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About Me

Kia Ora

Here's a little about me and where Studio Blue started...


My background includes visual merchandising, event management, graphic and web design and sign writing. After fifteen years working for a large corporate company, I decided to focus on my passion for Art and Design, and develop my own business. Studio Blue NZ Ltd. was first launched in early 2013 offering a freelance website design and online marketing service to franchise businesses.


In 2016 I completed a Diploma in Computer Graphic Design at ACG Yoobee School of Design. Following that and keen for a new challenge, I took on two part time roles (Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant at a North Canterbury winery, and Communications Manager for a nationwide fashion retailer) as well as continuing to support a variety of independent clients as a freelance designer.

After relocating to Kaikōura in early 2018, I worked for a local retail business, and started building relationships and promoting my services within the local community. In 2020 I decided it was time to focus on my own business, and over the past four years Studio Blue Kaikōura has evolved into what it is today.

Janet x

Studio Blue Kaikoura Surfboard Art

My Mission

Enjoying the “happiness of being busy”

While I work full time creating branding and websites in my office/studio, I make sure I allow myself time to pursue my other passions, which include painting, craft and DIY. I love coastal life and a lot of my work is inspired by the beach and the ocean.

As an independent Web and Graphic Designer I'm fortunate to deal with a range of clients, and do lots of cool stuff. Whether it's a simple project like creating a flyer, to a complete brand identity and website package, it's my goal to see a happy, satisfied customer at the end.

Making time for my family is also super important, which is why I try to avoid working during the weekends. It's all about that work/life balance!

Community heART

Here's a few of the local initiatives I'm proud to have been involved with...
  • Kaikōura Primary School Surfboard Art Sessions

  • Kaikōura Night Market

  • Exhibiting at Kaikōura Eco Art Expo 2019 & 2020

  • Design work for local Mayoral campaign 2019

  • Kaikōura Aquatic Centre - involved with fundraising initiatives for the rebuild of local community pool and logo design.

  • 2020 created the Kaikōura Art Trail, an online directory for local artists & creative in the Kaikōura Region.

  • Logo design for Kaikōura Wildlife Hospital, Charitable Trust

  • Preferred provider for the Kaikōura Tourism Marketing and Implementation funding made available to support local businesses and organizations during 2021 / 2022 / 2023

  • Art & Sip painting sessions at Emporium Brewing.

  • Murals located at Heartland Services Community Hub, Black Rabbit Chicken (17 Beach Road) and Chorus Cabinets (on Beach Road and Torquay Street)

Creative Quote from Studio Blue Kaikoura
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