Look into the history of New Zealand and you’ll find an intrinsic relationship with wood. From the ancient Maori through to today’s creative talents, working with wood takes more than just artistry; you must work with the knots and grain, and tease the timber into revealing itself to you.
Two Tusk Gallery, our newest artistic space, is proud to present Pieces of Wood; a group exhibition of emerging New Zealand artists whose work with wood is aimed at challenging your heart, mind and soul. These mystical explorations in wood include sculptures, paintings and traditional Maori carvings.
Pieces of Wood is open to the public from Saturday the 10th of June to the 30th of July, with an intimate exhibition opening on the Saturday afternoon from 3pm ~ all are welcome. Come with an open mind and perhaps your perspective on art will be forever changed.
Two Tusk Gallery is dedicated to promoting local artists and their work. It is our vision to become THE place in Auckland for people to purchase original New Zealand art for under $1000.
Jo Carson-Barr has been writing for children for around five years now but what makes this creative endeavour even more rewarding is that it is collaborative effort with her son Simon Barr to produce beautiful children’s picture books, with a distinct New Zealand flair.
Blending their stories with humour, Te Reo and NZSL, Jo and Simon have published Talking to Nannie, The Goodbye Chair and Waata the Weta: Can He Find the Perfect Home?, all of which are perfect for children aged between 1 and 7yrs.
Perfect for sending overseas, or adding to your own bookshelf, Jo and Simon’s delightful books are being enjoyed by children, parents and grandparents all over the world.
Mystical stories in wood, Eternal in the Past, Eternal in the future!
Geoff Irving is a woodwork teacher in Ngaruawahia. He lives and crafts his work in Hamilton and relaxes in Raglan.
He completed a three year Woodturning Trade course at the Ultimo T.A.F.E. in 1984 and a degree in Design at the U.T.S. Upon his return to Aotearoa, Geoff was strongly influenced by the wairua/spirit of Maori Art and Whakairo /wood carving.
When creating his sculptural pieces, Geoff likes to interweave this influence with the mystical writings of the 19th Century Persian Prophet Baha’u’llah, “The ancient Faith of the Maori was carved in wood and stone and will continue to shape the identity of all those fortunate to call these wonderful Islands home.”
The pulse of this ancient Faith is renewed from age to age.
Coffee pods are incredibly popular with those who take their coffee seriously, but think about all that rubbish!
Following a suggestion from a relative in Switzerland, Astrid Widmer has found a way of turning the empty pods into elegant adornments that anyone would look stylish wearing. Over the past two years, Astrid’s intricate designs have become even more ambitious and gets people doing a “double take” to figure out how on earth they are made from coffee pods.
Not having a Nespresso machine herself, Astrid is reliant on the generosity (and caffeine habit) of friends and supportive local businesses to provide her with the used capsules that she uses to recycle into her creations.
Astrid is proud that by using her imagination and skills, she can create stunning jewellery and gifts, while at the same time save thousands of aluminium pods ending up in the landfill.
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