Alice completed a BDes (Hons) at Massey University majoring in Digital Media in 2012 and was awarded Massey Scholar for her degree. She began teaching at Whitireia in 2013. She is a published children’s illustrator and is currently working on writing and illustrating her first full picture book titled All Things Tails and Claws using 3-dimensional digital design to produce the illustrative spreads. She specialises in character development, 3D modelling and texturing. Her expertise and interests seek to develop innovative modes of engagement for children through various digital and print mediums. In 2012, Alice received a team Best Award (Bronze) from the Designer’s Institute of New Zealand for her animation in TweetMe, an educational interactive installation (Te Papa Tongarewa, Pātaka) and in 2013 she received a team national award for art direction in the 48 hour Film Festival.
For more than 25 years, Brenda has been employed as an art director and graphic designer in the advertising and design industry. She has worked in NZ, the UK and Holland, honing valuable strategy, communication and Adobe CS skills. Brenda’s experience as an all round creative ensured she was able to considerably support the growth of her employers, tackling corporate clients, well known retailers, manufacturers and high-profile service industries alike. Since completing her MDes in 2009, these skills have been directed towards design education and her professional work is, on occasion, ongoing through Beehive Creative. At Whitireia since 2012, she teaches across all graphic and digital design disciplines, core arts and studio papers and all levels, including Graduate Diploma. Brenda was awarded an MPhil with Honours (1st class) from AUT at the end of 2014. This research examined the benefits of a devised human-centred branding strategy for New Zealand small business within the new technological environment, and her current focus is on developing advanced design pedagogy within globalization for the New Zealand context.
Chris achieved a first-class Honours degree in illustration and after a postgraduate year in printmaking; he worked for many years as a free-lance illustrator publishing work for clients in the UK such as The Sunday Times Magazine, The World Wide Fund for Nature, Thames and Hudson, Orion Books and Blueprint Architecture magazine. His achievements include best artist award from the Royal Society of Watercolourists (London) 1986, as well as being Artist in Residence at The Old Royal Observatory – Greenwich Maritime Museum, 1997 -1998.
Since migrating to Aotearoa, New Zealand he has completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Elam (Auckland University), as well as illustrating picture books for publishers Mallinson Rendel. In 2008, his illustrations for the children’s picture-book ‘Dad’s Takeaways’ (written by Melanie Drewery) were short listed for the Russell Clark medal for illustration. Chris’s teaching extends to many areas of the applied arts degree and he exhibits regularly both here in Aotearoa and overseas.
Lecturer in Visual Arts at Whitireia since 2000, Deb practises and teaches textiles and design education. Her specialist areas are designs for textile print and fashion on both natural dyed merino wool and fine silk, as well as hi-tech garments and fibres that communicate ideas about specific cultures and themes
Deb worked as a design coordinator for printed textiles before starting her teaching career and in 1993 was awarded a New Zealand Design Education grant to study all aspects of design, print and art education as a guest of the Japanese government. This experience helped prepare her for the teaching challenges in New Zealand education and build a unique textile design practice. In 2007, she was a finalist in the New Zealand wearable art and design competitions Westfield Style Pasifika and Cult Couture. Since completing MTeach in 2008, Deb has focused on eco-sustainable textiles and natural dye processes. A foundation member of Aotearoa Felters, she has exhibited works in New Zealand, Australia, Manila and Hong Kong. Deb’s textiles, with her students’ work, were showcased at a New Zealand Trade Festival in 2008 in Manila alongside fashion and business companies trading in Asia.
Kelly McDonald completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in the late 90s. Following a career in the art department for children’s television at Disney Australia, she moved to New Zealand to work in the Wellington film industry, re-connecting with jewellery at the same time.
Kelly's work nestles within the domestic setting and explores notions of home and place alongside the history of these spaces. Using materials taken from traditionally masculine and utilitarian spheres, she uses specific arrangements of objects as a visual language, where the relationship between functional objects and the spaces around them spur reflections on use, value and meaning, to speak to the connections between people and things.
Alongside her own exhibition practice, Kelly has taught jewellery at Whitireia since 2006. Recent exhibitions include her solo show TOOL LOOT & the Mother Lode (2018, The National, Christchurch), and inclusion in Schmuck (2017, Munich).
McDonald also has a very active presence in the jewellery community, with long involvement as a participant in the HANDSHAKE mentoring project, as a member of the collective Occupation: Artist, the window gallery group The See Here, and she is currently working through her Masters of Fine Arts at Massey University.
Peter studied art and jewellery making in both the Netherlands and New Zealand. He is very active in his own art practice, making collections for national and international exhibitions. His philosophy in arts education is that each individual (student) is unique, therefore has potential for artistic expression. His passion for jewellery and the arts transfigures lessons into experiences.
