Echo has been involved in the creative sector in New Zealand for the last 14 years. She joins Studio One Toi Tū after working at a number of tertiary fine arts institutes in Auckland in administrative and public programming roles, most recently at Elam School of Fine Arts. Echo is also a producer for Public Films, having produced their most recent independent feature documentary film Tongan Ark.
Georgina is a recent MFA graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts. In 2015 she was the Artist in Residence and Assistant Programme Intern with the Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Centre in Pittsburgh, America. Prior to joining Studio One Toi Tu in 2016 Georgina has worked within a range of creative industries based in both New Zealand and Australia.
Kara has a PGDip & BVA from AUT. She comes with the experience of running her own gallery and artist run space. She has worked in the creative industry for over ten years and has spent the last five years curating. Having previously worked in publishing at Penguin Books in London for two years, Kara has been the Arts & Culture Programmer here since 2015. Kara will be joining us again in late 2017.
Lucie Blazevska is a graphic designer originally from Czech Republic. She studied visual communication in Paris and History of Art in Czech. She came to NZ in 2014 and a year later she started her skating project Lucie Blaze which is encouraging females and engaging youth through creative workshops. Her designs celebrate the skateboard as a sporting tool and a canvas for her limited edition designs. She collaborates with Connect the Dots Charitable Trust as a mentor for their project Girls to the Front and she is a creative mentor for Nga Rangatahi Toa’s Manawa Ora.
Will Saunders had his first cartoon published at age 6, going on to have a weekly strip in the Whanganui local paper at age 10. Upon leaving school he began working at Tearaway magazine full-time, drawing and designing for the magazine for three years before moving to Auckland. While living in Auckland he has produced two 24 page issues of his cult classic 'Shlipp Commix', is drawing regular cartoons and covers for The Fix, The Fold, The Cafe Reader magazine, and many more posters, album covers and paintings
Sophie is an Auckland based illustrator and art tutor. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008 she opened The High Seas, a shop and gallery which provided a place for local and international art, music, books and zines with a focus on comic and illustration art. Her zines have won ‘Best of the Fest’ awards at the Auckland Zinefest and her comics were featured in Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women’s Comics. Sophie has developed a broad range of art-making skills, covering drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and 3-D works. She works as an arts and crafts tutor at the Mt Albert Community Club with adults who are experiencing or recovering from mental health issues and also teaches children at the Mairangi Arts Centre and at Kings School.
Antoinette completed her Master of Arts in 2011 where she majored in sculpture and installation. She has exhibited in galleries all over New Zealand including The Pah Homestead and Studio One, and has also given talks about her practice at the Auckland Art Gallery and Pecha Kucha. Over the past few years, Antoinette’s practice has grown to include taxidermy and butterfly setting. All of her taxidermy specimens are ethically sourced, and usually come with a story as to how they were found.
Ian Powell co-founded the independent film making collective, Hairless Films in 1993 in Kyoto, Japan. The group have produced several award short films and have shown at several international festivals. Recent films in the role of cinematographer include: Gavin Hipkins, The Master (2010) and This Fine Island (2012) both films screened at the NZIFF 2011 and 2012 respectively. Ian has also worked on several artist films as DoP including internationally acclaimed Spanish artist, Santiago Sierra's Destroyed Word (2012) William Pope L's The Long White Cloud (2013) Sam Hamilton's Apple Pie (2014). Ian has recently set up Reversal. New Zealand's only Motion Picture Film Lab processing 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and Super 16 colour and black and white reversal film.
Auckland-based multi media artist Jarad Bryant graduated with a printmaking BFA in 1992 and has exhibited widely, been a finalist in numerous art competitions and is represented in several New Zealand art collections. Jarad has been part of the Studio One community for nearly two decades, sharing his wide-ranging knowledge about art theory, practices and technique. He enjoys making learning accessible and helping people to recognise and utilise their creative and expressive potential.
