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Creative ID: 091

Art form(s): Fashion Design, Craft/Object, Multi-Disciplinary, Visual Arts, Upcycling, Re-purposing.

Based in: Waikouaiti, Dunedin. 

When I'm available: Whenever it fits with you and the school.

Where I'm available: Waikouaiti, Karitane, Flag Swamp, Palmerston, Dunedin Referees available on request, however I am known to the Waikouaiti School Community.

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

Hands-on creative in many areas, such as innovative fashion design, wearable art, knitting, sewing, macrame and upholstery. Upcyling and re-purposing clothing and furniture items. Just one example: I collected vintage candlewick bedspreads and upcycled into pretty shabby-chic plush bathrobes. I would like to teach children to think creatively about everyday items that can be re-purposed around the home rather than throwing away, using such methods as decoupage. I am a member of NZ Furniture Painters, please review their Facebook page as an example of what can be done with upcycling. Teaching this to children will have a huge positive impact on our planet.

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 been a creative all my life, however I have worked in the area of Accounting to focus on earning money to provide for a family. With the exception of a short foray into being a Design Consultant. It is only recently (near retirement) that I have made the time to get back into my creative side. It would be such a shame that my creative talents were not shared with children. This would ensure that the age-old arts are passed into the future and encourage children, to encourage their parents to return a balance to how we live.

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

Many years ago, when I was the Executive Officer of a college, I attended Manukau Polytech and obtained a certificate in adult teacher education. I have two grandchildren. I recently knitted 26 pairs of slippers for my granddaughter's class to keep their feet warm over winter days. I am currently sharing the art of knitting and sewing with my granddaugther. Her classmates are fascinated and want to learn too.

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

It is an opportunity to encourage children to be and think creatively in upcycling, recycling, re-purposing while saving the planet. Also to learn age-old methods of clothing and feeding oneself and their families cost effectively. It can only be positive to pass this down to future generations and change how we live and see the world. Children are our future and can make the change happen. I would like to think I would be instrumental in passing on knowledge to future generations, knowledge that would otherwise be lost. That is how I consider it to link to my creativity. I imagine by now you are thinking that my offer does not fit with the programme, however I invite you to think outside the square for the good of our community and planet.

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