Felter & Maker

Alice Cowdrey is an Oakura-based textile artist who specialises in needle felting. She mostly works with sheep’s wool to felt brooches, animals and other works of art. Incorporating cat fur, possum fur and human hair, Alice looks to nature, animals and folk art for inspiration. She hopes to tell stories based on a mythical past through her larger works which are whimsical in nature but have an underlying colonial theme.

Alice took up needle felting eight years a go and got hooked on the medium’s versatile nature and texture. She mostly works with Corriedale wool which has been carded and dyed. Needle felting is a dry felting technique where a barbed needle is used to repeatedly jab fibres. This process tangles and compacts the fibres together. The needle is used as a sculptural tool to create flat or three dimensional pieces of art. 

Alice has a degree in art history and history and a post-graduate diploma in journalism. She is currently completing her post-graduate diploma in museum studies through Massey University and hopes to help preserve culture and history through different methods of story telling.

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Artist & Alchemist

Teresa is a resident artist at LUMEN Studios and Gallery in Tataraimaka. She creates complex and colourful handcrafted paper collages inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Her creative practice is influenced by her spiritual path and seeks to give expression to the profound internal landscape of the psyche. For Teresa the collage crafting process is a potent container for transformation and the transmutation of consciousness. Her artworks are meditation tools designed to promote balance, healing and wholeness in the psyche.

Teresa graduated from Whanganui’s Quay School of the Arts in 2000 where she majored in photography. In 2007 she graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design from Auckland University of Technology. Teresa coordinated and promoted several exhibitions, festivals and arts and culture projects while living in Whanganui including the Whanganui Festival of Glass and the Whanganui Summer School of the Arts. Her experience includes fundraising, strategic planning, project management, marketing, promotion, graphic design and website design.

In 2008, after working in the arts and culture sector for a decade, Teresa became a mother and shifted her focus to natural health and holistic wellbeing. She has studied various pathways to wellbeing since including Naturopathy, Psychosynthesis, Meditation and Shamanic Healing. She is a spiritual counsellor and a specialist in New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy.

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