Rebeka Whale

Rebeka is an experience designer, creating delightful worlds for offices, street games, dance events, site-specific theatre shows, parties, retreats, film shoots, conferences and functions.

An honors graduate of the first cohort of Performance Designers from Toi Whakaari – NZ Drama School and Massey University, Rebeka has created sets, puppets, props and costumes, as well as performed with local theatre practitioners such as The Conch, Taki Rua, Java Dance Co, Rose Beauchamp, Ake Ake Theatre Co, and the Solid Gold Galaxy FM Soundsystem.

Rebeka has co-working space management & community building experience across the startup and sustainability spheres; having worked for Enviroschools, The Sustainability Trust, ReGeneration, Enspiral, Inspiring Stories, BizDojo, and volunteered on over 30 projects within this kaupapa.

She loves Secret Cinema, and Afternoon Teas.

Beka’s website

Rieko Woodford-Robinson

The very old and much loved soft toys depicted in Rieko’s portraits seem to be a little reluctant to reveal their stories, where as her anthropomorphic animals are placed in sceneries that seem to be taken from almost forgotten childhood tales.Her paintings give people a tiny window into the lives of the characters. Her work is influenced by pop surrealism and the Old Masters of the 17th century.

Rieko was born in Japan and moved to New Zealand in 1999 where she began exploring her artistic side. Now she lives and works as an artist and illustrator in Wellington.

Rieko’s website.

Kelly Spencer

Back in 2008 I was on a boat in Nicaragua, and I shared the ocean breeze with a lady who was funding her travels with her design skills. That, to me – lover of travel and creativity – seemed genius. Since then, I have been operating as a freelance designer-illustrator-adventurer who is mostly based in Wellington (but tends to wander frequently). My interests lie heavily in the field of lettering and type, and poster design. Creative adventures to date have involved: Book illustration, web design, tshirt graphics, gig posters, identity design, set design, music festival branding, street art, and painting a life sized fiberglass baby elephant.

Kelly’s website.

Stephen Templer

Visit Wellington and follow the pungent smell of coffee and you will find Steve’s studio. Enter his Victoria st grotto and you will be in a world full of curious objects and Mexican Day of the Dead relics. Indulge your imagination and set sail on a fantastic adventure!

Stephen is a Whanganui Design School graduate and worked as a designer in Wellington and in London. During these years, Stephen was also working as an Illustrator and having exhibitions of his own work.

In the year 2000 after returning from the UK, Stephen decided to concentrate on Illustration and his own artwork. So taking his life in his hands Steve embarked on the perilous journey to becoming a full time Artist and Illustrator. Harnessing his imagination and un-stoppable energy, he has thrived on the many challenges which have come his way. This can be seen in his prolific outstanding work firstly for ad agencies, publishers, and design shops.

He has also poured his energies into community projects like murals for the city council and building and designing elaborate floats and costumes for the Wellington Batucada, a community Samba band. He is also a member of the up-and-coming band The Beat Squad and all male dance revue The Leisure Steppers.

Never turning down a great project, Steve has also made stage sets, music videos and more recently animation. In 2007, children’s musicians Fat Cat and Fish Face commissioned Stephen and his sister Ruth Templer to make a kid’s music video called the The Wreck of the Diddley which featured in the 2007 International Film Festival. The film was very well received and it has since been shown in Melbourne and London. Ruth and Steve are working on other animation projects for Fat Cat and Fish Face. The Wreck of the Diddley has now also been produced as a printed children’s book.

Steve was also enlisted in Peter Jackson’s army, working in the film industry as a graphic designer and Illustrator on the feature film King Kong and more recently as a props designer for The Hobbit.

Stay tuned to the exciting world of Stephen Templer because you never know what amazing adventure will be embarked upon next.

Contact Steve on 021 131 7095 or email to

Steve’s website.

Jon Coddington

Jon Coddington emerged like a bronze butterfly onto the Wellington theatre and art scene after defeating the Bachelor of Performance Design, hailing from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, and Massey University. Since then he has gone on many adventures, in the realms of theatre, film, animation, puppetry, and illustration.

Recently, his puppetry work has gone all over the place, from a stint working with the Police (Force, not Sting), to a highly successful tabletop marionette show, Puppet Fiction, staged at The Pit Bar at Bats Theatre. This show was a puppetry-parody of the 1993 film Pulp Fiction, and went on to win the NZ Fringe Festival Award for Best Production Design. In future he plans to develop more work for children, stage more bombastic shows, and venture forth into stop-frame animation.

Jon has always felt a furry feeling within him, and he now feels the badger within has finally come home.

Puppet Fiction Website.

Yasmin El Orfi

Yasmine’s illustration spans the spectrum from commercial graphic design/illustration work to character design and fine art. As well as design and digital illustration, she likes painting, creating 3D objects and paper folding.

In her personal/fine art work she is interested in the space between design and art, particularly toys, anthropomorphism, and infographics as fine art. Yasmine studied Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Illustration at Massey Design School in Welly town.

View portfolio here.

Sean Duffel

I believe originality in one’s work is paramount as an artist and art in public spaces should ultimately aim to empower the surrounding community. My hope is that my work will add a sense of vibrancy and contribute culturally to the areas that I am painting in, and that the members of these communities will take ownership and pride in the murals.

Sean’s website.