My custom made helmet I use for swimming in the larger waves now incorporates art from Fieldey, the once plain coloured helmet has been returned with an incredible piece of art, might just put it on the wall and for go the extreme rigours of the ocean – when it does make an appearance I would like to apologise in advance to other photographers but hopefully 99% of the time it will just be me floating around enjoying the serenity.
Fieldey, known to her mother as Haylee Fieldes, was born in New Zealand in the 80s. A move to Norfolk Island as a child kindled her interest in the ocean.
Leaving Norfolk Island in 2001 to study graphic design in Sydney, she spent a few years travelling and working as a graphic artist in London.
When Fieldey moved to Perth, Western Australia in 2007, she started surfing and decided to custom-paint her own board. The rest as they say, is history.
Though painting surfboards was largely a happy accident, Fieldey loves the iconic shape and compositional challenge they present and continues to use them as her primary canvas. Bright colours and surreal characters represent a mash-up of diverse influences – from old school tattoo to Hindu iconography – all underpinned by a wicked sense of humour.
(Images of helmet and a few from the Fieldey website)