One down

Finished the first backpack! Ran into a bit of trouble along the way: the leather I'm using is salvaged offcuts and not as thick as the brand new stuff I've used in the past. The design I started out with was suitable for heavy weight hide, but with some slight adjusting I got there in the end! Even incorporated corduroy lining, which is a first for me. I'm no seamstress so I won't lie, took me a looottt of hours! �� as they do when ya startin out.... ��



A thing that's been of interest lately: How can we know for certain that what science proves is objective truth, when truth is supposedly always steeped in subjectivity?

1. Nature vs Nurture: Is Anatomy Destiny? article by Megan Bénéat-Donald, read it here. She talks about how failing to interrogate information fed to us by scientists can have dangerous real world consequences. Such as evolutionary scientist Stephen Pinker who believes that women are innately unable to perform the same cognitive tasks as men, and is working hard to prove it. She demonstrates how his research is problematic though, and how if left unquestioned this sort of 'truth' can really fuck it up for the ladies.

2. Carl Sagan actually talks about this same problem some 20 years ago in this video. He stresses the need for pluralistic points of view in science, also the constant need for skepticism so that it remains democratic and open to change and debate. 
I think it's pretty genius they got Neil deGrasse Tyson to front the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey huh, and also that it's written mostly by Sagan's wife. Even my mum who's a reverend, genuinely believes in Adam & Eve, and usually has no interest in outer space or the ecosystem, is getting into it.

3. Einstein's Big Idea is pretty cool, the re-enactments are helpful if like me you need something visual to soak the info. Shows how throughout history major scientific discoveries were made because individuals made an effort to challenge the status quo, like y'know, Einstein. Also shout outs the lesser known lady scientists who made huge discoveries in an oppressive male-dominated game - such as Lise Meitner, the first to split the atom. Watch below.


fallen worship

I seem to find beauty in the most banal things. As a child I grew up going to an all Tongan church in Mangere. Each Sunday me and my older sister would be driven out there by our mum at 10 in the morning, and wouldn't return home until about 4 or 5 in the evening. It was a modest chapel near the KFC and Three Guys. It had a kitchen and mess hall with wooden floors and you could see your breath in the winter time. I didn't understand Tongan language or care much for the word of God, so I found ways to assuage the boredom by playing games in my head and with my fingers and limbs, watching the way other kids and adults moved. The priests always spoke in solemn tones, except during sermons where they shouted at the congregation like an angry parent. There was a sense of formality on the surface, tinged with giggles and cheek that seeped through the cracks like sunlight. I never really vibed with other kids bar one or two, and developed a sense of oddity from this that I guess lingered on into later years.
Memories of pearly white Jesus, rotting wood and rusty nails in an empty playground, candle wax on white robes, the way light falls on a wall, stray dogs pissing on lamp posts sniffing thru garbage, tags etched into pews, plastic flowers bought from the $2 shop down the road, a kinda grandeur played out at the altar.

 Oil paint on photos of trash, by Clare Falkenberg. (images via The Jealous Curator)

Bath & Body Works Haul by Drew Yauch I honestly don't know if this is real or performance, perhaps best not to think too much into it. (via Hipster Runoff (RIP)

Haunting ambience of America's abandoned shopping malls. (via Buzzfeed)


New Loot

Nimbus, Sundial, and Vertibrae midi rings. Hand forged with recycled 925 silver.

Over at the shop > hunisofia


MIDI Sprout

Art collective Data Garden have created MIDI Sprout - Biodata Sonification Device, a program that converts the biorhythm feedback of plants into beautiful ambient synth music.

"Here's how it works: you wire up a plant to the hardware, which then gauges the electrical signal of a leaf and converts its energy reading into MIDI, transferring it to a series of software synths. Changes in the biological processes of the leaf (e.g. a reaction to light in its environment) is assigned a random number that corresponds to a MIDI note, allowing the data flow to be read as MIDI – and in the process, creating an electronic composition."
This not only has great implications for the way we understand and harmonize with biodiversity, but also for "the therapeutic effects of biofeedback art on people",  based on "converting the atmosphere and energy in a room into audible music that reacts to what’s happening in real time."

