Jacinda's stardust won't settle: the making of an icon

Her political opponent called her "stardust" and now she's New Zealand's PM. This limited edition is the ultimate piece of memorabilia from the 2017 New Zealand general election. 

I designed the Jacinda Stardust artwork in just over 2 hours whilst hiding from the scorching Madrid midday sun in the back of a café. While Aotearoa New Zealand slept, Jacinda Stardust was born. The idea arrived to me fully-formed. The moment the then Prime Minister Bill English uttered his now-infamous line during the Leaders’ debate, I set to work, reshaping David Bowie’s iconic Aladdin Sane cover with the Labour leader. Since September the artwork has been shared far and wide: profile pictures, newspaper features, two sell-out poster print runs, t-shirts, a book cover, and at least one cake (a Victoria sponge, I believe). Jacinda Stardust really won’t settle. It’s been fun but the demand for prints and merchandise is too great to keep up with, which is why, in the sprit of openness, I am releasing the artwork elements to download here for free under a Creative Commons non-commercial share alike licence. This image has become part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s pop culture, and I would like Aotearoa New Zealand to own it.  That means you can now make t-shirts and canvas bags for yourself, get it tattooed, print out the poster to hang in your living room and adapt it too. All I ask is that you do not in any way create or sell commercial products with it or based on it. Any questions or commercial licence usage please contact me.


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