No matter how many times I see a Kākā screech past my window it never gets old. I get the same buzz I did as a kid watching the RNZAF Skyhawks and Strikemasters blitz past my country school. This is the second in the series of my Squadron prints, the first being the Tuī-inspired Kowhai Squadron. Now I think Tuī are nutters, but Kākā take it to the next level – they are unhinged loons. They are involved in a lot of dogfights – usually with their mates – and they seem to think everyone in the area needs to know about it.
This is a 3-colour screenprint on G.F Smith Colorplan 270gsm ‘Stone’ coloured stock, hand-signed, numbered and embossed edition of 100. 550 × 550 mm.
This is the second edition of my first print, Sing. It’s printed in metallic silver and white inks on black Notturno 250gsm stock and looks lush. The typefaces are all designed by kiwi Joseph Churchward, and the birds, in their Māori and English names, are all New Zealand natives. This is a hand-signed edition of 80 – it was supposed to be 87 in celebration of certain events featuring the same digits, but quality control took priority. Available soon now from my stockists Endemic World and the others mentioned in the Purchasing section to the right.
Here’s Part II of the Kowhai Squadron suite – the Low Visibility Editions. Taking cues from military fighter planes’ grey-on-grey paint jobs, these are screenprinted in metallic silver on beautiful 270 gsm Mohawk Via Felt paper stock, in an edition of 40 black and 40 cream. 500 x 500 mm, hand signed, numbered and embossed. Get yours at the Popup Gallery in Wellington, or online at Endemicworld.
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.
I’ve struck up a deal with the good folks at endemicworld.com to be my exclusive online seller – head on over and get em while they last. My first screenprint Sing is available now, with new works becoming available in the coming weeks.