Kowhai Squadron

As a kid, I loved building model jets – even though I was pretty terrible at it. Impatience played a role here. The application of the decals was my favourite part. After the baffling construction and tedious glue drying phase was over, I could kit them out in their squadron’s livery and get to dogfightin’ them around the house.

Tui, by my observation, are nutters and show-offs – and they should have their own decal set to celebrate that. These have a not-so-perfect finish (quite a lot like the plastic planes I used to make when I was 10) due to the printing method and slightly warped surface which, as expected, suits the essence of the design. As a result each one of the edition of 8 is quite different both in the wood grain and the way the three ink colours soaked into the surface. They’re screenprinted on 7 mm New Zealand Pinus Radiata plywood – ‘A’-grade front and a sometimes knotted, rough and forestry-stamped ‘C’-grade back panel. 590 x 590 mm.

Available now at the Popup Gallery in Wellington, and online at Endemicworld.

Wellingtonians: check it!

Head on down to Popup Gallery on Ghuznee Street to see my prints in the flesh. The Popup crew have framed them up very nicely.

I’ve been suspiciously quiet lately because I’ve been working on a suite of prints – metallic screenprints on paper,  3-colour plywood screenprints and more sweet, sweet letterpress. It takes a while to organise, but I’m looking to launch them all at once in some grand fashion. Watch this space… I’m getting pretty excited about these.