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Creative ID: 072

Art form(s): Fashion Design, Theatre, Visual Arts, Craft/Object.

Based in: Karitane. 

When I'm available: At this stage all year – I do have my own business in Marine Surveying, so I am only available part time.

Where I'm available: All of Central, North Dunedin, Waitaki to Waikouaiti and East Otago.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

I have been involved in textiles my whole life, having learnt from my parents and grandparents from a young age. I work within a wide spectrum of scale, materials and processes – from fine needlepoint to architectural-sized pieces. I incorporate my artistic career into my family life with four young children, a passion for horse riding, gardening and as a registered art teacher.

My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with

EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Master of Fine Art (with Merit).  
  • Certificate of Digital Photography.
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary). 
  • Bachelor of Fine Art. 
  • Diploma in Textiles and Jewellery. 
  • Diploma in Fashion Design. 

SELECTED ART PRACTICE:

  • Guest exhibitor. NZ Fashion and Textiles Symposium. Te Papa/Massey University. Wellington 2016.
  • West Harbour Arts Trust, Artist in Residence. Port Chalmers 2016.
  • Two parts. Dunedin 2016.
  • Samples and New Work. Solo exhibition. Forrester Art Gallery. Oamaru. 2016
  • Vogel Street Party Festival. Selected Feature Artist. Dunedin City Council. Dunedin. 2014.
  • Selected feature artist, Art Tardis. University of Otago Art week. Dunedin 2014.
  • Daphne Purves Award. Winner. To attend Brozzetti Weaving Laboratory, Perugia, Italy. 
  • Wallace Art Gallery, solo exhibition. Morrinsville 2014–15.
  • Group show. University of Otago. Dunedin 2014.
  • Two parts. Commemoration of 70 years since the Battle of Cassino. Italy. 2014.

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

  • Primary School artist in residence 2016.
  • Intermediate – Art Teacher and Performance Art coordinator 2014–2015.
  • Collegiate School – Technology and Skill for Living Teacher 2006–2012.
  • Riding for the Disabled Vice President 2018–current.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

I am no longer teaching art in schools full time due to my family commitments – But I adore teaching and this is a perfect opportunity for me to be involved again. I find teaching hugely inspirational for my own studio practice – the students always have excellent ways of thinking that can assist my own problem solving – simply by processing information in a slightly different way. My current studio is based at home where I am working with weaving and painting combined.

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