March 2016

Maui, Legend of the Outcast by Chris Slane and Robert Sullivan.

I am working on my entry into the International Designer Bookbinder Competition,

The theme is Myths and Legends and I happily spent hours in every bookshop in Dunedin and was thrilled to find a contemporary retelling of this legend. I emailed the publisher and authors to get the necessary permissions, and now I am ready to begin….

This is what I am hoping to achieve: I will take the book apart, re-sew it, make hand-sewn head bands, include some paper engineering to create a 3D pop-out on  a pivotal image in the story and re-make the endpapers, as the original ones will get damaged when I take the book apart. Then the fun bit !!  The Cover….. I thought the bold graphic lines and marks looked very like tapa, and surface print would be the ideal way to capture this. So I have lots of trials and experiments ( that’s the bit I love ) and hopefully I will have photos to post along the way. I have a few months to complete the book and send it to the Bodleian Library at Oxford  U.K……  but as you all know time has its own agenda.


January 2016

Friday was a perfect day for a photoshoot, lots of sun for contrast and shadows and the sports field had lots of freshly mowed flat grass. I arrived with everything I thought I might need ( plus lots of things I didn’t ) but the most useful thing was the rake. Although one woman out walking her dog did think I was excessively OCD when she saw me raking the grass!

I had the talented photographer Sue and the fabulous assistant Janene and we set up 100 terracotta houses in various layouts, got lots of good photos for my entry into Shapeshifter …  and a bit of a suntan. The thing I underestimate is how long it takes to repack everything at the end.


Sculpture on the Peninsula 2015

Can't see the wood for the trees - Greg Yee
Can’t see the wood for the trees – Greg Yee
Take me Home - Tatyanna Meharry
Take me Home – Tatyanna Meharry
The Glass House - Kim Hennessey
The Glass House – Kim Hennessy

This year’s show was as fabulous as usual, with almost 200 sculptures of all shapes , sizes and mediums. These 3 were my absolute favorites. I haven’t seen Greg Yee’s sculptural work before but this ceramic wood pile is beautiful and poetic.  Tatyanna Meharry’s installation  of 574 ceramic vessels representing every man that left their home in Banks Peninsula to fight in the 1st world war, installed in front of the cottage, the group jostling to make it to the door. And finally Kim Hennessey’s glass house that speaks of fragility and security. These works all placed in the domestic realm, they quietly remind us of loss and the intangible value of home. To see more of these artists work ….., and

Installing at Sculpture on the Peninsula.

I spent a sunny Saturday installing my new work ” Houses for Reminiscing ” at Loudon Farm. They are a group of 8 galvanized wire house forms, all containing either a ceramic or natural element. I have placed them on a sloping woodland area.

…… I have been working with ideas around the long summers of childhood.  The days that stretched forever, we were either exhilarated by our freedoms or bored and cooped up. We used our imagination and environment to build huts and secret spaces where we were Kings of our domain. At the end of summer these spaces physically retreated into the environment but the memories live on…..

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A silver lining

Just packing up some extra porcelain houses to take to Sculpture on the Peninsula.  These are covered in a thick glossy black glaze and I have used a little pure silver leaf inside each one. I will be driving to Banks Peninsula early tommorow morning to set up a separate larger wire installation. ….fingers crossed all goes well, the next post will be photos of the 8 galvanized wire houses….


a quick update….. October 2015

After a winter hibernation everything is happening with a rush..

I have work accepted for bi-annual Sculpture on the Peninsular, which gets installed in 2 weeks time.

AND I have just had confirmation that I have been accepted for the bi-annual Shapeshifter. A large outdoor/indoor exhibition in Wellington early next year

I will post photos soon


A cold day in… ( Dunedin )

A few photos from the mini workshop. It was  fun way to spend a cold and potentially snowy afternoon. We had more people than anticipated, but everyone made a book, printed on the cover and went home with the skills to make more. Thanks to Helen from “Tinch” and Colleen from “Dear Colleen” who provided pots of tea, biscuits, enthusiasm and a lovely friendly atmosphere. And Guild for having a gallery space free on a Sunday afternoon .