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EARTHSKIN RESIDENCIES / CALENDAR 2019

January: /

February: Martin Krammer + Walter Osadebe + Sally Cole

March: Gabryel Harrison + Walter Osadebe

April: Benjamin Gibert + Thomas Vaillant

May: Benjamin Gibert + Thomas Vaillant

June: free

July: free

August: Cole Barash

September: Gareth Bodle &The Creative Hub + Judy Pilarczyk

October: Lauren Sinner

November: Laura Pritchett + Michael Heiner

December: Sybille Mayr


December 2019

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Muriwai site) Welcome to Sibylle Mayr.


Sibylle Mayr
 is a sculptor and painter from Germany.

“During my residence I would like to discover the influence of the foreign surrounding to my artwork. My hole work keeps myself busy with inducement of live and the integration of humans in nature. A new place with new forms of vegetation and fauna will surely influence my language of forms. The cultural background will also leave it s marks.

Most time I worked sculptural und formed installations, the last years I often use relief and painting to express my thoughts.

Water, this symbolic basic element, whose essence of life, change, depth and much more includes, is in almost all work series in the center. Only in “pure euphoria” of a series of wave reliefs (2016/17) water is shown directly. In the case of the objects in the “organs” series the transparent, frequently colored material appears fluid. In the case of “sea-yarn” and “sponglia beatificiae” the sea is the imaginary habitat of the individual objects. As a consequent step I am currently travelling with my art project ARTreSEArcher around the Pacific ocean to different AIRs in order to find new questions to that theme.“

Sibylle Mayr creates new forms or places natural phenomena in newly invented contexts, creating places and species that stir at memory depths and invite you to thought flights.

Please don’t hesitate to contact her: kontakt@sibylle-mayr.de

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (170 Motutara road, Muriwai beach), 29 December 2019 at 2pm with Sibylle Mayr. More info…

 

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN workshop / 29 December 2019, 2pm
 – Muriwai site


‘The o
cean, the jungle and the artist inner play’ with Sibylle Mayr, artist in residence.

I would like to share my fascination for forms that you find in nature. Often first we recognize all the detailled and beautyful singularity but when giving it attention we see the duplicity of forms in plants, animals and organs.

During the workshop, in a similar way, you may discover your inspirational piece of nature and you will have the possibility to draw and paint it.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) on Sunday 29 December 2019, 2pm. Please walk down to the end of the drive way (exception can be made if required).

You can find out more on Sibylle Mayr at www.sibylle-mayr.de


November 2019

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Piha site) Welcome to Laura Pritchett & Michael Heiner.


Laura Pritchett
is the author of five novels and two nonfiction books, most of which are about environmental issues. She’ll be completing her 6th novel while at Piha. Her work has been the recipient of the PEN USA Award, the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, and others; and she’s published over 200 essays and short stories in various magazines. She directs the MFA in Nature Writing at Western Colorado University. More at www.laurapritchett.com

Michael Heiner is a conservation biologist with The Nature Conservancy, a global nonprofit devoted to conserving biodiversity. He is currently working with collaborators in Mongolia to improve habitat protection in the face of a mining boom and in Northern Australia to build capacity of Aboriginal corporations to assess and negotiate proposed development projects.

Please don’t hesitate to contact them: l_pritchett@msn.com and michael.heiner@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (9 North Piha Road, Piha), 24 November 2019 at 2pm with Laura Pritchett and Michael Heiner. More info…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN workshop & talk /  24 November 2019, 2 pm
 – Piha site – 

‘The art of personal essay’ a workshop with Laura Pritchett, artist in residence.

This craft class is designed to focus on the essentials of turning your wonderful personal experience into compelling narrative for a larger audience / submission. We’ll be concentrating on how to 1) tell through the use of story and 2) make that story have “universality” (as in, how to make your story matter to others). We will also be discussing nonfiction fundamentals: the central dramatic questions and themes, how to craft scenes, ways to build tension, and pacing. All levels welcome. You just need paper, a pen, and an idea for something about your life you’ve always wanted to write about more fully (a favorite trip or place, a moment that changed you, a cause you care about, etc). The goal? To shape that moment or story into a publishable personal essay (which is one of the most widely published genres today).

