My Current Projects
MA Arts – English
I am currently undertaking a MA research thesis at UoA. I’m looking at the relationship between mark-making (drawing, visual arts) in relation to poetry, specifically where the two are produced as a single work. The focus is on selected works by Cilla McQueen and John Pule and how their works combine image and text in order to map, express or represent places journeys or experiences.
Letterpress i te reo Māori
I am so excited about this! I have designed a new typecase for the Māori alphabet which we have constructed at MOTAT. It includes new type cast with macrons. The case is now in use and we’re utilising it for a little booklet for Māori language week later in the year. I’m also currently working on designing and printing a poem by Vaughan Rapatahana.
Learning Te Reo Māori
Kei te hiahia ahau ki te ako i te reo Māori. I ako timatanga ahau ki te Kura Pō o Wairaka i te Paenga-whāwhā i 2014. Ināianei, e ako ana au ki te Wānanga o Waipapa. For me this is a really exciting ‘project;’ a lifelong journey.
I am a volunteer at MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) in the Communications Section: Letterpress ‘The Print Shop’. I am there most Sundays.
(Just the big ones)
edited and designed the new collection of poems by Penny Sommervaille, 2015. You can buy it here:
is currently on hiatus. However #14 is currently available, and quickly selling out. Stocks of issues 9, 11, 12 and 13 are available.
DNA Poetry Links Between the Pacific and Asia.
A research and creative project which is a part of the University of Auckland Summer Scholarship programme. I’m working as an intern for Selina Tusitala Marsh Dec ’14 – Feb ’15. The project included producing a chapbook ‘The Ala Tree Project’ See more here: https://tusitalatells.wordpress.com/
Auckland Zinefest Committee
I was on the Auckland Zinefest Committee for 2013 and 2014. Such an awesome project to be a part of, with such a great team!
PoemTalk: Deep Water Talk
Short film and discussion around Kiri Piahana-Wong’s poem Deep Water Talk http://incollusion.wordpress.com/poemtalk-deep-water-talk
Inter media Collaboration with Kelly Malone
I worked with poetic texts by Kelly Malone to re-imagine, re-interpret & re-translate her works to bring them into a gallery space promoting new modes of engaging with her work. The project culminated in an evening event with displays, exhibitions, recordings, and performances as well as interactive components such as printing your own copy of Kelly’s poetry on a hand press. The event took place on 24th Oct 2013 at DevelopmentAIR in Newmarket.
A digital version of the show can be found on the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre website – http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/features/neemiss/index.asp
You can see some of Kelly’s work here: http://kellymalone.me/
PoetryLive / Live Lines
Design and production of Live Lines V (the PoetryLive publication) production, launched 11th November 2013.
Was a project within In Collusion, inviting artists and writers who’d like to be involved to work with a pack which includes a booklet and sheet of words. The pack includes a set of instructions / constraints to work with. http://incollusion.wordpress.com/abstract-compositions/
Vernacular Lounge at The Artspace Depot in Devonport, Auckland.July 2012
Art & Poetry 24hr Challenge, in collaboration with Anna Forsyth, Ya-Wen Ho and Richard Kearney
The Deformed Paper, Founding Editor – Ran for 22 issues from March 2007 – December 2008, now available online for reading, downloading and printing. http://deformedpaper.wordpress.com
Founded The Metonymy Project with Renee Liang, Christian Jensen and Hannah-May Lee in 2008.
Mechanics in Art / Art in Mechanics
Organised and Curated an exhibition at the MOTAT Pumphouse of local artists who were asked to respond to “Mechanics’ in their work.