By zwackart on March 3, 2011
I am so grateful to have gotten to visit New Zealand and stay with Kiwis! One distinct advantage is that not only did our host in the far north, Peter Visser, know the region and what would be interesting to see and do, he knew the people! It was our very good luck that he knew Darge Sumner personally and called her up and asked if it would be OK for us to pay her and her amazing home a visit. She welcomed us with open arms! Here’s a glimpse of her amazing space.
When Darge was in her mid 60s she decided to totally change her living space and, along with her son, developed a new combination of concrete, clay, and recycled wet newspaper that allows for amazing sculptural possibilities and lends itself particularly well to creating mosaics!
By zwackart on December 29, 2010
Fairy Hut Building at the Natural Phenomena Conference in Whangerei, NZ was fantastic! The whole conference took place outdoors and was dedicated to nature education for early childhood in New Zealand.
I lead a workshop with about 20 participants, most of whom were early childhood educators, in creating ephemeral, environmental installations, or FAIRY HUTS! The materials that were right at our feet were blossoms from the trees in the remarkable old growth forest, nuts, berries, fabulous mosses, fallen bark, twigs, and leaves, grasses and meadow flowers from the clearings, and even clay from down the hill in the creek.