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Covid-19 has changed the world in many ways and for the creative sector it has presented some of the toughest challenges to date. There is a strange energy that is created through difficulties when you are an artist, you are forced to think differently, to try new things, to implement new strategies and systems to ensure that you are able to survive the coming months. It is a strange gift to have time imposed by lockdowns but it can be used to find fresh ideas and directions & this is something that was a rare dream for many only a few years ago.

We are working on a range of projects, designs, murals and future plans but we are doing ok and looking forward to a full year of study next year. We are taking the year off major events and festivals to do full immersion te reo Māori and it is something we can't wait for!. To all of the creatives and those who are finding lockdowns and changes difficult stay strong and find the people who love you and stay close.

Photos Eke Panuku

Recently we worked with CONVERSE on their global campaign that aims to break down barriers in local communities using art as the tool.

As artists from Aotearoa we wanted to highlight local narrative & were inspired by the experiences of ancestors that have taught us some important lessons in life. 'Te Karanga' is a celebration of using our unique voice to share the message of individuality & using our voice while working through diversity & challenges. It highlights not only the location of the mural near Karangahape Road & the origin of that name but was painted with an environmentally concious paint Graphenstone that absorbs pollutants in the air & can be compared to the same impact as planting trees. The project resulted in an artwork that celebrates & champions indigenous culture, the environment & large scale mural art. Thank you firstly to kaumatua Dave & Kath from Te Akitai o Waiohua for blessing the mural, to the team at P U B L I C L I B R A R Y for making this happen, to the amazing Converse All stars for your support & to everyone who has supported us on our creative journey. You might see this work peering over the tree tops as you drive past on the Western Motorway link in central Auckland, keep your eyes open for a large Tui on your way home next time .

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