House of Cards, a 52 day evolving exhibit

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A house of cards, a 52 day evolving exhibit is the latest and greatest creative project from Steve, our creative director.

He has created a giant pack of cards and the premiss is that every day a new card get drawn from the pack and used, with the cards already drawn, to build that days’ card house.

Friends and public have been invited to book a day and come and participate in the project which is nearing it’s half way point.

This is a press release issued on day 20 to draw attention to the themes of the exhibit,  shelter and housing affordability.

“Day 20 sees Tasman artist Steve Richards reveal his hand and build a card house he can sleep in.

This is a response to the 52 day evolving exhibit’s theme, ‘a practical solution to housing affordability’

“It’s really luck of the draw whether you are in the housing market or not. The government are doing all in their power to 

maintain upward pressure on house prices as this maintains economic growth. Meanwhile the house of cards becomes ever more unstable”

The exhibit finishes 12 November, there are still plenty of days available if you would like to come and participate.

You can follow progress on Jester House instagram  and facebook.

Get Arty in the School Holidays

 

 

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It’s nearly the school holidays again and that means the kids are home or your grandchildren are staying and you need activities to do with them. What could be better than a trip to the country and a visit to Jester House. To make it even more worthwhile we a running a FREE activity every day of the holidays, so while you enjoy some peace the children will be happily occupied getting arty.

We have collected a variety of artworks to hang around the garden to inspire the children and then there’s an activity table set up where they can create their own pendant to add to a banner. The banner will then be displayed in the Enchanted Forest when we reopen after our winter break(25th July- 1st September). You can then come and admire the handiwork and there will be a peoples choice competition to choose the best piece.

The holiday activities have been running here at Jester House for several years now and should be a permanent fixture on your holiday calender. Combine your trip to Jester House with a walk on Kina Beach or play on the playground at McKee Reserve or do some rounds of the Pump track at Tasman Domain. There is so much to do here in Tasman and getting Arty ay Jester House is just a start. We look forward to seeing you and your creative children this school holidays.

At Loggerheads

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It is amazing what you find when you start filling the woodshed for the winter.  I started cutting up a big branch trimmed of our gum tree when I came across this smile.

As sometimes happens when you are dealing with wood, it will talk to you. It said “I’m to good to burn, I need to be seen. I have a job to do.”

So the firewood mission was put aside for another day and I put on my creative hat. Following some research into te moko and noting the recurring patterns I made a few sketches.

It was then a process of fitting the patterns to the faces and using a plunge router to carve te moko. Some black paint, paua shell and a couple of coats of oil finished the faces. They were then mounted on robinia posts and set to stand as  nga tutei (sentries)

These two now stand as tutei on the path to the Enchanted Forest making sure your games are fun.

Now it is back to the firewood.