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Issue #5

December 1st 2018


First published in Nelson, New Zealand by: Sears Co | Studio S www.searsco.nz studio@studio-s.co.nz 027 974 3879

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Welcome to Issue #5 of Creative Nelson! I have yet again had the wonderful and inspiring experience of meeting another great bunch of talented locals. The quality and range of talent on our doorstep never ceases to amaze me!

Amanda Sears Editor & Publisher

Reinvigorating the CBD Ian Bowell P-5

Jasmine Turner Burlesque Performer P-6

Jewel Beetle Jewellery Designers P-8

Anthony Genet Glass & Neon Artist P - 10

Vicki Charles Sculptor P - 12

But... for such a dense hub of creativity, I feel we are lacking connection, support and unification as a community of creatives, and long for a unified and powerful creative community that supports, uplifts and empowers each other. A place or a way to share knowledge, connections, experiences and friendships. Let’s find a way to make this happen in 2019!

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Alan Roberts Painter & Cartoonist P - 14

Geoff Noble Fine Art/Painter P - 16

Cindy Hutton Artist in Oils P - 18

David Turnhout Musician P - 20

Lisa Chandler Painter P - 22


REINVIGORATING THE CBD Imagine a small city where children explore creativity with professional artists... A city which offers more than 300 workshops, events and performances every year. A city where performing arts experts offer classes in spaces in the city centre; and a city centre with a proliferation of small workshops and studio spaces for local artists and designers, as well as a revitalised urban centre... We don’t need to imagine them because these small cities exist, but Nelson is not one of them. With about 30 shops vacant in Nelson’s city centre our local elected body have been focused on the revitalisation of the CBD. This is not a dilemma exclusive to Nelson. Urban centres worldwide face similar issues. Traditionally the function of a CBD was for commerce, employment and entertainment, and this worked well in the 20th century. Now commerce and employment no longer need to be centralised as new technologies have lessened the importance of a CBD. It is not the activity of commerce that defines us, it is our engagement with each other in social groups. We are social creatures and learn and develop in social groups. The arts provide the opportunity to discover, question, explore and celebrate who we are. Social interaction through arts activities will create a focus for the city centre. Urban centres can provide communities with opportunities to engage, rather than only spend money. Successfully revitalised urban areas never start with new shops. Commercial development comes as a result of social engagement. The solution is to focus on alternatives to retail. If we want to attract the community back to urban areas engagement in the arts is the key. We don’t need to go into Nelson to do our banking, we can do it on-line. But we would go into the city for unique opportunities, most often associated with the arts. Some artists have put up temporary displays in empty shop fronts, but these do not engage the community. Rather than pop-up arts retail spaces let’s generate pop-up arts activity spaces. Attract the community to the city centre to take part in engaging arts activities. If we provide our community with the opportunity to engage, they will come. We are fortunate to have a broad range of expertise in all the arts in Nelson. We need to harness this expertise to revitalise the city centre, to co-ordinate an eclectic and diverse range of arts activities catering to the whole community. Social activity through the arts will create vibrancy within the centre. Now imagine a new and vibrant Nelson city centre. Create a cultural heart and commerce will follow. Ian Bowell Lecturer and Nelson Centre Coordinator College of Teacher Education University of Canterbury

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Name: Jasmine ‘Tease’ Turner Creative: Burlesque Performer, Producer, Mentor, Emcee Website: nelsonshowgirlacademy.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself... I’m 34 years old and live with my partner, our 8 year old son, our batdog and 2 cats. I grew up in Dunedin. And enjoyed the grungey, moody, dark side of the city but ended up in sunny Nelson in 2005. As well as running Nelson Showgirl Academy, I have a day job working with youth. What is your earliest creative memory? Making up dances at home with my sister and friends and then showing them to mum and her friends (probably our friends mums.) I have always been dancing and making up dances since I could move. I enjoy moving to music as a way to self express. What is your background and what is it that you do? I have a background in theatre, photography, dance, make up, radio, events work and dj-ing... Combine all of these together and you get the mash up that helps me where I am today. I have been performing burlesque for 10 years, producing burlesque shows for 10 years, teaching for 8 years, and now, 4 months into owning my own dance studio. Burlesque is a form of historic striptease, emphasis on the tease. It can be theatrical, storytelling and weird. The word burlesque, means to ‘turn up side down’ so, to ‘parody or make fun of’. It is funny, cheeky, and empowering for some. What I love about teaching classes is watching people leave with a bit more confidence. It is not what I set out to teach but seems to just happen along the way. What I love about performing is that pretty much anything goes. You get to create and perform your own art. It is risqué and R18. My Burlesque journey began in May 2008. I was working for the Phat Club and they asked for me to be part of their fashion show (doing make up), which turned into a short cabaret-inspired piece, featuring myself and 3 friends. The Phat Club was putting on a Fringe Show, October 2008 and they asked me to put on a full burlesque show, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I wrangled all my friends, and we created the Diamond Dolls. We did around 9 shows together before parting ways due to all sorts of life milestones, marriages, moving countries, babies, etc. After having my own baby, I looked up our old email and saw people asking when the show was, would we Issue #5 | December 1st 2018

