While I was amping up for the last All Blacks test singing along to the Māori verse of our National Anthem, I wondered if it was a straight translation of good old ‘God of Nations’. With a little research I found it was written in the tune of G.O.N but with new lyrics by T.H Smith. Fortunately there is an english translation of the Māori version, done by Professor Timoti Karetu, so I now know what I’m singing. I prefer the Māori > English lyrics and thought they should be more widely recognised. This is an Endemic World exclusive, open edition giclée print using UltraChrome K3 archival inks on 210 gsm matte art paper, in A2 or A3 size. The decorative ‘A-O-TE-A-RO-A’ is set in a brilliant Joseph Churchward typeface, and the syllables are alternately coloured in our national blue and red.
This is the third and final individual gig poster design in the Wattlebirds series. The Tīeke (aka Saddleback) were unceremoniously expatriated from mainland New Zealand due to the introduction of stoats, rats and other undesirables. Fortunately they didn’t go the way of their Huia relatives, and managed to survive on islands and continue to perform their popular tunes. A mainland comeback tour may be on the cards.
The titling font is my custom design based on the proportions of Trade Gothic. This is an A4 letterpress piece, printed by Magpie Press on 500 gsm Somerset stock, signed and limited to 70.
This poster promotes the entirely-historically-accurate nationwide tour of the classical-birdsong-performing Wattle Bird Quartet. The WBQ was made up of the Kōkako of Come Back Tour fame, the Tīeke from the soon to be released Tīeke Tour, and squad-leaders Mr and Mrs Huia – the very same featured in my earlier print The Huia Show.
The header typeface is my customised version of Engravers MT, with Joseph Churchward’s Newstype in support.
This is screen-printed with black on metallic gold cast-coated 250 gsm stock, that has a beautiful gloss finish. Limited to 70, signed and embossed. Big A2 size for your framing convenience. Available from the usual fine outlets, online from EndemicWorld.
Cato Partners Wellington asked me to illustrate the PowerCo 2012 Annual Report cover which turned out to be a fun task — check my Behance site for more pics.
It’s been far too quiet on the prints front of late, so here’s a sneak peak at what I’ve been working on for the last couple of months… a classical take on my Wattlebird gig series.
I have four of my Romantic prints up for swaps at Dustys & Lulu — if you have anything you’d like to swap get on over there and make an offer! Also check out their prints, they do all their own screenprinting and are constantly cranking out fresh stuff.
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.
The excellent HOME New Zealand magazine asked me to do a piece they could use for their tea towel bundle. One day, possibly in the distant future, designs in this series I call Decorative Panels will make their way onto some beautiful materials for your walls.
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