TOOLS OF THE TRADE is a collaborative project were participating creative’s have been invited to present their tools in a physical and or digital form to allow each of us the chance to engage in the process of forming a new network of understandings and relationships about the artists working process.
Friday, 7th of March, 6:00PM 7-29 March 2014
PAULNACHE, Upstairs 89 Grey Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
A workshop for up to 25 people to consider ways of art making that are characteristic of the South. The subject of this ‘south way’ is to consider the relation between Maori and Western frameworks for art making as a form of gift-giving. While Western art largely circulates through the market, much creative activity in the South occurs in ritual contexts, such as ceremonies of hospitality. How to create art as a gift that sustains practice?
THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 9 - 12PM
chapter 4 dipped in beeswax
This chapter reveals the process of the bells. The addition of the beeswax onto the bell loops for the tree installation. Providing a direct link to the earth. This beeswax and earth also provides a delicious aroma attracting the bees and in doing aiding pollination for the Montalvo gardens.
Singh uses a variety of natural materials in her artworks including beeswax, spices, rice and flower petals. These objects relate to her interest in colour and to wider environmental concerns. By using beeswax, Singh makes connections between the artwork and the environment the wax comes from. She also draws attention to the life of bees – the way they gather nectar, distribute pollen and make wax and honey. Singh comments, ‘Bees are such an intrinsic part of the work – they are key collaborators with me.’
Poster design for Living Wage. The pigments are the ones I use to cast with, but they were used in their raw form for this design. As the gap between the rich and the poor grows in New Zealand and poverty increases, more and more New Zealanders don’t get paid enough to meet their needs, enjoy their lives and participate in society.
The Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand campaign brings together community and faith-based organisations and unions around a common goal of achieving a living wage as a necessary step in reducing inequality and poverty in our society.