perform at parties. With the permission of the old Dolls, I then started performing and running classes. Explain the way in which you work: As a teacher I run classes on Burlesque performance and a burlesque ‘fitness’ class. Amongst one off workshops (stage make up, fan dancing). I encourage and motivate people to enjoy their bodies and find their sensual side. I believe in laughing at yourself and loving yourself. Burlesque can give people confidence to do things they wouldn’t usually. We have a growing community of burlesque and cabaret performers here and we regularly get together to watch documentaries and movies, photoshoots and have dinners. As a performer I am rehearsing and rhinestoning costumes, contacting producers etc. I am always looking for different ways to express my burlesque stories on stage. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: My father is an eclectic artist (drummer, painter, writer, community theatre) and has always encouraged creativity. My mother let me go to dance classes and even though they were expensive, she made sure I could attend. What inspires you and keeps your creativity flowing? Inspiration is everywhere. A piece of music, history, a costume piece. I enjoy being in the studio with bass music up loud and to just free flow dance to see what comes out. What highlights and achievements have you had? Opening act for the first ever NZ Burlesque Festival 2013. Performing at the NZ Burlesque Festival 2014, 2015, 2017. Winner of the Christchurch Heat of Grand Tease 2015. Best Design - Fringe Festival 2015. Winner of Bling it On 2017 ( as part of Duo - Double Deluxe). Top 3 finalist for ‘Significant contribution to NZ Burlesque’ Golden Garter Awards 2018. Opening my own dance studio 2018 Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future? Always! Planning new shows featuring live music, new classes and social experiences. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page! Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: Look after yourself and try not to be so hard on yourself. A lot of creative people I know suffer from some sort of mental distress/illness and a lot don’t talk about it. I have anxiety and try to not be so hard on myself if things don’t pan out the way I had intended. Also step outside of your comfort zone - if it scares you a little, then you should probably do it! 7


Name: Yvon Smits & Allison Judge Creative: Goldsmith, Jeweller and Designer Website: www.jewelbeetle.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself... Yvon: I was born in Venlo, the Netherlands. In 1994 I immigrated to NZ with my husband and then 2 children as we wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of a grey skied, overcrowded and regulated Netherlands. We traveled through NZ the year before to see where we would return to settle. We fell in love with Nelson and came here the year after. I have always been the practical and creative kind although I lack drawing skills I enjoyed taking things apart as a child to see how they work. As a teenager made jewellery using beads and wire just for fun and friends. At college I took Art and Art History as a subject which was unusual in these days in the Netherlands. I loved pottery and paper craft. Allison: Originally from the UK, I came to NZ on my big OE on a ‘round the world’ ticket. I never completed the full journey when I fell love with NZ. I was fortunate enough to be offered a job as a jeweller in Queenstown. After four years, the Queenstown party vibe was wearing thin so I came to the creative hub of the South Island, Nelson. In the early days before Jewel Beetle I rented a space in Yvon’s goldsmith studio on Nile Street. I have always been creative, encouraged by my parents from an early age. What is your background and what is it that you do? Yvon: I make jewellery and was classically trained at a technical school in the Netherlands. I saw, file, melt, solder, draw wire etc. I actually really enjoy the technical challenges of the jewellery making process. I see it more as ‘micro engineering’. This shows in my designs. They are more geometrical and often have moveable parts to them. Allison: I trained as a jeweller at The Kent Institute of Art and Design in England. After graduating, I got a job at the bench in Hatton Garden, that was where the real learning happened, in at the deep end! I then pursued a design-based job working in London’s west end for goldsmith Elizabeth Gage. This was an inspiring time, working on jewellery designs for the rich and famous. But after about four years, it wasn’t enough to keep my feet from itching, so I left to see the world with my back pack! Explain the way in which you work: Yvon: I make jewellery the old fashioned way. Being trained classical I only recently learned to create jewellery using wax carving. I learned a lot from working with Allison. I prefer the old fashioned forging, hammering and sawing etc Allison: My strengths are design and wax modeling. I Issue #5 | December 1st 2018

