Monthly Archives: October 2013

Market 22 Celebrates Its First Anniversary

When Donna and Kat Gibbons started Market 22 a year ago, their vision was to provide an outlet for Dunedin crafts people to showcase their creativity. Last Saturday’s anniversary market proved that this goal had been achieved with a large variety of unique and affordable treasures to suit all tastes. If you missed this event, look out for their special Christmas market – gifts, coffee and live music!

Market 22 at 22 Vogel Street

Market 22 at 22 Vogel Street

Donna and Kat Gibbons (mother and daughter), the brains behind Market 22

Donna and Kat Gibbons (mother and daughter), the brains behind Market 22

Cushions by 'O'Reily Interiors' (designed by Donna Gibbons)

Cushions by ‘O’Reily Interiors’ (designed by Donna Gibbons)

Archaelogy students Jennifer and Jeff of 'Sparrow and the Wolf Boy' jewellery

Archaelogy students Jennifer and Jeff of ‘Sparrow and the Wolf Boy’ jewellery

Amanda from 'Brown Street Bespoke' displays her vintage-inspired textiles

Amanda from ‘Brown Street Bespoke’ displays her vintage-inspired textiles

Jess Newton's 'Dust and Dandelions'

Jess Newton’s ‘Dust and Dandelions’

Vintage silk tops designed by Donna Gibbons

Vintage silk tops designed by Donna Gibbons

Simone wears dress from Shop on Carroll, cardigan from Toffs, hat from Farmers and chain from Oamaru Hospice Shop.

Simone wears dress from Shop on Carroll, cardigan from Toffs, hat from Farmers and chain from Oamaru Hospice Shop.

New fabric designs inspired by the 70s and 80s by 'Brown Street Bespoke'

New fabric designs inspired by the 70s and 80s by ‘Brown Street Bespoke’

From left: Janie, Penelope and daughter Sarah. Penelope and Sarah display their 'Real Skin' products

From left: Janie, Penelope and daughter Sarah. Penelope and Sarah display their ‘Real Skin’ products

Dunedin-themed jewellery by Katy Miller

Dunedin-themed jewellery by Katy Miller

Jon and Clare browse for goodies at 'Sparrow and the Wolf Boy' stall

Jon and Clare browse for goodies at ‘Sparrow and the Wolf Boy’ stall

Kat Gibbons from Euphoria Lane and Fiona Jenkins with accessories by Jess Covell

Kat Gibbons from Euphoria Lane and Fiona Jenkins with accessories by Jess Covell

Sketches by Jennifer from 'Sparrow and the Wolf Boy'

Sketches by Jennifer from ‘Sparrow and the Wolf Boy’

Made of Stars Crafty Creations

Made of Stars Crafty Creations

Kiri Booth of 'Kiri Booth Design' with her porcelain jewellery

Kiri Booth of ‘Kiri Booth Design’ with her porcelain jewellery

Photographs of Dunedin by Katy Miller

Photographs of Dunedin by Katy Miller

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Manchester Magic at Queens

Where else in the world (apart from the North of England) would you get to hear covers of The Smiths and Joy Division songs all in the same week? Dunedin of course. This week, the crowds went wild when Queens hosted a double dose of post-punk indie rock fusion and the cover charge was only $5 for each event!

On Thursday, local solo and group artists performed a selection of The Smiths songs in a variety of styles reflecting each artist’s unique qualities. The concert closed with the entertaining and dynamic ‘Smyth Family Band’.

Left: Morrissey and friends. Which one is Hector? Right: Hector 'McQueen' and Simon Maclaren perform 'There Is a Light That Never Goes Out'.

Left: Morrissey and friends. Which one is Hector? Right: Hector ‘McQueen’ and Simon Maclaren perform ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’.

Catherine KS performs 'What Difference Does It Make?'

Catherine KS performs ‘What Difference Does It Make?’

Chad and Bex. Chad wears shirt by I Love Ugly.

Chad and Bex. Chad wears shirt by I Love Ugly.

