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sat

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Contributor Series: Patti Andrews

You will have seen Patti's work recently in issue 13's Explorer's Guide (we previously interviewed her in issue 12 - the Tall Tales issue). I love her bright, bold style - not one to fiddle about with precise lines, her illustrations have a direct, fresh quality. Here is some of her other work (Patti has worked on some great branding projects as well as commissions and of course her signature custom maps).

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Contributor Series: Kelly Gibney

Kelly photographed by Sonya Nagels for Issue 14
Kelly Gibney started Bonnie Delicious just over a year ago and her passion for whole foods has gained her a swiftly growing readership. She didn't just pop out of nowhere though - Kelly has been working in the hospitality industry all her adult life and this summer opened Little Red - a seasonal coffee shop in a pre-loved shipping container (any time we went up North this summer we stopped off for amazing Kokako coffee and delicious treats). 

Keep an eye on the Bonnie Delicious facebook page as she'll be cooking at some beautiful feast events coming up this winter (as well as the requisite delicious food, you can bet any meal Kelly's involved with will be a feast for all the senses). 

Have a scroll through these mouth-watering images and click through to her blog for the recipes. On top of blogging, Kelly is a food writer and stylist – and along with fellow creative Amber Armitage, put together the beautiful Autumn Slaw spread on page 34 of the latest issue – where you can read our interview with her.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Contributor series: Erica Harrison

Self-portrait by Erica

Erica Harrison has the day job many of us dream of: children's book illustrator. She works for Usborne Publishing from her studio in Auckland's K-Road, and in her spare time runs Supercrafti, a one-woman brand of awesome screen-prints, cards, bookmarks, totes... the list is ever-growing. Her work never fails to entertain (just take a look at those bookworms - they're wearing tophats!) 

Erica did the delightful cover art as well as illustrating Whites Road by Lynley Edmeades for the Tall Tales issue

Go and say hi to Erica and get some Supercraftiness for yourself at the The Auckland Art & Craft Fair on June 28th.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Contributor Series: Sophie Oiseau

Having followed Sophie Oiseau's work since she ran the brilliant High Seas Gallery in Auckland, I was beyond excited when she agreed to illustrate the cover for the Adventure issue. Her style continues to evolve but one thing that's consistently evident in her work is her rad sense of humour (who else has written a poem about celery and made it into a zine?) Her medium of choice is dry brush gouache which gives saturated colour and really suits her old-timey picture book style. 

Sophie will be at the Auckland Art & Craft Fair on June 28th and always has a great selection of prints and other goodies for sale – I can never leave her stall without a few cards and bookplates

Head to for more!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Opening: The Sew Love sewing lounge

Last night Jo and I went along to the opening of this fabulous space at the back of St Kevin's Arcade in Auckland, opposite Alleluyah cafe. We were treated to sweet sounds by Mermaid & Mariner (I do love a banjo) and sandwiches from Honeytrap, and we got to see the results of months of planning and hard work on the part of local upcycling legend, Sarah Lancaster (you may have seen the Sew Love tent at various festivals over the past couple of summers).

Big on being kind to our planet, fostering community and getting off our computers and phones, Sarah has been dreaming this dream for a long time and it's awesome to see her vision come to life.

The Sew Love pop-up sewing lounge is open from today, and Sarah is also selling a very reasonably-priced range of delectable vintage fabrics and bits and pieces. You can rent a sewing machine for $5 per half hour (with names like Barry & Borris how could you not?) and Sarah also promises workshops coming soon. See you there?