Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Forest has the Blues - Critters!

This year's iteration of our "Forest has the Blues" installation will include 


New Zealand insects, small reptiles, birds, and perhaps 
a few imported pests just to liven things up a little!

My contribution to the quietly munching understory 
is the New Zealand Kauri Snail



To find out about these once  plentiful but now threatened beauties 

My Pupurangi are approximately 28cm long linocut prints 
carved with a combination of pfiel gouges and dremel tool.
This was a fun interlude to some more serious projects 
being juggled at present.

they escaped in the night 
and are now happily munching on my noticeboard!

I know.... when will I grow up?!

Students of Pukekohe High School

Also taking part in this year's installation are a new class of senior students from Pukekohe High School, under the guidance of their teacher and contributing artist Esther Hansen. Esther's students have been tasked with creating critters, for their own installation, - a completely new component to this year's installation, and to also inhabit the main forest installation.

Recently we "Foresters", as we loosely term ourselves, met as a group to catch up with each other and to see and hear how progress is being made. This was an opportunity for Esther to bring a collection of her students' work along to show, and what a treat to behold!

 Below are just a few images of the works in progress by the students.
They are using two printmaking techniques: drypoint etching and woodblock.

Such finely detailed, and beautifully executed, images don't you agree? And this is still early days! The students are making a wonderful contribution to the exhibition.

I will be visiting the students next week during their class time 
and greatly look forward to meeting them all and seeing and hearing about their progress. 
I shall report back in a new blog so watch this space!

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Forest has the Blues project click here.

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Friday, 3 May 2019

"Scattered" - installed, opened, ready for viewing!


A group show featuring works by Celia Walker, Elle Anderson and Toni Hartill.
To view earlier posts about this project click here.

Now open for viewing 
until May 30th at
1 Ponsonby Road,

Opening Hours:

Mon – Thurs   9am – 7pm
Fri                   9am – 5pm
Sat                   9am – 4pm
Parking: There is limited parking behind the building, 
access off Hopetoun Street or plenty of street parking
 in the area, including directly out front. 
Just takes a bit of lucky timing to score a park!


 Toni Hartill

 Celia Walker

Elle Anderson

The window space

Ready for Opening!

Opening Event

Sales - A Conundrum!

With so many small, random pieces, how on earth can I manage sales??

Well, thanks to some tricky numbering I have managed  a system to keep track.
Two pieces sold to a visiting Nelson artist just prior to the official opening so I had to get myself organized pronto! Then some other pieces sold during the opening event which was very heartwarming. So many lovely comments on the show in general, and on everyone's work.

Thanks to everyone who made it along! 
It felt like quite a celebration of our project which was the brain-child of Celia, and which grew into a really enjoyable experience from initial concept right through to installation. 


Separated geographically, but connected through ideas, Scattered brings together artists 
Celia Walker, Elle Anderson and Toni Hartill with an expansive scattering of work 
that responds to ideas around shifting horizons, uncertain pathways and traveled landscapes. Individual works act as field notes, working drawings, partial renderings and snapshots, 
but operate together to form a group response to remembered places.

1 Ponsonby Road,
Opened Wednesday May 1st. 

 View until 30th May, 2019

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Final countdown to "Scattered" group show!


 Just ONE week to go til our group exhibition "Scattered" opens 
and I'm doing my last bit of faffing around planning my layout. To read earlier posts about preparations for this exhibition click here.

 All of my pieces are currently spread out across a surface the size of the wall space where I will be hanging them and each time I go past I seem to move a piece here, tweak a bit there, add in one more piece, take one away...  There are so many possible alternate combinations for laying out the work that this stage could actually go on forever - but, no, I'm very close to calling it a wrap and beginning to pack it all up ready for installation day on Monday... I think...

Celia's initial idea behind this exhibition was to provide an opportunity for the three of us to have something to work towards, together but also separately. Together in spirit, initial inspiration and mutual support but separate in that we each have our own ways of working and our own interests and ideas.


