Producing jewellery under the name Odi Design, Audie Wilkinson started her first business as a pre-teen. We spoke to Audie about where she gains her inspiration from and what gave her the courage (and drive) to be an entrepreneur at such a young age and how she continues to develop her range.   What were your first inclinations toward being creative? Was it always a part of you or was there a pivotal moment? I think I've always had it in me, ...

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Boxy Boys by Di Tocker   Contrasting styles and mediums come together in this group show featuring four award winning New Zealand artists.  'Something Blue' features works by ceramic artists Sue Scobie and Kate McIntyre sitting next to glass works by Di Tocker and Katie Brown. Each of the two artists working within the same media have contrasting styles and techniques: Kate's hand carved works deviate from Sue's pinched and coiled pieces; Di'...

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Based in Orakei, Bec Robertson's works wouldn't be out of place in a storybook so rich is their narrative. Using the finest of tool Bec creates fanciful peacocks with attitude and highly detailed watercolour collages.    Tell us a little about your artistic background, and your first creative influences? I have loved being creative for as long as I can remember. As a young child I had a cupboard in the kitchen under the bench where I kept all ...

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  One of Quirky Fox's most popular artists returns alongside one of their newest artists in the exhibition 'Away From Home'.  Mixing iconic New Zealand imagery with quirky illustrative pieces, 'Away From Home' showcases the works of Justine Hawksworth and Bec Robertson. Both artists have produced works in their signature styles as well as a few more experimental pieces: peacocks in top hats sit beside lace clad churches in this eclectic exhib...

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Creating bold, contemporary abstract art from her home in the Waitakere ranges, Jen Sievers somehow manages to produce artworks filled with light and energy while also juggling a career as a graphic designer and being Mum to an energetic toddler. Quirky Fox spoke to Jen about her return to art after almost six years, her inspiration and the importance of housework...   What were your first inclinations toward being creative? Was it always a pa...

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Rather than our standard artist interview to tie in with our exhibition #12artistsofChristmas we decided to ask our some of our participating artists a few "seasonal" questions. We apologise in advance to fans of sprouts and for the terrible cracker jokes... Ārahi by Bec Robertson Bec Robertson What would you like to find in your Christmas stocking? I would love to find a Gelli Plate Printing set in my stocking, they are quite new I think and ...

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Living within easy walking distance of native bush it is little wonder that birds form a major part of Jane Crisp's portfolio. However it is the interaction between nature and human curiosities that give Jane's work a point of difference and a sense of humanity. We spoke to Jane about how her class mates recognised her artistic ability at an early age, a chance encounter went on to influence her artistic career and how she immerses herself in...

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Tucked away in a converted wool shed in Golden Bay, award winning artist Ben Timmins creates large scale oil paintings designed to play with our perception of reality and illusion. Picking up a brush in High School  Ben discovered he had an inherent knack for painting; a skill he has refined over the course of his career to critical acclaim. We spoke to Ben about what being an artist means to him, where he finds inspiration and his latest dist...

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A tribute to kiwiana without verging into tacky or kitsch, Justine Hawksworth's work focuses on typical New Zealand elements: native birds, the New Zealand coastline and waterways, Captain Cook and a sense of adventure. Working mainly in acrylic, and venturing out in to copper occasionally, Justine works with vintage oars and old maps to stunning effect. We spoke to Justine about her process, finding inspiration while on holiday and what her s...

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Fusing gothic influences with literary leanings, Melissa McDougall creates intense and haunting illustrations. Growing up in a bohemian household influenced by musicians and artists alike, Melissa spoke to us about her slightly unorthodox upbringing, her near miss with an athletics career and her passion for art...   Can you remember one of the first things you painted?  I remember painting rainbows a lot in the 1970’s. And cats and flowers. C...

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