Pinky Fang - Illustrator & tattoo designer
Pinky Fang is a Newtown based pop culture artist who works in a variety of media.
For her BraveArt work she knew she wanted to use her trademark cat motif and fill the torso with a bright colour palette in a bold geometric pattern to reflect the outgoing personality of her CanSurvive model Iona Elwood-Smith.
She has a vast repertoire of artistic endeavours having created figurines, illustrations, murals, jewellery, street art, toys and clothing designs.
Collaborating with the Tattooist Nursey in Wellington, she designed 53 custom cat-themed tattoos as part of the ‘kitty gang’.
Having watched her teenage best friend cope with the loss of her mother to breast cancer, Pinky was very excited to be invited to work on BraveArt and take up the challenge of working in a new medium.
“I think this is a great cause,” she says “and I am excited to work with the other artists who are on board.”
Iona Elwood Smith - CanSurvive
Iona joined the CanSurvive team for fun. “Just because I can” she says.
She is all about fun in life, and Iona is recognised as a positive force in the CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team.
Iona is always seen on the boat wearing her trademark pink fluffy ear muffs.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 40. She underwent left side mastectomy surgery as well as follow-up chemotherapy. She has had full reconstruction surgery.
Iona says there are worse things in life than having cancer, and beating the disease has taught her to “appreciate how good life is and how lucky I was” to find it and be treated.
Competing in the sport of dragon boating is one way she knows she can affirm life.
She currently juggles a busy family life with her young son, two daughters and a full-time job, to keep up the training required in the CanSurvive team. Iona has also taken up the role of the team’s Chairperson this season.