Friday, May 14, 2010

cat mania goes Korean

cat mania was recently bought to my attention by Gemma and as it so happens, I bought the latest Korean Elle (I like to look at the pretty pictures) to be greeted by a 5 page spread devoted entirely to, from what I could decipher with my limited Hangul, cats!

this happens to coincide with my latest discovery that I can message photos taken from my cellphone to email, they're low quality and blurry and I love it. I wish I had discovered this months earlier, I now aim to post at least one low~fi cellphone picture a day for my remaining 12 days in SoKo.

watch this space.

365 days

Photos from the past year: it has been wonderful

Oh weekend I thought you were never going to arrive

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Super talent

I'm lucky enough to know some really talented peeps and one of these includes David James, photographer extraordinaire who captures the beautiful, oddball and talented mish mash of folks who hang around Wellington.



Cat mania

It seems cat mania has gripped the imagination of the people. They are every where I turn. On TV, the internet, even crossing the road! This weekend I went to 'Cats Galore', a shop dedicated entirely to cat paraphenalia in Petone. It's heavenly. Cat umbrellas, cat pillows, cat mugs! I think I will still be frequenting the joint when I am a 60 year old spinster living in my cat themed house - perhaps I should leave those fears for another day.

My own cat, Tim, died when I was a teen after eating the string tied around a roast. A victim of his own greed he went out quietly to our river bank and died a painful undelicious death. He was a bit of a sassy bitchy cat and never sat on my lap or showed me affection. All the same I loved his tyrannical and moody ways. That's one of the best things about cats, you have to take them on their terms, not yours, they're not afraid to show a bit of sass and their personalities are as diverse and interesting as humans.

Plenty of cat glory can be found at

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

You + Me

Crazy Awesome

I'm not entirely sure I know what these are, but I know I like them ... a lot.
Dennis Pomales creates these watercolour, pen, ink and pencil 'ultraterrestrials' and I want one desperately.

So much goodness

Juergen Teller is one of my favourite artists of all time. He captures snippets of human nature in a way I cannot imagine. His subjects are so unguarded. When I pick up a camera and aim it at my subject I often feel embarrased or apologetic, I fret about the apeture or miss the moment all together. Perhaps this means I was never destined to take any excellent photos. The one plus of these fruitless photographic ventures is understanding how difficult it can be, and the talent required to take a truly beautfiul snap shot. Juergen takes the cake!


If you've never picked up a Steinbeck novel, I thoroughly recommend it. Although at first I thought they were 'boys tales' I quickly changed my mind and became totally engrossed with the characters laid out upon the pages. Winner of a Pulitzer prize and a Nobel prize for literature Steinbeck is a heavy weight in the world of fiction. When asked whether he felt his Nobel he replied "Frankly, no." I have to disagree.

Steinbeck on writing:
"The writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit—for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and of emulation. I hold that a writer who does not believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature."

Monday, May 10, 2010





Type envy III

I love love love trawling through these polaroids of vernacular typography.
nothing beats handwritten, hand painted, weathered, small town signs.