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?
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.
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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‘The Lucid Collective’ Interview for #projectsalt
‘The Lucid Collective’ Interview for #projectsalt
1. Where did you get the name ‘The Lucid Collective’ from? What does it mean?
Words have always been important to us. Obviously, they’re fundamental to communication, but
in a modern world a lot more hangs on literal meanings when so much of our conversations no
longer happen face-to-face.
‘The’ denotes one or more people assumed to be common knowledge. It’s a word often
overlooked, but if you ever happen to look at it in its context, there’s an inherent assumption
that the word’s user thinks you know what they’re talking about it. ‘Lucid’ refers to clear
expression and ease of understanding, or the period of clarity between intervals of insanity.
‘Collective’ evidently refers to a group of people. Tying all of these words together serves to
underscore our mission to outfit the current man in timeless attire.
2. What makes ‘The Lucid Collective’ different?
Our goal was never to…
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Get your ‘salt’ on
Get your ‘salt’ on
charlatan clinic’s dramatic new work, ‘salt’ begins Wednesday, 13 November at The Williamson, upstairs in The Private Meeting Room in Ponsonby. The season runs until Saturday 16 November.
‘Henry lives at home with his Mother and is besotted with Lilly. He has been secretly stalking Lilly for 2 years, when they finally met face-to-face and spend 7 hours together, one Friday afternoon. Love meets obsession.’
‘charlatan clinic’ have introduced tweet seats and tweet reviews for their event #projectsalt.
Fergusson has recently been interviewed by Justin Gregory for ‘Arts on Sunday’ broadcasting on 3 November, focussing on the social media engagement for the project and the interactive love questionnaire.
The cast of ‘salt’ playing Henry (Coen Falke) and Lilly (Jess Holly Bates) have both blogged about their characters and #projectsalt journey on the charlatan clinic blog.
The Williamson Private Meeting Room is an alternative space that has being transformed into an…
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Jess Talks About ‘Lilly’
“Playing Lilly is a treat. Lilly is an unstable extrovert, highly sexual, smart, inattentive, easily bored, fascinated by the darker mores in life. She imagines herself to be an extremist – and makes choices based on a flirtation with a polarised position, which sits in opposition to her dry-mouthed, cardboard, and largely absent father figure. ” – Jess Holly Bates, ‘salt’
Living And Breathing Theatre
Starting a new project is always exhilarating.
Working collaboratively with a small team, to create performance art.
‘salt’ may potentially, also be a short film soon.
I am consumed by the characters (Henry & Lilly) and their lives, and their stories.
I will share my experience with you through the platform of social media, film, radio, print and experiential events.
Let the journey begin!
Writing is my passion, and to hear my (new) play, being read aloud for the first time, is pure elation.
‘salt’ is about unrequited love, and mental health.
A few months ago I emailed/interviewed 10 people about their experience with love, in their lives.
What is love? Do you believe in love? When did you first feel butterflies in your tummy? Who was you childhood sweetheart? And so on.
Everyone found love (from the questionaire) from 5-7 years old, and they all remembered their sweetheart’s full name, including me.
What happens when love is one-sided? Or is it always, one-sided? Can two people love each other the same?
Do you believe in love?
Where Do You Think?
Normally my most cherished thoughts, randomly arrive when I am driving, having a shower, or talking to someone about something else. I ponder a lot, when I write a play. The story needs to marinate in my head for ages, developing, and changes daily. The characters need to have names, and personalities. No faces.
Writing can be perceived as selfish – as you need space, and more space. Probably that is why I can be aloof, buried in my imagination. Creating ideas, that become a story, then a reality. Or not. Depending on the storytelling.
I love theatre.
“Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.” – Harold Pinter
Attended a great play tonight about a man who had an imaginary friend, who happened to be female, a younger version of his wife. He was collaborating with this invisible woman to write a book, initially to the surprise of his spouse, so she suggested therapy to resolve these issues. Was he committing a wrong, by entrusting in a woman that he only spoke to, and had a friendship with? There is also the fact, that he would share the creative process of writing with her, and not his wife, who loved him unconditionally. Then the tables turned, and the wife could then see the imaginary and/or invisible woman too, they then built a sisterhood, that over rode the relationship with the husband, so then she (imaginary person) disappeared, or had an accident, maybe? I had a few invisible friends when I was younger. This creates a world outside reality, that is magical and safe. Imagination has no prejudice.