Issue #2 |
October 1st 2017
First published in Nelson, New Zealand by: Studio S www.studio-s.co.nz email@example.com 027 974 3879
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Putting a magazine together can be a tad daunting and quite overwhelming at times, but when I get to meet and interact with each individual Creative, it makes it all worth it. The uniqueness that each person brings to their work and their reasons for doing what they do are all different and so interesting to learn about. No one ever just woke up and could create ‘masterpieces’. Everyone started somewhere and while some may pick it up quicker, and others may take longer, either way... they all get there in the end if they keep trying. There seems to be a consensus in advice and tips across the board for aspiring Creatives: Just start, give it a go and have fun with it, ‘failure’ is part of the journey and it is ok. Amanda Sears
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Rochelle Marshall Pet Photographer P-6
Charlie Unwin Nelson Arts Festival P-8
Benjamin Clark Jeweller P - 10
Dawn Marron Writer, Actor, Dancer & Teacher P - 12
Kim & Gareth Rosser GK Events Hire P - 14
Jackie MacDonald Painter, Sculptor & Jeweller P - 16
Jose G Cano Photographer
Rachael Persico Photographer
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Karina Kusumadarma Photographer
Liam Philp Youth Artist & Photographer
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Larisse Hall Painter, Sculptor & Light Artist
Jessica Shirley Photographer
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Marilyn Andrews Painter & Sculptor
Article Creating a Greener Footprint
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Myles Montgomery Architectural Visualiser
Article Keeping Safe with Your Art Materials
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Nigel Heath Woodworker
Updates Creative Nelson
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Name: Rochelle Marshall Creative: Pet Photographer Website: darksapphirephotography.com Tell us a little bit about yourself... I am a born and raised Nelsonian. Actually I grew up In Riwaka! Went to Motueka High School. Moved to Auckland for 14 years and moved back here 5.5 years ago. Have you always been creative? I have always been creative; I took art in some form or another the entire way through my high school years. Even before that, I remember each Christmas as a child, myself, and my two sisters would always get colouring in books and pencils to satisfy that artistic streak! It was not until late 2016- early 2017 that I truly discovered my artistic passion in the form of Pet Photography and Photoshop Design. What is your earliest creative memory? One of my earliest memories of creating something (and winning something at the same time!) Was a comp to create a piece of art work for a Chef Cat food Competition. Myself and another student at primary school entered with a creation of my cat Arlene and we won first prize- containing a goodie bag of bits and pieces for said cat (which we shared of course) What is your background? I am a pet specific photographer. I provide people with one off pieces of artwork for their walls of their beloved pet. Sapphire, my 12 year old Dobermann features heavily in my business. She is my muse and the reason I picked up my camera. It is through the love of my own pet I have found my passion. The tools I use are my own perspective, my camera and my editing software. Also, my understanding of animal behaviour. It is absolutely imperative that my portrait sessions are fun and stress free for my clients and pets. For this to happen, a good understanding of behaviours is required! (also a good history from each client regarding their pet) I am looking for images that capture the soul and personality of my subjects- moments in time that remind us of who these wonderful creatures are and the impact they have had on our lives. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: I am lucky enough to be surrounded by a very supportive group of people. Ranging from family and friends, to other professional photographers. The biggest influence to date on my creativity has been Sapphire! Her head is splashed all over my branding and her little
character-filled behaviours have shaped some really neat “fairy tales” on my blog. Being a pet owner myself I understand the bond between human and animal, I have thousands of images of her, and it will never be enough! What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? I am constantly learning, from online courses, to workshops to tutorials on Youtube. Recently I have begun putting what I have learned to use in the form of a little Fantasy Art. This is very much in its early stages, and is based upon my own images I have taken. I have had my fair share of failures but when it comes down to it, I view these as opportunities to learn how not to do something in future. The little black and Tan Dobermann who lives with me is a constant source of inspiration. At the age she is at, and with her health issues, she just gets up and carries on. Each day is a new day for her, and that is how I view my own creativity. I have to admit, growing up reading fairy tales, Golden books and miscellaneous other childrens stories has given me a very healthy imagination. I find inspiration in all of those places. Often woven in along with threads of Sapphires own life. Photography wise, I find inspiration from the lovely town we live in. Nelson has some amazing places waiting to be discovered, all of which are perfect. If you see me standing somewhere gazing at something… I am most likely thinking “Can I put a dog here?!” I am part of a Professional Pet Photography Blog based in the U.S Which also pushes me to attempt new things. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: Find the right people for your own personality and style to learn from. Don’t take too much advice from too many people, if you have the ability to find a mentor who you get along well with and can really help you learn, you are on the right track. Your journey is very much your own and often it is too overwhelming getting opinions from the masses. Photography and art in general is a very personal subject and it takes a long time to develop your own personal style. Find what makes you happy and do more of that! Would you like to add anything else that you think is relevant? It is not an easy road starting your own business. There are many many stumbling blocks and learning curves. The best advice I think I have been given to date is, “No one can do you, better than you” So focus on your own goals, get yourself a trusted person or group of people and just keep putting one foot infront of the other. And don’t spend too much time worrying about what everyone else is doing.
Axel de Maupeou, Amanda Raine, Wendy Clease, Naomi Arnold, Charlie Unwin
Name: Charlie Unwin (Artistic Director) Creative: Nelson Arts Festival Website: www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself... I am originally a mash-up of Timaru, Wanaka and Christchurch, but came to Nelson via Auckland where I spent 15 years working as an actor, director and producer. I came into the arts industry late, as initially I ran the family timber company based in Timaru. However, the arts called me and I answered, leaving it all behind to attend drama school in the late 1990s and to take my life into a different direction. I moved to Nelson in 2011 with my partner of 19 years and our fur baby children, and it has proven to be the best decision we have ever made. I love being outside and in nature and around animals. What is your earliest creative memory? I remember when I was ten being cast as a pirate in a play (I think it was the musical Oliver!) because I had a broken leg. Do you remember the one-legged pirate in Oliver!? I have a feeling Dickins didn’t write one, but I sure played one. What is your background and how did you come to be involved in this event? Now in my 22nd year in the performing arts industry I have worked as a professional actor, director and producer, extensively in TV and film, appearing in mostly NZ TV series and a handful of international movies. But live performance is where my true passion lies. Since drama school I have worked with almost every major theatre company in NZ and been a part of nine arts festivals, including seven here in Nelson. I have had a part in more than 500 professional productions, ranging from small solo shows to international theatrical shows touring the world. I came to Nelson in 2011 to work on the Nelson Arts Festival as Producer, and have been the Artistic Director since 2015. Explain the unique way in which you work: Even though I live in Nelson I remain heavily involved in the industry across New Zealand and internationally and am in constant communication with other festivals around Australasia. It’s important to know what is happening and to be aware of trends, both in performance and in audience habits.
