Site Specific Spaces:
Our original space (2nd Floor, 9 Marion St) gave us inspiration to create pieces that fit the space nicely. This space is a small, centrally located (CBD, retail/cafe precinct) artists studio. There was a bay window which allowed lots of natural light into the room. There was also the potential to explore the role of the ‘studio space’ in art and design practice, and play with the ‘open studio’ pop up retail model.

After reflection on Rachel Rakena's and Simon Morris' lectures about site-specific art and installations that spoke to the gallery layout, we thought about creating out works based around the dimensions of the space. Simon Morris talked about referencing the space in the artworks which was something we found would be important to compliment the architecture of the studio. We talked about creating work that would fit nicely into the main area of the space as well as in the 'glory spot'- the bay window.

The location of this studio meant that we would gather an audience of many demographics - our friends, those interested in conceptual retail spaces and members of the public outside of our social circles that facilitate the area.
However, after this space fell through, we were left unsure the of where the new space would be and what size it was. Under time pressures and not knowing where we would be exhibiting at the time we were to start the making process, we decided that creating work that was modular would allow us more flexibility. The work was a modification of our initial ideas for the Marion St works, but the modularity allowed it to situate in various spaces.
The new Egmont St location was just around the corner and drew a similar crowd of people through. The dimensions of the space were still limited which allowed us to focus on one stand out frame piece with a few more works to display, and we still had plenty of natural light to work with. Although we lost the dialogue around the ‘studio’ space, we ended up closer to our original concept of using a retail adjacent space. It was cleaner, and on street level, with the capacity to engage with ‘walk-ins’, though egmont st does have relatively limited foot traffic.

If we had more time, a site-specific space could have been a huge benefit to us. We could have thoroughly explored the floor plan and how our works could work in that area. There would be the opportunity to thoroughly experiment the limitations and offerings of a space and how our work could speak to and alongside it. A more permanent space would have allowed us to be more ‘heavy handed’ in our installation - affixing things to the floor, ceiling, and more exploratively on the walls.

Addressing Space

Contact Details
Ug: email-
[email protected] 0276739336
Miri: [email protected] 0275050688
Tay: [email protected] 0220792754
Breah: [email protected] 0274782018

Goals and Purposes

Proposal Notes

Tay: approx how many works/objects might we expect? What form might these works take (in vague sense)

UG: Keen to work collaboratively on fewer refined/ well made pieces- emphemira to add to exhibition?

Working Title/s; Group Title?

Concept, ideas to explore, reference points?

Tay: Been marinating a bit - would be cool to find some exhibitions/writers/artists who articulate this position well but - I feel like as we all are in the design schools as opposed to art school, I would personally feel more confident presenting a ‘design exhibition’, but push against/hard on any notion of design? Like needn’t be commercially viable/useful necessary... but heading that way from design perspective rather than art that looks / feels ‘designed’... anyway I’m waffling interested if anyone agree/disagree?

Weird display riffing on retail but more bold/styled/experimental, not a pop-up shop. Coherence through collaboration -

Context - Looking for similar shows or artists working on similar things - experimental retail spaces. Important to look for a local precedent.
Our work, working collaboratively within areas of fashion, textiles and object design to function within an explorative retail space.

Roles etc;

How should we be organised

Try and meet once a week or more, bring something fun to play with to every meeting - material, drawing, idea etc
Site/Space : What aspects are we looking for? Should we speculate about what kind of space want or respond to the space we find?

Tay: Interested in natural light, and potentially an outdoor aspect? Dunno tho. I’ll contact Olivia RE: ex enjoy space

City, natural light, public access, can be a little DIY (put things in walls etc), one room of approp’ size to full it nicely with a few pieces, available for a few days during the day

Talk to Bridget from Prefab !

Budget/Resources - how much are people willing to spend etc? What resources do we have access to that are free/cheap/abundant etc? Prob important to think about if things are made together, understanding who will take the work after the show is over
UG: Im in for a weekly contribution but depends if anyone is stretched a bit thin. Also have spare bank acc if we need haha

Communication Channels - this drive document? Are.na? FB? Instagram group chat?

Audience: who/how etc?

Tay: I am interested in broad audiences, different age groups etc but thats kinda GOALS might not be realistic - invite closest by primary school/kindergarten etc - kids looking at art is kinda sick imo
Communication - social media, poster, FB event, other? People we might wanna work for? Like cool retail/art/design people etc,

UG: Could work on a general platform facebook etc but also look at interesting fun NZ publication (like LOANDBEHOLD etc) to draw in interest from extended art fashion scene. Specific Industry specific invites too?

Ephemera - objects for sale... book/publication

Works

Chairs
Coat Hangers
Garment Racks
Stools/Surfaces
Non-Bodily-Mannequin
Framed Fabric/Garments Mounted in Glass
Lamp/Hooks/Objects etc
Huge Coat Hanger to hang up sheets/fabrics

Timeline:

Things to bump out quick if poss’? When Suits to meet?

Tay: I am free & on campus pre’ much everyday all day, just studio on friday arvo and monday arvo

UG: same same

Show Dates: Sept. 23–Oct. 11
Tay: Probably by the sounds of it - not j a one night event? Open for a few days? I’d be keen/happy to gallery sit a day in a space

USE THE CLASS TIMELINE TO STRUCTURE THE HAND IN -

GIVE THE BIG MOMENTS WEIGHT/SIGNIFICANCE

TIE THE REFLECTIONS TO THE PROJECT
CRITICAL REFLECTION -

WHERE DO I RETRIEVE THE KEY INFORMATION/IDEAS

WRITING:

Moving between key ideas of subvert, play, reference....

Use a single voice - and be aware of those implications

Engaging, exciting - think of the reader - find something good and copy it

DRAFT SOMETHING throw it out - get feedback -

Simple - practical - how it was made, how it came together - etc

If it’s a takeaway thing - a bit longer

If it’s to read in the space - 300 words is plenty - possibly use a nice quote -

Figure it out through writing and through language -

CONVERSATION WITH ANDREW ABOUT HIS SPACE

SPEND SOME TIME TOGETHER COMING TO TERMS WITH WHAT THE WORK HAS BECOME - REFLECT ON IT - BEFORE IT OPENS

SO WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT IT
HAVE SOME DIALOGUES DEVELOPED BEFORE IT OPENS

20 emails

WHAT YOU LEAVE IN THAT SPACE WE WILL SEE AS YOUR INTENTION

A difference between a turn and a curve - bends not curves

initial working document

Aspirational retail aesthetic

SMALL OFFICE (home office) presents new work by Emma Cornall, UG Boyd, Miriam Hinder, Breah Lucas, Alex Whitfield & Taylor Groves. The works are explorative design outcomes, expanded practices from ‘viable’ commercial disciplines. Moving fluidly between collaborative, experimental, and and resolved ‘ready-to-wear’, the work was pieces. What follows is an iteration, developed through ongoing conversations about shared motivations & distinct perspectives.

Located in the SoHo Apartment Building, adjacent to Ghuznee St, ‘SOHO’ is where these works have their sights set. The title SMALL OFFICE (home office) is borrowed from JianWai SOHO (Beijing SOHO), a contemporary mixed use development that includes apartments, upmarket retail, dining, and corporate office. JianWai SOHO is in turn named after both Soho, London and SoHo (‘South of Houston’), Manhattan. SOHO is both in dialogue with local design, fashion & retail cultures, while aspiring to international touchstones.

list of works:

Star Hooks
steel
Alex Whitfield

Selvedge Dress
Wool
Breah Lucas

Sleeves
silk
Emma Cornall

Handbag
cotton
Emma Cornall

Garment Racks
steel
Alex Whitfield, designed in collaboration with SOHO group

Screen Printed Sack
cotton
Breah Lucas, Emma Cornall, paint by Alex Whitfield, photograph by Tom Britt

Glitch Weave
mercerised cotton
Miriam Hindere

Skirt
silk
Emma Cornall

Parachute Dress
silk
Emma Cornall

Fused Yarn
polyester
Miriam Hinder

Skirt
silk
Emma Cornall

Handbag
polyester
UG Boyd, Emma Cornall

sales by inquiry welcome

semi-final thru to final wall texts