I’m a “Keep NZ Beautiful” Ambassador

X June 1, 2019

Super honoured to be doing my part in looking after this amazing world.

Read my Q+A about becoming an ambassador below xx

What was your reaction to being asked to become a KNZB ambassador?
I was all about it! I’m truly honoured to be a part of this opportunity and look forward to what the role entails.

What are some little things you do in your day-to-day life that contribute to the cause?
At home we use reusable bags and lunch wrap options and at work we are looking at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint beyond the general recycling that we already do.

Do you think New Zealand has changed from your own childhood experiences?
Compared to a couple of decades ago, I think the majority of us would like to see more action taken on returning our rivers to their former glory and protecting our surrounding oceans. It’s super alarming to hear how high the extinction rate has become (worldwide) in both land and sea eco systems.
I know it’s not much, but I like to use my mural work as a way to visually speak about some of these issues, while at the same time celebrating specific communities and their unique surroundings.

What’s your best memory of a Beautiful New Zealand?
Swimming in the rivers, camping and playing outdoors.

How do you want to leave the country after you’ve gone?
I guess like most people, you want to leave it how you found it right?

What makes you the proudest to be a Kiwi?
Right now, Jacinda Ardern.

If you could change one thing about New Zealand, what would it be?
I love that we are so far away from the rest of this often crazy world, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to fly for so long to get anywhere?! That would reduce my carbon footprint wouldn’t it!

Do you have any advice on how others can join the cause?
It’s the little things. I heard the other day that a couple of our supermarkets are about to introduce a ‘bring your own container’ for the deli section. How cool is that? Get into the habit of having empty containers in your car (next to your reusable shopping bags!)

 

Keep New Zealand Ambassadors – artist Hayley King, radio broadcaster Stacey Morrison, chef Michael Van de Elzen and TV journalist Melissa Chan-Green.

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My Story

As an aerosol and stencil artist with a fine art degree, Flox has been making her mark on the inner cityscape of Auckland since 2003.

Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga. Using distinctly vibrant and confident colour on a scale combined with delicacy they have magically transformed grey walls into vibrant depictions of the natural world.

Flox swiftly expanded her practice into prints, publications, murals, graphic design, live painting, projects and workshops for both schools and the wider public. She has been involved in numerous collaborations, charity work and both group and solo exhibitions.

Her accessible narratives have broadened the appeal and shaped her into one of New Zealand’s most recognised contemporary artists.

In recent years Flox has focused on refining new ideas, exploring other cultures and pushing her own artistic boundaries. This resulted in a three-month Artist Residency in Taiwan and a journey to Udaipur in India, to expand her international audiences.

Seen everywhere from Berlin, Hong Kong, New York, Taiwan, India and the US, Flox continues spreading her wings and making her presence felt across public spaces and homes worldwide.

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