It just keeps on getting better! Even though some of it was painted without permission, we love it just the same!
If you’d like to see even more Dunedin street art, take a tour following the ‘Street Art Trail’ map here.
After 24 hours of flying, courtesy of Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic (rather than under his own steam), Ross is happily settling in with the swans, Canada geese and mallards, on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Reading. Here’s some of the sights along the way.
It’s time to reflect on the year that’s just ending. Let’s start with some of the multi-talented guys we’ve enjoyed featuring this year. In alphabetical order …
The captivating frontman of The Veils dazzled us with his musicianship when the band played at Sammy’s in July. The Veils are currently back in New Zealand and will be performing locally at Rhythm and Alps at Cardrona near Wanaka (New Year’s Eve).
This American musical prodigy changed direction to become an economics/mathematical hotshot and now works at the University of Otago. But he still finds time to wow audiences with his bass playing at Circadian Rhythm Cafe Friday night jazz sessions as part of the trio Philtre.
South African-born Wesley, model and blogger, has raised the bar of Dunedin man-style, favouring local labels such as NOM*d and Company of Strangers. Check out some of his looks here.
This locally born music legend has brought Dunedin’s beautiful scenery to our attention through his photography. Greetings cards featuring Alan’s photos can be purchased from Digiart and Design (Port Chalmers) and Portobello Gallery which also sells his prints. This week, the Sunday Star Times rated the re-released 1988 Snapper EP (Flying Nun label), in which Alan plays drums, as a musical “standout” of 2013.
Where would the Dunedin cultural scene be without Frits and his exuberant partner in crime, Debbie? Their stylish cafe, Purple Rain, is the perfect venue for musical extravanganzas and retro parties. Frits’ extensive knowledge of vintage clothing and collectibles comes in handy at Dunedin’s Vintage Roundups.
Local musician Richard shows that Dunedin musical talent is alive and kicking. He is the lead singer of Males who have recently released the album ‘Run Run Run/Males Males Males’. They opened for The Veils in July and will be supporting Die! Die! Die! at Chicks Hotel on New Year’s Eve.
Flamboyant Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate, Sam, is alas no longer in Dunedin, having chosen to pursue his dream of becoming a designer across the Tasman. His acclaimed capsule collection of menswear was much admired at iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2013.
Central Otago-raised artist Jon (of Dunedin’s Moodie Tuesday) designs some of the best t-shirts in New Zealand. You can find them on celebrities including Colin Mathura-Jeffree and X Factor’s Tom Batchelor. His original artworks are highly sought after. Jon was one of the artists featured in the ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor’ exhibition held in Wanaka in November.
With much anticipation, we headed to Motion Sickness Studio to interview Jon Thom, creator of Dunedin-based fashion label Moodie Tuesday. His studio is sunny, warm and alive with creativity as well as technology. Jon made us feel very much at home, as we settled on comfy couches to talk about his work. Jon’s artistic talent, passion for his label and drive to succeed is a winning combination. He is positively brimming with ideas.
Jon was born in Christchurch but spent most of his youth and high school years in Clyde. Five years ago, he moved to Dunedin to study at the University of Otago. He initially intended to become a doctor but did an about turn, ending up with a degree in design and art history, having enjoyed art at school. Design helped him understand the rewarding process of taking an idea and seeing it through to the final product – in his case, seeing someone wearing one of his designs.
The Moodie Tuesday label was established in 2012 and made its first appearance at iD Dunedin Fashion Week this year as part of a capsule collection. The label concentrates on well-tailored shirts, tees printed with Jon’s own artwork (frequently images of iconic figures such as James Dean and Jack White) and crew neck sweaters. The clothing is all made locally (utilising Dunedin’s skilled seamstresses) with an emphasis on quality and practicality. While Jon takes care of the creative side of the business, his cousin, Chris Brun, acts as managing director and production manager, dealing with the finances and working with the employees.
The above photo was taken from our post What We Love About Dunedin, Salisbury Boutique.
A new initiative is the production of limited edition dog bandanas (“we all have dogs”) each with its own leather collar – extraordinary value at $30 with 15% of each sale going to Paw Justice. These really are super cute! Dog shirts are in the pipeline – we can’t wait to see them.
There are some exciting new plans in the offing. The seamstresses may move into the studio rather than working offsite. Moodie Tuesday wants to move away from the traditional two collections a year. They plan to release eight limited edition garments every two months, essentially one a week. Another plan is to make garments for two weeks and then travel for two months, selling the items in pop-up shops in the style of Comme des Garçons’ ‘Guerrilla’ stores. Jon doesn’t believe in money tied up in stock but rather keeping the brand exclusive with small amounts of stock, but still accessible.
Jon still finds time to keep up with his own artwork (he doesn’t sleep much). From 27th July, he’s holding an exhibition called ‘Youth Knows No Pain’ at The Artist’s Room (2 Dowling Street). It will show young people in various emotional states. Jon now likes to produce some of his art with Moodie Tuesday in mind (what will look good as menswear) while keeping other ideas strictly for artworks.
When we asked Jon what he likes about living in Dunedin, he had plenty of good things to say: the landscapes (his latest collection is inspired by Long Beach), being able to walk everywhere, the sense of community and having friends close by. He doesn’t think the weather’s that bad either. We agree!
In ten years time, Jon would like to be known for being successful in his creative ventures and Moodie Tuesday to have an international presence. He would hope to have a big yearly art exhibition of his own work and would love to have travelled widely.
Not one to skite, he never let on that he was head boy of Dunstan High School, Class Act and a rugby star to boot. We are impressed! Thanks so much Jon – we really enjoyed interviewing you.
The Moodie Tuesday collection can be purchased from their online store. Select items are available at Slick Willy’s and Salisbury Boutique.