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humans of mac+mae: Princess Chelsea

Hi, I’m Chelsea and something that’s special to me is Bruce Springsteen’s music.  I’m a musician so I think about music a lot.

I used to hate Bruce Springsteen when I was seventeen.  The older I got I kept hearing it and one day it was like I heard it for the first time.. the song Downtown Train from this album, which is my favourite Bruce Springsteen album, Born in the U.S.A.  I heard it and I started reading about him and I realised I totally misunderstood this artist.  There was a protest song about the treatment of Vietnam war vets.

I really love this music – it’s grand, it’s melodic.  It’s got guts and it’s got soul and he’s like the best friggin’ live musician ever and really inspiring.

Princess Chelsea is the recording project of Chelsea Nikkel, a composer from Auckland, New Zealand.  Princess Chelsea’s album Aftertouch, a collection of covers recorded between 2010-2016 is available to pre-order on vinyl through Lil’ Chief Records.  Stream it here.

“The ‘Princess Chelsea’ sound is something I’ve spent years developing and is heavily based on arrangement.  I’ve spent hundreds of hours fine tuning an instrumental palette and one of the ways I do that is by recording covers of my favourite songs.  The common theme amongst all these songs is quite simply good songwriting – I always cover songs that move me emotionally and hope that the songwriting might rub off on me a little bit. Those nearer to my age group will hopefully be as moved by an Interpol cover as most people should be by the most beautiful song in the world ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’.” — Chelsea

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Lizzie Morris

This is my favourite denim jacket, it fits every occasion and can complete every outfit. It’s an authentic retro jacket and was given to me by my Aunty on my last trip to the UK.  I’m not one to value material possessions and often value an experience over things but this jacket is the exception.

I love clothes (especially secondhand ones) and feel that the way that you present yourself is often an extension of your personality or your artistic self. My wardrobe is filled with items that tell stories, but I’d be most devastated if I lost this one.

I was given this jacket by my aunty when I visited the UK for my Grandfathers funeral, it was only about the fourth time I’d ever met her but she managed to give me a jacket that suited my style perfectly.  It used to be hers in the 80’s and as soon as I saw it I fell in love.

This jacket is just like me. It’s quirky, a bit tough, and scruffy in an endearing way. This is also how you could describe the theatre that I make and the projects that I commit myself to – Messy and charming.

Lizzie Morris created and performs in Lucinda and the Cactus Girl in Auckland Tuesday 18 – Friday 22 October.  Buy your tickets here.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Tiffany Singh

This is a Max Gimblett gold and silver foil artwork.  ​It is special to me for 2 reasons:

The first, it is from my mentor and friend Max Gimblett and shows his handprint in gold leaf reaching out to the quatrefoil. it is significant because of the guidance and support he has offered me over the 12 years I have known him.

He has shown me unconditional love through tough times in my life and is always on hand to offer advice and support, both personally and professionally.

It was Max who encouraged me to go to India and has endorsed my decision to focus on Social Practice Arts which often is misunderstood as it sits on the periphery of community service, social work and arts practice.

The second reason, it is important to me is because it signifies my first Solo Art exhibition in 2010.

Union was an exhibition where people could exchange an object for one of my wax castings, Max gave me a card which said I could choose one of his prints from the Gow Langford Gallery in exchange for series of the Ganesha’s for his Ganesh collection in New York.

It took me months to choose the print and I finally settled on this one because it was the only one which had his hand in it.

Every time I look at this work I see Max offering me his love and support and feel encouraged to keep making art that is of service and that reiterates both Max and my Buddhist belief systems.


Tiffany Singh is an installation based social practice artist who examines the role of the sacred in contemporary society.  She’s been splitting her time between India and New Zealand since 2005 and continues to exhibit in both locations.  Tiffany has also traveled extensively throughout the East and Central and South America, studying cultural and mythological beliefs systems and patterns.  She uses arts as a tool for education, empowerment and communication – she uses art as a mean to generate and affect change.   

You can check out Tiffany Singh’s latest exhibition, The ART4FOOD Project at St Matthews in the City as part of Artweek Auckland 8 – 16 October.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Samantha Hannah

A friend took this picture of me meditating on a rock at the Komune Restort on Keramas beach in Bali. I chose it for several reasons; I was on my 200 hour Yoga teacher training retreat, travel makes my heart sing, Bali is a beautiful soul place for me, and it reminds me of one of the most powerful transformational events of my life.

It had taken me an enormous amount of courage to decide to become a Yoga teacher because Yoga is everything to me. It’s a way of life that teaches me how to live on purpose, feel joyful and calm, and stay centred in my truth.  I was fearful that I wouldn’t be able to teach Yoga like my teachers who I love & respect so much. I remember thinking, I have to push through fear to reach my dreams… but I’m so scared!  I will admit there was a fair bit of crying.

The meditation on the rock was the moment everything came together. I gained the clarity, strength and self-belief I needed to step into what I now know is my Dharma (my life’s purpose), which is to help women of all ages cultivate more joy and less overwhelm in their lives.  I believe all women are powerful creators who, when living on purpose, can achieve greatness beyond their wildest dreams.  We just need to realise our fears and know that on the other side is love.

Busy mum of two, Samantha Hannah knows a thing or two about using time efficiently, being productive, staying balanced and being a leader of confidence.  It’s her mission in life to help women worldwide improve their confidence and self-express with ease.

Samantha is regularly asked to speak around the country at conferences, corporate engagements and fun events.  She’s written for Lucire, NEXT, Fished, Wild tomato and Good Magazines, appeared on Good Morning and various radio shows as a style expert and she’s also co-hosted two TV shows; Brunch – a daily lifestyle show on Choice TV and Starting Over – a career makeover show currently airing on Sky TV’s Vibe Channel.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Maggie Collins

So I’m actually a guide-dog / puppy raiser for Guide Dogs NSW, ACT in Australia.

