Preferably in and around central Auckland or West Auckland, but I would be open to any opportunity.
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
For the past three years, I have primarily had a lens-based practice commonly filtered through print media. Conceptually informed by an interest in ways to document personal narratives through the transfers and the crossing of photographic printmaking. I view my practice as multidisciplinary which is project-focused. Working with new concepts, plans, and ideas to execute a series of works. I am really interested in the ways we view images and understanding photography and how we can make it. Looking at what images mean to us and how to make them with different mediums (printmaking, collage, painting, etc). I also enjoy therapeutic arts and am very interested in craft-based practices as a way of self-care and encouraging creative making. I am currently working on a series of works that derive from site-specific research which is linked to family history. Creating work that explores the practice of an architect and quilt maker. I am using this research to make a quilt and photographic collage works. In the past four years, textile, sculpture, printmaking, and photography have been very present in my projects.
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 a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT majoring in Photography and Printmaking. I have been a crew member of art workshops held for bereaved children, helping facilitate art workshops across many disciplines. I have run my own workshop where I held a Zine Making workshop for children ages 8 to 15. It has been an integral learning environment to understand how to offer workshops for children aged 5 to 16 and gain experience with children who are coping with emotional burdens or traumas.
I have helped with some workshops as part of the Auckland Zinefest public programme, and have been present in helping at holiday programs at an art centre. This year I also ran a workshop in Auckland where we made band T-Shirts. This year I have also been present in a family member's new entrant classroom where I facilitate art workshops. My next steps are to expand my skills with postgraduate studies in teaching and psychology to lead me to a master's in art therapy.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
My primary experience has been working/volunteering at workshops for children aged 5 to 12. Through my experience at [redacted] workshop, I have worked with children aged 5 to 16. Through an education centre I have worked with children aged 8 to 10. Workshop themes have been: Zine/bookmaking, collage, puppets, response to NZ artists work, worry dolls, flags, potato printing / vegetable and fruit printing, masking tape maps, pillowcase panting, art workshops, painting terracotta planters, making building plans and tiles, flower workshop for the love of bees, peg doll workshop, Javanese Puppets, Colin McCann paintings. I have had experience helping structure some of the workshops above and running them. Other examples of experience have been communicating tasks to the children and providing demos, proposing a workshop structure, and creating handouts for attendees.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
It would be a pleasure to share my time working as part of the Creative in Schools programme. My goal is to strengthen my art practices and embark on postgraduate study that will bring me closer to working in the field of Arts Therapy and teaching. Being able to be a part of a programme in a school environment will deeply inspire me as an emerging artist, and foster my love for working with young people and art.
I think this could be greatly fostered in school environments working with a range of different people, formats, and mediums. For many, including myself, I have struggled to find areas in which I can grow and learn from this year. As someone who is excited to learn from others and develop new skills, I am ready to take on some new opportunities and work with more people who I can learn with and from. Unfortunately, It has been difficult to achieve in 2020. I would really enjoy sharing my ideas for a project or assisting a project.