Tauranga Creative Fibre - 9 July - 20 July 2018
A warm and vibrant display adorns the Creative Bay Of Plenty HQ window for the next 2 weeks thanks to Tauranga Creative Fibre. Warm knits, yarn bombed spinning wheel (which we have fallen in love with), felted accessories and colourful decorations make up their window exhibition. Tauranga Creative Fibre are a group who enjoys working with fibre. They spin, weave, knit, crochet, felt, dye as well as learn all types of craft that can be used with fibre, such as kimihimo, entrelac, nalbinding.
Coming up on the 27th, 28th and 29th of July is the groups bi annual exhibition.
Over the last two years members have been busy creating items for the show.
They will be exhibiting a collection of handspun, handdyed, knitted, crocheted, felted and woven items using methods and materials in ways they love and new ways they have experimented with.
Exhibition will also have:
- Demonstrations and interactive educational activities for visitors to try
- Great raffle prizes, sponsored from some of our favourite stores in Tauranga and further afield
- Plus over 20 traders of yarn, roving, untreated fleece, carded or dyed wool, spinning wheels and other equipment and fibres
- Members items for sale, with funds often used to launch new creative projects
- 'Cash and carry table’ of smaller items. Visitors will find some neat items here to take home
- A café on site for hot drinks and food
- And information on how to join the club
- …so lots of treats for all who come by over the three days
Past window exhibitors
Alicia Beech - 25 June - 6 July 2018
Putting yourself out there – My Instagram Story
My name is Alicia and I am the Marketing and Communications Amplifier for Creative Bay Of Plenty. I am also a visual artist who started out painting just a few years ago. It was with Creative Tauranga that I did my first exhibition which saw two of my paintings sell. This gave me the confidence to keep going and put myself out there. This is where Instagram comes in.
I started out by documenting my painting progress and following other artists that inspired me. I loved how different creatives told their story and were able express themselves through the platform.
Purely incidentally I engaged with the other artists. If I liked something, I would tell them, offer encouragement and positive affirmations. I found coincidentally, that the more I engaged, the more people followed and engaged with me and my work. It was not long after starting my page that I sold my first piece through Instagram to a fellow artist in Auckland.
That was it, I was hooked! At that time my painting style was still developing, I was practicing new techniques, playing with colours and getting constructive ‘feedback’ from friends. I also found it interesting how people reacted to the work I put up on Instagram.
Some of my paintings I thought were no good, followers loved, and it encouraged me to get bolder, loosen up and let go. The bolder I got the more paintings I sold.
Thanks to Instagram, I have sold paintings to collectors around the world and been approached by galleries in New Zealand, America, France, Australia and England.
I wont lie, Instagram is time consuming, but as a creative, it changed my life.
Michelle Estall - 11 June - 22 June 2018
It's new window exhibition time again and this week we are incredibly fortunate to have the work of Michelle Estall on display at CBOP HQ. We are in awe of her artwork.
Michelle's recent work has been based around Maori themes and legends as Michelle explores her own Maori heritage.
As a Mum of two boys, Michelle also loves to create child friendly artwork using children's stories as a point of reference.
Colourful Tikis, stunning prints and original artwork grace our window and are available for sale. Michelle's work can be found at Mac and Mor Art Gallery in Tauranga her Facebook and website. Commissioned paintings are also available on request.
Envirohub Sustainable Art Challenge 2018
This display is not only creative but thought provoking and inspiring. We have three pieces of wearable arts currently on display from last years Envirohub's Sustainable Arts Challenge. Exhibitors are Hope Gibbard from Mount Maunganui College and Hunter Ririnui from Tauranga Intermediate.
Title-Matuku Moana (Heron) (yr8)
Medium-6000 Tea Bags, Feathers, Old t-shirt
Title- Pennata Draco (Feathered Dragon) (yr9)
Medium- Kiwi 360 Foam, Foil coffee Bags, Wire and pulleys
Bio- Hope likes to gather her materials first and then build her work from the ground up. She has a love for costuming and anything that creates the opportunity for her to put her imagination to work. Hope loves to have fun building new creations and looks forward to the day that she is old enough to be able to enter the World of Wearable Art (WOW) international competition in Wellington.
