Wellington region. Kapiti Coast is a preference. Wanganui and Manawatu regions are manageable. Nelson also.
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
I have a blog. My practice is based on social arts and community, including national exhibition practice in textile arts, sustainable design processes, eco prints and mural painting for local business. I've worked in schools on design commissions for local councils and had several artist residencies in Asia and UK. I'm currently a member of a public arts panel. I've managed, curated, and taken part in sustainable fashion and wearable arts shows. I've won several awards for my textile garments and artworks. I've just completed a Fellowship on cultural design processes and contemporary art textiles. My focus is on helping communities to find their local identity in visual arts as social well-being and pride in cultural diversity.
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
- Whitireia Arts coordinator and art judge for Waitangi Day Festival of the Elements 2002–2018. This includes mentoring and assisting students with making art skills and works, concept proposals, funding, fashion and sculpture performance activities and local promotion of artworks.
- Working with teacher and artist teams to make and collate students' art in workshops for art festivals.
- 2012–2014 Fly me up to where you are – art flags Wellington and New Zealand Art Festival.
- 2011–2016 Concept and costume designer for collaborative student theatre performances at Whitireia stage and screen and visual arts.
- 2001–2009 Lindale campus, Kapiti Summer School visual artist, director 2009–2011 coordinator for Aotearoa Creative Textiles workshops.
- 2010–2012 Aotearoa felt artist for Windows on White touring group show and catalogue and Earthwaulks felt artist touring group show.
- 2015–2019 Exhibiting and resident artist at Jin Ze Art Centre Shanghai, Dali Art Factory, Yunnan, China Studio Kura, Itoshima Japan, Indigo dyeing and shibori at Christchurch Arts Centre Art and Craft School, Misaki cho, Okayama, Japan.
- Concept design and materials workshop tutor at Guangxi School of Construction, Nanning, China.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
- New Zealand secondary school art teacher 1990–1999. Year 9–13 drawing, design, printmaking, photography, art history and clothing and textiles.
- Tertiary art and design tutor contracted for Wellington Polytechnic School of Design 1995–1997 in fine art printmaking, screen printing and textile applications, drawing and design and fashion design. Level 4–7 diploma and degree level.
- Whitireia Community Polytechnic 2000–2019 taught level 4–7 students centred papers in drawing and design, painting, printmaking, colour theory, contextual studies, studio practice in textiles and creative enterprise tutor.
- 2010–2019 Community arts teaching in Sustainable shibori and Indigo resist dyeing, felt making and eco prints on fibre and paper at Hutt Minoh House, Wairoa REAP courses, Christchurch Indigo and supplies, Kapiti and Porirua campus teacher refresher group, Nelson Textiles experiences, Dali Arts Factory, China, Misaki-cho art and craft school Japan.
- Teach primary age children in my home studio in Raumati on casual basis.
- DALI Art Factory workshop and Asia NZ Kapiti summer art workshops 2018 was aimed at primary school aged children in water colour painting and lantern making.
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 maintain my practice with creativity in New Zealand schools. I was raised by an immigrant mother and second-generation New Zealand father who both loved that New Zealand had a sense of community in belonging, making, enduring and shared everything the lifestyle has to offer. I see this as a great government initiative to build students' understanding of how to express and value their ideas, capture feelings and tactile material skills through artistic dimensions. Time and place is my ongoing theme. This allows opportunity for us as new and established community members to reflect on where we are and the relationships we build towards claiming our cultural identity.