Established in the hope to inspire ourselves and each other and create more opportunities for potential collaborations, freelance work and to also capture the heart and soul of Christchurch from the young creatives eye.
Focusing on artistic talent, special places, skate and street culture, the best coffee, sick gigs and well being; a mish mash of collective and radical ideas, we hope you enjoy our content just as much as we did creating it.
“I love getting my hands dirty in any creative outlet.
I have worked on many projects usually with an environmental or political motivation.
Currently I am working on a sustainable street wear brand Future Apparel that uses waste and by products of fast fashion to create new commodities. Aside from art and design I love to explore Aotearoa, practice yoga and drink coffee ;-)” - Kophie
Artist | Smartass | Illustrator (in that order)
Tattoo Enthusiast and Cat/Dr. Marten collector from another planet (pretty sure) Mcchesney (Chez) produces illustrations and art with a focus mainly on realism. Besides being a crazy creative witch medusa loving demon spawn of artistic realism/snake charmer 🐍, Mcchesney drinks gin and threatens to paint “something pink” (bet it’ll be a snake) one day. I hope not. Welcome to XCHC
Website | Instagram
Poet | Potter | Drawer | Animator | Sculptor | Fashion Designer | Ceramicist (and yes I’m forgetting 1 or 5)
Not just an incredibly beautiful and creative thinker, Suzanne turns everything she touches into a one-of-a-kind treasure. When she’s not playing on a slack-line, rock-climbing, doing acro-yoga, or with her kitten Walter, she’s probably playing somewhere else. Her hugs will change the way you feel about life.
Illustrator // Visual Artist
The RAD Collective
Lucia is the RAD’s resident international artist! From an early age, she started running around the streets of Berlin experimenting with graffiti. From here her passion grew for street art, graffiti and typography. A visual artist, her talent goes far beyond the street and spray cans, taking her love for graffiti into intricate and beautiful typography. Bringing the street to The RAD, Lucia’s work is unlike anyone else’s and we are so lucky to have her!
Designer // Illustrator
The RAD Collective
Jimi is one of the Co-founders of The RAD Collective. A graphic designer by trade, she has transformed her skills into product development and packaging design. She loves design, not just for its own sake but for what it can do for people. In her down time she focuses on quirky and weird illustrations and is now on her way to building her own apparel line, Lone Wolf. She’s the brains behind the business and our team wouldn’t be the same without her drive and apparent focus.
Film Producer // Photographer
The RAD Collective
Josh is a film producer with a love for visual arts. On the way up, Josh’s core focus is aligning his passion with his revenue – telling popular stories through the camera. Josh is highly involved in the arts, working on Street Prints 2017 and also doing personal photography and videography in his spare time. Our team wouldn’t have that natural appeal without him and we’re stoked to have him on board!
RAG: Repair > Alterations > Garments
Sylvia is a fashion designer who's passionate about upcycling; re-creating clothing into boutique 1-of-a-kind garments. Let's target the waste from the garment industry, the 2nd biggest cause of waste in the world! She also does custom design for local theatre companies including Free Theatre. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook for updates
Creative - Directrice of the photography business
Loves - adventures.Is curious about - learning new things & meeting new people.
Adores - design, art and beauty.
Passionate about - transformations of places, situations, communities and people.
Favourite word - “Awesome.”
(makes the best chocolate cake you’ll ever taste!)
Architect | Outdoors
Craig Jarvis is an architectural designer with a passion for simplicity and sustainability. His TEDx talk reflects his desire to design real, ecological, regenerative and affordable residential dwellings,
promoting materials, building systems & technics that are truly green.
Freelancer | Graphic Design | Photo/Video
Levi is a jack of all trades.. like all the cool ones. He even asked if he could build us a tool library. Not “hey, you know what this place needs, YOU should start a tool library”.. but, “Hey, can I help by building a tool library?” Boom.
Traveller, acro-yogi, plays fetch when Walter the cat king throws him the ball.
Glass Beads | Silversmith
Jewellery design with Sterling Silver, Anodised Niobium, Jewellery Brass and Copper. Available from Form Gallery, The Jewellery Box Pop Up, and XCHC in Christchurch, and The Poi Room in Auckland.
Also member and occasional Tutor at The Silversmiths Guild of Canterbury.
Artist | Mom | Your best friend | Mr Browns adopted mother | Spiritual leader of the room (at all times)
Saskia always speaks from her heart, usually through excessive gesturing and spontaneous dance. She walks the talk of sustainable living… only her life is a catwalk… and she rocks the shit out of it.
“When I don’t have the right shoes for outfits, its not a good day.” - The last thing she said.. so you know she’s legit
Simone is the maker behind Wild Felt, a constantly growing collection of felted accessories, slippers, jewelery and strange sea creatures... If you can imagine it, she can felt it! She gets excited about all things wool, sustainable crafts and pushing creative boundaries. When she's not felting, Simone also loves making shoes, zines, poems and coleslaw.
Coffee expert and classically trained musician.
"I built a coffee roaster in 2007, and have been roasting since. I am always looking for more interesting, tasty coffee (All ethically produced) to roast, from discerning sources... Join me in my coffee adventure, with fresh roasted specialty coffee delivered fresh to your door!"
Office for Holistic Urbanism
Ohu is creating a new way of being where people and communities are at the heart of property development. We work with communities to develop assets which will sustain and strengthen their community. We believe it is possible for people with a common purpose to work together to collectively create and own assets that generate both a social and economic value. Ohu Development is developing the infrastructure needed to support communities to collectively own what they create together, including property, financial, legaland social structures.
Graphic Designer | Illustrator | Sign-Writer
website | Instagram
Starting off with crayons as a kid and some “holiday art classes, painting watercolors with my Nan and a very old SLR camera”, Talya has paved her way to studying a Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging and pursuing her design work full time.
With a broad background in both fine and visual arts she can tackle almost any creative project you or your business might have.