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Digital Design Students Cross Boundaries

Digital Design Students Cross Boundaries

An exhibition called Text and Image with Soul opens 25 June at Whitireia. It is a project which explores the digital design elements in contemporary art by pushing design students out of their comfort zone.

It’s the first time these digital design students have used tools traditionally reserved for jewellers, print makers and other artists to create artworks for exhibition.

Alan Tawhi-Amopiu has been studying bone carving under tutor Owen Mapp and will be presenting his work for selection into the show. Tawhi-Amopiu from Porirua runs his own design company and is studying in his second year of a combined digital design and applied arts degree. Carving bone into art is a new skill for him and he admits feeling uncertain about taking on the challenge but it is now his favourite subject.

“I was a bit apprehensive about handling this medium but it’s been a great opportunity to get away from being stuck in front of the computer for hours.”

Printmaking, painting and sculpture will also be included in the show with some work exploring the concepts of text with image, and others tackling the question “Where is My Soul?” Tutor Chris White says he is impressed by the fresh interpretations in the work he has seen from students. “We have a keen group of people studying this year, from a diverse range of ages and cultural backgrounds, and this is really being reflected.”

The exhibition opens at 5pm on Wednesday June 25th, running daily in the Arts Centre building on the Porirua campus on the corner of Wineera Drive and Tutu Place (opposite the Warehouse) till 3 July.


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