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Andy Bamford is a talented kiwi filmmaker currently based in Stokholm and someone I’ve had the pleasure of working with before. But was actually a conversation about the sport of Skeleton spurred on by the Sochi Winter Games (which I am generally obsessed with!) that reminded be of an amazing short film made by Andy a couple of years ago.
He had the privilege to be the videographer at the Cresta Run in St Moritz, Switzerland for 2 consecutive seasons (2012-13). Above is the edit he made following his first winter and below the follow up from 2013. It wasn’t just his really beautiful film making skills I wanted to share with you – but also what it is to be a mad keen amateur in what looks like the craziest sport!
Nice foil to the top level competition on the TV at the moment!
Smile Clothing is a refreshing front to how modern social enterprises can look and behave. An idea bought to life by a group of Australian friends with a passion for surfing, travel and a shared enthusiam to give back , they came up with the plan to build a business based on a simple “One for One” concept. For every item of clothing they sell – they donate a school uniform or t-shirt to a child in need. So far communities in Indonesia, Kenya, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India and outback Australia have been on the happy end of their clothing drops. What’s more the Smile team produce a simple but cool collection of clothing that you will actually WANT to buy!
Take a look at their current range and the great imagery and films that they shoot and produce themselves…. I think there might be a lot more to come from these smiley guys!
Stolen is a beautiful new publication bought to life by two Melbourne based kiwis. Led by the theme of “analogue” the content is entirely user submitted and packed with creative goodness from all corners of the world. I’ve recently been in touch with the Stolen team who were keen to let you all know that they are now ready to receive submissions of work from YOU!
In their words the are looking for:
“…… every piece is created, or generated by hand. Whether it’s film photography, paint, oil pastels, ink mediums, watercolour, or even pencil.
We prefer the unfinished, the unplanned, and the un-posed, the handmade or hand-drawn; in fact we get off on imperfection. ”
If you are interested in being part of this terrific project then contact Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of my incessant internet trawling, my brain actually starts to pulse when I think about settling on options for Christmas presents! Tooo maaannny opppttiooons!
But I realise that not all of you have your eyes scanning the internet constantly so I thought I would offer you a little help! I asked the awesome Studio Home advertisers to put together some info (and it looks like some cheeky offers too!) and I strongly suggest you have a visit, tick some boxes, talk to your credit card nicely and support these creative online businesses from Down Under.
You can do this in your undies….the mall wouldn’t allow that…
“Our new season scarves are available now. We’d like you to meet our newest addition. The head-square scarf. These guys are small but punchy. The shiny and luxurious silk-satin fabric makes the prints pop, and is super soft against your skin. We love the smaller size for as its perfect for cutely tying loosely around the neck, or around the head for some playful summer fun. The perfect Christmas pressie.”
“Sometimes its just better in the flesh! NZ’s radist online prints store has a seriously cool pop up shop at 62 Ponsonby Road. So for those that need to touch and feel, this is for you. The pop has some sweet finds too that aren’t online too. Like unframed mini prints for $10, gift card packs, big discounts on ex-display frames, tea towel packs, bespoke framed prints and even some original paintings from local artists. “
“LET LIV is New Zealand’s newest online homeware & accessories store bringing you quality, current & stunningly designed products that let you live an easy life (LET LIV means ‘easy life’ in Danish). Perfect for everyone on your list this Christmas, take a peek in store and remember every purchase puts you in the draw to win a LET LIV Christmas.”
“What kind of bastard buys the coolest Christmas prezzies from a whole bunch of clever kiwi designers and artists right here in Aotearoa NZ, without leaving home or the office, and has them delivered for free? A Clever Bastard. “
” Introducing “Fresh Linen” – the first scent in our new range of soy candles tins.Just in time for Xmas – they make a fabulous stocking stuffer! $24″
“ shelf / life is gearing up for Christmas and is excited about the huge range of product we have on offer at this time of year. All our favourites are in stock and we’ve also a raft of new brands and products from both local and international designers. We’re also thrilled to be celebrating our 3rd birthday in the coming month, and to show just how thankful we are for the continued support from Studio Home Online readers, we’re offering you the chance to save 10% storewide. That’s 10% off every single product, storewide, in our online store. To take advantage of this saving, simply enter PARTYTIME into the discount code section at checkout, before midnight, Monday, December 10.”
