For Shirley | sprayed by Dager

For Shirley | sprayed by Dager

 One of eight fence panels that makes up 'the street loves nana'. This original design is painted by Dager.

The sewing has been completed by a cast of many - sometimes over coffee and crumpets - captured here is its growth stitch by stitch.

Here's what Dager says about his Nana - Shirley.


When we went to Nana's house way back when, without fail there would be a garden tour. Mum and Nana, and Auntie if she was there, would walk around Nana's garden talking about how each plant was getting along since last time, and taking cuttings for their own gardens.
As kids we loved playing in Nana's garden. It was on quite a slope, terraced and the plants all fully established (overgrown in parts). That meant there were heaps of nooks and crannys for us to hide in, make forts and play.
That's how I remember it anyway. Knowing me, I'd show this to Mum and she'd say "Oh no, that's not right, you kids used to hate the garden tours!" But in my mind it was a fond memory. Love you Nana.

'the street loves nana' is an original idea conceived by designer Margaret Lewis to be a collaborative project between herself, NZ street artists and anyone wanting to give handcraft a go.


I've come from a history of grafitti, painting large scale works in the streets with spray-paint. These days I don't sneak around so much, preferring legal walls and painting in my studio, having time to create the work how I want it to look as opposed to rushing under pressure.

Grafitti is often text-based and this is the angle I've been playing along recently, painting typeface in sign-writer styles, using a brush more than a can.

Technical Information: 

Fence mesh - framed by pallet timber - handsewn with wool.