love creating miniatures in wax, it’s quite intense at times, working on such a small scale. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: Yvon: Immigrating to NZ has influenced my design style. Jewellery in the Netherlands in general is smaller and more delicate. My designs now are far larger in size. Allison: I appreciate the skill of the craftsmen behind the scenes. They’re the real people behind the big names like Cartier or Tiffany’s. What inspires you and keeps your creativity flowing? Yvon: I used to work from home when my children were younger. Going into my workshop when they were at school or sleeping is what kept me sane. I am a person that needs to create. Inspiration can come from anything that surrounds me really. Ally and I often sit together and doodle and come up with new designs. Something often gets started by one of us and the other one makes a suggestion that compliments the design Allison: Although nature is evident in a lot of our designs, I am more pragmatic in my approach to design. I can get an idea in my head and go from there. I start with a simple concept and play around with the shapes. You get to develop a style of your own and know what is going to work well in precious metals and what isn’t. What highlights and achievements have you had? Yvon: I recently started making rings with hinges for ladies with arthritic fingers so they can finally wear rings again. To see the smile on their face when they finally are able to wear a ring again on their ‘crooked’ fingers means more to me than an award. Allison: I won The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Junior Award for Design when I was in my final year of college. The prize was all the materials, (18ct gold and diamonds) to make the piece I designed. I’m pretty shy, so I didn’t like all the attention! I still have the piece. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future? We recently started creating wedding rings with couples in our workshop. It’s a hands-on experience for them, from melting and pouring an ingot to fabricating the metal, soldering, all the way to the final polish. The workshops are actually more fun than I had expected. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: Yvon: Being creative is a great gift, but is often undervalued and seen more as a hobby than a trade. It can be difficult to make a reasonable living from it. If you are passionate about what you are doing and are aware it could be a financial struggle, just go for it because you can always change and do something else. Allison: Love what you do and do what you love! Without that passion there’s little room for success no matter what path you choose. 9


Name: Anthony Genet Creative: Glass and Neon Artist Website: flamedaisy.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself... I’m a full-time glass and neon artist and gallery owner. I grew up in Christchurch, then moved to Nelson twice once from Whangarei and later from Dunedin. I’ve spent most of my life in Nelson. My mother got a BFA when she retired early from working in the restaurant industry. My dad managed music bands and owned a late-night jazz cafe before also retiring early. What is your earliest creative memory? As a young child I remember jacking up a pedal car, so I could work underneath it and trying to find a real motor to put in it. In my teenage years I began melting bits of broken glass in gas burners and building a plant to make neon. The trickiest part still is working with the hot glass tubing. What is your background and what is it that you do? I’ve been manipulating molten glass for last 30 years. Most of the hand tools I use were designed 2000 years ago! The most modern tool is wet newspaper - and that’s been around for 200 years. Electricity, bottled LPG, and electronic controls have taken over from an entire village keeping the furnace running. Flamedaisy is much larger than just me, so I have a small team of great people that help me keep it running. Explain the way in which you work: I enjoy the freedom that my work gives me: picking up an idea and running with it and seeing were it leads. Whether it’s a short or long journey, then happily moving to the next idea, whether it’s a banger or clanger. Always my favourite piece is the next one I’m about to make. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: The first time I contacted another glass-blower he visited me to say that I would never be a glass-blower because his son was going to be one. It wasn’t long before his son and I were friends. I heard about some glass-blowers on the West Coast and wrote them a letter. I received a reply from Robby Ready who said, “come on over and hang out”. This was first time I’d seen molten glass being blown from a furnace and I was hooked. A few months later I moved to Whangarei to do a craft design course that had a small glass component. It was there that I met Lynette Campbell who was setting up hot glass studio at Craft Habitat in Richmond. I moved to Nelson to help set up the studio and worked there for a year. I then met a pretty girl and followed her to Dunedin. When I was in Dunedin I made neon and Issue #5 | December 1st 2018