performances that made me go “wow, that’s why I do what I do” and they rarely have anything to do with the off-stage persona of the performer. When great writing meets great performance it’s magical – if it’s just one without the other, it’s tragic. What are the unique attributes that make this event stand out from the rest? Nelson Arts Festival is unique in New Zealand because we have more community and free events than most other festivals, as well as a higher percentage of local involvement. This of course is spearheaded by the iconic Masked Parade & Carnivale. As far as our Nelson audience is concerned, the Festival brings high quality New Zealand and international arts experiences that they would not normally have access to outside of a festival programme. Also we have a successful schools programme that enables our youth to be able to experience the arts and foster new practitioners and audiences. Describe the highlights of this event: There are some obvious highlights in some of the larger shows (Hudson & Halls Live!, That Bloody Woman), but there are also some smaller shows that I know our audiences will just love. Over the years we have built up a good reputation for the shows we select, so rather than single some out, trust us and take a chance on something. You won’t be disappointed! Tips and advice for others wanting to be involved in this event in the future: My main advice would be to get in touch early, and don’t wait for us to approach you. Although the festival is in October, I am already working on the programme for 2018 and 2019. We work well in advance. My advice for anyone wanting to get involved in the arts is that if you support the art, the art will support you; so go to shows, galleries and performances and get involved. Interesting facts about Charlie: • I screen-tested for the part of James Bond in Casino Royale. • I never learned to tie my shoelaces properly (I developed a different method) • The hardest line of dialogue that I have ever had to deliver was in Outrageous Fortune: “Oral presentations of inter-generation familial relationships.”
Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your passion for the arts: If anyone shaped me as an artist, it was my teachers at drama school. However, I know that it’s often not specific people who inspire me, but rather by moments within a performance. I can remember clearly the 9
Name: Benjamin Clark Creative: Jeweller Website: www.benjaminblack.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m 28 and was born and raised in the Nelson region. My father is a watchmaker and as a young boy I would spend hours tinkering in his workshop. I have always loved creating things with my hands. I started making rings at the age of seven and selling them at the local markets. At the age of 16 I acquired a jewellery apprenticeship and developed a real passion for the craft. I opened Benjamin Black Goldsmiths four years ago with my partner, Amy, as a vehicle for sharing my own creations with the world. What is your background and what is it that you do? I create jewellery the old fashioned way. Everything is made from scratch, using metals like silver, gold and platinum. The metal is forged by hand and then set with gemstones - also by hand. The equipment we usually is mainly old - gold and silversmithing is an ancient craft and many of the tools we use today have been used for centuries. Unlike my competitors, I like to keep things really simple. We sometimes describe Benjamin Black as a place where ancient craft meets young hearts. Young people, old tools and techniques, contemporary designs. Explain the way in which you work: I work differently from many other jewellers in that I don’t do a lot of sketching. I like to work directly with the metal. Often I begin working with a piece of metal and let the inspiration come to me. It’s a fluid process - I don’t usually think of a design and then make it (unless I’m crafting a commissioned piece for a customer). I just
What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? Music, architecture, nature and the love of my life, Amy. What highlghts and achievements have you had in your creative category? Receiving the Delloite Fast 50 Rising Star - One to Watch - award last year was fantastic. It’s great to be acknowledged for all the hard work we have put into building this business. I have also had the pleasure of working with some amazing people - Sir Ian McKellan, Ladi6, Maria Tutaia, Colin Mathura-Jefree, Lady Melbourne and Mr Essentialist just to name a few. Being able to help people through what I do has also been a huge privilege. We love supporting non-profit organisations that make a big difference to people in our community, like The Cancer Society. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future that you can share with readers? We will continue to build the sister brand for Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, Black Matter, which we created for the fashion market. Fashion jewellery that is made by hand and made in New Zealand (in our Nelson workshop in fact!). Most other fashion jewellery brands outsource the manufacturing overseas or don’t use quality metals like we do, so we are aiming to build our presence in this market. Fashion jewellery is fun because it’s statement - big, bold and beautiful. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: Don’t be afraid to “play”. You don’t have to start off with a masterpiece. Just start - by bending a piece of metal or swiping a brush - and see where it takes you.. 11
Name: Dawn Marron Creative: Writer/Actor/Dancer/Teacher Website: N/A Tell us a little bit about yourself... I’m from Nottinghamshire in the UK. I emigrated to NZ with my partner, three kids and two dogs ten years ago. I felt a very strong pull to NZ even though I had never been before, it was as if I was being called home. I initially had a community dance studio in Hamilton, then we moved to Raglan and three years ago we felt Nelson calling. Were your parents creative? My father was musical, he loved opera and classical music and played the piano and accordion. He also had a great love of literature. We were very poor but had lots of books in the house. My mum loved to sing and dance. I remember the old musicals of the 50’s and 60’s being on the telly, she’d sing all the songs. Have you always been creative? I have always been creative. Mum always said that I sang before I could talk and danced before I could walk. I started dancing lessons at 5 and got involved in theatre at around 9 years of age. I began writing poetry when I was around 7. What is your earliest creative memory? The earliest memory I have of creating something is when at around six years old, I made a sock puppet for a school project but instead of leaving it at that, I developed a whole character for this thing and a story and songs and lyrics and ended up performing it for the whole school. What is your background? My background is in community theatre. I’ve been a community artist working with ‘youth at risk’ for around 25 years. Lots of the work I did in the UK was ‘issue based’, so we’d take an issue that was particularly pertinent, bullying for e.g. or substance abuse, sexual health, even issues as serious as youth suicide and use arts to explore the young people’s understanding of them, how they felt about them, what it meant to them, their experiences of it. The emphasis was always on allowing the kids to express themselves, not censoring or making anything out of bounds. It was in this way they were able to move through their experiences, heal and come out the other side with a curiosity for how things could be different. Explain the unique way in which you work: I’m all about change and I’m all about giving voices to those who have none, assisting people to find their innate power. I guess I’ve always been on the side of the
under dog. Everything I write has a deeper meaning. It challenges the status quo. So, typically, I’ll see or hear about something happening that triggers me or read something that sets a fire burning in my chest and I’ll write about it. I can’t abide inequality of any kind and there are plenty of examples of that around. I’m not afraid to tell things how I see them. I’m a disrupter and I’m OK with that. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity and include any relevant quotes (with who quoted them): Here’s something odd, I don’t have people I look up to. Really, I don’t have role models. I’m my own role model. I don’t follow rules or formula’s or how to’s. Not to belittle anyone else or their method of work, find what works for you and go for it but I don’t like being restricted. Imagine if everyone stuck to the ‘proper’ way or ‘right’ way to do things, or the ‘tried and tested results driven’ way, imagine the cookie-cutter productivity that would occur - in fact you see that don’t you? Mainstream meaningless art that’s reliably consumable. I like to be as honest as I can. One quote that has stuck with me is by Anne Lamott ~ “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? People inspire me. People living their every day normal inspire me. I honestly believe that if we each took time to sit down and talk with people we don’t know, or even those we think we do know, and ask them about their lives and what they’ve experienced, we’d be blown away by the stories they have to tell. Life is inspiration enough. With regard to allowing flow, that would be the responsibility of Mother Nature. Spending time outside by the ocean, in the trees, by a river or with animals, helps me to clear the channel for my creativity to come through loud and clear. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: Tips and advice for other creatives - don’t let anyone tell you that what you do isn’t good enough or that you’re doing it wrong, and that especially includes the voice in your own head that always wants to knock you down and hold you back. Just create, don’t censor, don’t judge, don’t filter and don’t share your work with anyone who will not be supportive. The last thing you need is someone telling you all the things that they think is wrong with it and how they would have done it differently. That crap can often halt us sensitive creative types in our tracks. So trust yourself and just start, who knows what you’ll end up with? 13