I’ve looked after a couple of dogs this year – Gilbert, Annie and Utah. The last dog I had was Utah and he’s a very special boy.  He’s not going to make it as a guide dog puppy because of some health reasons but he is a super sweet heart and he’s very dear to me.

The thing that made Utah special was because he was really difficult at the start when I was first looking after him.  

I became quite connected to him through a situation of being really frustrated with him.  He was going to the toilet inside the house multiple times because of his health reasons but I saw him really try and fight through it and eventually he just completely stopped doing it and fixed that behavioural problem, with the help of both of us.

We really worked through that together as me and Utah.  Naturally his temperament is super soft and sweet and gentle and friendly and that just makes him extra adorable.


Australian Maggie Collins is the wearer of many hats – she’s a festival programmer (Bigsound, Brisbane), artist manager (multi-ARIA award winning duo DZ Deathrays) and radio broadcaster (triple j).

Maggie was in the country earlier this year for Going Global Music Summit.  Going Global is a 3-day summit that brings together world-class panelists from all over the music world. A must-go for anyone related to the industry, whether you’re an artist, a promoter or a music journalist.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Zakk d’Larté

This is a photo of myself and one of my favourite people in the world, Jeffree Star.

I remember being 13 and discovering Jeffree on MySpace in 2007 and feeling overwhelming safe all of a sudden. He was the first person I ever saw living their life EXACTLY how they wanted and still achieving success.

Growing up I was beaten, bullied and constantly laughed at by my peers. I was confused, scared and often terrified of my future and of disappointing my family. I didn’t know who or what I was and saw no hope of me succeeding in life. Nobody understood me and I was ridiculed for my aspirations and dreams.

It was that stereotypical scene from a movie, and I was that loser kid.

Jeffree has always spread messages of self-acceptance and promoted the idea that it’s okay to be an outcast or what society deems a “freak”, and I remember for once feeling like I had a purpose. He helped me realise that I didn’t need to conform any longer, nor did I need to desperately try and fit the mould that society was vigorously attempting to squeeze me into.

His ‘f*** the world, this is me’ attitude ignited a flame in me – he’s never let anybody restrict nor put limits onto his look or brand, which has empowered me to become my true and honest spirit – not only to the world, but also to myself.

This photo of us was taken in May when I was in Los Angeles attending RuPaul’s DragCon – an amazing convention not only about RuPaul’s show and drag culture as a whole, but also about exploring realities and issues surrounding gender, androgyny, and fluidity.

It was so exciting to be surrounded by so many imaginative and innovative individuals and like-minded people who also push boundaries, challenge the norm and make it cool to NOT fit into society. I was extremely humbled to be surrounded by such creative energy.

I missed seeing Jeffree on the first day of the convention and so made it my #1 priority for the second. When I finally found him I remember saying; “I’m trying to think of something innovative or new to say that you haven’t already heard, but I’m struggling” to which he replied: “Gorgeous, you don’t need to say anything innovative, you’ve already shown that you are.”

Jeffree, you have inspired confidence and creativity in many – thank you for making the world a brighter, more beautiful place.  Enjoy all the success of your hard work, #JeffreeStarCosmetics is going to take the world by storm.

It took years of struggling to find myself and a sense of belonging in this world. Now that I’ve discovered it, I’m not afraid to show exactly who I am.  I’ll finish with a quote by the legendary late David Bowie; “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

Zakk d’Larté is a Media Design School graduate, specialising in graphic and web design.  His fresh and innovative approach to design has lead him to work with global brands Cadbury, Resene, Trelise Cooper, and 20th Century Fox.  He loves to push the boundaries of androgyny and endeavours to inspire young people to be active and evoke change.  He’s a passionate individual with a desire to make a difference.  Zakk is also on the board of the Auckland Pride Festival this year, helping to raise visibility for transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Hannah Jensen

Humans and Nature are special to me; especially when combined.

This is a photo I took of a good friend, Casey Potatau. We were out paddle boarding one morning, a few weeks ago. I never usually have my phone on me as I love being offline, out in nature and getting back to basics. But this particular morning was a cool crisp morning and there was a slim chance I would be diving in (passing dolphins would have changed my mind), plus I had great company and therefore a lovely opportunity to capture this gorgeous wahine on the divine languid ocean.

We are team mates for the $10 Queenstown Challenge for Cure Kids and are racing together at the end of March 2017. We spent a weekend up North at my favourite beach, Langs, with a bunch of inspiring woman.

We are lucky to have a family home at Langs and every time I return I am grateful and more so when I can share it with others. Good conversations, fresh air, walks on the beach and sharing delicious food with loved ones at Langs is so special to me.

I am honoured to spend time in nature and surrounded by amazing humans. It is rejuvenating, heartwarming and soul filling.

Hannah Jensen is a multidisciplinary artist most well-known for her carved work.  She’s an active member in the community, a volunteer at Starship Hospital, a Lululemon Ambassador and a nature lover who lives to create.  In 2004, she was nominated for a Mazda Emerging Artist award; in 2009, she was a finalist in the WOW World of Wearable Arts competition; and in 2012 she was one of four artists selected to present site-specific installation work at New Zealand Fashion Week.  In 2014, she lived and created in Venice Beach (California) for the ‘Kiwis in LA’ exhibition and has since returned home and is carving her next solo show WILD – seven impressive large scale animal works to be exhibited in 2017.

In the meantime, Hannah Jensen’s exhibition View Point can be seen at Endemic World as part of Artweek Auckland 8 – 16 October, visit http://artweekauckland.co.nz/.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM