I work on all kinds of projects across a spectrum
of connected fields, including: design, photography, writing, publishing, hospitality, yoga, non-profit and fine art.

DESIGN :: conceptual : visual : product : brand

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CONCEPTUAL

I brainstorm and develop brands with products and services I feel passionate about. This is one of my recent (and ongoing) projects:

ABIDE

Retreat. Rejuvenate. Explore. Repeat.
Abide provides unique hospitality
and accommodation for
adventurers, yogis, and lovers ...
Find out more here.

 

HOLISTIC

I consult on holistic aspects of content and profile for brands, whether individuals or companies, service or product oriented. This includes visual and interactive design, as well as content and direction.

KIMBERLY NENEMAY

Kimberly Nenemay is a psychologist and yoga teacher. I helped Kimberly brainstorm her services as a psychologist with yoga teaching skills. We worked together on every aspect of her profile, including website content and design, photography and brand development. Check her out here.

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

I work on a variety of products and services. This one is a minimalist décor product with some quirky semantic depth:

FLUID

FLUID is a photography décor product based on uniquely curated sequences from around the world. Check it out here.

I LOVE TO USE MY CAMERA

 

There's something so fleetingly satisfying about capturing that unique moment, even if you know it'll never be seen, but it’s doubly satisfying for an image to be seen, and to be useful in some way. I focus primarily on documentary, portrait and fine art photography. I'm still working on getting more of my many photographic projects online, but for now you can see some of them here

 

 

I LOVE TO WRITE.

 

I am constantly writing: letters, emails, lists, notes, essays, articles ––even the occasional blog post. I began writing when I was very young and then took a hiatus for a while when I became consumed by the visual world (especially through the lens of my camera). Once upon a time I even wrote poetry, creative prose and short stories. Nowadays I mostly write academic essays, long emails, website and marketing content and other practical pieces. One day I’d like to write a novel (a kind of philosophical and semi-academic adventure along the lines of Sophie’s Choice or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), and some non-fiction books about a whole raft of subjects I’m interested in. 

 

I LOVE TO PAINT,

and make fine art objects.

 

I studied fine art at the University of Auckland (Elam School of Fine Arts) many moons ago. I have been practicing making art ever since, with various media. Since I moved to New York the work has generally been restricted to pencil and watercolour, and collage. Most recently I’ve been interested in where geometry and "the sacred” meet, and also in representing that elusive shape and concept, the “lingam”.

 

 
Agni + Apas | Watercolour pencil and paint | 2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Agni + Apas | Watercolour pencil and paint | 2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Tetrahedron of the Bindu | Watercolour pencil and paint |  2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Tetrahedron of the Bindu | Watercolour pencil and paint |

2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Imagining the Event Horizon | Watercolour pencil and paint |  2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Imagining the Event Horizon | Watercolour pencil and paint |

2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley