Category: Theatre

Interview with Y&T: Fashion Designer Yuka O

1. When/why was Y&T founded?

Y&T started with the intention of raising funds for the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Fashion is what I love and know – so naturally this is what I could contribute to make this happen. My husband Tristan and I worked on our first range with all the proceeds going to aid. Yuka&Tristan was founded in 2011, April.

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

Anything that gets me interested at any given time, which then becomes my inspiration/concept to develop the range – architecture, paint, books, design, music etc. Also, I deal with very beautiful fabric – I often get inspired by that too.

3. Have you always loved fashion?

Yes. Always. x

4. What is your go to magazine?

I love Japanese fashion Magazines: Ginza, Fudge Internatinal – The Gentle Woman, Numero, Vogue NZ – Home

5. Have you had any Y&T collections in ‘NZ Fashion Week’ or offshore catwalk? Future plans?

I haven’t thought about doing catwalk into NZ fashion week yet – however I’d definitely love to experience this, if the opportunity arose. I have some exciting news to be revealed soon… (but can’t tell yet) so please stay tuned ! via /yukaandtristan – facebook / @Yuka&Tristan – twitter / #yooksasyuka – instagram

6. Who would you (really) like to wear your brand?

Tilda Swinton

7. Any influences?

Yoji Yamamoto, Kenzo

8. Are you living your ‘dream-job’?

Yes, Although It’s a really tough business – I feel super lucky to do what I love. Big thanks to my husband.

9. When it comes to chocolate -Cadbury or Whittakers?

Whittakers – I choose by label 🙂

10. What makes you smile?

My young children who try to tell me stories about their (daily) adventures, mostly about their school endeavours – those cute explanations are the most gorgeous of things.

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Hippest Cafe in Auckland: Lot 23

Lot 23 is a place that you may read about in ‘Viva’; then make the (conscious) decision to visit, before it’s everyone’s hang-out.

Located in Minnie Street, Eden Terrace which happens to be where TVNZ ‘Step Dave’s’ (blue) house is situated!

As you enter the space: walls are filled with the latest art curated by Natalie Tozer, concrete floor, wooden old-school chairs, complimented with a super-slick white interior that acts as a great canvas for everything art!

The menu is delectable: ‘Ugly bagels’ topped with lashings of cream cheese, capers and fresh salmon, daily soup choice/s, croissant filled with Camembert, tomato and ham off the bone, ‘Baghdad eggs’ and coconut ice!

Every mouthful is ‘gastronomy’ and flavoursome. I particularly love the ‘Brazilian coffee’ that stimulates the senses – like coffee should.

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Interactive Art – ‘The Bridge Gathers’

Thursday, 29 May 2014
Press Release: Melissa Fergusson Consulting

Interactive Art – ‘The Bridge Gathers’

Lot 23 are proudly exhibiting Helen Clegg’s latest work called ‘The Bridge Gathers’ opening 29 May – 20 June 2014.

Clegg photographs in a non-traditional manner, using a black cable in most of her work which is designed to engage the viewer, by connecting Clegg on both an internal and external level.

Born in the UK, and now resides in Auckland. Clegg was awarded the ‘NZAAT Emerging Artist Award’ in 2013. The ‘Bridge Gathers’ is Clegg’s second solo exhibition in conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography beginning 29 May.

On 3 June, Lot 23 will be hosting an interactive art component of Clegg’s exhibition for the public from 6pm – 9pm, 23 Minnie Street, Eden Terrace.

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Interview with Helen Clegg

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http://www.helen-clegg.com

1. What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

The prospect of a new day I find really exciting, I’m definitely a morning person, I love the feeling of being fresh out of bed and I’m most productive in the mornings. That and coffee, coffee gets me out of bed in the morning.

2. When did you discover photography?

I’ve always played with my parents’ cameras for as long as I can remember, although it was when I was 8 years old and had just started a new primary school when I really fell in love with photography – this school had a photography club and darkroom classes, something I’d never come across before, that’s when I discovered photography as an artform and it’s been my medium of choice ever since.

3. What is your favourite colour?

It’s hard to pick one favourite, I’m a very colourful person and my preferred colour changes over time. I love grey, it’s so versatile, complements all other colours perfectly, and is so diverse in it’s range – it can be warm or cold, light or dark, and takes on aspects of all other colours.

4. What is one thing you would change about the world – if you could?

I don’t have an answer to this question, there’s just too much to list. I’m definitely an optimist, but I realise that that’s very easy when you’re coming from the privileged position of living in the “developed world”. I suppose I’d like to see living become easier for everyone on this planet. Just don’t ask me how.

5. Do you believe in fate?

No. I’m very much a “take each day as it comes” type of person, I don’t like to think that it’s all pre-decided, that there’s nothing we can do to change our future, it’s unsettling.

6. Who is your inspiration?

I have many inspirations, but my mother would be my main one. She’s a courageous, generous, honest and kind woman, and inspires me everyday. My artistic inspirations vary far and wide, and change like my favourite colour changes.

