ZR Southcombe

ZR Southcombe

What inspired you to start your work?

I loved reading as a child, and vowed that one day I would become an author. A few years ago, I started working towards that dream and in late 2014 I published my first children’s book. I enjoyed it so much that I went on to publishing more, venturing into non-fiction and going back to my roots in painting.

I am now drawing more on my passion for the natural environment, using nature photography and botanic themes in my art, and writing a book about walking as a way to appreciate the beauty of New Zealand’s flora, fauna, and landscape.



Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?

While I have a studio dedicated to art-making and writing, I love getting away from to a cafe (or my local library) and make sure I book some solo writing retreats. My most recent one was to a beautiful cabin in the woods – with nature as my inspiration, it was perfect!



What do you love most about your handmade business?

What I love most about my small business is that I have complete creative freedom to explore new techniques, ideas, and publishing options. I also love being able to collaborate with other New Zealand, and international, artists, supporting each other in our work.



What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?

This will be my first time attending the Auckland Fair, so I am looking forward to meeting new people and seeing the talent around me. I’ll be showcasing new editions of some of my books, and am working on a new range of notebooks.



What has been your biggest triumph to date?

I still feel like my biggest triumph was publishing my first book, because up until a few years ago it really felt like an impossible dream. More recently, I received a large book order from Auckland Libraries – being a library nerd, this was very exciting!





Art & Prints, Illustration