BMD - Street artists
BMD is a two-piece band painting large scale public artworks throughout New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s most prolific street art duos, their work features on buildings in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Taupo and New Plymouth, including a huge interior wall at the Canterbury Museum. www.bmdisyourfriend.com
Their BraveArt work was another example of the charity projects they love to work on which produce meaningful artworks. For Heather's torso they used spray cans to create a graded colour base. Then they painted around their well-recognised characters to infill with white paint in a stencil effect.
BMD's wall for Shark Alliance drawing attention to shark finning is a stand out in the Wellington landscape, opposite Waitangi Park. They see public art as a great vehicle for getting people’s attention.
They are proud of the fact that they only sell work through charities and love turning art into cash to help others. Their egg (above) was part of the Whittakers Big Egg Hunt 2014 Starship Hospital fundraiser. They were very pleased to be offered an opportunity to work on BraveArt.
Heather Steevens - CanSurvive
Heather is a Wellingtonian and very keen sportsperson.
As well as her training and competition with the CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team, she is an avid runner having competed in numerous marathons. She recently completed the 2014 Rotorua Marathon.
She also competed in dragon boating before joining the crew.
“I participate because I love the competitive nature of the sport and although not all of us are athletes, this is a fabulous team of ladies with a common sporting goal” explains Heather.
Heather fought breast cancer four years ago, being diagnosed at the age of 50. She had left side mastectomy surgery. This was followed by reconstruction surgery a year later.
She says surviving breast cancer has taught her that time is precious. “I do things ‘now’ or ‘soon’ rather than sometime in the future” she explains. “I also know that even though I have had major surgery, I am strong both mentally and physically, and I can do anything I set my mind to do.”