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.

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