‘Conserving natural and cultural heritage in Northern Australia’ a talk with Michael Heiner, conservation biologist in residence.

Michael Heiner, a conservation biologist with The Nature Conservancy, will talk about his work with Indigenous communities in Northern Australia. Northern Australia is the world’s largest intact savanna and supports globally-significant biodiversity including many endemic species. It is also home to one of the world’s oldest human communities and rich in cultural heritage developed over more than 50,000 years of habitation and management by Indigenous Australians who today hold Native Title to 60% of the land area. This landscape is facing rapid development of its mineral and petroleum resources, as well as broad-scale expansion of irrigated agriculture. The Nature Conservancy, an international conservation organization, is working with Aboriginal Corporations to build capacity to assess and negotiate development proposals to conserve the natural and culture heritage of the region.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at The Waygood Foundation (9 North Piha Road, Piha) on Sunday 24 November 2019, 2pm

You can find out more on Laura Pritchett at www.laurapritchett.com


October 2019

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY Welcome to Lauren Sinner

Lauren Sinner is a textile artist from USA.

Her work and research focuses on the intersections of comfort, humor, and sadness – primarily through textiles. She appropriates text and imagery from punk music, botanical illustrations, and childrens’s’ books to create pieces that balance between being both ‘put together’ and ‘falling apart’. Using both found and handmade textiles to represent her mother’s care, as well as her own obsessive tendencies, she creates pieces referencing domestic life and tells her story – not so much in the narrative senses, but rather one that translates her perspective.

When attending her residency, she will continue to explore the themes listed above with new materials and techniques – pushing and combining both to see how they can further her concepts. Seeing what materials, spaces, and relationships are available to her in new locations also informs what and how she will make something.

Please don’t hesitate to contact her: laurensinner@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin, 27 October 2019 at 2pm with Lauren Sinner. More info to come…

 
SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN workshop /  27 October 2019, 2 pm
 – Muriwai site –
‘Mending Circle’ with Lauren Sinner, artist in residence. 

Join Lauren Sinner in a casual mending circle. Bring an article of clothing you’ve been meaning to mend, for an afternoon of chatting mending, repair, and altering, while Lauren helps with any sewing-related questions you might have.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) on Sunday 27 October 2019, 2pm. Please walk down to the end of the drive way (exception can be made if required).

You can find out more on Lauren Sinner at www.laurensinner.com


September 2019

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY Welcome to Gareth Bodle

Gareth Bodle is a New Zealand writer.

This residency is a rare opportunity for an unpublished author to devote time to their work that would not normally be available to them. Gareth is completing a novel that began as part of the Auckland CreativeHub writing course in 2018.  His approach and philosophy is that “if I found this on a bookshelf at a bach at the beach or in shop at an airport I would pick it up want to read it.”

Gareth simply writes what he likes to read himself; a good yarn. On the other hand he believes that he should write at a standard that someone would say, “gee I really enjoyed that” or they put something off just to read the next chapter to find out what happens. Gareth enjoys the tension of people questioning their values, the decisions that flow from that, the value choices between right and wrong, and the enduring fascination of love and romance, excitement and violence, failure and redemption and discovering that what one seeks is often right in front of them.

Please don’t hesitate to contact him: gareth.bodle@xtra.co.nz

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (171, Motutara road, Muriwai beach), 29 September 2019 at 2pm with Gareth Bodle. More info to come…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN workshop /  29 September 2019, 2 pm
 – Muriwai site – 
With Gareth Bodle, artist in residence.

Gareth has spent a month at Earthskin at Muriwai having time to write, rather than having to find time to write. Gareth will share the satisfaction and reward he has found in simply being able finish his novel. But the qualitive assessment of the time at Muriwai has been more than simply output for Gareth. The environment and space has been a opportunity to explore the complexities of his writing and add depth and completeness to his characters and the work overall. It has also provided the contemplative time to design a second historical project. Earthskin has provided a rich period of creative activity for Gareth that he is willing to share, discuss and answer questions about. Gareth will share these experiences and learnings over a cup of tea or coffee.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) on Sunday 29 September 2019, 2 pm. Please walk down to the end of the drive way (exception can be made if required).


August 2019

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY Welcome to Cole Barash

Cole Barash is a visual artist (photography, embroidery, writing) based in Brooklyn, NY.