built the equipment for a molten glass studio. In 1998 I moved back to Nelson and set up Flamedaisy Glass Design in the old brickworks at Bishopdale. What inspires you and keeps your creativity flowing? Daydreaming isn’t a waste of time as ideas and inspiration can start from anywhere - a leaf, staring at a cloud, a line in a song, a pile of rocks on the roadside. Often my day starts with quick sketch in the condensation on the shower door. What highlights and achievements have you had? I’ve been running Flamedaisy for 20 years and I’ve been in my building (the old Plunket rooms in Trafalgar Square) for 15 years. In that time, I’ve seen many art and commerce businesses come and go. I wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t for the fantastic audience and support of the Nelson public, who are by far my biggest customer base. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future? I’ve put some work into the Art Bid and Win Art Auction fund-raiser for Tasman School - there seems a buzz going on about that. An American film crew are coming to film me and shop at my Flamedaisy gallery. I’m working on opening more of my Flamedaisy building to the public - turning the backyard into a sculpture garden. It would be good to find someone who wants to set up a restaurant alongside me in the building to give the public access to all that neon at night. More and more, I work with people making lights for their houses. This is very rewarding for me as it was my wish to make lights that got me into glass-blowing. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: There are sometimes setbacks and people who want to knock you back, so do your art because it’s important to make yourself happy... and, as a by-product, you’ll most likely make others happy. Solving problems and seeing people smile is very rewarding.

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Name: Vicki Charles Creative: Sculptor Website: www.vickicharlessculptor.com Tell us a little bit about yourself... I’m an Aussie from Melbourne, who crossed the ditch about 27 months ago to start a new life as in Nelson. Jetstar allowed 40kg of luggage and this was made up of anatomy books, sculpture tools and a couple of small sculptures. I wore three coats and all of these had items stuffed in the pockets to lessen the weight in my bags. Having been a small business owner as an accountant for over 18 years, l wanted to pursue my art, my passion again. l left school at sixteen and began painting record covers like Pink Floyd etc. however l ended up leaving Melbourne to travel for 8 years. At age 24 l settled back into Melbourne. I wanted to do visual merchandising and to get into the course l needed a portfolio so l did a short course in drawing. My skill level was very poor but the art teacher brought out my ability. I was accepted into visual merchandising with my portfolio. I completed the course but it was difficult to get work in this field. My upstairs neighbour was an oil painter. I was given oil paints so l taught myself to paint with a bit of guidance from my neighbour. After a about a year of oil painting l began to enter group exhibitions. All was well, until l got married and on my wedding night l became pregnant with my first child. Fours years later two kids and half an accounting degree as well as working, l discovered sculpture as a hobby. My tutors were a German couple Ingrid and Klaus Dusselberg. They conducted term courses in sculpture and Klaus took me under his wing to teach me figurative sculpture. I studied sculpture under Klaus and Ingrid for 16 years as a hobby, while running a bookkeeping business, raising my kids and pursuing competitive athletics. I learned so many skills and produced a lot of sculpture but l couldn’t find my style. I was so disappointed over the fact that l didn’t have anything to say and l had no unique pieces. After a challenging divorce this sent me on the path of finding myself, asking myself what is love, self love and mother love and l did this through sculpture. I spent ten months putting together a body of work and was accepted into the Nelson Suter Art Society. Feeling confident l went to Parker Gallery with a boot load of sculptures and the gallery owner took them on the spot. After eighteen months Parker Gallery have sold fifteen of my sculptures.

