I’m so inspired by Frances Hodgkins. I love the way that she took on the world, knew her own mind and was open to all possibilities. She was a trailblazer that explored, experimented and forged her own path. When I think of her, I always come back to these thoughts and feel inspired by this empowered woman.
Frances Hodgkins painting in her studio in Bowen Street, Wellington, circa 1905, retrieved from NZ History
Her painting style and its development over the years is one of my favourite things about her. I like the way that she embraced the different movements of her time – impressionism, post-impressionism, fauvism, modernism to name a few – and combined them to create her uniquely personal style. It was fluid and intuitive, and true to herself.
This goes hand-in-hand with her compositions and the subject matter of her paintings. I love the way she combined still life with landscapes, and the way she was able to convey the perspective of such vastly contrasting subject matter in a perfect juxtaposition that works together seamlessly. She painted en plein air and had a little box of still life trinkets and vases that she would take with her and set up in situ.
... And I like the idea that these precious items went with her on her journeys. She’s inspired me to collect my own selection of vases and still life pieces:
Everything we do is focused around empowering women and making them feel great. We draw inspiration from trailblazing women like Frances Hodgkins. She was independent and well-travelled (which wasn’t so easy in the early 20th century!), simultaneously defying the boundaries of the time and forging the path for the contemporary women of Aotearoa.
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Gynaecological cancer. How much do you know about it? ...Yeah, we didn’t know too much either! Which is why we chatted with very inspiring woman and the founder of the Talk Peach Foundation, Tash Crosby, so we could understand how to protect ourselves. This is IMPORTANT stuff - like the fact that one New Zealander dies every 48 hours of ovarian cancer alone (that's more more than melanoma). Please read our interview with Tash below - you won't regret it.
Are you looking for a new read to get lost in this summer or some last minute gift ideas for the holiday season? Well, look no further! I’ve put together a list of books that I have been enjoying lately and also some that I am really hoping to get to over the next few weeks.
Summer is here and we couldn't be happier about it! Even better – our summer artworks by the talented Claire Redford have arrived. We chatted (remotely!) with Claire about her new works, Just Past Paradise, and a summer to look forward to after what seemed like a never-ending lockdown.
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There are three body measurement points that you need to know to ensure a great fit – bust, waist, and hips.
When taking your body measurements, wear the undergarments you normally wear for the most accurate results. Use a flexible tape measure, or a piece of string and ruler, and hold it around each body point so it is comfortably snug. If the tape is cutting into your flesh, it is too tight.
To ensure an accurate measurement around your body, keep the measuring tape as level as possible from front to back. We recommend measuring yourself in front of a mirror so you can check this from a side view. If you can, get a friend to help you to ensure the most accurate measurements.
Bust: Wrap the measuring tape around your back and where the tape meets across the fullest point of your bust is your bust measurement.
Waist: Wrap the measuring tape around your natural waist, the slimmest part of your torso, pulling the ends to the front. Where they meet is your waist measurement.
Hips: Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your bottom – this is usually low down towards your thighs. As with your bust and waist measurements, where the tape meets is your hip measurement.
Length: To measure the length of individual garments against your body it is best to measure down the centre of your back. To do this, start the measuring tape at either the base of your neck for dresses and tops, or at your waist for skirts. Measure down your body to the measurement listed in the garment description. This will show you where the garment comes to on you. When you are measuring for length, remember to make sure you are standing completely upright – it is best to have someone help you with this. Alternatively, compare the measurement with the length of a garment you already have.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Annabelle – firstname.lastname@example.org, she is here to help.