New Zealand Music Month With Our Designers

We love music here at RUBY. To celebrate New Zealand Music Month we chatted to our designers to find out what New Zealand and international songs make them want to dance, laugh and reminisce....

Deanna Didovich, RUBY Designer

Deanna Didovich

Lorde - Team

I love the video clip for this song.

Blackstreet - No Diggity

One of the best songs from my early teenage years.

Roy Orbison - Crying

I always love a bit of Roy and this is one of my favourites.

Everclear - Local God

This one is from my favourite soundtrack, Romeo & Juliet.

Magazin - Sve Bi Seke Lubile Mornare

A Croatian pop hit that I loved when I was a child - it has the best video clip ever.

No Doubt - Just A Girl

Gwen Stefani was my 90's style star.

Emily Miller-Sharma, Liam Designer

Emily Miller-Sharma

The Ruby Suns - Cranberry

This is such a warm song.

The Reduction Agents - Waiting For Your Love

Bring back The Reduction Agents.

Weezer - El Scorcho

Probably my strongest memory of this song is jumping on my friend's bed and singing it loudly. We jumped so hard that a peace lily pot plant fell right off her bookcase.

Paul Simon - Cecila

My friend Sandra played this song loudly my first morning in San Francisco. It was the beginning of a big trip around the States and I still get the same excited feeling everything time I hear it.

Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place

It's hard to explain how much I love this song.

Arthur Russell - Keeping Up

I only really learnt about Arthur Russell in the past couple of years. He is pretty amazing and I recommend watching a documentary about him called Wild Combination.

New Year's Resolutions: Deanna & Emily

With the New Year, comes New Year's resolutions. We had a chat to our RUBY Designer Deanna Didovich & Liam Designer Emily Miller-Sharma about their plans, big and small, for 2014.

ENJOY TODAY

Emily Miller- Sharma, Liam Designer

Emily Miller-Sharma

  1. Get out more – both in my working life (by taking portable work out of the office and doing it at a café or park or city square) and also in my life life. see more plays, go to more galleries, listen to more community speeches etc.

  2. Consume good media – if I let myself, I get overwhelmed by the amount of movies, tv, music and writing that exists which is counter productive because it means I shut down and don't consume anything. so I need to forget about being overwhelmed and just consume.

TOP OF THE LAKE

  1. Leave work at 5 at least once a week – it's easy to just stay an extra hour, half hour, couple of hours every day if I'm not careful which means I just turn in to a go to work, come home, go to bed, go to work weird machine.

  2. Keep pushing – to do better work basically. challenging myself to make cooler things.

  3. Paint more – I feel so relaxed when I paint and it's such a nice thing to do because it's something that is only for me. no one else has to buy it, or even like it.

  4. Take good care of my friendships – goes with out saying. it's just good to remind myself.

  5. Be a good daughter / sister / granddaughter / niece – same as the friends thing, should go without saying really.

  6. Volunteer at the women's refuge – I have been meaning to do this for so long but for no reason just keep not getting around to it. maybe if I say it to many people I will definitely do it.

  7. Generally try to be nicer – sometimes it's hard, especially if I'm tired or stressed out. but a general rule of thumb for me to remember is to treat people like it's their birthday.

  8. Be funny – lol

Deanna Didovich, RUBY Designer

Deanna Didovich

  1. Run the half marathon in October - either that or at least get to 10km!

  2. Give Blood.

  3. Buy a house

House

  1. Have a tropical holiday

What New Year's Resolutions have you set yourself for 2014? Good luck! x

Why Are You Still Here?

pantographpunch

To celebrate the young and creative talent of Auckland city, THE PANTOGRAPH PUNCH are putting on a panel discussion and performance on Friday 30th November.

WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE features a selection of the city’s rising talents including our own Emily Miller-Sharma (designer, Liam) as well as Leon Radojkovic (composer, Dr Colossus, Carnival of Souls, BREL), Anthonie Tonnon (songwriter, Tono and the Finance Company) and Rebecca Kamm (editor, NO magazine) – in a discussion of what it means to work creatively in New Zealand – the benefits of staying, leaving or teetering somewhere in between.

Bookending the discussion will be performances by Tiny Ruins and Dear Time’s Waste, with poetry by Hera Lindsay Bird, winner of the 2011 Adam Prize.

The Pantograph Punch presents: WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE Alleluya, St Kevin’s Arcade 7pm | Friday 30 November $10 + BF presales from utr.co.nz | $15 door sales

Angela Crane arranged a quick Q&A with Emily for THE DEPARTMENT STORE website. Read it here