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Being a better person by cooking

BY GIULIO STURLA
@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Giulio Sturla, the chef-owner of Roots Restaurant, was born in Chile and raised in Ecuador. His passion has been cooking and eating good food since he was a young boy; he has traveled extensively and worked in many different countries such as the world-renowned restaurant Mugaritz in Spain before coming to New Zealand. Giulio and his wife Christy opened Roots Restaurant in Lyttelton late 2012. Roots was created with a belief that a restaurant can start up from passion, commitment, and determination. The main emphasis is the quality of ingredients, the stories behind the food and presenting the true flavours with an innovative approach. Roots Restaurant has received numerous accolades and awards as Restaurant of the year 2015, Chef of the year 2018 and has sustained a three-hat status since 2016. Giulio is also the founder of Eat New Zealand, a movement dedicated to the promotion of New Zealand food nationally and internationally.

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Shoemaking in New Zealand

BY LOU CLIFTON
@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Lou Clifton is a shoemaker and teacher based in Wellington. Lou started her shoemaking journey 10 years ago, at a time when it wasn't possible to learn in New Zealand. Deciding she had nothing to lose, her quest to learn the endangered craft has taken her to Australia and then to Japan, where she was invited to intern with a Master Shoemaker. After recognising she wasn't the only one in New Zealand with a passion to make shoes, Lou launched Shoe School in 2015 in Dunedin and has recently relocated her business to Wellington. She's lost count - but she thinks she's helped students materialise over 300 pairs of handmade shoes since Shoe School's inception. Lou is here to share her story - how a combination of determination and some solid day dreaming has lead her to create what she considers to be just about the best job in the world.

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MATERIALS: LOCAL A Canterbury Paint Box

BY TATYANNA MEHARRY
@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Tatyanna Meharry is an artist, potter and ceramics teacher. Practicing ceramics in a mindful manner with resources that are not renewable is a challenge for any potter and Tatyanna creates her work with this in mind. Firmly believing in the tradition of making objects with their own unique functions that are treasure not trash. In this PechaKucha talk Tatyanna will talk about her journey through the Canterbury landscape collecting and sampling local materials which she uses to create a unique paintbox of colour and texture that grounds her forms integrally in the local landscape.

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Conservation of Living Traditions

BY KUVA ZAKHEIM
@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Kuva Zakheim grew up with and was trained in art conservation and eastern spirituality in the heart of Hollywood. His conservation achievements range from relocating Banksy murals from buildings about to be demolished using revolutionary techniques, to conserving through reviving the traditional hand-block printed namawalli in India. Kuva immigrated to New Zealand three years ago after living in India as a ‘first-world refugee’ due to the 2008 US economic collapse. Hear his story as he relives his discovery of the opulence of simplicity in Indian villages and the joy of reviving a traditional Indian art form which expresses his passion for conscious living and love for sustainable handmade village textiles.

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Spoon Medicine, axe carving and slöjd

BY ALEX YERKS
@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Alex Yerks is a full-time green woodworker and photographer, carving spoons in the tradition of sloyd or as he calls it “kitchenalia”. while traveling globally to teach. He’ll be sharing thoughts on “Spoon Medicine”, the therapeutic aspects of carving. Alex is a photographer, outdoorsman, musician, and last but not least, a greenwood worker—maker of simple and rustic items utilizing trees and other raw natural resources with just axe & knife. Dedicated to all things wooden, his skills and attention focus on learning the ways of yesteryear and examining their compatibility with the modern world. He believes we all have a connection with our natural environment and can enrich our lives if we surround ourselves with simple items crafted from the forest.

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Craft as Work and Image

BY JUSTYN DENNEY
@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Justyn Denney is a New Zealand based photographer with 15 years professional experience in commercial, fine art, and documentary photography. This PechaKucha explores her experience documenting New Zealand craftsman as well as the relationship between the work and craft in image as a tool for both appreciation and preservation.

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The Necessary Art of Not Leaving Economics to Economists

BY GEN DE SPA
@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

After spending enormous energy raising awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership for several years only to have the hoped-for change-of-government support the toxic deal, Gen de Spa is taking the Bucky Fuller quote to heart - 'Build the alternative system that makes the old system obsolete'.

She is currently initiating a remnant native forest restoration and biodiversity education project at her home in Staveley, completing a Masters in Wellbeing Economics and teaching and actioning Wellbeing Economics in Christchurch and Mid-Canterbury.

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Materials and Process First

BY STEVEN JUNIL PARK
@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Steven Junil Park started his label '6x4' during his study at Elam School of Fine Arts as a response to the lack of everyday practicality he saw in art objects. He produces everything under the label himself: clothing, shoes, and accessories, with the conviction that materials and processes are more important than the intention of the maker. His pieces are one-offs and often feature handmade buttons, recycled and repurposed textiles, natural dyes, and hand-sewn finishing. He is intent on listening to the memory of materials and doing them justice by crafting them into long-lasting, practical items with integrity.

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The Necessity of Creativity

BY HILARY JEAN TAPPER
@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Hilary Jean Tapper is an illustrator and dollmaker, and currently undertaking a formal study of the therapeutic nature of art and creativity. Throughout her youth, she received numerous awards for her films on mindfulness and self-discovery, which led to further opportunities of leadership and presenting to youth nationally and globally. At 19 she was brought to India for filming her first documentary on women and devotional yoga, and she presented the film on tour of the USA and Europe. She undertook her Bachelor in Hindu Theology, which is where she found her passion for the transformation of the self through the arts. In this Pechakucha, Hilary shares her story of losing and rediscovering her creativity, and her journey towards a deeper understanding of how powerful, necessary and available creativity is for all of us.

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Conversation about conservation-engaging the public to act

BY AMY JOHNSTON-BRAY
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Amy Johnston-Bray started down the road of becoming a research scientist but discovered she liked talking about science much more. Over the last 18 years she has created a multitude of science exhibitions, shows and public programmes in Australia and New Zealand. In this talk she takes on the thorny issue of engaging the public in conservation issues in an era of competing narratives also known as 'fake news'.

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Working with the world's rarest and smallest dolphins

BY MARIA JESUS VALDES
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Jesu Valdés is a Chilean marine biologist and PhD candidate at University of Otago (Dunedin). After working with sea otters, blue whales and dolphins in different parts of the world, she decided to move to New Zealand to study the endemic, endangered Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) in Banks Peninsula. Her project consists on evaluating the effects of mussel farming on the dolphins' use of habitat.

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A Contribution to Sustainability

BY REBECCA TAVETE
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Rebecca Tavete is the founder and CEO of ARGO beach Co-working. Rebecca’s initial goal was to bring sustainable living to people from the heaviness that can come with the daily grind of office life. The creation of ARGO was focused on bringing the true meaning of work–life balance into play. Space where family and community are welcomed, where people are supported and appreciated where success is acknowledged and congratulated where people can do business and still have a sense of self….where working is not a chore but fun. 

Rebecca shares her story about getting to the place of pure joy and commitment to building an eco-system that’s acting local and thinking global.

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