The title Scattered came about because we are now scattered geographically since Elle has moved away from Auckland - a good 5 hours drive away. We also wanted the show to include works that are scattered in format - not finished pieces of work but works in progress, encouraging us to be more experimental and exploratory in our approaches. Usually we would aim to produce refined and completed works for an exhibition, ready to present and sell to an audience. There are often works which show potential but aren't quite resolved, works that raise possibilities for new directions but that don't make the final cut to fit in with other works in a show or for a myriad of other reasons. In my experience, I have drawers full of partially resolved works that could lead somewhere else but which I never quite get back to.

Speaking for myself, my bit of wall space will be scattered with an array of my experiments and explorations into mark-making, materials and subject matter inspired initially by the shared quote, our starting point. I've used a wide range of printmaking techniques, but have also toyed with some stitching, collage, paper-cutting, paper folding, drawing and paint - some are more serious investigations, many are completely playful such as my mini-dioramas.

My resulting scattering will be a lot like my studio wall/ table/ floor when I'm developing new work, testing new ideas, trialing new techniques. There are lots of little combinations which could be considered resolved and which could be framed or just hung as they are in wee collections. There are other components which could easily lead off on new tangents to inspire new fact, for those who have seen some of my other projects of late you will see familiar snippets - either ideas have been sown here and have morphed into projects of their own or other projects have inspired ideas for this project. Either way works for me and helps me avoid the dreaded "artist's block".

Celia and Elle have both approached the exhibition from their own viewpoints, also creating a scattering of works but with entirely different approaches to mine and to each other.  Makes for a really intriguing show which we hope our visitors will enjoy!

Image: Celia Walker, 2019

Separated geographically, but connected through ideas, Scattered brings together artists Celia Walker, Elle Anderson and Toni Hartill with an expansive scattering of work that responds to ideas around shifting horizons, uncertain pathways and traveled landscapes. Individual works act as field notes, working drawings, partial renderings and snapshots, but operate together to form a group response to remembered places.

1 Ponsonby Road,
Opens Wednesday May 1st, 5pm. 

Please join us!

 View 2nd - 30th May, 2019.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Guest artist at Waiprint 2019 - preparations!

 Earlier this year I was invited to be the guest artist 
at the annual Waiprint exhibition held at 
Artspost Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand,

July 19th - August 19th 2019.

Opening event July 18th, 5.30pm.

 Waiprint is the annual exhibition by the Waikato Society of Arts Printmakers 
and 2019 is their 30th year - quite a milestone and I feel extremely honoured to have been invited.
So, despite having already said I wouldn't/ couldn't take on any more projects this year.... this was one I didn't want to turn down. 

The exhibition opens on July 18th, just 2 days before our BIG Forest has the Blues exhibition opens, and WHILE our Forest install will still be taking place! 

In order to accept the invite and to be sure I put together a body of work that will do the show justice (hopefully!) I began planning back in February and got everything framed, packed and have just now handed them over, yes, well ahead of time. (Did I mention I am also going to be in Spain for most of June so... another wee hitch in a very full year to plan around!)

My exhibition will be called "Field Notes" and includes works created in the past year or so, all of a botanical nature - all works that have involved research into aspects of New Zealand ecology. 
There are also 2 new framed works, as yet not exhibited, plus I am very excited to exhibit a couple of one of my recent artist's books. (Unusually I made an edition of 3 - my books are usually one-offs!)

Artists Books Workshop 



I will be running a 1 day workshop which will be an introduction to various simple book structures and will aim to inspire and encourage participants to play with ideas and concepts to take their work in new dimensions, literally. The workshop will be on 7 September at Artspost Galleries. (Unfortunately it will be after the exhibition ends due to my very full diary but hopefully it will mean I will have a clearer head by then!)
To view some of my artists books click on the tab in the bar at the top of the page and scroll down. Links within the page will take you to earlier posts about the making of most of the books.

More information to come, or check the Waikato Museum website for updates.

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