Title- Plastic fantastic (yr 8 Tauranga Intermediate)
Medium- 450 Plastic bags
Bio- Hunter learnt to crochet from her grandma and Youtube. After seeing an elderly woman with a crocheted plastic bag to carry her flippers at swimming she decided to design her outfit around this. She had to use trial and error, sometimes having to pull it apart and start again but eventually completed the design she wanted. She has always been very crafty and is looking forward to entering this year.
Theo Spargo 14 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
Introducing Theo Spargo. An inspirational young Bay Of Plenty creative. An entrepreneur, a free spirit, a talented artist.
Whimsical illustrations and artwork that sparks the imagination. Brilliant greenery planted in eclectic pottery from yesteryear. This eye-catching window display has been attracting a lot of attention from passers-by, we’ve even spotted people taking videos of it.
To find out more about Theo and be inspire by his motivating story and creative business, visit his website and don’t forget to follow him on Instagram. It is beautiful.
Window Display - 30 April - 11 May 2018
William Bryce Rhodes - Pyrographer
Mix a love for art, patience and a whole lot of talent and you get William Bryce Rhodes. William, also known as Bryce, is Creative Bay Of Plenty's newest front window exhibitor. Since putting up his display we have watched many passers-by stop in their tracks and admire his works. Expressive faces, moments caught in time, family, love, these are etched into wood each telling their own story.
Pyrography is a technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point. Bryce has been doing this for over 25 years. His talent was spotted by a former employer who took an interest in Bryce's' sketching and gifted him a poker tool.
On average Bryce could spend up to 100 hours on a piece. You can see this in the detail. The lines and the shading, light and dark etchings.
As well as pyrography, Bryce is a painter and illustrator. He especially enjoys children's book illustrations.
Bryce will be exhibiting with us from the 30th April to the 11th May 2018
Are you an artist, creative or organisation involved in arts and culture, looking to exhibit your work or boost your profile?
We are currently seeking submissions from local creatives who wish to exhibit their work, promote creative groups or creative organisations in our high profile front window.
The CBOP window space is a prime location on the street front of Willow Street, across the road from The Tauranga Art Gallery, next to the I-Site, in the Library Arcade. Situated in the heart of Tauranga with high volume of foot traffic, the space is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure and boost your profile.
Window exhibitors will also be featured on our social media pages including Creative Bay Of Plenty’s Facebook page and Instagram page as well as a write up in our popular What’s On Newsletter.
No Cost – No Commission
The space is available for a 2 week period at no cost to the artist or organisaiton.
CBOP does not take commission from work sold in the window. Enquiries regarding the artwork are directed back to the artist. CBOP does not sell on behalf.
A stellar window display
- Visually appealing
- Bold, simple but eye-catching
- Make a statement
- Project your personality
- An effective and successful window display is one that stops people as they walk past and holds their attention
- Your contact details clearly displayed in the window
- Name, phone number, website (if you have one, or social media links)
- Price tag clearly displayed if work is available for sale
- Artist statement
- If it is for a an organisation, please provide contact details, online presence, also include any workshops or events you run, or where you exhibit or meet and how people might be able to join your group
The window space
The window space is 2m long by 1m deep. You will need to provide your own staging equipment such as easels or tables to display the work. There is no power supplied to the window. (Please note- this spot does get a bit of sun during the morning!!)
Displays run for 2 weeks. They are to be set up on a Monday and taken down on the Friday of the following week. A schedule will be provided with set up and pack down dates and times.
Expressions of Interest
Once we agreed with the artist/group to have their art exhibited in our window, we invite you to come and view the window in person so that you can identify what you will need to set up the exhibit.
We look forward to receiving your submissions!