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Lydia Thomas


How would you describe what you do?

I am a creator of pop-up art show, An illustrator, A street artist,  A muralist and a mentor of creative beings.

What was your most recent project?

My most reason project outside my role of Life in Vacant Spaces was Pepa Jungle, this was a pop up print and zine shop based on 20 Southwark Street. This has now extended and is my little creative hub, my little studio. Where I work on my projects.

What project have you worked on that you’re the most proud of?

I am most proud of my pop-up art show More the Show, this is a An exhibition of wahine artists from Ōtautahi. And my tiny little street art blooms.

What is essential for creatives to have in their life?

Time for adventure and good coffee shops…

What inspires you about Ōtautahi?

The people, everyone knows everyone. People look out for each other, especially in the creative world. People are so lovely at encouraging each other and supporting each other. This helps me keep going.

What piece of advice about your creative work has served you well?

To keep going, embrace change, experiment, just because someone else is doing it doesn’t mean you can’t at least try it.

What’s the biggest misconception about your creative work?

My work is normally very positive but I am super hard on myself and really should take my own advice and listen to my work more.

What Christchurch artists do you most admire?

Kyla K. She has such a unique and eye catching style. I am terrible at drawing people and she is amazing at it. She works extremely hard and I don’t know how she puts out so much work!

What artwork/piece of music/performance has taken your breath away?

There is a DJ called Meaty Boy and I have seen her play at Flux multiple times now and her energy is just amazing. I could watch her for hours.

What do you wish you’d have known about creative work when you were younger?

To just be yourself and creative things for you and not feel like there need to be a reason or purpose for it.

What’s your favourite hidden secret in Ōtautahi?

All the amazing creative people.


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