Name: Kim & Gareth Rosser Creative: GK Events Hire Website: www.gkeventshire.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourselves... Kim is Nelson born and bred. Gareth is from Scarborough, England. We met in 2008 while on my OE - he was my neighbour. We ended up together because of our shared interests in the things that have helped create our business – vintage quirky things, collecting and making. We moved to Nelson in 2010 to create a life for ourselves here. Have you always been creative? We have both always been creative. Kim has grown up in her dad’s shed, working out how to make things from seemingly nothing. She was always been crafty and has been heavily involved with textiles design and sewing from early school, often earning the year group prizes for wood, metal, visual art, food, and textiles technology. Gareth has always been practical and a thinker, often working out how to do things and coming up with creative ideas. He has always worked in areas that require him to build and fix things. What is your earliest creative memory? Kim has always made things and looked for things to collect and turn into something unique. “I remember making things in the shed with my dad at primary school, turning wooden bowls for my teachers as presents. I also started designing, sewing and crafting clothes throughout school”. What is your background? Kim is a primary school teacher at Hampden Street School. Her teaching passions are the arts, technology and literacy – subject areas that allow for creativity. She has always made things and created unique items for our home and others. I sew and dabble in various crafts. Gareth is a heavy Diesel Mechanic and welder fitter. He has always made and fixed things, from machinery and metal structures, to wine and cider. We use unwanted, broken or left over materials such as pallet wood, and fix or repurpose/upcycle them with new materials. We make hand crafted giant games and an eclectic range of other items to hire for events. Explain the unique way in which you work: I gather ideas from current trends and look for areas where there are gaps in Nelson’s hire industry. I spend time with my dad looking to upcycle things on his property and items Gareth and I find, mixed with new materials, to create games and hire items. We try to make and find things that are unique and work out how to make them without instructions so everything is a bit different and eclectic.
5. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: Kim’s dad Max Bidlake. He is very creative and able to do just about anything! He is the person that could fix and make anything throughout my life – it is just lucky he is here to help us get started with this new venture! Both sets of parents have always encouraged us to collect things that make us happy. Kim’s dad in particular is a gatherer of all “things that could be used for something at some stage”. The Kiwi shed! Dad’s sheds and ours have been the setting for all of our creating! A love of all games, particularly board games. Kim is competitive and has always been involved in sport/ played games. (We have a vast collection of board games at home!) Gareth’s love of making wine and cider which we hope to combine with our business in the future. What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? We just enjoy looking for unique and quirking things, looking for potential in items that others cannot see, and making something that is high quality and beautiful out of it. We really work by the philosophy that if we like it then others will too… hopefully this works and our items are hired to help create amazing events! We like to be different so an inspiration is trying to create things that others would not think of or is not available here. My dad and I have always looked for opportunities to make things together so this is another inspiration – even if he is sometimes worked to the bone. What highlights and achievements have you had? Using our games and other beautiful items at our own wedding which was a true showcase of our creative family. We started there and this allowed us to combine our love of making, crafting, collecting and all things vintage/eclectic. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future that you can share with readers? Yes! This is a huge part of our business really as we are hoping to make this a full time job so there needs to be lots of plans… Firstly we hope to keep gathering unique, eclectic hire items to expand our stock, including seating, signage, lighting and other quirky pieces. Some of which we hope to import from the UK. We are turning our FJ45 1980 Landcruiser bus into something exciting!!! I would like to create a range of team-building games and packages for groups to use, from schools to corporates, (this is the teacher coming out in me!)
Name: Jackie MacDonald Creative: Painting, Jewellery and Sculpture Website: www.jackiemac.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself... I was born in Nelson, but I have spent time living elsewhere in the South Island. I also spent around ten years in Western Australia where my children were born. While in Australia I went to a local polytech and studied painting, drawing, pottery, printmaking and art history. Were your parents creative? Yes, but they didn’t make what you might call fine art. Probably like lots of kids back then, I wasn’t encouraged to follow my interest in art. My first job was in a bank. Have you always been creative? I’ve always had a leaning in that direction, but it didn’t really become manifested until later. My late husband, Malcolm, had worked with lead lighting as a hobby for a few years. We returned to New Zealand in 1992, and within a year or so we started a lead lighting business, working from a couple of locations in Vanguard Street, and eventually from a home studio, which is when I guess I started to make a living from my art. We made and repaired a lot of windows and lampshades, and also produced some popular mosaic work. There must be hundreds of my windows in buildings around the Nelson District. We ran lead lighting classes and sold lead lighting supplies as well. In conjunction with Francis Day, I designed and built the large set of lead light windows on the upper level of Marsden House in Nile Street. I was also heavily involved in t he construction of the lead light windows in the new Nelson museum. As I learned more about glass I became interested in fused glass and bought a kiln. I made decorative bowls and platters, along with glass jewellery. Things got busy for me when Malcolm became ill and passed away. I had my daughters to look after, but I still needed to earn money. It all worked out. In 2008 I married Stephen Coote who continues to help me with my work. He’s creative too. Besides making the metal frames for our wall hangings, he’s written a couple of “how to” books on primitive technology. My dichroic glass jewellery really took off, so we decided to stop the lead light work. It was good to have a change. While producing a lot of jewellery, I started to experiment with bigger objects. Now our main focus is on wall hangings. Explain the unique way in which you work: The vibrant colours in my glasswork are made possible by carefully firing high quality, expensive, raw material which comes from the USA. I guess my uniqueness
comes from making what pleases me. One of my favourite designs came to me in a dream. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: I try hard not to copy anyone, although I must have been influenced by others’ work that i appreciate. Some of my earlier fired work was modelled after some of my window designs, and my first window designs were made using ideas from books. Its evolution. And as far as painting is concerned, the whole world can be a source of pleasing images. I don’t have a mentor or an idol, but I admire the creativity and technical competence of so many other artists in our region. The recent Art Expo was filled with brilliant work. What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? We have to keep creating and selling our artwork because that is how we make our living, but it is essential that the work evolves. This means that regular customers have something new to look at, and I can be an artist instead of a production worker. However it is good to take regular breaks. I enjoy working in the garden, and I get together regularly with creative friends for what you might call a ‘patchwork’ evening (I’ve made a number of quilts now). It is important to realise that there is no limit to good ideas and to just carry on. Thinking of yourself as the only source of creativity can be limiting. I probably do better when I act on inspiration. What highlights and achievements have you had in your creative category? One of my highlights was entering the 2014 international ‘Dichroic by Design’ competition sponsored by Coatings by Sandberg in the USA. I’d entered three pieces, and was delighted when all three were classified as one body of work and were awarded first prize! While the win felt great, I’m more grateful when people vote for my work by buying it ! Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: If you want to sell your work, it is helpful to realise that you can’t please everyone. If you try to appeal to all tastes, chances are you will have to do some things that you don’t enjoy. I think that if we start doing the things we enjoy, then the path is likely to open up. Trusting your own inner promptings is possibly the best way to proceed. Some art buyers may like it if you’ve got huge formal qualifications, others won’t care a bit. If you make what you like to make, and someone buys it because they like it - that is a happy situation. There should be people somewhere who like what you do.
