From different creative backgrounds we have come together with a one pointed focus to living a life symbiotic with art.

Taking an indiscriminate and holistic approach all we experience, collect and create enlivens our practice.

Our research is hands on and locally interested.

Our materials are salvaged or sourced with connections of substance.

Our creations are varied, direct and always embody our values at their core.

Together we have connected individuals to their communities, and communities to their environments. We work for ourselves and with others for others. 

Our connections often cross mediums, which can look complicated, but we see this as an asset worth sharing. We are always seeking projects focused on good that we can put our multi faceted skills towards. Our broad creative experience could be the tool box you need to get your project seen, felt and heard in a new & meaningful way.

Get in touch if your project needs a touch of design and/or illustration, especially if it’s science, education or community based.

We're a husband/wife team recently gone nomadic, currently residing  on Te Wai Pounamu on the West Coast. We're offering what we do best so we can live a life worthy of our aspirations . We’ll go where the art takes us!


Kemi & Niko


Urban Hut Club - Good Mag
Urban Hut Club - Urbis Mag
The Vernacularist Issue Five: Urban-Rural: The Great Divide?
Nature Through Arts - Imagine My City
Mark Amery Review- In Memory of a Tree
Te Papa Blog - All Materials Salvaged Review
The Urbanist; Monocle Podcast - Interview (@ 27 mins)
Wilderness Mag -  Wild Art
Mark Amery Review - Miniature Hikes
2Kiwis+1 Blog (1, 2, 3)

BoxCopy Gallery Brisbane - Correspondences Exhibition
Summer City Youtube Video - Miniature Hikes
Windy Hilltops Blog
Word On The Street Blog
RNZ - November 2014
Te Papa Museum Blog
The Wellingtonian
The Dominion Post
RNZ - June 2014
NEST Mag - An Old House Collecting Strangers

Creative Commons License
Kemi Niko & Co. by http://www.Keminiko.com is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
- Applies to all work and entire site
Kemi Whitwell (Ngāi Tahu) & Niko Leyden

Traveling Studio between

Wellington & Punakaiki, Aotearoa


+64 22 0673486

︎ ︎ ︎ ︎ ︎ ︎

Stay in touch.

Subscribe to our irregular newsletter .

* indicates required

About    Contact    Store