Tiny Owl on the Ramshackle Farm is my most recent children's book. I'm a big fan of this book, it makes me laugh everytime I read it!
Tiny Owl listens to the noises of the farmyard at night and imagines that there is a snaggle toothed monster and hairy chinned guts gobbler lurking in the dark.
Tiny Owl on the Ramshackle Farm explores the theme of overcoming childhood fears of the dark and unfamiliar sound in the night. This humorous tale shows readers that the scary sounds Tiny Owl hears are in fact being made by the farmyard animals as they sleep. At the end of the story Tiny Owl’s parents wake and reassure him that the night is nothing to be feared, instead they show him that it is the perfect time for owls to hunt and play!
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These illustrations for Widdess Clothingwere created for a summer campaign. I love the whimsical quality of these drawings which were inspired by the beautiful fabrics from their collection.
Pure Pie(purepie.com.au) are a Melbourne based business that produce gourmet pies. Pure Pie asked me to sketch them some concept designs when they were first developing their brand identity. I really like the quirky energy of these drawings and think they would look great in colour!
I first learnt how to sculpt in stone while living in Zimbabwe in my early 20s. Since returning to New Zealand I have participated in two Taretanga Sculpture symposiums held in Wellington, New Zealand. This collection of photos are of me sculpting at the symposium and my final pieces. The works start as a three ton blocks of Oamaru sandstone that I sculpt over the course of three weeks. Yes that's me beneath the ear muffs and face mask in the photos!
Black Day,written by David Hill, is part of the Puffin Kiwi Bites Series (penguin.co.nz). This book was a pleasure to illustrate, I particularly enjoyed drawing Auntie Kym's rocket powered seat and the torch/missile launcher!
Pukeko Dancing on the Old Dirt Trackis a wee favourite of mine. I have both written and illustrated this publication and can honestly say it has been a labor of love.
In a nut shell: Christmas is coming and the Sanderson kids are wrapping presents and decorating the tree with angels and shells. Meanwhile, a miracle is unfolding in their backyard. Pukeko Dancing on the Old Dirt Track is a jaunty New Zealand christmas story that celebrates summer and our festive traditions.
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Nice+Clean commissioned me to contribute to both a summer and winter range. Nice+Clean's co-owners, Nina and Claudia, were wonderful to work with - they were both full of great ideas and suggestions which contributed to the success of the final designs.
The Prague Quadrennial is an international exposition of scenography and theatre architecture. Over the course of its nine events (since 1967) the Prague Quadrennial has become a world renowned cultural event creating a meeting ground for discussing and illustrating recent trends in world theatre.
I was part of a team of New Zealand designers, lead by Dr Dorita Hannah (www.doritahannah.com), who were responsible for the design of the central exhibit space at the heart of PQ 2004. The exhibition was held in the Grand Hall of the Industrial palace and looked at the relationship between the senses and the body in performance. As part of the design process we attended a two week workshop in Broellin, Germany working alongside international choreographers, directors and performers, this was an unforgettable experience!
Closer written by Patrick Marber is set in inner city London in the 90's and tells the story of four characters and their intertwining lives. In many ways the play is about the transitory nature of relationships in large cities, exploring ideas of detachment and disconnection, made evident in the play through sexual liaisons and personal encounters that lack real emotional content. Assisting Dr Dorita Hannah (www.doritahannah.com) with the stage design, we created a set that reflected the hard modernist architecture of London in the 90's, drawing inspiration from architects such as Tadao Ando whose modular concrete paneling is synonymous with architecture of that period. The paired back and deliberately depersonalised set perfectly reflected the central themes of the play.
Written into History
Written into History,cover design by Lotte Wotherspoon.
As an art director I have designed and worked on New Zealand music videos and short films that have appeared on Juice TV, C4 Music Channel , Maori Television and The New Zealand Film Festival. The photos on this page include location footage and images from the Decepticonz video 'Stop, Drop and Roll'.
As you will be able to see from these photos they were taken a good few years ago! However I want to share them here because my experience sculpting stone in Zimbabwe was an incredibly formative time in my life which I cherish greatly.
I have over eight years of experience teaching interior design at tertiary institutions in New Zealand - Unitec, Massey University, Victoria University. I have lead and written the core papers for first, second and third year studio courses (as well as teaching a handful of other subjects). I absolutely love teaching interior design. Below are some works by my students. The first four images (by Kylie Willet) are all models which were handmade and photographed in a light lab without any digital enhancement (aside from the photoshopped people to show scale).