"Collaboration is the stuff of evolution"
Here's what some of them had to say about our work.
- Lisa, Avenues Magazine 2023
Tui Johnson is a gifted graphic designer and illustrator. Her creative and artistic skills allowed her to capture and create amazing artwork to bring to life the story that had been written. She has a special ability to portray the characters exactly, even when provided with limited descriptions and explanations. Her designs and artwork of the environment reflected nature perfectly, and the traditional Māori designs and art were absolutely amazing. Tui is extremely professional, with such a genuine ability to build a strong working relationship with anyone involved in the project. Her experience and understanding of both her work and the needs and requests of her clients ensures that the complete process is very smooth and thorough at all stages of the planned project. She works collaboratively and cooperatively at all times with clear goals, objectives and timelines which are consistently met. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Tui and would highly recommend her to any future client.
- Lianne, Picton School VP - 2023
Tui was enjoyable and easy to work with. She understood the look and feel of what we were trying to achieve and communicated very well throughout the process so it was a collaborative effort. We continue to work with Tui over and over as we always get quality results.
-Rowena, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō - 2023
We can not say thank you enough to Tui for her donated time and skills in putting this all together, this lady has incredible skills to come up with our design from a few conversations she has truly exceeded all expectations. From Posters to Merchandise to the Program itself, they all look AMAZING. Thank you Tui from all of us at Eastern States Speedway for all the time you have given us. Please make sure you support those that support us and if you have any design needs we can not recommend Tui highly enough.
- Alice, Eastern States Speedway - 2023
Tui is an exceptional individual who goes above an beyond requirements. Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki contracted her to illustrate one of our whānau teaching resources and she has been amazing as an artist and as a designer. In addition she delivers on time and her artwork is absolutely stunning. She comes highly recommended
- Rua, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki - 2022
Tui and I go back a long way.
I had been asking friends if they could recommend a good artist to complement the story poems I had written. Tui's name and fame came up.
I engaged Tui to do some work for me and was pleased with the results. This was at least ten years ago. Not long after Tui had begun her artwork, I enrolled in a writers' workshop with Hay House in Melbourne. Tui was working in Melbourne at that time so it was a good opportunity to meet her there in person.
Our personal friendship probably dates from those early days. I was staying at a hotel near the workshop venue, so had all my personal things with me. Except a comb! And I had the kind of hair that didn't pat down neatly. Nor did I have a hat to cover the kind of mess I looked like. Tui was not a bit fazed and offered to go hunt one up for me. It turned out that inner Melbourne didn't have combs for sale anywhere at that time. Tui was away so long, I thought she'd given up or got lost. She turned up eventually, with combs. I was embarrassed and apologetic, but Tui was very good-natured about the situation. We both ended up enjoying a good laugh. As Victor Borge puts it, laughter is the shortest distance between two people!
Since that time, Tui has illustrated four of my story poems, and more recently, the cover of my latest book Nemeton (An Inner Sanctuary). That particular illustration is a real gem - a tribute to Tui's creative talent. She has somehow managed to make an ordinary room look like the kind of restful refuge you might find out there in Nature somewhere. I notice that those who have the book spend some time gazing thoughtfully at the painting. I don't know whether they've read the book yet. The cover may have made the text unnecessary!
Our relationship is much more than a professional one. Considering the gap in our ages, we can talk about anything, even disagree. I hold her friendship dearly. She has the kind of approachable maturity that inspires confidence in almost any subject.
She has a way of meeting my mind. Thanks to her help, I was able to produce a little gift book last Christmas - llluminata (Blessings of the Spirit).
- Patricia Anne Dye - Visionary Writer & Poet - 2022
Tui did an amazing job of bringing my chances to life. I gave her a couple of photos and asked for these to be put into a portrait. I look at this picture every day and it feels like chance is still with me. Tui took the time to ask me about him. She put so much love into the painting, it jumps out when I walk past. Everytime I look and the painting I am sad that I don't have chance, but so pleased tui captured him at his best. Wuff u for Eva tui.
- Julie - 2021
Tui created and designed several promotional posters for me during my time as Promotor of Riverside Speedway. Not only were the posters she produced next level in terms of visual impact, layout and artistic flair, Tui always meet the deadlines ahead of schedule and would always keep you updated with progress on the project she was working on. Tui is far and away the best graphic artist I have worked with and have no hesitation in recommending her work to anyone.
- Graham, Riverside Speedway - 2021
When selecting an artist to create a mural depicting the history of Renwick for the museum, we interviewed three possible candidates and Tui was the only one who truely understood what we were trying to achieve. The resulting mural along two full walls of the museum has not only transformed the museum exterior but many say the town centre itself - it can only be described as a monumental and beautiful work of art carried out in the midst of the pandemic. I would not hesitate to recommend Tui to anyone who is looking to create art that makes a difference.
P.S. we also were moved to purchase several of her art works as well.
- Ray, Renwick Museum - 2020
I was lucky enough to have Tui’s name passed onto me as someone who could design, set-up and facilitate my website & facebook pages, email account, business card, logo, plus my van graphics. She has a unique talent of blending her vision and creativity together with her practical knowledge. I enjoyed working with Tui immensely. She is professional, supportive, non judgemental and so approachable. She certainly has ‘nailed’ customer service.
- Michelle, Shortys Carpet Cleaning - 2018
I had the honour of having the very talented Tui Johnson create and design my label for my recent wine release. She was not only creative and professional but strived for perfection throughout the design process. Not only by communicating and understanding the story and motivation behind the label, she also understood the impact of the colour/texture advantages with a clear idea of the market for the wine. I now have a stand out label which I am very happy with. These professional labels have had an immense impact on the marketing and outlook of my wines.
- Debra, Tannacrieff Wines - 2017
We were fortunate enough to have Tui on our side when we launched a new restaurant/bar in Riverton. She was given a very vague idea of what we wanted as a logo. With this she came back to us with some concepts that were absolutely bang on. Tui's work has been an absolute asset to our business, we have an amazing logo that reflects who we are and what we are trying to portray to customers. Tui worked in with us the whole way through even designing our menus, took on everything we threw at her and was just a real pleasure to deal with. It was so easy! A truly talented young lady.
- Hannah, The Aparima Restaurant & Bar - 2016
Tui, I would like to thank you for all the great work you have done over the last nine years of our association. Your application, dedication, skills and attention to detail have been a real asset to the publication of my four volumes to date. The graphic artwork and layouts you supplied have been of the highest quality, and your assisting me through the technical aspects of the publishing process has been a life saver. The cover art work that you have created for the four books has been outstanding; the illustrations for the first two volumes enhanced the overall appeal of these publications.
- Gary, Author & Musician - 2014
Tui was taken on to transform a conceptual ideas into reality. She created marketing material and work diagrams to use in reports and training material. She was able to skillfully transform our ideas into diagrams that for years to come will add value to our business
- Stuart, K2 Environmental - 2011