Things I Love Thursday

Bit of a brief one because still sorta jetlagged and the words aren’t coming so well….

Travel travel travel, it’s good good good fun!

Street art!

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Love this, saw Hank Green speak at xoxo and I wanted to check out some of his videos. This one is beautiful and deep:

Honourable Mentions: sharing candy from the States, watching movies, the new TV series Gotham, crafting, my wonderful darling girlfriend, new clothes which are comfy and warm and well made, people who make me laugh, new music, old music and playing on tumblr.

Retro tunes, Cherry Coloured Funk ~ Cocteau Twins

The Lagoon is full of sharks

A few weeks ago this happened on a Friday. I wasn’t sure immediately what it was for, but it turned out to be Greenpeace raising awareness of how shark finning is still legal in New Zealand and gathering signatures for a petition.


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It looks awesome, but shark finnning is a serious thing… the whole industry is corrupt and horribly cruel to sharks. I love sharks. You can read more about it at the forest and bird website here.

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Things I Love Thursday

Our bathroom is finally finished, which means I got to have a bath again tonight! Yay baths! I used an avobath ballistic from Lush. Mmm Lush.

Learning about yourself and breakthroughs where you understand yourself better. There’s nothing like it. Old beliefs, things from childhood, things people have told me and orders I have given myself, they all have so much power over our behaviour but we don’t even realise it.

Massages. I have been trawling daily deal sites to get cheap massages, I have had one so far at Evergreens on Tuesday and it was freaking awesome. At one point I was so spun out I had forgotten there was anyone else in the room.

Art from the front entrance of the Auckland city gallery.

Honourable Mentions: A piece of fresh fruit with my, breakfast toast, sweet messages over Facebook or email or text, chicken burgers at Joe’s Garage, playing board games, superhero roleplaying, new comics, ideas and collaboration and blankies

Trembling Hands by The Temper Trap is my current musical obsession:

Big cats + catnip = smiles.

Inspiration

I love my Wreck This Journal and I’m going to keep going on about it until I’ve finished it. In the meantime this page has had a lot of attention on Tumblr, and I figured you non-Tumblr folks might like it too .

So, what would your sign say?

Point of Fashion: slightly confused
Current Obsession: creating things!

Soilent Green

My sister in law and her husband made a stop motion movie based on Jhonen Vasquez’s short comic “Soilent Green”. It’s a bit like Tim Burton but more punk. This story is the somewhat tragic life of Soilent Green, the limbless cannibal.

Lee is the narrator, the voice of the little girl is Swearing niece and she also scored most of the film using an electronic keyboard connected to a music programme. Go check it out!

Monday’s advent calendar image, I’ve tried to select something as a salve to soothe after the harrowing story… Continue reading

The Revolt of the Mannequins

Well, the weirdness is over. The mannequins have all finished their stories.

On the final day almost all the mannequins were out of their windows and climbing up onto the buildings and the overhangs above the store windows. It reminded me of that Improv Everywhere thing where they encouraged everyone to ‘look up more’. In fact, a middle agey touristy couple saw me staring up at the baby and mother dangling from the corner of Kirks and asked what I was looking at. It was good to share it with someone.

Pursuit through Whitcoulls

The Sniper storyline with the dead mannequins and the police detective in pursuit was my favourite one, it wasn’t on the official map because it moved most days between shops. It was exciting trying to find the sniper, although I’m bummed I didn’t look up and behind me on the days the mannequins died, apparently he was in a higher window across the road.

The mannequins were weird, sometimes upsetting, disturbing and a bit scary. That said, I wanted to look at them every day. Even on the days when I came away feeling unsettled, I was overall happier for having looked at them. It’s not often that something so unusual happens in our storefronts, and it did make the ordinary shop windows look incredibly boring.

It made you think about the creepy nature of mannequins. They aren’t human, but they’re close enough. Imagine if they had thoughts and emotions. It made you think about how things are sold to you. Especially the little price labels visible on many of the displays. The French farmers growing and harvesting bottoms had a list of their clothes and prices, which didn’t change all week. The lovers in Stax window had changing price tickets that had her severed arm ‘price negotiable’ on Friday. It was high brow culture-jamming basically. People would stop and look again, try and make sense of what they were seeing. You don’t often get that in relation to shop windows.

