Category Archives: art + design

this weekend | The Very Vintage Day Out


To all you sexy Aucklanders out there. If you love everything and anything vintage then uncap those markers, whip out your calenders and cancel all your existing plans for this weekend and go check out The Very Vintage Day Out.  There are over fifty unique stalls selling quality vintage goods from around New Zealand and a jam packed schedule full of beauty workshops, high tea and dancing.

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Above: Some of NZ’s finest, well loved and cared for vintage cars at on exhibition.

For all the ‘blokes’ out there who think this event is just for the girls.. you are wrong. There will be vintage cars and replica garments on display, movie screenings and if your into these things fashion shows, pin up pageants and family friendly burlesque shows. There is so much to do you will be crazy to give this a miss this weekend.

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This year is VVDO’s fourth annual event and it is bigger than ever. This event designed to celebrate vintage culture has gained great interest that in the last three years they have been attracting more and more visitors from across NZ. So much more that VVDO has extended this event to two days instead of one with VVDO After Dark (Saturday) and the outdoor poolside Tiki Party at The Backyard (Sunday)


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Right : Monique McLennan with soldiers photographed by Zvonko Djuric.

The Very Vintage Day Out
April 11th 2015
10am – 6pm
Alexandra Park

VVDO After Dark – The Wildcat Shakeout presented by Kittyhawk Entertainment
April 11th 2015
7.30pm – 11pm
Alexandra Park

The Very Vintage Day Out Weekend Tiki Party
April 12th 2015
2pm – 7pm
The Backyard

Single day passes, VIP passes and weekend passes are available, for tickets prices and where to buy them click this link here.  And for a breakdown of activities like workshops and performances click this link here to visit VVDO’s home page, workshop and activity guide.  If you can not attend this weekend then show your support and stay up to date by joining the conversation:
Twitter – @veryvintageday
Instagram – @veryvintageday
YouTube – TheVeryVintageDayOut

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Above : Miss Victory Violet photographed by Emma Joyce.

Before we end this post we must congratulate Miss Pinup NZ 2014, Miss Victory Violet (featured above) on being the first New Zealander to win the Miss Viva Las Vagas pageant. This would be the first international crown won by a New Zealander, YOU GO GIRL!


heard | Someone’s Left the Attic Door Open Again – by Antoinette Ratcliffe

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Come along and see a cute zombie invasion this Friday the 4th of July. An animal lover and vet by day and a mad artist by night, Antoinette Radcliffe exhibits a fun loving and colourfully mad installation at LOT23, Auckland.


Opening : Friday 4th July 2014 (6 – 9 PM)

Venue : LOT23 (23 Minnie Street, Eden Terrance AUCKLAND)

Hours: Mon – Sat (8 AM – 3:30 PM)

End Date : (To be announced)

Entry : FREE


Antoinette Ratcliffes installation practice explores thematic narrative derived from horror conventions, comedy, banal situations, hybridity and anthropomorphic association.  B-grade horror films have influenced her current body of work, giving the large scale installations an awareness of a quiet sinister suspense as the visitors are watched by the shiny candy coloured zombie animals. Antoinettes installations have been described as being  ‘like a graphic novel we’ve all read at some point in our lives, but can’t quite find that copy of it just at the moment. But it’s there, just under the surface like the story we’re all actually characters in’ (Joe Citizen, 2012). In this show a feast of vampire ladybirds have attracted a colony of bat bunnies into Lot23.

Antoinette completed her MA at The School of Media Arts in 2011 where she created an installation based project that has become ‘The Sick Bay’. The following year Antoinette gave a talk at the Auckland Art Gallery about her practice called ‘Blood, Guts and Carnivorous Zombie Bunnies’. Her work was shown the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, in the Wallace Arts Trust Pah Homestead, Satellite gallery, and Matchbox Studios. She had also previously exhibited at the Waikato Museum of Art and History, in the Auckland Fringe Festival, at Ramp Gallery, and had numerous solo and group shows in artist run spaces in New Zealand.  Antoinette is currently working on another large scale installation for Saatchi and Saatchi opening at the end of July 2014.


