Iconic kiwi artist Dick Frizzell has teamed up with Specsavers to create a new line of limited edition frames to pay for life-altering surgery equipment in the Pacific. $25 from each pair of frames sold from the collection will be donated to The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ which will aid the Pacific Outreach team to enable individuals who are blinded by cataracts to see again.
One of Frizzell’s most recognised prints, “Woodgrain”, can be found on the unisex glasses. Designed 27 years ago, Frizzell said the print has been used for a number of mediums such as ceramic jugs and home furnishings, but none as complex as eyewear. “It’s been really interesting to see this artwork translate onto glasses, and I am so pleased that $25 from each frame will be donated to The Foundation’s Pacific Outreach team,” he added.
Gabi Hollows, the Founding Director and Patron of The Fred Hollows Foundation, said the donations will contribute towards cataract kits that include vital components needed for cataract surgery. “Without these kits, the surgery cannot be completed. Contained within the kits is the intraocular lens, consumables such as bandages and anaesthetic, and pre and post-operative medications,” said Hollows. “We are absolutely thrilled that New Zealand’s most prolific artist has donated his time and artwork to produce this limited edition frame that not only looks good but also supports our good work.”
Brendan Thompson, Specsavers NZ Retail Director, has been a proud partner of The Fred Hollows Foundation since 2013 and has donated over $100,000 through the Specsavers Community Program. “We’re all so excited to not only see these striking frames being sold in our stores, but also to know that with each pair sold, we can help someone else in the Pacific see again,” adds Brendan.
The Frizzell glasses come with a limited edition Frizzell cloth and box, available from November 3rd at Specsavers.