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AWA17: 5 mins with Chris Hutchinson

Chris ‘Chippy’ Hutchinson is an illustrator, graphic artist and printmaker based in Auckland. He works on freelance projects and manages a small illustration and Risograph printing studio called Inky Palms.

This Artweek Auckland, the crew from Inky Palms will venture down from K’Road to the Central City Library and try their hands at taking their typically zine-bound Risograph printed concoctions from the page to the wall in a playful paste-up paper street mural celebrating reading, writing, drawing and the form of the book in all its guises, drawing inspiration from the City Library’s Heritage collection.

Describe your piece of work / installation in three words

Risograph Paper Paradise.

What inspired it?

The Central City Library Heritage collection.

What’s your creative process?

Drawing heaps of little creatures.

Are there any artists / pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?

I know the Paper Assassins art collective have an exhibition on during Artweek.

What is your social media of choice?

Instagram

Who do you follow and where?

@murdythedawg is all the inspo I need.

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?

I don’t use Spotify but atm I’m listening to Fazerdaze, King Krule and Toro y Moi heaps..

Word Association:

Auckland – Blue

Art – Smiley Face

Festival – Cooked

Creative – Thumbs up

Collaboration – Good

Politics – Green

Summer – Beer

 

Inky Paste-up Paper Paradise at Central City Library, 44/46 Lorne St funded by Heart of the City and delivered in partnership with Artweek Auckland.

7-15 October, find out more.

AWA17: 5 mins with Zee Shake Lee

Working with installation, social and interactive media, Changing Lanes will transform Auckland’s urban space this Artwork Auckland.  Zee Shake Lee’s ‘I lost myself when I found you’ will take over Exchange Lane from 7 October – 15 October.

Describe your piece of work / installation in three words
intriguing, slow, puzzling

What inspired it?
I used to grow up with my grandparents and I remember there was a concrete well at the courtyard of their old house. One day, out of curiosity, I stood on my tiptoes to find out what was inside. Out of my expectation, I surprisingly saw myself in the sky. As a kid, I always wanted to touch the sky. Without hesitation I instantaneously picked up some stones and threw them one by one into the well: to make ripples, to disrupt the sky and watch it forming back all over again. In that way, I felt like I could touch the sky. One night, my grandfather told me he kept the moon in the well. I doubted. So I ran to check if it was true. The moon was indeed kept inside. It was the first time I saw myself being so close to the moon. ‘How did you do that? Tell me!’ I asked excitedly. I Lost Myself When I Found You adapts the idea of looking down in order see what is above and beyond; and it’s about the emotional distance between the unreachable.

What’s your creative process?
Messy, heaps of zoning out while staring at things, lots of questionings and conversations, and work in different mediums.

What do you think of the Art scene in Auckland? New Zealand?
There are certainly some good vibes, inspiring efforts and momentum, but simultaneously there are many constraints and holdbacks. Personally I think we don’t do enough.

Are there any artists / pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
Umbra by Anne Noble / OO_ by Elliot Morgan and Michael McCabe / Colin McCahon: On The Road.

What is your social media of choice
Instagram

Who do you follow and where?
Bertil Nilson and aDeY on instagram

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?
Windows by Angel Olsen, Medicine by Daughter, Undying Need to Scream by Dillon

Word Association:
Auckland – Volcanoes
Art – ?
Festival – Hued
Creative – Dare
Collaboration – Collision
Politics – Deceptive
Summer – Beach

Changing Lanes, “I lost myself when I found you” by Zee Shake Lee at Exchange Lane funded by Heart of the City and delivered in partnership with Artweek Auckland.

7-15 October, find out more.

AWA17: 5 mins with Ernest Auora

The ongoing presence of orange road cones littered around Auckland were the obvious choice of material for artist, Ernest Auora’s latest work.

KINAlights is an expression of Auckland’s marine life and its volcanic typography.  Combined with rhythmic LED lighting, its impression portrays the appearance of a living organism. 

