“I’ve always followed my instincts and done things the way I thought they should be done,” says Simon Devitt. “I show the work I want to make and inevitably that’s the work I get to make. Seems to be working.” The photographer, who is based in Auckland, New Zealand, was first exposed to film through his father, who always carried a 35mm SLR with the family wherever they went. Today Simon shoots...

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“I don’t feel like art has ever been a ‘path’ for me, it’s more of a gut feel, and a passion or need to create,” says artist Arie Hellendoorn. Born in The Netherlands, the New Zealand-based artist studied Fine Art at Massey Universityin Wellington and has been working consistently to exhibit in group and solo shows over the past decade. Recent work has been acquired by the James Wallace Trust in...

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Having a conversation with Katie Lockhart is like falling down a rabbit hole. Her story gets more fantastical at every turn. After graduating from design school in New Zealand she showed her final year project to fashion designer Karen Walkerand became her first design assistant. Two and a half years later, Katie decided to go to Milan. While there she met Francesca Taroni and Silivia Robertazzi...

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Claudia Zinzan has spent most of her career working as an interior designer, but retail has never been far away. The New Zealander has run an interior design and clothing business as well as a luxury clothes brand. But after the birth of her first child, she wanted to change direction. And so Father Rabbitwas born, a project that Claudia started with her husband, Nick Hutchison, who also works as...

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fashion designer karen walker

Within five years of graduating from fashion school New Zealand designer Karen Walker had opened two stores. Three years later and she was stocked in Barneys New York. The trajectory has continued, and now her designs are sold in more than 600 stores across the globe. She has branched off into eyewear, jewellery and paints. And her diffusion label, Hi There, is stocked in Myer in Australia and Ant...

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designer rebeccca snelling

Rebecca Snelling is a New Zealand designer who has received worldwide acclaim for the furniture she creates with her father, Doug, in their business Workroom. While she has a background in art and design, he has worked in the building and woodworking industries. Together, they make pieces that are made from recycled New Zealand wood and other eco products. More recently, Rebecca has launched the...

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