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“Partnering” by Jean Oelwang

Tangible lessons from 65+ of the world's most remarkable partnerships.


Partners in life art and nature

Martin Hill and Philippa Jones

Philippa Jones and Martin Hill constructing 2000 shells, Whatipu Beach, New Zealand. Photo Ralph Talmont

For three decades New Zealand artists Martin Hill and Philippa Jones have travelled, rock climbed and made environmental sculptures from nature in wild remote places. Hill photographs the sculptures before they disperse, to express their regenerative design philosophy learned from nature.

Martin Hill and Philippa Jones at Inter Gallery, Beijing. Photo Ian MacDonald

“Joy is the essential glue. Joy in each other, joy in each other’s achievements, even joy in each other’s mistakes – we learn more from our mistakes.”

Martin Hill

“Since our work is about the interconnectedness of everything when things are not working we look for the connected cause and work out how to adjust it.”

Martin Hill

“I can say without hesitation that the combination of our similarities and complementary skills and approaches to life make our partnership work. Where we are similar is that we are both creative and we are complementary in the way we go about things. Occasionally this causes conflict but more often it results in harmony.”

Philippa Jones

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