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ALL FRESCO 2014

Watch your favourite New Zealand street Artists paint live around K’Road this weekend! It’s the second ALL FRESCO , “…a community based street art festival designed to inject colour into our streetscape and activate our shared spaces. This K Road Business Association initiative is a natural response to the K Road environment and the tradition of creativity and fringe culture that the area is famous for.”

It’s curated by Ross Liew & Cleo Barnett for the K Road Business Association. It will be primo, inspiring, fun, fresh, entertaining, funny, serious, colourful and best of all FREE !!

Check out some of the photos form last years ALL FRESCO below.

 

 

Meet the Artists: iThink

iThink (or, as his mum and dad named him, Jaime Robertson) is not just a talented artist, he’s also a professional graphic designer and DJ, passions that have seen him create some of NZ’s best gig posters and album artwork.

One look at his studio space and you can also see he’s most definitely a type nerd…

iThink art printsTwo of the art prints from iThink we have at endemicworld. 


Hi Jaime! Can you tell us a bit about your process… How do you tend to get inspired? What are the steps to creating a finished piece?  

Inspiration for me comes a lot from popular culture. I am a big collector of things; Vinyl, Movies, Fonts, Shoes… You name it! And these things help to inspire me and give me ideas on where my art works go. Of course this lovely country or ours is also an endless inspiration to me. I really do wake up everyday and feel blessed to call Aotearoa my home. And finally my beautiful daughter gives me an abundance of drive to create, make, succeed and basically be a better artist/creator/person.

All this inspiration helps me to channel ideas from the dark recesses of my brain and into my computer. I have had a Mac in my home since I was 7 (and I ain’t that young anymore) and it has become a very comfortable tool for me to use, so my designs/artworks always start in my head, flow through my fingers into my computer and then the fun begins.

iThink Art Studio

iThink’s home studio – stacked with cool vintage signs and design books.

I am a type fanatic, and I feel my work needs humanity and nature in it somehow, and the computer (obviously) lacks that, so I often create a clean typographic composition and then begin the enjoyable process of ageing/distressing/roughing up the composition to try and give it that imperfect feel and help endear the idea to the audience, almost try to include the viewer in some way, because we are all humans and we all have imperfections so hopefully we can relate more to it this way.

Art supplies

Tools of the trade

 

What’s the favourite piece of work you’ve done?
 I am still working towards my best work. I am just a rookie in the art field. I would say i am a graduate of design but am still learning the art of art making.

So far my favorite works to create have been my hand painted, one-off, text based pieces on ply (image below), because they are fun to work on and say a lot about me and my language but also about our NZ vocabulary and the funny quirks that only us kiwis would understand. I like to call these our coloquialisations. This is an area that I’m really enjoying investigating and am looking to delve further into this idea for future works!

iThink typographic art

We want a wall like this at home – with one of each of iThink’s typographic works on it!

 

Besides street art and graphic design, what else do you love to do?
As i mentioned i am a hardy collector!

And music has for a long time been a huge passion of mine. I have been DJing since I was 17 (and again, I ain’t young anymore) and still love playing records and still play out regularly.

iThink

A professional DJ for many years, Jaime collects vintage vinyl

And as I now live on Waiheke Island I am well into the outdoor lifestyle that comes with that – Beaches, Fishing, Swimming, Walking… Its a hard life!

What’s coming up for iThink this year?
The next phase for me as an art maker is developing my 3D typographic works. I am looking at incorporating clever tools like computer controlled router and 3D printers to try and push my ideas to that next plateau. Whether it will work or not is another story. But I am going to continue to push myself, try new styles and techniques and see what I can come up with.

As I mentioned, I consider myself a rookie in this and am just enjoying the art of making art!

What would be a dream commission to do?
I would love to create 3D words in a variety of sizes and uses like customised light boxes or large scale building signage.
That would be pretty cool!

iThink type art

Yip, we love Type too.

Tell us about a person who inspires you…
I have already told you about my daughter who continually inspires me to push myself. I am also a big fan of anybody out there doing their own thing! Swimming against the rest as it were.

Internationally, I love the work of Mitchy Bwoy and Steven Bonner, type sites Hype for Type, You Work for Them & My Fonts, and type designers Alex Sheldon & Schizotype.

Locally, I admire the work and work ethic of Askew and Component.

There are so many inspirations in life and i could be here all day listing them. Anyone who resists the mainstream and does their own thing in life is an inspiration to me!

 

We couldn’t agree more, Jaime.
To check out all of iThink’s art prints on endemicworld, click here.

 

 

BMD – The Multi-dollar Feature

We first saw this short film as a curtain raiser for DREGS. Been meaning to share this for ages. The scale of BMD’s street work is crazy. We’re quietly amped about their talent and look fwd to what they do in 2013.  Check more recent street art by BMD here or follow their tumblr here.

BMD – The Multi-dollar Feature from Emulsion Burns on Vimeo.

 

Shop Update: New Artist Proofs by Component

Component is emptying the archives and has dropped in a bunch of really affordable artist proofs, priced from just $30 – $100. Artist Proofs are prints not part of an edition but they are signed and often dated too.

Here is a teaser of what is here, some have sold already, they sit in our antique print drawers waiting for you to have a search through. See you at the shop, grab a bargain. If you can’t make it in person, just drop us an email to put dibs on your favourite.

