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Chili Philly

The Instagram star and self-described ‘maker of art’ has been creating food inspired crochet outfits over the past few years, and in that time has amassed quite the impressive social media following. Now, Phil is in the midst of his first ever international exhibition right here in Aotearoa as part of the incredible Wellington On A Plate festival.

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Zakea Page

Zakea is a Wellington-based artist currently studying at Massey University. Born in England to international teachers, he grew up both here and in Vietnam, China, Kuwait and Bangladesh before coming back to NZ. He says his favourite place in Aotearoa is the Wellington waterfront, “it’s awesome for skating or running to let off steam”.

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Max Patté

Max Patté is a British-born artist based in Miramar, perhaps best known for his beloved Solace in the Wind piece located on the Wellington Waterfront. In the midst of a four month trip abroad we caught up with Max to gain insight into his process, design philosophy and thoughts on artwork appreciation vs. investment.

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The Craic

‘What’s the craic?’ was an expression I grew up hearing, a child born of Irish parents. ‘What’s the goss?’ my Kiwi friends would say, and ‘What’s happening?’ We all wanted to know what was going on, whether it was things that affected us locally and personally, or events occurring elsewhere, perhaps not even in our own country, which would bear little or no relevance to our own lives.

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Notes vs. Apps

In this modern world of apps and touchscreens, there is more variety than ever when it comes to digitally tracking tasks, setting reminders and taking notes—yet there is a strong case to be made that none of this fancy software or advanced technology can ever replace the freedom and reliability of a notebook and pen. Analogue note taking has several benefits which its digital counterpart cannot reproduce, and the act of physically writing something down has a profound effect on the mind when it comes to memory and cognition (Allen, 2001).

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Forgotten Film

Eagerly, we huddled around the screen to see what we were dealing with; we’d need a face or a signpost, or some other context to have any hope of tracking down the photographer. We got lucky.

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