“Free shipping at Wocolate until Christmas. We have gift wrapping available & we can even deliver directly to the recipient. Order before the 18th December for Christmas.”
“Christmas shopping made easy shop online at mondegreen.co.nz from the comfort of your own home, we will even gift wrap your purchases for you!
Stockists of both Fashion and Homewares where you can find something for the whole family. Mondegreen also offers Free Delivery within New Zealand.”
“Father Rabbit has Christmas sorted with practical timeless gifts for the whole family. Check out their Christmas Gift Guides . Father Rabbit wraps everything in gorgeous white kraft paper with white twine. The Father Rabbit open house is open from 10 – 5 each day and 10 – 3 Saturdays. Keep an eye on their facebook page to keep up with late night shopping.
Perfect Christmas gifts are Six Barrel Soda , Poppy Pillowcases, Grown Skincare, Fog Linen and Falcon Enamelware.
As always keep and eye on amazing prices in their sale section and they always have something new each week…. Christmas Ribbon, decorations, Masking Tape, Stamps and Gift Tags to create your own beautiful wrapping and decor can be found in the dedicated Christmas section.”
“Until December the 6th you can buy anything from Meadowlarks online store and receive a healthy 15% off using the discount code above! Lush! Studio Home’s current obsession are the new fang stacker rings“
“Lucy and Jo from Hunting for George have put together a cheeky little wish list of their favourite things. Hint hint.”
From left to right: Holiday Hello Postcard (Set of 8), Kip and Co Confetti Toucan Flat Sheet , Love Hate Diamond Mint Stockings , Love Hate Pink Backpack , Dubbleyou Yellow/Pink Clock , Livingly Stork Mobile , MiGoals Goals Book, Tribal Friday Aqua Splash Beach Towel
“Jewellery, dresses, bags, wallets, trinkets, stationary and even more goodies for all you ladies and gents! Check out our online store www.madamefancypants.com xxx”
I just had a prick of a tear in my eye and goosebumps running up my arms watching this incredibly beautiful AND insightful video about the Little Lotus Project and that amazing man Pat Shepherd. Go on, take some time out and learn how this NZ project is pulling together creatives from around the world to benefit children on the edge.
Not quite sure how to explain the crazy disbelief and excitement I have right now!
While on my normal morning blog browse (via iPhone in bed!) I popped over for a visit to Gala Darling and discovered that she was banding together with two other blog super powers to create The Blogcademy. My ears started to ring as I read through the course description explaining this was a step up from simply entry level blog info covering off how to get other writing opportunities, develop relationships with brands and deliver a better all round experience to grow your audience. This might all sound a little dry to you friends, but with all the hours that I have plugged into Studio Home over the last 4.5 years I couldn’t think of anything better then to take it to a place where I could actually get PAID to feed this crazy addiction! But big problem in all this being that the course was in New York, USA. And I am in Wanaka, bottom of the world, New Zealand. There’s a large body of water between us. I was brushing it off as an idea for next year when I spotted a mention of a single scholarship spot! This would cover the $600 US course fee which is a solid $730 NZ. To be in the running I had to ” make a video explaining why I should be in the first graduating class of Blogcademy”. Well, my Dad’s saying of ” you’ve got to be in to win” struck me and also the fact that I lived in a small town heavy with very talented film makers!
With promises of burgers and beer I managed to enlist John Jo Ritson of Ride Class Productions who I had worked closely with at Treble Cone producing weekly snow updates. I had watched John Jo develop his work over the last couple of years to a beautiful and creative point and felt sure that he could help me be in the running. Lucky for me he LOVED burgers and beer and over a couple of afternoons we were able to come up with the result above. I emailed the link through to Gala, Kat and Nubby the day before the deadline and 48 hours later I dropped my laptop (really) as I read this email:Hey Julia
Pack your bags because you’re coming to NYC with us!! We loved your video so much and Gala is CRAZY excited to have another Kiwi coming. We can’t wait to meet you! We’ll be announcing you as our winner & sharing your video on The Blogcademy blog on Tuesday.
As you can imagine this all pretty awesome and I have Ride Class Productions to thank in total!! Next task is raising the air fare ech!