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Creative ID: 080

Art form(s): Community Art, Visual Arts, Pounamu, Pacific Arts, Design.

Based in: Christchurch.

When I'm available: I am available anytime at the moment.

Where I'm available: Eastern Christchurch is preferred but could travel to anywhere in Otautahi.

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

I am of Maniapoto/Fijian Indian descent and has recently completed a Masters in painting at Ilam, School of Fine Art. My primary practice is portraiture, as it poses a constant challenge to convey one's likeness in either charcoal or paint. As for pounamu, I have spent over a decade honing this craft, carving taonga, a treasured keepsake generally worn and regarded by the wearer(s). I find that both mediums are complementary, as both encapsulate the mauri (essence) of one's being; either as a snapshot (with of course artistic licence) or as a vessel to retain and harbour part of one's life force. "He Acheulean Angaanga" (pounamu skull), a piece of A grade kawakawa was sourced from Ngai tahu pounamu, I am registered as an Authenticated carver of Ngai Tahu, a kaupapa I support and believe in strongly, knowing full well that the two hapu, Kati Waewae and Makaawhio, are the stone people, the kaitaiki (guardians) of this resource, this treasure. whose bones are from the West Coast of Te Wai Pounamu, our South Island for which it is named.

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

I have always had a talent and interest in art. My specialty is painting and portraiture. My skills include Pounamu creation as well a variety of other skills which enable a creative output.

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

I have worked in community art for a number of years. Recently I have been working with students who are developing their skills and interest in pounamu.

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

I would like to train to become a teacher. I have loved my time working with students and believe that I can make a difference in the lives of young people. I also enjoy seeing the progress of how young people develop when their creative output is enabled.

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