Pahiatua painter wins a UK ti­tle for her work on fur­ni­ture

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Pahiatua painter Jeanie Simp­son has been named as the first of­fi­cial An­nie Sloan Painter in Res­i­dence from New Zealand, a unique pro­gramme launched by the worl­drenowned United King­dom colour and paint spe­cial­ist.

Liv­ing on a hill coun­try farm in Tararua for the past five years, Jeanie be­gan paint­ing old fur­ni­ture and home­wares three years ago while rais­ing her two chil­dren. She has a strong in­ter­est in art and de­sign — something she draws on heav­ily for in­spi­ra­tion in her pieces.

“I am ab­so­lutely thrilled to be cho­sen as part of this amazing in­ter­na­tional pro­gramme, es­pe­cially to be the first from New Zealand,” she said. “I’m pas­sion­ate about re-us­ing tired, unloved fur­ni­ture be­cause of the bet­ter-qual­ity work­man­ship and ma­te­ri­als and the sense of in­di­vid­ual his­tory each piece car­ries with it. Then, when I paint fur­ni­ture, I hon­our the his­tory and ori­gin of each piece by draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from dif­fer­ent eras and art move­ments — Art Deco, 70s mod­ernist, pop art and even folk art as ex­am­ples.

“I love it, I’ve found my niche. It’s great fun and just so sat­is­fy­ing turn­ing re­volt­ing fur­ni­ture into us­able pieces.

“This has been an amazing ex­pe­ri­ence to be able to paint more, ex­plore new de­signs and tech­niques and start pushing bound­aries be­tween art, de­sign and craft. I’m proud to put New Zealand on the An­nie Sloan map.”

Jeanie has a di­ver­sity of artis­tic styles and tries to stay faith­ful to the orig­i­nal de­sign of the fur­ni­ture she paints. She stud­ied for a Bach­e­lor of De­sign and is in­ter­ested in the­ory of de­sign and art.

“If it’s a 1960s or 70s piece I might do something which re­flects that. I pub­lished a few pieces on my own Face­book page. An­nie Sloan from the United King­dom had set up a New Zealand page look­ing for projects to fea­ture, then she got hold of me. She is quite en­thu­si­as­tic to find new peo­ple who are do­ing in­ter­est­ing things with chalk paint, main­tain­ing the mo­men­tum of up­cy­cling so it doesn’t just be­come a trend.

“I was ab­so­lutely over the moon when I found out I had been awarded the first New Zealand An­nie Sloan Painter In Res­i­dence award. There are only two or four peo­ple world-wide an­nu­ally who get awarded it. Within the fur­ni­ture paint­ing world its a pretty awe­some achieve­ment. I’m feel­ing the pres­sure to carry on per­form­ing. Some­times I have to do some restora­tion and can get help from my fa­ther who is handy with his skills. It can take two weeks re­search­ing each piece.

“With all the en­vi­ron­men­tal mes­sages about reusing rather than throw­ing out and start­ing again, up­cy­cling is quite timely.The amount of fur­ni­ture in sec­ond­hand shops and ly­ing around in peo­ple’s garages is abun­dant. The qual­ity of new fur­ni­ture is gen­er­ally pretty crappy when com­pared with the old,” she said.

Jeanie’s work gives pieces a mod­ern twist from a base of 20 chalk paint colours which can be blended to make more colours. In the United King­dom pieces are sold at high-end stores.

Jeanie was supplied with An­nie Sloan prod­ucts, creating seven projects pub­lished on An­nie Sloan chan­nels through so­cial me­dia and print world­wide. It took Jeanie three months to do it.


PAHIATUA’S Jeanie Simp­son has been named as the first of­fi­cial An­nie Sloan Painter in Res­i­dence from New Zealand.

STRIK­ING paint work takes this writ­ing desk to a new level.

AN ex­am­ple of the work which earned Jeanie Simp­son the first An­nie Sloan Painter in Res­i­dence in New Zealand.

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