Working in the mediums of digital, analog, and archival photography, Barash often focuses on the conversation of color and composition between two objects or moments. Well acquainted with international subcultures, Cole seeks “subjects where the boundaries are more open and not as seasoned”. Using an organic approach, his portraiture and still lifes became known for their candid and spontaneous sense of intimacy. His book, Grimséy (2015) was published by The Silas Finch Foundation and subsequently recognized by TIME as one of the top photobooks of 2015. Images from Grimséy have been displayed in a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Iceland in 2017. Barash’s most recent book, Smokejumpers (2017) presents a vision into the truly inaccessible world of wildland firefighters and was shortlisted for the 2017 Anamorphosis Prize becoming part of the Franklin Furnace Archive as well as the collection at the MoMA Library.

During his time at Earthskin, he will continue the series The Sound of Dawn. This explores the relationship of humankind and nature throughout form. It continues to question­ do we exist or actually co­exist? .

The pieces are mixed mediums, photographs, japanese papers, embroidery (yarn), and translucent paints. The environment of Earhtksin is perfect to continue this work as he will be working and living so close the foundation of this work­ nature. This will provide subtle or unexpected hints of inspiration that come only throughout the organic process.

Please don’t hesitate to contact him: colebarash@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (171, Motutara road, Muriwai beach), 25 August 2019 at 2pm with Cole Barash. More info…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN workshop /  25 August 2019, 2 – 5pm
 – Muriwai site – 
With Cole Barash, artist in residence.

During his workshop Cole Barash will have his works on display which will consist of- finished, in progress and early stages.

He will show some of his Sound Of Dawn body of work which has consisted of images from Portugal and NYC.  This sequence of imagery is having the conversation of form through human and nature.  One which he consistently look through landscape as well as fragments of the human body.

He will plan to show a basic of intro of the embroidery part of the process as well (sewing into photographs).  However, his machine has been acting a bitt off so it may be a basic workshop of photography.  One about seeing through feel and composition.  As well as touching on basics of camera operation.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) on Sunday 25 August 2019, 2 – 5pmPlease walk down to the end of the drive way (no car park available).

You can find out more on Cole Barash at www.colebarash.com


April-May 2019

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Muriwai site)  Welcome to Benjamin Gibert and Thomas Vaillant

As respectively a composer and a videographer (from France), they focus their work mostly on the connections between natural structures and human behavior. It feels urgent to them to learn from Nature and let it inspire them rather than to consume it.

What solutions are to be observed among plants and animals, of Nature’s capacity of adaptation or from geological phenomena. How can we get galvanized by all these into finding more harmony in our relationship between each other and with our environment? How can we translate these connections into poetry, music, or images?

This residency would give them a starting point into observing and collecting sounds and images of the natural environment of the North Island but also meet artists and locals. How are wildlife, geology and humans all weaved together? The eventual goal for them is to create a musical album along an extended video using the collected media and impressions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact them: contact@benjamingibert.com and thomasvaillant1987@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin, 7 April 2019 at 2pm with Benjamin Gibert and Thomas Vaillant. More info…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN workshop /  7 April 2019, 2 – 5pm
 – Muriwai

This workshop is part of the Muriwai Arts Group Show ‘Connect’ and the Muriwai Arts Open Studios on the 5-7 April 2019.  

Sharing, caring, creating. Views on local nature and experience.

During their workshop, Benjamin Gibert and Thomas Vaillant (respectively musician and photographer/videographer from France) will present their work, and they will explain how their personal productions and artistic research, in their own fields, influenced and shaped what they produced together.

Benjamin will talk about the way he finds connections between human behavior and natural structures and how he transforms it into music. Thomas explores the visual possibilities of what nature offers. One particular interest lays in towards how nature reaffirms itself in places that have been once colonized by men.

Always putting themselves as observers rather than creators, Thomas and Benjamin like to sit, listen, watch, and record, as they find their common process into empiricism.

