On the 29th 30th of April and 1st of May 2013 Southern Institute of Technology hosted a group of High school students over the course of three days with four intense art workshops. Each workshop was run by Pacific practicing artists who tutored their art form to the students.
Each artist tutor was:
Chris Charteris: Kiribati/Fijian Sculptor Jewellery body adornment
‘The students felt safe, comfortable and were able to work hard during the workshops.’ They were able to learn how large scale equipment can be used to produce highly intricate body adornment pieces. Students were shown from Chris how natural materials sourced locally can be made into beautiful art pieces.
Lizzy Leckie: Pakeha/Weaving/binding
With funding from Murihiku Maori and Pacific cultural trust Lizzy (partner to Chris Charteris) was able to be an artist tutor. She brought a wealth of knowledge in binding and weaving which can be used for body adornment pieces and as standalone weaving art forms. It was lovely to see completed woven art pieces in the first day and then see the students’ abilities progress from day one to three was wonderful to see.
Lindah LePou: Samoa/ Fashion Designer
Lindah is a highly successful fashion designer and has won numerous awards in her fashion career. With her quality teaching style and knowledge in fashion, the students learnt new sewing and fashion techniques. Using black rubbish bags and brown paper as the main materials, the students learnt how to manipulate and shape these materials to create beautiful high end ‘Pacific Couture’ gowns.
Siliga Setoga: (Samoan) Screen printer ‘Popo hardwear’
Siligas highly sought after fashion screenprinted t shirts (popohardwear) shows students that art can be successful. The students got to see the process of how to make a screenprinted t shirt. Each student came out of the workshop with a piece of their art either on a t shirt or fabric. With the word Taonga as a starting point, the students got to dig deep into what taonga means to them. Be that family, possessions or their culture.
Special thanks to Pauline Smith and Lisa Tou our coordinators from Murihiku Maori and Pacific cultural Trust for the amazing hard work they both did during the workshops. Special mention to Johnny Penisula for his knowledge and warm wairua he bought to the students. The Fresh Horizons was a great success with wonderful feedback. We hope to return to Invercargill in the not too distant future.