I guess my story begins after the birth of my daughter in 2005. My partner had left me with our 1 year old son and I was 21 weeks pregnant with our daughter, so when Jazmin was born in July 2005, I guess that’s when the shit hit the fan, you could say.
Nine days after Jazmin was born, I was admitted to the Mothers and Babies Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital in Christchurch with post-natal depression.
Weeks later I was then diagnosed with rapid cycle bi-polar. After 14 months in and out of hospital and many trials of medications and having ECT [Electro-Convulsive Therapy], I guess that was the start of putting my life back together.
I had lost custody of my children and I had to learn how to look after myself again. Slowly but surely I started to rebuild my life, winning back custody of my children.
During my journey I started painting then making funky art out of junk, which is how my business got its name, Junk 2 Funk.
I find most of my ideas happen when I’m having what I say is a great bi-polar moment. During one of my bi-polar moments I came up with the idea of printing some t-shirts with quotes that have a mental illness theme, putting a positive spin on it, to be proud of who we are and to get people talking.
So I started with a few and when they got popular decided to expand my designs into a line of children’s t-shirts as well.
So that's how it all began, but now as you can see Junk 2 Funk is a growing business with more and more designs being added constantly. These are all available for you to buy online too!
That's the story! Please browse through our pages and if you see anything you like or you have any special requests please don't hesitate to contact us. We also have fundraising options available; so make sure you dont forget to have a look at that also!