Saturday, April 9, 2022

Two Sales in One Day

Today turned out to be a great day, I sold two mosaic pictures. My ‘Poppy’ mosaic that was part of the ANZAC display in the Whangamata Information Centre and ‘Aroha Nui’ (with after glow) from the Whangamata Club. I'm feeling elated 😊


Aroha Nui

Monday, March 21, 2022

Orb Sculptures - slideshow

I put together this slideshow of orb sculptures created over the last ten years

Sunday, February 6, 2022

2022 Big Arts Day Out/Harcourts Challenge - photos

Really pleased with how this weekend turned out. Here are some photos.

My stand in the Big Arts Day Out hall

My two entries for the Harcourts Challenge - this years theme: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Friday, February 4, 2022

Whangamata News 04.02.2022

 After waiting nervously over the last few weeks, so pleased this event is still going ahead. Can't wait!

Monday, January 24, 2022

A-Z & more - name claimed 24.01.2022

Having just found out that a big arts event over the Easter weekend has been cancelled due to Covid (Omicron) restrictions, I am thinking more and more about selling online. As an addition to my mosaics, which I still feel need to be seen in the flesh to appreciate, I have been thinking about making decorative letters, words and signs. I was going to try these out under the name WhangaCraft, at the local Sunday market in Whangamata (this small outdoor market is still likely to go ahead, as there would be less than 100 people there at any one time). 

However, for selling online, WhangaCraft does not convey what the product is, which is why I am now thinking of using the name 'A-Z & more'. The '& more' gives me the option to include anything else I fancy making along with the main idea of letters, words and signs.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Arts Collective Easter Open Studio Trail - CANCELLED

Today we received the news that New Zealand will go to 'Red' under the traffic light system for controlling Covid, as there are Omicron cases in the community. Consequently, the Whangamata Arts Collective announced that the Open Studio Trail over the Easter weekend will not go ahead. Now I am waiting nervously, hoping that the Harcourts Challenge/Big Arts Day Out event (4-6 February 2022) can still happen.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Big Arts Day Out and Harcourts Challenge - Waitangi Weekend 2022

This should be a great event over the Waitangi Weekend. I have two entries submitted for the Harcourts Challenge, this years theme is 'Looking Back, Looking Forward'. I will also have a stand in the other BADO hall, where I will be selling a selection of mosaics and Swirl-StoNZ.  In addition, I will be demonstrating how I make the Swirl-StoNZ, and selling $1 raffle tickets to win the picture below. The winning ticket will be drawn at 3.30pm, half an hour before the event closes, on Sunday 6 February 2022.


Friday, January 14, 2022

WhangaCraft - name claimed 14.01.2022

I have searched on Google and cannot find any trace of 'WhangaCraft' being used as a trade name. I am posting this to mark my claim, as I may use this name for selling my creations, especially at the local markets. It seems appropiate, as my work will be   

  1. hand crafted, and 
  2. designed and made by myself in Whangamata

[I had to find an alternative to the CFdesignz that I had planned on using, as I have discovered that this is already taken]

Friday, December 31, 2021

Review of 2021

I usually do a review of the year that has been on New Years Eve, however, there is not much to review this year.

Apart from the the major milestone at the end of June, of leaving my paid employment to follow my dream of being a full time artist, Covid has has put a stop to nearly everything else.

I decided early in November to focus on mosaic art and design, so I know where my plans lie for 2022, I just need to ensure that my opportunities to sell are not thwarted by any Covid restrictions that may be imposed.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Photo in the Hauraki Coromandel Post 16.12.2021

I got quite shock this morning, when I was looking through the local paper, to suddenly see myself staring back.