The Paper Rain Project x Framingham Underground

Indigo and Wills Rowe of The Paper Rain Project // Image by Rachael Brown Photography

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

It was late 2015 when I first introduced you to The Paper Rain Project –  a fascinating, highly creative endeavour fueled with passion by Indigo and Wills Rowe. 
Their work is based on values of collaboration, sustainability and always with an eye on a shared benefit. Aside from their current store in Picton and their plans for roving pop ups this summer, they have continued with their tradition of offering their handmade skateboard decks for artists to use as a canvas.
Crafted by Wills recycling wood from old winebarrels, the results are always incredibly varied. In this collection and resulting exhibition that we are celebrating, you will be amazed at the diversity of work applied by some of NZ’s most exciting artists!

The entire collection can be viewed as a whole at the cool, Framingham Wines Underground space at their winery near Blenheim.  For those of you unable to make it you can enjoy (and purchase) the pieces online here at Paper Rain Project.

Below I asked the same questions of Indigo and Will as founders, Framingham Wines as the host of the collection AND a few of the artists participating.
Why be involved in group projects?
What does art mean to them?
What do they feel is the benefit to viewing art ‘in person’?

Their thoughts on these and a preview of the collection below!

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online
Indigo and Wills Rowe of The Paper Rain Project // Image by Rachael Brown Photography
Indigo and Wills Rowe of The Paper Rain Project
Image by Rachael Brown Photography 
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Indigo Rowe, : Co-Founder of The Paper Rain Project, people person, caffeine-o’-holic & contributing artist.

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
I love connecting people and working with people to make things (art, experiences and spaces) that wouldn’t be created without one another. I love collaborations’ ability to create conversation and we hope to use this more in the future to shine a light on things that need it – art to support mental health, conservation, social and environmental causes.

Art to me is…..
An individuals’ way of communicating their expression. We all have it in us!
It’s visual communication and one of the coolest ways to say something, be it to raise awareness or just for fun.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
Atmosphere & connection! It’s similar to my thoughts on collaboration – none of the works will stand alone as well as they will with a squad of other artworks alongside it.
We haven’t just created a collaborative series of works, we’ve curated a space and an event, without which you’d be missing half of the experience 🙂 We WILL, however, have heaps of shots online as we totally understand that people outside of Marlborough may not be able to make it.

Wills Rowe : Co-Founder of The Paper Rain Project, electric car enthusiast, green product designer, board shaper

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this? 
I love being able to create a recycled canvas which then goes on to artists to make their mark on. Each of them work the wood so differently and it’s awesome getting them back in and pulling them together to make a show.

Art to me is….
about a person’s expression. It could be through wood, food, music or the way they write or dress. It’s whatever you want it to be.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
Pictures just can’t say it all. These artworks are three dimensional works which need to be appreciated in person (if possible!)

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Jordan Debney : Artist

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
I’ve always enjoyed doing work for Paper Rain! It’s always a pleasure and provides me the opportunity to create something brand new for their unique audience.

Art to me is…..
A raw visual representation of self expression, a personal language that tells us whats going on in people lives and what they feel.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
With my work in particular, people are always blown away and tell me all the time “They look so much more overwhelming in person”. That is exactly what I am trying to achieve. Digital images on a small screen never do my work justice because you can’t “experience” it like you can in a gallery, the way the light reflects off certain colours and surfaces, nonetheless, without digital screens no one would get the chance to view them at all.

Click here to view Jordan’s board here.

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

Michel Tuffery : Artist

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
My art has always held environmental and cultural narrative. Colab-ing with Indigo and Will’s recycled wine barrel initiative holds natural synergy with my kaupapa and art practise.

Art to me is….. my first language.
I was drawing before i could speak, write or read. It allows me to communicate the way in whichIi see the world.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
I was sent to a school in central Wellington that ran a new pilot program to help me with my dyslexia. From there I always got in trouble with my Mum as I would just take myself off to visit galleries and the old Dominion Museum after school.  Spaces like this are important as they storyboard our history and equally they provide us expressions of contemporary thinking. Our creative spaces have expanded to online profile now and that’s all part of our evolution, equally both have key roles to play.
For me personally, that direct connection to the ‘art’ happens more profoundly in that physical connect.

Click here to see Michel Tuffery’s boards

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

Kelly Spencer : Artist

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
The Paper Rain Project provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with a brand that has heart, soul and which has ethics which align with my own. This is important to me as an artist in both my personal and professional work. It also creates space to play on the same field as fantastic artists from across the country, keeping the community strong and ever growing by exhibiting together frequently.

Art to me is….. everything at all times.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
Textures, shapes, light..! All of those elements which have been the talking points of art since the dawn of time. Scrolling through square shaped digital renditions is all well and good, but to see a piece in person is to gather up all of the feels. You can zoom in with your very own eyes as deep as you please, observe the brush strokes and all of the peaks and flaws.

Click here to view Kelly’s board.

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

ellaquaint  : Artist

What motivates you to involve yourself in group projects like this?  
I so enjoy working with the lovely folk at the Paper Rain Project. Their core values are in alignment with my own so being asked to be involved with their Causes range as well as their One of One skate decks has been a treat. Giving back is something that has been an integral part of my upbringing and I appreciate working with people who are keen to collaborate in that way too.
Painting on skate decks allows me to play with formats that I wouldn’t normally select. Sustainably / ethically produced design and art is something that I value and I personally strive to incorporate those elements into my own art practice. Also it is exciting to have the opportunity to exhibit with other inspiring, talented folk.

Art to me is….. life.
It is wairua. It is fickle – one moment you are motivated and in the zone with hundreds of ideas;  the next crickets. Nothing.
Just like living, art is in a constant state of flux.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
No matter how amazing the photographic documentation is, you can never experience the essence of an art work through images in books or online. When in the same space as an exhibition, you actually get to walk around and view the pieces in context. You get to observe the way the light shifts across different surfaces and how the art work appears from various angles. Subtle details, especially on 3 dimensional surfaces,  can never be successfully captured anywhere but in real time and in life.

Another wonderful aspect about going to gallery openings is that often you get to meet the artists themselves, to gain further insight into their art making processes and ideas. Being able to chat with others and experience their responses and interpretations is also an added bonus that can enrich your own interpretation of the work.

Click here to see the boards by ellaquaint.

Artwork on handmade skate board from recycled wine barrel as part of Paper Rain Project group show hosted by Framlingham Wines // Blenheim New Zealand // available online

Framingham Wines – host of the exhibition

What motivates you involve yourself in group projects like this?
We are huge on celebrating individuality, therefore projects which support talented people who are into doing things differently gets us pumped!
The skill and time that Wills puts into recycling the wine barrels into boards felt really relevant AND inspiring to us!

Art to me is…..
Expression of your individuality.

All this beautiful work will be available online as well – what do you think the drawcard is of viewing art in person?
The Framingham Underground is a hidden creative space smack bang in the heart of Marlborough wine country. We love to host pop up gigs, band recordings and it often transforms into our very own winery band practise room. The Paper Rain Project Skateboard collection is just looks incredible in our special place and we like to think this is one of the more interesting spots to come view top level local art!

 

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