Dan Madill performs 'Unhappy Birthday' and 'Girlfriend in a Coma'

Dan Madill performs ‘Unhappy Birthday’ and ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’

Irian and Catherine

Irian and Catherine

Lindsay wears op-shop

Lindsay wears op-shop

Darryl Baser (compere of the evening) and Catherine KS perform 'Asleep'

Darryl Baser (compere of the evening) and Catherine KS perform ‘Asleep’

The two Sophias wear dresses from The Cuckoo's Nest and Refined Rig

The two Sophias wear dresses from The Cuckoo’s Nest and Refined Rig

Yesterday, Permanence from Christchurch superbly entertained us with an almost complete Joy Division repertoire as well as songs by New Order (the remainder of Joy Division after the tragic suicide of Ian Curtis) and Gary Numan. The finale, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, got everyone on their feet.

Queens stage with Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' cover art based on the image of radio waves emitted by pulsar CP 1919.

Queens stage with Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ cover art based on the image of radio waves emitted by pulsar CP 1919.

Danny Webster and Linda Baran from Permanence

Danny Webster and Linda Baran from Permanence

Debbie owns the dance floor while the dapper Frits looks on

Debbie owns the dance floor while the dapper Frits looks on

Danny from Permanence. He was complimentary about Dunedin's great bars and said that they love coming here!

Danny from Permanence. He was complimentary about Dunedin’s great bars and said that they love coming here!

Gavin and Bex

Gavin and Bex

Danny Webster from Permanence

Danny Webster from Permanence

Permanence

Permanence. From left: Wade Byers (drums), Danny Webster (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Linda Baran (bass).

What next Hector? The Stone Roses? Buzzcocks? Oasis? … 

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Spring in the City

Dunedin looks stunning at this time of year and you don’t have to be in a park or the Botanic Gardens to enjoy the blossom and rhododendrons. So explore and enjoy!

Looking towards George Street from Knox Church grounds

Looking towards George Street from Knox Church grounds

Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street

Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street

Braeview Crescent

Braeview Crescent

Albany Street steps

Albany Street steps

Kowhai at the University of Otago Executive Residence, Forth Street

Kowhai at the University of Otago Executive Residence, Forth Street

Looking towards Flagstaff

Looking towards Flagstaff

Walsh Street

Walsh Street

Otago Polytechnic, Harbour Terrace

Otago Polytechnic, Harbour Terrace

Looking towards John McGlashan College from Grater Street

Looking towards John McGlashan College from Grater Street

University of Otago Computer Science (Owheo) building, Union Street East

University of Otago Computer Science (Owheo) building, Union Street East

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What Are You Wearing October?

We’ve captured all ages, cute couples and an even cuter dog called Mushu!

Julianna wears homemade dress and a vintage stole.

Julianna wears homemade dress and a vintage stole.

Rachael wears blouse by Trelise Cooper and op-shop blazer.

Rachael wears blouse by Trelise Cooper and op-shop blazer.

Charlotte and Morgan wear Cheapskates and The Warehouse.

Charlotte and Morgan wear Cheapskates and The Warehouse.

Sharon wears Yaks n Yetis.

Sharon wears Yaks n Yetis.

McKenzie and Max with Mushu. McKenzie wears Glassons pants.

McKenzie and Max with Mushu. McKenzie wears Glassons pants.

Jill wears jacket from Christchurch, handmade hat and bag from Paris.

Jill wears jacket from Christchurch, handmade hat and bag from Paris.

Claudia and Tatianna wear Postie Plus and The Warehouse.

Claudia and Tatianna wear Postie Plus and The Warehouse.

Jennifer wears customised skirt and waistcoat.

Jennifer wears customised skirt and waistcoat.

Hannah, Kate and Hillary. Hannah wears socks by NOM*d and Karen Walker skull necklace. Kate wears pants from Yaks n Yetis. Hillary wears RPM top and shoes from The Recycle Boutique.

Hannah, Kate and Hillary. Hannah wears socks by NOM*d and Karen Walker skull necklace. Kate wears pants from Yaks n Yetis. Hillary wears RPM top and shoes from The Recycle Boutique.

