Archive | December, 2011

Blistering Bargains at the Birmingham Bazaar.

19 Dec

A PhotoGiraffe Live Art Christmas Special .

If you haven’t yet already heard about the hottest place to purchase your extra special Christmas presents this year, then let us be the first to point you in the right direction.  If you are a Vintage Diva, absolutely fierce for exclusive hand-picked Vintage fashion, then make your make your way up to, The Festive Pop-Up Bazaar.  It’s an independent retail event which supports local businesses, in association with the Fine Art students at the Birmingham City University; but you had better be quick as there are only four days left until it closes.

With just over 35 stalls of independent vintage fashion and accessories along with retro homewares from 1930 – 1980,  it is a creative celebration of local Artists, Illustrators and Crafters –  all under one roof at the fabulous location of New Street, Birmingham City Centre (next to Cafe Rouge).  With the hustle and bustle of  The German Markets right outside at their door step, The Festive Pop-Up Bazaar offers a great service to all stallholders and great product for all buyers who are out and totally up for a wonderful way to spend their day and their dollars!

To uncover the most precious finds at the bazaar, we sent non-other than our very own fashion correspondent, the very stylish Fashion photographer PhotoGiraffe Live along with Model, Sunshine Delight to seek out the most exclusive, quality buys that you girls can get your mitts on.  We hope that you will enjoy our very festive Christmas PGLA Special, and if you think you are too far away from Birmingham, UK – well you could always buy online.

Click the Gallery bellow to see PhotoGiraffe’s shots with Sunshine Delight, modelling some of the most luscious purchases that are in store now.  Look out for PGLA Recommendations as we will only show you what’s uber-cool!  See what PGLA hand picked for their own sexy wardrobe and be sure to keep scrolling  all the way down  as we reveal all the links to the all hottest  buys, boutiques and vintage dealers!

PGLA RECOMMENDATIONS:

If you are going to buy at least one thing sited here on PhotoGiraffe Live Art, then we recommend you buy from  these star designers, as we know you won’t find anything like this anywhere except from these Trendy-Wendy’s who are producing these goods; we are happy to state that they are innovating fashion not intimating wooden style from high streets shops or cat walks.  And at great affordable prices, the jewels from these designers can make highly desirable gifts for any style concious fashion queen.

PGLA Recommendation: Designer Jagged Mirror Earings £10

Evol Hiest

Unique designer jewellers EVOL HIEST are all about smoke and mirrors.  Their jewellery is not so much about vintage style but rather futuristic fashion.  It’s original, fun and Uber-Cool.  Stay on the cutting edge of fashion, visit their website and buy their jewels today!

http://www.evolheist.com/

With self professed, ‘rockability’Bow and Cross Bones have an impressive collection of kitsch and vintage styled

Vintage Styled Jewellery

Bow and Cross Bones

jewellery, along with accessories that will have you bubbling over with excitement, like a glass of champagne.  You can buy thier goods online and if you quote “BC310”, you will be entitled for a 10% discount off your first purchase.  Bow and cross Bones also deal wholesale.  Check out there V.Stylish website:  www.bowandcrossbones.com

And finally, PhotoGiraffe Live Art would like to wish our readers a very Funky Christmas and Classy New Year!  See you in 2012 folks!

Links to the products and dealers sited on PGLA:

 http://www.evolheist.com/  (Sited, Smoke and Mirror Designer Jewellery)

http://festivepopup.tumblr.com/ (Sited, Festive Pop-up Bazaar website)

http://lauralovesboutique.com/ (Sited, vintage sequinned jacket and button necklace)

http://www.bowandcrossbones.com/  (Sited, vintage styled designer jewellery )

https://www.facebook.com/mad.elizabethvintage   (Sited, genuine 1950’s Jacket )

https://www.facebook.com/groups/vintagehideaway/  (Sited, genuine mink and fur coats)

PGLA Blogspot recommendation:

In style with Make-up Artist Betty Flowers (She may make you blush!)

http://bettyflowersmakesmeblush.blogspot.com/

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Women in Video Games? Never has there been a fiercer time than now!

16 Dec

Never has there been a fiercer time than now!

Contrary to historical belief, according to a recent article published on icould.com “… latest research suggests that the number of women working in the games industry has increased to 15% worldwide and even higher in some UK studios.”  As an example, they extend to the EA team behind the The Sims 3 game which they claim had more female than male developers, “so the tide is changing and there has never been a better time for women to break into the industry.” Oct, 2011.

Furthermore, as a positive career choice for women, icould.com state that “women who do work in the games industry are often more successful than their male colleagues.”  With figures taken from a recent survey by MCV, icould.com revealed that the average salary for women working in the games industry is “higher than an average male salary working in the same industry.

“I needed the experience to understand the world better. Although I love Poland, I don’t believe that the entire world can exist only in my own country. However, I have come back to Poland because I feel that this is where I belong and this is where I want to develop my career. I also love the way my country is changing and what it has become.” Beata Dudzic on working in Poland.