Name: Jose G Cano Creative: Photographer Website: www.josegcano.com Tell us a little bit about yourself... I was born in Spain, but it has been more than 25 years since I left. One day, I left my job, sold everything I had and bought an old sailing boat. For 4 years that was my home, and brought me to most countries in the Mediterranean , the coast of Africa and, finally South East Asia. After a life changing personal experience, I started working on a non profit organisation dealing with the dark side of tourism, child abuse and finally with children and women living with HIV/Aids in Thailand. This was a very intense period in my life, being confronted with death, poverty and other terrible social problems. While there I started doing photography for other non profit organisations. Street children in Indonesia, local hospitals in Cambodia or illegal immigrants from Myanmar in Thailand were some of the assignments that have left a mark in my heart. I came to NZ 10 years ago and later became a citizen. I loved Nelson from the first day I set my feet in this beautiful town that reminds me so much to the Mediterranean coast and the peaceful towns around Barcelona. Here I let my creativity unfold, deeply grounded in my experience in Asia, my Mediterranean aesthetics roots, and a need to find an inner place where beauty and human nature find an elusive common ground. Photographing dancers brought me to this place, and the collision of water and dance created the obsession I am now in: Underwater Dance photography.
What is your earliest creative memory? My earliest creative memory is creating landscapes and scenarios that I would photograph. Later people became my main subject, amazed by the differences and lives of strangers. Explain the unique way in which you work: I am self taught, as most photographers from my generation. I created an underwater studio, in an enormous water tank where I could create my world. Overcoming many challenging technical problems which brought back the joy and uncertainty of my first photography: not knowing what was going to happen. I let the idea of controlling the results go, and accepted that there was magic again, that what happens underwater cannot be repeated… What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? Howard Schatz and Zen Holloway, two amazing underwater photographers have been my inspiration, but the beauty of the Renaissance, the colours and human forms portrayed in the period has been very influential on my work. The need to bring beauty to this world, to feel how fortunate we are to live in this moment in history, even if sometimes it seems dark and hopeless keeps my creativity flowing. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: Don’t rush to define your style, try everything, be curious and don’t think what the “market” wants. Don’t let yourself be put inside a box, as it will be your prison. Do what you feel you want to do, keep doing it and be good at it. The rest will come.
Name: Karina Kusumadarma Creative: Photographer & Filmmaker Website: N/A Tell us a little bit about yourself... I’m from Bali, Indonesia. I am very interested in photography and I am glad I chose New Zealand to be the country for my educational interest. Have you always been creative? From a very young age I used to see things differently in a more artistic approach and I found that beautiful. I had a passion for drawing when I was very young and then it branched out to photography later on where I used to spend many hours working on it. What is your background and what is it that you do creatively? I’m a photographer and also a filmmaker. I use Canon 5D mark II and I also have 2 external flashes and a tripod. In photography I do shoot in many categories such as portrait, contemporary, documentary, journalism, fashion and event. I’m really interested in taking photograph of people because I like to see different expressions from various people that I work with. Also I like to experiment variety, mix and match according to the theme and vision I have in mind for the art. As in filming, I like to make narrative short movies. Explain the unique way in which you work: I strive for the uniqueness in my work where I get into every minute detail of tone colors and contrast. As in photography, most often I use Lightroom and I never make a preset. I always create a new style of editing because that’s where the beauty lies in creating my own signature style.
Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: My family, different places, happy and sad situations have shaped my creativity. Eadward Muybridge is my idol, unfortunately I could not find a quote from him. What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? I am inspired by moments in life and real life stories from others. I keep my creativity flowing and I am always on the learning mode by seeing other photography work, art paintings, sculptures, poetry, and other art forms through Internet. What highlights and achievements have you had in your creative category? On September 26, 2016, my first short movie got through to the “Top of the South Film Festival”. The short movie titled “Gift” was played in Blenheim and also at the Suter Gallery. It was great opportunity that I got to meet other wellknown filmmakers in the industry and have received great feedbacks from them. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future that you can share with readers? I’m planning to create a photography business of my own which is not only specialized in wedding or fashion, but also categories of other sort. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: For the readers, Believe that you are unique and never fear to show your identity. Follow your intuition and keep on experimenting creatively and lastly never give up on your dreams.
Name: Larisse Hall Creative: Painter, Sculptor, Light Artist Website: www.larissehallartist.com Tell us a little about yourself... Originally from Auckland I ended up in Nelson when my husband and I decided to move back to New Zealand (from England). Using a pin, we literally stabbed Nelson on the map of New Zealand. Not having visted we looked it up and fell in love. It has stunningly been home to us since 2001. I have always been creative and have been a full time artist since 2008. Captivated by the energy and colour of light, I exhibited my first light sculpture / installation in 2014. This fueled my desire to infuse my painted colour with the colour of light... not as easy as I initially imagined... it took a year of experimentation before I successfully produced my first light infused ‘sketch’. That same year my light sculpture ‘Flirt’ was long listed in the Aesthetica Art Prize, York, England (2015). Excitedly, I work with light from my studio in Nelson, New Zealand. Working concurrently between light infused painting and light sculpture. I combine traditional techniques of painting and form with the science and colour of infused physical light to produce works of art that transform with time. Earlier this year, I had work selected to exhibit digitally internationally, as a finalist in Art Venice Bienniale IV Project What is your earliest creative memory? There is no defining first creative memory – it has just always been who I am for as long as I can remember. I have always drawn and painted. I made jewellery boxes in my Dads workshop along with dresses for my dolls, using patterns I created from old newspapers and scraps of fabric ‘found’. In my teenage years I designed and made my own ball gowns... no store bought pattern for me! And always, always I have painted – anything and everything, including portraits for a while. Locking myself away from the world to paint. The defining moment for me and my painting was after the birth of my daughter. My son cradling her in his arms. The bond, unity, harmony and trust in that instance, was something I needed to share. This is at the core of all of my work. What is your back ground? My professional back ground is pattern drafting / fashion. I now consider myself a light artist. Working with both light and paint from my art studio here in Nelson. Explain the unique way in which you work: It has to be that I am creating works of art that combine traditional painting techniques with the colour of actual light. It took a year of many failed experiments
to achieve this and as far as I am aware nobody else is working in the same manner... Describe people / places/ idols / situations that have shaped your creativity... I have favourite artists that I respond too, including Gretchen Albrecht through to Tomislav Niklovic. Along with light artists Dan Flavin, Carlos Cruz-Diez and James Turrel to name only a few. It is something that I cannot quantify as all art experiences have impacted on me in some way or other. All those gallery visits, artist talks and even all the letters of rejection have strengthened myself as an artist in some way, shape or form. It was after viewing Andy Clovers light box work at Art Expo 2012, that I first thought of infusing my paintings with the colour of light. At the time I dismissed it as not being possible... it kept nagging at me though and then wow after Light Nelson 2014, that was it – I simply had to capture that light!!! It was the energy of the alive colour that truly hooked me, along with the publics euphoric response. Totally addicted. Intoxicated by light I simply needed to share... What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? It is simply who I am... I am an artist and I have to create. What highlights and achievement have you had in your creative career? What do you call a highlight?!? When people ask what do you do? I love that I can say ‘I am an artist!’. Somehow all the lows / fails dissipate when I realise I am following my heart and living my dream. It is not an easy dream to live by any stretch of the imagination but I am happy that this is my life . Then of course there are the obvious highlights like having work longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 and work selected this year for the Art Venice Bienniale IV as a part of The Biennale Project. Compliments from those who ‘get’ my work are always well received (although a little awkward). Another highlight was discovering one of my collectors has five of my artworks. Probably though my biggest highlight was the first successful infusion of light into my painting... euphoria! Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future that you can share with the readers? I am excited to be exhibiting with artists that I admire next April at The Refinery Artspace. I am currently working towards Art of Technology in Tauranga. And of course I am excited by the possibilities of Light Nelson. Ultimately I would love to exhibit overseas... Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: Follow your heart! 23
Name: Marilyn Andrews Creative: Painter & Sculptor Website: www.marilynandrewsart.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I am a true Nelsonian. My intrepid ancestors at 17 and 22 sailed from England and arrived in Nelson Harbour in 1845. I wonder whether that is part of where my desire for traveling comes from. I love exotic places, the colours, aromas, energy, markets. Perhaps one of them carried the artistic gene.
Were your parents creative?
My mother was a pianist but I am sure she had some hidden artistic talents as it was she who taught me to look at things in nature and appreciate them. She also taught me rudimentary drawing skills, drawing trees, flowers, houses and so in with pencil. My aunt on my Dad’s side was a lifelong artist and creative in other ways too. All the women had creative talents whether they wanted to express them or not. When I was growing up all the baking, cake decorating, dress-making, toy making and oh-my-gosh haircutting was done by these over achievers and home makers at home. On the side they created flower and vegetable gardens so there was always beauty, nature and enormous amounts of creativity featuring in my life growing up even though it was disguised as every day life.
Have you always been creative?
My first drawing I still have somewhere. A small drawing at one end of a long piece of cardboard of an elephant at the Wellington zoo being fed carrots and hay. I was 3years 11months. If only I could retrieve that wonderful naivety.
What is your background?
Growing things is the basis of my creativity. I’ve always created gardens and closely observed nature, insects and other creatures. They have inspired many paintings. As I mentioned I love exotic places and exploring, walking in and soaking up nature, so many works are painted landscapes but also I am an ambassador for nature and have created 3D and 2D relief pieces such as the bird shields and cloaks representing the need to protect species from human interference.
Explain the unique way in which you work:
I guess the homemaker creativity comes out in what I would call sundry items like pine needle baskets so the cross over between function and art gets horribly meshed and difficult to define. My creative expression comes out best in colour which I am addicted to entirely. My paintboxes as a child had certain colours always used down to the metal but the boxes were always discarded with all the earth colours mostly untouched….
not much has changed!
What highlights and achievements have you had in your creative category?
Highlights have been - Gaining the art prize at school was an achievement as I was a terrible student really, bored and slightly disruptive and encouragement in early days by winning design competitions while still at school helped my confidence. My first painting sale was at the age of 16….a painting of the Kaikoura Coast… it might be historical now. I was selected (and finalist 1997) for the World Of Wearable Art show a number of times, publication in a number of New Zealand art books, being invited to display work in corporate calendars, magazines like Takahe and creating some exciting commissions for people all over the world. Being able to make a mostly comfortable (there have been low moments too) living from my work for almost 20 years would also have to be notable. There have been many modest achievements over many years that were exciting at the time most can be seen on the history page of my website. Winning the Yellow Pages Arts Scholarship ( in 2003). I graduated from Nelson Institute of Technology in 1993 with a Certificate in Art and Design and Diploma in Visual Arts, majoring in sculpture and jewellery. I have been finalist in the New Zealand Wearable Art Awards, multiple finalist in the Telecom Artawards, winner of the Yellow Pages Arts Scholarship in 2003, and have had work selected for exhibitions nationally. I have been published (Oct 2006) in “Favourite New Zealand Artists” with 59 other artists and I am featured in “New Zealand - A Painted Country” (November 2007), another colourful publication featuring around 25 artists focusing on their own favourite regions, Artist’s Impressions of New Zealand 2011, Takahe issue 81, 2014.
What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing?
I have no trouble having creative inspiration,, it’s everywhere constantly, it’s called Life! It’s keeping it selective that is the issue.
