|Welcome to the Woolstore Complex! Debrina Altered's new studio in the heart of the old Victorian Precinct, in Oamaru|
I just spent this last Sunday, in fact, putting the finishing touches to my space and it's looking great (pictures still to come). In the meantime, here are some links to some of my favourite artist's housed in this building and surrounds.
1) Merchant Lucretia
I love this woman's shop! I had Jase and Andy with me at lunchtime on Sunday and we spent a goodly long time just talking with Merchant and taking in all her merchandise. M. Lucretia sells everything from board games (see photo below) to automated tea making paraphernalia and Steampunk goggles. In fact, she seems to me to be the Steampunk Goddess of Oamaru, with her snazzy costuming and her wicked sense of humour...AND ...her boundless creativity. Best of all, she's my neighbour in the Wool-store galleries complex.
|Merchant Lucretia and friend, posing for the Victorian Heritage Fete weekend 2015|
|Tentacles and Gears by Merchant Lucretia (Copyright 2016)|
It's hard to describe Oamaru without also mentioning the prodigious creative powerhouse that is Donna Demente. Donna's Grain-store Gallery in the Victorian Precinct of Oamaru not only houses her magnificent creations with over-sized masks and sculptures, paintings and assemblages but also hosts bands and other artists from all over New Zealand. Donna is also incredibly supportive of fellow artists (including myself!). For more examples of her work, click on the picture below
|Mneiai III (acrylic on board) Copyright 2016|
3) Travelling Light Studio (straight across from mine and Merchant Lucretia's studios) is the phenomenal husband and wife team, Derek Smith and Maclean Barker. Derek has just recently published a book full of fantastic photographs that he took from around New Zealand whilst working as an electricity meter reader. His book can be viewed HERE
Maclean Barker has a terrific eye for the unusual and a wonderful lateral take on life. Her photography can be surreal, ethereal and haunting. To view her work, click HERE.
So, that's where we are at, folks. I'll try and get some good pickys of me studio/gallery soon, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy what's on offer here :-)