Me and my best friend Pearl call it Procrasti-baking. I’ve reached a point in my life where I have had to become all grown up and shit. This means I actually have to plan out my life/degree/country of residents, pay for health insurance (wah) and god forbid–do my taxes. It has been about a month now, ok maybe a couple months, of shying away from the scary amount of word documents and emails I have to read and write. Every time I get a moment to sit down and start, I end up drooling over various food blogs, spending hours deciding what to bake and finally spending the rest of the day baking and don’t forget, cleaning up my mess. It got to the point where I actually had to get on a plane and fly back home (oh yeah btw, Hi everyone I’m in NZ) so I that I could get some paper processing done. So here I am, with the entire day ahead of me, writing a post about how I am procrastinating, while the table is covered with four cook books and not to mention the six food blogs open on other tabs, as I simultaneously contemplate my next baking endeavour . Keep reading…
There is something magical about being greeted with a lei. Not only is it a sweet gesture but that sweetness remains with you all day as you float around enveloped by beautiful smells of puakenikeni, plumeria (frangepani), gardenia, or jasmine. I remember when I came to Hawaii for the first time, Austin’s mum greeted me with two lei and I will never forget that feeling of warmth, love and excitement. You can buy lei from cute florists littered around Hawaii but you may also notice hundreds of plumeria trees and other flower varieties speckled around every neighbourhood which gives you the option to make your own. The above flowers are called puakenikeni or tuber rose and is probably the most delicious smell I have ever come across. This bunch was picked by Austin’s tutu (grandmother) and his wonderful mum showed me how to make a lei with them. The process is simple. First you pick, then you cut, then you thread! The photos and captions below are pretty self explanatory!
Cut them the stems off on a diagonal!
Thread three to four head first on this long lei making needle.
Pull through on to the ribbon. For plumeria lei you use dental floss.
There is something interesting about taking photos of people looking art. It has this weird double impression thing going on. It has this weird double impression thing going on. Like I’m making art about people who are looking at art. Observing the observer observe. You get my drift… When I was in New York I had one of the most overwhelming art experiences of my life at the Frieze Art Fair. I was not only fascinated by the artworks but the kinds of people who were attending. I was talking to one of the gallery owners, from Norway, and apparently all the art dealers, buyers and critics had already been through on Thursday and Friday. It was a Monday, the final day, only the general public remained and boy, what an attractive, sophisticated and international bunch of people. What follows are photos of the art and the audience I saw at Frieze.
Travel can be stressful sometimes, especially when getting from A to B involves a 10 hour flight plus another two hour subway ride-that you haven’t really planned out (much to my boyfriend’s horror). I know the first time I came to NYC I didn’t even know what a subway was but this time round I was a little more prepared. Actually that is not true. I was completely unprepared but felt ok about this and I will try to explain why. It is easy to be overwhelmed with public transport. So many signs, so many stops, so many routes and so many god damn colours on this map. Here is the thing, this is a public transport system which means that everyone should be able to use it sufficiently. I would like to think that my intelligence and practicality level is slightly above average, not bragging or anything, but I figure if this kid next to be isn’t stressing out I shouldn’t either. Which is why I turned up at the airport with just an address and the name of the nearest subway station. (Hey and there is always Google Maps.)
Our biggest fear when it come to travel is not being able to find something but the answer is simple, just look up, 9 times out of 10 there are signs to help you out. The next step is reading them very carefully and ensuring you know your approximate destination whether this is the next stop or the general direction, for example, uptown or downtown. Lastly, I try to keep a few things in mind before I start spinning out; I am in a rush? Do I need to be somewhere? Usually the answer is no to both these questions because the reality is that the most important thing is the present and at this present moment the are a million pathways your could take so be excited about the freedom and endless possibilities!!! Here are some photos taken by myself and Austin from our adventures last week.
To be continued…
This morning I jumped in the water for the first time since we got back to Hawaii a couple days ago. Usually I would have been keen as beans to get back on my board but an enormous and unusual South swell welcomed us home. Waikiki and all the breaks that we usually surf are pumping. We are talking, waves with faces the height of four story buildings (!?!). If you are a kiwi you might remember the MASSIVE storm that tormented the North Island for a couple days. Yes well, that same storm has traveled 7000 km here collecting energy and power on its journey. Isn’t that incredible? Naturally I have kept my distance, preferring to sit and watch nervously, praying that everyone will be ok.
I have been going through the ton of photos that I took in New York and I am excited to share them with you. There are so many good ones that I think I will have to do a few installments. New York is an incredible place and for the first time in a while I felt… 100% comfortable in my own skin. That sounds strange and I can’t tell if it came from that exhilarating free feeling you get when you travel or maybe it was the effect of the city, or a combination of both.
