Having lived in London for six years, I was beginning to miss New Zealand so anything that reminded me of home was welcome. It was around this time I was looking for art for the walls of my new flat. This was an opportunity to represent NZ in my living space.
I hunted endlessly for New Zealand art and posters but I didn't come across the right piece. I had a vision in my head – it had to be something minimal but authentic. I liked the idea of vintage travel posters or maps, but none were minimal in their design.
I started exploring the idea of creating something myself, but an original design wouldn't have the authenticity I wanted. I remembered a postcard my mother had sent me from NZ and the stamp she had used (of course I remember the design of the stamp). So I started exploring NZ post stamps and came across a series from 1931.