Nevertheless, PhotoGiarffe Live Arts wanted to find out how the Gaming industry weathers for real women – first hand – who are currently in it, in our present age.  So we sent our New Media correspondence, Najma Hush to speak to the marketing and PR representative, Beata Dudzic from Nintendo, Poland.   After having spent seven years living and studying in the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of London, Beata Dudzic, went back to live in Warsaw, Poland and pursued her presently flourishing career as a women in ‘Video Games’.

Read on to find out more, about exactly what young women should expect from the gaming industry, tips on how to break into a similar career successfully, and possible pitfalls to watch out for along the way.  Also read more to see how much further hot news and inside gossip PhotoGiraffe Live Arts was able to squeeze from the PR and Marketing woman, Beata Dudzic, at Nintendo, Poland.

So Beata, what do you do exactly?

After working in the arts and further studying arts management, I have become the marketing and PR representative in the video games industry. The industry I work for is very identifiable, as I work for Nintendo. Fans of the brand take it very seriously and emotionally. Imagine as if I was working for your favourite band…This means that I am very often dealing with the emotions of young people, whilst at the same time, still trying to balance these sensitive issues with very specific company politics.”

And how do you think you are benefiting others by what you are doing?

Making kids smile, because the whole gaming industry is so young and funky! And, particularly as a woman, I am playing an important part in an industry that is ordinarily a man’s world.  Also Nintendo has not been present in Poland for such a long time until now and I am part of building something new and fun. Of course it makes it easier that the brand is huge and well known.  My favourite part of the job is interacting with the fans. They all know me by my name and thanks to Facebook and Twitter I can be connected to them every day.”

So then when did Nintendo first get to Poland? 

“Nintendo is still not officially present in Poland. I represent their interests through the distributor. Beginning with my employment, Nintendo started investing money in marketing in Poland.”

Watch Beata Dudzic at Polygamia.pl (October, 2010)

Oh, I see!  So why do you think it’s taken Nintendo so long to reach out to that part of Europe?

“It’s hard to say really, but maybe by being very successful in America and Western Europe it was easier not to notice a big growing market like Poland but then again neither has it been needed until now.”


Does your job allow you to travel and work outside of Poland much?
Well yes, there is a fair amount of travel involved.  Nintendo of Europe is based in Frankfurt. Stadlbaue.  My direct employer and the distributor for Nintendo are based in Salzburg, Austria. That’s where I mostly travel to; usually for just a few meetings in a year. Apart from that, Expos in Koln, L.A, or for special conferences on the latest products in Europe; I was sent to Amsterdam last time (for example).”

What are you usually expected to do when you’re off location and on-site abroad?
“Oh you know, the usual; meetings, meetings and meetings…dinners, dinners…and dinners!”

Okay, so you said that the gaming industry is dominated by men, have you ever experienced any positive or negative discrimination because of your gender?

“Both!  It probably depends on the country, but I find it both rewarding and burdensome. As a woman I am constantly put in doubt about my competence and knowledge. At the same time as a woman I can lend myself in for more. But what generally matters at Nintendo is, my personality and communication skills – not my sex.”

But you are a very attractive woman; do you think that this has been to your advantage in becoming the public face of Nintendo Poland?

Well, thank you! Yes, I think it has, but it wasn’t the main advantage I hope.”

What advice would you give young women who want to get a career in the gaming industry?
“Really go for it! Perhaps start with playing some games first because they are really cool, but first you have to discover what is appropriate for you. There are many types of games to choose from, so look for out what is most interesting for you. Target your favourite gaming company, do all your research, share your knowledge and most importantly have passion.”

What’s your favourite Nintendo game?

Super Mario Galaxy II. I haven’t been playing it for a while as I’m
busy playing Zelda Skyward Sword at the moment, which is also amazing!!

What we want to see

Can you tell us any gossip about the next hottest thing coming out from Nintendo?
The new console is coming out in 2012, but this is not really gossip but only
official information as the rest is top secret and you will have to keep glued to our official worldwide Nintendo website for the hottest news.  Sorry!

Never mind, you cant say we didn’t try.  Although she is a tough cookie to crack, PhotoGiraffe Live Art would like to send a big warm thanks to Beata Dudzic for taking the time out to give us this exclusive  interview, as a Women in the Gaming Industry and we would also like to thank Nintendo, Poland  for lending her to us.

And so, if you are stuck on ideas  for Christmas presents, maybe Beata’s suggestions on her favourite games  could help you spread the Christmas cheer.  Check the following  link to the cheapest deal on a Nintendo 3DS that PhotoGiraffe Live Art found online or you could watch the lovely Beata in action at the PR launch of Nintendo 3DS in Poland, depending on how good your Polish is.

For further information about career opportunities for women in the Video Games industry check out:

http://icould.com/article/career-opportunities-for-women-in-the-video-gaming-industry/

https://www.facebook.com/icouldstories

We also recommend,

www.womeningames.com .

and

Lana Del Rey – Video Games

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