Made In Dunedin
The last time gothic, faraway Dunedin was troubled by the suggestion that it might be a trendy and fashionable place was nearly quarter of a century ago when it kick-started New Zealand's alternative rock revolution with bands like The Clean, The Chills, The Verlaines and a dozen more.
And it's happening again - though in a much more surprising way
Dress-to-depress Dunedin might seem an unlikely setting for a cutting-edge fashion industry, but suddenly that's just what it seems to be, with more than two dozen fashion designers now based in the city, furiously working on influencing the way women dress across New Zealand - and, in some cases, across the world.
For the last two decade, labels like NOM*D and Carlson have helped to secure Dunedin's fashion reputation overseas as a force to be reckoned with. And more labels have swiftly followed.
In part, the Dunedin labels owe their style aesthetic to their birthplace. The rugged coastline, the alternative music scene, the gothic atmosphere, the low overheads and the newly-established degree course in fashion design offered at Otago Polytechnic that's attracting some of New Zealand's most exciting fabric creatives. Not to mention the fashion incubator now operating locally.
Dunedin is literally bursting at the seams with eager-to-impress designers. With affordable work rooms smack bang in the middle of the CBD and willing mentors like NOM*D's Margi Robertson encouraging them to take risks and develop their own style, this new wave of designers is happy to stay put.
Made in Dunedin takes a stylish, music-filled look at Dunedin's fashion explosion, talking to designers like Tanya Carlson, Veronica Keucke and Juliet Fay and discovering this isn't a new experience for the city. In the 1800s, Dunedin was dubbed the "City of Style", being the place Auckland ladies of the day visited for their fashion needs.
Séraphine Pick has haunted the New Zealand art world with
a constantly changing stream of emotionally charged paintings for
more than a decade. They are often faces, figures or domestic
objects, alone or in surprising collage, sometimes fragmented as if
strained by memory.
This film shows the work and life of this prominent Wellington painter. It was filmed while Séraphine was painting Phantom Limb, the work which eventually won her first prize in this year's Norsewear Art Awards. By weaving an informal retrospective of her art with documentary footage of her working life, (including some extraordinarily intimate painting sequences) this film successfully evokes the private internal world of Séraphine Pick the painter.
Pick was born in Kawakawa, Bay of Islands, Northland and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 1988.
In 1994 she was the recipient of the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award, and in 1995 she was the Rita Angus Artist in Residence in Wellington.
In 1999 Pick was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship and since that time the artist has lived in Dunedin, moving to Wellington at the beginning of this year.
Her art is held in the majority of public art collections in New Zealand including Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand, McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Chartwell Trust Collection, Auckland and the Fletcher Challenge Collection.
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