The team that are occupying Putiki are my current heroes, they dedicate their time and freedom, fighting for our precious Kororā penguins. I grew up in the country, so I was constantly surrounded by fresh water and native birds, seeing the decline in native birds and the pollution of our waters is a wake up call that we need to be better. Last year I sold a bunch of prints to raise money for their legal aid, it’s hard to imagine that they are deemed the criminals in this situation, if we don’t stick up for our wild life, who will?
I really like what Koha Apparel are doing as well, slowing down the life of fast fashion and also making sure those garments find their way to those that really need it.
And how about any up-and-coming artists or creative work you are really digging?
I’m always excited by the emergence of new graffiti artists, tattooers and illustrators, probably because those are the core elements of my own practice. There’s a group of local artists in Auckland I enjoy watching (Finn, Chippy and Marcus), I think they’re a bit beyond up-and-coming but they’re all doing some cool work and working with great brands and clients.
BurgerFuel’s Creative, Sweet platform was your brainchild and you have continued to guide the programme’s evolution over the years. We love to support up and coming artists through Creative, Sweet. What advice would you give any advice to young creatives trying to make a name for themselves and make a living from their craft?
After years of navigating the complexities of being an artist, I have found passion is what gets you over the line. Getting paid to do what you love means someone has to like what you do in order to pay you. Talent helps with direction, but dedication and passion to your craft is what paves the road in front of you