Describe your piece of work / installation in three words…
Exploding lava splash.

What inspired it?
Auckland’s topography – surrounding volcanoes, the kina urchin which represents the marine life around the harbour, and the ongoing presence of orange road cones that impacts Aucklanders’ in one way or another on a daily basis.

What’s your creative process?
Understanding the ‘story’ and its context. Picking out its key characteristics and re-interpreting its language in a new light. Then taking those ideas through my development process which includes research, lots of hand drawings and model making mock-ups to finish up with a final product that hopefully reflects the original concept.

What do you think of the Art scene in Auckland? New Zealand?
I think events like Artweek Auckland are great injectors in promoting the art scene here. It’s a great platform to promote artists current and new to the scene which it’s healthy for Auckland and NZ in general. Art has a way to define our identity in a diverse way, which reflects the diversity of our cultures. In that regard I think our art scene just gets better each year.

Are there any artists / pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
Aside from many exhibits that’s showcasing I’m interested in viewing Changing Lanes, Poi Magic and Glow collaborations.

What is your social media of choice?
Snapchat, Facebook, and a lot of Pinterest.

Who do you follow and where?
Not anyone in particular but am interested in contemporary & cultural design, abstract and comic art so basically anyone showcasing those areas I enjoy.

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?
I like my old school jams from 90s RnB, reggae and mowtown beats.

Word Association:
Auckland – Dynamic
Art – Diverse
Festival – Cultural
Creative – Interactive
Collaboration – Playful
Summer – Fun

KINAlights at Freyberg Square, High St funded by Heart of the City and delivered in partnership with Artweek Auckland.

7-15 October, find out more.

 

 

been | Britomart Fashion Sessions 2015

 

At the start of every Autumn is the Britomart Fashion Sessions hosted at Britomart’s Atrium on Takutai. Recently city goers got to see Britomart’s atrium transform into a runway aimed at showcasing Autumn & Winter collections from over five designers with six separate shows in over two days.

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Above: Images of Trelise Cooper’s runway show at Britomart

On day 1 we saw Trelise Cooper kick off Britomart Fashion Sessions with a generously lengthy show featuring labels Coop, Boardroom, Cooper and Trelise Cooper.

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Above: A snippet of Kathryn Wilson’s collection

Later that evening Kathryn Wilson celebrated an alluring range of winter shoes on models dressed in 1950’s fashion. Her collection featured polka dots and pink floral patterns among soft blue, tan, black, white and a lot of gold detailing.

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Above: Taken at Zambesi A/W15 Britomart show

Zambesi ended the day showcasing their XXXV range with fantastic oomph and style. Just like NZFW2014 their models strutted down the runway in time with Queen‘s Flash Gordan soundtrack.

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Above: Mindfood Style solves winter wardrobe blues

Day 2 began with Mindfood, confused? I was to begin with till I learned that Mindfood now has a new magazine titled Mindfood Style. This show presented around 39 different looks created by Mindfood’s stylists selecting and combining pieces found in stores located in and around Britomart.

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Above: Models of Taylor Boutique

Later that afternoon Taylor Boutique presented a stunning show full of simplicity and elegance. Once again Taylor kept the colour palette clean focusing only on black, white and tan adding emphasis in the details of texture, pattern, lines, shapes, layers and cuts.

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Above: Images taken backstage of WORLD’s Britomart show

To conclude Britomart’s very fashionable weekend was WORLD, and fortunately I was stuck backstage to experience the mayhem of it all. I felt like I  watched a riddle unfold, a riddle where Carmen Sandiego and Jessica Rabbit decided to rock and roll in an M.C Escher painting. There were geometric prints, sexy fedoras hats, quirky bow-ties and cute bunny ears. The make-up was stunning! The light bulbs were interesting and the atmosphere was totally awesome!

There are plenty more photos available to view, for more images make sure you check out our Britomart Fashion Session Facebook photo albums.

Click here for Day One   |   Click here for Day Two