Cre­ator is re-ig­nit­ing her love of art

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■ Tell us a bit about your­self. I’m orig­i­nally from the UK. I came to New Zealand in late 2015, af­ter hav­ing been here to visit just a year ear­lier.

I wanted the op­por­tu­nity to work and travel the coun­try, much like I had done in Aus­tralia and Asia. Yes you guessed it, I have that travel bug!

Be­fore that, I lived a very shel­tered life un­til I thought, “Stuff it, I’ll do what I think ev­ery young per­son does af­ter univer­sity — I’ll travel over­seas”.

I’m not a very coura­geous or brave per­son. I was just in need of a change of pace.

■ How long have you been an artist and how did it start?

It’s prob­a­bly a typ­i­cal thing for some­one to say, “I’m not sure I would call my­self an artist”, but I don’t think that’s the best word to de­scribe me and what I do.

I like to call my­self a cre­ator. I like to be phys­i­cal, use my hands for my craft and cre­ate some­thing for a pur­pose.

I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in art, dat­ing back to school age, but I guess the turn­ing point was study­ing Graphic De­sign at univer­sity and then, years later when I had given up on that dream, fall­ing into vol­un­teer­ing at The Arts Vil­lage in Ro­torua nearly three years ago and re-ig­nit­ing my love of art.

■ What me­dia do you work with? I will give any­thing a try once! My method of choice (and what I would call my forte) is screen print­ing, and for this you need a slower-dry­ing medium so you can ‘work’ it for longer.

You can use acrylic paint mixed with a re­tarder to slow the dry­ing process of the paint — pretty sim­ple re­ally. I also love other forms of print­mak­ing like linocut­ting or mono print­ing and for this oil-based or wa­ter-based print­ing inks are used.

■ Where do you get in­spi­ra­tion from with your work?

Some­times par­tic­u­lar lyrics from a song will stay with me and I might use it in some way to tell a story. I have a list of favourite songs that are of­ten on re­peat.

But also just day-to-day life.

I be­lieve more and more ev­ery day that things hap­pen for a rea­son, ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence is worth not­ing no mat­ter how mun­dane you might think it to be.

■ What do you en­joy about cre­at­ing art?

I have al­ways been a lover of art. As a child, draw­ing was a re­lax­ing hobby and at school art class was al­ways the time to shut your mind off from sci­ence, English lit­er­a­ture and maths to do some­thing that just felt nat­u­ral and ful­fill­ing.

■ What do you have com­ing up/ what will you be up to in the near fu­ture?

I want to start an art/craft group called Lazy Sun­day Crafter­noon that meets ev­ery month, on the first Sun­day of the month at The Arts Vil­lage. Any­one in­ter­ested should come by. I would also like to con­tinue my print­mak­ing work­shops through­out the com­ing sum­mer.

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Ro­torua’s So­phie Perry has al­ways been a lover of art.

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