I want to show you these photos but I also want to recommend some things to do if you are ever in New York. More importantly I want to let you in on the yummy eateries we accidentally stumbled upon. Keep reading…
This is Robin; photographer, artist, ultimate awesome person and my classmate at the University of Hawaii. We did Printmaking #113 together and for our final project Robin made these origami aloha shirts. The brief was about resilience which refers to something that has endured adversity, been changed or damaged but still remains true to its original form. Robins Aloha shirts’ deal with resilience on two levels. Firstly, she started with printed rice paper, which she has folded in a particular way to create an aloha shirt. Using wheat paste she has chine-colled (glued by rolling through the press) the shirts onto beautiful print paper. Both the folding and the pasting are reversible processes, allowing the rice paper to return to its original form. On a deeper level Robin is talking about the resilience of the Aloha shirt. I am a little obsessed with aloha shirts myself which is why I love her print so much but if you think about it- aloha shirts were first created in the 1920′s but continue to endure. Back in the day there was this thing called Aloha Friday which was like casual Friday- businessmen could be free of their shirt and tie and don an aloha shirt. Eventually every day became Aloha Friday and this continues to be the typical formal wear for business peoples. Aloha shirts are not reserved for business peoples, as you can see Robin looks pretty fly in her one too. My favourite thing about this artwork is the three coloured pineapple print. I can’t wait to see what she designs next…watch this space @sarahxrobin. Who wants one!
Robin showing me how to fold aloha shirts origami styles.
I am currently sitting in the living room of my cousins apartment in Alphabet city, NYC. We are on the fifth floor but sound travels to my window. I can hear traffic and occasional street activity. It is my third day in New York and I am trying to savor every moment. I want to return to each day and write a detailed post but until then, this quick one will have to suffice.
The photo above pretty much describes my day. Glorious. I caught the ferry from East 35th Street Ferry Dock. I literally booked and paid for my ferry ticket as I sat on the bus heading for the dock. They only accepted pre-booked tickets! So thankful I have internet access via my phone. I was the last to board the ferry and we were off before I had even found a seat. I highly recommend catching a ferry if you are ever in New York city. It is lovely being on the water and it gives you the chance to take a step back to admire the city from a far. It was the perfect way to start to the Frieze experience.
The first thing I saw was this enormous Jeff Koons blow up red balloon animal, looking striking next to the long white marque. I walked in and immediately felt a buzz of excitement. Not the hectic chaotic kind but a calm, intellectual hum. The marque was 200 meters long and about 50 meters wide. It was divided into three rows containing tons of booths that were divided by flawless white walls. Within these booths were galleries from all over the world, exhibiting their most exceptional artworks and artists.
It was a pretty incredible sight and I am definitely coming back next year. I saw so many inspiring things and while the work was of such high quality I did not feel overwhelmed or intimidated but motivated to reach the same level of presentation and resolution.
Did you know Kerikeri was the first capital city of New Zealand? It is a funny coincidence. A few weeks ago Austin shot these photos with Kapital, a luxury Japanese clothing label. Their editorials are incredible and are shot all around the world by their in house photographer Eric. As you can see by the photos below, they really liked working with Austin, so they called him a couple days ago asking if he wanted to do a five day shoot at the end of this month. And of all the places in the entire world they picked Northland New Zealand. We will be based in Kerikeri for the shoot, a small rural town, which happens to be where my brother lives. I am seriously over the moon.
Which brings me to my next point: Any models interested in the opportunity come hang up north and shoot with this incredible photographer for a couple days, email me!
photographs by Eric Kvatek
The last time I was in New York City I was 18 years old and I had a head cold. My best friend literally dragged me through Times Square, down into the busy subway and through overcrowded places like Chinatown. Needless to say I hated it.
My grandmother had insisted that I go to MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art. It wasn’t far from our hostel so I walked there. The moment I stepped into MOMA and left the noisy street behind me, I felt a huge sense of relief. The tall white walls engulfed me and let my senses relax. MOMA was so spacious, clean and calm, everything that New York City isn’t. I spent the next 6 hours wondering up and down the different levels. I lucked out on an incredible photography exhibition and a Monet retrospective. Below are some photos from MOMA and also the Metropolitan.
My grandmother is a painter and passed on her appreciation for art to me. I think she also passed on her gallery stamina because I can literally spend a good 20 minutes staring at a painting. Next Friday I am flying to NYC for a Summer School Art Trip. We will be visiting galleries and art festivals, attending artist talks and checking out artists studios. I am very excited and the coolest thing about this trip is that I am staying with my cousin Isaac!! If you know my cousin then you will know how much fun my trip will be.