Today’s conversation is with iconic New Zealand artist and mum of two boys FLOX.
Having built her brand over many years, FLOX is one of New Zealand’s most recognised contemporary artists, redefining what it is to be a practicing artist in the 21st century. An aerosol and stencil artist with a fine art degree, FLOX first made her mark on the inner cityscape of Auckland in 2003. Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of New Zealand’s environmental taonga (treasure).
FLOX has always maintained a philosophy of “making art for the people” and making her art accessible which has seen her take her own artistic lane by avoiding the traditional artist/gallery relationship. Utilising her long term experience and skill set, FLOX has also spent the last few years putting energy into teaching workshops and passing on her creative knowledge.
Her shop and working studio - Haus Of Flox can be found in Grey Lynn, Auckland and she has just opened up a new gallery space next door called Eyes on Fire which aims to be a gallery by artists, for artists
Haus of Flox, 13 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
Eyes on Fire Gallery, 15 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
Links from today’s episode:
iPad Pro & Fresco App
Books illustrated by Flox
Tu Meke Tutatara
Tu Meke Tui
Charles and Janine Williams
House of Dragon
About your host:
Kate Hursthouse is an artist, creative business owner and single mother to one awesome kid. She has run her own creative business since 2014 and has been involved in a whole range of projects over the years - from commercial illustrations and design projects to contemporary art, children’s book illustrations and hand painted murals.
She started this podcast to try and answer the question: how do we continue to be creative and produce creative work, while raising children? Her goal is to create a little corner of the internet where creative mothers share their stories and gain a feeling of community, understanding and inspiration.
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