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It’s with an enormous amount of pleasure that I present you the final TEAM.WORK collaboration of the year!
This project was an extra special one as I got to work with not only a talented and savvy designer, but a great friend of mine. Natalie Newlands is the owner of cult Queenstown based store; Angel Divine – a super popular destination for design and fashion lovers both locally and on holiday. In 2011 Natalie drew on her extensive experience as a designer to launch her own label; New Lands in a direct reflection of her own aesthetic and exploring her love of fabrics and detail. As part of this sheintroduced her hugely popular leather “bucket bags”…. which immediately got my mind ticking!
Together over the last 9 months, we have met in person a few times at both ends of the country, drawn pictures, sent samples between us, road tested and finally come up with our good looking, daily workhorse – the TEAM.WORK tote!
Available in tan and black, the bags are made of beautiful soft leather which will earn an even better patina with age and use. Our aim was to find a size and scale that meant the bags where easy to wear but had ample room for all that daily “stuff” – be it a laptop, school books, nappies, travel paraphenalia, shopping or whatever else needs transport in your life!
The front exterior panel features a finely stitched circle detail and is embossed with the TEAM.WORK logo. Inside we have a large zipped pocket (crucial we know!!) in gold foiled leather.
We have produced a limited number for our first run which can be found exclusively in store and online at Angel Divine.
As with all the TEAM.WORK collaborations – my mind ticked forward to the shoot and who I would love to work with to present this product to you!
I have had my eye on young and super talented photographer Emily Hlavac Green for some time and knowing she had recently relocated to Auckland from Dunedin, I sought her out! Emily not only has a beautiful, emotional aesthetic she easily took my brief and ideas and made them so much better (which you can see here!)
I also enlisted the help of Libby Morgan and Liz Acland whom I met last year while shadowing this Auckland University project. They are recent architecture graduates, designers, serial collaborators and for me a constant source of inspiration and enthusiasm for the local design scene! Oh yes – they are also total spunks which was handy!
I hope you enjoy the result of this project and hope even more that I might bump into you and your bag in action one day! Oh yes…and you can WIN one below!All photography by Emily Hlavac Green for the Studio Home TEAM.WORK collaboration project
WIN YOUR OWN LEATHER TOTE!
WE HAVE A WINNER!
– Visit the Angel Divine online store and in the comments below name ONE designer that they stock AND which bag you would like to own!
– As per normal you can gain a second entry by locating the competition post on the Studio Home Facebook page and leaving you answer in the comments there too. Don’t forget to stay in touch with Angel Divine by following them as well!
Competition drawn at random on Friday 5th of December.
I’ve become pretty attached to this project after following this gang of smart young architecture students and their process from conception, design, problem solving, model making and finally full scale set up! (click here to get the background on what I am talking about!)
Last Friday they had access to the cavernous and white Flying Fish Studio where for the first time they could assemble the final product of months of work. I was LOVING it!!! Throughout the day they had boyfriends, family and friends dropping by to help and have a turn arranging the poles in whatever way they wanted.
The pictures show the scope of their installation – which from today until Sunday the 13th will be available for the public to visit and interact with at the “Here Now: re imagining New Lynn” event as part of the the Auckland Heritage Festival. The team went to a HUGE amount of effort and kudos to their sponsors for supporting their ambitious idea. Film maker Ben Carter donated his time to film the set up and the result is awesome – definitely a good watch if you are wondering what this whole project equals when humans are involved!
To follow on from the first post and introduction of architecture student group; “Fifth” last month – I paid them another visit on Friday to check out their projects progress. (If it’s a total mystery as to what I am talking about I’d suggest you quickly refresh yourself with their work here.)
They continued brainstorming, model making and sussing out how to “life size” their concept and then last week launched into the fabrication mode in the Auckland University’s Architecture School workshop. As you can see in the images below, nice shoes and nail polish don’t stop these girls from a little hardwork!! Impressively they also took on sourcing sponsorship with gusto and their success to date has them producing their installation on a massive scale! (of which I will share next week!)
As always I got totally swept up in the enthusiasm and unbridaled creativity that seems to live permanently on campus! The team took me through the workshop and explained their plans which are now all full steam a head with just 1.5 weeks until installation on site in New Lynn for the Auckland Heritage Festival.
Scroll to the bottom of the post for one SENSATIONAL way to win annnnnd support their project!
At just $5 a “ticket” you can support the team by putting yourself in the draw to win a haul of INCREDIBLE goodies from the brands above!
Check out the full prize list here and enter as many times as you like!
In addition to the very generous donations from the brands above the team has also received great sponsorship from:
From left to right: Libby Morgan 23, Naomi Steele 20, Liz Acland 20, Sophie Boberg 21, Hana Greer 19.
I have wanted to include student work on Studio Home for agggeeessss and finally I have a cool series of posts lined up which follows an exciting and large scale project from that group of young second year Architecture students above!
As part of the Auckland Heritage Festival, 28 groups of students at the Auckland School of Architecture have been challenged with a variety of projects around re igniting the suburb of New Lynn. They were given the opportunity to ride the train to the end of the line and explore the area which was once one of New Zealands most prolific industrial zones producing; amongst other things – cork, bricks and Crown Lynn Pottery. The area is now ear tagged for intensive housing and development as a major transport and commuter hub – but needs a bit of life injected!
So yesterday I had the opportunity to head onto campus and meet the group of young savvy women collaborating under the moniker; fifth and check out the concept they were forming around the theme of “Here + Now”.