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Philip Madill’s ‘Virtual Continuum’

Last night, fellow artists, tutors, friends and family gathered in the Dunedin School of Art Gallery to celebrate the completion of artist Philip Madill’s ‘Virtual Continuum’. As part of his Master of Fine Arts, Philip produced a portfolio of 16 untitled sketches, all of which were graphite on paper. His meticulous attention to detail is incredible and his portrayal of melancholy through shadows, desolate streets and the absence of faces is extremely effective. Many of his scenes are set in dystopian landscapes. Despite this, the androgynous figures in trenchcoats in ‘Untitled’ (3) are particularly captivating; are they even human? Philip’s reason for dressing his figures in 1940s/50s style was to convey “the idea of totalitarianism and cold war aesthetic”. His inspiration comes from the idea of mixed reality (between the virtual and the real), controlling societies and the end of the world. However, his fascinating works leave you feeling intrigued, rather than depressed, about the impending apocalypse that he subtly depicts.

Philip Madill with Untitled (14)

Philip Madill with Untitled (14)

Untitled (3)

Untitled (3)

Vivian, Gretel and Amaryllis of Jura with Untitled (12)

Vivian, Gretel and Amaryllis of Jura with Untitled (12)

Untitled (10)

Untitled (10)

Dan and Anthea with Untitled (8) and Untitled (9)

Dan and Anthea with Untitled (8) and Untitled (9)

James and Tom with Untitled (3) and Untitled (4)

James and Tom with Untitled (3) and Untitled (4)

Untitled (15)

Untitled (15)

Anthea and Jess with Untitled (9) and Untitled (10)

Anthea and Jess with Untitled (9) and Untitled (10)

Untitled (14)

Untitled (14)

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Fashion in the Chapel with Rachel Hunter

It’s not very often a supermodel hangs out in Maori Hill but last night, at the John McGlashan College Chapel, Rachel Hunter wowed us with her girl power. The event was organized by Arthur Barnett to showcase their spring/summer fashion collection and also raise money for The Cancer Society of NZ (Otago Southland Division).

Items from the goodie bag: Trelise Cooper cuff bracelet and Elle Macpherson Intimates rose fragranced candle.

Items from the goodie bag: Trelise Cooper cuff bracelet and Elle Macpherson Intimates rose fragranced candle.

A packed John McGlashan College Chapel

A packed John McGlashan College Chapel

The most riveting part of the evening was the ‘Interview with Rachel Hunter’. She came across as strong, brave, candid, sincere, down to earth and with her Kiwi identity firmly intact despite living overseas for many years. She handled, with dignity, some inappropriate questions about her personal life, and was keen for audience participation.

Rachel being interviewed by Damian and Nicky from MoreFM

Rachel being interviewed by Damian and Nicky from MoreFM

One of us asked Rachel what advice she had for women to stay in shape given how amazing she looks. We could all relate to her response that we shouldn’t beat ourselves up over a bit of weight gain or loss due to the rollercoaster of life events. She admits to enjoying Cadbury’s chocolate but would balance it out by doing some Bikram yoga or pilates. Being skinny is not the be-all-and-end-all; more important is feeling sensual and healthy. It was surprising to hear that her likely career as a dancer was cut short by catching the infection toxoplasmosis in her teens. She last visited Dunedin in July and described it as “beautiful” – brownie points there!

Items from various lines by Trelise Cooper

Items from various lines by Trelise Cooper

After Rachel’s interview, the main fashion parade proceeded with models from Ali McD Aart Model Agency. We’ve never seen the girls look so beautiful as they did in Trelise Cooper’s feminine floaty dresses. The parade also featured other NZ labels such as Ricochet, Icebreaker and Gregory.

From left: Ricochet, Noa Noa, Sandwich

From left: Ricochet, Noa Noa, Sandwich

Trelise Cooper Boardroom

Trelise Cooper Boardroom

From left: 'Enchanted Garden' dress and 'Check Her Out' dress, both by Trelise Cooper

From left: ‘Enchanted Garden’ dress and ‘Check Her Out’ dress, both by Trelise Cooper

Tinker dress by Coop

Tinker dress by Coop

From left: Trelise Cooper, Loobie's Story

From left: Trelise Cooper, Loobie’s Story

The Finale

The Finale

Thanks so much, Rachel, for coming down to Dunners!

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Two Squirrels Puts Milton On The Map

It only takes about 35 minutes to drive from Dunedin to Milton (at a legal speed). The opening of Warren and Vanessa’s new shop, Two Squirrels Vintage, was the perfect excuse to head there at the weekend. When we arrived, the town was buzzing with activity with both a market and a church fair bringing in the crowds. As well as Two Squirrels, there are several other antique/collectible shops well worth a visit. Two Squirrels was amazing with the best rack of affordable vintage dresses we have seen in a long time including a beauty from the late 1930s! Luckily it happened to fit too. We can’t wait for our next visit to Two Squirrels!

