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Staff

Echo Janman

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.

Nina Darrah

Nina has a Bachelor of Arts and PGDIP majoring in Art History and History from the University of Canterbury. After working and traveling overseas for numerous years Nina has recently returned to Tāmaki Makaurau to contribute to community engagement with the arts. Nina Joins the Studio One Toi Tū Team as Facility Administrator.

Siobhan Connelly

Siobhan has worked for a range of creative institutions in the UK, with a career focused on events management within education. She graduated in 2010 with Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Photography from The Univeristy of Plymouth. Before moving to Auckland Siobhan was working in London for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She joined Studio One Toi Tū in 2017 as the Facility Coordinator.

Kara Wallace

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.

Sarah Dawe

Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) majoring in Art History and Film, Television and Media Studies. Prior to joining Studio One Toi Tū in 2018, Sarah worked in various creative and cultural institutions in Aotearoa, including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Puke Ariki Museum New Plymouth. Sarah joins the Studio One Toi Tū team as the Programme and Outreach Coordinator.

Pareen Diaz

Pareen has a wealth of customer service experience from her previous roles hosting at a cooking school and working on board international cruise ships. She has a background in creative practice as a singer, musician and painter. Pareen joined Studio One Toi Tū in 2017 as the Part-Time Facility Administrator whilst also working towards her degree at the University of Auckland.

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Lucie Blazevska

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

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 Watson

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 Ratcliffe

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.

Siobhan Ridgley

Siobhan Ridgley is an embroidery and textile artist. Lunatype, the embroidery project of Ridgley has popped up over Auckland in the form of exhibitions, curatorship and workshops within Monster Valley Gallery via “Broidery Bitches”, public workshops in Final_final and Studio One Toi Tū. The continuous motion of embroidery can help us to slow down in our busy lives while still feeling productive, functioning as both a form of stress relief and creative expression. Ridgely hopes to help people to find hobbies involving embroidery that work as healthy coping mechanisms for mental illness.

Toni Gill

Toni Gill is a fiery Karangahape Road-based, feminist painter, designer and embroidery artist; whose practice depicts strong femme representation through an outsider art inspired perspective. Toni is a resident at Inky Palm’s and the graphic designer for arts & content agency, Monster Valley. The artist has used her recent residency exhibition ‘Kamatayan Gang; Blood, Fire and Rage’ (with Studio One Toi Tū) to delve further into her roots; through research of Filipino martial arts, Animism, Kulam (witchcraft), traditional practices and folklore of the Philippines.

Alvin Xiong

Alvin Xiong is a multi-disciplinary artist specifying in integrating painting techniques into different mediums to achieve a new expression. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in oil painting from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China and he completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Xiong was the finalist in several New Zealand art awards. His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. His book was published in Heidelberg Germany in 2011. As an independent curator, he focuses on curating exhibition between New Zealand and China.

Ekarasa Doblanovic

Ekarasa Doblanovic graduated in 2014 with Master Degree (First Degree Honours) in Visual Arts from AUT Auckland. Her creative practice encompasses painting and installation with collaborative and participatory projects, working across New Zealand and Australia as well as internationally for the past decade. Doblanovic's works embody a strong sense of materiality. She uses pure pigments and fabricates her own colours to activate a consideration of colour in its truest state as the primary voice of her works, above form and composition. Additionally, her work investigates the collaborative and participatory where notions of ecology, impermanence and human interactions are explored with the aim to create an empathetic interaction between people, art and nature.

Ian Powell

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.

Jarad Bryant

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

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

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.

Vanessa York

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

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 Slaney

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

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

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 Maguire

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.