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Tess Sheerin - Artist and Environmental Activist
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Artist // Environmental Activist
Artist // Environmental Activist

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This New Zealand fur seal was a bonus to unexpectedly capture after the beach clean up at Ruapuke. A reminder of how precious our surroundings are :)

Well done to Ross French for sneaking this footage! A little shaky without a tripod but we are stoked to be filming with the canon fx200!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZzyLGfVKQQ&list=PLida3wwuu-zwgYl78r4EULAddRBiy9Lh_
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Steve Cutts Knows Whats Up!

I think Steve Cutts work is amazing, he has such a clever and humerous way or portraying some serious/sad issues!

This is a must see video in case you haven't had the chance yet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfGMYdalClU

This is his website if your keen to see more: http://www.stevecutts.com/
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05/02/2018
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Namaste! It seems surreal to be home in New Zealand. There is no way to describe the last two and a half months but that my adventures in Nepal were a total mixed bag. It was my first time experiencing life in a third world country and one that I shall never forget. In general the Nepalese were amazing people who, as a whole, were a kind and caring bunch. We started exploring the local areas in Kathmandu before heading off to the Langtang Trek. It's true that in New Zealand we have some of the most amazing landscape in the world but the share scale of the Himalayas was completely mind blowing.

We signed up to help build a school with All Hands in Hearts Volunteers in the Sindhupalchok district which was hit badly in the 2015 earthquake. The work was back breaking; we nick named in prison camp because it felt like that on some days but I meet some great people and we were working towards an important cause. A good thing to remember to bring is a re-usable water bottle. I found boiled/filtered water quite easily and was happy to avoid adding to their plastic waste problem which is awful.

I loved seeing a variety of animals, the cow, yaks, goats, buffalo, monkeys, chickens, donkeys, cats and of course the street dogs. While many Nepalese are kind to animals I was traumatised by the scale of animal cruelty. I asked a Nepalese women in Kathmandu why dogs were treated so badly in certain areas. I explained that I had witnessed a 6 year old girl throw quite a big rock at a puppy earlier that day and watched her laughing at the pain she had caused. The woman replied that it is the uneducated, poor people that behaved that way. Being an animal lover I found all of it hard to deal with to say the least.

Pokhara was a refreshing change as many Nepalese people had pets because of western influence. The cuisine was fantastic; our diet back at camp had consisted mainly of Dal Bhat so a variety was welcome. I also was really impressed with some of the murals; I’ve included just a couple in amongst this blog post.

Here’s a small selection of photographs from the experience. I will say how grateful I am to be back in New Zealand and will never take for granted how lucky we are to have a beautifully clean country, hot showers, water we can have straight out of the tap, a comfortable bed, a toilet that is clean and the luxury of quality soil to grow nutritious vegetables and fruit. The trots was certainly a reoccuring theme throughout the trip!

Happy New Year, whoop whoop 2018!!
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08/01/2018
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The Unsealed Process Video is ready to watch, feel free to share this video to help raise awareness about the increasing problem with water pollution and its effect on wildlife: https://vimeo.com/217574666
Thanks to those of you who were at the Volstead Trading Company last night for the premier. Shout outs to Richie from the Volstead, Ryan and Misty from Three Boys Brewery for donating the raffle prize!
HUGE shout outs to the awesome Ross French for the time spent filming and editing, great stuff!
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That is right humans, we have finished the fifth and final mural of the New Zealand's Worth Loving, pollution awareness mural tour!

Mural location: 237 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 (side of Cumberland House).

After 12 full on days, battling with a variety of weather including the famous Wellington wind that swirls in many directions, we managed to complete the 'Doubtful Dolphin' mural.

The dolphin is one of my favourite marine mammals, we must remember that becasue of there coastal nature they are susceptible to human impacts. In this mural the dolphin portrays a storm drain for a stomach, many of which lead to the sea, I would like people to think about what they are putting down drains as well rubbish pollution on our beaches.

THANK YOU Ross French for your amazing photography and film work on this project as well as your patience dealing with an insane artist haha. THANK YOU Canon for the amazing opportunity of winning the community grant; Inspiring Tomorrow. We have loved learning to use the FX200 camera and enjoying the wide angled lens.

A HUGE SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to all the people, charities and SPONSORS that contributed and or made this possible, especially the owner of the building of Cumberland House, Fullstop Printing, Hirepool, Wellington City Council, Resene, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Our Seas Our Future, Sustainable Coastlines and of course my family and friends for your support (especially my mum Wil Breukelaar who came up from Christchurch to help) I love you all xxo

We hope that by doing this mural for the Wellington community we can motivate people to take there rubbish with them and/or pick up any rubbish and respect the environment that surrounds us. Animals have no say but we do!

Do it for the dolphins; NEW ZEALAND'S WORTH LOVING

http://worthloving.org/
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29/09/2017
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Day 1 on the pollution awareness mural in Wellington, New Zealand. Luckily we had the perfect day to paint the backdrop, no wind and hardly any cars in the carpark!
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I feel pretty flattered to be asked to speak at the Winter Festival Pecha Kutch in Queenstown :) I'll be sharing some of the background as to how the New Zealand's Worth Loving tour started and show some interesting photographs including this image of a NZ fur seal by Darren Gardiner, I love that little guy.

Click here for more info about the event and to get your tickets: http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/queenstown/events/59083bd13c70ef2d08000053
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20/06/2017
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The Poorly Penguin Process Video is ready to watch, feel free to share this video to help raise awareness about the increasing problem with water pollution and its effect on wildlife: https://vimeo.com/216935029

Shout outs to the awesome Ross French for the time spent filming and editing, great stuff!! http://rossfrench.com/
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Yeahhh Crayfish!!!

Stoked to have finished the 4th mural of the 'New Zealand's Worth Loving' pollution awareness mural tour. The mural is based on a Crayfish and has a jubilee clip and nova coil belly, bringing to attention that we must think about what we are putting down our drains as well as the rubbish on our beached. Join us on Friday the 21st of April at the Mural at 11am for a beach clean up, with Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

'Clampfish' took 9 days to complete, dodging the insane weather we had. Thankyou Takapuna for having us and all the amazing comments and support from the local community.

A special shout out to Terrance Harpur at Auckland Live, Peter Graham at Bruce Mason Centre, Terry Holt from Takapuna Beach Business Association, Gary Richardson and Brent from Hirepool, Ross French the amazing filmaker, Jo Powell from Keep New Zealand Beautiful, Noël Jhinku from Our Seas Our Future, Alan Wild from Super Print, Jim and Sandy Auckland at Takapuna Art Supplies and Greg Scadden at Wilsons Carpark, you are all amazing! Thankyou

NEW ZEALAND'S WORTH LOVING!
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19/04/2017
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Thats right humans, 35 hours drawing sped up to 20 seconds. Meet Charlie the tahr, my latest drawing. I know the tahr are a pest and threat here in New Zealand because of the destruction they cause to our native plants but this is a light hearted piece, regardless of their label I can’t help marvel at their beauty. Imagine busting around the Southern Alps on the back of one of these!

Massive thankyou to the Queenstown Arts Centre for having me as an artist in residence, I will miss you!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28xCbcXvUdg
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