Tips and advice for others finding their creative path:
For budding professional artists just keep observing, drawing, painting and creating always. Be seen. Exhibit frequently, market constantly, keep improving the quality of what you do, keep learning and always have your business cards with you. Learn from others who you consider successful. Enjoy what you do above all and don’t stress if nothing seems to be paying off, believe in yourself. Accept procrastination as part of the process not an obstacle….but make sure you overcome it quickly and get on with …something creative. 25
Name: Myles Montgomery Creative: Architectural Visualiser Website: www.mylesmontgomery.com Tell us a little bit about yourself... I grew up in Wellington, my mother was a teacher and my father was an architect. I was always interesting drawing and creating, whether that be go karts, sketches, forts, treehouses. This lead me to the arts and design classes through my schooling. Since the age of about 14 I knew I wanted to pursue a career in design and at that time was extremely interested in the design of the manufactured form. Not the built form to the behest at times of my father. I met my wife Amy, a Nelsonian at Massey Design School studying Industrial Design in Wellington. We spent 9 great years of life and work in Melbourne before making Nelson home in December 2015. What is your earliest creative memory? This is probably of me creating a complete mess! I used to and still have a horde of Lego and Meccano that was strewn out around our spare room at home every day. Later on my best mate an I used goto the tip shop and bring home an old amplifier or radio and we’d pull the thing apart checking over every piece and keeping what we thought was interesting. What is your background and what is it that you do creatively? My formative design education is in industrial design, this taught me many of the skills I use on a daily basis. My professional career has been largely in a visualising role to architects, creating detailed 3D models and visualisation of their projects for design development, planning and Sales and Marketing. We used many digital tools in what we do day to day, 3DSmax, Vray, Corona, Unreal, Photoshop, Lightroom. The best tool I believe I have is design empathy, the ability to understand a design, it’s value and represent it the best it can be. Explain the way in which you work and how you add your own uniqueness to your creations: We partner with our clients and integrate into their team as any other consultant on a design team would. Most of our projects are for marketing architectural and interiors. We gather all the information to begin a project, construct a detailed 3d model and begin to develop imagery with the architects and Interior designers input. We bring this all together to create compelling imagery for each project we work on.
Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: I’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of outstanding designer and architects over my career to date and are fortunate to call many of these my clients. Working at The Buchan Group Architects in Melbourne gave me a fantastic professional platform understanding how large projects are won, developed and delivered. I was lucky enough to become work on many projects with the Design Director of the firm David Cole. His positive reinforcement of the team around him and his productivity was enormous. With our own clients now we strive to work with leaders our industry and we are lucky to have a number of our idols as clients. What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? I’m inspired by continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the tools at our disposal. In our sector you’re only as good as your last project , so we strive to achieve more on each new project, develop a new skill or tool to create the best imagery possible. What highlghts and achievements have you had in your creative category? Working on some major projects such as the The Star Sydney during my time at the Buchan Group, Our continued work with our clients on some very exciting projects around New Zealand creating very unique landmarks are what have the creative juices flowing at the moment. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future that you can share with readers? We are expanding our studio and looking for talent visualisation artists. We are also delving heavily into virtual reality and interactive media through our Shadow Space company. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: Don’t be scared of hard work and failure. It’s all part of developing a creative identity. If it’s in a creative field that spins your wheels you can turn a passion into a profession with enough development and persistence.
Name: Nigel Heath Creative: Woodworker Website: N/A Tell us a little bit about yourself... I was raised right under Mt Arthur on my parents tobacco farm in Ngatimoti. They were hard working farming folk but extremely creative in a variety of interests including fabrics, woodworking, landscaping design and gardening. I took very little notice, and accepting the available evidence that the creative DNA gene in our family had skipped my generation, I left the farm and embarked on a career in insurance which is about as uncreative as a person can possibly get. Meanwhile my father, my step-brother and his partner and then my Uncle had all in turn decided to make woodworking not just a hobby but an occupation. I wasn’t greatly interested in woodworking but I did have creative flashes during my corporate years, more so when my kids came along and I started tinkering in the garage making them quite complex toys such as large castles, dollhouses and the like. After 28 long years of corporate insurance I had reached my limit and around 3 years ago an insurance exit strategy presented which I took with both hands. My Dad had recently passed away and I decided. (as you do when you hit that 40 something mid life crisis age), that I would make use of my father’s soon to be disposed of weird and wonderful spoon and stirrer templates and his large woodpile legacy and I would become a (semi) professional woodworker. I obtained a 10 minute spoon making lesson from step-brother, bought some very dodgy second hand tools and my little business Wood U Like was born. What is your earliest creative memory? From the age of about 10 I was a somewhat enthusiastic model builder, finding myself attracted by the need for accuracy in construction and artistry in their appearance. The results I achieved seldom matched my lofty expectations and as a result probably discouraged my creativity. I had yet to learn that degrees of failure in an endeavour are essential to improvement. What is your background? Essentially my work today is based on my Dad’s original ideas for designing, manufacturing and selling useful wooden kitchen implements. Dad was particularly focused on wooden spoons and stirrers which he made in great abundance using an unbelievably tiny workshop and very basic tools. I have used his work as a foundation and then looked to refine and improve his ideas and expand the product base to things he never considered. Right now I’m manufacturing spoons, stirrers, cheeseboards, salad severs, toast tongs, honey dippers, wine glass/bottle holders, olive spoons, spurtles, knives, pens, rolling pins, and a range of handles
for things such as nutcrackers, knives, pizza cutters, cheese slicers, zesters and more. In the near future when I finish my new workshop I would like to expand further into boxes, clocks and cutting boards. I use a wide range of tools although predominately most of my work is done on three items - a wood lathe, a bandsaw and a stationary belt sander. I sell my products at the Nelson Saturday Market and even this process tests my creativity in terms of how to best display and promote my products. Explain the unique way in which you work: Timber selection is incredibly important. You can’t make a great spoon if your wood has nail holes, borer checks or cracks through it so the first order of business is trying to make sure the timber is in great shape. Because the bulk of my customers are from overseas, the bulk of my products are made from native NZ timbers and the majority of this timber is recycled or re-purposed. I use Rimu framing from houses, take apart damaged Kauri furniture and have even re-purposed a collapsed Matai framed carport. Three factors guide me in manufacturing. The items must be useful, durable and attractive. When I look around at woodwork, particularly that sold in chain stores, it’s usually apparent that one or more of these factors is missing. So I try and make sure that the wood I use is sound, I listen to my customers and customise my designs to suit their needs and I use top quality glues, oils and finishes to ensure durability and appearance are top quality. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: Of course my Dad is at the top of my list. Although he has passed away now I have his can- do example to draw on and it’s surprising how much of what he was doing decades ago has left an impression on me. I’m also shaped by my customers needs. I love nothing better than having a yack at the Nelson Market about the relative merits of making a stirrer longer, shorter, putting a hole in it or a curve. Often I will get a customer to draw a design on my notepad on Saturday, make a prototype on the Monday and then have a finished batch constructed by the end of the week. My dear Uncle told me when I first started my business that you have to make things that people want, not what you think they should have. This advice formed the basis of my business name Wood U Like. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: I’m firmly of the belief that every person on earth has a creative spark within them. My advice is to try many different experiences challenge yourself as often as you can. One day you might just find a hobby or interest that will change your life. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your background is, anyone can take a new path. 29
Name: Rachael Persico Creative: Photography Website: Website Tell us a little bit about yourself... Brought up in this beautiful town, and an artistic family, I have always been encouraged to pursue my dreams, and as it turns out I wanted to further express my creativity. From enjoying painting to sketching, it became a love for fashion and textile design, at that stage photography was just a very simple hobby. Then, after studying a certificate in arts and media at nmit to experiment with various mediums, I discovered my preferred field, photography. In the last few years, I have narrowed my favourite areas to fashion editorial, beauty, and landscape photography. What is your earliest creative memory? My earliest memory would be craft and sculpting in clay with my grandmother before age ten, and soon after sketching fashion and clothing designs in my sketch books. What is your background and what is it that you do creatively? As a professional fashion and portrait photographer, with experience with events photography and family shoots, with camera in hand, and Photoshop and Lightroom, much of my professional and student life is spent behind a screen. Explain the way in which you work and how you add your own uniqueness to your creations: I prefer to keep my editing to a minimum, removing flaws my subject would want removed, or correcting the sublime colours our eyes see that the camera
may miss. I also love capturing the simple beauty in life, the moments we often miss in our busy schedules. My tutors at nmit have always impacted me, as creatives and people. Annie Leibovitz has always been a major influence of mine, and more recently the work of Jessica Kobeissi, Jessica Shirley, Mark Singerman, and Stephen Tilley. What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? The beauty of life continually inspires, every glimpse is a potential composition. I try not to tire my creativity, taking breaks from making every couple of weeks. The structure of my current Bachelor works well with not exhausting ideas, as there isn’t time to always be making, with written assignments etc usually requiring attention! Outside of study, I find spending time working out, and exploring nature always leaves me feeling refreshed. What highlights and achievements have you had in your creative category? Nearly through a Bachelors in arts and media, working with various events and working with creative people. I look forward to the excitement of graduating, (while slightly bitter sweet), and having more time to work on the development of my photography business, while continuing freelancing. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: While its cliché it’s true; do what you love, work hard, and enjoy every moment.
