Artist Profile: Allyson Hamblett

 Allyson working in the Office

Allyson working in the Office

Allyson has been working at Māpura Studios as Media Assistant since 2008, and has also been a Māpura artist since 2002.

The Media Assistant role involves cataloguing digital copies of the student’s artwork, cataloguing photo’s from the classes and profiling Māpura artists for the website.  “I’m in a unique position at Māpura.  I work in the office on Wednesdays and attend my art class on Thursdays”.  She loves the creative energy at Māpura; that comes from the other students and the tutors.

 Allyson Hamblett, Waimamaku Café, 2018

Allyson Hamblett, Waimamaku Café, 2018

Allyson is currently working on a landscape, “Boatshed Café in Rawene”.  “I had lunch a few times there with my parents a number of years ago, so I wondered whether I could capture the Boatshed Café on canvas.  I think I have”.  The Boatshed Café painting is part of a series of landscapes in Northland, particularly Hokianga where her parents lived for over 20 years.   It’s a special place for her family, but everyone I’ve shown the artwork to has recognised where it is.

Allyson paints with acrylics, and draws her image with charcoal.  She tends to pick difficult scenes that involve perspective because she is fascinated by how a 2 dimensional piece of canvas can be transformed into a 3 dimensional scene.  “I love being able to create an art work that has a sense of depth and perspective”

 Allyson Hamblett,  Mum, 2015

Allyson Hamblett,  Mum, 2015

 Allyson Hamblett, Let's see who's in the Square today, 2017

Allyson Hamblett, Let's see who's in the Square today, 2017

 

Allyson also loves painting portraits.  She painted her father in 2015, and painted her mother in the same year.  “I took mum up to Studio One to see her portrait exhibited and  I think she was very pleased”.   Portraits are amazing to create because you see the character of the person gradually emerge on the canvas, and it’s sometimes not until the final highlights are added to the portrait that the character finally emerges.  Noses and eyes are the trickiest part of the face to paint.

Allyson is  the chair of the Local Advisory Committee of Auckland CCS Disability Action and is also on the board of Outline NZ.

ARTIST STATEMENT: Lorraine Richardson

“I like abstract images.  I doodle at home and I get inspiration from the abstract”

 Lorraine Richardson, End of the Day, 2017

Lorraine Richardson, End of the Day, 2017

 

“I have a family connection to Fullham pottery and that inspires some of my work.  Dalton was an apprentice at Fullham.  I feel spiritually receptive. That is an element in my making work.”

 

“I’ve always knitted and sewn.  I am finding Lorraine again.  Before I was a mum and a wife and you didn’t have time for myself”

 Lorraine Richardson, The Swallow, 2017

Lorraine Richardson, The Swallow, 2017

 

“I doodle at home and I still knit”

Artist Profile: Ela Tukuhaukaua

 

Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist Ela Tukuhaukaua 

 

 Ela Tongan Dancing at Mapura Studios

Ela Tongan Dancing at Mapura Studios

Ela Tukuhaukaua has been at Māpura Studios for about 2 years, but did a music course for about 4 years, which was run by Māpura Tutor Stefan Neville.

Ela is a creative soul who’s positivity radiates out to all those around her. Ela enjoys everything that is creative.  Her creativity has become a way of life for Ela Tukuhaukaua.  The artist enjoys painting and ink work and creative writing.  She finds creativity a good way to deal with stress, anger and anxiety and Ela really enjoys throwing paint onto paper.

Ela attends Studio Practice on Wednesday morning at Māpura Studios and is considering joining the Creative Music course run by Māpura Studios.   Studio Practice is aimed at our more experienced, long-term artists. They work in a self-directed manner, identifying and developing ideas of their own choosing; they are encouraged to gather resources and undertake simple research towards their work. Many of the artists become very enthused about this – and are dedicated in their research, exploring new ideas and ways of working not only in the studio but at home. 

 Ela Tukuhaukaua, Tiki and Paua, 2017

Ela Tukuhaukaua, Tiki and Paua, 2017

She enjoys colouring in books, and designing / imagining wedding dresses, the type that Cinderella would wear.  

 Ela was born in New Zealand, but travelled to Australia and Tonga.   Her life in Tonga has helped shape and develops Ela Tukuhaukaua’s creativity and art practice.  She likes playing music and dancing in the Tongan way.  Ela demonstrated this at one of Mapura Studio’s end of year Christmas parties in a Hula dress that Ela made.

Ela enjoyed studying Maori culture at school, and made kites. 

 Ela Tukuhaukaua, Untitled pencil drawing, 2017

Ela Tukuhaukaua, Untitled pencil drawing, 2017

Ela was as a teacher aide at Mt Richmond School in Otahuhu and other schools in South Auckland.  This also involved supporting art classes, helping children to draw. 

Ela enjoys learning and developing new skills.  She has studied a number of courses at Manukau Institute of Technology, which has focussed on life skills and keeping well.  The course have included Art course,  Life skills, Gardening,  and  Sexual harassment.

Ela really likes showing her work through Māpura Exhibition Programme and selling her works.  She loves coming to Māpura, meeting other people and seeing their art work. 

 

 

Artist Profile: Leonie Brunt

 Leonie Brunt, Polynesian Paradise, 2017

Leonie Brunt, Polynesian Paradise, 2017

Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist, Leonie Brunt

Leonie Brunt has been attending Studio Practice class at Māpura Studios for about 14 months.  She likes painting on canvas and likes producing works for her nephews and family.  Leonie draws images from her mind, and writes words onto the artwork.

Studio Practice is aimed at our more experienced, long-term artists. They work in a self-directed manner, identifying and developing ideas of their own choosing; they are encouraged to gather resources and undertake simple research towards their work. Many of the artists become very enthused about this – and are dedicated in their research, exploring new ideas and ways of working not only in the studio but at home.

 Leonie Brunt in the Studio

Leonie Brunt in the Studio

Much of their work reflects their personal experience and unique perceptions of life. They are encouraged in individualistic styles of working – and are introduced to elements of contemporary art practice. Many artists write accompanying narrations to their work – sometimes this verse is included within their imagery.

Making art at Māpura helps to keep Leonie’s stress levels down and keeps her mentally stimulated.  Leonie’s family inspire her to make art, as they are all creative and Leonie finds Māpura a great place to develop her own creativity.   She now takes more, considered time when creating her artworks.  Leonie would like to do portraiture and to do scenery artworks in the future.

Leonie enjoys learning new skills, connecting with people and seeking advice from Māpura tutors. She also enjoys writing poetry.  

"Mapura is a creative space for people of mixed ability to hone their skills", says Leonie.

 

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT: Emma Charraz

Emma has been at Māpura Studios for a few years now.

 Emma Charraz, Untitled Green with Lines, 2017

Emma Charraz, Untitled Green with Lines, 2017

She likes using lots of different mediums. “My favourite is paint. I like to get into my painting and get lost in it.  I’m inspired by nature”

Emma loves to sing and dance and has been creative all the time.  She loves making art outside of Māpura as well as in the studio