Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Artists Open Studios - 22/23 and 29/30 March 2014

Artists Open Studios
Two weekends: 22/23 and 29/30 March 2014

Around 100 local and visiting artists will again participate in the annual Artists Open Studios event. Their work can be seen, and purchased, through the 69 studios, which will open their doors to the public over the last two weekends in March. While many of the studios are regular contributors to this event there are several new ones to visit this year.

This is the fourteenth year Whanganui has hosted Artist Open Studios offering a wide range of mediums including glass, mosaic, painting, pottery and photography. The number of artists and visitors to the region has grown over the years ensuring Whanganui’s standing as the premier arts destination of New Zealand.

During the two weekends local cafes, tourist attractions, restaurants and accommodation providers will be keen to ensure visitors have a relaxed and enjoyable time.

A 2014 Arts Trail Guide is available on the Artists Open Studios web site www.openstudios.co.nz.

An exhibition not to miss!
Entries into the Chair project exhibition and competition are coming in fast. We now have:
Plimmerton artist Rachel Wybourne-Curtin


Rachel’s piece called "”Complex Linkage” took her over 80 hours to make and is created from the chair and a mannequin with over 130 metres of 1970s plastic coated cane. The wearable hat is woven over a block shape, a retro designed banana/gondola basket, the dress knitted on modified large dowel needles and laced together. The chair was wrapped and given a woven covering.
Rachel’s usual art is made from natural fibres, most often cane, rush and sea grass though she has used other materials such as wool, plastics, weed matting.
The finished dimensions of the piece are 1700mm x 700mm x 1200mm.

New Plymouth artist Catherine Dunn


Catherine’s piece called "The Lepidopterist trap" is made from the chair, fiberglass, paper Mache, crocheted jute and wool. Using fiberglass was a first for Catherine whose creations usually include recycled materials, painting and sculpture.

“Once I became more confident with handling fibre glass the piece came together quite fast. It was such a fun project that I couldn’t leave it alone.

“The basic structure was completed over a long weekend, and I have been working on it for about a month in and around the many tasks and responsibilities of being a wife and mother,” says Catherine.

The finished dimensions of the piece are 850mm x700mm x 1200mm.

Auckland artist Julliette Laird


Julliette’s piece called "Unknown Crustacean Discovered in Hobbyist’s Basement" is made from the chair, paper (books, card, magazines), glue, masking tape, irrigation pipe, sink strainers, wire and paint.

“I set out to create a paper mache shell of the chair from two outdated DIY books. Very quickly a creature began to take shape, and it was quite different from the woodwork and sewing projects described in the old books,” says Julliette.

“I enjoy the playfulness of paper mache, and the interest added by the segments of the written word that catch the eye. By letting the subconscious work on the very mundane materials, the process gave the old chair new life,” added Julliette.

When she was invited to participate her first idea was to make a paper mache replica of the chair. She had done this with a wooden desk in 2011 and discovered the playfulness of paper mache.

“I like paper mache because it is both fragile and surprisingly strong – and interestingly the Victorians made furniture from paper mache.”

The finished dimensions of the piece are 800 x 800 x 1250 mm.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Shipped On A Bottle: Young Change-Makers Take To The Sea On Plastic Bottle Kayaks

With the aim of harnessing innovative design to construct kayaks solely from recycled materials, the “waste positive” project Plastic Bottle Kayak brings adventure into Kiwi classrooms. The call is out now for classrooms to send in messages and artwork to be inserted into the bottles. More>>

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news