Name: Liam Philp Creative: Youth Artist Photographer Website: liamphilp.tumblr.com
Braden Fastier and of course my parents have shown me that you can be in the creative industry whilst living in a small place like Nelson and that with the right steps you can do what you love for a living.
Tell us a little bit about yourself... My names Liam Philp and I’m a 14-year-old photographer from Nelson, I was born in Auckland, my family soon moved to Christchurch and then at about the age of 4 I finally arrived in Nelson. Both my parents are creative, my mum is a print maker by trade and my dad is a freelanced journalist/writer. From an early age, I’ve had a passion for art to a certain degree, from about 6-11 I had a passion for drawing and I remember making movies on my dad’s laptop as early as 9. It was around the age of 12 when photography went from taking the odd picture on my mums DSLR to a full-blown passion and a massive part of my life. From there taking photos was a daily thing, I created a new Instagram account and uploaded my latest images. I would organise day trips around the Nelson region taking photos of my mates. At practically any given time in the year 2015 there would be a camera in my bag just in case.
What inspires you and how do you keep your creativity flowing? Being 14 and always using social media (whether it be personal or for displaying my photography). My main inspiration comes from photographers on Instagram, people like Benjamin Hardman and Max Muench have definitely influenced how I take my photos and how I one day would like to take my photos. Also, the adventurous lifestyle that is reflected in their work is one that I would like to pursue. When I see their photos of these dramatic landscapes from countries around the world that they’ve visited it really helps me strive to do the best I can to one day experience these places, if global warming doesn’t get to them before me, that is.
What is your earliest creative memory? I don’t really have a definitive first creative memory as doing creative things has always been a major part of my life. But a major turning point would be joining the hampden street “reddys news team” in year 6 (age 10). I came along to one of the meetings hoping to become a presenter but was instead given the role of camera man and editor. Doing this I learnt about camera gear, framing, and getting the most out of a subject. Explain the way in which you work and how you add your own uniqueness to your creations: I’m not selective on what I shoot, more how I shoot it. I’ve only being taking photos seriously for the last 3 years and try to keep what I take pictures of as open as possible. that being said; landscape, people in nature, streetwear and urbex photography are where I feel the most comfortable. I prefer to take my photos in cloudy or dramatic weather and try to compliment this with my editing style which I like to keep dark and moody with vivid tones. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: For the most part, the internet has shaped my creativity, online creators like Ben Brown who have successfully shaped their lives around creating content and doing what they love to have pushed me to where I am. Aside from that people like Craig Potton,
What highlights and achievements have you had in your creative category? Recently I’ve had a spree of professional commissions for heritage and AA directions magazine. I’ve had one article published, one’s on the way and I have two coming in the near future. My Instagram where I post my photography has gained a solid following of almost 2000 people. My postcards have been in a number of stores around Nelson including the Craig Potton Gallery thanks to both Craig’s and Catherine’s generosity. And one of my works was featured in an exhibition at the refinery gallery in 2015. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future that you can share with readers? I don’t have any major plans for the future as of yet, I’m continuing to work for magazines and I’m hoping to the expand the list of publications that I shoot for. Aside from that I’m just going to keep on doing my thing. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: I’m only really at the start of my own “creative path” so the advice I could give is pretty limited. Just keep on searching for something that you genuinely love doing and once you find that passion don’t stop, don’t become complacent and cease honing your craft. Find likeminded people and become inspired by their what they’re doing. And if you’re really serious about it do things with the future in mind, don’t turn down opportunities that might help you in the long run. 33
Name: Jessica Shirley Creative: Photographer Website: www.jessicashirley.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself. I was born in Auckland and moved to Nelson when I was young. I’ve been here since for the last 30 years. Have you always been creative? I have always been creative I have always loved arts and crafts above anything else. I got my first camera when I was eight. As a teenager, I would organise photoshoots with my friends, we would all share makeup and clothes and I would take the photographs. I was always the friend with the camera, back in the film-camera days.
Sontag goes on to say, “to photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed.” It is therefore so important I believe to treat your subject and model with the utmost respect. They are giving you permission to shoot them and keep their picture, in return the photographer must respect them.
Explain the unique way in which you work : When I begin with any shoot I use Pinterest to save my ideas and as one of the many places to find inspiration. Within my work I like to create the essence of a person or place, I like to meet and talk with the client or team first to talk about their ideas and inspiration. I like to bring out textures, patterns and colours within my work. I love to capture portraits, fine art & contemporary fashion: fashion which challenges the norm. I also enjoy landscape photography.
The most memorable photoshoot I’ve done: The trickiest and definitely the most memorable photoshoot I have done would certainly be a self-portrait I created using an octopus. I was inspired by photographs I had seen which involved models and sea life, and wanted to re-create a photograph where the model wore an octopus as a wig, the tentacles dangling down the sides of her face like hair. I decided to do a self-portrait – as I daren’t ask anyone else to wear a dead octopus. I put my name down on the waiting list at the fish shop for the next octopus that was caught by their fisherman and a few months later I received a call to say that they had one for me. I needed to act fast as the octopus was fresh and I didn’t want it to spoil, working with a rotten creature, would not be pleasant. The Octopus was on ice, so I could not put it straight on my head and get brain freeze, I sat it in a big tub of hot water to warm it – you can imagine the smell! I had an assistant help me to put the dead creature on my head… I tried to cover my own hair with glad wrap to help prevent the smell permeating through onto my head. The octopus was surprisingly heavy and slippery, I had to hold my head on certain angles to keep it from sliding off. I was standing there half naked with an octopus on my head, trying to stop myself from dry retching from the seawater infused ink that was trickling down my face and into the corners of my lips. I tell you, I could not get the hunk of octopus off my head fast enough.. I felt violated and even after numerus showers I still smelt like dead fish.