As observers, they came to New Zealand trying to keep a spirit free of preconceived ideas about the country or the cultures. They have collected data and insights along their way to Muriwai and will keep doing so during their residency. They both want locals to be involved in their creative work. Therefore, they would like to include the visitors into this process during the workshop. People interested in being part of it will have the occasion to be recorded by Benjamin, to create music through sounds and singing (visitors are encouraged to bring any sound making objects, songs, or anything musical). Thomas will have some questions prepared for visitors willing to share their insight on culture, nature, and spirituality, through his lens. As part of the process, this would lead to a filmed discussion. Parts of it is to be used for the video, and all of it will help them seize an idea of the local cultures and views.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) on Sunday 7 April 2019, 2 – 5pm. Please walk down to the end of the drive way (no car park available).

You can find out more on Benjamin Gibert and Thomas Vaillant at www.benjamingibert.com and www.thomva.com


March 2019/

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EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Muriwai site)  Welcome to Gabryel Harrison


Gabryel Harrison
 is a painter/poet from Canada.

Her intention is to be in the discomfort of extending her practice beyond her known boundaries. She wishes to explore and experiment with less form, more abstraction. The natural world is her inspiration yet she seeks a more intuitive quality of felt-sense to be emergent. She wants to risk failure, for the purpose of being able to give more.

She will keep a notebook of impressions. She intends to observe and gather as she walks, and to collect for the purpose of surrendering to the beauty of forms.

She wants to reconnect, feel and listen to the land she left as a child of three. She wants to be permeated by the natural landscape and so to respond, to be changed. By bringing openness, and a willingness to be transformed, she wishes to model and participate in the natural cycle of all things.

In her sensory involvement with the land she desires to contribute with her art making to the necessary collective inspiration and love we need to care for our environment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact her: gabryelharrison@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin, 31 March 2019 at 2pm with Gabryel Harrison. More info…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN workshop / Saturday 30 March 2019, 2 – 4pm
 – Muriwai

Awareness practice and somatic meditation with Gabryel Harrison, artist in residence.

Please join us at Earthskin Muriwai for a short introduction to embodied meditation led by Gabryel. Awakening to the present moment is the first step in realizing our inner awareness. As an artist the practice of meditation helps me become attuned to these inner sources of knowledge that lie deeper than the conceptual mind.

Gabryel will read from new work she has created while at Muriwai. She will also show some of the studies and small paintings she has produced in her stay. Gabryel will talk about her painting practice and how she has approached this residency as an opportunity to subvert her known methods with the intention of discovering what she did not yet know.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) on Saturday 30 March 2019, 2 – 4pm. Please walk down to the end of the drive way (exception can be made if required).

You can find out more on Gabryel Harrison at www.gabryel.com and www.gabryel.com/category/blog/


February 2019

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Piha site)  Welcome to Sally Cole

Sally Cole is painter and print maker from England.Sally Cole working Wales.

The land is her inspiration. She says that to respond to and record the landscape truthfully requires time and total immersion, observing and listening, whilst being quite with the land. Her paintings develop through lengthy contemplation. She doesn’t hope to portray a swift representation but to express the deep feeling she receives from the land.

Over the years her trips to New Zealand, have challenged her received European notions of light, colour, and space. It is the contrasts in the magnitude of scale, geological differences and cultural heritage that continue to excite and inform her work. She works outside, in all weathers.

Her residency will provide her the time to further deepen her relationship and understanding of the New Zealand landscape, whilst stretching and broadening her concepts of landscape painting. While at Earthskin she will create a body of work to exhibit in New Zealand and the UK.

Please don’t hesitate to contact her: perseverancecole@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (Piha site),  24 February 2019 at 2pm with Sally Cole. More info…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN / 24 February 2019, 2 pm – Piha site

SundayAtEarthskin19SallyColewebWorking in and responding to the landscape’ with Sally Cole.

During her workshop, Sally Cole (painter and print maker from England) will share her process as an artist, working in and responding to the landscape.

She will show some of the work she has produced whilst here, at Piha, and earlier work both from the UK and previous visits to New Zealand.

She will offer a 1 hour workshop outside. No drawing or painting skill required. You will take a walk along the track to the stream and get to experiment the drawing and painting methods she uses when working outside, including the tools she chooses along the way. Basic tools and paper will be provided if you don’t have your own. After you will return to the studio and share how you all felt working outside.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at The Waygood Foundation (9 North Piha Road, Piha) on Sunday 24 February 2019, 2 pm.

