A couple of years ago now, I interviewed the Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers Guild as they met at The Wool Shed, New Zealand’s National Museum of Sheep and Shearing (but of course!) What a lovely, generous bunch of folk they were, sharing stories of their love and passion for the art and craft of spinning, … More Turn it up, let it spin!
The Cooper-Partridge whānau have house-swapped with friends to spend half the school holidays in Great Lake Taupō. Some of my Taupō pals have given us some hints and tips about what to do, where to go and how to spend our time in this stunning part of Aotearoa New Zealand. Here’s my list so far, … More Great Lake Taupō – ask the locals!
Waaaaay back in 2015 I had the singular pleasure of interviewing artist Kathy Bartlett. Kathy exhibited during the 2015 Kokomai Festival, and is in a joint show with Megan Campbell and Janie Nott at Ventana Creative Collective later this month. So, what better time to refresh our memories on what a top guest, top artist, … More Interview with the Very Social Kathy Bartlett!
It was a privilege to be guided through Aratoi’s latest major exhibition, Te Marae o Rongotaketake – Redressing our Kahungunu History, by Haami Te Whaiti, Aratoi’s Māori Curator and the concept developer for the exhibition. This is a stunning exhibition, guiding the visitor through the environmental, cultural, historical and political landscape of Ngati Kahungunu with over 200 historical … More Interview with Haami Te Whaiti
Thank you Facebook friends for reminding me that back in October 16 ReCooper8 had a wonderful time hanging out with Janie Nott (Village Art Shop) and Kathy Bartlett (Kathy Bartlett Artist). Fabulous, sassy guests chinwagging with Lucy about art therapy, the artistic process, and that curious resistance to doing something you love…. Plus seriously awesome … More ReCooper8 with Kathy Bartlett & Janie Nott
Listen again to last month’s show which features interviews with Kate Mead, Director of Operations for Featherston Booktown, Jen Olson, one of the organisers of the Wairarapa Art Sale, and local artist and entrepreneur, Emma McCleary. Featherston Booktown will take place in Featherston across the weekend of 12th-14th May 2017. Combine your passion for books with … More Books & Arts – Featherston’s got it covered!
Bling bling! Listen again to my interview with Featherston’s jeweller, Chris Adams, recorded in 2015. You can find out more about Chris and his stunning work here. ReCooper8 is sponsored by The Greytown Hotel (The Top Pub) – an historic pub in the beautiful Wairarapa village of Greytown. The Greytown Hotel – the perfect place for … More Featherston Stories #9