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October 2011 Photo
a research break and preparing for a summer of new exhibitions, I have a
selection of work at the Lounge
Shack in the 1911 Australasian Bank Building in Mangonui, Northland.
This is a shared space in the Number 19 site on the Mangonui Historic Trail
along with Audrey Mitchell who is selling a selection of deli products and
collectables. Opening hours will be most weekends and Northland time on
other days. There are new works along with a few old favourites.
Work now in three more galleries:
Ora Design Gallery in Wellington CBD www.ora.co.nz
Matakana Gallery and Design in Matakana Park just outside of Matakana
The Depot Artspace in Devonport, Auckland www.depotartspace.co.nz/
I have four pieces in this show opening with a Gala preview on the 27th
May in Auckland. Then it is on from the 28 - 30th May.
major exhibition of quality, affordable and collectible New Zealand art
will be held in Auckland by the Braveheart Youth Trust in late May to
support young people who are at risk of entering our courts or prisons.
Braveheart Exhibition: www.braveheart.org.nz/events.html
April 2010 Photo
Two new pieces have been delivered to Russell Museum for their exhibition
"An Unsettled History". Artists were asked to explore, address, investigate
or create dialogue on the Nga Puhi Treaty Claims. The exhibition is open
from the 10th April for 4 months.
Russell Museum : www.russellmuseum.org.nz
If it looks good, you'll see it
If it sounds good, you'll hear it
marketed right, you'll buy it
But...If it's real, you'll feel it.
Rock - back cover of Rock and Roll Jesus album) (Yes I have it in my CD
March 2010 Photo
ROYALLY YOURS Exhibition: I was at the opening night of this fabulous
show as I have a piece in it titled: "Land is Permanent, Man Disappears"
(small detail at right). There was a great turn out and lots of red dots.
The show is on until the 9th April.
Letham Gallery: www.lethamgallery.co.nz
Letham Gallery opening of "Royally Yours" at 6.00 to 7.30pm on the 19th
March 2010. I am part of this very exciting group show. The show's theme
is based on concepts and imagery surrounding The Cook and the Queen, Colonization
in New Zealand and the Treaty of Waitangi. My piece is a bit different to
my normal work - fun and frivolous with a stiff upper lip sort of a message
underlying! Other artists exhibiting in this show include: Jason Kelly,
Sam Broad, Jenny Mcleod, Martin Horspool,Greg Page, Ericka Lack, Mica Still,
Gary Smith, Emma Bossley, persevere, Jason Kelly.
is Permanent, Man Disappears"
February 2010 Photo
On Page 18 of the latest HOME NEW ZEALAND - sub titled The Art House, February
/ March 2010, The Poi Room has advertised my bone
singlet dresses by putting a photo of one in the Home NZ magazine. It
is on a page with other photos of "pick" items, and has my name, price of
the piece and where to get them from. Thanks Melanie-Jane from the Poi Room.
I have just added three new pieces to my Wall Art
Ka Pai Aotearoa Monday Washing
Day - multi coloured Kiwiana dog whistles riveted onto a baking tray.
Far as a Man May Go - Ka Kite
Ano - Aotearoa - beaten steel.
Kaore te kumara e korero mo
tona mangaro "The kumara does not tell of its sweetness" Copper and
I dropped off six new pieces of work today to The Poi Room, (in Osborne
St, Newmarket). Melanie-Jane, the owner, was very excited about them and
was going to hang them up that afternoon. They are metal pieces from my
New Zealand Landscape series. The
Poi Room also stocks my bone
Ours Sheila Wall Art;
Metal Pinking Shears
December 2009 Photo
This is a very splendid day, as after much planning and lots of hard work
I am very pleased to show off my new web site created all the way over
in Sidney BC Canada. A huge thank you Jo all you have done for me. I so
appreciate it. Also many thanks to Mark, for everything, and to Paul and
Jodie in Australia for all your great suggestions and comments. I am just
so delighted with the site and feel very special having just lovely support
from my family.
Web site transformation in progress
We have upped anchor for a few days from our mooring in Opua and are now
anchored in Jacks Bay for a change of scene. This is the beauty of living
and working on a boat, as I can still work, and have a break at the same
time. We just watched what we assume is the caretaker of one of the houses
in the bay, rake the sand on the beach so it looks nice and even we guess.