because the challenge with my sculptures is turning that lump of mud into the light, aliveness, peace and stillness reflected in the eyes of myself and the people l meet on my path of life. I want to share my heart through my sculptures, through my art. When l got divorced l had plenty to say. I began to work less in my business and focus more on my sculpture. To find myself again l began to listen to people like the Dalai Lama , Eckhart Tolle, Thich Naht Hahn and Rumi (my favorite poet) just to name a few. They speak of compassion love and self love. So on this road of self discovery, l pull out all of my psychological issues and turn them into positive sculptures... so l have a constant flow of creative ideas. My intention for my sculpture was just to make them and if they ended up under the bed l didn’t care l just wanted to express myself. People like the uniqueness of my work because of the romantic feel of the pieces and the contrast between the pure white figure’s and black. Because of the uniqueness and emotive qualities of my sculpture the public are purchasing my art. Most people like the boat with the lantern which represents the path with love and light. I always include a Rumi quote with the piece to reflect what l wanted to say. What highlights and achievements have you had? In the last 18 months my achievements are: I bought a beautiful house in The Wood. I renovated the garage into a studio and l have just installed a kiln. Selected for the Top of the South Ceramists Exhibition at the Suter in February 2018. Selected as a finalist for the NZ Ceramists competition in September 2018. I have been teaching sculpture at NMIT, the Women’s Centre and other various studios. I entered the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business awards. I have sold over twenty sculptures in the last eighteen months both locally, nationally and now internationally. Presently l am teaching at NMIT and l love passing on my knowledge to my students. I find that a lot of adult’s creativity has been squashed out of them as children. When they come to me they are tentative and unconfident. I love seeing their creativity come out after only a few weeks and create technically well made sculpture pieces. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future? To continue with my passion, with my sculpture. Push boundaries with my technical ability and hope that l don’t run out of psychological issues.

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Name: Alan Roberts Creative: Realistic Painting and Cartoon Drawing Website: www.alanrobertsart.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself... I’m originally from Sheffield, UK, but have been a ‘Nelsonian’ for the past 40 odd years since Mum & Dad brought the family out to NZ. Mum was very creative and artistic in everything she did, while Dad gave us the Football (Sheffield United FC) and cricket following! What is your earliest creative memory? When I was a young lad I had an art teacher in Sheffield who gave us a homework task of drawing a self portrait using a mirror. The next day he refused to give me a gold star for the work as he was convinced my Mum had drawn it! So, although mildly upset at his comments I also took it as a compliment that I could draw and draw pretty well.

how hard work and never giving up will bring good results.... and she is always right! A drive out into the countryside is another way to get the creativity going. What highlights and achievements have you had? The sale of any of my works is a always a highlight and I’ve been lucky to sell many at the Art@203 gallery in the past and at restaurants/cafes too. The Art Expo of 2014 was good and completing drawings for a Stoke gentleman’s book was a fine experience and result. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future? After a lull, I have now got used to needing to wear spectacles and can’t wait to get stuck into more painting and drawing. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: It’s never too late to try anything. I didn’t start painting until my 40s and I regret not having found that talent earlier... so have no regrets, have a go!

What is your background and what is it that you do? I seem to have always drawn cartoons, for myself, friends and later sporting clubs, businesses, etc. It wasn’t until later in life a friend got me to do a large cartoon mural, which I completed in black & white... He then asked me to paint some colour on. It was the first time I’d painted since school and I enjoyed it. This gave me the confidence to paint a proper artwork. It wasn’t that great now I look back at it, but it put me on the road to completing my realistic detailed artworks of today. Explain the way in which you work: I’m self taught and each forming of a colour, shade or effect that I put into a work has added to my experience (if I’m happy with it!)... Luckily I’ve fluked quite few effects to add to my artistic arsenal! With artworks I love the small detail, and with the cartoons, there’s no rules and so I finish much quicker! Strangely, I like to finish any work without anyone seeing me paint, although for a commission I’m always showing updates to get the required result. Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: An early realistic artwork by Joseph Wright of Derby made an impression on me and I like that style. The ability to create cartoons and make people smile is another influence. What inspires you and keeps your creativity flowing? People and the landscape of Nelson inspire me. Mum & Dad have always been fans (phew!), and friends have pushed me into putting my art on show. My best friend inspires me to do more with my talents and shows me Issue #5 | December 1st 2018

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Name: Geoff Noble Creative: Fine Arts/Painter Website: www.geoffnoble.co.nz

create a visual tension with the background. I am driven not just by my subjects, but also a need to explore and refine my process with the goal to both be technically strong, while having great concepts.

