Do you do custom work?

Yes! It is my joy to create unique object collections to commemorate significant events in a person’s life. You can read more about my ethnographic practice here.

Are you Canadian?

No. In fact, I’ve only ever been to Canada once.

I do speak a rhotic North American dialect of English, but with the occasional monophthongal lengthened “o” sound and a bit of a Commonwealth influence on my lexicon.

So I can see why you might think I sound Canadian.

Are you from the South?

No. I am not from the American South.

Last time someone asked me this it took me a long minute to figure out what they meant. I was thinking “South of where? The border? Which border? The equator? I mean, New Zealand is pretty far south…” It kind of went down hill from there.

Are you an Expat?

This depends on your perspective. I currently reside near my birthplace, and hence do not fit the traditional defintion of someone far from their fatherland. Nevertheless, according to the IRD, I am, in fact an Expatriate New Zealander. Personally, I think the term Third Culture Kid is much more useful in my case.

How come you don’t have an accent?

Because it’s really difficult to change the way you talk.

Do you listen to punk music?

I enjoy many different kinds of music, including punk and even metal. Sometimes music even inspires me!

So, how long have you been doing this?

I’ve been making things out of other things ever since I was a child.

Where do you get your materials?

My husband tells people I find things on the side of the road. There is some truth in that. Sometimes friends and family give me materials as well. Finally, I also purchase items at local craft shops, hardware stores and the like.

Where do you get your ideas?

Often my ideas come via a dialogue with the materials themselves. Sometimes certain objects or materials indicate what they want to become. A lot of other ideas come from life events. If you’re interested in a custom piece about your life, you can learn more about the process here.