Matching undies to artwork for New Zealand’s native pohutukawa and rata


Forget matching bras to undies or socks to jocks, the ultimate matching set – underwear and art, is about to go under the hammer for charity. New Zealand’s much loved underwear company Thunderpants, will be auctioning their latest Pohutukawa print Thunderpants and the original artwork that inspired the design to raise funds for the Project Crimson Trust.

Owners Josie and Sophie Bidwill first became aware of the artist, Neil Mattila, when they visited Australia last year. “We have been keen to use our iconic Pohutukawa on Christmas Thunderpants for years, but have found designs often become quite cartoonish. Neil hit the nail on the head with this beautiful representation of our Christmas tree and we asked if he would be happy for it to be used on Thunderpants. We are always looking for opportunities
to give back to not for profit organisations and charities that are doing great work and raising money for Project Crimson is completing the circle”.

The original artwork donated by the artist with framing kindly donated by The Village Art shop, Greytown, along with matching Thunderpants will be auctioned on Trade Me from 22 November closing on Friday 2 December and all proceeds will go to Project Crimson Trust.

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