10 Lessons on Creative Integrity from Areez Katki

10 Lessons on Creative Integrity from Areez Katki
Areez Katki is a Persian-born, independent textile practitioner based in Auckland, New Zealand. He specialises in creating pieces of knitwear & apparel that are locally crafted by hand. Each body of work is carefully researched and the materials he uses are considered, ethically sourced and are limited editions. Areez considers himself as an object maker and craftsperson, having worked with his hands since the age of 9. Areez has developed a creative practice that places emphasis on maintaining integrity of originality, developing ideas from a range of sources and working symbiotically with other makers.
We were excited to have him join our #MediaArtsWintec fashion class for a guest lecture as part of Ramp Gallery’s public programme.  Areez has work in the current exhibition ‘Beauty is in the Street’.  You can check out more details of this work or get details of upcoming artist talks at Ramp Gallery.
Here are 10 things we learnt from Areez’s talk:
1.    There is no rule book, it’s all about intuition and compromise.
2.    Research is important. Derive inspiration from the things around you, from sculpture, buildings, history, trees, a cane chair.
3.    Fossick through shops, family history, through wardrobes.
4.    Travel, explore and document, there is so much inspiration to be found outside of one’s comfort zone.
5.    Embrace playfulness in your creative process, ideas, colour, line can develop into something meaningful.
6.    Collaborate. “Collaboration can work in your favour when you are a young practitioner.”
7.    Draw. It can often be playful and ideas can form out of blank spaces of your mind. “I often embrace this meditative state and ideas flow from this continued practice.”
8.    History is a place to draw inspiration from.
9.    Stop competing and help each other. Embrace symbiotic relationships with other creatives. Be helpful, offer advice and nurture one another.
10.  Look for inspiration outside the internet. Contextualise, document your research, record your experiences and acknowledge your sources. Make work that has meaning.
Thanks again to Areez Katki for sharing his words of wisdom. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with his amazing work! See more of his collections on his website. 
Keep up to date with the Ramp Gallery programme here.

Award success sends graduate to NZ Fashion Week

Award success sends graduate to NZ Fashion Week
Garment from Mitchell's collection. Credit: Photowellington.com
Garment from Mitchell’s collection. Credit: Photowellington.com

Wintec graduate Mitchell Vincent has been named best ‘Emerging Designer’ at the Miromoda Māori Fashion Design Awards 2013.

His unisex collection entitled ‘Vapour’ was made from white knit and organza materials. Mitchell, from Taupo, says the inspiration behind his ready-to-wear collection comes from the steam drawn from geothermal fields that generates electricity.

“This range is something that is truly personal to me as a designer, inspired by not only my hometown, but also my iwi of Ngati Tuwharetoa.”

Judges felt the collection told a story and went beyond current fashion trends conceptually.

Thanks to his win, Mitchell’s collection will be showcased at NZ Fashion Week September 6, 2013 in Auckland.

When finishing his Diploma in Fashion Design and Practice at Wintec’s School of Media Arts, Mitchell was followed by photographer Shane Morton for a photomation video that can be viewed here.

Coverage of the event in the Dominion Post
Coverage of the event in the Dominion Post

The Miromoda Fashion Design Competition was created to offer opportunities for emerging Māori fashion designers to participate in the fashion and apparel industry. Miromoda organises the annual Māori Fashion Design Awards Competition, this year held at Pipitea Marae, and a showcase at NZ Fashion Week. Designers are challenged to look beyond trends and business restraints to advance the artform. The Miromoda competition acknowledges the importance of commercial potential and the opportunity for Māori fashion designers to showcase their designs.


More than a Rumor

Julia Crickett and Rene Aveyard say it was their shared love and dedication towards fashion and the industry that got them to where they are now.

Both graduates of the Diploma of Fashion Design and Practice from Wintec’s School of Media Arts, they are also proud new owners of Cambridge clothing store, Rumor.

Julia and Rene, both from Cambridge, jumped at the chance to pursue their dream when Rumor went up for sale earlier this year.

After some renovating; building window-boxes, painting and adding a designated jeans area, they re-opened the store on February 1 2011.

The friends met whilst studying at Wintec and say that completing a course that mixes fashion design and business practice helped them get into the fashion business industry.

“It was ‘The business of fashion’ paper that really opened our eyes to what we could achieve”, says Julia.  “When we are buying products we now know what fabrics are of high-quality”.

Rumor is located in a prime position on the corner of Duke and Victoria Streets, in the Cambridge city precinct.

They currently stock a mixture of their own hand-picked labels and that of the previous owners.

“At the moment we have a range of street-wear, but by Summer 2011/2012 we hope to stock 100% of our own selection of labels”, says Rene.

When discussing the future their focus is to extend their range instore, develop and stock some of their own brand, achieve a more prominent online presence, with a long term goal to eventually create a chain of Rumor stores.

Check out their current store on their Facebook page.


Wintec Fashion Design supports Hospice Fundraiser

Second year Media Arts Diploma in Fashion Design students channelled the 1950’s as their latest practical placement consisted of combining 50’s fashion with the inaugural Hospice fundraiser.

Fourteen students were each given a $50 voucher to spend at Hospice stores throughout the Waikato and find garments they could recycle.

Their challenge was to re-make these items into a fashionable outfit that screamed 1950’s and could be modelled by the students in a fashion show at the Hospice fundraiser.

The show was one part of the Hospice fundraiser called “An Invitation to Afternoon tea”, which was held at the Cambridge Town Hall on Sunday 3 April 2011.

The event was driven by volunteers in an effort to both celebrate the past and look towards the future by fundraising and auctioning Hospice and donated items to the public.

Tickets sold to over 180 guests that arrived on the day, and the CEO of Hospice Waikato showed their congratulations towards the students’ efforts, with a thank you letter and photo of their outfit.

Fashion students revamp for Hospice

Second-year students from Wintec’s Fashion Design and Practice programme took part in Hospice Waikato‘s inaugural high tea and fashion show earlier this month, restyling vintage garments from Hospice stores into innovative new designs.

Each student chose up to $50 worth of garments to use in their designs, which were available to buy in the Hamilton Hospice shop on Victoria St after the show.

The event, called ‘A Touch of Class from the Past’, was a great success overall, raising over $10,000 for the new Gallagher Family Hospice in Hillcrest.

Read the Tempo pre-event story here and view images from the day in the gallery below.

All photographs courtesy of Jody Saturday – website www.jodysaturday.com

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‘Generation 0ne’ Fashion Runway Event

 The inaugural graduands of the Diploma in Fashion Design and Practice showed off their collections on November 26th 2009, along with a collaborative collection from the first year students. The runway show was a great success, and a triumph for students and staff. Photos by Geoff Ridder. 

Read the Waikato Times’ Tempo article here.

Read a review on fashion site Thread.co.nz here.

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