Meet Hex


Hex featuring Kiki Van Newtown (left), GG Van Newtown (middle), Liz Matthews (right). Photo by Coco Campbell.

 

What's your name?

Kiki Van Newtown.

What do you do and why do you do it?

Write, garden, goxxip, music and parent, because these are the things that connect me to other people and the earth.  

Where do you live?

Naenae, Lower Hutt.

Do you mind telling us your age?

34.

What do you like about clothes?

The semiotics. I love how clothing can send a message to come closer or to stay away. An invitation or a warning. 

What's your worst habit?

Finishing other peoples’ sentences. Sometimes I do this out of excitement and sometimes I do it because I think my ideas are more interesting than whatever they’re about to say. 

Which people are icons for you in terms of your own style?

Winona Ryder, Brian Molko, Courtney Love, Patti Smith.

What keeps you awake at night?

Song lyrics and thinking about post capitalism and my kids needing attention.

Definition of beauty:

Focussed anger and letting go of materialism and being like “fuck you” to dominant power structures.

 

What's your name? 

GG Van Newtown.

What do you do and why do you do it?

Musician Mother Witch Maker. 'cos I don’t want to do anything else. 

Where do you live?

Naenae, Lower Hutt.

Do you mind telling us your age?

36.

What do you like about clothes?

Clothes are transformative, protective and art.

When you were young did you get hassled at school?

Yes, for listening to metal, and for being a general freaky funny weirdo!

Which people are icons for you in terms of your own style?

L7 the band, especially Donita Sparks.

What keeps you awake at night?

Turning dumpstered motorcycle inner tubes into vegan studded gauntlets, or bike tyre tubes into studded belts and guitar straps. 

Do you have a recurring dream or nightmare?

That the Terminator is after me. sometimes it gets me and kills me and thats exactly when I wake up, or sometimes I get away but then I have to keep running in the next nights sleep. I always eventually get gotten by it and I’m getting braver at being killed and dying, cos I’m aware its a dream even though I can’t stop the dream once it has started. I can end it quickly by running at the terminator and dying quick, and then I don’t dream it for a while.

WOW! You just won the lottery, what's on your list to purchase?

A Lesbian separatist commune of course!!!!!

 

What's your name?

Liz Mathews.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I play drums because i love it.

Where do you live?

Newtown, Wellington.

Do you mind telling us your age?

37.

What do you like about clothes?

The less I have to wear the happier i feel. I like swimsuits, hot pants and no sleeves.

Are you superstitious?

I’m really into wishes, and my Mum taught me you can make a wish on most things. Like we get to wish on the first fruit of the season, so you get a wish for the first nectarine, the first plum, the first strawberry.... But my favourite thing to wish on is the wishbone from a chicken. So dark.

When you were young did you get hassled at school?

Yes but luckily i hung out with my two best friends / band mates who also wore weird op shop clothes. In the mid nineties people really thought that was disgusting and the idea of it made them think of the old men who probably died in them. We were into brown old man cardigans and layers of lacy slips, skirts with white stockings which we would write lyrics on with lipstick and vivid.  I bleached my hair out and coloured it orange with a vivid. I liked to wear 70s t shirts with corduroy or velvet trousers. A mix of Kurt and Courtney with a pinch of Kim Gordon.

What's your guilty pleasure?

I never feel guilty about pleasure!

Do you have a recurring dream or nightmare?

My favourite one is one I have pretty often where Iggy Pop and Patti Smith are my best friends and we do different things together. One time Iggy gave me his wooden beads. Sometimes i dream I'm Dee Dee Ramone and I'm on stage and i can play bass, that's pretty cool too. Then, you know the end of the world zombie apocalypse dream where I save everyone.

What do you do when you want to be good to your body?

Swim in the ocean, have sex, eat broccoli.