Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Blog I love!


So I found this thing called Edublog where you have to nominate the best educational blogs. I want to nominate Amiria Gales Art Blog because I cannot even imagine how many people she has helped move up a grade or two. Her imagery is inspirational, her advice is priceless and she really knows and understand the curriculum (Cambridge A levels). She is totally dedicated to her sight and replies to students from all over the world on how to improve their work, or clarifies how they approach the brief. Not only that but she is an exceptionally talented artist herself. I would highly recommend this blog to all students who are studying art no matter what qualification they are going for.

My paintings from 2008 while doing AS course work. My mark was 100% and I have Amiria Gale to thank for that.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dear blogspot

This big inter web is ever changing and evolving. It is hard to keep up! Consequently I have jumped camp. I now upload my photography here. Tumblr is a much faster way of uploading, I post almost everyday!

I also run FASHIONPHOTOS and soon will be regularly updating this with street style photos and more...

I am also working on WATCH THAT SPACE

Lots of love and farewell,

Nikau Gabrielle

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Just a few photos I have taken on my travels.

Ten Things about St Petersburg

1. Russian girls are tall. They also wear 4 inch stilettos* which make them really really tall.

2. The sun doesn’t set until 2am in the morning. Night time is the same colour as dusk. The light is soft and everything has a pinkish glow.

3. Every where I look people are pashing! I have even snapped a few accidental photos* of this happening. St Petersburg is the most romantic city I have ever been too. I see so many girls walking around with bouquets of flowers. (Kiwi boys take note!)

4. People smoke inside malls and restaurants.

5. The Metro here is the deepest underground train system in the world. The trains themselves are old school too. When the lights flicker on and off I try not to think about this fact.

6. There are no houses here. Everyone lives in 20 storey high rise apartment buildings. Some look fancy and others are run down.

7. Vodka is almost as cheap as water. It wasn’t a stereotype after all.

8. Russians drive dangerously fast.

9. I have seen a bear cub, a goat and a cat on a leash in the middle of the city. Do Russians have a thing for animals on leashes*?

10. Russians are really really good looking people*.

*photos coming soon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Servilles Desert Storm Show Continued..

These were some of the more arty photos that I managed to get on the day and have worked on a bit. I really like this kind of photography and I like the mood in the photos.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Servilles Desert Storm Show


The other day I was in my friend Ezra's Servilles Hair Dressing Academy Graduate Show. We started at 10 in the morning and spent all day getting ready. Hair, make up, styling, touch ups and a considerable amount of waiting. Some of the hair styles were absolutely wild! My hair looked incredible! I had a weaving on the side of my head. My make up was done by Gigi who is a very talented make up artist. Ezra was the directer of the show and had to co ordinate the entire event as well as get his own models ready but he pulled it off. It was full! The show had started and I was still getting my false eye lashes put on! Luckily I was last on the runway...

I saw so much talent and creativity that day! These were a few of my favourite backstage picks!

I'll be putting some of the more art ones up a little later.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

In the Now

I have officially no more classes to attend at Elam and yet I am more motivated to go into school then ever before. I have an essay due and it requires all my brain power and more. It's about Contemporary Art, a subject that never sises to confound me. (Thank you Peter Shand.) The artist I am looking at is James Turrell and his material is pure light.  Figure that one out...

1. I was making a wish with a dandelion. 2. My neighbour and his skate board. 3. Dewy morning spider web. 4. Exhibition called 'Vernacular Painting' at Starkwhite Gallery on K Road. 5. Pre Exhibition Snack and Smiles. 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sculpture Inspriation

I searched and I found inspiration in this artist: Sarah Sze. She inspired me to clean out our over cluttered cutlery drawers. You know those dark corners of your house that you never want to venture in to, for fear of what you might find because it hasn't been cleaned out for the past 5 years. Yes, well this was one of those areas. Armed with rubber gloves, boiling water and a bottle of detergent I under took the task of cleaning (sterilising) the 90% of junk we didn't use in these drawers. Three hours later I had three bags of sculpture materials...

My favourite sculpture is this natural coloured one. Who ever thought skewers, chop sticks and bricks would be so interesting? Sculpture continues to confound me. After resisting it for three weeks I am finally coming to terms with it.. And its due on Wednesday. Eek!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Searching for Inspiration

Two more weeks of Arts School left and then I have 6 weeks holiday. I am studying sculpture at the moment and struggling with the meaningless brief of creating a sculpture for the purpose of creating a sculpture. Specifically with found objects that have no personal, political or emotional context. I am going crazy.

This rose is so beautiful. If Hope had a colour it would be the colour of this rose.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Karangahape Road

I walk along K road almost every day and there is always some thing or some one interesting. My favourite time of day to walk along K Road is 6pm because everything comes to life.

Sadly, Margritte, one of the familiar faces of K Road usually asking me for a dollar or a smoke, died. Where she used to sit people had created this beautiful little shrine in her remembrance.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies!

When Easter Rolls around I bake. I found this awesome jar and it was crying out to be filled up with cookies! I usually bake cakes but this batch turned out so good! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Market and Parnell

The other night myself and a few other friends went out and shot some photos. It was freezing cold and I wore three pairs of socks, gloves, hat and a scarf. Here are some of my favourite picks.

Father and Daughter moment



Sunday, April 17, 2011


I went tramping this weekend! It was an epic adventure. We even lugged the camera along so I will post the photos soon!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Inspiration: Bill Cinningham

Yesterday after much encouragement from my cousin Isaac I went to see the Bill Cunningham New York movie and I was blown away by his honesty, modesty and passion for photography. He is constantly working day and night; on the streets in New York, at runway shows and at glitzy fashion events. I always feel self conscious about photographing strangers but he has it down to a fine art.

Grey Lynn Park Festival 2010 
I took this photo last year and it is one of my favs. I am constantly looking at the way people dress. I would love to take photos of people on the street! I just have to be brave enough.

Monday, April 11, 2011


I was at Grey Lynn Park the other night taking photos with my good friend Misha. Playing on swings was my childhood obsession. Maybe thats why I love swinging trapeze so much. 

photos by Misha