Evie Kemp is an Auckland based artist and designer. A lot of her work is in textile or surface design; she spends her days applying her love of colour and pattern to almost anything she can get her hands on!
For our Christmas paper, Evie was given the brief to create an iconically “Christmassy” design but without the typical (and off-season) imagery of snowy scenes. Evie instead incorporated the icons of a kiwi Christmas… “because our Christmas traditions are important too, they’re just different!”
Evie’s favourite icon on the wrapping paper is the fish and chips! “My favourite!” And the cheeky Pukeko stealing a chip! Whilst Evie loves a kiwi Christmas now, it definitely wasn’t the case when she first moved to New Zealand!
“My Family moved to NZ [from England] when I was 14 and we were living up in Red Beach [on the Hibiscus Coast, Auckland]. My parent’s insisted on the “Christmas Day at the beach” thing as it was such a novel idea for them. The weather (typically) though wasn’t playing ball and it was rainy and as a very grumpy teenager I just went and sat in the car!”
Evie has since come around to enjoying and embracing the positives of having a Christmas lunch outdoors!
Evie loved creating our wrap knowing it would be beneath trees on Christmas Day! “It’s a real thrill to see everyone getting their gifts wrapped in it at the wrapping stations in the run up to Christmas. It feels like after the year we’ve had there isn’t a better time to truly celebrate the uniqueness of a kiwi Christmas!”
Find out more about Evie Kemp here: WEBSITE and INSTAGRAM