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Creative ID: 092

Art form(s): Community Art, Visual Arts, Craft/Object, Multi-Disciplinary, Carving.

Based in: Christchurch. 

When I'm available: I work full time from home, so I am flexible to fit in with any weekday times.

Where I'm available: I live in Redcliffs, but I'm open to taking part in any Christchurch school's programme.

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

I have been a full-time artist since 2006 and successfully exhibited nationally and internationally. I am a paint carver, a technique I created in 2003 at university. I layer up boards with up to 70 layers of paint and carve back through the paint to reveal the different colours; it is topographical and textural. I am completely inspired by my time in nature, when I am not in the studio, I am adventuring in the mountains or on the ocean. I am lucky to work with incredible clients and in the last year have completed over 90 commissions alone. I enjoy designing my own exhibitions, although I had my first gallery at the age of 19, with the use of social media and spaces made available to artists, it is incredible what one can create! I now live and work from my home/studio in Christchurch. However, I was in Auckland for the previous 30 years. I have a website, and am on Instagram and Facebook.

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 graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Art and Design in 2005, majoring in Printmaking. I have been a full-time artist since 2006. I worked as a volunteer art teacher in a school. I work prolifically as a commissioned artist, completing over 115 works in the last year. My clients range from such places as Milan, Beijing, London, Germany and all over New Zealand. I have exhibited in London, Hong Kong, LA and alongside some amazing companies in New Zealand. I have travelled to Romania to volunteer in a children's hospital in 2011 and completed 3 floors of murals with the help of the local school.

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

Volunteering up at the school for 8 years was magic! I was able to create my own art class each week with the help of a wonderful teacher aide and a classroom that provided an amazing supplies cupboard. Each week was never the same, from collaging, painting, sculpting, drawing, group work and individual activities, the themes were always topical, reflecting the time of year, events and what were also going on for the students. Feel free to call the senior teacher there for a reference. I did 2 'Big Egg Hunts' both painting and carving my own egg and also taking one up to the school to create with the kids. I have travelled to Romania to volunteer in a children's hospital in 2011, completing 3 floors of murals with the help of the local school. My dad moved to South Africa in 2000 and lived on a farm next to an AIDS orphanage which I visited throughout my teenage years. I have been to Fiji to volunteer in an orphanage, creating art classes for the residence. I now run my own weekend workshops teaching my carving technique.

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

My time at the school, teaching the amazing students over the 8 years was such a wonderful addition to my life. Since moving to Christchurch I have yet to find that space where I can continue to share my skills with awesome young people. Art comes so naturally to me as I have been creative from such a young age and was able to follow my passion throughout school and university and now as a full-time artist. To be able to ignite and excite students to be creative is magic. What I have seen over the years as students explore their creative ways is both mind-blowing and also very healing. Having mainly worked in hospitals or orphanages, I know there is something very special about the creative process. Being part of the Creatives in Schools programme sounds like a wonderful way to give back and connect with my new community.

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