February 2018

Hello out there on the blogosphere…. This is my final post from this site.

I started blogging in March 2002, just after I had graduated with a bright and shiny Bachelor of Visual Arts. I wanted to practice writing ( not a terribly strong point) and sharing of my practice, and I have been proud of the result. I’ve highlighted the failures and celebrated the successes and even found space to share the diversity of my artist life.

2017 was a momentous year of lots of hard work and getting my brain to work again. I had my binding exhibited in the UK in the Heroic Works exhibition at the Bodleian Library , Oxford and it went on to become part of the European travelling exhibition. I got a silver placing in a major South Korean Design Competition with a chocolate design ( food design was a completely new idea for the Korean organisers and I was placed in the general design section competing against the likes of Ikea and other big brands), I won a scholarship to an entrepreneur workshop in China, where I got to work with Chinese students and a Kiwi facilitator….lots of great learnings there… and ended the year graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma of Design.

I am now ready to move on to my next adventure

If you need to get in touch with me you can always follow me on Instagram @ jjaneyr

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https://www.startupdunedin.nz/blog/ January 24th 2018



Lovely Ceramic News

There has been a bit of a gap in the Dunedin making scene for a few years, in particular ,workshops in  Ceramics ….but not anymore… the lovely Susie has been working away to bring Dunedin ( and occasionally other places ) a Clay School. A place to have a go at completing a small project in an afternoon. You can find out about the workshops here… http://clayschool.bigcartel.com/

Susie is the talent behind the photography brand Eden Ripley, and a ceramic artist herself.

March again and still 2017

For those who were following the adventures of my entry into the International Designer Bookbinders Competition at the Bodleian Library Oxford UK…..


Maui Legends of the Outcast has been selected for the Touring exhibition !! the binding will be on display in Oxford, Birmingham and London

Monday evening 17 July 2017 : Awards Ceremony and Exhibition Private View
Exhibition Touring Dates:
Weston Library, Oxford   18 July – 20 August (Private View on 17 July)
Library of Birmingham 23 August – 28 September
St Bride Foundation, London 2-14 October (Private View on 2 October)
North Bennet Street School
          Boston, USA 23 November – 22 December  (Private View on 22 November) The Exhibition at this venue will comprise the 28 Prizewinners and 8 selected USA binders ONLY.


March 2017

Its been a while since I have blogged but I have finally rounded up some time, so here goes!

Over the last few  years ceramic houses have been flying out from lovely galleries and have found nice new homes all over the world, at this stage I kind of lose track of them. But occasionally I get commissions, these are collections that are in various corners of New Zealand and one was couriered as far as England ( miraculously it arrived without any breakages )..thank you to those that sent photos.


November 2016

I was involved with a community printing event at the weekend, it was the SciArt Orokanui Halo Project, where the public engaged with art to express their ideas of biodiversity and how they want their local community to achieve this. We were a talented group of assistants, who had varied printmaking, organizational, story telling  and people wrangling skills. The day was a success, people printed and  wrote, and the looks of delight on faces as they created something was a real bonus for me. I am posting photos taken by Lynn Taylor ( as she took the best photos of the day ), and a link to my Facebook page as it has a fabulous fast action video ( which I don’t know how to share to this blog )





September 2016 part 4

I’m going to finish up my September marathon with my entry for the Designer Bookbinder competition in London 2017. I finally ( after much trauma ) completed this and got it in the post, by the due date……a minor miracle !

The theme is Myths and Legends, I chose the graphic novel, Maui Legends of the Outcast. I let the content inform my binding choices. I sourced vintage Tapa cloth for its Pacific origins, graphic lines and colours that echoed the storyline; a Bone hook, so integral to the Maui legend and  handmade Harakeke paper, for its connections to our land. I chose not to work in the traditional Bookbinding material of leather as New Zealand has a rich history of fibres and textiles. I’m not sure how this will be received at the competition but I was proud to have completed it.

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September 2016 part 3

I was pleased to be invited to show work at Hullabaloo Art Space in Cromwell, I had been part of this collective for over 3 years and having a 10 year show was a great way to catch up with everyone and to see what they had been making.  http://www.hullabalooart.co.nz

It was a great show with such variety in concepts and materials. the quality of the work shown is still outstanding…Congratulations Hullabaloo!!!

September 2016 part 2 [ technically August ]

I tutored a 2 session Masterclass for Risingholme community centre and Studio 380 in Christchurch. I had beginner potters through to the distance learning students from Diploma of Ceramic Arts , Otago Polytechnic. We focused on surface print and slab to 3dimensional object. The students really got into the idea of play and the great results that happen if you don’t get too worried about the end result, the more challenging part, was figuring out how to create a pattern to cut out the best bits of the printed slabs to turn them into a 3 D object. We created houses as it seems a simple form but has some quite tricky thinking involved in the forms. I covered direct intervention with the slab using slip and found materials , slip transfers, found and commercial stamps, screen print and photopolymer plates….And the finished houses were superb, everyone got great results that can be transferred to their own practices.

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September 2016 part 1 [ technically July ]

Well months have gone by  since I last posted  and its all been a bit crazybusy ( is that even a word ? ) Even though it appeared I was in hibernation, I was in fact venturing out and achieving small amounts of creative work , completing an Entrepreneur course , and continuing to freelance for Ocho Chocolate….

Part 1-  My Lilliput Library has a permanent home

Marsh Study Centre  University of Otago




May 2016 again

LILLIPUT LIBRARIES…..   https://www.facebook.com/Lilliput-Libraries

This is a excellent idea, executed with limited funding but bringing the joy of reading to streets all over Dunedin. I was happy to contribute to this by  stenciling the little library with out of date and obsolete words, I have listed the meanings in this post….

BAVARDAGE – idle gossip

BOOKWRIGHT- A writer of books

BOUFFAGE- A satisfying meal

CALIGINOUS- Dark, dim or misty

JIRBLE- To pour out a liquid with an unsteady hand

LUNTING- Walking whilst smoking a pipe

GROAK- To silently watch someone eating, hoping to be invited to join them

RESISTENTALISM- The seemingly spiteful behaviour shown by inanimate objects

SNIRP- A Dr Seuss character notoriously found near 7-11’s

SNOUTFAIR – A person with a handsome countenance

SPERMOLOGER- A picker-up of trivia, news or gossip

TYROMANCY- Divining by the coagulation of cheese

UBIETY- The condition of being in a definite place

VELLEITY-a wish or inclination, but not strong enough to lead to action

WONDERWENCH – A sweetheart

Thanks to Dr Seuss, A dictionary of Difficult Words, Julie and deathandtaxesmag.com