Hmm. It is a rare thing that I do not know where something came from. I often buy black trousers from second hand shops as they go with everything. The top... I have no idea where it came from, but I love it with shorts, skirts and trousers. Goes great with orange accessories. Probably got the top at Savemart... as it is the best place for finds here. I wish I could live, here, on the edge of the national park... but have K'Road at my doorstep. The retro shops along the sea side of K'road toward Symonds street are just soooo cool and reasonably priced. It is 5 or so hours to get there by car, so I make do with what I can find here. Over the years there have been some good finds locally...but it is intense keeping an eye out for the rare item rather than just having a stroll...window shopping and and exploring the mega retro stuff avalilable in parts of Auckland. Lately I have become aware, on the occassions, that as I browse the shops in Auckland... I am 30 or so years older than the rest of the browsers. This worries me. Have you ever heard the saying "mutton dressed as lamb?". The lime green jacket has been a favourite winter wear for about 15 years. LOVE the polka dot lining.
Photos by Charlotte-10 years and Ella 12 years
Monday, April 30, 2012
Ninety days to go! Day Ten's 'number' is a purple dress with gold buttons. I found this lurking at the back of the wardrobe. It has been long at some point and a previous owner has cut down the length. It is a little short for my comfort but I did wear it out and about today...on a wet, wild and windy Taranaki day. I have since (last night) taken the gold buttons off and attached a frill from another damaged outfit...so this dress may now appear again later in it's 'upcycled' state! I have had the patchwork vinyl bag for about twenty years. It is loud primary colours. I love it so much that it hangs on the bedroom wall and mostly I don't use it in case I damage it!
Photos by Ella -who is 12
Saturday, April 28, 2012
This very brown smock dress from the 1960's suits the misty autumn day we had today! Leaves dropping all over the show and low mist and drizzle all day in the hills. Makes me feel like Kathy from 'Wuthering heights'. This smock has been 'home made' with very tidy hand stitching. I wonder about the woman who made it...not massed produced but fabric selected that she liked and then sewn to fit her shape. Who was she? These 'finds' always make me ponder questions about previous wearers. Who will wear them after me?
Photo by Ella.
Photo by Ella.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Todays little number is a very purple and blue coat that is 'upcycled' from retro fabric. I love to wear it with yellow sandals. I have had the beads about twenty years now. I am still having to use a borrowed camera due to mine being drowned in the water bottle. A sad and sordid story that I need to let go. Hope the images aren't too grainy. Photos by Ruby and Ella.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Last week I got the pottery 'support crew' (Suzanne and Cecily) here to help me through the first firing of my 'new' gas kiln. It is LPG gas and I find it a little scary. It is interesting how many potters get excited by flame and fire...but not me. Any way we got her started and could almost hear her breathe a sigh of relief at being fired after so long. She has been idle at our place for over a year and I think that prior to that she was idle for quite a while. Some of her firing records are from the 1980's. However she is an 'oldie' but a 'goodie'. She ramped up quietly and was easy to control till about 280 degrees. Then we discovered a gas leak. So sadly, we had to reluctantly shut her down with the work unbisqued. We are waiting for the gas fitter to come back sometime this week and fix the leak in the pipe. Then we will try again! For the record we took these photos of the work all loaded just before we lit her for the first time. Do I look 'beside myself' with fear? Because I was!
I have had this dress about ten years. I love the high waist that drops from the bust (empire style?), the square neckline and large pockets. It is a delight to wear. So free and flowing. Recently I saw some knee high, white lace up Doc Marten style boots in Cuba Mall. I have spent the last two weeks regreting that I did not buy those boots. Would soooooo go with this dress!
Photos by Ruby and Ella.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Day Four and a bit of a set back! Went for a run and got back to find the camera awash in water from my drink bottle in my bag. It is now not working. Having to use a back up till I can sort it. I LOVED that camera. So the images today are a bit out of focus. This top has lovely little pockets on the hips. Great to wear with skirts and trousers. I use it as a quick 'fix' back up on mornings that getting dressed is all too much of a rush!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Recently I was in Auckland to visit my daughter at Elam Art School. I had a chance to go to the 'remade' Auckland art gallery. Soooooo cool. Words escape me. It has been done so well. I love the giant flowers opening and closing in the foyer and the red blossom flowers in the water feature at the door. I used to live in Auckland and spent lots of time at the gallery in my teens and twenties...that makes it 20 years ago....jeeze where does the time go? It is just such a delight to see the gallery developed like this...and how they have opened it out visually to Albert Park. Nice.
Hmm. I loathe photos of me. This 100 days project is starting to do my head in... (and it is only day 3!) It is pushing all my 'aging' buttons. Today my 12 year old daughter took the photo. The combination of colors in this dress has always been a favorite... BUT it was once very loose on me. (10 years ago)... I am trying not to be too precious about it. I think the dress was late 1960's but it has had a frill at the hem and bow added. It is a thick material and prickly fabric...possibly curtain fabric and not that comfy to wear.
Photo by Ella.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
I am hating the new blogger interface. It is making this a nightmare to do. Guess it is a learning curve and I will get better. Today I am wearing a top that was a dress. The dress was sooooo bright and flowing that I had to reluctantly cut it down to a top... to even have a chance of wearing it out in public. The label says it was made in Hawaii. I like to wear it with hibiscus flowers in my hair to work. It is made of beautiful soft cottony fabric and has such lovely detailing in design around the neck.
Photo by Clyde.
Photo by Clyde.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Waa hoo! Tonight is the first night of the 100 project. Cataloguing the 'collection' starts. But tonight, of all nights, Blogger has changed stuff about how it works and I am struggling to work out how to load and work with new posts! Oh well, it may be a 'simple' post this first time. Got this dress for $5 a couple of weeks back on K'Road in Auckland. I am picking it is 1960's or early 70's?I used to live just off K'Road 20 years ago doing a Political Studies degree...a long way from where I am now, living on a farmlet on the side of Mount Taranaki and teaching 5 year olds. I love the zip front of this dress and the big functional pockets. I hate pink, so wearing the dress is a problem for me...but it is functional and as a Capricorn I like that. I wore it today and Clyde took the photo. Each day for 100 days a new retro outfit from the collection will be posted and a new person will be asked to take a photo of the detail they like.
Photo by Clyde
Photo by Clyde
Friday, April 6, 2012
The 100 days project is an online 'live' project that evolves over 100 days. 100 designers over 100 days and 100 projects. This year I am doing a project starting on 20 April. For 100 days you must repeat a design operation of your choosing. The operation must be repeated in some form every day and it must be recorded for eventual presentation. The medium is open.
More about the 100 days project and the 100 projects can be found at this link.
My project is called 'Dress ups'. For 100 days I will 'catalogue' my retro clothes collection by dressing up in a different outfit. I will wear it to work and photograph it at some point during the day...sometimes the whole outfit..sometimes the detail...and record it on my blog. Recently the collection has got out of control. I have been thinking a photo of each outfit on the wardrobe door would make life alot easier trying to get ready for work each morning. I see dress as an expression of my creativity and have always been attracted to those photos of Tokyo youth dressing up in unusual ways. There is a name for it but I cannot remember what it is. Also I like the Blyde dolls idea...dress ups and photos.
An interesting 'off-shoot' will be that I can't take my own photo so will have to hand the camera over to work mates to record the outfit.