Monday, September 22, 2014

{ For the Love of It }

There is something really satisfying about finding the time to do your own projects outside of work, and around family life. Having recently bought a house we have a growing list of things which we want to improve, change or replace. One item on the list is replacing the old letterbox out the front - a simple job really, but not when you want something other than what Mitre 10 has on offer.

I sat down one afternoon and got to drawing some ideas. The most interesting were these geometric shapes. I selected one design, and set about making a cardboard model only to realise that I may have bitten off more than I can chew. However, I am determined to succeed! We have a friend who is quite the handyman so I think an afternoon of experimentation with a sheet of MDF is in order. This may be one project which may not come to fruition, but not through lack of trying!

Carina x

Friday, September 19, 2014

{ Out & About }

I'm very excited that The Black Keys are bringing the world tour of their new album Turn Blue to New Zealand next April (go here for more about the tour). If you're a fan of blues inspired rock & roll, extremely good looking guitars and great lighting shows, then I'll see you there.

One of my favourite moments from the last Vector Arena show was when a gigantic disco ball dropped from the rafters, bathing the entire stadium in an ethereal glow that almost eclipsed the amazing guitar and vocal work of lead singer Dan Aurebach. 

I'm really looking forward to seeing some older heavyweight tracks like Lonely Boy, Gold On The Ceiling, Little Black Submarines and I Got Mine mixed with the new album classics Weight Of Love and Turn Blue. The only downside is having to wait seven months to see the show 

These photos were taken by Noah Abrams on their last tour – a fun job indeed!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I'm pretty excited to be able to blog about my clever fiancĂ© (that never stops sounding weird) and his brave jump from being a desk-bound tv editor to becoming his own boss and starting a career in ceramics. Part of the reason we moved on so quickly from our last house was the need for studio space. Over the last two years our garage has transformed into just that – complete with a potter's wheel, slip casting station and kiln.

Since the launch of Taus, I'm so blown away with the support and enthusiasm of not just friends and family, but complete strangers from all over the globe. As well as being stocked in some really beautiful stores around NZ, Tim's beautiful ceramic Hip Flask has so far hit the shores of Australia and the US and his newly launched Diner Coffee Cup is on its way to Norway.

The future of Taus seems bright and it's so special to witness someone so kind and genuinely creative fulfill his dream. And on top of that he gets to marry ME! This guy's got it all right!

See you next month
Emma x

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Monday, September 15, 2014

{ For the Love of It }

It's always so great to do your own creative stuff – not for work, not for a client – just for the love of it.

Last week I wrote a bit about my recent trip to beautiful Rarotonga (ah, still basking in the glow of that week in the sunshine…). While I was there I had a glorious afternoon to myself, and got stuck into some artwork, using a pencil and supermarket water colours (which came in an impressive and unusual colour palette!). 

I'm not really sure what I was inspired by – I just started to draw and this is what I made. It reminds me a bit of the kind of crazy patterns with contrasting backgrounds you see in African wax resist textiles.

~ Amy

Friday, September 12, 2014

{ Out & About }

Recently I was lucky enough to escape to Rarotonga for a week's holiday with a couple of my girlfriends, their partners and kids, and my friend's mum and dad. It was amazing to get a break from winter (and work, shh!), feel the warm sun on my skin, get in the water and hear the wind rushing in the palm trees overhead. 

We took leisurely walks along quiet roads, kids on our backs or pottering along side, snorkelled in the crystalline water (so much fun!), and generally took it pretty easy.

When I travel one of my favourite things to do is go off on solo walks and take photos of the things that captivate my imagination. The colours and textures, the shapes, the light and shadow… I love how when you're in a new place you tend to take even the smallest details in with an open sense of wonder and delight. 

I think it's really important for creative people to get out and about regularly in some way. These are valuable times of input, in a life where most of what we do is about output. 

Back in rainy Auckland now and all I can say is: roll on summer!

~ Amy