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Paper Rain Pop Up Shop


Wed 9 May 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm
Thu 10 May 2018, 9:00am–8:00pm
Fri 11 May 2018, 9:00am–8:00pm
Sat 12 May 2018, 9:00am–8:00pm
Sun 13 May 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm

Where: Ponsonby Central, Corner of Ponsonby & Richmond Roads, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: indigo3

Nelson artist Hannah Starnes will paint in-store at The Paper Rain Project’s new pop up shop in Ponsonby, transforming recycled wine barrels with oils.

The public painting is just one of the events being run by The Paper Rain team, as it morphs its business model to focus on transient spaces and an online shop, says founder Indigo Greenlaw.

“We work with artists throughout New Zealand to create streetwear and skateboard art that celebrates shared design, a social ethic and environmental responsibility. Those collaborations mean Paper Rain’s roots stretch well beyond our home in Picton - we wanted the business to reflect that.”

The latest pop up shop, which coincides with the company’s 5th birthday, is at Shop 4A at Ponsonby Central from April 30 to May 13, followed by a yet to be disclosed Wellington location in mid-July, says Indigo.

“We are looking to arrange coffee cupping, social cause chats and live painting at the weekends from several of our guest artists in our pop ups going forward, further involving other local initiatives and perspectives.”

Co-founder, Wills Rowe, crafts the staves of used French oak wine barrels or locally grown marcocarpa into gleaming longboard artworks. These are then painted or etched by artists and designers, including Indigo and Paper Rain assistant manager, Hannah Heslop.

The team also produce a Cause range of fair trade organic cotton t-shirts that are adorned with art from the likes of Michael Tuffery and Sean Duffell, with a portion of their sale price gifted to selected charities.

A Nga Tuna t-shirt created with Tuffery, for example, will help Sustainable Coastlines while a new Duffell t-shirt design is raising money for the Wildlife Hospital, Dunedin.

“We work with amazing people who know that business can be about ethical products, beautiful designs and social enterprise,” says Indigo. “It’s about making thoughtful connections and honest transactions for good.”

She hopes they’ll soon have pop up shops in Queenstown, Wanaka, Christchurch and Melbourne, taking their ethos, events and products as far afield as they can.

“We’re changing our business model to become more fluid, to bring our product, story and selves to more people who want to be involved in it. Besides, NZ is a stunning country to travel around!”

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