I’ve just released a new open-run of my Kōkako Come Back print in some new colourways, only available at Endemic World. The original screenprint editions of 35 sold out really quickly so for those that missed out, here’s a chance to get one. These are gallery-quality giclée prints, using UltraChrome K3 archival inks on 210 gsm matt art paper. Available in three colours that match the respective bird’s wattles – Blue for the North Island, Yellow for the South, and a new Pink edition for the baby Kōkako.
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.
I always thought this crass kiwi saying was pretty wrong – but what if this crude proclamation was actually a heartfelt rumination on one’s true love? Well, if it was, you’d letterpress 30 copies in gold on black Somerset card. 320 x 219 mm. The base typeface is a blackletter called Agincourt by David Quay. Printing by none other than Magpie Press. Available at Endemic World; or if you’re in Wanaka, bowl in to The Wonder Room to check it out.
And just in case you can’t read it, here’s the starting point…
Introducing Kaimoana, another letterpress print. Like its airborne cousin Chirp it features typefaces by Joseph Churchward, is printed in two colours on 500gsm Somerset board, limited to 70 copies, and printed by Magpie Press. The mix of type is different to Chirp, with some lively and playful JC fonts that exude a bustling, bountiful ocean vibe. Or maybe a fish n chip shop at the beach vibe.
Some names may be cause for debate – who calls a Kahawai a Sea-trout? Hopefully some good can come of this raging debate, by helping promote awareness that an alarming number of these species are endangered, according to Forest & Bird.
Available online at Endemicworld and in the paper at Popup Gallery in Wellys.
Even though I’m a fan of the Magpie (of the avian and Hawke’s Bay rugby variety), my loyalty lies with the Tui. This letterpress piece rounds off the Kowhai Squadron suite. Brilliantly and somewhat ironically printed for me by Magpie Press in two colours on cream 600 gsm Saunders Waterford fine art board, 220mm x 220mm. Available at Endemicworld.
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.