Femme Rebelllion was a team effort that started as an interview and became a creative project that included photographer Joshua Dey, Make Up Artist Tallulah Maclean from @look.bomb and Stylist Havilah Label. The shoot/interview was later published by Acclaim Magazine.
“Most of us would have seen aunties around our neighborhoods with similar outfits on. The pride they hold for our indigenous clothing combined with amalgamating into a foreign space and just wanting to stay fit. This became the focus of this shoot” – Nirvana
What does tattooing mean to you? I think it means a different thing to each individual and everyone does it for different reasons. It can mark a memory, be a form of self-expression, or a piece can really just speak to you. It is a really hard thing to explain, but then again art alway is right? By Aleyna Martinez.
“Tattoos to me are time markers, they tell a story of where and what you have been through.”
– Blaze The Emperor
‘MONA LISA STUDYING ART’
This shoot was a study of Golden Hour but also a play with contrasting street wear in nature. Rangitoto Island which is dormant volcano is at the back. The shoot was styled by Whitney who also modeled with Luke from Vanity Walk NZ.
There are points in your working life where you can no longer call up your mates and ask if you can pay them for a job in clothes – luckily for Sian Kolose and I this was not then. We both sourced our favourite Auckland characters and told a story about fashion, food and being young and ‘on’ in Auckland City.
“There are way more mixed kids growing up here than there was when I was a kid. It feels cool that there’s something that they might be able to relate to [in what I’m doing]. But at the same time I feel just as passionately about Polynesian or Māori struggles as I would for African New Zealanders. A lot of the fight here is for all of us. That’s why I’m not trying to fight for space for African New Zealanders. I want this space to be for people who can identify with what’s happening in the way that we live our lives. I just think that we’re all still minorities, but together it’s like a collective kind of thing going on. The more space you create the more space that’s created.” – Jess B.