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Hard News: Invasion of the pagan matrons

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  • Hadyn Green,

    Quilter's is where I get my rugby programmes and stuff. I was annoyed by the move to Cuba because I can't browse in my lunch hour

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    Quilter's are open on Saturday now? Score!

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    It's great that things which were once ghettoised as 'craft' are now 'art', and can be lavish and crazy and weird if the artists feel the urge. (And also that more traditional 'craft' is so much more valued than it was previously. I note that I'm typing this next to an ad for Felt...)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    Riddiford Street is the new Cuba Street.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    Does that mean Cuba Street is the new Upper Hutt shops?

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • Kirsten Brethouwer,

    I was there roaming Wellington with a group of ten Waiheke women. I did think we were youngish in comparison to most other obvious groups. After thursday opening night WOW we had great fun at the MIghTy Mighty two nights in a row. Shame the City Art Gallery didn't open until Sunday, just as we were getting back on a plane. Apart from that we all thought it was to be repeated. Wellington=good girlie city with lots of shopping and bars that serve cocktails in teacups.

    Waiheke Island • Since Nov 2006 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    the heart of the Cuba quadrant

    Oh puh-lease... when I last lived in WN the council were trying to pretend it was Paris (Left Bank anyone?) with their "Lambton Quarter" "Cuba Quarter" signs etc... and now they want us to believe it's Westminster?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    It would have been hard to choose a more unfortunate acronym for something that is "for, by and about women" than WOW, since that is already pwned by World of Warcraft.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    already pwned by World of Warcraft

    Well the wearable art did come first.

    However, a surprisingly large number of women play WoW.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4458 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    However, a surprisingly large number of women play WoW.

    Or at least by men who like to play as female characters.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    I still haven't gotten over WoW moving away from Nelson. In large part because (due to my parents being there) it was feasible to go at least every 2-3 years.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    I still haven't gotten over WoW moving away from Nelson. In large part because (due to my parents being there) it was feasible to go at least every 2-3 years.

    After the third time all the entrees start to look the same though.

    "Haven't we seen that crawling crab couch before dear?"

    "No, it was something similar but made of aluminium cans and gull feathers."

    "I thought that was the dancing goat faced baby?" etc...

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    After the third time all the entrees start to look the same though.

    That's why you skip a year or two :-)

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    After the third time all the entrees start to look the same though.

    It's surprising how much similarity there is. And the organisers are quite ruthless with grouping all the like stuff together. You've made a Marie Antoinette dress? Yeah, well, so have all these other people, so yours had better be great.

    I'm not fond of anything that looks like I could buy it from a clothing shop or rent from a costume hire place. But there are many sparks of orginality among the giant lizards and grass skirts.

    But the wearable art itself isn't really what's worth going there for. It's all about the stagecraft - the choreography, lighting, sets and theatrical trickery. That's the real star of the show.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    However, a surprisingly large number of women play WoW.

    Or at least by men who like to play as female characters.

    For further enlightenment...

    Nick Yee: WoW Gender-Bending
    Wow.com: Boys that Play Girls that Play Games

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    pwned by World of Warcraft

    Only among geeks, I'd venture.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    It would have been hard to choose a more unfortunate acronym for something that is "for, by and about women" than WOW, since that is already pwned by World of Warcraft.

    I'm more concerned that wearableart is supposed to be one word. Bring on WOWA

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Yeah, Left Bank of what? Even with rain like today and the Bucket Fountain going full bore, Cuba St is hardly the Seine.

    I think it all comes down to Kerry really wanting to be Mayor of Paris, but failing on account of neither being French, or any bloody good. So she tries to infuse pretension into Wellington and spends half her year on overseas jollies.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Maze,

    "I thought about the extent to which WOW is for, by and about women. More than two thirds of the 33-strong production team, including the event's founders and creative leaders, are women."

    Having spent a bit of time there Fashion Week in Auckland is the same, it's run by and for women.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2007 • 29 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Lagarus Ovatus En Masse is totally going steady with Frank from Donnie Darko. I also really need to get my act together and write about WOWA from a Pretty Pretty Pretty perspective...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    However, a surprisingly large number of women play WoW.

    I was making a joke, btw, not attempting a threadjack. I'll just be amused by anyone out there attempting to Google the Wearable Art and ending up wading through Warcraft forums about designer armor and mounts.

    Re genderbending in WoW, I have to say the more interesting thing to me is why women don't tend to do it, not why men do it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I remember reading about some gender research that showed most men would give being a women a go but most women would prefer being a dolphin. Long ago, no refs.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    most men would give being a women a go but most women would prefer being a dolphin.

    My parents were fond of telling us we could be anything when we grew up, so when they asked my brother Rick what he wanted to be, he replied "oh, a skunk or a cannonball".

    my big bro at work

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Heh! Give your big bro' A+ (yep, know the French) for total originality...

    any female human who knows anything about some dolphin behaviour (Tursiops truncatus I am so looking at you), or the parasite load most species carry, would emphatically reject being a dolphin...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • kmont,

    I appreciate the WoW entries that are less costume-like and more haute couture art that can be *moved* in. The garments need to work with the performative nature of the show; grab attention in what can be a very busy show visually, and have a strong conceptual element that translates well but is not too literal.

    So to my taste the entry by Wellingtonians Hayley and Fiona that won the 2009 Runner Up Supreme WOW Award & Winner Creative Excellence Section - Fold was outstanding.

    It is called Second Skin.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 485 posts Report Reply

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