For more info go to the MIDI Sprout Kickstarter page here

Quoted words via Dazed Digital



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Omaio dayze


Sold out

The Choke Chain has now sold out! And as much as I hate to say it, because it's my favourite, I won't be planning on continuing this piece, as some of the materials have become too difficult to source. Unless I order up large from China - which is neither very ethical nor sustainable. Alas, I am forced to evolve. Exciting things on the horizon! Keep your eyes peeled


new frontiers

I was really taken back by these interstellar double-exposures snapped by the ever brilliant Sunday Misfits. Their subjects are Auckland's @Peace, who held a screening at Auckland Stardome Observatory & Planetarium recently for their new album release. I'm gutted to have missed out on what sounds like an exciting and mind-blowing experience, for local music and otherwise, but reading the Misfits' account of how it went down lovingly paints a clear picture. Thanks ladies

"El Truento’s production is something sort of like it would sound like just before a big bang or right after.  I don’t know how to describe it but his experimentation is bold.   Whenever I would get lost in these new sounds, I could always hear Brandon coming through with the keys or the drums.. he would always play just enough to bring me back to earth.  Layers of melodies and verses was like a trip too, like you were curated through their thought patterns."

Quoted words and polaroids by Sunday Misfits, see here


Green scheme

Sending these and some other babies off to the brilliant 203h on K'Rd, run by the brilliant Hannah-Lee Jade. I'm stoked to join the K'Rd game, and to be amongst other NZ visionaries also sold at her store such as Nymphets and Antipodea 




Here's a beautiful and haunting piece of music for your somewhat-scientific listening pleasure: What Tree Rings Sound Like Played on a Record Player.

Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has custom-built a record player that is able to "play" cross-sectional slices of tree trunks. The result is his artpiece "Years," an audio recording of tree rings being read by a computer and turned into music, much like a record player's needle reads the grooves on an LP.
The tree rings are actually being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. According to Makezine, the custom record player takes in data using a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm, and relays the data to a computer. A program called Ableton Live then uses it to generate an eerie piano track. [Listen to the Six Spooky Sounds from the Deep]
Though the record player "interprets" rather than actually "playing" the tree trunk, as Gizmodo notes, the song still varies with each new piece of wood placed on the turntable."

quoted words here
seen via Cosmic Compositions




Here is the lookbook for my current collection PRISMS. It is a sort of mood board, rather than an exhaustive look at products. Getting the right team together was quite the mission, but in the end paid off in ways better than expected. All the women listed are such professional, talented, hardworking gals with a brilliant eye. From fashion designer to graphic designer to boutique hair stylist, I couldn't have asked for more. I'm not a forceful person by nature, and prefer to collaborate on projects rather than direct them, so it was awesome to have people I could trust helping to bring my vision to life. And oh, even the weather on the day was ideal. <3 <3 <3

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science of sound

Looking for relief while watching the ice hockey between Canada & Sweden @Winter Olympics last night, I was lucky enough to catch a very interesting and inspiring documentary called When Bjork Met Attenborough. Just as its title promises, the two discuss the science of sound: the relationship between music and the natural world; how music stimulates brain function and growth (explained by "the Attenborough of Neurology" Oliver Sacks) and ironically how it is also one of our most innate ways of communicating; song is more naturally predisposed to us than language. It does not fail to impress! The bizarre technology she uses to achieve certain rhythm, mood, and melody in the recording for Biophilia, is most fascinating! Contraptions such as Tesla Coil, Gravity Harps, Sharpsicord and other inventions powered by natural energy sources, imbue her songs with the cosmic vibrations of the earth itself. And seeing her blush when Attenborough tells her he's a big fan, is heartswelling.

You can watch it here (in certain countries..): http://www.channel4.com/programmes/when-bjork-met-attenborough/4od



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Sooo this is my first ever jewellery collection folks :D Leather goods to come....... ;)

Hope you're having a lovely time of it.

Here's a song from a San Francisco band from the 1960s called The Fairytale. The level of pure conviction is high in this song. I added it to a Youtube playlist I just made called Psychedilia, some other gems on there also.  ^_*