Farmers selects Xmas Bauble designer for Hospice NZ

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With a design championing the tui and pohutukawa, young designer Jemma Smith follows aerosol artist Flox and Polynesian artist Michel Tuffery as designer of the annual Farmers Hospice Christmas Bauble.

Described by Farmers as “a must-have for the Christmas season”, these baubles will be sold by Farmers stores throughout New Zealand with 100% of the $10 purchase price going directly to the hospice in each store’s region, supporting local communities throughout Aotearoa.

In her early 20s, Smith is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. She won the chance to take up this project from a bevy of young hopefuls all keen to work on such a feelgood project.

‘This project was perfect for me as my work is already heavily influenced by nature, so the design process was very seamless and enjoyable,” Smith said. “Not to mention the fact that it was going towards an amazing cause!”

“On sale, exclusively at Farmers online from this Friday 15 September, and in store from Thursday 5 October.”

Her design features two tui facing each other as a symbol of love and support. “The pohutukawa – our national Christmas tree – was an obvious choice for the tui to reside in, with the striking red of the flower being a symbol of love.”

On sale, exclusively at Farmers online from this Friday 15 September, and in store from Thursday 5 October.

Hospice NZ aims to help Kiwis of all ages living with a life-limiting condition – such as heart failure, motor neurone disease, MS or cancer – to access hospice services.

Most hospice services in New Zealand have inpatient facilities, but the majority of people are cared for in their own homes. “This service to New Zealanders receives some funding from Government, but financial support from the community is essential to meet the shortfall every year,” said a release from Hospice NZ.

Alongside these specially designed baubles each Farmers store will have a Tree of Remembrance where, for a small donation, visitors can write a personal message on a card to hang on the tree. “The Tree of Remembrance is an opportunity to remember someone special in the lead up to Christmas,” says the release.

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