Nelson Leader : August 22nd 2013
25 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 22, 2013 FEATURE MAXIMIZE YOUR PROFIT "Property required, many buyers waiting" Simon Collins 05 545 9182 email@example.com Places are also available for Year 8, 2014 Tel: 5483099 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nelsoncollege.school.nz NELSON COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL INFORMATION EVENING Entry for Year 7, 2015 Monday 2nd September 2013 Nelson College Hall at 7:00pm We invite current Year 5 boys and their families to our Information Evening All enquiries welcomed 5457643AA RIDING FOR THE DISABLED Find out the latest news and how you can help Nelson www.rda.org.nz/RDAgroups/Whakatu.htm Kokako revival inspirational for fabric artist Two minutes w ith... Hidden treasure: Moana Lee has created a ''peep-hole'' installation about the kokako for the Doors Unhinged exhibition at the Refinery Artspace in Nelson. Photo: CHARLOTTE SQUIRE Golden Bay artist Moana Lee is celebrating the change in status of the South Island kokako in her installation (Make a little) bird house in your soul at Doors Unhinged in Nelson. A cloth- ing designer and sculptor, her gar- ments feature hand sewn native New Zealand birds and use recycled materials. The South Island kokako has just been removed from the extinct list. Moana took a break from her many creative endeavours to talk to The Leader. What's inspired your love of birds? Firstly it was as a youngster going camping around the Coromandel and Lake Waikaremoana. It was a par- ticular road trip around with Dad and my brother. I saw lots of birds there and just loved it. Secondly it was appreciating the art work of Don Binney -- who I got to meet briefly at art school. He died the morning of the opening Romance of the Birds (Moana's textile installa- tion featuring all New Zealand native birds hung at libraries in the top of the South Island). For those of us who don't move in the art world, who was Don Binney? In the 60s he went through art school and painted birds in an almost pop bird style. I was inspired by him among many other New Zea- land artists. When did you first start mak- ing art? I've always loved drawing and sewing as a child. My art teacher at school was John Lyall -- he's cur- rently doing an exhibition called Moa Moa Moa. At high school I was lucky to meet Fiona Partington because my photography teacher Clive Stone organised her to come into our high- school to teach us how to tone black and white prints. What did you want to be when you where a little girl? Either looking after animals, being a vet, or being an artist. When I thought of it, I really liked to draw pictures. It seemed like a dream. How has that dream gone for you? I'm quite pleased with the journey. I studied art in the 90s and then did a lot of sewing of garments and sculpting. This is the first time I've made things and put them into gal- leries. My mum taught me to sew when I was 4. After a while I discovered I could make collages and sew them onto fabric, which in other words is applique. And it was really quite exciting to be doing that with cloth- ing, making wearable art, then mov- ing into making cushions and blan- kets and then moving into making fine arts. I like working with recycled material and I like to recycle other things too like lyrics and song titles and more recently found objects. It's about pulling all these things together to try and tell a story. I enjoy seeing the synchronicity of events. When you delve into things you're interested in there will be bits in there that are just screaming out to be expressed. What's the last awesome book you read? The last really great book I read was Still life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. What album would you have if you couldn't have any other? Surfer Rosa by the Pixies. Who inspires you right now? At the risk of sounding cliched, Frida Kahlo. What did you have for break- fast this morning? Apricot and almond organic muesli with raw milk and a cup of chai. What do you feel challenged by in life and how do you deal with it?Time management. I deal with it with a sense of humour. I laugh at myself a lot. What advice do you have for artists 20 years younger than you who aspire to become estab- lished in their fields? Be yourself. Don't be anything other than yourself. I used to get heckled at school for the way I dres- sed. I laugh about it now because people are buying those skirts now. Don't be afraid to have faith in your- self, if you want to do it, just do it. What makes you feel feisty because it's just plain wrong? Basically any form of violence towards people, animals or the pla- net . . . even violent architecture (violent architecture is really hor- rible highways and buildings that just aren't nice). If everyone and everything in the world experienced true love, well hell, it would be pretty awesome. What are three things on your bucket list? The first thing is to swim with the humpback whales in Tonga with my son. We hope they'll still be there when we get there. We have the tic- kets all booked and everything. If they aren't there, there are the huge manta rays. The next thing would be to go to Mexico. I'd definitely go see Frida Kahlo's old house where she was born. I'd see Diego Rivera's col- lection of pre-Columbian sculpture. He had a huge museum built to house them. And thirdly, I'd go to Africa. It's a big continent, I haven't narrowed it down to which part yet. Doors Unhinged runs until September 6 at the Refinery Artspace.
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