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Yuka

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Yuka

Tokyo-born Yuka O’Shannessy is dedicated to connecting people and craft. As one of the founders of An Astute Assembly, she shares work by local and international artisans and teaches traditional techniques that help preserve goods for life. Recently, Yuka led our Kintsugi workshop in Auckland. Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese technique of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted with powdered gold. We caught up with Yuka to learn more about wabi-sabi philosophy and discuss the importance of craftsmanship. Story photographed by Neeve Woodward.     Japan is embedded in tradition, how did you find adapting to New Zealand culture? I...

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Julia

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Julia

When she was five, Julia Cheng only took a few ballet classes and participated in one Christmas performance. It wasn’t until she was 18, when she took her first street dance class that she realised she wanted to be a dancer. While lack of previous training prevented her from studying dance at university, she found her way through drama theatre & performance studies. Since then, Julia has trained in Austria, New York & Israel. She commissions works and teaches dance in institutions internationally: she designed outdoor work at the British Council Cairo in Egypt last year, taught workshops in Spain...

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Fashion Revolution – who made your clothes?

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Fashion Revolution – who made your clothes?

To recognise the five year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, we are supporting Fashion Revolution Week in advocating for positive change in the fashion industry by sharing profiles of the people who make our clothes. #kowtowxfashionrevolution

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Gidon

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Gidon

Gidon Bing vessels and Kowtow garments share an understated craftsmanship and sense of purpose. Gidon & Kowtow founder Gosia discuss the creative processes and challenges of making ceramics and clothing. Story photographed by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle.   Gosia Piątek: When I first saw your ceramics, I noticed they were quite perfect. I was trying to work out how they were made, because they’re not spun on wheel – are they poured into a mould? Gidon Bing: It’s a process called slip casting which has been around for thousands of years. It is effectively using a negative mould and pouring liquid...

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Beth

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Beth

As one of the four founding directors at Makers of Architecture, Beth Cameron has played a fundamental part in the design of our new workroom, and our flagship store opening early next year. We met with Beth to learn the myriad of things that influenced her career. Story photographed by Yoan Jolly.     Tell us about your upbringing and background... My parents brought my sister and I up on a beautiful lifestyle block on the Geraldine Downs, South Canterbury. This land of rolling hills, bush clad pockets, flat plains and scenic mountains provided a framework for a semi-rural lifestyle,...

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