Wiki Bidois has been a local school and Te Reo teacher for many years. She was instrumental in starting the Ra Whakangahau kapa haka event at Te Puna over two decades ago. She was also one of the women of Matua Branch of the Maori womens Welfare League who in 1993 were instimental in weaving the Tukutuku Panels that still hang in the stairwell of the Tauranga library today. Each panel has a name and story, which has been documented in a booklet called the Tukutuku Collection.
Living many years in Domestic Violence my inevitable search for healing led me to Raranga-Flax Weaving offering Te Kakahu Whakaruruhau -cloak of safety within Te Wananga o Aotearoa, DV leaves ongoing issues weaving is therapeutic I needed to learn confidence peace of mind freedom to be me, weaving ancestral connections wairua moments researching my/our Whakapapa throughout Aotearoa our tribal roots in Te Aitanga a Hauiti – Tolaga Bay on both sides of my parentage being Tuturu – originals. I wan
I was privileged at the age of 15 to be a young dancer/actress living the dream, travelling the world, experiencing, learning and perfecting, how to turn very little into something aesthetically pleasing.
Mine was a world of creativity and artistry, of theatres, art galleries and museums, magnificent architecture, history, discipline and myriad experiences that would prove to be a rich repository for the future.
Culture, themes, style, colour, space, patterns and texture are essential ingredient
I read, write and journal incessantly. In addition to fiction, non-fiction and poetry. I devour books on the craft of writing and love to encourage others to simply get started to overcome the fear of the empty page and to silence the inner critic.
After years of writing science articles, office procedures, training manuals and web content. I fell in love with poetry 10 years ago and discovered that the continuous practice of making every word count in poetry improves writing in all genres.
Sculptor-Carver Rex was born and raised in Mt Maunganui. Rex was re-introduced to sculpture in 2000
after a childhood love of carving and working with clay.
He explored bone carving work in the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
And then his early work from 2000 was working predominantly in stone
where he explored bold flowing form with emphasis on shadow and balance.
In 2010 he achieved a Diploma in Art at Bay Of Plenty Polytechnic.
Rex recently won the 2016 Whangarei Sculpture Symposium.
Modeling and sculpting diverse materials into shapes has always entertained and fascinated Cat for as long as she can remember. Growing up on a farm she first used clay dug from the stream’s edges.
Cat gained extensive knowledge about clay by working first in a pottery and then completing a four-year diploma in Craft & Design, majoring in ceramics, in Hamilton which she passed with honors, during this time she also experimented extensively with mixed media and papier-mâché.
Diploma in Fine Arts -Ilam Art School
Diploma Advanced Studies in Printmaking from Central/St Martins, London
Art teacher in Wellington. The co-ordinator of Omokoroa Artists. Exhibited in many group exhibitions locally. I really only started lino cuts when I moved to Omokoroa just over three years ago and stopped work.
Studied anatomy , portraiture and figure drawing at the Australian University in Canberra .
“Although my current art practice is abstract painting (colour field painting) I have over the course of my working life often returned to the human form, and have successfully derived my income from selling figure/drawings/paintings.”
BA (Philosophy), BFA (Printmaking), PGDipFA
Hannah gained a BA in Philosophy and BFA in Printmaking from Canterbury University in 2008, and a PGDipFA from Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland in 2010.
When she finds the time, Hannah specialises in intaglio carborundum techniques in her own printmaking practice, which is rooted in her love of observational drawing and interest in the biological make-up of flora and fauna of the world.
Carol moved from the UK in 1988 and has taught Visual Art programmes in both NZ & Australia.Carol has M A Post Graduate (Melbourne) has taught many age groups and abilities. She aims to present exciting challenges and to encourage exploration of a variety of contemporary approaches to Art. As a fully qualified, teacher and artist, Carol enjoys working with people with a sense of
humour and enjoy being part of a vibrant group.
Gain confidence, take risks, ….. and above all have fun!
Many of Rosey’s methods in sculpting are derived from a craft genre, such as felting and needle work. Rosey also uses many hand crafted fabrics to build her sculptures, such as second hand knitted garments. She feels there is nostalgia and memory attached to materials worn and loved by others. She enjoys using craft methods as it relates to the history of women in her family who continue to be fervent spinners and knitters supplying all family members with lush woollen items of clothing.
Ngā Puhi / Tapuika BIT, BMVA, MA, Dip. T.
Jo’el has a Masters degree (Waikato) focusing on taonga puoro (traditional Māori instruments)
A musician, carver and educator with whakapapa to Ngā Puhi, Tainui and Tapuika. He teaches Te Reo Māori and whakairo (traditional Māori carving). He performs and teaches taonga .He has performed nationally, internationally for television, radio and live performance. His goal is to assist in the revival of taonga puoro, which was very nearly a lost art form.
I’ve been drawing since I was three years old. Over the years I’ve learned techniques and secrets from lots of different places, and have invented some of my own.
Having had to learn these steps myself over a long period of time, I’m excited to present these anime/manga drawing techniques in a clear, concise and well-explained manner, so that even the most inexperienced artist will be able to increase their skill exponentially in a short amount of time.
Inspired by a childhood packed with American comic books and cartoons, I create a cast of fictional stereotypes, focusing on masculinity and superheroes. Influenced by technology, science-fiction, overheard conversations and observing the people around me, I explore ideas around stereotypes, popular culture and mass media. It is a subtle form of social commentary that allows you to have a little chuckle while hinting at something deeper.
Bachelor of Media Arts: Honours, Waikato Institute of Tech