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Show & Tell. Artist Barbara Franklet

Show & Tell. Artist Barbara Franklet

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.

 

Show & Tell. Print Maker Clare Makwana

Clare Makwana lives in the heart of Nelson and creates print works from her home studio. Not only was her space filled with beautiful objects and artwork, she was a lovely host and now a friend. We love having Clare's works here at KINA. Keep an eye on this one - she is one clever human!

How long have you been creating? Has it always been in this medium?

We were always making things as kids and it has just carried on …

My first printmaking experience was a standard four art lesson with Miss Perkins. I was hooked from that moment!

 

Who do you look to or how do you find your inspiration?

There are so many amazing printmakers both here in New Zealand and globally it is hard to think of a few names. I have always loved Japanese woodcuts. I find my garden inspiring as I love flowers.

 

If you could plan your perfect day what would it consist of from start to finish?

My perfect day would include beaches or a sparkling river and of course hot sunshine! Great food and drinks, family, friends and definitely music and dancing. Fairy lights and candles would also be cool!

 

What is your favourite meal and who would prepare it for you?

I love Japanese food and I think cheesecake would have to feature! A very good cook.

 

If you were to be an animal which one would you be?

My dog Audrey has a wonderful life that I think I could slip into for a little while.

 

Show & Tell. Jeweller Jen Laracy

Jen Laracy is a Taranaki treasure. We hunted her down and were so happy when she began bringing her work here to KINA. Jen's re-use of materials not only makes our eco-friendly minds happy - her craftsmanship and attention to details makes our hearts flutter. 
We are so happy to have your part of the KINA family! Jen your work is stunning!
How long have you been creating? Has it always been in this medium?
For as long as I can remember.  It’s what we did for fun as a kids.  Mum had some ‘art drawers’, and we always had paints and pencils, clay and other resource we could use anytime.  She really encouraged us to create from an early age. Creativity is really valued as a means of expression within my family and I have a lot of support in that sense.
 
I thought I would be a painter, so studied visual arts at Whitireia, but ended up majoring in fine metals instead. My Granddad was a jeweller and I was lucky to have been able to spent time with him in his workshop, so I would say that has had an influence over my choice of medium and constant inspiration. I love finding the right mix of materials and the balance between the finish of the metal and setting of the stone.
 
 
Who do you look to or how do you find your inspiration?
Something I see in a  dream, archaeological finds, making lists and staying up too late, my old workbooks and journals. My kids (who are far more creative than I will ever be). I think my environment effects the way I see adornment.  When I am working on the farm, or what  washes  up on the beach.   
I think it can reflect in my work. 
 
 
If you could plan your perfect day what would it consist of from start to finish?
I would say waking up late, refreshed after good dreamy sleep,  lots of good coffee and music, avocado on toast.
Then a long happy day spent with my kids and husband on a new beach or river, having fun finding treasures and exploring. 
Then a campfire dinner and a night under the stars.  Right now that would be ideal.  
 
 
What is your favourite meal and who would prepare it for you?
I could go back in time.  Probably a Sherpa meal From the Jewel of Nepal in Newtown, Wellington... Yum!
 
If you were to be an animal which one would you be?
Some sort of bird I think.  A hawk.  It would be the absolute best to be able to fly