Kairava Gullatz studied ceramic design in Germany, from where she emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. Kairava has worked as a studio potter since and for the past 12 years has been tutoring adults and children in ceramic arts at facilities across Auckland. Her ever popular ceramics courses for children are a central part of the youth programme and typically book early, parents are advised to contacts us when our new What's On term programmes are released.
Mandy Flood has 12 years experience as a design and technology teacher in England and New Zealand. Since completing her Design and Visual Arts degree in contemporary craft jewellery at Unitec in 2012, Mandy has gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally. Mandy is a co-founder and permanent resident jeweller of Whau Studios: Contemporary Jewellery Collective.
Despite an early and lasting fascination with scent, Vanessa York spent quite a few years as a children’s book editor in the education publishing industry before realizing that her true path was a very different one. Accordingly, she became a student of natural perfumery, working with some excellent teachers before setting out to follow her own nose. “Working with the essences is very uplifting, and addictive,” she says. “For me, natural perfumery epitomises Keats’ lovely, much-debated line that ‘beauty is truth, and truth, beauty’. It sounds so simple. But it isn’t really, and therein lies endless fascination.” Vanessa now runs her own boutique botanical perfumery. She enjoys sharing her passion for her art with others.
Beth Serjeant’s early experience in graphic design led her to examine the interaction and integration of text and imagery through print and letterpress in her art practice. Beth has worked with established New Zealand writers producing images in response to their poetry and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Beth has taught extensively and her popular courses on bookbinding and printing have been a part of the creative community at 1 Ponsonby Road for many years.
Claudia is a watercolour artist seeking to bring a distinctive and contemporary feel to a beautiful and traditional medium. 'The stunning effects produced by the interactions of the different pigments with water, paper and each other are impossible to resist, so that of all the mediums it is always watercolour I return to'. Since returning from Europe her focus is on New Zealand towns and landscapes and the abstract images that emerge from these local scenes. While living in London she attended various drawing and painting classes at Candid Arts Trust; Royal Academy through NEAC; as well as Sir John Soanes Museum. In 2015 she was invited to participate in the 27th year of the 'Artists in Eden' event along with some of Aucklands best known artists. She is a working and associate member of several New Zealand Art Societies and leads classes and workshops throughout Auckland. She has a strong interest and knowledge of materials, and her passion for works on paper is evident in both her results and classes.
Gabi Lardies is an artist and freelance graphic designer. She graduated from graphic design in 2012 at AUT, where she spent considerable time in the book bindery and print room. She continues to make books as part of her own creative practice and sees self-publishing as an important tool for creative people. Her graphic design work spans both print and web but is largely computer-based so she relishes chances to make with her hands. In her creative work she enjoys exploring print production and writing.
Tanja Nola graduated with a BFA from London’s Central School of Art and Design in 1987 and an MFA from Elam in 2003. Tanja’s teaching, which started in 1990, has spanned community groups and several tertiary institutions. “It is a privilege to teach and work with people and in particular young art makers. Over the years I have enjoyed finding new ways to help students to tap into their innate knowledge and to become confident in who they are and what they can do.”
Charlotte is currently painting her way though her Masters at The Elam School of Fine Art. She gained her initial teaching experience at the Auckland Art Gallery as an educator working with students of all ages and developing ways for them reach their creative potential by making and thinking though art. She has since taught in a variety of community settings including headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2017.
Han Nae Kim
Han Nae is a Korean-born visual artist who has been exhibiting in NZ and Australia since 2002. Han completed a Master of Fine Arts with First Class Honours at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne in 2012. During her VCA years Han Nae was awarded prestigious accolades and was invited to deliver a drawing workshop for students across multiple visual art disciplines in the school. She has conducted classes and workshops as a visiting artist at Guangxi Art College, China. Han’s works have been purchased into a number of fine collections including the Wallace Arts Trust, Saachi & Saachi, VCA and the Athenaeum Club.