This time last year the Kina Angels made a visit to Nelson and popped into see Barbara Franklet in her wonderful street front studio. Mockingbird Studio is a space filled with vibrant colour, quirky creatures and beautiful artworks.
After visiting we made sure to book a space in our 2015 gallery calendar for Barbara to exhibit. The exhibition runs through till 10th November.
Take a stroll through her studio via our images and have a read of what she had to say.
How long have you been creating? Has it always been in this medium? I have been creating all my life. But, my professional career began about 20 years ago. I began as a printmaker, but when my children were young it was very hard to get to the printmaking studio. It was then that I picked up oil pastels. I have since branched into mixed media as well.
Who do you look to or how do you find your inspiration? Inspiration is found almost everywhere. I am constantly amazed by the rich colours of the sky and sea. Nothing is more beautiful than lime green lichen and the grey sidewalk. I study a lot of graphic design, illustration and folk art. I love artists like Lynn Whipple, Jill Mayberg and Nicolas Wilton. I have a tremendous respect for well- known illustrators such as Peter Sis, Maurice Sendak and Shaun Tan.
If you could plan your perfect day what would it consist of from start to finish? On a perfect day, I would be in Houston, Texas. It would be a warm, sunny day in April. I’d wake early and tend the garden. Then, I would have a lovely breakfast at the Empire Café with some friends. After breakfast, I’d enjoy a nice swim. I’d work in the studio in the afternoon. In the evening I’d have a barbeque with my family. I’d end the day playing a game of Scrabble with Joanie and Rick. Then off to bed with a great book and my partner.
What is your favourite meal and who would prepare it for you? My favourite meal is Crayfish with champagne and a green salad. Dessert would be a Death by Chocolate cake. The crayfish would be prepared at one of those lovely beach carts in Kaikoura. I think my son Dean would make the cake as he loves chocolate as much as I do.
If you were to be an animal which one would you be? If I were an animal, I reckon it would be a dolphin. I love to swim and find peace in the water. Plus, I like how they travel in schools and are so animated and lively.