Peter is both a contemporary artist and a craftsperson. Ideas that make distinctive connections with jewellery are the inspiration for his work, and a recent 20-year survey exhibition at Pataka, Porirua highlighted his interest in language, through a series of engaging pieces displayed with accompanying sound. He exhibits with dealer galleries throughout New Zealand and the world. His work, philosophy and ideas have also been the subject of a book, Choices of the Hand, a survey of work from New Zealand jeweller Peter Deckers, introduction by Stevan Eldred-Grigg, published by First Editions, Wellington (supported by Creative New Zealand).
Mel Phillips came to photography when a patron of his restaurant found they couldn’t pay for their meal, so left him with a camera instead. At the same time, one of the kitchen staff wanted to set up a darkroom in the kitchen – and he did, and then so did Mel. With an art background, Mel could draw and paint, so the camera was a natural extension of those skills. He studied at Wellington Polytechnic, finishing first the Certificate in Photography, and later the Agfa Bursary.
Mel joined a prominent Wellington photographer in his commercial studio, where the business of photography became a reality. Setting up his own studio less than a year later, he rapidly became a key player in the commercial photographic arena in Wellington.
Almost simultaneously, Mel began teaching photography. His skills as a chef translated into photography when he discovered an old photography book that included recipes for alternative photographic processing. Unable to resist any recipe, Mel was soon elbow deep in dangerous chemistry. This lead to a position teaching antique processes to students at Wellington Polytechnic. A mixture of teaching and commercial photography has been his staple diet ever since.
Bachelor of Creative Technologies
Craig has 20 Years of industry and freelance graphic design and photography work to his credit and his focus is in new interactive technologies, virtual technologies and 3D printing, data design and mapping.
Post Grad Cert in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning)
Gareth has taught across the suite of Creative Technologies programs since 2010. Prior to this Gareth worked across many fields of the creative industries including Hairdressing, Film work including Design, SPFX make up, Costuming, Miniatures, Props manufacture and Set construction.
Initially training as a Hairdresser Gareth spent 10 years in this industry and was actively involved in Wella’s design team and national competition circuit winning both regional and national titles during the 1990s.
Gareth then moved to the NZ film industry in 1999 and worked for Weta Workshop for the following 10 years, the last 5 of which were spent as workshop supervisor overseeing production on multiple film, Gaming, and Public art work projects including King Kong, Lion,Witch and Wardrobe Trilogy, District 9, and Avatar films. Gareth still works closely with Weta Workshop and film based manufacturing companies in the wellington region and actively researches in this area.
Gareth’s personal art practice centres on contemporary Maori carving and adornment working predominantly in bone, wood and stone. The Kaupapa of this work is settled firmly within the concepts of Te Ao Maori and Whakapapa in particular. His work is exhibited regularly both in NZ and Internationally. The intersection of this carving practice and his work in the film based manufacturing industry is a primary area of research in regards to materiality, process, and development.
Post Grad Cert in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning)
Darren has had over twenty years’ experience in various engineering fields which include NZ Defence, high speed packaging engineer for Lever Rexona and locomotive rebuild engineer for KiwiRail and he utilizes his knowledge of engineering to apply concepts of hard materials and processes practice into the school. Darren also has over 15 years of Maori art and design practice centred in Whakairo which includes Marae, gallery, and commission work.
Darren’s research focus is in 3D methodologies and processes including 3D modelling, Printing, Machining and associated technologies and in particular the use of these industry processes to inform teaching practice.
Deidra’s academic background combines fine arts, photography and art history. Her creative practice integrates traditional and alternative photographic processes such as cyanotypes, lumen prints and chemigrams with digital interventions. She has written on photography for online arts and culture forums as well exhibition catalogue essays for galleries including The Adam Art Gallery, The Engine Room and Enjoy. Deidra encourages her students to combine their practical and creative image making skills with a healthy dose of critical visual analysis.
MFA, BCGD (with distinction)
Supphawut (Tang) Supanun is a Thai contemporary graphic designer.
Supphawut completed a BCGD with a distinction of academic achievement at Whanganui School of Design in collaboration with Waikato University majoring in Computer Graphic Design & Digital Media in 2007 and continually completed an MFA in Design from Massey University at the end of 2015. His thesis, “ฅ.คน”: A Loop of Siam, examines the relationship between cultural identity and letterform (shape) in a modern context.
Supphawut has taken the concept of the loop which is prominent in Thai letterform, and weaving in Thai historical and cultural contexts knowledge to explore ways to manifest the language as different visual forms using a trans‐customary design method) to demonstrate the absences of historical and cultural awareness impacting on design production of the twentieth century. Supphawut continually evolves his practice by combining traditional & cultural art and craft knowledge with the use of new innovative design.
Mike completed a BDes (Hons) at Massey University majoring in Visual Communication Design and Digital Media in 2013. He has since been working as a freelance designer and artist in areas spanning Illustration, Ceramics, Graphic design, Web design, costume design, Sound design and sculpture. Much of his work has been based in central China in the last three years where he has been teaching design courses for various institutions. He has a keen interest in mixing technologies both old and new and brings this multidisciplinary approach to all his teaching and personal practice.