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JointWorks Studio - 2016

Studio – Old to New

Some of you maybe aware that JointWorks Studio is situated the original Tasman Store.  Our building was built around 1913 or 1914. After 100 years or so of use the building was getting quite tired, and in need of some love and attention.  In June 2016 we decided the time was right to a few things right.

The trouble with putting a few things right, is that often one thing leads to another… and then maybe another.  As a result the studio is now fabulous.  And it should be as it has had a full makeover!

For those who are interested in these matters here is a list of repairs

  • Replacement of all piles / joists and bearers
  • Replace rotten / rotting / borer ridden studs (about 80%)
  • the floor was replaced
  • All windows and doors replaced
  • Insulate
  • Replace all plasterboard
  • New power points and lights
  • Repaint

The work was quite extensive and a condition of consent was to put in a mobility impaired car park and ramp. During the rebuild, our gardens were damaged so we have replaced all the gardens as well.  Overall the building and grounds are looking great.

Jane has been in the studio for about 6 weeks. She has found it very light, airy and welcoming and because of the repairs,  our work looks superb.

Funnily enough the most commented item about the studio is the floor, which is particle board with a 10 mm oak tongue and groove timber overlay.  It is quite an interesting floor as we used all locally grown okay, so there is a mixture of english, silky and pin oak to name a few.

Catch up – long overdue

It has been such a long time since I last wrote – where to begin!! There has been plenty of wood working and weaving projects completed over winter. But now spring is definitely in the air and I thought I would share with you what’s been happening – three things in particular.

Tasman Sculpture. This has been a project involving a lot of effort on the part of several artists and craftsman in the Tasman area. Fundraising had to be done and it has taken two years to complete. Last week was the opening of this nine meter high sculpture. Which is made of stainless steel with native bird cut outs. The sculpture I think even though it sounds large it seems to appear to fit into the landscape and enhance it. Early on the morning of the opening which was to be speeches and then BBQ – quite an event! Tony noticed that there appeared to be flags flying on the top of it. But as he got closer he realised that someone had placed road cones on the top. Hmm… after thinking that it must have been quite a logistic feat!! thought they had to come down which he managed to do. Makes for quite a story.Tasman Gateway Sculpture

Ruby Coast Arts 2015-16 trail map. This has just been published which is a colourful and easy to follow map of the artists in our area and there are a few new members from last year. It also contains the dates for the two art trails that are held each year. I always feel quite proud when I hand them out to people showing them what the area has to offer.

Arts Trail 2015

Nelson Art Expo 2015. This is on Labour weekend which is only a week away. A lot of work that Tony and I have been doing recently has been for this event. There is going to be around 170 artists displaying their work and a lot of them will be there ready to chat about  their inspirations and processes. Hopefully we will get some images up of how it all looks. It will be an exciting busy weekend as we will also still have our studio open. Tony and I will be alternating between the two places hopefully we will be able to catch up in the middle.

Selection of Jane’s work

Selection of Tony’s work

 

Summer Selection Exhibition at Fibre Spectrum

A group of members from PWN (Professional Weavers’ of NZ) from the upper South Island including myself put an exhibition together of our work. The exhibition is called ‘Summer Selection.

This is displayed at Fibre Spectrum in Nelson for the month of January 2015. The members who are involved were Sue Broad, Rose Pelvin, Peg Moorhouse and myself.

It was very satisfying putting the exhibition up and seeing it all come together.