Sara Black

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HOME’s new se­nior de­signer-stylist re­flects on art-stu­dent days in Whanganui, and a re­cent art pur­chase.

You stud­ied in Whanganui. What are your mem­o­ries of it? Whanganui was an idyl­lic spot which al­lowed me to har­ness my cre­ativ­ity with­out the dis­trac­tions of bigc­ity liv­ing. Re­sid­ing in the pic­ture-per­fect Vir­ginia House on Somme Pa­rade, a 10-minute stroll led me to the Whanganui School of De­sign in the beautifully bru­tal­ist beast, Ter­race House. Our farewell, aboard the iconic Waimarie Pad­dle Steamer on the Whanganui River, was the per­fect end­ing to a mag­nif­i­cent three years.

What was the last piece of art you bought and why did you buy it? My lat­est (and first) piece of art was pur­chased mere months ago. And now, a cir­cu­lar paint­ing by Aus­tralian artist San­dra Eterović, en­ti­tled ‘Wheel of For­tune’ hangs proudly in our open-plan liv­ing space. It’s an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal statement ex­plor­ing life’s idio­syn­cra­sies and the po­lar­is­ing par­al­lels be­tween pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive. The nar­ra­tive, naive-style ty­pog­ra­phy and slightly odd colour pal­ette do won­ders for me.

What makes good de­sign for you? Whether it’s graphic de­sign or a piece of fur­ni­ture, bal­ance and pro­por­tion are key. I’m drawn to the more un­con­ven­tional things in life and see beauty in ev­ery­day ob­jects, from man­holes to the bark of a eu­ca­lyp­tus tree. Sim­ple pieces with en­dear­ingly ec­cen­tric el­e­ments res­onate with me.

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