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Following on from my travels further South, I boosted from my parents place in North Canterbury before dawn and jumped back on State Highway 1 heading north. Timing was bang on to crest the windy Hundalee range and see the rose gold sun creeping up along the Kaikoura Coast. I took some time out to lap it all in and was rewarded with seeing a SUPER POD (my words….it was enormous!!) of dolphins frolicking parallel to shore. See! The super pod of dolphins above?? ……   I then headed on

Tea Pea is a mecca of colour, fun and design happiness! A major part of what I loved about my visit was the winding drive up into Khandallah – as a first timer in that area of Wellington I was shocked at the green, tree lined streets that clung to the hill with views of the harbour. Its really beautiful! Tea Pea sits proudly on a corner of the Khandallah Village main street and the neighbourhood vibe was obvious with children and friends popping their head in the door to

I’ve been stalking 24 year old Becca O’Shea online since 2010 when I first stumbled across her attitude packed illustrative cards. Since then I’ve enjoyed watching her notch creative acheivements and milestones which have included landing herself a spot on the highly regarded team of Wellingtons; Inject Design. With a drawing obsession from childhood that she just couldn’t shake and a highly inspirational graphic design teacher in high school, heading to Uni to take on a Bachelor of Design made total sense. During university she started doing poster work for friends bands

From left : Nicky Cameron; Head of Design, Liz Ting; Design + PR, Helen Simonson; Website Management + Graphic Design, Laura Newton-King; Textile Designer + Social Media  Visiting Mondegreen was not at all what I expected! From the outside it is a fun, feminine corner of the internet where quirky internationally sourced homewares and accessories get to hang out with locally designed clothing. A great recipe that has found its niche. But on arriving at the Mondegreen HQ I realised that we were dealing with a much bigger beast. Mondegreen

So for a good portion of this week I was in Wellington. I’ve got to admit I haven’t spent much time in the Capital, but I can honestly say after a full-bore two days I can’t wait to get back down there! On Tuesday I covered some serious ground with three super different but equally inspiring interviews. The Mondegreen girls gave me a guided tour of their factory, the insiders guide to Petone and their cute pop up store. Becca O’Shea gave me a dose of major “apartment envy”, some

I first posted about Sally Shand and her sweet hand drawn cards in 2009. Since then the Wellington based artist has extended her Ragdoll Illustrations product range to include notepads and wrapping paper too. After hearing about her small light filled studio I grabbed the opportunity to share especially as we were able to enlist her photographer boyfriend; Ryan Evison to take the pics! Enjoy.  All photography by Ryan Evison. WHO: I work from here on my stationery label, Ragdoll illustrations, along with the office folk of Iko Iko. WHAT: The studio is situated on the

I have MANY friends who have far more exuberant and bold taste in fashion than I, but one thing I harbour a weakness for is…the statement earring. It could have a lot to do with my years of ‘artfully’ shrouding myself in black (something I am pleased to say I have mostly weaned myself off) which needed some kind of colour punctuation BUT it probably has more to do with the fact that they are ‘one size fits all’! Exciting earrings are for anyone and everyone, offering a super cool

It was late 2015 when I first introduced you to The Paper Rain Project –  a fascinating, highly creative endeavour fueled with passion by Indigo and Wills Rowe.  Their work is based on values of collaboration, sustainability and always with an eye on a shared benefit. Aside from their current store in Picton and their plans for roving pop ups this summer, they have continued with their tradition of offering their handmade skateboard decks for artists to use as a canvas. Crafted by Wills recycling wood from old winebarrels, the

The sweet line drawings of Laura Shallcrass will have most definitely crossed your path at sometime or another. As an illustrator, she has long held court with a successful print career and audience from around the world – but now, shes on a new path. I love Laura’s answers to my questions below, particularly about her struggles to be brave enough to define herself as an artist. Self confidence is a fickle creature!!!

Virginia Woods-Jack walks a wonderful line of deeply thoughtful artist and internationally in-demand, commercial photographer. Despite being listed with one of the country’s top agencies and working with a portfolio of clients all over the world, English born Virginia has made her home in Wellington, the place she has found best to connect with nature and indulge the visual projects she works on. Below I took the chance to ask Virginia some questions as a way to better understand the mind of a professional indulging all facets of her chosen medium.

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