 


 

 

Meet the artists: an interview with Flox

Flox (Hayley King) is one of the leading stencil-based artists in New Zealand today. endemicworld is lucky enough to be one of her few chosen stockists – selling open edition Flox art prints and limited edition screen prints. Flox’s distinctive vine and floral style has also made its way onto her own women’s fashion line, and onto album covers, billboards, massive interior murals… even a limited edition NZ stamp! Recently back from adding her signature to the streets of Berlin, we caught up with Hayley to ask a few questions – and also to grab some shots of her new studio space to share with you…

Hayley King, aka Flox. (Image from Designworks.)


Can you tell us a little about your process – from inspiration to realisation of a finished work?
My process varies depending on what type of job I’m working on, whether it be an interior mural job, a commercial brief, or a private commission.
Fundamentally however, my initial inspirations are normally dictated by the brief that I’m given and then I work from there.  My work is very decorative and my main medium is stencil spraypaint, so I love finding visual inspirations that I can then transform, applying my own style and artistic language.

I spend a lot of time on the net gathering visual info, but I think also now that I have 8 years of experience, I often draw from previous examples and jobs, recycling, developing, evolving and collaborating to come up with new ideas.  I work to briefs, but there is also a very apparent intuitive component to my work… I’m still fundamentally a painter and not a designer.

What’s your favourite piece of work you’ve done?
It’s hard to pick a favourite piece, but what I can say is that I hope the pieces get better and better as time goes by.  I look at some of my old work now, from say five years ago, and think “arghhh, I wouldn’t do it like that now, or I wouldn’t use that colour with that colour, or there’s some mid-ground elements seriously missing from this piece…”

I’m particularly proud of my recent stencil works for the latest Fly My Pretties 4 tour.  I had to re-brand for them, and come up with a really strong single colour image of a fantail for them to use on everything from advertising, album covers, animation and merchandise.  And then using this image, I began a series of large, one-off, hand cut pieces.

Flox’ massive hand-cut pieces inspired by the NZ band Fly My Pretties.

What has been the coolest experience of your career so far?
One of the most beautiful places I have been to recently was the new Cloudy Bay “shack” down on their Marlborough vineyard.  They flew myself and a bunch of other artists and designers who had input into this place, to be wined and dined for the evening.  Fine wine, amazing food, Nathan Haines, passionate people, picture perfect afternoon.  What more could you ask for?

Mural for Cloudy Bay.

You’ve recently been in Europe. Tell us a little about the trip…
I recently went to Berlin with my partner who is a film maker, so we went over prepared and with the intent of collaborating somehow.   I took four large letter stencils spelling the word HOME over with me, so I was able to make street posters, and very fortunately got to paint an interior piece with them too.  We got it all on camera, including a couple of time lapses, so as a result made a short process doco. Berlin was incredibly inspiring especially for its famed street art scene.  Every wall, alley and lamp post is covered from head to toe in art, stickers and paste ups.  So, it was a really integral part of my journey that I add to that, as I wasn’t going to go half way across the world and not do any art!

Pasted street art in Berlin. See the making-of video here.

What was the last thing you saw or experienced that got you really creatively excited?
Actually, this is probably going to sound pretty geeky, but there was this multi level store called Modular in Berlin, which just totally blew our socks off.  It’s an architects/designers/art makers wet dream of a store!

Flox has a light-filled studio space in Auckland city.

What are you working on at the moment?
I started this year with a resolution to really get back to my roots as an artist, and put more time into developing some of my own ideas.  Here’s my latest artist statement, that will sum up what I’m working on at this point: Inspired by recent travels to Europe, the UK and Southeast Asia, Flox has begun a new chapter that reflects on the word home and marks a return to her roots as a fine artist. The series was initiated with a piece Home Is Where The Heart Is, a response to the renewed sense of ownership and community in Christchurch following the earthquakes. While in Berlin, the city’s turbulent history prompted her to consider the word home as its antitheses: displacement and dispossession. These new textured works also form a narrative of her travels, incorporating the New Zealand waxeye, the European swallow, the British robin and the Asian kingfisher. Next, Flox intends to repurpose the work in abandoned spaces, to investigate what home means in environments that were once precious but now lost and forgotten. The implications of the word home will alter and distort in new ways when she positions the work as street art, where home and homelessness coalesce, and in the formal confines of gallery spaces.

Some of the Flox art prints available at endemicworld

 

Wellington Modern Poster by Hamish Thompson

New this week and fresh out of Wellytown is this big A1 Wellington Modern Poster by Hamish Thompson. When you see these buildings all on one poster you get to appreciate some of Wellingtons character all day.

The Freyberg Pool building is our favousirte, built in 1960 and designed by King & Dawson Architects. Apparently butterfly roofs were trendy back then! An architects office is not complete without it.

 

Flox in Paris & Berlin

Flox has been to Europe. Watch this slick video of her process while painting in Paris & Berlin by Nektar. More photos of her trip here.

HOME by Flox from NEKTAR on Vimeo.

 

Component, life size street art

Collectors and fans of Component & Cut Collective. There is a new large piece on Great South Road in AKL.

Life’s a Lottery is also available as a screen print, Limited of 80, signed and numbered, 500x700mm. $390 U/F