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Capturing New Zealand’s identity

NZ illustrator Belinda Ellis captures these well-loved Kiwi symbols and more in her latest book Iconz, which takes a look at New Zealand’s popular culture and history.

Ellis’ 64 illustrations pay homage to our culture, while narration by writer Richard Wolfe fleshes out the history of each image. These range from caricatures of Fred Dagg and Flight of the Conchords, to line drawings of paua and mud pools.

Says Ellis: “It pays tribute to those things that make this country unique, and that we have made our own – our ‘kiwitanga’, our quintessential customs, artefacts, landscape and people.”

Iconz is available from good bookstores, and is released in conjunction with complementary stationery and clothing from Live Wires and Mr Vintage respectively.

Surf, design, travel – these are the things that gets Leigh out of bed every morning (those, and a piping hot cup of milky tea). She holds qualifications in both fashion design and communications, and has written a bunch of fashion, beauty, food, travel and design stories.

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