New Surface Active t-shirt collection

With a sweet launch offer—15% off storewide till Jan 5, 2021

To celebrate the launch of Chrissie and my new store we’d like to share a storewide 15% discount offer that expires on January 5th. You can shop here https://surface-active.myteespring.co/?pr=DISCOUNT to get your Surface Active teeshirts. Use the promo code “KIWIART”.

So Chrissie and I have run our New Zealand wildlife art screenprinting company and clothing brand since 1985. Our brand is Surface Active—Artwear from New Zealand. As design pARTners we create wildlife T-shirts in the spirit of fun. Our subject matter is native flora & fauna, landscapes and Kiwiana—designs that celebrate some of the unique and beautiful assets of New Zealand, our country that we love.

We have had many requests to make our most popular T-shirt designs available again. So I made it my lockdown project to complete the job of launching our brand new Surface Active Teespring store.

From whales to wetas, paua to penguins—please browse through our store to see if there’s something for you.

All the best,

Design pARTners: Shaun Waugh (boss), Chrissie Terpstra (bossier)

Adelie penguins make everything better. Shop for kids and for adults.
Adelie Penguin kids tees are here

Paua for the people. Kiwi as summers by the sea! Shop the range of Paua apparel and homewares here.

We believe drawing is an essential part of the creative process and all that you see in our store has begun as drawings. At 61cm x 91cm this original portrait of a tuatara rendered in pen and ink by Shaun has maximum impact as a poster. Shop the range of Tuatara homewares and apparel 
here.

Kee-aa! Kid’s Kea New Zealand on a deep royal blue tee. Get your alpine parrot tees for adults and kids here

Forest floor and Ocean. Two double-sided t-shirt designs just for kids. These lively charcoal pencil drawings are printed front and back—they look almost 3D.
Ocean: The dolphins, seals and whales are 
here
Forest floor: A scattering of native flora & creatures of the forest floor, some creepy, some cute—are 
here.

Don’t say “oooh!”, say “aaah!” For this is on of the best looking wetas you’ll see. The recently discovered bluff weta can be found in scree and on rocky bluffs at Kaikoura and Mt. Somers and all over this t-shirt, available for adults and kids here.

Surface Active Artwear • Christchurch New Zealand

surfaceactive@xtra.co.nz

You can read more about the Surface Active back story here.


Events Management Group branding

EMG Events Management Group was a Christchurch firm established to support the performing arts and project manage the creation and development of large and small scale events such as outdoor theatre for the city council’s parks & recreation department, conferences, conventions and bespoke corporate events such as product launches and fundraisers.
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Poster Mr Fungus International Comic Mime

Fungustic slaprobatics: a poster for Mr Fungus

A poster for New Zealand‘s loudest mime

After training in London at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and earning a living on the competitive streets of Covent Garden and at various international busking festivals, at age 25 Fergus returned to New Zealand to work full time as an entertainer. He needed a logo and self-promotional publicity kit to enable him to market himself and provide to talent agencies. This poster is a photo montage produced using old school paste up and photolitho methods. Inverting the chair handstand ‘fungustic slaprobatic’ trick into a free-falling Mr Fungus was to play with the audience with a sort of Irish parachute sight gag, and making a poster that could be hung “correctly” upside down and still not make sense.
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Verso of Mr Fungus business card

Mr. Fungus logo & card: make a big impression at close range

Graphics must be purposeful

Recently returned to settle back in Wellington from the U.K. in 1991, having done his time entertaining Covent Garden and international festival audiences, Fergus Aitken was a busker, a young exponent of clowning, juggling, mime and the bizarre who needed a logo and a business stationery promotional kit to advertise and promote his comic mime character Mr Fungus. More broadly he needed to promote his availability for various performing arts roles and as a mime workshop teacher in community, school and tertiary education settings. The first project, a card, would be handed over personally or included in direct mail campaigns to various audiences, where it would be viewed mainly at very close range.
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Sillicon Planet’s world-wide smile promo

When it comes to promoting entertainers, creating distinction is key.

Because of the tremendous competition in the market, promotions for Circus-Arts performers, children’s entertainers, need to be well thought out, be comprehensive and also entertain the reader in the same manner as performers do in order to capture the attention of any audience world wide.

Sillicon Planet’s New Zealand audience is a mash-up of schools, festival and event organisers, corporate clientele and talent agencies.
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A pocket-size showcase brochure in a custom carbon fibre clam for the kinetic sculptures of Phil Price

Pocket-size brochure for the kinetic sculptures of Phil Price

A pocket-size showcase brochure in a custom carbon fibre clam for the kinetic sculptures of Phil Price.

A tight budget means doing more with less so this dual purpose business card brochure needed to show a range of kinetic works. Thinking of my paper as a screen or a stage I laid out a montage onto eighteen small panels that unfold into an informative, a4 size flier.
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Phil Price Sculpture rebrand & web makeover

Phil Price is a very successful New Zealand sculptor based in Melbourne and Christchurch who has achieved international renown for his mesmerising wind-activated kinetic works. A successful web design makeover outcome demanded a strong, clear, consistent focus so that all elements ’speak’ in a single voice that engages Phil’s audience.

For me, graphic design, at its best, tells a visual story with the same excitement, pacing and dynamics of a great movie, play, or musical composition, it evokes strong emotion.
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Tuwing. Kinetic sculpture by Phil Price.

Phil Price Sculpture portfolio

This gallery of Phil Price Sculpture represents a selection of images form an 8 year ongoing collaboration between myself and Phil Price (Phil Price Sculpture and MagentaDot Brands). The collaboration is a work in progress that aims to progressively document both Phil’s completed kinetic works and selected work methodologies. This selection is of the best heroic photos of the wide range of Phil’s completed outdoor, wind-activated works, large, medium and small scale, from civic sculptures to private commissions in Australia and New Zealand.
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