I’ve been caught up in my head lately, or rather, I’ve been working on intense stories that have confounded my ability to write freely without getting swept away in my intense emotional world.
I find it incredibly hard to fake happiness and I generally wear my heart on my sleeve, unless I’ve ripped it off intentionally, thrown it on the floor, jumped up and down on it a few times and later returned to the scene to rescue the remnants. Sometimes it feels like a total massacre.
I’ve just finished some work on a collaborative series about Begging in New Zealand, followed closely by a multimedia package (audio, video and articles) around perinatal depression. I had a very short turn-around, which invariably added to the stress and some heightened emotion. Needless to say, I feel a bit burnt out, so forgive me if I haven’t been blogging a lot lately…
Working on these kinds of stories is so rewarding, but ultimately tough-going and it’s hard not be affected. The women in the perinatal depression story were incredibly brave in coming forward and sharing their experiences. I found myself with tears streaming down my face as I was editing the audio—that’s how powerful the stories are. If you have time and you’re curious to read and hear some of my work, take a look here.
Fortunately I’m moving on to lighter things at work (for now) and I definitely need a breather.
You’ve probably noticed by now that I don’t smile a lot in photos. I can’t smile on-demand and it always feels extremely cheesy. But these were some quick iPhone snaps taken by a friend at work who always makes me laugh.
I’ve been wearing these amazing wool overalls a lot lately. I had them custom made by Steve Hall, a young award-winning menswear designer and Massey University fashion graduate who showed his collection at New Zealand Fashion Week this year. I totally fell in love with his aesthetic and had a few garments made (probably a hell of a task given that I’m barely 5ft and Steve had to downsize the patterns for me) —thanks Steve!
I love the over-sized feel of these—almost like wearing a child’s romper—they’re not restricting in any way and just feel like me. I basically never want to take these off.
I also had Steve customise a long black pleated overall dress from his NZFW collection—I die for pleats—and have been wearing it to work too. I love supporting New Zealand designers and these are the kind of pieces I’ll be keeping in my wardrobe for years to come…