Our boat is a bit hippy / pirate like, so the contrast of beautifully
manicured homes in this bay with our "lovely" boat right in their view
could be seen as being quite incongruous to anyone looking at the whole
scenario I guess.
opening night of "Cash and Carry" the Christmas show at Satellite Gallery
is tonight. I have three pieces in this group show, but unfortunately
I was not able to get to the opening night. Hopefully I can get down to
see the show before it ends on the 23rd December 2009.
I have just had my work accepted into Just Imagine Gallery in Russell
in the Bay of Islands. Just Imagine stocks works from artists from all
over the world. I am very pleased to have my work in Northland now, as
well as in Auckland at the Poi Room, in Warkworth at Arts Desire, in Tuakau
at Blue Orange Gallery, and in Taupo at Zeayou Gallery, plus Little River
Gallery in Christchurch.
November 2009 Photo
Home at last from Canada and I am straight back into my studio creating
more work. A busy time for me catching up with business. But I love it
being back, crashing and banging on bits of corrugated iron and stamping
my words in my studio. It is just nice and quiet on my boat, just my two
dogs and me during the day - a big change from the hustle and bustle of
Australia and Canada.
Yana and Jessie on Windrunner at the helm
October 2009 Photo
On our way home from a lovely time in Canada via Sydney in Australia where
we are going to see more family. I have lots of ideas from my trip so
am looking forward to getting back to our boat and my studio but I still
hope to find time to see some of the galleries in Sydney.
Native Art Surreal Art and Subway BC
October 2009 Photo
I have just bought myself a new tool - a new Canon pocket sized camera.
I have a very good camera for photographing my work, but this is great
to be able to record the moment in a slightly discreet manner.
leave their mark
September 2009 Photo
We are part way through our sailing holiday - seeing wonderful sights,
deer swimming, seals by the hundreds, herons that are massive (they sound
and look like something from the dinosaur period). The guide books on
the area we are sailing in talk about the stunning scenery here, which
it is - huge mountains that we are sailing between in very remote areas
that are of world-class standing. These mountains though are covered with
trees, but so often we see large zig zag tracks in them - from the logging
that they do up here. Canadian logging is quite different to our style
of logging as they don't cut all the trees down at once; they take small
patches of trees out at a time leaving scars on the landscape.
Chatterbox Falls, Princess Louisa Inlet
August 2009 Photo
We are off to Canada to see family in Sidney, BC again and to go sailing
around the Gulf Islands, Princess Louisa Inlet (Chatterbox Falls too),
and up to Desolation Sound area. I am looking forward to it very much.
Seeing family is always great, but to view a different country over a
long period of time (we are there for two months). Maybe when we return
I will see New Zealand as ex pats do, as I will be away for so long.
forward to sailing on the BC coast
July 2009 Photo
Living and working on our boat is all fine and dandy until I want to photograph
my work. Trying to take a quality picture of a piece for a gallery when
wakes make the boat rock and roll is very frustrating.
Tonight is the opening of the group show, "Divas" that I am in with Gill
Brooks and Kat Goodhue, (they are cast glass artists). We are very pleased
with how it looks and works together and are looking forward to the opening
in a few hours.
I have just finished my first piece of bone carving. Yes, it was a messy
job, but quite enjoyable in a funny way and I was very pleased with the
Today I am off to the butcher to purchase some canon bones for my first
stint at bone carving. I anticipate it will be a mucky job.
May 2009 Photo
My husband Mark works as a deck hand on the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson
which is based in Opua in the Bay of Islands. Over summer they take passengers
out on day sails and over the winter months they go out for week long
Youth trips and History tours. Because we were both at home for periods
of time once the day sails ended and before the tours started up, we were
sharing our workshop on the boat. The result was I got to have my own
dedicated studio / workshop space by claiming and reworking the forward
cabin. This is working out very well. I can shut the door and Mark has
his own workshop now too.
Tall ship R. Tucker Thompson
I have just had a meeting with the owner of Molly'N in Epsom. Having just
started their clothing line to go with their shoe range they took on some
of my jewellery, in particular the Black Singlet Range. Fashion and art
- a good mix I think.
I was almost on TV! I received a call this week from a lovely lady asking
me if I would like to be part of a TV documentary on Maori Television.