One of my favourite photography theorists is Susan Sontag, I learnt a lot from her while researching for my final year of BA. “Just as the camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a sublimated murder - a soft murder”- Susan Sontag “On Photography”
Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future that you can share with readers? I am currently building short courses in: Fashion Photography, Portraiture, Capturing Children, Night Photography, Social Media marketing, Landscape Photography
I always think about this metaphor when I work with new people. Like the gun, as soon as you point a camera at a person they freeze and become very nervous and awkward. I believe it is therefore so important to take time to build a relationship with your subject before you point the camera at them. A photographer needs to possess a relaxed and approachable disposition to be able to build a relationship with the subject in such a short period of time.
Tips and advice for others finding their creative path (in photography): 1. A regular photographer is an experienced one – photograph as often as you can, practice, practice, practice! 2. It’s not about the gear, entire amazing Fashion shoots have been shot on phone cameras. Learn how to see. 3. Never give up. Aim for the stars... I was told I wouldn’t get work in Nelson as a photographer that it’s too small. I didn’t listen to that. 4. Education is important. Never stop learning.
What is your background? I have a Diploma in Digital Photography and a Bachelor in Arts & Media, majoring in Photography. I have been working as a professional photographer for the last 7yrs on commercial photography jobs for businesses such as –Trailways, and The Quality Inn as well as smaller businesses. I have done wedding photography and often do fashion and family photography. I worked for two years as the fashion photographer for Fairfax Media’s “Admire” magazine. I am currently working at NMIT as a Lens Based Media tutor (photography & video).
Creating a Greener Footprint at Work THE MAJORITY OF US ARE ALREADY TAKING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY STEPS AT HOME, SO IT’S A NATURAL EXTENSION TO TAKE SIMILAR MEASURES AT WORK. By creating a healthy, energy efficient and eco-friendly workspace we create a more pleasurable environment to work in as well as lessening OUR impact on the environment. An added bonus is that our actions will also reduce the costs of running a business. It’s time we all went “green” at work, so here are 12 steps you can take for a greener footprint at work: BE EMPOWERED You don’t need to be management to institute change; your role as someone who cares about improving the energy efficiency and healthiness of your workplace is just as vital as those able to make the “big decisions”. In fact, change from the bottom-up is often a lot more effective as everyone has “buy-in”. Do your research, point out the financial savings to management, and enlist the enthusiasm of your team members. Find the information, show by doing, and create the momentum, all just because you care. USE ELECTRICITY WISELY Turn off all computers, printers, photocopiers etc that don’t need to be left on at the end of the day and leave them off until you need to use them again. Check that all computers/monitors are set to their most energy efficient settings (e.g., monitor set to shut off after 15 minutes is of no use). When leaving a room for more than a few minutes, switch off the lights. Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Take advantage of natural sunlight as much as possible. “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE” This means more than just throwing old notepaper in the recycle bin (though don’t stop doing that). Really think about everything you use. Do you need disposable cups at the water cooler? Can you use the other side of the used sheets of paper you’ve thrown in the recycle bin? Recycle toner cartridges. Australia has added a fourth R — Refuse. Simply put: Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. And, when you do make a purchase, bring your own bags. USE GREEN FRIENDLY OFFICE PRODUCTS. In many cases it doesn’t cost any more to cut down on waste and pollution ― environmentally sustainable paper, refillable ink cartridges, non-toxic high-
lighters, solar powered calculators etc. USE NON-TOXIC CLEANING PRODUCTS Encourage your cleaning company to use green cleaning products or switch to one that does. TELECOMMUTING Encourage working from home, particularly for workers who would normally drive to work. This cuts down on pollution and increases time availability. TRANSPORTATION For those who do come to the office on a regular basis, encourage/ arrange carpooling, use of public transport, biking, or walking. THINK ABOUT PAPER Prioritise your paper use and buy paper that has strong environmental credentials e.g. FSC® certified. Print on both sides of the paper and shred old paper to use as packing material. Use old sheets of paper for scrap paper or send a stack along to your children’s daycare or school for artwork use. INSTITUTE A CASUAL DRESS CODE Dressing for the weather can help keep air conditioning costs down (and make for a happier workplace). FAIR TRADE Buy fair trade, organic coffee and teas for the office. If employees prefer to go out for their hot beverages, encourage them to take their own mugs. Most coffee shops offer a small discount to patrons who do so, but more importantly is the reduction in waste from not having to throw out paper or styrofoam cups. GREEN YOUR DESK! Literally ― get a plant and place it on or near your desk. Or, even better, buy plants for all of your neighbours. This is not just a friendly gesture, but a way for everyone to have cleaner air to breathe! Plants absorb indoor air pollution and increase the flow of oxygen. EAT GREEN AND HEALTHY Everyone looks forward to their lunch break. You can save a good amount of money (about $3,000 a year) by not going out to eat every day and instead packing your lunch in a re-usable lunch bag or box. GSM Magazine www.bjball.co.nz/gsm
Keeping Safe with Your Art Materials There are many myths and fallacies around about what is harmful and what is not in art materials. Areas of the world such as Europe have become very sensitive to the issue and this has led to paints which traditionally contained heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, lead) having their formulations and packaging changed – with threats of discontinuing use of some pigments all together. The average artist, when taking reasonable precautions, has nothing to fear from the correct use of paints, mediums and varnishes. Not so unfortunately, for those with hyper-sensitivity disorders – who are wise to learn about the products they react to and avoid them. We are fortunate that technology in the formulation and production of art materials has resulted in not only a plethora of choices, but also many products which are safer to use. For myself, as a painter using oils, I’m only able to use them because of the introduction of low-odour solvents. Like many others, I am sensitive to the aromatics in traditional artist’s distilled turpentine, so that within a few minutes I am so unwell that I cannot function. But the introduction of low odour solvent, a petrochemical engineered for artists’ use, has the aromatics removed, the vapours are released more slowly, and being denser they fall away from the face which means that I am breathing cleaner air and can enjoy painting. It is helpful to know what your art materials are comprised of, so that you can use them safely. Avoid “finger” painting – some pigments are toxic if absorbed through the skin. And we all know not to put our brush water next to our coffee cup, don’t we? Or to throw screwed up rags containing linseed oil into the corner (potential fire hazard). Put simply, be sensible.
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