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heard | The Artist Dinner


The Artists Dinner is back with another fine selection of New Zealand artists selling limited and selected works.
On Thursday 26th June 2014 the following artists will be creating a unique opportunity for aspiring artists, art lovers and culturalists to purchase original art from their studios for the art lover to begin or add to their collection.

On the night each artist will be selling 20 signed works inspired by ANIMALS for $40 each. In addition to this the artists will have hand-picked works available.

WHEN 5:30–8:00pm, Thursday 26th July. WHERE The Golden Dawn, 134 Ponsonby Road, Auckland.

ON SALE Treasures selected from the artists’ studios and a limited number of prints for $40 each, signed by the artists, inspired by ANIMALS and printed by Fine Art printer The Print Room.

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THE EVENT In-tune with tales from turn of the century Paris – where artists paid for their dinners by sketching on table napkins, The Artists Dinner aims to re-integrate fine art back into the daily cultural fix of local society. All artists will be present on the night. All welcome. Bring cash. Child friendly.


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The Artists Dinner is made possible by:
The Print Room –, Elam the 90’s and The Golden Dawn

heard | ‘Silver Linings’ by Jordan Barnes – art exhibition

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If you are free and in Auckland this week make sure you head along to K’Rd and check out Jordan Barnes’ show titled Silver Linings held at Thievery Studio Level 2 – Suite 206, 203 Karangahape Road, Auckland. Jordan Barnes is truly an amazing artist. Don’t believe me? Then check out his website This show is only on for 5 days, so don’t miss out!

Jordan is recognized as an artistic all-rounder. his creative endeavors involve a number of artistic disciplines including painting, music, filmmaking and acting. He has been involved in projects along side some of New Zealand’s top artists such as Dick Frizzell, and also collaborated with NZ actress Anna Paquin for the 2011 WWF ocean views campaign. in 2010 at 24 years of age, jordan was awarded the inaugural NZAAT $15000 artist grant, beating a field of 500 applicants – ”we recognize in Jordan a real star quality” stated Carla Russell, executive director of The New Zealand Art Show.




When: Tuesday, 10th June 2014

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Admission: FREE


When: (Tuesday) 10th June – (Saturday) 15th June 2014

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission: FREE

heard | Entries for Art in the Dark close this month!


Set to illuminate installations and urban spaces for the Auckland public, ART IN THE DARK 2014 is calling for artists all over the country to apply to be a part of its 2014 programme, transforming Western Park into a bustling hub under bright lights this 13-16 November. 

Art in the Dark celebrates its fifth year and due to popular demand is extending to four nights with 100,000 visitors expected.  Artists from home and abroad are invited to apply to be part of Art in the Dark 2014, by submitting proposals based on the theme “out of nothing” at www.

Works will include: Light Installations; Interactive Projects; Spatial Projects;  Community Projects; Sound Installations; video Works; Projections; Artworks; Performances; Kinetic Structures; Sculptures and any other creative concepts.

If you have ever dreamed of doing something creative on an exciting scale, register now!

Art in the Dark 2013 from Art in the Dark on Vimeo.

“This delightful event, which came out of nowhere three years ago, turns art viewing into an adventure sport in the otherwise under-used park.”Janet Mcalister, NZ Herald, 17 Nov 2012

For more information


13 – 16 November 2014, Western Park, Ponsonby

Theme: Out of Nothing

Register: www.

Deadline for applications: Friday 30 May 2014

been | Lily & Louis A/W preview


Last Friday PR agency Lily and Louis hosted an exclusive preview for their client’s Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion collections.


Owner of Lily & Louis Jacqui Ansin

Sin-Mae and I were greeted at the door by the owner Jacqui’s gorgeous dogs Lily and Louis as we arrived at the firm’s showroom in Freeman’s Bay.

Upon arrival we were treated to sangria and bubbles, as we began our way around the collections.


The Lily & Louis Showroom in Freeman’s Bay

First up, was Ketz-ke’s 2014 collection entitled Tinker, Tailor, Urban Sailor; it is a fun collection full of cute prints and casual basics. The pink heart print blouse, owl patterned tee shirt, maroon velvet pants and star jumper were our favourite picks amoungst the collection.





