Student's exhibited artwork with a different feel

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Renee Ross-Cranson and Kelidi Talo, students in the New Zealand Certificate in Art and Design (Level 5), exhibited their artwork for the first time this week in ‘The Collaboration Contemporary Fibre Art Exhibition’.

Mark Raymer Arts and Design tutor at WITT put the two students forward.

“The event organiser contacted me and asked if I knew any students who had artwork that would fit with the exhibition theme.”

The theme for the exhibition was contemporary fibre art and featured artwork that uses different textures and fibres with other mediums.

“One of our courses in our Arts and Designs programme requires students to make artwork that fits exactly to this brief which made this a perfect opportunity to get students involved,” he said.

For Renee and Kelidi it was the first time having their work exhibited.

Renee’s work was called ‘Introduction’.’ Her inspiration came from the piece of art being one of the first large projects she had worked on while studying at WITT.

For Renee the whole exhibition experience was very surreal.

“The whole exhibition experience has been incredibly cool, even just seeing my name on the flyer felt surreal. Seeing my work displayed outside the classroom makes all the effort you put into it worth,” she said.

Renee gets her inspiration for art from her tattoos and her love of them.

“I hope to one day be able to work in a job that allows me to create art, and maybe even become a tattoo artist,” she said.

Kelidi’s work was called ‘Empyrean Lotus Prince’ inspired by a video character who is based in a Chinese folk land.

Kelidi’s passion for art is largely inspired by his love for video games.

“I would love to be able to make art for video games one day and then eventually expand my horizons and learn the skills to become a game developer,” he said.

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