Two Squirrels Vintage Clothing & Curios shop front

Two Squirrels Vintage Clothing & Curios shop front

Clothes and accessories

Clothes and accessories

An eclectic mix

An eclectic mix

Menswear and womenswear at Two Squirrels

Menswear and womenswear at Two Squirrels

Games and toys – wish we'd bought the duck!

Games and toys – wish we’d bought the duck!

A selection of collectibles

A selection of collectibles

Showcasing Milton…

Milton main street and Tokomairiro Community Church

Milton main street and Tokomairiro Community Church

Market in Milton Coronation Hall

Market in Milton Coronation Hall

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Wesley’s Window: Opshopping and Why It’s the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Introducing our guest contributor, Wesley Fourie, who is not only super-stylish but has a real eye for a bargain.

Since appearing in Wesley Wears Where?, a few people have stopped me in the street saying that they love my style. As flattering/embarassing as it is, the most recent encounter of this kind got me thinking. A well-dressed lady approached me in the street and told me it was great to see a guy pull off women’s high-end clothing. She proceeded to ask me what I was wearing and, when I told her one of the jackets was from an opshop, she looked absolutely bemused. As an avid opshopper, and having a mother who is potentially the best bargain hunter in the history of New Zealand, I totally forget that some people don’t embrace the art of opshopping wholeheartedly, especially in Dunedin, the second-hand store capital of New Zealand.

1960s jacket from a hairdressing salon in Nelson bought from Butterflies Hospice Shop (Hanover Street)

1960s jacket from a hairdressing salon in Nelson bought from Butterflies Hospice Shop (Hanover Street)

There’s a certain thrill about opshopping which keeps me so keenly obsessed. It’s the fact that roughly half the time there’s nothing that works for me or, if there is, it’s a size 6, so I broken heartedly strut out empty-handed and pretend like I’m okay that a Martin Margiela top is being sported by a mannequin older than me and it’s being sold for next to nothing. “Why not buy it and sell it on Trade Me?” you might ask. Because that’s not what opshopping is about; it’s not some moneymaking career. I’d rather be depressed at 3am gnawing through a third pack of Tim Tams, questioning why the earth bestowed upon me child-bearing hips and shoulders fit for a body builder than know that I ripped that gem away from someone who would have seen it, been so excited they had a heart palpitation, and have it become a wardrobe staple.

String art boat from an Oamaru opshop – only cost $2!

String art boat from an Oamaru opshop – only cost $2!

That is a true story, by the way. In Butterflies a few weeks ago, there was a stunning small top from Maison Martin Margiela for $16. And if by chance the new owner of that top is reading this, I hope you thrash that beauty to death because it is chic as.

Long top by Melanie Child from Toffs' $2 rack (Princes Street)

Long top by Melanie Child from Toffs’ $2 rack (Princes Street)

Another example of why opshopping is my favourite pastime is the fact that I’ve bought so many antique toys and knick knacks from ReStore that my dressing table resembles the entrance to Plato Cafe. And every single one of them cost no more than $2 and they are probably worth more than my weekly rent.

Knick Knacks purchased from various opshops

Knick Knacks purchased from various opshops

Lastly, my best second-hand shopping find ever wasn’t from an op-shop but from Inside Out which sells second-hand designer clothing. I found the Invincible coat from NOM*d’s A/W 2002 Clarion range, my most cherished item of clothing undoubtedly. It is two trench coats, halved, reworked and stencil-printed. I would have paid 20 times more for it and it would still have been a bargain. Recycled stuff is one of the reasons I dig NOM*d so much.

NOM*d A/W 2002 Clarion coat from Inside Out Clothing (George Street)

NOM*d A/W 2002 Clarion coat from Inside Out Clothing (George Street)

Clarion coat detail

Clarion coat detail

Opshopping can be hit or miss, but once you find your first gem you will be addicted. You have been warned!

By Wesley Fourie

Elvis clock – another opshop find

Elvis clock – another opshop find

PS My fave op-shops and second-hand shops are Butterflies, Shop On Carroll, Inside Out and Toffs (I’m all about that $2 rack life).

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