Valerie Cuthbert - Painter/Printmaker
I am located in Stanmore Bay on the beautiful Whangaparaoa Peninsula
For most of the 20 years plus I've been painting and making prints I've been inspired and influenced by what I see around me in New Zealand, the landscape, birds and plants. I love to teach printmaking and am tutor in print at Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa. For the last 5 years I have curated a major exhibition: for 2022 it is Predator Free NZ 2050 at EAC in September then the Botanic Gardens in October.
Alexandra Jamieson - Ceramics
There is not a time in my life when I haven’t been creative, drawn to the beauty of art as a child, mosaic work, painting and for the last six years, ceramics. Working with clay is an enormously satisfying creative practice, changing clay from the earth into an art form is a joy. My subject matter is driven by my love of nature and from suggestions made by others. These bring new ideas, and ways of creating to my work. I love bringing the different clays, glazes, technical and sometimes engineering components of the craft together. Results are often unexpected as I like to experiment; a kiln opening is both an exciting time and an “oh no” moment.
Robyn Kunin - Ceramics
For the last 35 years Robyn's home has been in the Waitakeres, West Auckland, Aotearoa. Full of colour, texture and birdsong, this environment creates constant inspiration and motivation for her compositions. A purpose built studio nestled alongside her home and garden has enabled her to develop her knowledge and skills with her chosen media.
She creates wall art, birds, vessels, fish and jewellery. Each piece is handmade, and many feature impressions of textured surfaces including plants, lace, embroidery and doilies. Women's work from the past takes on new lives in her retro informed pieces. Colour plays a large role in defining her work, from the brightly hued to the mute toned. Each glaze - like each piece - is unique and a humble tribute to the natural landscape which surrounds her.
Alexandria Mahoney - Textiles and Watercolour Prints
Creating my own patterns and designs have, over the years, kept my textile
creations original and distinctive - I have a commitment to always making
by hand - upcycling vintage NZ wool and natural fibre fabrics. I have always
knitted, embroidered, and sewed, and after many years as an advertising
copywriter. I moved to a career in textiles working as Creative Director.
I have lived near the West Coast beaches all my life (currently near Muriwai) so
being part of Kumeu Arts feels like community. Its where I started classes for
watercolour painting which is a new love! I now sell a few prints and cards
alongside my textiles.
Rachel Mooney - Fine Art Photographer
I'm Rachel Mooney, and I am passionate about sharing my interpretation of the universe's beauty. My series of fine art photography includes New Zealand native trees, floral, abstract, female nude, and night photography.
My work has been described as "mysterious, rich, and engaging", and is exhibited in galleries locally, and are in private collections internationally, including, London, New York, Tokyo, and Helsinki.
I have also contributed images for award winning publications, and was featured in former Mayor, and award winning author, Sir Bob Harvey's iconic "Westies" book, which profiled West Auckland artists and creatives.
"Rachel Mooney is well known for her seductively rich landscape photographs, which explore the use of time-lapse exposure to create images that test the limits of image making through this medium. In this exhibition she presents a series of time lapse images, along with a series of detailed flower studies that invite us to examine the beauty and wonder of nature."
O Te Motu Creations - Jewelry
OUR STORY - We looked to the PAST of our tupuna and their resourcefulness. Next we looked at the PRESENT day destruction and devastation we are causing Papatūānuku through our consumerist behaviours. Becoming consciously aware we can create a more sustainable FUTURE.
This kaupapa evolved from a homeschooling project with our daughter Mereana Wairua(8) aka ‘BOSS KŌTIRO’. From this project we developed O TE MOTU CREATIONS LTD. Through our business our daughter authentically learns her numeracy, literacy, creativity, social skills and most importantly - who she is and how she contributes to society.
Each pair of original Raukura Earrings is created with the conscious intention of aroha and blessings for the wearer and made beside the beautiful Pukekiwiriki Pa, overlooking the moana of Manukau.
Bike inner tubing destined for landfill is sourced and given new life as raukura.
Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua
Alan Rubin - Ceramics
I am Alan Rubin, I spent the last 10 years studying ceramics at various studios in Auckland, concentrating on wheel work. My ceramics are available online and at my home studio in Takapuna, Auckland by appointment.
I focus on form, texture and colour and my work has also referenced my South African heritage and the colours of the sea and landscapes of New Zealand.
All my collection is hand made, interesting contemporary tableware with exciting finishes. These ceramics are as much works of art as practical items.
I have been included in various group exhibitions including the 'Fire and Clay' at Pah Homestead, Nourish at Allpress Gallery, Lake House Arts and Kumeu Arts.
website alanrubinceramics.co.nz .
Instagram: alanrubinceramics .
Jed Seward - Grub controller
"General consensus on the origin of this species is they arrived on Earth via a hot-wired Voyager probe from the 1970’s that crash landed in an undisclosed forested area in Auckland circa 2016. They are believed to be a sort of miniature alien deer and naturally occurring criminal but redeem themselves through their nocturnal chittering and handsome appearance. Data is scant as to the general nature of their activities, and the extent they can be prosecuted under the New Zealand criminal justice system. They have been observed enjoying and cultivating Woowoo berries, a possible narcotic with an acrid taste of bitter apples and seagull feather tea. Grubbs are s̶h̶a̶n̶g̶h̶a̶i̶e̶d̶ acquired by Jed Seward, who captures them with either clever contractual fine print or his trusty butterfly net. Sparce data exists on Jed himself with rumours circulating that he is just several Grubbs standing on each others shoulders in a trench coat with a hat and dark glasses, that he is a rouge rocket scientist on the run from the notoriously secret yet ruthless New Zealand space agency, or that he was possibly just raised by wolves"
Judy Stokes - Photographer
Judy an artistic photographer, is inspired by nature and the ocean and loves to spend many hours capturing it with her camera. She also enjoys the follow up of post processing her work in Photoshop and finds it a self-reflective and creative time. Judy often, but not always, uses ICM (Intentional camera Movement) to create her images and loves the way this free style of photography simplifies scenes and seems to capture the essence of a time and place. Judy enjoys the sense of connection to others through sharing not only her images at exhibitions, but also her techniques through the workshops she gives.
For more of Judy’s work go to her website judystokesphotography.com
Magdalena Urbankova - Homeware/Painting/Ceramics
My medium of choice is oil painting, ceramics and drawing. In my art process I am fascinated by the spaces people create as they interact with one another. I enjoy exploring these on the canvas. I also enjoy portraying the beauty of nature.
When I am not behind an easel, I explore the fabric materials and hand-building with clay.
I was born in Czech Republic; my life’s journey took me to New Zealand after living twenty some years in the metropolitan NYC area.
Louise Wild - Ceramics
I’ve always loved to make things, for as long as I can remember and when I stumbled across pottery as a new stay at home Mum, I found my truly happy place!
For the last 28 years I have been playing with clay on and off, but now find more time to experiment and try new techniques, as well as sharing my passion with others by teaching it.
I enjoy using natural inspiration from plants and trees in the things I create, and I just love to open the kiln and finally see the finished works that have often taken many hours, days or weeks to complete!