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.
Illustrator | Dollmaker | Filmmaker
Hilary is a freelance illustrator & filmmaker, and is the designer and maker of Courage Dolls. Her illustrations seek to ignite the inner child, her film work celebrates the simple and natural beauty of life and makers, and her dolls are made to inspire and empower their beholder, to have courage to follow their heart. Hilary also enjoys facilitating self discovery workshops through illustrative journalling and dollmaking for all age groups.
Designer | Curator & Conservator | Kirtaneer | Philosopher
Kuva spent most of his adult life as a 1st world refugee in India, observing and studying the traditional arts and philosophies of India's rich cultural heritage. Formally trained as an Art Conservator in Los Angeles, Kuva now curates and conserves the sacred, having revived the traditional art of handblock printed Mantra scarves in India with his brand Nam Walli. Kuva has curated sacred spaces through large scale decor at sacred music festivals and events across Europe and America. You'll find him at XCHC always tinkering, inventing, designing & philosophising.
“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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.