Allyson Hamblett interviews fellow artist Prakashni Prakash
Prakashni Prakash began at Māpura Studios in 2013. She does a variety of paper art using dyes and different colours and salt. Prakashni likes using water colours, but really likes using black dye as well. The artist loves creating old trees and leaves
“I love being creative. My work experience places provide me with inspiration, including Māpura Studios.” Prakashni also attends Deaf Club in Manukau, South Auckland and does wheelchair activities at Geneva Elevator in Sandringham. Prakashni enjoys getting out and about in the community.
Prakashni does a lot of research at home to inspire her creativity. She makes use of https://nz.pinterest.com/, the catalogue of ideas, to come up with her next art work.
Prakashni attends Open Studio Three on Thursday afternoons at Māpura Studios and loves the fact that it’s lead by a Deaf tutor. In this class, art tutors / therapists encourage artists to be self-directed, to explore content of personal interest and significance, and to develop their own unique style. Artists are given guidance in the use of media and techniques. They are encouraged to try out new and different ideas and mediums, and where appropriate, are introduced to professional artist-models as points of reference. Artists are encouraged to express the things they feel and think - and to tell their personal narratives through the language of visual imagery. The facilitation is person-centred and accommodates each artist’s unique experience and perception.
Prakashni has a lovely time at Māpura Studios. “It’s nice and relaxed here. But gets busy here too.“ She would really like people to buy her art work, and would love to travel and sell photo’s and art.
Prakashni has become more confident in herself since coming to Māpura. She was shy when she first started
Prakashni likes promoting Māpura Studios on her facebook page, showing her friends what she does here.