Shane Crossan has a large shed in Oamaru where he produces depictions of automobile, petroleum, or motorcycle logos and other designs in computer-numerical-control (CNC) plasma-cut 2mm sheet steel. “Made in a shed in NZ” is his motto. The finished items resemble metal stencils and are sometimes used as such. Customers paint the pieces, perhaps in the same colour as their car, or leave them fashionably unfinished. He adapts historic advertisements and signs on his computer, which then controls the cutting of the finished design on his American PlasmaCAM plasma cutter. He imported the machine from the US, assembled it, and taught himself to use it.
Shane first trained as a joiner in Christchurch. He developed his digital design skills while working as a fabricator for a company that made neon signs, using drawing programmes that he again taught himself to use. He sells his steel wall art in a local shop, from his web page, or at vintage car swap meets. Shane’s partner, Talia Pearson, works in a related field. She is a leading airbrush artist and signwriter, and often works on vans and hot rods.