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.

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


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

May 2016

Last month I happened to be in Auckland for a  lovely long weekend and I managed to drop off my work for the VEFA auction a bit early. There is a lot of really good work, great artists, and something for everyone in this auction

Set of 10 houses
Back of the set, showing numbers
Set up on the edge of the rooftop