Nara Paz, worked with darker colour pallet this season. Standout pieces from Par’s winter 2014 collection entitled “Impressions”, was a stunning purple pony skin skirt and a divine green cocktail dress as well as the to die for gown’s Paz is known for.




Andrea Moore, is a favourite of mine every season. This year Moore brought an array of colour to her “Northern Lights” Winter 2014 collection. Think orange pea coats, blue and red fur collars, gold sequin jumpers and stunning green cocktail dresses.  Moore’s winter brights are a must have in every fashionista’s winter wardrobe!







This year also saw Moore add another brand to her empire, I Am is a new line aimed at “a younger demographic” Moore states. It’s fun, young and will be a sell out hit for the teen-young adult market. The fun prints and bright colours in the collection immediately caught my eye, specifically the amazing orange green and black hounds tooth dress, the blue and white patterned top and the amazing black textured jumper.




Loobie’s Story produced a fun patterned collected called “The Medina”, the navy and teal jumper with sea swirls is a must have for winter, and the pink and brown silk boho blouse will look great with jeans.


DSC_1375 Augustine’s Harlo range produced a number of beautiful looks, again in bright hues, making for a colour winter wardrobe. The fluoro orange dress and the blue chiffon dress were our favourite picks amongst the collection.




Storm’s winter 2014 range was a standout amount the collections presented at the launch, with beautiful materials and lots of different textures. Our must haves include the stunning lime cocktail dress, gold knit jumper, white and brown patterned pants and the standout black cocktail dress with gold embellishments.








BCBG – Max Azria presented a few pieces at the launch, including one of our favourite pieces at the preview, an amazing white fluffy jacket; a luxury must have for all fashionista’s.


Lily & Louis presented a fantastic range of pieces from these great Kiwi and designers, in all it was a great afternoon to get a sneak peak at all the winter ranges for the coming year.


Our goodie bags

Words by Nathalie Owen

Photograph’s by Sin Mae Chung

interviewed | We talk to 2013 UDC finalist Brittany Myburgh


With the bright lights of Art in the Dark set to illuminate Ponsonby’s Western Park from this Thursday (November 7th), three emerging New Zealand designers will be vying for the general public’s vote to earn the right to be called the 2013 University Design Comp winner.  If you’re attending the festival, take a minute to vote for your favourite installation from the line-up.  The designer with the most votes will receive a Phillips prize pack to the value of $1000 and will also be named the winner – so make sure you vote!

Brittany Myburgh is one of the three emerging designers.  She was selected as a finalist with her piece ULTRA and she’ll be exhibiting her work alongside 40 other works from some of the most innovating designers from New Zealand and overseas. We had  quick chat with Brittany to find out more about her and her work.

Is this your first year being involved with Art in the Dark?

This is my first year participating as an artist, but I have attended Art in the Dark  for the last three years and I am a huge fan of the event! It is amazing to actually be a part of it all.

Tell me more about your installation for Art in the Dark?

My installation is an extension of the uni work I have been doing this year, and uses ultra violet light and highly reflective elastic. The three trees along the pathway of my site are situated in a triangular shape, so I used the trees as points to create two intersecting triangles which form a more complex geometric shape. Viewers are able to walk underneath and through the shapes which have been created, allowing them to experience the lines of glowing blue light up close. 

Is this your first time being involved with such a festival or are you a regular on the New Zealand art scene?

Although I have been in a few exhibitions, this is the first time I have been able to exhibit a light work. Light art has always been my passion and Art in the Dark is therefore the perfect event to exhibit in!

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m still developing my personal style but I do know I’m heavily influenced by Minimalism and the California Light and Space movement. It is really challenging to find ways to explore light and use light as a material but also very rewarding to be able to investigate light, vision and spatial perception. I think I will always be fascinated by the beauty of light and try to incorporate it into my work.

What’s next for you after Art in the Dark?

After Art in the Dark I’ll be working on my final submission for my BFA and then preparing for the Elam graduate show (which is open to all on November 30th and December 1st for those interested!). Next year I’m hoping to find a way to combine my interest in light with my interest in design and perhaps get an internship with a design company. My long term goal is to travel, exhibit and complete a masters degree.

See art in a whole new light – Art in the Dark takes place from 7-9 November, Western Park, Ponsonby. For a list of all artists showing at the event, head to