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Juliet Moore's creative life
Amy Jackman talks to
florist, DJ and jewellery
creator Juliet Moore
about living in
bones and music.
Juliet Moore: ''I love the randomness of Wellington.''
Photo: AMY JACKMAN
Did you grow up in Welling-
We lived in Samoa when I was
a kid. Both my dad and mum wor-
ked there. Then we spent a couple
of years out in Makara. We moved
into town when I was 11.
How was your childhood?
It was amazing. In Makara we
had a horse we shared with the
people down the road. We would
build tree huts and things. There
was so much freedom. We could go
out and just had to be home by
dark. I went to Makara School. It
was a little model school, so there
were only 60 kids in the whole
school. I then moved to a city
school, where it was very white
and middle class and most of the
kids already had their friends
sorted. That was probably one of
the hardest parts of moving from
Makara into town.
What do you think is the
best part of Wellington?
There are so many good things.
Pretty much wherever you are you
can see the sea. You have this
amazing access to things. It has a
great, vibrant inner-city culture.
Sometimes it can get too small,
but anywhere can. I like going out
to Makara Beach. It's my time-out
place. I live near the Town Belt
and that's great. I like going walk-
ing out there and finding new
tracks. I love the randomness of
Were you always creative?
I always made things. I grew up
with a mother who was a sewer
and my grandmother was old
school, sewing, knitting, preserv-
ing. So I always tried to make
things and always wanted to do
Did you go straight into flor-
istry after school?
No. I worked for a company that
arranged internships for inter-
national students to get work
experience over here. Then I got
offered a job at Slow Boat Records,
where I still work, and then I also
started working at Flowers
I was offered an apprenticeship. I
started out there just cutting.
What attracted you to flori-
Manuela is the most amazing
woman and I get to make beauti-
ful things. Every day I have a dif-
ferent favourite flower and I love
the change of season that's
heralded by something new com-
I learn something new every day.
Is always learning new
things important for you?
Yes. If you want to do some-
thing and you want to do it well
you have to spend the time on it.
You have to be constantly work-
ing, not just sticking with what
you come up with immediately.
Nothing is diminished because
you have to do it five times over or
take it apart and do it again. To
just do it and get started is the
You make jewellery as well.
Jewellery came out of a fasci-
nation with questions of faith,
which is why a lot of the stuff I
make tends to have crosses. I also
use a lot of bone. A lot of my pieces
have a birth and decay sort of
theme. I have a couple of good
friends who are jewellers,
especially Amelia Pascoe. She has
been very helpful on the practical
side -- when it came to techniques
I had no idea about, she was just
What materials do you use?
In my exhibition last year I had
a lot of neck pieces that I made
out of rosaries, vertebrae, skulls
and jet. I like re-using materials.
We have so much crap in the
world already. And I'm drawn to
things that are slightly broken,
people, places, things. I don't like
anything that's too pristine. It
gives you a sense of time. Welling-
ton's like that, out on the coast,
the general wear and tear of the
city. The buildings that have been
here for a long time and the way
they absorb the dirt and the graf-
fiti and gain character.
How did you become a DJ?
I got into DJing through work-
ing at Slow Boat. One of the other
guys who does the Americana
show on Radio Active invited me
along and that was it. I love it
because you get to play good
music. When you work at Slow
Boat you are constantly exposed
to new music as well.
How different is being a DJ
on Radio Active compared to
at Mighty Mighty?
At Radio Active you are in a
little bit of a vacuum and at
Mighty Mighty you have immedi-
ate feedback. People might ring
up the Americana show and say,
Great job'', but at Mighty Mighty
you know when you are doing a
good job. At both places though,
you want to create a flow so that
the night just gets better and bet-
ter.Does DJing make you a
Not really. I've really got into
getting up early and making the
most of my day. I've been a lot
busier as well. I want to take
advantage of every bit of time I
have. I hate wasting the sunshine
as well. Even if it's just being out-
side reading. Except when I finish
at Mighty Mighty at 3am in the
morning. Then I hope it's raining.
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