Under the watchful eye of their tutors/architects; Hamish Stirrat and Richie Pearce of Fabricate the girls began by exploring a New Lynn demolition yard to learn about the materials used in the area over the years. Here they took huge inspiration in the actual way the materials were stored – it was the patterns that got them thinking (Eg. rows and rows of neatly stacked but decaying doors etc). By the time I caught up with them they were essentially half way through their project but very much following the tried and true design process of drawing, making, experimenting, failing, re-inventing and essentially feeling their way from raw idea to a complete and tight concept.
Not shying away from getting their hands dirty or operating what I think looks like pretty initimidating machinery (!!) they worked hard to complete their first working model to present to a panel of judges last Friday. “The Jury” was made up of NZ architects Craig Moller, Charles Walker, David Shepard, Kate Rogan and world renown duo Tezuka Architects who are currently guests of the University.
Now they are refocussing on how to transform their small model into a life size experience including developments to make it interactive and attractive for humans. All teams are also responsible for fully funding their projects- a pretty interesting task but most definitely a good one to throw at students who will be limited by budgets the majority of their working life as designers. So their concept will grow as their sponsorship hunt progresses.Photos supplied and by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home.
I’ll admit I get a huge buzz from getting a peek into student life – all that amazing creative talent getting flung around!! I’ll be back to visit the team in early October during their fabrication phase (can’t wait to see what they arrive at!) and again during installation and the opening of their project for the festival.
You can follow fifth and check out a short vid of their working model over at their tumblr.
Kelly Spencer is a Wellington based artist who I first started following after stumbling across her work two years ago. I continued to keep an eye on her projects that popped up on Facebook and was able to meet her in person when I covered her “fridge” painting for the Red Bull Pop Life event in Auckland last November. We definitely clicked so you can imagine my excitement when she got in touch and revealed she had her own Gold Coast adventure planned that coincided with mine!
Despite us both landing at the hot and muggy Gold Coast airport on the same day, we made some loose plans via email to meet somewhere down the coast a few days later. I left some cryptic messages on the Aussie cell number she had supplied me with and after some to-ing and fro-ing we made a date for 11am at Cabarita Beach. Despite being a total tourist I felt pretty smug as I turned off into the beachside carpark at bang on 11. However, it was “bang on 11 am” a couple of kms back North where I crossed that invisible line from Queensland into northern NSW….and their daylight savings time. Kelly kindly never mentioned it – as I was bang on a hour late.
Unlike my other interviews, I was catching Kelly at the very very beginning of her Australian sea change. While the NZ summer had been a record breaking one for sunshine hours, the threat of fifth wet and windy Wellington winter was enough for her to finally make a move which she had been aiming at for some time. A few months earlier while home in Gisborne for a visit, she had caught up with friend; Robson Timbs and discovered he shared her ideas on a change of scenery too. In fact he even had a ticket booked. They were also on the same page when it came to travel and a plan was made to purchase a van and lock in tickets for the Byron Bay Blues Festival over Easter. I caught up with them “boiling the billy” the day before they were continuing South.
After a cup of tea I enjoyed a snoop around their van/home. There were grand plans to improve the interior fit out, but at that point of time the “pile everything in” method was doing just fine. Sharing the same carpark were a number of other vans, cars and caravans filled with super friendly, tanned adventurers who they had struck up an easy balance of sharing chairs and chocolate, watching unlocked vehicles and learning each others stories.
We then wandered down to the stupidly idyllic beach. It was here that I realised Kelly was actually acting out the secret dreams of so many people. To pack up and head for sunnier shores with the only secure plan being the purchase of a van….well it is a pretty romantic idea. The reality is that the life of a freelancer is scary enough without throwing in a foreign country (as close as it is) and no fixed abode – but the reason I knew this was going to be more than a long holiday was her grit and determination to lead her life the way she wants.
Kelly has many arrows to her creative bow. Her work has been seen across book illustration, webpage design, t shirt graphics, identity design, posters, set design, music festival branding, street art and painting a life-sized fiberglass baby elephant. She has work lined up with a kids clothing label (owned by an ex pat kiwi) on the Sunshine Coast and is part way through the completion of illustrating a book. In the 36 hours she had been in the country when I caught up with her, she had secured a painting commission and had a possible lead creating art work with a custom surf board shaper. So you get that motivation isn’t an issue here…
While I may have painted a picture of two happy nomads, this isn’t the case. Both Robson and Kelly are professionally trained and experienced in their respective industries, and it is certainly helpful that Kelly’s skills are conducive to travel! While plans were loose, they were concentrated on finding a balance between lifestyle and work opportunities which they hoped would have them putting down some roots somewhere along that glorious coast.
As I drove back and crossed the invisible border again, I felt that this post was going to be more like a “pilot” for a series. Having the opportunity get a glimpse first hand at a successfully creative New Zealander like Kelly leaving her secure network of clients for the virtual unknown, felt inspiring. I am sure it will just be a matter of time before I am reporting back with an update.
What I learnt from Kelly:
It’s one thing to have an amazing body of work, but it takes some spark and guts to sell your skills and turn a dream into reality.
Fly the Coop: Brisbane + Gold Coast was made possible by the support of Mondegreen.
Ok, I hope you enjoy these peeks into what I am up to this week! I hate it when blogs turn from one thing to another and you suddenly think “how the hell did THAT happen? and why am I here?” (eg. design blog + pregnancy = baby blog = I’m outties) But bear with me and join me on this weeks break as I take a breather, suck up some new scenes and gather a whole bucket load of inspiration and juice to crank Studio Home up another notch for you.
These pics were mostly shot between Williamsburg, Brookyn and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan in pretty spuicky humid rain.
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!(Mother – please note grammer correction! xo)