She had seen my show at Letham Gallery and said that they were interested
in artists from the North who were working hard at making art their career
and who were pushing themselves to be in galleries in Auckland and further
afield despite the distance of living in the North. They were going to
send a camera crew up and an interviewer to see me at work in my studio
on my boat where we are moored - in Opua. It all fell down when the reporter
(who had been told by a gallery, that I was Maori) asked me what my Iwi
was. She was very apologetic when she found that I was not Maori. I was
fine with it, but she was quite gutted - as she wanted to tell my story.
She asked if she could keep me on their files in case a story came up
for an interview with artists in general from the north. I was quite honoured
to be asked and it would have been great to be on TV, talking about my
work - as it is about Aotearoa, not just New Zealand. Anyway - almost
15 minutes of fame. Things are good in the galleries that I am in. We
all have a good business relationship. (That is why my prices in the galleries
are the same as on my site - It is important to me that I support my galleries
as they do me.
March 2009 Photo
Opening night of "Mates Rates - Black Singlet" is tonight. The show looks
great how Donna and Anna have set it up. I am looking forward to the show.
It is on until the 22nd March 2009.
Mates Rates Exhibition
I have been working hard getting work sorted for the Solo exhibition "Mates
Rates - Black Singlet" I am having in the Garden Room of Letham Gallery
in Ponsonby. It is a lovely space, with white painted brick walls, and
French Doors leading out to a bricked garden area. I can see my work working
well in this light and airy space. The old style of the house is in line
with my old domestic kitchen ware, like my pot lids, and Black Singlet
I have just enjoyed a wonderful visual feast during the last two weeks
in Sapporo, Japan. Mark has gone to Japan for three years a row to help
with the Japanese leg of the World Rally (motor sport) and this year I
got to go too. As Mark is busy from dawn to dusk sorting out the service
park, it gave me a chance to wander around, in and out of shops, parks,
galleries, etc by myself. Mark had a translator with him and in the evenings
I got to ask her lots of questions about life in Japan.
We have been visiting family in Sidney, on Vancouver Island, which is
always lovely. Sidney is famous for all its bookshops and hence is also
called "Booktown". We have loaded up with books on art and boats, plus
I have lots of brochures and cards from galleries that I have visited
while over there. Lots of inspiration to follow up on when I get home.
September 2008 Photo
"Our Black Singlets" my solo show being held at Satellite Gallery, Auckland
alongside Caroline Herdson's Solo show. It is nice to share a space with
Caroline. I will be at the opening which is always an exciting time.
Red Bands Dad Stuart at Solo Show
I was asked by Julia from Kann Zamaan Gallery in Kerikeri to be part of
the Matariki show, and of course I was pleased to join other top Kerikeri
artists to celebrate the Maori New Year event. The opening night was lovely
with a wide assortment of different works.
June 2008 Photo
We have moved from Kaeo to Opua to live on our boat - which means less
travel for Mark now - just a short dinghy row to the R.Tucker Thompson,
which we can see berthed from our boat. I am finding it quite easy to
work on the boat and am enjoying it. We still have our property in Kaeo
so I am not without a large studio.
Windrunner where we live and I create
I have just heard that all my pieces at the Artists on Broadway show sold.
Thanks Morgan Street for including me in this show. Thanks too to Coutts
Morgan Street Gallery holds my work, and they have put nine of my Black
Singlet pot lid pieces in the Artists on Broadway show held at Coutts
Cars. This looks like it will be a great show. I would like to be there,
but unfortunately am unable to get down. I hope it all goes well for everyone
I was asked to be the guest speaker at Northtec's 2008 Graduation ceremony,
where I was to receive my Bachelor of Visual Applied Arts. This was a
great honour for me and I very much enjoyed making my speech and being
capped. I would like to continue my studies and am looking at doing a
Master of Arts in the near future.
I have finished what I started three years ago - my Bachelor of Visual
Applied Arts degree. I am missing the people from tech already, but am
looking forward getting back into my studio to make work again after three
years off so to speak. It has been a great time, loving every minute of
July 2007 Photo
The opening night of my solo show "Out of Order" at the Community Arts
Centre, Whangarei. Based on street art, this work is about how how we
respond to public art from either side of the fence.
"Out of Order" exhibition overview
We have just finished building my new studio at home in Kaeo. It is huge,
with lots of good light. I am looking forward to getting to make some bigger