You can find out more on Sally Cole at www.sallycoleartist.co.uk


EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Muriwai site)  Welcome to Martin Krammer

Martin Krammer is a sculptor and painter from Austria.

20180214_174650 copySo many inspiring an exciting things happend during his stay in March and April 2018. He would love to continue in 2019. Ideas to be carried further, ideas to be realised, and of course most important: new ideas to be open for. And that is the very speziality of earthskin residency: New Inspiration.

The nature on the property is a stunning universe. A universe has no beginning and no end. Whether its the circle of the returning seasons or the fact that dead plants are preparing the ground for the new ones, there is a pattern of endless circles behind nearly every process. When the big Pohutukawa tree fell beside the yurt one night in April last year, it made a existential impression on him. It showed him what it means to be a tiny part of that big circle of nature. It did not fall on the yurt. It fell nearby and by doing so the tree gave a unique present: the most wonderful wood just one step from the studio. This tree, this wood, this present could be the starting point for the sculptural work this year.

At the end of his residency, Martin’s work will be shown at the Parnell Gallery.

Please don’t hesitate to contact him: martinkrammer100@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (Muriwai site),  24 February 2019 at 10 am with Martin Krammer. More info…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN / 24 February 2019, 10 am – Muriwai site

‘Rythms in the Garden’ with Martin Krammer.SundayAtEarthskin19martinKrammer

Starting from the sculptures he allready made during his residency Martin Krammer (painter and sculptor from Austria) will give an insight of his recent work. This time it is not so much about executing ideas, it is the process and the pohutukawa that leads him. He focus on the smallest unit of the sculptor work: the beat. A very archaic process with hammer and chissel. Hundreds of beats make the rythm…………………………come and see if the sculptures are dancing by them self in the end.

This will be followed by a 1 hour workshop with an overview on how he prepares the wood and uses his tools. You will get the opportunity to experiment his sculpting methods and tools.

Lunch will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) onSunday 24 February 2019, 10 am. Please walk down to the end of the drive way (exception can be made if required).
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You can find out more on Martin Krammer at www.martinkrammer.at


November 2019, a musical album called ‘Taihua’ from Benjamin and Thomas…

Since last autumn in Muriwai, many things happened. Thomas and I worked on the materials we found in New Zealand, and today I am very proud to send you the first part of our project. It is a musical album, called ‘Taihua’.

‘Taihua’ is a Māori word. It refers to the intertidal zone, area between the limits of low and high-tide.

‘Taihua’ is the antechamber of the ocean.

We strode along many ‘Taihuas’ in New Zealand, searching for sounds and noises, shells, outlooks to native forests or distant islands.

We strolled by a mighty and often restless ocean. We surfed on rising tide waves and ran barefoot in the wet ‘Taihua’ of the Muriwai beach. We witnessed dusk there, and we photographed pink skies, the surface of the water as a mirror. We captured the echo of caves we could only enter at low-tide. We examined sand covered in shells that chimed like winds, and arranged them by note, depending on their size.

Then, we went deeper in the land, along the streams, still barefoot. We threw ourselves into native forests, surrounded by chatty endemic birds.

All 8 pieces of ‘Taihua’ are about hyper locality. They hold sounds harvested on site, from the crazy melodic phrases of the tūī or the piwakawaka, to the upbeat rhythmical patterns of the insects.

Humans also have a role in this story, they simply made sure they took off their shoes, and reconnected with matter.

You can listen to it on my Bandcamp page (headphones recommended):

https://benjamingibert.bandcamp.com/

Thomas is still working on the second part, which is a video. You can see the teasers he already did to announce the album, here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMjuxaFIWEFyY19ejg-oudw/videos?view_as=subscriber

Here’s the website for Taihua:

https://bengig46.wixsite.com/benjamingibert/taihua

We would like to thank you for the inspiring conditions you gave us in Muriwai and the opportunities it represents. We hope that you will enjoy the music, and we are looking forward to showing you the next step.

Benjamin and Thomas.


The film ‘The Need To GROW’ is now available globally on Vimeo


In March 2019, during her residency at Earthskin, Gabryel Harrison shared some of her insights on her blog. Please take the time to appreciate these gifts:

Will The Land Return To Singing

My place of residence, the yurt

What I Thought About When I Thought About Drawing

Master copies

The beauty of birds

Remembering Christchurch