Tell us a little bit about yourself... I was born in Waitakare/West Auckland in 1977 and spent a bunch years in Samoa as a child. I was creative as a child but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I started to think about living a creative lifestyle. I think working for a surfboard shaper glassing and spraying boards along with a great and very supportive art teacher had a lot to do with my drive to pursue a career in the arts. I left highschool in the 90s to go to art school in the South Island and ended up traveling with my surfboards and working for various artists and learning the trade. After some years working in my studio and on various mural and tech projects I moved to Karamea to set up a studio and explore the wilderness and surf for some new inspiration. I worked hard in the studio and was in various group shows around NZ along with finally having my first solo show at the Left Bank gallery in Greymouth in 2002. After meeting my beautiful wife, getting married and having our first child, we decided to move to Nelson where we have raised our family for the past 14.5 years. These have been some of the best years of my life and I have found Nelson to be such a great place to live a creative life and to stay inspired.

Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: I have been inspired by many people through the years, like Spike Lee and Miles Davis. I have also worked for galleries and artists and I love to see how we all walk to our own beat. My highschool teacher had a huge impact on me, pushing me hard to achieve and believe, along with providing me with awesome experiences. Living in Karamea kept me well-inspired by its total natural beauty along with being lucky enough to work for some successful artists has inspired me heaps.

What is your earliest creative memory? My earliest memory of being creative was watching Sesame St and being blown away by the sign-writer being able to draw a number in one strike.... so, I set out to give it a go myself. What is your background and what is it that you do? My background is in painting. I used to spray surfboards in the 90s and have always loved the application of spray paint, but I also have a deep passion for super fine and technical painting and I try to mix both loose spraypaint with tight brushwork. My practice is a one stop shop. I make all my own supports and love the custom approach to what I do. It also means that I’m not always painting and I get to do a fair bit of dusty building of which I really enjoy. Once my supports are made I paint for long periods of time with some works taking up to 100 plus hrs. Explain the way in which you work: At the moment (with the exception to the commissions I have to do) I tend to lay down my backgrounds with spray cans, getting a clean colour gradient. I then stress it with fast movement using both cans and paint on a squeegee and loud music. Once I’m happy with the background I carefully draw the foreground images on and this is where the hrs disappear and weeks go by... I like to make my images clean and crisp ,trying to Issue #5 | December 1st 2018

What inspires you and keeps your creativity flowing? I find inspiration from many places depending on what projects I am working on. My family inspires me a lot and if you look closely at my later works you will see they feature in a lot in them. Surfing keeps me inspired. It is one of my core aspects and is as important to me as making art. It keeps me centered and vital so I can create in the studio with a clear head. I am constantly being blown away by what people are producing and it makes me want to get creative myself. Music helps me to stay focused and inspired in the studio. What highlights and achievements have you had? Becoming an ambassador for Liquitex has been a real highlight. Being able to work with them and their products such as spraypaint and paint has been total honour and extremely enjoyable. I feel that every week I can spend in the studio creating art and earning a living is a big achievement for me and I am so grateful to be able to do that. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: I have found over the past 20 or so years of pursuing an art career that... it’s firstly a shitload of hard work and you need to be extremely disciplined to achieve your goals and deadlines. Be honest to yourself about what you want to get out of you practice… the more you do the better you get. Have a lot of patience… Galleries and opportunities will find you and when they do... good things happen. I also feel in order to make great art, you need a good studio space. It’s your creative space on your terms. My studio is number one for my practice and I would be extremely lost with out it. Its kind of like a surfer without a surfboard. Stay stoked and inspired. Do things that help you stay calm and centered. The creative lifestyle is awesome but can also be a lot of hard work and let downs, and if you keep your stoke alive its is easier to pick yourself up and keep pushing forward. 17


Name: Cindy Hutton Creative: Artist in Oils Website: www.cindyhutton.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself... I was raised on a farm in Southland in a creative family with a love for art. My grandmother was an impressionist artist.

Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: My advice for anyone with a desire to create art is that you must find a window of opportunity at some stage of your life. There is no right and wrong way and it is important to express this artistic bent in your own individual style.

