We arrived in Wellington midday on Thursday and the sky could not have been bluer. Upon arriving we pulled our luggage out of the overhead lockers, I turned to Isaac as I donned my straw hat, “I wonder how long it will take for me to lose this to the winds of Wellington.” We then disembarked onto the tarmac and my hat was immediately whipped off my head by the aforementioned winds and took off down the runway. I was both amused and mortified to see my bonnet roll off like a tumbleweed on speed towards another parked airplane, the staff member standing with us on the tarmac was equaling amused as she spoke into her walkie-talkie. As we watched, Isaac laughed while I wanted to melt into the concrete of guilt, a highlighter yellow four-wheel-drive chased my shame. A man jumped out of the vehicle and chased it that final 10 meters as the treacherous hat was making one last concerted effort to escape. He brought it back to us in his bright yellow car. I have rarely been more embarrassed.
And that that how we started our Wellington adventure.
(the hat of shame was not worn again for the duration of our trip)
On friday we caught up with Pepper Raccoon for lunch at Origami on Cuba street. I say “caught up” but really we were meeting for the first time in person as we’d only chatted online previously. It’s interesting when you meet someone for the first time after only ever chatting via Twitter and then Facebook, just before we had lunch Isaac expressed that he was worried Pepper and her husband wouldn’t like us. I was a little worried myself until I remembered that my twitter cover image is a giant squished snail face, I think it gives a good first impression along the lines of ‘I’m lovely and equal parts strange.’
Pepper and Pete are so wonderful, we had a great time chatting them and eating all of the sushi. So much sushi. Pepper is the mastermind behind Pepper Raccoon and designs enamel pins, patches, and apparel for individuals with flair. She’s a badass babe who is a hugely talented illustrator, designer and is just simply the loveliest person. Check out her website; www.pepperraccoon.com, find her on twitter; @pepperracoon, and buy her stuff, she is one kiwi artist worth supporting!
We have been talking about potentially doing a collab project sometime early next year. No promises yet, but I think working with Pepper will be a lot of fun!
After having lunch with Pepper and Pete, we were invited back to their car to do a shady carpark pin swap. While we were chatting, a dude was manhandling his car and swearing quietly to himself directly behind us. He felt it necessary to explain to us what he was doing, we felt that was a good time to say our goodbyes and leave weird man to his car.
That evening we got to spend the evening with Rachel Lynch, also known as Sock Review! We spent the evening eating a ridiculous amount of fish and chips (was that necessary considering our large lunch? Probably not) shooting the shit together and we put Isaac to work stapling Rach’s zines ready for Zinefest. We were there for the conception of Rach’s new zine, the Lemon Zine. A proud zine parent moment for us.
Wellington Zinefest was awesome, we met so many cool people. We also sold out of one of our prints for the first time. I had several people buy my ceramics through various methods, I even managed to send a paypal invoice so someone could buy a couple of necklaces. That was a hilarious ten minutes trying to quickly write an invoice while ignoring everyone else at the booth. It was a good day.
I’m now at risk of making this post too long so I’ll do some quick highlights. The Wellington Zinefest after party was great, performances from Scarlet Lashes and Nat Attack left us in tears it was so funny. At one point my husband and I found ourselves clutching each other, crying/laughing on the floor of the Pyramid Club in the middle of their song, “I Only Fucked You As A Joke”. Scarlet Lashes was followed by Gold Medal Famous, who were also friggen awesome.
Rach bought a ceramic pin, then Becky from the Zinefest committee bought a pin, then ALL of the staff at Unity books, seeing Rach and Becky’s pins, bought all my fox pins. Rach, Becky, I want you to be my agents.
We pretty much spent the rest of our trip in Wellington at the heals of Rachel, who showed us the town. We went to the Wellington City Art Gallery, the home of Garage Project and ate way too much fish and chips. It was awesome.
Needless to say we came home with a new respect for the awesome people of Wellington and Rach and I are already planning a summer road trip. It’s going to be the best summer ever!
Thank you to all the people who came and said hello to us at Zinefest, thanks for liking, buying and supporting our work. Thanks Rach for showing us Wellington and introducing us to all your awesome friends. Girl, you have the hook ups!
Until next time