Scoop put up some very nice photos from the middle of the week which you can see here. There was also a good article on stuff as well.

Stuff also have an article on why the story in David Lawrence was taken down before it ended.

If you didn’t make it in to see them, check out the project’s French website. It has photos for each day of each story, they played out a little differently in Wellington, due to the spaces. There are also two stories in there that we didn’t get. (Homeless woman and Grandfather’s birthday.)

Christmas tree, Frank Kitts Park

Last night after a wicked awesome roller derby, I went to Frank Kitts Park to check out the Telecom Christmas tree. I’d seen it during the day and wondered about it. To put it simply, it’s amazing and you have to check it out.

It’s all strings of lights with a big atom thingy on top. The lights cycle through various colours and there are cushions set up underneath it so you can lie back and experience the tree from within. There are also phone booths set up connected to the tree where you can call Santa and leave a message with your Christmas wish. When someone does that, the tree gets extra colourful and the atom on top gets awesome.

Sitting underneath it, I felt a little bit like my ship had gone into hyperspace. It was awesomely pretty and I highly recommend it.

Neat stuff to look at

Via a new friend of mine on twitter, a writer called Novellife: These photos from within the barrel of waves are just gorgeous. Really stunning. I’d love to have one or two of them printed really huge and on my walls.

Clicked through from there I really enjoyed these 10 public space art installations, especially the Transformers and the Giant nest.

Cute video of the day: hedgehog eats a carrot, just 40 seconds long, you can watch it.

I’m pleased to read that Amazon stopped stocking a sexual assault video game but I am horrified it was created in the first place.

If, like me, you are going to see Starlight Express when it starts up in Wellington in just over a month you might be interested in this twitter feed of how they’re doing in 6 day a week rehearsals. There’s sometimes pictures!

Oh and check it out, Suraya made it onto stuff! (I have had no requests for postcards yet but I am still keen to post them if you want one. Let me know!)

Gah, it’s so freaking cold in Wellington today. I have witnessed I think 6 hail storms, but they’re broken up by bouts of sunshine. It’s all very confusing. Lee and I bought 6 new bookcases today (4 weeny little ones and 2 big tall ones) I think I’m gonna go start putting them together.

PoF: Not warm enough
CO: new shelveses

Art show, Easter Sunday

I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for a while and since I’ve been a bit sparse on the blogging this seems like a good opportunity.

Please forgive my photography skills, I do my best but I’m not that good.

Fashion demon girl

Fashion demon girl

Fashion demon girl’s pose and dress were based on a fashion picture that I saw somewhere once and then could never track down again. I did a base layer for this one, which was drummed into us hard in college art classes. Actually I used two base colours, first fluro magenta and then white over the top to tone it down. I had a lot of fun putting the highlights and lowlights onto her body and then adding the flowers.

This painting was gifted to Evie on Friday for her birthday, I thought she might like the fashion aspect and it kind of reminded me of one of her lj icons.

Note: could be the last monster-holding-flowers picture. It was a short run period in my painting career if so. Because now I have moved on to….watercolours!

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Reclining tree nymph…this is based off a gorgeous photo shoot featuring Natalia Vodianova and her family. I added flowers to her dress, that’s me segueing out of ‘holding flowers’ and into a whole new stylistic period. I like the way this one came out but I suspect that the yellow of the sheet behind her is still too bright. I painted this one with Star’s character from Prime Time Adventures in mind.

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Angel on the table. Marie Antoinette inspired wallpaper.

Lee said he liked this one, which is unusual for him. I am not yet convinced that it’s finished. I like the way her skin and features are completely black and white but at the same time I yearn to go in and add some shading. I also kind of want more detail on the wallpaper, maybe little butterflies stuck on or a floral design. Any thoughts?

Just for something totally different check out the Washington Post’s top 40 entries into their Peep diorama contest. Peepzilla, Sweeney Todd and Peepsalot are my favourites.

Point of Fashion: pjs
Current Obsession: getting things done