- Props and costume on The Candlewasters Tragicomic Series watch it- here!
- Celebrated my painted owl for The Big Hoot, in situ and saw it auctioned off.
- Designed and built on costuming commissions for some fun projects at CK Film Design here in Wellington.
- Pulled together a 40th reunion of people who started at Wellington Polytechnic Design School (now Massey university). It was so much fun! Go here to see the one historic photo of the time on record in the official archives. Yes thats me hahaha! I was 20. Of course we dug up many more which I won't post!
- Created two finalist entries, 'Bower' and 'Jellytits' in the World of WearableArt, Bizarre Bra Section and watched them perform wonderfully on stage.
- Designed and created all the costumes for Flip, a short Film by Jessica Grace Smith.
- Saw the release of Go Girl by Barbara Else, which features 6 portraits I illustrated.
- Constructed, with the invaluable skills of the hugely clever JosieneVM, replica historic prison guard and prisoner uniforms for the CorrectionsMuseum in Wellington.
- Designed and made couple of hilarious and awesome crayfish mascot suits for a local Govt Dept - yet to be released into the wilderness, but look out for them in the new year (still can’t show you pictures yet!)
- Created regular monthy crafts for The Sapling (an awesome resource!)
- Illustrated ‘Andrew Down Under’ by Anne Manchester, featuring a very cute dog!
- Travelled for multiple school visits and workshops in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland through The New Zealand Book Council, Writers in Schools programme.
- A Duffy Role Model Tour of Hawkes Bay- Bringing Books into Homes.
- Co-Judged the Edible Fashion Awards in Havelock North, with Annah Stretton and Tessa Paymans.
- Created a puffer fish puppet for The Asthma andRespiratory Foundation Education programme
- Ran a Matariki craft workshop at The Beehive and a monthly craft session for Teen Girls at Hutt Hospital.
- Ran writing and illustration workshops at The Hokianga Writers Festival in Rawene- a very special place in the world
- Facilitated a Write Like an Author School Holiday Workshop over a week with talented young writers and am setting up a Draw Like an Illustrator one for January 2019 (only 4 places left!)
- Gathered WOW entries together for a mini show for AWE in Upper Hutt with the tireless and community spirited, Melanie Avery, then helped displayed a static wearable art exhibition at Expressions Gallery.
- Spent a month creating a special sculpture for Dress for Success using my Weta Workshop Residency, won at World of WearableArt the previous year.
- Won The Shoes Extravaganza Contemporary Section with my 'Milos' Greek inspired shoes
- Finally, finally, I have had two picture books that I have both written and will illustrate accepted for publishing next year (more details to come as to what and with who). Usually I either write my own novels, or illustrate someone elses picture books.
- Made a panel for Suffrage in Stitches (they still need a few more if you want to make one!)
- Oh and the big one; I was appointed the 2019 Children’sWriter in residence at Otago University. Something I have dearly wanted and worked towards for years- AND the NZ Women's Weekly did an article on me because of it. So I have made my mother proud!
Monday, December 31, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
|photo credit: Weta Workshop|
|moulding, casting and demoulding|
|Dressed for...Weta Workshop!|
|photo credit: Weta Workshop|
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Well, blow me down...South!
Here's a bucket list thing I have been wanting for a very long time. Once again back to that old saying: 'Your persistence is your measure of your belief in yourself' .
Still can't believe it, but have bought a puffer jacket for living in Dundin for 6 months of 2019!
University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence: Fifi Colston
"I have been playing with an idea for some time that encompasses the main strands of my creative career; writing, illustration and wearable art."
Thursday, April 19, 2018
|me and Ruru Kakotea at the grand unveiling|
|In situ, Vulcan Lane, Auckland|
Sunday, October 01, 2017
|on stage at WOW, photo by Peter McDonald|
|me, stunned with a trophy|
|The organ Farmer. Photos by Werner Kaffl|
|looking at Torty and the Soldier|
Monday, July 24, 2017
It's hard to post a transforming, evolving dance, but try and use your imagination here!
The dance in three movements...
And here's what our models, Adrienne and James wore in the daylight. They were awesome even with the flu!
So, until I post again.... À bientôt!
Monday, July 10, 2017
|Some of the illustration process|
Monday, June 12, 2017
|more than a bookseller|
Monday, May 01, 2017
Each year for the past 3, I've been one of the judges for Brother Design Stars, and I'm doing it again this year!
I love this competition because I get to see what amazing, creative, fun things kids from all around the country send in. The prizes are pretty awesome- as a student I would have been floored with happiness to win something to help me carry on making and creating AND the schools get to win too with a massive injection of sewing technology for the school classroom.
And as if that isn't enough, the top 12 entries will be showcased on the runway as part of New Zealand Fashion Week’s Graduate Show supported by Brother!
So...all you arty, crafty and fashion mad students, get creating and enter online now
Cos...I want to see your work up close and personal :)
PS, here's a vid to get you excited about your work strutting down the catwalk!