7. When it comes to chocolate – Cadbury or Whittakers?

I’m not really a big chocolate person but if I’d have to choose it’d be Whittakers – when I do eat chocolate it’s dark chocolate.

8. Do you prefer high heels or flats?

Flats, and more specifically flat boots. There’s very little worse in life than cold toes! (Or sore feet from heels, I rarely wear them, what’s worth the pain?)

9. Are you scared of spiders?

No.

10. What makes you happy?

So many things – sunshine, landscape, friends, cake and cats to name a few. And my partner, waking up next to him everyday makes me happy.

Semi-Permanent Auckland 2014

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“Get inspired.” One of the key messages (amplifying) from this event. How the heck couldn’t you, with such mind-blowing storytellers? Speakers: Ian Wharton (Creative Director), Tiffany Bozic (Artist), Ashley Gilbertson (Photojournalist), Augustin Teboul (Fashion designers), Matt Willey (Graphic Designer), Galon Levin (Artist) and Abbot Miller (Partner) kicked off on the first day.

Ashley Gilbertson spoke about his time on the ground in Iraq (2002-2008) photographing immediate imagery of warfare and the human experience. What a ‘profound encounter’ of truth, conflict and bravery. Seeing pictures of bloody (dead) bodies, explosions, destruction and ‘a collection of photos of intact bedrooms of service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan’ captivated the audience into utter silence. Incredible. Touching – nearly to the point of tears. No one will ever forget those (human) stories.

Fashion designers: Annelie Augustin and Odely Teboul provoked with their “black is our universe” collections. Having only launched in 2011, they have worked with musicians like ‘
Lady Gaga’ to create haute couture garments, and have been heavily published in the world-wide press. From humble beginnings (living in a tent due to pennilessness), they now both live in Berlin and collaborate with the local community to make their wares. They find inspiration through “creative accidents.”

Brilliant.

Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the second day – however I got my ‘quota’ of inspiration from the stories I heard, aplenty.

Looking forward to the 11th year!

Michael Hurst Talks Sex

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“Creative Mornings” is a monthly forum (and a must) for anyone who wants to collaborate, listen, observe, assimilate, network or grow from the content of the speakers, and the people that attend.

Hosted at Q Theatre in the ‘Lounge’ with complimentary water from “Antipodes” and the coffee was “Supreme” – don’t mind if I do.

Michael Hurst spoke enthusiastically about directing ‘sex’ on stage and film, with the key subject matter being “Chicago” produced by Auckland Theatre Company and of course “Hercules” and “Spartacus”.

“When do we cross the line?” Michael spoke about what you can and can’t do on set and stage, for example an actor can suck a nipple however there can be no contact with teeth. Fair enough? Why is that? Too erotic, health and safety issue, or maybe it’s a legal matter. Interesting one.

He spoke about the difficulties with contractual obligations with actors and full nudity being a stumbling block. Also, directing scenes in “Spartacus” with male actors and using prosthetics when necessary.

Never mind the relationship issues it can cause the actor when they go home to their partner? How do they deal with this? In my experience there are rules between couples and obviously insurmountable trust. Break it and you lose the love of your life.

Great subject matter at any time of the day!

Play Reading: Whore

Let the storytelling begin!

‘Whore’ is a collection of monologues based on true events; about sex workers who live in Auckland, New Zealand. After extensive research, meetings and interviews; the work can (now) start.

The stories have unique titles called: Illegal Migrant, ‘Married Woman’, ‘Transgender’, ‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Rent Boy’ and ‘Refugee’. Performing in late May, in an alternative space: ‘charlatan clinic style’.

The cast involved: Rebecca Parr, Lee Ah Yen Faatoia and Geraldine Creff.

This project is in collaboration with up to 20 ‘creative’ people, and I am excited to be leading this process.

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Project whore: interview #2

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1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?

Prostitution. I guess, this conjures up (for me) the seedy side of sex… people that pay for it must not be “able” to get sex through a mutual loving or caring for each other, as individuals..it’s the whole “transactional” thing that I suppose gets me..that it’s still very in the shadows of society, and it does intrigue me why people become prostitutes and the emotional impact it must have.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?

Never slept with a sex worker.

3. Why or why not?

Never felt the need or desire.

4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?

Whore means to me, a woman who allows her body to be used easily by lots of men…for whatever reason.

5. Do you belief in monogamy?

I used to believe in it, but think it’s unrealistic.

6. Have you…

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Project whore: interview #1

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1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?

This is service. Husbands, Boyfriends and single men, including women have a common trait – they are greedy. Therefore an additional leg-over during the week is seen as a transaction due to human flaw.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?

Yes.

3. Why or why not?

It was available and I was curious.

4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?

This word sounds negative so it would be used to insult. But, it’s a job title for a profession too. For me it is a demeaning word.

5. Do you belief in monogamy?

No

6. Have you been solicited to, by a sex worker in the street? Male or female?

Yes

7. Do you think sex work is a choice?

No, it is all to do with money and greed. They get used to the good money and…

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