Supporting our birds through art....
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It's been a busy month after I switched attention from my own exhibition to a couple of big Zealandia volunteer projects: the 2020 fundraising calendar and the Sanctuary Storyteller's photo-essay exhibition that will run Oct-Nov. They are both shaping up beautifully and I'll be able to tell you more about them soon. I love these big group projects that allow me to work with so many talented, interesting people.

Also on the horizon is "Bringing Back the Birds" - a group exhibition at the Bowen Parliamentary Exhibition Space that Hannah Shand and I are organizing. It's running 26 Sep - 31 Oct and is sponsored by the lovely Eugenie Sage. The theme is all about celebrating community efforts to bring back our birds. Other contributing artists are some names likely to be familiar to many of you: Rachel Walker, Karen Rankin Neal, Melissa Boardman, Niels Meyer-Westfeld, Chris Helliwell, and Carol Theologo. If you love bird art, it's not-to-be-missed!

As part of our exhibition planning, Hannah, Melissa and I went on the official art tour of parliament. It is well worth it (and the Bowen exhibition space is part of the tour). You get to go to a number of places that are not normally part of the parliamentary tours and there is some amazing NZ art on display. Your tax dollars at work - so if you're in Wellington, do take advantage of it. (More about parliament tours...)

Nightlife - photoart featuring Wellington City harbour view at night and native wildlife
My latest piece is "Nightlife", created for the Bringing Back the Birds exhibition. How many native critters can you spot? This piece celebrates our success so far and speculates what the nightlife in Wellington might end up looking like if the Predator Free effort is fully successful. And 10% of my proceeds will be donated to the Predator Free Trust. Prints are not on my website yet, but as a newsletter subscriber you get an early peek and first dibs - if you're interested in a limited-edition print, email me for details).
Visions of Zealandia 2: the big idea has two more weeks to run in the Zealandia gallery. A number of the framed pieces have sold (happy dance!) but there are still plenty of prints and framed TinyArt pieces in the shop. If the framed piece you are considering has already gone, no problem, just let me know and I can arrange another. None of the limited-editions prints have run out but they might not all be in stock at Zealandia. Some are getting close to the end, so if you've been contemplating something in particular, I can let you know what your options areAnd do sing out if you would like to meet up for a special viewing. It's been fun meeting up with some of you and getting to know you in real life!
Visions of Zealandia 2 exhibition banner
What's happening...
  • 1 July - 31 August 2019 Visions of Zealandia 2: the big idea
    Solo exhibition at Zealandia EcoSanctuary, Visitors Centre, End of Waiapu Rd, Karori, Wellington. Open every day from 9 to 5 - free entry.
  • 25 Sept - 31 Oct 2019 "Bringing back the birds". A group exhibition at the NZ Parliamentary Gallery in Bowen House. Open to the public on Weds and Thurs 10am-3pm on the days that parliament is sitting. Details to come...
  • Oct - Nov 2019 "Sanctuary Stories: the art of wildlife advocacy". A group exhibition at the Zealandia gallery by the Sanctuary Storyteller team and guests on using your photos for wildlife advocacy.
  • 16 - 18 Oct 2019 "OPp ARt: from chaos to form". Somerville Church, Auckland. (more details below).
Screenshot of excio blog
I recently joined the NZ Photographer/Excio community and was delighted to be asked for an interview for their blog. If you're interested in some of my motivations and approaches, do check it out.

As well as their cool magazine, they also have a mobile phone app which changes your background wallpaper with gorgeous photos and art, depending on the interests you select. What I like about it is that there is no overt advertising - if you like a picture and want to find out more all you need do is tap and you get information about the photographer or artist and the chance to go to their website or social media. It's all very subtle and elegant - a rare thing with so many apps.
Examples of framed artworks
Are you contemplating doing your own exhibition? Or are you an art buyer that's interested in the behind-the-scenes decisions artists make about presenting their works? I've written up some thoughts, about framing decisions for exhibitions and galleries. It's a big investment but there are ways to ensure you're well set up to take full advantage of that investment. 
Art of Birding weekly banner
It's a skills week this week in the Art of Birding Photo Challenge and we're creating starbursts - it's never too late to jump on in and join us as we explore different ways of using our photos for wildlife advocacy.

And check out this month's Artists Down Under magazine for some fabulous photos from the June challenges and some wonderful photo-art too.
Tūī photoart ("At what cost forever") featuring a tūī on a rātā vine
I've changed out my prints available at the Forest & Bird online store, with 4 different medium-sized tūī artworks. If you purchase prints through the site, you get to support the birds twice as not only do Forest & Bird receive a commission that goes towards their conservation efforts but I also donate 10% of my proceeds to Zealandia.
TinyArt featuring the kākā kura in a still-life setting
My TinyArt project is showing in "OPp ARt: from chaos to form - an exhibition promoting the concept of upcycling in form or function" (16-18 Oct) as part of Auckland's Artweek festivities. Two of my TinyArt still life images will be projected onto the Somerville church spire along with artworks from other artists also creating works of art by upcycling.

One thing I love about these artworks is how their creation moves in and out of real and virtual worlds. They all start with a photo. The photo-art is then created by layering more photos, scanned ephemera and painted strokes and splatters (some digital, some real). The artwork is then printed to be realized in the physical world and a TinyArt piece created by framing, sometimes with embellishment. The piece is then photographed in a still-life setting, again with photo-artistic composition techniques to add the birds and other aspects. This digital image then becomes it's own work of art, which could then be printed... and so the cycle continues.
TinyArt featuring a tūī in a still-life setting
With TinyArt, I upcycle printing and framing offcuts to make tiny works of art, all with the same quality as larger pieces. They make ideal gifts and they take a significant chunk of waste out of the waste stream of my printing and framer Chris Helliwell from Edges Art+Framing. I love each delivery I get from Chris because each time its like Christmas - I never know what I'm getting - sometimes its dark and gothic frames perfect for tūī, sometimes its shabby chic, and sometimes its ornate gold curlicues worthy of a palace (or your home). TinyArt pieces are available direct from me and also can be found at Artel, Kotare Art, Zealandia, NZAFA, and Edges (see stockists details below).
Juvenile seagull investigating a plastic bag
Juvenile black-backed gull investigating a plastic bag as potential food on Waiheke Island. Fortunately her mum taught her right and she decided not to eat it.
Plastic-free July has ended, but the problem remains and it seems insurmountable. I try my very best to use recycled, recyclable and compostable packaging (while ensuring anything touching the art is of archival quality so as to not damage the print), and will happily take back any packaging from your deliveries once your piece is safely framed. But every morning lately, I'm dismayed when I get up and start making breakfast. Invariably - even before that first cup of tea - I've already thrown away a piece of unnecessary plastic. Not the way I want to start my day!

We may all be small cogs in a big system, but collectively we can all make a difference - I'd like to challenge you to look at the last piece of plastic you threw away and take 5 minutes to write to the manufacturer. Let them know how concerned you are and ask them what they're doing to reduce their plastic waste so we don't have to pay to throw it away. Perhaps post about it on social media and challenge your friends to do the same? Enough's enough eh!

Stockists in New Zealand:

Artel Gallery + Store - Kapiti Coast (note new premsies in Ōtaki!)
Kotare Art Studio - Greytown, Wairarapa
The Mandarin Tree - Gordonton, Hamilton
Edges Art + Framing - Havelock North, Hawke's Bay
Make - the NZ Academy of Fine Arts Store - Wellington
Zealandia EcoSanctuary - Wellington
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