Our first designer for the Āio Connection Project, is Jamie Huia Rolleston.
We both admire Jamie and the mahi she does, not only in her artwork but her lifestyle in 'un'schooling her young boys and designing her ideal future for herself and her whānau.
Committing to this kaupapa hasn't and isn't always easy, according to Jamie, 'it's this destruction of what I thought was education and all of this was.. and then creation as well.'
The Āio Connection Project is more than a collaboration with awesome people we love, doing awesome things, it's also an opportunity for giveback to kaupapa and causes already doing the mahi and contributing positively back to our communities in Aotearoa. Jamie has chosen to support Women's Refuge with a portion of the profits from the sale of her design series.
If you support home education and challenging the 'norm' like Jamie, if you love the design and the wealth of knowledge contained in pūrākau and stories, if you're a supporter of Women's Refuge NZ, if you support local business, if you want to be part of the revolution for changing consumer behaviour... this might be the kaupapa for you
Keep up with Jamie on instagram: @jhrolleston