Jenny, Lynn and their team of wonderful helpers ensured that everyone who walked through the doors to Pioneer Hall on Saturday had a great time. It is such an addictive activity - making a background, finding gorgeous stencils, covering them with paint and winding them though the press to create your very own image.
The more you did the more confident you became. I noticed how even the kids were experimenting with putting more that one stencil print on a background, putting more than one background under a stencil, or creating different prints half on/half off the page and my friend Katiya (6) even did a 2-colour print (as in painted two different colours onto the one stencil) - very clever!
All of the work we created was themed around conservation (birds, trees, insects, pests, traps) and specifically the Halo Project (maps of the area, words relating to Orokonui and the Halo project). Once we had completed a few prints we got to tell our story. We sat with Kat, an amazing story teller, who listened to us (individually) and turned our ramblings into a crafted story. Our stories and our conservation artwork will all be turned into a beautiful calendar (by Lynn and Jenny) that we will sell next year. If you attended on Saturday and made a print you will be able to pick up your originals from the Port Chalmers library in a few weeks time.
Thank you to Jenny, Lynn, Kat and the rest of the team for such a satisfying event. Thanks to Pioneer Hall for such a great space and thanks to the Port Chalmers Library for giving back the original prints to our print-makers. We raised money for the HALO project and had a lot of fun in the process.
By Niki Bould