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We are a design store based in Christchurch, Aotearoa NZ, and our focus is on supporting and promoting local artists and creatives.

As part of maintaining our creative discipline and focus on our core values, we will be photo documenting a different creation each day that showcases the wealth of creative talent in our beautiful city. Each item must be created or designed by a local Canterbury based artist/designer/creator, and available for purchase in one of our HAPA stores.

As our city rebuilds around us its important to continue to value and acknowledge the creatives, the misfits, the dreamers... and the small businesses that showcase them.

We are the cracks in the pavement, the foraged flowers from demolition sites, the opportunities that arise from chaos...and we are beautiful MAURI ORA!


Website: www.hapa.co.nz


Day 30: High Street Dreams


This card is a reproduction of an orginal painting by local creative and artist Jenna Brown. Its called 'High Street Dreams', and it really speaks to me on multiple levels…the joyful colour and composition, the instantly recognisable architecture, and a nostalgic revisit to a space thats dear to me and many Cantabrians. Its so exiting to watch that part of our city returning to life post quake - so the image represents a dream realised in many ways.

After the Christchurch earthquakes Jenna, along with fellow artist Dr Suits, started creating art in the streets, producing the iconic ‘Band-Aids’ that soothed our broken hearts and buildings. While trained in oil painting, her practice extends into a variety of methods and materials, undertaking commissions from portraiture to commercial projects, such as the recent ‘Look Again’ cycle safety campaign which saw her paint both a mural and an actual cyclist.

Jenna is also part of the innovative Fiksate Design Studio & Gallery in New Brighton, where they showcase artworks by in-house, local, national and international artists, designers and creatives.

People like Jenna are keeping the urban artistic creative heart of our city beating…as our recovery progresses we need to ensure we continue to support the small creative businesses and gallery spaces like this that have been holding it down during challenging times. You can buy Jennas original painting and prints at www.fiksate.com, or come and see us for one of these cards :)