I shifted to Nelson 19 years ago with my husband and 4 children. At that time I was involved in creating drama sets and painted backdrops. I discovered I enjoyed working large scale and gained some experience working with acrylics. I then sold Real Estate and was often admiring the paintings I saw in houses more than the home itself. I was inspired to begin painting. I worked from photos I had taken of my children and was soon commissioned to paint for other people. When I had more commissions than house listings to sell, I took up art full time and have been painting for the 12 years since then. What is your earliest creative memory? My earliest recollection of drawing was as a child, copying a painting on my bedroom wall while I had the flu. I was surprised by the way it turned out. Explain the way in which you work: I have always been drawn to romanticism and enjoy the challenge of taking a blank canvas and creating a scene that evokes happiness, drawn from New Zealand’s magic scenery and iconic places. I paint realism and often include people to add interest and life to my work. I am intentional about creating the effect of light in my paintings. My first paintings were done in water colour but I now prefer to use oils. I find this medium better for portraits in particular as oil paints dry slowly and I am able to blend colours on the canvas to achieve the effect I want. What highlights and achievements have you had? I was privileged to be interviewed and filmed by Graeme Stevenson and his crew last year. From a day of filming they constructed a 25 minute documentary for the ‘Put some Colour in Your Life’ TV show. This will be viewed on many TV channels throughout the world and can be viewed on You Tube. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future? I work from my studio in Richmond and hope to develop my art business further into restoration of old paintings, portraiture and will continue with my newfound passion to paint the stunning New Zealand High Country.

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Name: David Turnhout Creative: Musician/Guitarist/Tutor Website: hearguitar.wixsite.com/newzealand Tell us a little bit about yourself... I grew up just outside of Invercargill and am the second youngest (my twin sister is younger by 15 minutes) in a family of eight. My Mum played a bit of piano and is also a talented writer. My Dad didn’t play any instruments but there are musicians, especially drummers, on his side of the family. While I was traveling and living in Scotland I met my partner, who is from Richmond, and that’s how I ended up here. What is your earliest creative memory? I started playing guitar when I was around 13 and after playing for a couple of years I learned how to create lead solos over a chord pattern. I would record the rhythm/chord progression on a cassette recorder and then make up solos over the top of that. My first original song that I wrote was in my teens. It was called Blue and it was atrocious. I remember having to submit the musical notation for it as part of a school project and receiving a C minus for it. Ouch. What is your background and what is it that you do? I have played guitar for over twenty five years and been in a variety of bands playing both rhythm and lead guitar. I majored in Music while at Teacher’s College so I also occasionally teach guitar as well. I also write or co–write original songs. Explain the way in which you work: I run a Property Management business and also have two children so have to be really disciplined about setting aside some time for music and to pick up the guitar and play. I generally try and do this at night in my office which is where I also do some lessons. I used to be in a band called Urban and would have to spend time learning/practising songs at least three or four times a week as some of the songs were quite technical to play. I have a few different guitars that I use as well as some recording mics, recording interface and software that I make basic demos with. I can also record students’ playing guitar and singing on this as well. I guess one way that I may bring some of my own uniqueness is that I can play or write in a variety of musical genres.

time was like someone flicking on the light switch and I knew straight away that I wanted to play the guitar. After using an old wooden tennis racquet to air/racquet guitar for a few weeks I was lucky enough to discover that we had an old classical guitar gathering dust in the closet. Unfortunately it was a right handed guitar and being left handed this felt awkward to play but I gradually adapted and I now play guitar right handed. What inspires you and keeps your creativity flowing? I think working with different musicians is really inspiring and definitely gets the creative juices flowing. I also find I get ideas from random activities. For example, I had written what I thought was a catchy chord progression but couldn’t think of any lyrics for it. While on a run in the Richmond Hills I had the inspiration for a couple of verses and the chorus so had three quarters of the song (it’s called Square One Again) written by the time I got home. What highlights and achievements have you had? It’s always a highlight/achievement to get an original song recorded as it can be a laborious task to record it properly. One highlight was recording an album a couple of years ago with the band I was in at the time called Urban. Another highlight was having a song I wrote, Square One Again, featured on a Prime documentary this year. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future? I have helped to write a song called Never Ending Highway and hoping that this will be finished soon. I am also in a duet called Sonoraw so would like to record some more originals. I would also like to record another album with Urban at some stage. I am also aiming to put some more original pieces on my Hear Guitar site as well as providing a few more guitar lessons especially for adults. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: Not sure if I am qualified to do this as I am still stumbling my way through my own creative path. However, I think for musicians it’s much easier and financially viable now to have original songs not only recorded, but also put onto platforms like You Tube and Spotify which has the potential to market your song to millions. So why wouldn’t you at least give it a go?

Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: I am a massive Queen fan and they were a big influence on me especially when I first started playing. It was in my early teens when I heard their song Tie Your Mother Down. Hearing the guitar work on this song for the first Issue #5 | December 1st 2018

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Name: Lisa Chandler Creative: Painter Website: www.lisachandler.co.nz Tell us a little bit about yourself... I was born in England and immigrated to New Zealand with my family when I was 8. I grew up in Wellington and moved to Nelson in 2000. I have always been creative and have loved drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I am currently dividing my time between Nelson and Leipzig, Germany where I have a studio in large art hub called the Spinnerei. What is your earliest creative memory? I remember I loved colouring in. I used to do it all the time. I still have the scrapbooks full of my drawings. What is your background and what is it that you do? I had an 18 year career as a Graphic Designer, both in Wellington and Nelson, specialising in print design. I undertook a Master of Fine Arts through Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2010/2011. I am a painter and printmaker. I work in acrylic, both small-scale on paper and also large-scale on canvas. Explain the way in which you work: My twin passions are art and travel, and I combine the two with my art practice. My paintings are inspired by cities, the people that inhabit them and contemporary life. In recent years I have undertaken artist residencies in Singapore, Beijing and Leipzig, and my experiences in these places have inspired new bodies of work. For example, in 2016, ‘China Dream’ a solo exhibition at the Millennium Public Art Gallery in Marlborough, critiqued the expansion of Beijing and offered sympathy for the aspiring individual and local culture. I use Golden Acrylics as I love their fluid acrylics, which are similar to watercolour, and their slow-drying ‘Open’ acrylics which act more like an oil paint. I often start a new series with works on paper. This is a way to extend my visual language by trialling new mark-making, compositional ideas and colour palettes. Working smaller on paper offers the opportunity to be more experimental – seeing what is successful and what is not before embarking on a large canvas work. While the works on paper inform my paintings, I do not directly copy them, and many end up becoming works of art in their own right. I often find that my best paintings are ones that come together really quickly, ones that almost paint themselves, or works that take a very long time. These works change significantly through the process as I respond to unexpected happenings on the canvas.

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Describe the people/places/idols/situations that have shaped your creativity: The Master of Fine Arts programme taught me how to structure my practice and work as an artist. Talking with artists working internationally has really opened my eyes to the amazing opportunities available around the world and the immense value of networking with like-minded creatives. Traveling to major cities like London, Paris and Berlin and being able to view paintings by both the old masters and contemporary painters has had a huge influence on my painting process. Nothing compares to being able to study the actual surface of a painting. Studying contemporary painters such as Peter Doig, Adrian Ghenie, Daniel Pitin, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. “In my case all painting... is an accident. I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don’t in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do”. Francis Bacon What inspires you and keeps your creativity flowing? I am inspired by the actual act of painting - the excitement and satisfaction that comes from achieving a successful work - whatever that is! I love the solitude of my studio - I feel at home and totally myself when I am there. There is nothing better than painting for hours with loud music playing! I find that working in ‘series’ and usually always towards an exhibition means that I don’t run out of creative juice very often. If it does happen, I find watching short Youtube clips of my favourite painters talking about their work very inspiring and it isn’t very long until I am itching to get back into the studio. Do you have any big or exciting plans for the future? I am having my first major solo exhibition at a public art gallery this coming summer at The Suter Art Gallery. I have been working towards this exhibition for the last 2 years and I am excited but also a little bit daunted by it! The exhibition opens on the 9th February. I have also just launched a new business venture as a way to support my art practice, and combine my love of art and travel. Tips and advice for others finding their creative path: I passionately believe that everyone can live the life they dream of. I believe if you want it bad enough you can do it - it just takes long term planning, hard work, determination and patience. So my advice is fight the fear and do it anyway! “You can’t hit a target if you don’t know what it is” - Tony Robbins 23


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Creative Nelson - Issue #5  

The 5th Issue of Creative Nelson showcases 9 talented Creatives from the Nelson/Tasman Region. Painters, jewellers, designers and more. Free...

Creative Nelson - Issue #5  

The 5th Issue of Creative Nelson showcases 9 talented Creatives from the Nelson/Tasman Region. Painters, jewellers, designers and more. Free...

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