Thursday, 31 March 2022

"Artful Narratives" in the Rangitoto Observer


Out today! 1st April edition of the Rangitoto Observer, pg 14

Rangitoto Observer pg 15

Today I finally installed my exhibition Artful Narratives

the 1st April edition of the Rangitoto Observer 
is out and features an article about my exhibition.
Many, many thanks to Janetta McKay.

I'm so relieved to finally get it in-situ and ready to receive visitors.
Well worth the wait, I think, as many other things have happened as a result of this exhibition, 
and they may not have happened if it had gone ahead last October.

Silver linings to covid lockdown... perhaps.

To read online:

I had a blissful lunch break, just down the road at Takapuna Beach, then back to finish off.

Super ecstatic with how it's looking and how it's all come together.

Can't wait to welcome you along!

Open 2 April - 2 June 2022

Lowkey opening event:

Saturday 2 April, 1 - 3pm

April Artist Talks:

Thursday 7th April
Friday 22nd April

Please arrive early.
I will be onsite from 10.30am.
Talks start at 11am.

Monday, 21 March 2022

Heritage et Al Blog - Artful Narratives and the destruction of the kahikatea forests


Heritage et Al is a blogsite which features unique collections and resources from Auckland Libraries research centres and heritage collections. This is an amazing resource and I hope you will take the opportunity to explore all that it has to offer.

I am so grateful to have had my article published about my body of work created in response to my own research done on the destruction of the kahikatea forests of Aotearoa New Zealand.

You can read my blog on Heritage et Al HERE.

This is a topic I became very passionate about, the more I researched it, and I continue to feel it is important to share this little known history of our country so that we will treasure and protect the remnants we still have, as sparse and threatened as they may be.

This body of work will feature in my solo exhibition 

Artful Narratives 

2 April - 2 June, 2022

Angela Morton Room, 

Level 1,

Takapuna Library,

Auckland, NZ.


I have written about some of these works in numerous earlier blogs 

some of which you can revisit below 

where you will also find additional links:

Artist's Book: A Buttery Demise

The making of the Butter Book and the research behind it's creation.

Imagined Journeys through Lost Landscapes

The making of these meander books and the research that informed their creation.

Long Live the Kahikatea!

Photographs of kahikatea remnants from road trips north 

and south and where my research began. 


I will be presenting a number of artist's talks during my exhibition.

Dates have now been set for April!

Thursday 7th April

Friday 22 April

Please arrive early

I will be onsite from 10.30am

Talks start at 11am

Dates for May will be announced nearer the time.

I hope you will be able to join me!

Stay tuned for further updates!

Sunday, 13 March 2022

"Artful Narratives" - 2 April - 2 June, 2022



At Last!

(After a postponement last year due to 
a prolonged covid lockdown.)

Only a couple of weeks now until I install my solo exhibition "Artful Narratives" and I'm excited to finally be able to share this collection of my work with you all.

With the Omicron outbreak raging across NZ, I am (trying to be) undaunted by what the coming weeks may bring, knowing that it is all out of my control anyway. I have decided to proceed with gusto and to be prepared to adapt as needed (hopefully).

"Artful Narratives" Catalogue

Catalogues are printed! 

Wish me luck!

Hope to see you there!

Solo exhibition: Artful Narratives

2 April - 2 June, 2022

Angela Morton Room, Te Pātaka Toi Art Library,
Level 1 Takapuna Library, Auckland.

I am excited to be able to finally present this large collection of my sculptural artist's books and 3D objects, created over the past 5 years. Many have never been exhibited and the few that have, have not been exhibited widely.

Having the opportunity to exhibit these works collectively allows me to share an insight into my creative process and inspirations.

I look forward to sharing my creations with you!

Public programme to be announced

I hope to be able to present at least a couple of artist talks onsite during the exhibition. Dates and times will be confirmed nearer the time, depending on the situation with the omicron outbreak, and announced online on my blog, social media and via my newsletter.

Please follow along, keep in touch and 

I hope you'll join me!

You are invited to indicate your interest in attending

If you would like to indicate your interest in attending an onsite artist's talk, please message me through my contact form or email me and I can notify you directly of plans. Feel free to indicate your preferred day(s) of the week. 

I will take visitors on a guided tour through the cabinets, providing you with an up-close look at my work, and an insight into my creative process. 

Depending on advance interest I may pre-arrange small group gatherings in order to adhere to covid safety protocols. Note: Your My Vaccine Pass needs to be scanned on entering the library and masks must be worn.

Unfolding Ideas Workshop

I'm very excited to still be a part of the inaugural Printopia Festival.

The venue for this has relocated to Corbans Estate Arts Centre in Henderson and will now take place over the weekend of May 7th, 8th, coinciding with International Print Day in May!

I will be teaching my "Unfolding Ideas" workshop at the

Printopia Festival of Print,

Corbans Estate Arts Centre,

2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson

10am - 1pm

Sunday 8 May, 2022

The aim of the workshop is to introduce participants to ideas for creating folded structures and 3D work as an extension to their printmaking. The focus will be on ideas generation and experimentation culminating in your own collection of sculpted samplers and mock-ups as a stepping stone for future developments.

Taking print to the 3rd dimension!

BOOK ONLINE HERE TODAY to secure your place.
Limited spaces available.

Bookings are made through eventfinda. 
Link also available from the Printopia Festival website
Full details and instructions of what to bring 
are on the website and booking site.

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