The Western Bay Museum
Recently I went on a road trip back to my home town of Katikati, to antique a printers' type cabinet for the new Western Bay of Plenty Museum.
During his younger years my father, John Logan, was a ship's printer who operated an old treadle platen printing press. He has been asked to operate a similar restored machine at the new museum that aims to show students and the general public how small printed material was produced over 100 years ago.
The museum was unable to source a functional wooden type cabinet for their display, so dad asked me if I could transform this shabby, metal, 1960s-era type cabinet into a wooden-looking cabinet for them, which would have been in keeping with the age of the printing press.
Using a 100 year-old type cabinet as a guide, which the museum was unable to use functionally as it had been modified – I intricately painted the metal cabinet, detailing the fine wood grain and paneling to make it look as much like the original as possible.
I'm really pleased with the result, as was my father and the museum director. I look forward to seeing it being used in the operations of the print display.
Ghost in the Shell
For the past 8 months I have been working as a set finisher in the paint department for Ghost in the Shell, a US block buster feature film being made here in Wellington.
Myself and three other lovely folks, Lucy, Jamiesina and Hayden, became the night crew for the most part of this year so far, painting away the nights together in an assortment of strange and interesting sets.
It was an odd time, being somewhat removed from the forays of the general populous. But I enjoyed learning new skills, honing my existing ones and most of all making some good new mates.
To the right here is a design I created for our own limited edition night shift t-shirts and hoodies. It depicts the four of us in true Charlie's Angles style!
Miss you guys!